Future of law: big brands and alternative business structures – The Guardian

Posted October 15th, 2012 in alternative business structures, barristers, legal services, news, solicitors by tracey

“Household names such as AA, Saga, Direct Line and BT hoping to join Co-op in the legal sector.”

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The Guardian, 12th October 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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Frankie Boyle sues Mirror over ‘racism’ claim – BBC News

Posted October 15th, 2012 in complaints, defamation, media, news, racism by tracey

“Comedian Frankie Boyle is suing the Mirror newspaper for libel, over an article which labelled him racist.”

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BBC News, 15th October 2012

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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BAILII: Recent Decisions

Posted October 15th, 2012 in law reports by tracey

Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

Musa & Ors v Holliday & Ors [2012] EWCA Civ 1268 (15 October 2012)

Muqtaar, R (on the application of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2012] EWCA Civ 1270 (12 October 2012)

Tinkler & Anor v Elliott [2012] EWCA Civ 1289 (10 October 2012)

Simmons v Castle [2012] EWCA Civ 1288 (10 October 2012)

Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)

C v R. (Rev 2) [2012] EWCA Crim 2034 (09 October 2012)

High Court (Administrative Court)

Kent County Council, R (on the application of) v HM Coroner for the County of Kent (North-West District) & Ors [2012] EWHC 2768 (Admin) (15 October 2012)

SA (Iran), R (on the application of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2012] EWHC 2575 (Admin) (15 October 2012)

Ministry of Justice, Lithuania v Bucnys [2012] EWHC 2771 (Admin) (12 October 2012)

High Court (Chancery Division)

IBM United Kingdom Pensions Trust Ltd v IBM United Kingdom Holdings Ltd & Ors [2012] EWHC 2766 (Ch) (12 October 2012)

High Court (Family Division)

London Borough of Sutton v Gray & Ors [2012] EWHC 2604 (Fam) (12 October 2012)

London Borough of Sutton v Gray & Ors [2012] EWHC 2763 (Fam) (12 October 2012)

High Court (Queen’s Bench Division)

Harry v The General Medical Council [2012] EWHC 2762 (QB) (12 October 2012)

Patterson v Ministry of Defence [2012] EWHC 2767 (QB) (12 October 2012)

Source: www.bailii.org

 

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Regina (Wilkinson) v HM Coroner for the Greater Manchester South District – WLR Daily

Posted October 15th, 2012 in careless driving, coroners, inquests, news, unlawful killing by tracey

Regina (Wilkinson) v HM Coroner for the Greater Manchester South District: [2012] EWHC 2755 (Admin);   [2012] WLR (D)  273

“Causing death by careless or inconsiderate driving contrary to section 2B of the Road Traffic Act 1988 should not be treated as ‘unlawful killing’ for the purposes of the conclusion of an inquest whatever conclusion might be reached in other contexts.”

WLR Daily, 11th October 2012

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

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Recent Statutory Instruments – legislation.gov.uk

Posted October 15th, 2012 in legislation by tracey

The Magistrates’ Courts (Regulation of Investigatory Powers) Rules 2012

The Traffic Management (Hertfordshire County Council) Permit Scheme Order 2012

The Traffic Management (Southend-On-Sea Borough Council) Permit Scheme Order 2012

The Traffic Management (Luton Borough Council) Permit Scheme Order 2012

The Traffic Management (Bedford Borough Council) Permit Scheme Order 2012

Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

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Command Papers – official-documents.gov.uk

Posted October 15th, 2012 in parliamentary papers by tracey

Reports from the Business, Innovation and Skills, Defence, Foreign Affairs and International Development Committees session 2010-11: strategic export control Her Majesty’s Government’s annual report for 2010, quarterly reports for 2010 and 2011, licensing policy and parliamentary scrutiny response of the Secretaries of State for Defence, Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, International Development and Business, Innovation and Skills, Cm 8441 (PDF)

Sound banking: delivering reform,Cm 8453 (PDF)

Source: www.official-documents.gov.uk

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Lord McNally’s speech for Legal Aid Practitioners Group Conference – Ministry of Justice

Posted October 15th, 2012 in bills, budgets, competition, dispute resolution, legal aid, speeches by tracey

“Lord McNally’s speech for Legal Aid Practitioners Group Conference.”

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Ministry of Justice, 12th October 2012

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

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Why we allow dissent – by our judges – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted October 15th, 2012 in freedom of expression, human rights, judgments, judiciary, news by tracey

“Why do judges disagree and publish their disagreements when cases get decided? After all, the Cabinet does not do so (openly at least), and our FTSE-100 companies do not generally do so, when their executives propose a merger or launch a new product. Surely, judicial dissent is a recipe for diminishing the authority of the majority answer, and an invitation to self-indulgence on the part of the minority to re-fight lost and irrelevant battles.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 14th October 2012

Source: www.ukhumanrightsblog.com

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Criminal law opt-out – our justice system deserves better – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted October 15th, 2012 in criminal justice, EC law, jurisdiction, news, veto, victims, warrants by tracey

“Recently there has been concern in the legal world and media about the potential loss of EU criminal justice and judicial cooperation measures which are incorporated into English law.”

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 12th October 2012

Source: www.halsburyslawexchange.co.uk

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Enhancing the Role of Grandparents in the Current Legal Landscape – Family Law Week

Posted October 15th, 2012 in carers, children, families, grandparents, news, practice directions by tracey

“Julie Stather, barrister, of 42 Bedford Row suggests some ways to benefit children by strengthening the position of grandparents.”

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Family Law week, 12th October 2012

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

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Criminals to be named and shamed by Home Office – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 15th, 2012 in criminal records, human rights, news, privacy, victims by tracey

“Mugshots of convicted criminals are to be published on a Government website in a move to name and shame offenders.”

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Daily Telegraph, 14th October 2012

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

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Wrongly convicted father granted care of children again – BBC News

Posted October 15th, 2012 in children, custody, false imprisonment, grievous bodily harm, news by tracey

“A father wrongly convicted of causing grievous bodily harm and cruelty against his baby daughter has been told he can care for his children again.”

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BBC News, 13th October 2012

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Age should not affect surgery – report – BBC News

Posted October 15th, 2012 in age discrimination, medical treatment, news by tracey

“Assumptions about fitness in older people should not be used to decide whether patients have surgery, according to a report by the Royal College of Surgeons and Age UK.”

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BBC News, 15th October 2012

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Theresa May takes first step to opting out of EU law and order measures – The Guardian

Posted October 15th, 2012 in criminal justice, EC law, jurisdiction, news, police, veto by tracey

“Britain will on Monday take steps towards opting out of a series of EU law and order measures in a move designed by the Tories to show that they are living up to their pre-election Eurosceptic pledges.”

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The Guardian, 14th October 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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EU working time rules put patients at risk, warn doctors – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 15th, 2012 in doctors, EC law, medical treatment, news, working time by tracey

“Patient care is being put at risk by the European Working Time Directive, which ‘disrupts continuity of care and distorts clinical training’, say two Royal Colleges.”

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Daily Telegraph, 14th October 2012

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

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Former military chiefs generals could be banned from access in wake of ‘generals for hire’ allegations – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 15th, 2012 in armed forces, corruption, inquiries, lobbying, news by tracey

“Former generals and military chiefs could be banned from contacting ministers and defence officials in the wake of an alleged access for hire scandal.”

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Daily Telegraph, 15th October 2012

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

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New report heavily critical of secret justice plans ahead of controversial Bill – Amnesty International

Posted October 15th, 2012 in bills, closed material, disclosure, human rights, public interest, reports, trials by tracey

“The government’s plans for a substantial extension of the use of secret evidence in the justice system have been heavily criticised in a new Amnesty International report published today”

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Amnesty International, 15th October 2012

Source: www.amnesty.org.uk

 

 

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Metropolitan police accused of ‘creating crime’ at honey-trap pawn shop – The Observer

Posted October 15th, 2012 in handling stolen goods, news, police by tracey

“More than 100 people were convicted after year-long sting – but charity says they may have been lured into committing offences.”

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The Observer, 14th October 2012

Source: http://observer.guardian.co.uk

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Five marines charged with murder after Afghanistan ‘incident’ – BBC News

Posted October 15th, 2012 in Afghanistan, armed forces, courts martial, murder, news, prosecutions by tracey

“Five Royal Marines have been charged with murder over an incident in Afghanistan in 2011, the MoD has said.”

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BBC News, 14th October 2012

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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Possessing small amount of drugs ‘should not be crime’ – BBC News

Posted October 15th, 2012 in budgets, drug offences, news, sentencing by tracey

“The penalties for drug misuse should be relaxed so that possession of small amounts would no longer be a criminal offence, the government has been urged.”

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BBC News, 15th October 2012

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