Sunday, 21 September 2014
Friday, 19 September 2014
THANK YOU SCOTLAND
Mckay Comission to the full blow written Constitution as proposed by Richard Gordon QC and others. I have written on this subject before.
But for now, we can sigh relief in abundance and rejoice that Article I of the Union of Scotland Act 1706 shall remain in force:
That the two Kingdoms of England and Scotland shall upon the First day of May which shall be in the year One thousand seven hundred and seven and for ever after be united into one Kingdom by the name of Great Britain.....
Thursday, 18 September 2014
That the two Kingdoms of England and Scotland shall ...and for ever after be united into one Kingdom ....
That the two Kingdoms of England and Scotland shall upon the First day of May which shall be in the year One thousand seven hundred and seven and for ever after be united into one Kingdom by the name of Great Britain And that the Ensigns Armorial of the said United Kingdom be such as Her Majesty shall appoint and the Crosses of St. George and St. Andrew be conjoyned in such manner as Her Majesty shall think fit and used in all Flags Banners Standards and Ensigns both at Sea and Land.
Article 1 of the Union of Scotland Act 1706.
'For ever after', they said, and for ever after it should be.
Thursday, 11 September 2014
It's goodbye to Moses LJ, Rimer LJ, Goldring LJ and Maurice Kay LJ (VP of Civil Division)
and hello King LJ from the Fam D, Sales LJ from Ch D, and Bean and Burnett LJJ from the QBD.
and replacing them in the HIGH COURT, we welcome
commercial silk, leading pro bono champion and former COMBAR Chair from South Sq Chambers - Robin Knowles CBE QC replacing Bean J and
Ian Dove QC replacing King J (although going to the QBD and not Fam D, which is right as he is a public law and planning specialist)
and we wait to see who will replace Sales and Burnett JJ.
plus we say goodbye to Royce J and Field J in the QBD,
Plus down the ranks: Her Honour Judge Sybil Milwyn Thomas has been appointed DFJ in Birmingham (where Katherine Tucker is also to be a new CJ), Jonathan Fuller QC to be CJ in Bournemouth, Peter Crabtree OBE is going to Southampton to be a CJ, and likewise Jessica Pemberton to Hull.
Tuesday, 9 September 2014
Had a hearing in Scotland recently - one of those statutory tribunals where anybody can appear (including even an English Barrister) and which has UK wide jurisdiction (law the same in every constituent of the currently United Kingdom).
The Tribunal hears appeals from the grant and administration of a UK wide entitlement.
The body that hands them out is partially based in Glasgow.
(a) pay these benefits
(b) administer them
(c) decide the appeals - according to what law?
This is just one of the many different intertwining tentacles holding Scotland firmly to the rest of the UK's breast.
How is an independent Scotland going to survive without these life lines?
& then there is the small issue of where to put all those missiles:
A yes vote will merely be followed by years if not decades of negotiating, arguing and re-organising - it will probably cost billions and it is hard to see why the English, Welsh and N Irish tax payer should pay for what only a majority of the resident Scottish electorate (not of Scots, given that so many live outside of Caledonia) want.
Come on, stay in the Union, it is not that bad, but if you leave, it will be...............
Thursday, 31 July 2014
Sir Robert Owen meanwhile will spend the first part of his retirement inquiring into Litvinenko's death given the Home Secretary's recently well timed volte face and he made the following opening statement today:
which included this which will be of interest to the Russian Govt:
Because of the sensitivity of the HMG evidence, it is inevitable that at least some of my final report
The Queen has been pleased to approve the appointment of Andrew Jeremy Coulter Edis QC, to be a Justice of the High Court with effect from 1 October 2014 on the retirement of Mr. Justice Owen on 19 July.
The Lord Chief Justice will assign Mr Edis to the Queen’s Bench Division.
Notes for editors
Mr Edis, 55, was called to the Bar (M) in 1980 and took Silk in 1997. He was appointed a Recorder in 1999 and is approved to sit as a deputy High Court Judge.
Mr. Justice Owen was called to the Bar (I) in 1968 and took Silk in 1988. He was appointed a Recorder in 1987 and a judge of the Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court in 2001.
Saturday, 19 July 2014
Yesterday with fees, enforced conciliation and the unfair dismissal 2 year rule fully kicked in - there was literally nobody there. My case was the only one listed. The Judge looked surprised that he/she had a real case to deal with; took longer than he/she needed to hearing the case and when it came to listing it for final hearing could offer any day we wanted in the next 6 months........
Turns out this BBC story is true:
There were 5,619 cases between January and March this year compared with 13,739 in the same period in 2013.
Thats a Govt policy which has worked - employment claims have been well and truly stifled. Well Done! Business now free to do what is wants and employees left with little access to justice.
Excellent. Now all they need to do is starting consulting the Judges and Tribunal staff over their redundancy rights.......
Better find myself another area to specialise in..........