How UK libel laws undermined Sunday Times in Lance Armstrong case – The Guardian

Posted January 22nd, 2013 in burden of proof, defamation, drug abuse, media, news, sport by sally

“The legal battle with disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong which cost the Sunday Times almost £1m after it suggested he took banned substances shows how difficult it is to pursue investigations under British libel laws, with the burden of proof heavily stacked against publishers, according to those who worked on the original stories.”

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The Guardian, 22nd January 2013

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Children: Public Law Update – Family Law Week

Posted January 22nd, 2013 in care orders, child abuse, children, disclosure, jurisdiction, news by sally

“John Tughan, barrister, 4 Paper Buildings, considers some recent important public law decisions of the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal and High Court relating to children.”

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Family Law Week, 21st January 2013

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The Cab Rank Rule: Its Meaning and Purpose in the New Legal Services Market – Legal Services Board

Posted January 22nd, 2013 in barristers, Legal Services Board, news, reports by sally

“In May 2012 the LSB commissioned Prof. John Flood (University of Westminster) and Prof. Morton Hvvid (University of East Anglia) to carry out a literature review analysing the impact on the market of paragraphs 601-610 of the of the Bar Standards Board’s (BSB) code, otherwise known as the ‘cab rank rule’. The LSB published The Cab Rank Rule: Its Meaning and Purpose in the New Legal Services Market on 22 January 2013.”

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Legal Services Board, 22nd January 2013

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BAILII: Recent Decisions

Posted January 22nd, 2013 in law reports by sally

Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

Sharmilla & Ors, R (On the Application Of) v The Secretary of State for the Home Department [2013] EWCA Civ 8 (21 January 2013)

High Court (Chancery Division)

Kingerlee Holdings Ltd v Dunelm (Soft Furnishings) Ltd [2013] EWHC 47 (Ch) (21 January 2013)

Francis v Solomon Taylor & Shaw (a firm) [2013] EWHC 9 (Ch) (11 January 2013)

Mahmood v Mitsubishi Electric Europe BV & Ors [2013] EWHC 44 (Ch) (18 January 2013)

Gladman Commercial Properties v Fisher Hargreaves Proctor & Ors [2013] EWHC 25 (Ch) (18 January 2013)

High Court (Queen’s Bench Division)

Ayres v Odedra [2013] EWHC 40 (QB) (18 January 2013)

High Court (Family Division)

A City Council v DC & Ors [2013] EWHC 8 (Fam) (11 January 2013)

High Court (Administrative Court)

Shaw & Anor, R (on the application of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2013] EWHC 42 (Admin) (18 January 2013)

KA, R (on the application of) v Essex County Council [2013] EWHC 43 (Admin) (18 January 2013)

Save Our Parkland Appeal Ltd. R (on the application of) v East Devon District Council [2013] EWHC 22 (Admin) (18 January 2013)

Powierza v District Court, Warszawa, Poland [2013] EWHC 36 (Admin) (17 January 2013)

Redcar and Cleveland Independent Providers Association & Ors, R (on the application of) v Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council [2013] EWHC 4 (Admin) (17 January 2013)

Lanner Parish Council v The Cornwall Council & Anor [2013] EWHC 37 (Admin) (21 January 2013)

Source: www.bailii.org

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Final ruling on legal advice confidentiality expected tomorrow – OUT-LAW.com

Posted January 22nd, 2013 in accountants, confidentiality, news, privilege by sally

“Lawyers will learn tomorrow whether the confidential protection that attaches to their communication with clients can also be claimed by accountants. A Supreme Court ruling on the issue of legal professional privilege (LPP) is expected tomorrow.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 22nd January 2013

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Who owns the copyright on barristers’ advocacy? – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted January 22nd, 2013 in advocacy, barristers, copyright, news, publishing, trials by sally

“Following yesterday’s welcome announcement that the UK Supreme Court (UKSC) is uploading judgment summaries to YouTube, there has been some speculation as to whether the UKSC will take the next step in its embrace of digital technology and upload full hearings of trials. But could taking this step result in falling foul of the UK’s copyright law?”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 22nd January 2013

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Met appeal over autism damages ruling – BBC News

“The father of an autistic boy restrained by Metropolitan Police officers after he jumped into a swimming pool has attacked the force for challenging a ruling against them.”

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BBC News, 22nd January 2013

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CPS launches crackdown on middle-class tax evaders – The Independent

Posted January 22nd, 2013 in Crown Prosecution Service, fraud, news, prosecutions, tax evasion by sally

“Thousands of tax cheats – including those with no previous criminal convictions – face being prosecuted and jailed as part of a crack-down on evasion to be launched by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).”

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The Independent, 22nd January 2012

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Barristers fear QASA boycott will lead to loss of right to practise – Legal Futures

Posted January 22nd, 2013 in barristers, judiciary, news, quality assurance by sally

“Some barristers are worried that boycotting the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA) will lead to their committing a criminal offence by practising without authorisation, the chairman of the Criminal Bar Association (CBA) has revealed.”

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Legal Futures, 22nd January 2013

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Defendants in Libor-fixing case may be named, court rules – The Guardian

Posted January 22nd, 2013 in anonymity, banking, interest, news, public interest, trials by sally

“More than 100 bankers have failed in a bid to prevent their names being revealed during preliminary hearings of a high court case centred on alleged rigging of the key London interbank offered rate (Libor) by Barclays staff.”

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The Guardian, 21st January 2013

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Forces to publish details of misconduct cases – Daily Telegraph

“Two forces will publish details about officers who have been sacked or who have resigned while facing disciplinary proceedings in the first move of its kind in Britain.”

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Daily Telegraph, 21st January 2013

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Tax evasion: Criminal crackdown to accelerate – BBC News

Posted January 22nd, 2013 in Crown Prosecution Service, news, prosecutions, tax evasion by sally

“More cases of tax evasion will be taken to the criminal courts as the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) accelerates its crackdown in this area.”

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BBC News, 21st January 2013

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Financial Times editor criticised by tribunal over unfair dismissal – The Guardian

Posted January 22nd, 2013 in media, news, unfair dismissal by sally

“The Financial Times editor, Lionel Barber, has been criticised by an employment tribunal judge over the unfair dismissal of an award-winning journalist at the title.”

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The Guardian, 21st January 2013

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