Consultation on adoption and fostering welcomed by sector – Family Law Week

Posted September 20th, 2012 in adoption, carers, consultations, fostering, local government, news, social services by sally

“The British Association for Adoption & Fostering (BAAF) and Fostering Network have welcomed the Government’s newly published consultation on proposed changes to adoption and fostering.”

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Family Law Week, 19th September 2012

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

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Will the Bill of Rights Commission achieve anything at all? – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted September 20th, 2012 in consultations, diversity, EC law, human rights, news by sally

“It’ll all be over by Christmas: that’s what the coalition promised when it established the Commission on a Bill of Rights to, among other things:

‘… investigate the creation of a UK Bill of Rights that incorporates and builds on all our obligations under the European Convention on Human Rights, ensures that these rights continue to be enshrined in UK law, and protects and extends our liberties.'”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 19th September 2012

Source: www.ukhumanrightsblog.com

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Family lawyers face turbulent year ahead – Law Society’s Gazette

“Family law’s commercial and legal landscape is changing dramatically with the legal aid reforms, the continuing impact of the recession, competition from ABSs and potential legislative changes affecting everyone from the richest to the poorest.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 20th September 2012

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

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Soldier who stamped on ex-girlfriend’s face after stabbing her to death in front of four-year-old son is jailed for life – The Independent

Posted September 20th, 2012 in domestic violence, murder, news, sentencing by sally

“An ‘evil’ soldier who stabbed his ex-girlfriend to death and then stamped on her face in front of their four-year-old son in a brutal revenge attack has been jailed for life.”

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The Independent, 19th September 2012

Source: www.independent.co.uk

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Copyright reforms needed now, but future ‘tweaking’ without consultation must be avoided, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

Posted September 20th, 2012 in artistic works, consultations, copyright, EC law, news, parliament by sally

“The Government must reform UK copyright law in order to restore the public and business’s ‘respect’ in the ‘integrity’ of the framework, an expert has said.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 19th September 2012

Source: www.out-law.com

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DPP statement on Tom Daley case and social media prosecutions – Crown Prosecution Service

“Keir Starmer QC, the Director of Public Prosecutions, has said:

‘On 30 July 2012 Daniel Thomas, a semi-professional footballer, posted a homophobic message on the social networking site, Twitter. This related to the Olympic divers Tom Daley and Peter Waterfield. This became available to his ‘followers’. Someone else distributed it more widely and it made its way into some media outlets. Mr Thomas was arrested and interviewed. The matter was then referred to CPS Wales to consider whether Mr Thomas should be charged with a criminal offence.'”

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Crown Prosecutions Service, 20th September 2012

Source: http://blog.cps.gov.uk

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UK among worst in Europe for employing female judges – The Guardian

Posted September 20th, 2012 in bills, diversity, equality, judiciary, news, remuneration by sally

“The United Kingdom’s record of slowly improving judicial diversity has been dealt a severe blow by a comparative European report revealing that only Azerbaijan and Armenia employ fewer female professional judges. Despite what the study describes as a gradual ‘feminisation of the judiciary resulting in a near gender equality’ across the continent and its eastern borders, only 23% of judges in England and Wales and 21% of judges in Scotland are women.”

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The Guardian, 20th September 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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Judge criticises warring couple for squandering £1.7 million on bitter divorce battle – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 20th, 2012 in child support, costs, custody, divorce, judges, news by sally

“A couple who squandered £1.7 million during a bitter divorce and custody battle were criticised by a judge for driving their marriage ‘full tilt onto the rocks.'”

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Daily Telegraph, 19th September 2012

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

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London bomb plotters launch appeal over ‘flawed’ forensic evidence – The Guardian

Posted September 20th, 2012 in abuse of process, appeals, evidence, forensic science, news, terrorism by sally

“Four of the terrorists convicted for the 21 July 2005 bomb plot will launch an attempt to have their sentences quashed following claims by a former senior government scientist that key forensic evidence used to jail the attackers was flawed.”

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The Guardian, 19th September 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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IPCC highlights police sex cases – The Independent

“Too many police officers and staff have taken sexual advantage of members of the public they were supposed to be helping, a watchdog said today.”

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The Independent, 20th September 2012

Source: www.independent.co.uk

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Sky is a fit and proper broadcaster, rules Ofcom – The Guardian

Posted September 20th, 2012 in interception, licensing, media, news, ombudsmen, professional conduct by sally

“The media regulator Ofcom has found that BSkyB remains a ‘fit and proper’ owner of a broadcast licence despite the phone-hacking affair which embroiled its parent company and during which, it said, James Murdoch’s conduct repeatedly fell short of the standard to be expected.”

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The Guardian, 20th September 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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Legal aid in England five times as generous as rest of Europe – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 20th, 2012 in budgets, diversity, equality, judiciary, legal aid, news, remuneration by sally

“Legal aid in England and Wales is five times as generous as the average in Europe, figures show.”

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Daily Telegraph, 20th September 2012

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

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Why us? HMRC unleashes crackdown on barrister tax avoidance – The Lawyer

Posted September 20th, 2012 in barristers, HM Revenue & Customs, news, tax avoidance by sally

“Could it be the proverbial ‘boy who cried wolf’ with the HMRC launching a task force to crackdown on tax-dodging London lawyers?”

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The Lawyer, 19th September 2012

Source: www.thelawyer.com

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Tony Blair’s ‘disastrous’ wars to blame for secret courts, says Ken Clarke – The Guardian

“Ken Clarke has blamed Tony Blair’s ‘disastrous war on terror’ for the need to introduce secret courts to protect sensitive intelligence material.”

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The Guardian, 19th September 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Related link: The justice and security bill is on the right track

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Posted September 20th, 2012 in news by sally

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Man with locked-in syndrome prepares to appeal for right to assisted death – The Guardian

Posted September 20th, 2012 in appeals, assisted suicide, euthanasia, news, prosecutions by sally

“Lawyers for a man with locked-in syndrome, who says his life is intolerable and wants help to die, are to take his case to the appeal court within weeks and are then prepared to go to the highest court in the land, the supreme court, if necessary.”

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The Guardian, 20th September 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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