Rights holders alliance to defend Digital Economy Act – The Guardian

Posted January 31st, 2011 in copyright, internet, news by sally

“A coalition of rights holders, including the Premier League and trade bodies representing the music, film and TV industries, is lining up to intervene against internet service providers in the judicial review of legislation to tackle illegal downloading.”

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The Guardian, 31st January 2011

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Recent Statutory Instruments – legislation.gov.uk

Posted January 31st, 2011 in legislation by sally

The Uplands Transitional Payment Regulations 2011

The Official Feed and Food Controls (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2011

The Crime and Security Act 2010 (Commencement No. 2) Order 2011

Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

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BAILII: Recent Decisions

Posted January 31st, 2011 in law reports by sally

Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

Goldstone v Goldstone & Ors [2011] EWCA Civ 39 (28 January 2011)

High Court (Queen’s Bench Division)

Wallis & Anor v Meredith [2011] EWHC 75 (QB) (28 January 2011)

Irish Response Ltd v Direct Beauty Products Ltd & Anor [2011] EWHC 37 (QB) (21 January 2011)

High Court (Administrative Court)

AO, R (on the application of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2011] EWHC 110 (Admin) (28 January 2011)

High Court (Commercial Court)

Teal Assurance Company Ltd v W R Berkley Insurance (Europe) Ltd & Anor [2011] EWHC 91 (Comm) (31 January 2011)

Source: www.bailii.org

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LSC and consumer bodies call for complaints publication – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted January 31st, 2011 in complaints, news by sally

“The Legal Services Commission is pushing to obtain access to ‘detailed information’ about successful complaints made against solicitors, which it will use to assess the performance of its providers.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 31st January 2011

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At last, the stigma of 50 years is removed – The Independent

Posted January 31st, 2011 in criminal records, homosexuality, news by sally

“Gay men convicted for something no longer an offence win right for criminal records to be expunged.”

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The Independent, 30th January 2011

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Thousands could sue Government over unlawful ‘child protection’ sackings – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 31st, 2011 in child neglect, criminal records, news, nurses, vetting by sally

“Nurses who were banned from working under a controversial vetting scheme are to launch a major test case against the Government in the European Court.”

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Daily Telegraph, 30th January 2011

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Counter-terrorism and security powers review – The Guardian

Posted January 31st, 2011 in control orders, news, terrorism by sally

“Read the full report from Lord Macdonald of River Glaven QC that found the continued use of electronic tags and overnight curfews for terror suspects on control orders was ‘disproportionate, unnecessary and objectionable’”

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The Guardian, 28th January 2011

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Fears of rise in summary justice in spending cuts – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 31st, 2011 in fines, news, penalties by sally

“Offenders will increasingly escape prosecution and be handed cautions, fines and other out-of-court penalties when the spending cuts bite, a former probation watchdog has warned.”

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Daily Telegraph, 31st January 2011

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End to epilepsy drug action delayed – The Independent

Posted January 31st, 2011 in class actions, legal aid, medicines, news by sally

“A move to discontinue legal action brought by families who blame an epilepsy drug for causing defects in their children suffered a delay today (28 January).”

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The Independent, 28th January 2011

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Theresa May unfolds new ‘toolkit’ to tackle antisocial behaviour – The Guardian

Posted January 31st, 2011 in ASBOs, news by sally

“The home secretary, Theresa May, is to speed up and intensify action against antisocial behaviour, saying her plans to scrap asbos have been misunderstood.”

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The Guardian, 30th January 2011

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Innocent DNA retention to be challenged – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 31st, 2011 in criminal records, DNA, human rights, news, police by sally

“Police chiefs could be forced to clear the DNA database of innocent people ahead of any change in the law under a legal challenge that begins today.”

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Daily Telegraph, 31st January 2011

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Care home residents denied legal aid – by typing error – The Independent

Posted January 31st, 2011 in care homes, disabled persons, law firms, legal aid, news by sally

“A solicitor who has battled for years on behalf of disabled and elderly residents of care homes has been told she will get no legal aid work in the coming year – because of a typing error.”

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The Independent, 31st January 2011

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Jeremy Bamber hopes new crime scene evidence will free him – The Guardian

Posted January 31st, 2011 in appeals, evidence, murder, news by sally

“Police investigating the White House Farm killings, for which Jeremy Bamber was convicted of multiple murders, have been accused of corrupting vital evidence after claims they allowed the crime scene to be used as a training exercise for firearms officers.”

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The Guardian, 31st January 2011

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Second B&B owner sued for turning gay couple away – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 28th, 2011 in Christianity, news, sexual orientation discrimination by sally

“A gay couple, turned away from a bed and breakfast, after the owner told them it was against her Christian convictions to let them share a bed, have launched a claim for sexual discrimination.”

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Daily Telegraph, 27th January 2011

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Bury Council’s equal pay claim appeal rejected – BBC News

Posted January 28th, 2011 in equal pay, news by sally

“Hundreds of women working at a Greater Manchester council are in line for compensation after an equal pay case.”

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BBC News, 28th January 2011

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Oil millionaire’s ex-wife wins £3m more in divorce settlement – The Independent

Posted January 28th, 2011 in divorce, news by sally

“An oil technology millionaire was ordered to increase his former wife’s divorce settlement from £5 million to £8 million today.”

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The Independent, 28th January 2011

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Killer mobility scooter driver escapes prosecution – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 28th, 2011 in footpaths, news, prosecutions, road traffic offences by sally

“The driver of a mobility scooter who killed a 90-year old pedestrian escaped prosecution because no law existed to enable police to take action, an inquest heard.”

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Daily Telegraph, 25th January 2011

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Network Rail: inquiry launched into ‘misuse of public funds and illicit payments’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 28th, 2011 in corruption, inquiries, news, railways by sally

“An inquiry has been launched into allegations that Network Rail, which runs the country’s track infrastructure, has been misusing public funds and claims senior officials received illicit payments.”

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Daily Telegraph, 28th January 2011

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Discrimination ruling against voluntary workers ‘unfair’ says human rights body – The Guardian

Posted January 28th, 2011 in disability discrimination, news, volunteers by sally

“An appeal court ruling which denies volunteer workers the anti-discrimination employment protection enjoyed by staff has been described as unfair by the Equality and Human Rights Commission.”

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The Guardian, 28th January 2011

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The Highest Court in the Land: Justice Makers – BBC Four

Posted January 28th, 2011 in news, Supreme Court by sally

“They are the UK’s most powerful arbiters of justice and now, for the first time, four of the Justices of the Supreme Court talk frankly and openly about the nature of justice and how they make their decisions. The film offers a revealing glimpse of the human characters behind the judgments and explores why the Supreme Court and its members are fundamental to our democracy.”

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BBC Four, 28th January 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk