Archive for the 'immunity' Category

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and another – WLR Daily

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Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and another [2011] UKSC15; [2011] WLR (D) 125

“It was contrary to public policy that a person who had obtained planning permission for the building of a barn, but who had throughout intended to and did build a dwelling house disguised as a barn, and who had by deception concealed his breach of planning permission for four years from the planning authorities, should be able to invoke the immunity from enforcement action which was available under section 171B of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.”

WLR Daily, 6th April 2011


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#WithoutPrejudice Podcast 3: Libel – Hyperinjunctions – Lautsi v Italy – Expert immunity – Interns – Silk? – Charon QC

“Welcome to the third episode of Without Prejudice: Tonight, I am afraid, I can’t tell you about our guest… in fact, the superinjunction is so harsh, I can neither confirm nor deny the existence of a guest… but…. I can tell you that David Allen Green and Carl Gardner are at the table…. waiting to discuss libel, privacy, hyperinjunctions, Rough Justice – Miscarriages of Justice, The Lautsi v Italy crucifix case, and we may even have time to discuss expert immunity from suit…and interns.”


Charon QC, 6th April 2011


“Charon QC” is the blogging pseudonym of Mike Semple Piggot, editor of insitelaw newswire.

After supreme court decision, will other witnesses remain immune? – The Guardian

“Now that the highest appeal court has ruled that expert witness can now be sued for negligence, the immunity of officers who give evidence is called into question.”

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The Guardian, 31st March 2011


Jones v Kaney – WLR Daily

Jones v Kaney [2011] UKSC 13;  [2011] WLR (D)  109

“The immunity from suit for breach of duty that expert witnesses had previously enjoyed in relation to their participation in legal proceedings should be abolished.”

WLR Daily, 30th March 2011


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Expert witness immunity removed – The Independent

“Expert witnesses have lost their 400-year-old immunity from being sued in the civil courts.”

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The Independent, 30th March 2011


E-commerce Regulations updated to exempt ISPs from hate speech charges –

“The Government has published Regulations that will absolve internet service providers (ISPs) and other digital service providers of responsibility for religion or sexuality-related hate speech transmitted over their networks.”

Full story, 14th January 2010


Iraq inquiry: witnesses could be given immunity from prosecution – Daily Telegraph

“Witnesses at the inquiry into the Iraq war could be offered immunity from prosecution in exchange for their testimony.”

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Daily Telegraph, 24th November 2009


War crime suspects may see UK immunity loophole closed – The Observer

“There has been a huge increase in action against suspected war criminals by the UK authorities, the Guardian has learned, as anti-genocide campaigners await an announcement on Tuesday on whether the government will act to end immunity for genocide suspects.”

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The Observer, 5th July 2009

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Government proposes witness immunity power for FSA – The Times

“The Financial Services Authority (FSA) will be given formal powers to grant immunity to witnesses in criminal investigations under new Government proposals.”

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The Times, 15th January 2009


Mousa witnesses granted immunity – BBC News

“Witnesses giving evidence to an inquiry into the death of Iraqi Baha Mousa have been told they will not have it used against them in criminal proceedings.”

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BBC News, 15th October 2008


Baroness Warnock: Euthanasia abroad would mean a ‘two-tier death service’ – The Times

“Baroness Warnock, Britain’s leading expert on medical ethics and a vocal supporter of euthanasia, has said that it would be wrong to give immunity from prosecution to relatives who help terminally ill patients to die abroad.”

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The Times, 4th October 2008


Alistair Darling to give City whistle-blowers immunity – The Times

“Whistle-blowers are to be granted immunity from prosecution in return for evidence.”

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The Times, 28th March 2008


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