Law schools to increase fees despite downturn – Legal Week

Posted February 26th, 2009 in fees, legal education, news by sally

“Three of London’s law schools have considerably increased their Legal Practice Course (LPC), despite the widespread cost-cutting measures currently being implemented across the profession.”

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Legal Week, 26th February 2009

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John Hutton admits terror suspects were handed over for rendition – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 26th, 2009 in news, terrorism, torture by sally

“Defence secretary John Hutton has admitted that two terror suspects were handed to the US then flown to Afghanistan for interrogation.”

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Daily Telegraph, 26th February 2009

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Bank charges ruling paves way for refunds – The Guardian

Posted February 26th, 2009 in banking, news by sally

“Banks and building societies could be forced to return billions of pounds to consumers after a court threw out their appeal over unauthorised overdraft charges.”

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The Guardian, 26th February 2009

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Norris resumes battle to avoid extradition – The Times

Posted February 26th, 2009 in extradition, news by sally

“Retired businessman Ian Norris began a new High Court battle today to avoid extradition to the US where he faces trial on charges of obstructing justice.”

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The Times, 26th February 2009

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Hacker loses latest extradition battle – The Independent

Posted February 26th, 2009 in computer crime, extradition, news by sally

“Computer hacker Gary McKinnon lost the latest round of his fight against extradition to the US today when British prosecutors refused to bring charges against him.”

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The Independent, 26th February 2009

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Recent Statutory Instruments – OPSI

Posted February 26th, 2009 in legislation by sally

The Civil Enforcement of Parking Contraventions (County of Worcestershire) (Borough of Redditch) Designation Order 2009

The Civil Enforcement of Parking Contraventions (County of Staffordshire) (Districts of Cannock Chase, Lichfield, South Staffordshire and Tamworth) Designation Order 2009

The Gambling Act 2005 (Gaming Machines in Bingo Premises) Order 2009

The Pensions Act 2004 (Commencement No.12) Order 2009

The Street Works (Charges for Unreasonably Prolonged Occupation of the Highway) (England) Regulations 2009

Source: www.opsi.gov.uk

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Royal Mail partial sell-off Bill published – The Independent

Posted February 26th, 2009 in bills, news, postal service by sally

“The Government today pressed ahead with its controversial plans to part-privatise the Royal Mail but tried to head off growing criticism by pledging to enshrine in law that the organisation would remain publicly owned.”

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The Independent, 26th February 2009

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Woman guilty of supermarket death – BBC News

Posted February 26th, 2009 in homicide, news, sentencing by sally

“A woman has been found guilty of manslaughter after a shopper was killed following a row over queue jumping.”

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BBC News, 26th February 2009

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Generics (UK) Ltd and others v H Lundbeck A/S – WLR Daily

Posted February 26th, 2009 in law reports, patents by sally

Generics (UK) Ltd and others v H Lundbeck A/S [2009] WLR (D) 68

“A claim for revocation on the ground of insufficiency of a patent in which claims 1 and 3 were to a product consisting of a single chemical compound and claim 6 was to a process for preparing it failed.”

WLR Daily, 25th February 2009

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

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Mitchell and Another v Glasgow City Council – Times Law Reports

Posted February 26th, 2009 in assault, duty of care, law reports, local government, negligence by sally

Mitchell and Another v Glasgow City Council

House of Lords

“Local housing authority landlords were under no duty to warn a neighbour who had received death threats from an abusive tenant that a meeting had been arranged at which he was warned that he would be evicted unless his behaviour improved, after which the abusive tenant inflicted fatal injuries on his neighbour.”

The Times, 26th February 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Please note the Times Law Reports are only available free on Times Online for 21 from the date of publication.

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BAILII: Recent Decisions

Posted February 26th, 2009 in law reports by sally

Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)

Khanani, R. v [2009] EWCA Crim 276 (28 January 2009)

Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office v M [2009] EWCA Crim 214 (21 January 2009)

Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

AM (Somalia), R (on the application of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2009] EWCA Civ 114 (25 February 2009)

S & Ors, R (on the application of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2009] EWCA Civ 334 (25 February 2009)

High Court (Chancery Division)

Slattery v Cabinet Office Civil Service Pensions & Anor [2009] EWHC 226 (Ch) (16 February 2009)

Clearview International Ltd & Ors v PWH Com Ltd & Ors [2009] EWHC 167 (Ch) (06 February 2009)

High Court (Queen’s Bench Division)

Department for Business Enterprise & Regulatory Reform v O’Brien & Anor [2009] EWHC 164 (QB) (10 February 2009)

Thorne v Lass Salt Garvin (A Firm) [2009] EWHC 100 (QB) (28 January 2009)

Roach & Ors v Home Office [2009] EWHC 312 (QB) (25 February 2009)

High Court (Administrative Court)

Farrell, R (on the application of) v Cheshire County Council [2009] EWHC 260 (Admin) (03 February 2009)

Hassan, R (on the application of) v Secretary of State for Defence [2009] EWHC 309 (Admin) (25 February 2009)

The Bard Campaign & Anor v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government [2009] EWHC 308 (Admin) (25 February 2009)

High Court (Technology and Construction Court)

Linnett v Halliwells Llp [2009] EWHC 319 (TCC) (24 February 2009)

Source: www.bailii.org

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Child Support Agency: tough new line leaves parents few appeal rights – The Times

Posted February 26th, 2009 in appeals, child support, news by sally

“I have spent most of the past ten years representing parents, mostly women, trying to recover ever-increasing arrears of maintenance from the Child Support Agency.”

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The Times, 26th February 2009

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Miliband faces high court battle in UK over Gaza rights – The Guardian

Posted February 26th, 2009 in international law, news, weapons by sally

“The foreign secretary, David Miliband, has acted ‘in flagrant and continuing breach of international law’ in failing to suspend arms exports to Israel, the high court will be told.”

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The Guardian, 25th February 2009

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Now bankers want a new bonus – lower divorce settlements – The Independent

Posted February 26th, 2009 in divorce, financial provision, news by sally

“Divorced bankers who have had their bonuses cut are trying to wriggle out of millions of pounds worth of maintenance payments they promised to pay their children and former wives. Dozens of ex-husbands in the City are going back to court to ask judges to reduce divorce settlements that were agreed in much rosier economic times.”

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The Independent, 26th February 2009

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Improved care for young, vulnerable witnesses – Ministry of Justice

Posted February 26th, 2009 in children, news, witnesses by sally

“Plans to give young, vulnerable witnesses better support and encourage more witnesses to come forward with evidence of crimes have today been published by Justice Minister Maria Eagle.”

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Ministry of Justice, 25th February 2009

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Early release ‘undermines’ system – BBC News

Posted February 26th, 2009 in early release, news by sally

“Public confidence in the criminal justice system is being eroded by the early release scheme, the former Lord Chief Justice has told the BBC.”

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BBC News, 25th February 2009

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Lord Ahmed jailed for sending texts while driving before fatal crash – The Guardian

Posted February 26th, 2009 in dangerous driving, news, sentencing by sally

“The prominent Labour peer Lord Ahmed of Rotherham was jailed for 12 weeks today after admitting sending texts while driving shortly before his Jaguar ploughed into a stationary car on the M1, killing its driver.”

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The Guardian, 25th February 2009

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Solicitors’ regulator faces corporate rebellion – The Times

Posted February 26th, 2009 in law firms, news, Solicitors Regulation Authority by sally

“Do the big corporate law firms want to be policed alongside their high street counterparts? And is such dual regulation even possible? As two ends of the profession become increasingly differentiated, so the task of regulating both becomes harder. Now, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is facing a rebellion in the City, where leading global practices say that the two-year-old body cannot regulate the profession’s top end.”

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The Times, 26th February 2009

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Judge refuses Iraq war ‘torture death’ probe – The Independent

Posted February 26th, 2009 in armed forces, human rights, inquiries, Iraq, news, torture by sally

“An Iraqi who claims his brother was arrested by British forces and tortured and killed during the Iraq war has failed in a High Court bid to win an inquiry into the death under human rights laws.”

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The Independent, 25th February 2009

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Jury fail to reach verdicts in inflatable artwork trial – The Guardian

Posted February 26th, 2009 in artistic works, health & safety, homicide, news by sally

“The jury in the trial of an artist accused of killing two women when his inflatable sculpture blew away failed to reach verdicts today (25 February).”

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The Guardian, 25th February 2009

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