Top Gear did not libel carmaker Tesla, high court rules – The Guardian

Posted October 19th, 2011 in defamation, malicious falsehood, media, news by sally

“Electric sports carmaker Tesla Motors has lost a major part of its high court libel claim against the BBC’s Top Gear programme, but is still suing the corporation for malicious falsehood over an episode that showed the company’s Roadster model running out of battery in a race.”

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The Guardian, 19th October 2011

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Energy efficiency scheme will begin in a year as Energy Act comes into force – OUT-LAW.com

Posted October 19th, 2011 in carbon dioxide emissions, energy, legislation, news by sally

“The Energy Act has become law, putting in place a Government-backed scheme that will enable new energy efficiency measures in both domestic and commercial properties to be undertaken at no up-front cost. Costs will be paid over time through energy bills.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 19th October 2011

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Lawyer explains why hacking victim won £425,000 – The Independent

Posted October 19th, 2011 in compensation, interception, media, news, privacy by sally

“The lawyer who advised News Group to pay £425,000 to Gordon Taylor said today the company was in an unprecedented position because the Professional Footballers Association chief had evidence that his phone had been hacked.”

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The Independent, 19th October 2011

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Ken Clarke plans secret court hearings to avoid revealing intelligence – The Guardian

Posted October 19th, 2011 in courts, disclosure, intelligence services, news, private hearings by sally

“Intelligence gathered by MI5 and MI6, even if obtained by torture, will never be disclosed in court proceedings under proposals published by the justice secretary, Kenneth Clarke.”

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The Guardian, 19th October 2011

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Go-ahead for Brent library closure appeal – The Independent

Posted October 19th, 2011 in appeals, budgets, demonstrations, judicial review, libraries, local government, news by sally

“A judge has ordered an urgent hearing of an appeal against a landmark decision giving the go-ahead for the closure of six libraries.”

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The Independent, 19th October 2011

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Libel reform: final report of the joint committee on the draft defamation bill – The Guardian

Posted October 19th, 2011 in bills, defamation, news, trial without jury by sally

“Read MPs and peers’ verdict on the government’s plans to reform libel law.”

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The Guardian, 19th October 2011

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Libel reform: juries should be dropped for most trials, says committee – The Guardian

Posted October 19th, 2011 in bills, defamation, news, trial without jury by sally

“Libel trials by jury should be abolished for all but exceptional cases involving public figures, a parliamentary committee has recommended.”

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The Guardian, 19th October 2011

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Three articles on the Localism Bill – 11 KBW

Posted October 19th, 2011 in bills, local government, news by sally

Localism Bill: Senior Pay and Referenda (PDF)

The Localism Bill and the General Power of Competence (PDF)

Localism Bill: Commercial Purpose, Governance and Conduct (PDF)

11 KBW, 12th October 2011

Source: www.11kbw.com

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Discount Rates: Why are we here and where are we going? – Byrom Street Chambers

Posted October 19th, 2011 in damages, indexation, news, personal injuries by sally

“This paper is presented as part of a lecture providing an overview of Discounts Rates. The first part of the lecture will provide the background to where we are with the use of discount rates in assessing damages in personal injury cases. The second part of the talk will be delivered by Ian Gunn and Richard Cropper, of Personal Financial Planning Ltd, and is going to examine the indexation and investment options that the Lord Chancellor may wish to consider in resetting the discount rate currently under review. In the third part we will address the considerations that need to be taken account of when advising clients.”

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Byrom Chambers, 6th October 2011

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Sovereign Grant Act 2011 – legislation.gov.uk

Posted October 19th, 2011 in legislation, royal family by sally

Sovereign Grant Act 2011 published

Full text of Act

Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

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Energy Act 2011 – legislation.gov.uk

Posted October 19th, 2011 in carbon dioxide emissions, energy, legislation by sally

Energy Act 2011 published

Full text of Act

Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

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Command Papers – official-documents.gov.uk

Posted October 19th, 2011 in parliamentary papers by sally

Government response to the Communities and Local Government Select Committee ReportAudit and Inspection of Local Authorities, Cm 8209 (PDF)

International Labour Conference, Cm 8206 (PDF)

Source: www.official-documents.gov.uk

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BAILII: Recent Decisions

Posted October 19th, 2011 in law reports by sally

Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)

Blackshaw, R. v [2011] EWCA Crim 2312 (18 October 2011)

Hindley, R. v [2011] EWCA Crim 2100 (28 July 2011)

Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

The Financial Services Authority v Sinaloa Gold Plc & Ors [2011] EWCA Civ 1158 (18 October 2011)

High Court (Chancery Division)

City Index Ltd (t/a Finspreads) v Balducci [2011] EWHC 2562 (Ch) (07 October 2011)

High Court (Administrative Court)

DL & Anor v London Borough of Newham [2011] EWHC 2666 (Admin) (18 October 2011)

High Court (Commercial Court)

Lornamead Acquisitions Ltd v Kaupthing Bank HF [2011] EWHC 2611 (Comm) (18 October 2011)

Stiedl v Enyo Law LLP & Ors [2011] EWHC 2649 (Comm) (18 October 2011)

Source: www.bailii.org

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Recent Statutory Instruments – legislation.gov.uk

Posted October 19th, 2011 in legislation by sally

The Constitutional Reform and Governance Act 2010 (Commencement No. 6, Specified Day and Transitional Provision) Order 2011

The Local Inquiries, Qualifying Inquiries and Qualifying Procedures (Standard Daily Amount) (Wales) Regulations 2011

The Poultry Health Scheme (Fees) (Wales) Regulations 2011

The Health Act 2009 (Commencement No. 2) (Wales) Order 2011

The Education (Information About Individual Pupils) (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2011

Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

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Justice in a time of economic crisis and in the age of the internet – Speech by Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury, Master of the Rolls

Posted October 19th, 2011 in civil justice, courts, internet, legal profession, speeches by sally

Justice in a time of economic crisis and in the age of the internet (PDF)

Speech by Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury, Master of the Rolls

High Sheriff’s Lecture 2011, 13th October 2011

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

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Appeal court riot ruling is firm but fair – The Guardian

Posted October 19th, 2011 in appeals, magistrates, news, public order, sentencing, violent disorder by sally

“Severe punishment for those taking part in public disorder is right, as a matter of law and of common sense.”

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The Guardian, 18th October 2011

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Analysis: Laying down the law on riots – BBC News

Posted October 19th, 2011 in appeals, magistrates, news, public order, sentencing, violent disorder by sally

“If we know one thing for certain about the England riots, it’s that the public have been urging the courts to dish out some serious punishment.”

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BBC News, 18th October 2011

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Home secretary should lose power to meddle in extradition cases, panel says – The Guardian

Posted October 19th, 2011 in extradition, human rights, inquiries, ministers' powers and duties, news by sally

“The home secretary should lose the power to intervene on human rights grounds in extradition cases, an official judge-led inquiry has recommended.”

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The Guardian, 18th October 2011

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