Cuts force domestic violence refuges to turn victims away – The Guardian

Posted January 31st, 2012 in domestic violence, news, victims by sally

“Victims of domestic violence at risk of further abuse are being advised to sleep in Occupy camps, in police stations and accident and emergency departments because of sweeping cuts across the sector, according to domestic violence charities.”

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The Guardian, 31st January 2012

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Why I’m a families man – The Guardian

Posted January 31st, 2012 in alcohol abuse, drug abuse, families, family courts, news by sally

“Nicholas Crichton, a family judge, tells Juliet Rix that we need more courts to help parents to tackle their drug and alcohol problems.”

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The Guardian, 31st January 2012

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New family contracts – key documents – Legal Aid Handbook

Posted January 31st, 2012 in contracts, documents, families, legal aid, news by sally

“Tomorrow, 1st February, is the start date for new contracts for family and housing with family practitioners.”

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Legal Aid Handbook, 31st January 2012

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Rape cases: why judicial training is needed – The Guardian

Posted January 31st, 2012 in continuing professional development, judiciary, legal education, news, rape by sally

“Special training for rape case judges is needed to tackle preconceived ideas – and already it is starting to work.”

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The Guardian, 31st January 2012

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Falkland Islands: Government rules out protection law – BBC News

Posted January 31st, 2012 in colonies, news by sally

“The government has ruled out bringing in a UK law to ensure the Falkland Islands’ right to remain British.”

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BBC News, 31st January 2012

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Banker banned from City for obtaining £1.4m dishonestly to cover debts – The Guardian

Posted January 31st, 2012 in banking, disciplinary procedures, financial regulation, fines, news by sally

“One of the most senior figures in the banking industry, Ravi Sinha, who once fronted a bid for Northern Rock, has been banned from working in the City and fined £2.9m by the Financial Services Authority after dishonestly obtaining millions of pounds to cover his debts.”

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The Guardian, 31st January 2012

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Attorney General: London Common Law and Commercial Bar Lecture – Attorney General’s Office

Posted January 31st, 2012 in attorney general, human rights, news, speeches by sally

London Common Law and Commercial Bar Lecture

Attorney General’s Office, 26th January 2012

Source: www.attorneygeneral.gov.uk

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Network Rail admits safety breaches over girls’ deaths – BBC News

Posted January 31st, 2012 in accidents, health & safety, news, railways by sally

“Network Rail has admitted three health and safety breaches over the deaths of two girls at an Essex level crossing in 2005, a court has heard.”

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BBC News, 31st January 2012

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Nominet proposes new code of rules for members – OUT-LAW.com

Posted January 31st, 2012 in codes of practice, domain names, internet, news by sally

“The internet registry for .uk domain names has proposed a new code that would allow it to prevent members associating themselves with its brand if they display a lack of professionalism, integrity or accountability.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 31st January 2012

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Timing is Everything – Section 14A in Practice – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted January 31st, 2012 in damages, limitations, negligence, news, time limits by sally

“In a claim for damages for the tort of negligence the cause of action accrues at the date that damage occurs, even if is no-one knows about it at the time. The problem with this principle is vividly illustrated by the famous decision of the House of Lords in Pirelli v Oscar Faber & Partners [1983] 2 AC 1 where the defendant engineers were retained by the claimants to design a chimney at their factory. The chimney was lined with a new material Lytag and completed in July 1969. By April 1970 cracks had appeared at the top of the chimney but the claimants did not become aware of them until November 1977. They made repairs and issued a writ in October 1978. Overturning the decision below the Lords held that the claim was statute barred because the damage had occurred in April 1970, and thus the cause of action was complete more than six years before the claim was issued and, as it happened, more than six years before the claimants knew they had a claim.”

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Hardwicke Chambers, 25th January 2012

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Independent scrutiny of database will not breach privacy rights, High Court says – OUT-LAW.com

Posted January 31st, 2012 in data protection, news, privacy, trade unions by sally

“A trade union has been ordered to let an independent expert examine its computer database to try to identify anonymous users of a forum it operated who allegedly defamed and harassed an airline pilot.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 31st January 2012

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Command Papers – official-documents.gov.uk

Posted January 31st, 2012 in parliamentary papers by sally

Getting it right for victims and witnesses, Cm 8288 (PDF)

Source: www.official-documents.gov.uk

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Recent Statutory Instruments – legislation.gov.uk

Posted January 31st, 2012 in legislation by sally

The London Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (Advertising and Trading) (Wales) Regulations 2012

The Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade Regulations 2012

Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

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BAILII: Recent Decisions

Posted January 31st, 2012 in law reports by sally

High Court (Queen’s Bench Division)

Hunt v Times Newspapers Ltd [2012] EWHC 110 (QB) (30 January 2012)

Wiemer v Zone & Ors [2012] EWHC 107 (QB) (30 January 2012)

High Court (Chancery Division)

Wokuri v Kassam [2012] EWHC 105 (Ch) (30 January 2012)

Wharton v Bancroft & Ors [2012] EWHC 91 (Ch) (30 January 2012)

Source: www.bailii.org

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Bar Council and Criminal Bar Association Lead on EU Factsheet on Defendants’ Rights – The Bar Council

Posted January 31st, 2012 in barristers, defence, EC law, news by sally

“The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, and the Criminal Bar Association (CBA) have played a leading role in the development of a factsheet which outlines the rights of defendants in the English and Welsh justice system.”

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The Bar Council, 30th January 2012

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Regina v H (J); Same v Ferris; Same v W (A); Same v Walker; Same v Dan; Same v S (C); Same v Robertson; Same v P (M) – WLR Daily

Posted January 31st, 2012 in appeals, law reports, sentencing, sexual offences by sally

Regina v H (J); Same v Ferris; Same v W (A); Same v Walker; Same v Dan; Same v S (C); Same v Robertson; Same v P (M) [2011] EWCA Crim 2753; [2012] WLR (D) 12

“In principle, in historic or cold cases, a defendant had to be sentenced in accordance with the sentencing regime applicable at the date of sentence. Nevertheless, as the offence which he had committed years earlier contravened the criminal law in force at the date when it was committed a defendant was liable to be convicted of that offence and no other and therefore the sentence was limited to the maximum sentence then available for the offence of which he had been convicted.”

WLR Daily, 24th November 2011

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Crime map website to reveal hotspots – BBC News

Posted January 31st, 2012 in crime, news, police by sally

“The number and type of crimes which take place at hotspots like nightclubs, subways and parks are to be revealed on a crime-mapping website from Tuesday.”

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BBC News, 31st January 2012

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Bar Council Urges Government to Amend Civil Litigation Reforms – The Bar Council

Posted January 31st, 2012 in barristers, bills, fees, legal aid, news by sally

“As Peers debate reforms to civil litigation funding within Part 2 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders (LASPO) Bill, the Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, has urged the Government to consider seriously its alternative proposals for reform.”

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The Bar Council, 30th January 2012

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Ken Clarke: £50m for victims’ services – Ministry of Justice

Posted January 31st, 2012 in consultations, crime, criminal injuries compensation, fines, news, victims by sally

“An overhaul of victims’ services could see up to £50m generated from offenders to help create a speedier, more supportive system for victims of serious crime.”

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Ministry of Justice, 30th January 2012

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AIB fraud trial of Mayfair property tycoon collapses – The Guardian

Posted January 31st, 2012 in conspiracy, fraud, news, retrials, Serious Fraud Office by sally

“The trial of Achilleas Kallakis, the onetime Mayfair property tycoon accused of using forged paperwork to trick banks, including HBOS and Allied Irish Bank, into lending £750m, has collapsed after four months. A retrial has been ordered.”

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The Guardian, 30th January 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk