Remain Oaf’s Pompous Brexit Whinge

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On Sunday Theresa May warned that city law firms seeking to block Brexit through the courts are “not standing up for democracy, they’re trying to subvert it”. The original letter sent around Europhile lawyers was pompous enough. But check this out from Edwin Coe LLP, who are representing hairdresser Deir Santos in his sad attempt to JR Article 50:

“Mr Santos is asserting his constitutional right to challenge the authority of the Government to exercise a right to serve the Article 50 notice. To accuse him and others of being anti-democratic is both wrong and inflammatory. It will merely serve to increase the heat in this debate which turns on simple legal and constitutional principles. The Government should not criticise the challenge but welcome it because it will give certainty to the Article 50 process. This is about the rule of law.  That issue should stand above all others. It is a principle that the Government should uphold and not damn.” 

Santos calls himself “an ordinary guy”. Get over yourself.

Brooks Newmark Gets Carter Ruck to Delete His Sext Pics from Internet

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Brooks Newmark has instructed Carter-Ruck to remove all his sext pictures from the internet. Letters have gone out from the solicitors to newspapers, who have complied with his demand because they are his copyrighted images. He used to like sharing his photos…

Now if you search the stories about him you will see that the original pictures he sent have indeed been removed. Obviously since he sent photos voluntarily to our “Sophie” this will be amusing to argue about in Court. A senior government Special Adviser has been known to share with colleagues some of the funnier – so far unpublished – pics of Brooks in his pyjamas. “‘Ere, do you want to see some dirty pictures?”

Neil Coyle Threatens to Sue Corbyn Personally

Neil Coyle is “fuming” after Corbyn’s campaign included his name in a list of Labour MPs who have, they claim, “abused” the leadership. Coyle has gone on TV to threaten to sue Corbyn personally for defamation. He’ll look a bit silly if he doesn’t go through with it now. What “abuse” did Coyle allegedly commit? Well he called John McDonnell an “utter disgrace” and accused him of wasting police time. Which is probably fair comment…

Crowdfunded Juncker Legal Challenge

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Jean-Claude Juncker is in hot water after issuing a potentially unlawful decree to EU commissioners ordering them not to negotiate with Britain. Juncker told them he was using a “Presidential order” to block talks, but embarrassingly the Commission was later forced to admit no such thing exists. This is the phrase that is giving Juncker a legal problem:

“I have forbidden Commissioners from holding discussions with representatives from the British Government — by Presidential order… I have told all the Directors-General that there cannot be any prior discussions with British representatives.”

He is now being taken to court for the “misleading, unlawful and harmful” ban on negotiations. The legal challenge is being crowdfunded here

Vaz Charity Retains Carter Ruck

Keith Vaz’s diabetes charity Silver Star made the front page of the Telegraph yesterday and was covered extensively in the Mail and the Sun. The allegation – fiercely denied – is that the rent boys at Keith/Jim’s flat received money from a man linked to the charity. Silver Star deny this and have retained Carter Ruck, firing off letters to several newspapers complaining how unfair it is to have their name linked to this sordid affair. Carter Ruck usually charge £500 an hour. That’s a very expensive law firm for a relatively small charity…

Keith Vaz Threatens to Sue

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Keith Vaz’s lawyers are threatening to sue his neighbouring MP, Andrew Bridgen:

Dear Mr Bridgen

We act on behalf of your fellow Leicestershire MP, Keith Vaz.

Our client has been, for quite some time, aware that you have been maliciously spreading false and highly defamatory scuttlebutt about him. You know that these allegations are wholly false and it is troubling that a fellow Member of Parliament from a neighbouring constituency should be so recklessly indifferent as to the truth.

Mr Vaz has for some time now chosen to ignore your increasingly desperate attempts to besmirch him. Mainly because as you did so, the people to whom you spoke, including include your fellow conservative (sic) MP’s have told Mr Vaz. However, the time has come where our client will no longer tolerate your spreading of intentional untruths. We are writing to put you on formal notice that if this shabby behaviour continues our client will no longer turn a blind eye to this and take steps to sue you personally for libel and false privacy, conspiracy to injure and indeed any other appropriate torts, holding you personally responsible not only for damages but also costs.

This letter does not require a substantive response, but does require an acknowledgement of receipt so that it is abundantly clear you understand the jeopardy in which you now stand.

Who to believe; Keith Vaz, a well known liar caught consorting with rent boys, or the MP who called him a liar who consorted with rent-boys? Isn’t it all a bit late now Keith?

Mail Retracts “Escort” Story After Trump Hires Gawker-Bankrupting Lawyer

The Daily Mail has issued a lengthy, grovelling retraction after Melania Trump filed a lawsuit against them in a Maryland court for publishing claims she was once an escort. Trump’s attorney Charles Harder is suing them for $150 million:

“Defendants broadcast their lies to millions of people throughout the US and the world. Defendants’ actions are so egregious, malicious and harmful to Mrs Trump that her damages are estimated at $US150 million.”

Harder is the infamous lawyer who represented Hulk Hogan in his successful suit against US gossip blog Gawker. Hogan was awarded damages of $140 million, Gawker was bankrupted and shut down. Late last night the Mail published a long retraction expressing “regret“:

“To the extent that anything in the Daily Mail’s article was interpreted as stating or suggesting that Mrs. Trump worked as an ‘escort’ or in the ‘sex business,’ that she had a ‘composite or presentation card for the sex business,’ or that either of the modeling agencies referenced in the article were engaged in these businesses, it is hereby retracted, and the Daily Mail newspaper regrets any such misinterpretation.”

Calling a presidential candidate’s wife a hooker does seem a little high risk. Gawker went under for reporting the truth…

Burgon Impressing Shadow Cabinet Colleagues in New Brief

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There was much snobbery from Labour moderates when Richard Burgon landed the role of Shadow Justice Secretary, but he has quickly forged a reputation as one of the Shadow Cabinet’s top thinkers. Each week, members of the Shadow Cabinet “legislation committee” meet to discuss policy. It is standard procedure that the party’s Justice spokesman gives his expert view on government bills, offering his thoughts on where they might trip up. During one recent discussion Burgon was asked for his legal opinion on a particularly complex piece of government legislation. According to a source familiar with the meeting, the Shadow Justice Secretary replied:

“Er, sorry, my speciality was personal injury law.”

Indeed, as this profile of the former ambulance chaser reveals, Burgon worked as a personal injury lawyer for Thompsons before he entered politics. Have you been involved in an accident at work that wasn’t your fault? Been given far too much responsibility because everyone else resigned? Give Richard a call…

Labour Wins Appeal to Block New Corbynista Voters

The Court of Appeal has ruled in favour of Labour and agreed that 130,000 new supporters who registered since January should not be allowed to vote in the Labour leadership contest. Will the Corbynistas appeal?

UPDATE: The five Corbynista complainants say they want to appeal to the Supreme Court but permission is refused.

Sun Names Elton John

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The Sun won their four-month long legal battle to report on Elton John’s sexual harassment case settlement. I guess that’s why they call it the news…

1,000 Bad Loser Barristers Sign ‘Block Brexit’ Letter

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Last week Guido reported that lap dancing lawyer Philip Kolvin QC is coordinating a letter from barristers to the Prime Minister trying to block Brexit. This morning City AM reveals over 1,000 bad loser barristers are putting their names to the hilariously pompous letter, which includes such cringeworthy pearls of £500-an-hour wisdom as:

Our legal opinion is that the referendum is advisory. The European Referendum Act does not make it legally binding.

Our opinion is that in order to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, there must first be primary legislation.

It is of the utmost importance that the legislative process is informed by an objective understanding as to the benefits, costs and risks of triggering Article 50. The reasons for this include the following:

There is evidence that the result of the referendum result was influenced by misrepresentations of fact and promises that could not be delivered. Since the result was only narrowly in favour of Brexit, it cannot be discounted that the misrepresentations and promises were a decisive or contributory factor in the result.

The outcome of the exit process will affect a generation of people who were not old enough to vote in the importance, e.g. 60% of those voting or 40% of the electorate. 

Essentially writing to David Cameron (PPE, Oxon) to tell him what every GCSE politics student knows: “parliament is sovereign”. Hopefully they were not doing so on billable time…

Lap Dancing Lawyer Tries to Block Brexit

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It’s not just Mishcon who want to block Brexit through the courts – now city silks are writing to the PM to demand Article 50 is not triggered. The pompous letter complains the “referendum did not set a threshold necessary to leave the EU”, whinges “the result of the referendum result was influenced by misrepresentations of fact” and moans “the outcome of the exit process will affect a generation of people who were not old enough to vote”. It tells Cameron to launch a Royal Commission and free vote in parliament. Who is behind this drivel?

Philip Kolvin QC, a silk who judging by his Chambers profile seems to do a lot of EU-law related work. His expertise is in licencing rather than constitutional law – specifically acting for “leading lap dance operators in London and the provinces” as well as “the sex shop industry in Soho”. Kolvin appears to have spammed his round-robin letter out across the whole Bar. Something tells Guido he won’t have a happy ending.

Zoopla CEO Behind Mishcon De Reya Anti-Brexit Legal Action

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City law firm Mishcon de Reya are launching a legal challenge to Brexit with the backing of a number of businesses who for some reason haven’t been named publicly. Guido can reveal one of the CEOs behind the action is CEO of the property website Zoopla. In an email to other businesses, CEO Alex Chesterman claimed:

“If the correct constitutional process is not followed then the notice to withdraw from the EU would be unlawful and open to legal challenge…

With this in mind, Mishcon de Reya, on behalf of a number of clients have commenced a legal process to ensure the UK Government will not trigger the procedure for withdrawal from the EU without parliamentary approval and have, subsequent to his article, retained Lord Pannick QC to act as counsel in this action. These steps seek to ensure that any Article 50 notification process is lawful.

I strongly encourage you to support this important issue. We want to ensure that this once-in-a-generation issue is handled properly under UK law with the correct constitutional process applied to an irreversible decision of this magnitude.

Please can I ask you to action as follows below:
 
1. Email Mishcon to lend your support/name to this process
2. Please use the hashtag: #mpstodecide and share/tweet the link to the Mishcon press release
3. Use this email as a basis to send your own version to your network to encourage wider support

If the referendum had been decided by FPTP, Leave would have won 440 seats to Remain’s 220. Good luck…

Cherie Blair: “Big Government is Doing Things to us Which are Unfair”

Cherie Blair, whose husband Tony created almost one new law for every day in office, railed against “big government” while supporting landlords in their judicial review of recent buy-to-let changes.

“United together, we can challenge the big government that is doing things to us which are unfair… I have a secret passion for homes under the hammer. And you know, time after time you see them interviewing people on that programme, and they are ordinary, decent people who have a little bit of money and have decided to try and use that wisely to provide for themselves and their families. I would have thought they were just the sort of people that a Conservative government would want to support”

Savour the buy-to-let landlord Cherie Blair bashing big government while lauding the Conservatives for naturally supporting “ordinary, decent people”This would never have happened under Maggie, or Tony for that matter…

Supreme Court Finds in Favour of PJS

The Supreme Court has found in favour of PJS, ruling that the rich and powerful can hide their misdemeanours from public knowledge. Farcically, Judge Mance concluded that PJS is “likely to be granted a permanent injunction notwithstanding the internet and social media publication” – despite admitting that anyone can access the information online, the judge has decided it is illegal to publish in print. The judge describes how PJS’s “solicitors have been doing their best to remove offending URLs and web pages”, well whatever he says they have demonstrably failed. He talks of how coverage on the internet has been “restricted“. He is asking for Chinese-style restrictions of what you can read online in England…

Lord Toulson disagreed with the other judges on the panel, arguing:

“that where the information is widely available, the form of the publication should not make a significant difference”

He is of course correct, but was outvoted by his fellow judges. The internet has made an ass of the law…

The ruling specifically excludes those in public office from the privacy protections. So it is still open season on politicians…

£500,000 Expenses Fraudster MEP Jailed

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Remember Peter Skinner, the Labour MEP who clocked up £500,000 on “expenses” while enjoying a lifestyle of lavish Hawaiian scuba diving holidays, expensive jewellery, and stays in top class hotels? The crook was jailed today for four years. He claimed he had simply been confused about the EU’s generous expenses rules. Brussels is rotten to the core…

Alleged Granny Basher MP in Court Today

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Labour MP Marie Rimmer, accused of kicking an elderly Indy campaigner during the Scottish referendum, is in court for the first day of her trial. She denies the charges. Will Labour have to suspend another MP if the jury don’t believe her?

Blundering BBC Broadcast Hillsborough Verdict

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The jury at the three year-long Hillsborough inquest have reached a majority verdict, which cannot be reported until 11am tomorrow morning. So it’s a pretty major blooper for the BBC to broadcast that verdict in their headline caption, redacted by Guido in the above image. Here is the Beeb reporter outside the court pretending not to know the result and explaining why they should not have put it up on the screen:

Potentially in contempt of court…

Still Awaiting Celebrity Threesome Injunction Decision

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PJS -v- News Group Newspapers Ltd

21 April 2016

On appeal from the Court of Appeal Civil Division (England and Wales)

At the end of the hearing on 21st April the Supreme Court announced that it would reserve judgment and give its decision at a later date.

The injunction granted by the Court of Appeal and continued by this Court remains in force.

No decision yet. One thing appears to have been accepted by both parties in the Supreme Court without challenge – that this website is outside the jurisdiction of the English Courts. Which is what Guido told Leveson, Carter-Ruck and various learned rent-a-quotes

Celebrity Threesome Injunction Decision on Thursday

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The Supreme Court will hear argument as to whether permission to appeal should be granted, and, if it is granted, as to whether the appeal should be allowed or dismissed. The interim injunction granted by the Court of Appeal will remain in place until the conclusion of the Supreme Court hearing, and at the end of the hearing the Supreme Court will decide whether to continue that injunction. […] Read the rest

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