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Month: June 2014


FCA orders Wonga to pay £2.6m in compensation for sending letters from non-existent law firms

The UK’s largest payday loan company Wonga has been ordered to pay 45,000 customers compensation totalling over £2.6 million for unfair and misleading debt collection practices. Wonga sent communications to customers in arrears under the names “Chainey, D’Amato & Shannon” and “Barker and Lowe Legal Recoveries”.  These led customers to believe that their files had been…

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Supreme Court upholds decision on disclosing minor convictions

On 18 June 2014, the Supreme Court upheld the ruling of the Court of Appeal in the case of  T & Anor, R (on the application of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department & Anor [2014] UKSC 35.  In essence, the Court has stated that minor convictions should be removed from criminal records because…

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The potential cost consequences of ignoring a request to mediate

Parties to civil litigation should be under no illusion of the court’s eagerness for them to engage in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) before taking their cases all the way to trial.  Since the implementation of the Civil Procedure Rules, there has been a growing emphasis on ADR as a means of reducing the burden on…

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No bar to confiscation for absconders

In Charles Okedare [2014] EWCA 1173 the Appellant had absconded before his trial for conspiracy to defraud and following conviction in his absence the trial judge made a confiscation order against him in the sum of £29050.62 (amounting to half his interest in the matrimonial home). He appealed on the basis that the Court had…

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CPS liable for Receiver's fees

The Supreme Court handed down judgment to conclude the Eastenders litigation on 8 May (Barnes v the Eastenders Group [2014] UKSC 26). In this case, a busy Crown Court judge had granted applications for restraint and receivership orders brought by the CPS which involved the piercing of the corporate veil of the respondent company whose…

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New fraud sentencing guidelines published

New fraud sentencing guidelines have been published (they can be found here) and will take effect from 1 October 2014. The new guidelines include conspiracy to defraud and cheating the public revenue. They assess seriousness and culpability in a slightly more detailed fashion then the existing guidelines. There is no distinction between conspiracy to defraud and…

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Prime Minister's nanny is victim of revenge porn posts

David Cameron’s nanny has been the victim of a revenge porn posting this week.  The nanny who is said to have a close relationship with the Prime Minister’s wife, Samantha Cameron, believes that an ex-boyfriend may be responsible for the posting of intimate pictures on three adult websites.  Her real name is not disclosed on…

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Google says that it will remove search engine results following ECJ judgment

Further to the ruling of the European Court of Justice on 13 May 2014 in Google Spain SL, Google Inc. v Agencia Espanola de Proteccion de Datos (AEPD) and Mario Costeja Gonzalez (Case C-131/12) (see our article here for more information), Google has announced that it will implement a procedure to filter out irrelevant and outdated search engine…

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