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Month: July 2015


Airbnb ordered to disclose details of complaint by guest who gave B&B owner a ‘long massage’

In Mark Howell v Airbnb UK Ltd (23 July 2015) Airbnb, an online company facilitating a bed and breakfast booking service from local hosts worldwide, was ordered to disclose full details of a complaint from a female guest against a male host which had resulted in his membership being withdrawn and 21 future bookings via…

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Statistics show that the number of defamation claims are on the rise

The number of defamation claims that were issued in 2014 have risen by 60% when compared to 2013 figures according to Judicial Statistics published in June by Court Statistics Quarterly: Jan-Mar.  This is a surprising trend given the widespread suggestion that the implementation of the Defamation Act 2013 would dissuade a large number of people…

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"Second Strike" knife possession

Criminal law: On 17 July 2015 section 28 and Schedule 5 to Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015 comes into force. This creates a minimum custodial sentence for those aged 16 or over who are convicted of a second offence of possessing an offensive weapon or bladed article. The minimum sentence is six months imprisonment…

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NCA branded incompetent by High Court

In R (on the application of C and others) v. National Crime Agency and Birmingham Magistrates’ Court [2015] EWHC 1283 Admin) search warrants were challenged by way of judicial review.  This was an unusual case in which the NCA were branded “incompetent” (in defence to an allegation of bad faith).  The NCA conceded that the search warrants were unlawful,…

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