ABS big bang? Yes, but legal market is already changing – The Guardian

Posted January 6th, 2012 in alternative business structures, legal services, news by tracey

“Liberalisation of legal services begins this week but attempts to change the way law is delivered are increasing.”

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The Guardian, 6th January 2012

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Jet bomb plotter Nezar Hindawi loses parole bid – BBC News

Posted January 6th, 2012 in aircraft, conspiracy, murder, news, parole by tracey

“A terrorist jailed for 45 years for plotting to blow up an Israeli airliner has lost a legal battle to secure his release, the BBC understands.”

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BBC News, 6th January 2012

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Government should stop state secrets being aired in court, says spy watchdog – The Guardian

Posted January 6th, 2012 in disclosure, intelligence services, news, torture by tracey

“The parliamentary watchdog for Britain’s spies is lobbying the government to introduce sweeping curbs that could prevent UK courts from examining intelligence material.
Proposals by the intelligence and security committee (ISC), brought to light by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, go beyond measures proposed by the government, which the ISC says ‘do not go far enough’.”

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The Guardian, 6th January 2012

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Child asylum seekers win compensation for 13-month detention – The Guardian

Posted January 6th, 2012 in asylum, children, compensation, detention, news by tracey

“Four children who were incarcerated in detention centres for 13 months – the longest time children have ever been locked up in the UK – have won a six-figure compensation payout from the Home Office more than eight years after their release.”

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The Guardian, 6th January 2012

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Judge critical of sentencing powers for anti-Muslim comments – BBC News

Posted January 6th, 2012 in fines, news, racism by tracey

“A judge said it was ‘quite staggering’ that he could only impose a fine on a former soldier who admitted making racist remarks about Muslims.”

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BBC News, 6th January 2012

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Caroline Meeking jailed for husband’s car row killing – BBC News

Posted January 6th, 2012 in domestic violence, homicide, news, sentencing by tracey

“A woman who caused the death of her husband in a crash by pulling on the handbrake in a drunken row has been jailed for two years.”

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BBC News, 6th January 2012

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BAILII – Recent Decisions

Posted January 6th, 2012 in law reports by tracey

High Court (Chancery Division)

Maltby Holdings Ltd v Spratt & Anor [2012] EWHC 4 (Ch) (05 January 2012)

National Westminster Bank Plc v Msaada Group (a firm) & Ors [2012] EWHC 5 (Ch) (05 January 2012)

Source: www.bailii.org

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Ackerman v Ackerman and others – WLR Daily

Posted January 6th, 2012 in law reports by tracey

Ackerman v Ackerman and others; [2011] EWHC 3428 (Ch);  [2011] WLR (D)  399

“The test for materiality in cases where an expert, appointed to make a determination, was alleged to have departed from his express or implied procedural instructions including an obligation of fairness was that: (a) if the decision was inevitable, it would not be material; (b) whether a determination was otherwise invalidated depended upon all the circumstances of the case, the nature of the omission or departure, and the effect it had on the expert in reaching his decision.”

WLR Daily, 21st December 2011

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Extension of secret hearings would be “fundamentally unfair”, say Special Advocates – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted January 6th, 2012 in closed material, evidence, news, private hearings by tracey

“Government proposals to increase the number of court hearings held in secret, and in which parties can only see minimal evidence relied upon by the court, have been severely criticised by the ‘Special Advocates’ who play the central role in closed hearings.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 5th January 2012

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A step closer to the legalisation of assisted suicide? – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted January 6th, 2012 in assisted suicide, news by tracey

“The Commission on Assisted Dying, set up in September 2010 and chaired by former Lord Chancellor Charles Falconer, has issued its monumental report on assisted dying in England and Wales.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 5th January 2012

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Unison pension adverts investigated by the Advertising Standards Authority – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 6th, 2012 in advertising, news, pensions, trade unions by tracey

“Public sector union Unison is being investigated by the ASA after three advertisements it placed in the national press were described as ‘misleading’ and ‘inaccurate.’ ”

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Daily Telegraph, 5th January 2012

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Ofqual to launch probe into teachers’ exam seminars – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 6th, 2012 in examinations, news, teachers by tracey

“The qualifications regulator is to launch an official investigation into exam seminars staged to help teachers improve GCSE and A-level results amid concerns the system is open to abuse.”

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Daily Telegraph, 6th January 2012

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Views sought on UK’s copyright licensing system – OUT-LAW.com

Posted January 6th, 2012 in copyright, licensing, news by tracey

“Creative industry representatives have been asked to give their views on whether the UK’s current copyright licensing system is fit for the digital age.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 5th January 2012

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Image processing software not excluded from patentability, IPO rules – OUT-LAW.com

Posted January 6th, 2012 in computer programs, news, patents by tracey

“A computerised method of processing images and categorising features within it into database-searchable words is not excluded from patentability, a hearing officer at the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has ruled.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 5th January 2011

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Is the regulation of cosmetic surgery only skin-deep? – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted January 6th, 2012 in cosmetic surgery, news by tracey

“Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has said that he hopes the government review into the rupture rate of a make of faulty breast implants will report by the end of the week.”

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 5th January 2012

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Cameron extends PI fees cap in attack on ‘albatross’ safety culture – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted January 6th, 2012 in fees, health & safety, legal profession, news, personal injuries by tracey

“David Cameron today announced plans to cap lawyers’ fees from personal injury claims at £25,000. Speaking to an audience of small companies, the prime minister launched an attack on the so-called compensation culture and blamed it for holding back the growth of UK businesses.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 5th January 2012

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Burglars jailed after Salford homeowner killed raider – BBC News

Posted January 6th, 2012 in burglary, murder, news, self-defence, sentencing by tracey

“Three men have been jailed for aggravated burglary at the home of a man who fatally stabbed one of four intruders in Greater Manchester.”

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BBC News, 5th January 2012

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Poor teachers ‘will slip through the net’ under reforms – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 6th, 2012 in disciplinary procedures, news, professional conduct, teachers by tracey

“Hundreds of poor teachers are likely to be allowed to remain in the classroom under Government plans to scrap the profession’s official regulator, it is feared.”

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Daily Telegraph, 6th January 2012

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Coalition plans to kill off ‘health and safety monster’ with limits on lawyers’ fees – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 6th, 2012 in fees, health & safety, insurance, legal profession, news, personal injuries by tracey

“David Cameron said the move would provide protection for employers facing claims over workplace accidents and help end a ‘culture of fear’ among businesses over health and safety. Insurance companies suggested the change could lead to reduced premiums for motorists by reducing the number of ‘friviolous’ damages claims arising from traffic accidents. Existing limits on legal fees in personal injury cases will now be extended to claims for up to £25,000, officials said. For the first time, caps on lawyers’ fees will also apply to claims brought against employers.”

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Daily Telegraph, 6th January 2012

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