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  • If HMRC supplied historic income is incorrect FTT should adjourn appeal and request new figure (Upper Tribunal)
    In BK v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2022] UKUT 283 (AAC), the Upper Tribunal allowed the non-resident parent's (NRP's) appeal where he had produced cogent evidence before the First-Tier Tribunal (FTT) that the historic income figure supplied by HMRC was inconsistent with information supplied by his employer under PAYE regulations. The FTT should have adjourned the appeal and required the Secretary of State to request a new historic income figure from HMRC on which to base the child support liability.
  • HMCTS Estates Strategy 2021-2031 published
    On 23 November 2022, HMCTS published a policy paper, HMCTS Estates Strategy 2021-2031, setting out its intentions regarding the future of the courts and tribunals estate.
  • ECHR does not require UK courts to breach the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations or seek an amendment to it (Court of Appeal)
    In Barnet LBC v AG (A Child) [2022] EWCA Civ 1505, the Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal and held that the systems duty under Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) does not require the UK to breach the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations 1961 (VC) or seek an amendment to it. Even if Article 3 is incompatible with the VC and Diplomatic Privileges Act 1964 (DPA 1964), it is not open to the court to grant a declaration of incompatibility.