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Last month, the High Court issued a judgment which has sparked debate since its publication. The case in question is Harrath v Stand For Peace Ltd [2017] EWHC 653 (QB) - a defamation case where Mohamed Ali Harrath claimed against Stand For Peace Ltd, and its director Samuel Westrop, in respect of an article by the defendants which described Mr Harrath as a “convicted terrorist”.

The Sentencing Council has issued fresh guidance as to the ‘Reduction in Sentence for a Guilty Plea’ (the Guideline) at each stage of a prosecution. The update provides for greater accuracy with regards to the time limits applicable to each of the percentage discounts available.

The Guideline will apply to matters within the Crown and Magistrates’ court in which the first hearing is on or after the 1 June 2017. This is regardless of the date upon which the alleged offence was actually committed.

“…I'm goin' down to shoot my old lady,
You know I caught her messin' 'round with another man…”

Such are the words of Jimi Hendrix’s classic hit, “Hey Joe”; sung passionately from a barn in Terry Simou’s back garden in 2014, before the 63-year-old acupuncturist emerged to find himself confronted by four policemen wielding automatic weapons.

The armed officers had been told that Mr Simou was shouting that he was going to kill his neighbours, Michael and Hazel Salliss, who had called to make the report.

In the recent case of Wylde v Waverley Borough Council 2017 EWHC 466, the claimants sought judicial review of a decision by the local authority to vary a development agreement.  The circumstances were on the face of it, apparently similar to those in the decision of R (on the application of Gottlieb) v Winchester City Council 2015 EWCH 231 (Admin) and yet the outcome was entirely different.

In our last blog we discussed the then ongoing case of Energysolutions EU Limited v the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority. This case was a textbook example of how not to evaluate a public procurement process.

The owner of a Ferrari 458 Spider has successfully sued Peterborough City Council for £10,000 after hitting a pothole that caused damage to his beloved sports car, when the road would have cost a mere £53 to repair.

Scott Nicholas, 44, took the Council to the small claims court over the damage caused to his car - including £3,000 in respect of a damaged wheel and suspension, and £6,000 to replace the leather interior of the car that was torn up when the passenger side airbag deployed.

As the prime minister prepares to trigger Article 50 on Wednesday 29 March, the EEF, the trade body for manufacturers, has hit back at Theresa May’s claim in January that no deal would be better than a bad deal by claiming that such a result would be “unacceptable” and would be a “lose-lose” outcome for all parties both the UK and the EU.

2016 proved to be a record year for investment in northern tech businesses according to data published by Tech North this week in their Investment Index Report.

The report indicated that there has been 1,551% growth on investment finance in northern tech companies with steady year on year growth in terms of both investment and deals over the last ten years.  

All too often, dental practice owners take a view that, provided they have money in the bank at the end of the month, they don’t need to worry about their business. With increased clinical pressures such a view is understandable. Nobody describes being a dentist as easy. However, taking a step back can reap significant reward, in terms of profitability, better work/life balance, patient satisfaction (and retention) and even clinical results.

The Court of Justice for the European Union (CJEU) has handed down its widely anticipated judgment in the case of Achbita v G4S Secure Solutions.