More separating couples to be spared court battles – Ministry of Justice

Posted February 23rd, 2011 in dispute resolution, divorce, news by sally

“Anyone setting out to contest the terms of their separation in court will first be required to consider mediation, under a new protocol agreed with the Judiciary.”

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Ministry of Justice, 23rd February 2011

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

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Torture inquiry is legally flawed, say rights groups as NGOs ponder boycott – The Guardian

Posted February 23rd, 2011 in inquiries, news, rendition, torture by sally

“An inquiry set up by David Cameron to examine Britain’s involvement in torture and rendition since 9/11 is running into trouble even before it has begun hearing evidence, with human rights organisations warning that it will fail to meet the UK’s obligations under international and domestic law.”

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The Guardian, 23rd February 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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Oversupply of lawyers to drive down costs, says Green – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted February 23rd, 2011 in legal services, news, paralegals, remuneration by sally

“The oversupply of qualified lawyers denied entry to the profession has led to a ‘burgeoning body of paralegals’ that will have a profound effect on solicitors and barristers, former bar chairman Nick Green QC said last week.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 23rd February 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

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Library cuts in Somerset and Gloucestershire challenged – BBC News

Posted February 23rd, 2011 in budgets, judicial review, libraries, local government, news by sally

“A High Court challenge is being launched over public library closures.”

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BBC News, 23rd February 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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Appeal Court rules in favour of homeowner sued over “cowboy” builder accident – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 23rd, 2011 in compensation, construction industry, health & safety, news, personal injuries by sally

“Home owners are not responsible for the safety of workmen on their property, the Court of Appeal has ruled, throwing out a Polish builder’s claim for compensation from a woman who refused to let him walk on her pristine white carpets.”

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Daily Telegraph, 23rd February 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

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News release: More separating couples to be spared court battles – Ministry of Justice

Posted February 23rd, 2011 in dispute resolution, divorce, news by sally

“Anyone setting out to contest the terms of their separation in court will first be required to consider mediation, under a new protocol agreed with the Judiciary.”

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Ministry of Justice, 23rd February 2011

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

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Julian Assange is very likely to be extradited, says Matrix barrister – The Guardian

Posted February 23rd, 2011 in EC law, extradition, news, sexual offences, warrants by sally

“It is ‘very likely’ that a senior district judge will order the extradition of Julian Assange to Sweden to face sexual assault charges, a barrister at Matrix Chambers predicted this week.”

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The Guardian, 23rd February 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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BAILII: Recent Decisions

Posted February 23rd, 2011 in law reports by sally

Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

Tullett Prebon Plc & Ors v BGC Brokers LP & Ors [2011] EWCA Civ 131 (22 February 2011)

Baxter v Mannion [2011] EWCA Civ 120 (22 February 2011)

PO (Nigeria) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2011] EWCA Civ 132 (22 February 2011)

Goad v Butcher & Anor [2011] EWCA Civ 158 (22 February 2011)

Bateman, R (on the application of) v South Cambridgeshire District Council [2011] EWCA Civ 157 (22 February 2011)

High Court (Administrative Court)

Solicitors Regulation Authority v Dennison [2011] EWHC 291 (Admin) (22 February 2011)

High Court (Family Division)

Kremen v Agrest [2010] EWHC 2571 (Fam) (15 October 2010)

Kremen v Agrest [2010] EWHC 3091 (Fam) (03 December 2010)

Source: www.bailii.org

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Recent Statutory Instruments – legislation.gov.uk

Posted February 23rd, 2011 in legislation by sally

The Student Fees (Amounts) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2011

The Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) (Amendment) Regulations 2011

The Reconstitution of the Witham Fourth District Drainage Board Order 2010

The Scotter Drainage Authority and Scotter Internal Drainage District (Abolition) Order 2010

The Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Act 2003 Commencement (Wales) (No. 5) Order 2011

The NHS Redress (Wales) Measure 2008 (Commencement) Order 2011

The Bee Diseases and Pests Control (Wales) (Amendment) Order 2011

Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

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Professional Practice Committee guidance on the Provision of Services Regulations 2009 – The Bar Council

Posted February 23rd, 2011 in barristers, legal services, news, professional conduct by sally

“Guidance for barristers produced by the Professional Practice Committee of the Bar Council on the Provision of Services Regulations 2009 (the ‘Regulations’) has been sent to all Heads of Chambers this week.”

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The Bar Council, 22nd February 2011

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

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A vision for restorative justice – Ministry of Justice

Posted February 23rd, 2011 in restorative justice, speeches, victims by sally

“Minister Nick Herbert spoke about the benefits of restorative justice and the need to embed it in every part of the criminal justice system.”

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Ministry of Justice, 22nd February 2011

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

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Mother cleared of killing children in house fire – The Guardian

Posted February 23rd, 2011 in arson, grievous bodily harm, murder, news by sally

“A mother cleared of killing her children in a house fire wept as she walked free from court and said she just wanted to start piecing her life back together.”

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The Guardian, 22nd February 2011

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Cecil and others v Bayat and others – WLR Daily

Cecil and others v Bayat and others [2011] EWCA Civ 135; [2011] WLR (D) 51

“The claimants in a proposed action for breach of contract and damages were not entitled unilaterally to decide to postpone service of their claim form out of the jurisdiction under CPR 7.6(1). They should have served the form in the period of its initial validity, and, if they were not in a financial position to proceed immediately with the claim, they should have issued an application seeking a stay, or an extension of the time for procedural steps to be taken. The fact that the claimants spent the period of initial validity seeking a conditional fee agreement and after-the-event insurance was not a valid reason for their not having served the claim form, since their funds were sufficient to serve the claim even if they were not then in a position to fund the entire course of the litigation.”

WLR Daily, 21st February 2011

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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Law in Action – BBC Radio 4

Posted February 23rd, 2011 in extradition, internet, news, telecommunications by sally

“The attempt to extradite Julian Assange to Sweden has raised several legal issues. In the first of the new series Joshua Rozenberg asks whether Julian Assange’s lawyer Mark Stephens overstepped the mark by declaring the innocence of his client. He asks the United States legal representative in the UK, Amy Jeffress, if the extradition arrangements between the US and UK need changing and he looks at whether the media should be tweeting from court.”

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BBC Radio 4, 22nd February 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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Teacher who put pupils into their own sex’n'drugs novel awaits tribunal result – The Guardian

Posted February 23rd, 2011 in news, professional conduct, teachers, unfair dismissal by sally

“A much-praised teacher who persuaded difficult pupils to read by making them characters in their own, grittily realistic novel is about to find out whether an employment tribunal will allow her to relaunch her career.”

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The Guardian, 22nd February 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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Shooting councillor Stephen Govier prompts law review – BBC News

Posted February 23rd, 2011 in criminal records, disqualification, firearms, local government, news by sally

“The government is considering a change in the law after the BBC revealed a south London councillor had a gun crime conviction but could not be sacked.”

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BBC News, 22nd February 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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Cornish pasty wins protected status from European commission – The Guardian

Posted February 23rd, 2011 in food, news, protected geographical indication by sally

“The Cornish pasty has become a protected food following a long campaign to prevent it being copied by imitators.”

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The Guardian, 22nd February 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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Paula Poolton killer loses Royal Mail unfair sacking case – BBC News

Posted February 23rd, 2011 in murder, news, unfair dismissal by sally

“A Royal Mail worker from Hampshire who was sacked when he was charged with murdering his married lover has lost his case for unfair dismissal.”

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BBC News, 22nd February 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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Divorcing couples to go through mediation before court – BBC News

Posted February 23rd, 2011 in dispute resolution, divorce, news by sally

“Divorcing couples will be referred to mediation to sort out most disputes before they are allowed to use the courts, the government is announcing.”

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BBC News, 23rd February 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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Facebook threatens to sue Daily Mail over paedophile story – The Guardian

Posted February 23rd, 2011 in child abuse, defamation, internet, media, news by sally

“Facebook is threatening legal action against the Daily Mail amid a dispute over the headline of a front page story that named the social networking website in the context of a story about a paedophile gang operating in Devon.”

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The Guardian, 22nd February 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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