What if Rebekah Brooks stays silent? – The Guardian

“As reporters wait, tweet-fingers poised, for such nuggets of information as Rebekah Brooks may dangle before MPs this afternoon, constitutional lawyers will be much more interested in any excuses she may give for not answering questions.”

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The Guardian, 19th July 2011

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Scissors-stabbing fiance Nigel Bassett jailed for 10 years – BBC News

Posted July 19th, 2011 in assault, attempts, murder, news, sentencing by tracey

“A man has been jailed for 10 years after stabbing his ex-fiancee minutes after she called off their wedding.”

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BBC News, 19th July 2011

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Ratcliffe power station protesters cleared on appeal – BBC News

Posted July 19th, 2011 in appeals, demonstrations, news, police, trespass by tracey

“The convictions of 20 protesters for trying to shut down the UK’s second largest power station have been quashed by the Court of Appeal.”

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BBC News, 19th July 2011

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Serial killers entiteld to benefits, minister admits – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 19th, 2011 in benefits, mental health, murder, news by tracey

“Serial killers including Ian Brady and Peter Sutcliffe, the Yorkshire Ripper could be claiming hundreds of pounds a year in benefits, it has emerged.”

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Daily Telegraph, 19th July 2011

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Government responds to 7/7 inquests – Home Office

Posted July 19th, 2011 in emergency services, inquests, intelligence services, press releases by tracey

“Government and the security service accept recommendations made by the coroner.”

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Home Office, 19th July 2011

Source: www.homeoffice.gov.uk

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Wigton firm Innovia Films fined £90,000 after fireball – BBC News

Posted July 19th, 2011 in fines, fire, health & safety, news by tracey

“A packaging firm has been fined £90,000 after two workers were seriously injured in a fireball at a factory in Cumbria.”

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BBC News, 18th July 2011

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Command Papers – official-documents.gov.uk

Posted July 19th, 2011 in parliamentary papers by tracey

Free Trade Agreement between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of Korea, of the other part – Volume III, Cm Cm 8149-III (PDF)

Free Trade Agreement between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of Korea, of the other part – Volume II, Cm 8149-II (PDF)

Free Trade Agreement between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of Korea, of the other part – Volume I, Cm 8149-I (PDF)

Treasury minutes on the thirty fourth to the thirty seventh reports from the Committee of Public Accounts session 2010-12: 34th report Immigration: the points based system – work routes (Home Office); 35th report The procurement of consumables by National Health Service acute and Foundation Trusts; 36th report Regulating financial sustainability in higher education (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills; 37th report Departmental Business Planning (HM Treasury and the Cabinet Office), Cm 8129 (PDF)

Memorandum to the Transport Select Committee: post-legislative assessment of the Civil Aviation Act 2006, Cm 8128 (PDF)

Independent Review of Key Stage 2 testing, assessment and accountability: Government response, Cm 8144 (PDF)

Memorandum to the Transport Select Committee: post-legislative assessment of the Merchant Shipping (Pollution) Act 2006, Cm 8143 (PDF)

Memorandum to the Transport Select Committee: post-legislative assessment of the Road Safety Act 2006, Cm 8141 (PDF)

Source: www.official-documents.gov.uk

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Three men jailed over set-top box fraud – The Independent

Posted July 19th, 2011 in conspiracy, fraud, news, sentencing by tracey

“Three men who took part in a massive fraud by selling set-top boxes which allowed people unlawful free access to Virgin Media’s cable television channels have been jailed for a total of 15 years.”

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The Independent, 19th July 2011

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BAA must sell Stansted and one other airport – The Independent

Posted July 19th, 2011 in airports, competition, news by tracey

“Airport operator BAA must sell two of its UK airports, competition chiefs said today in a final ruling. BAA, which runs six UK airports including Heathrow, will have to sell Stansted followed by either Edinburgh or Glasgow airport, the Competition Commission (CC) said.”

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The Independent, 19th July 2011

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BAILII: Recent Decisions

Posted July 19th, 2011 in law reports by tracey

Supreme Court

Duncombe & Ors v Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families [2011] UKSC 36 (15 July 2011)

High Court (Patents Court)

Ranbaxy (UK) Ltd v Astrazeneca AB [2011] EWHC 1831 (Pat) (15 July 2011)

Select Healthcare (UK) Ltd v Cromptons Healthcare Ltd & Anor [2011] EWHC 1830 (Pat) (15 July 2011)

Source: www.bailii.org

 

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Places for People Homes Ltd v Sharples; A2 Dominion Homes Ltd v Godfrey – WLR Daily

Posted July 19th, 2011 in appeals, housing, insolvency, landlord & tenant, law reports, repossession by tracey

Places for People Homes Ltd v Sharples; A2 Dominion Homes Ltd v Godfrey [2011] EWCA Civ 813;  [2011] WLR (D)  233

“The provisions of the insolvency legislation did not fetter the power of the county court to make a possession order for non-payment of rent against a bankrupt assured tenant or an assured tenant protected by a debt relief order (“DRO”) made under Part 7A of the Insolvency Act 1986 (inserted by section 108(1) of and Schedule 17 to the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007) , although the court could not make an order for payment of unpaid rent against a bankrupt’s estate. Although the moratorium under a debt protection order rendered it unreasonable to make a suspended possession order conditional on paying off past debt, the county court had jurisdiction to make such an order conditional on payment of the current rent.”

WLR Daily, 15th July 2011

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

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The Lord Mayor’s dinner for HM Judges – Speech by The Lord Judge

Posted July 19th, 2011 in civil justice, judiciary, legal services, speeches by tracey

“The Lord Mayor’s dinner for HM Judges, Speech by The Lord Judge, Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, 15/07/2011.”

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Judiciary of England and wales, 15th July 2011

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Reminder to barristers carrying out public access work – Bar Standards Board

Posted July 19th, 2011 in barristers, legal aid, press releases by tracey

“It has recently become apparent that some members of the Bar may have been accepting public access work from clients eligible for public funding, this is currently not permitted under Rule 3(1) of the Public Access Rules.”

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Bar Standards Board, 18th July 2011

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

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Home Secretary statement on the Metropolitan Police – Home Office

Posted July 19th, 2011 in news, police by tracey

“The Home Secretary has expressed her gratitude for the work of Sir Paul Stephenson and John Yates.
The comments were made in an oral statement to the House of Commons about the Metropolitan Police Service.”

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Home Office, 18th July 2011

Source: www.homeoffice.gov.uk

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Lord Grabiner: high court hero faces tough new role with News Corporation – The Guardian

Posted July 19th, 2011 in barristers, media, news by tracey

“Heavyweight corporate lawyer will chair News Corporation’s beefed-up standards committee.”

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The Guardian, 18th July 2011

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‘No win, no fee’ agreements have led to the exposure of media abuse – The Guardian

Posted July 19th, 2011 in civil justice, defamation, fees, insurance, media, news, privacy by tracey

“The present proposals by the Ministry of Justice to abolish the recovery by successful claimants of the success fees on ‘no win no fee’ libel and privacy cases and the recovery of ‘after the event’ (ATE) insurance premiums represents a damaging and dangerous attack on access to justice for ordinary citizens of modest means.”

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The Guardian, 18th July 2011

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Jenna Thomas murder appeal over juror’s message fails – BBC News

Posted July 19th, 2011 in appeals, juries, news by tracey

“Claims by a former nightclub doorman that his conviction for murdering a 21-year-old woman was rendered unsafe by a juror’s message of condolence have been rejected by the appeal court.”

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BBC News, 18th July 2011

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JK Rowling ‘plagiarism’ case fails – BBC News

Posted July 19th, 2011 in costs, news, plagiarism by tracey

“A legal claim that JK Rowling lifted the plot of one of her Harry Potter books from the work of another writer is to go no further.”

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BBC News, 18th July 2011

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Fortnum & Mason protest: CPS drops charges against 109 UK Uncut activists – The Guardian

Posted July 19th, 2011 in Crown Prosecution Service, demonstrations, news, public interest, trespass by tracey

“The Crown Prosecution Service has dropped charges of aggravated trespass against 109 UK Uncut activists who occupied Fortnum & Mason in March, saying they are no longer in the public interest.”

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The Guardian, 18th July 2011

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CPS in crisis as allegations of suppressed evidence wreck trials – The Guardian

Posted July 19th, 2011 in Crown Prosecution Service, disclosure, evidence, inquiries, news by tracey

“The Crown Prosecution Service faces a crisis following the abandonment of a series of trials after allegations of serious wrongdoing were made against its staff.”

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The Guardian, 18th July 2011

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