‘Sexsomnia’ claim actor Simon Morris jailed for raping teenager – BBC News

Posted February 25th, 2013 in news, rape, sentencing, sleepwalking by sally

“An actor who claimed he was suffering from the sleep disorder sexsomnia when he raped a 15-year-old girl after getting her drunk has been jailed for eight years.”

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BBC News, 25th February 2013

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Former boyfriend of Tamara Ecclestone found guilty of £200,000 blackmail – The Independent

Posted February 25th, 2013 in blackmail, news by sally

“A former boyfriend of socialite and model Tamara Ecclestone was found guilty today of blackmailing her for £200,000.”

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The Independent, 25th February 2013

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Court bans protests near home of Abu Qatada – The Guardian

Posted February 25th, 2013 in demonstrations, deportation, harassment, injunctions, news, political parties by sally

“A high court judge has banned protests by groups such as the English Defence League being held within 500 metres of the home of the radical Islamist cleric Abu Qatada.”

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The Guardian, 25th February 2013

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Attorney general takes action over ‘Bulger killer images’ – BBC News

Posted February 25th, 2013 in anonymity, contempt of court, murder, news, young offenders by sally

“The attorney general is taking legal action against several people who published photographs said to show one of James Bulger’s killers.”

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BBC News, 25th February 2013

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Litvinenko inquest: newspapers launch challenge over withholding of evidence – The Guardian

“Media groups will on Tuesday challenge what they describe as a ‘deeply troubling’ attempt by the government to withhold evidence from the inquest into the murder of Alexander Litvinenko.”

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The Guardian, 25th February 2013

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Leaked email shows CPS puts cost first, quality second – The Bar Council

Posted February 25th, 2013 in barristers, budgets, Crown Prosecution Service, news, prosecutions by sally

“The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, along with the Criminal Bar Association and Circuit Leaders have today published evidence that the Crown Prosecution Service (‘CPS’) has adopted deliberate practices not to instruct the correct advocate for a given case if there is a financial interest to the CPS in keeping the work in-house.”

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The Bar Council, 25th February 2013

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Swimming in the Pool: relevant factors to satisfy the threshold criteria after the Supreme Court’s judgment in J (Children) – Family Law Week

“Ben Boucher-Giles of Fountain Chambers considers the Supreme Court’s judgment in J (Children) and considers how it fits into the wider picture of findings as they relate to threshold.”

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Family Law Week, 25th February 2013

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Protecting the reputation of schools and universities – Education Law Blog

Posted February 25th, 2013 in appeals, defamation, employment tribunals, local government, news, universities by sally

“You can say what you like about local authorities – and people do, knowing that the authority itself (as opposed to any individual member or employee) cannot sue in defamation. This was first established back in 1891 in Manchester Corporation v Williams [1891] 1 Q.B. 94, where it was held that the council could not complain about a letter to a newspaper alleging that ‘bribery and corruption have existed and done their nefarious work’ in a number of its departments.”

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Education Law Blog, 22nd February 2013

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Fédération Cynologique Internationale v Federación Canina Internacional de Perros de Pura Raza – WLR Daily

Posted February 25th, 2013 in EC law, law reports, trade marks by sally

Fédération Cynologique Internationale v Federación Canina Internacional de Perros de Pura Raza
(Case C-561/11); [2013] WLR (D) 75

The exclusive right of the proprietor of a Community trade mark conferred by article 9(1) of Council Regulation (EC) No 207/2009 of 26 February 2009 to prohibit all third parties from using, in the course of trade, signs identical with or similar to its trade mark extended to a third-party proprietor of a later registered Community trade mark, without the need for that later mark to have previously been declared invalid.

WLR Daily, 21st February 2013

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In re J (Children) (Care Proceedings: Threshold Criteria) – WLR Daily

In re J (Children) (Care Proceedings: Threshold Criteria) [2013] UKSC 9; [2013] WLR (D) 74

“A real possibility that a parent had harmed a child in the past was not, by itself, sufficient to establish that some other child that he or she now had care of was ‘likely to suffer significant harm’ within the meaning of section 31(2)(a) of the Children Act 1989 so as to meet the threshold for initiating care proceedings in respect of that other child.”

WLR Daily, 20th February 2013

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Tewkesbury Borough Council v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and others – WLR Daily

Posted February 25th, 2013 in housing, law reports, local government, planning, time limits by sally

Tewkesbury Borough Council v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and others [2013] EWHC 286 (Admin); [2013] WLR (D) 73

“The Localism Act 2011 made significant changes to the planning system, but did not eliminate the role of the Secretary of State in determining planning applications.”

WLR Daily, 20th February 2013

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UKBA backs down over use of force on children and pregnant women – The Guardian

Posted February 25th, 2013 in asylum, children, detention, news, pregnancy by sally

“The government has backed down on the use of force on children and pregnant women it seeks to remove from the UK.”

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The Guardian, 22nd February 2013

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The Dynamic Do-over: The Advocate General’s opinion in Alemo-Herron – Employment Law Blog

“What’s the point of the TUPE? Other than terrorising HR professionals and inspiring books as good as this one, that is? Its essential function is simple: to protect the employment and the terms and conditions of employees affected by a change in the ownership of the undertaking they work in or (for now at least) by a change in the identity of the provider of a service. The eye-popping complexity for which TUPE disputes are famous arises from trying to apply that simple principle to the messy business that is real life employment. The CJEU is presently pondering one example of the conceptual difficulties that can be thrown up in Alemo-Herron and others v Parkwood Leisure Limited C-426/11 and Advocate General Cruz Villalon has just delivered his opinion.”

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Employment Law Blog, 22nd February 2013

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Bar Council calls for changes as peers prepare to vote on new CFA and DBA rules – Litigation Futures

Posted February 25th, 2013 in barristers, damages, fees, news, public interest, VAT by sally

“The government needs to deal with range of defects in the new rules for conditional fee agreements (CFAs) and damages-based agreements (DBAs), the Bar Council has urged ahead of a debate on them in the House of Lords tomorrow.”

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Litigation Futures, 25th February 2013

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RSPCA could hire ‘experienced criminal barrister’ to review prosecutions, Attorney General suggests – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 25th, 2013 in animals, barristers, budgets, charities, news, private prosecutions, prosecutions by sally

“Britain’s most senior law officer has told the head of the RSPCA that he could consider hiring an experienced criminal lawyer to review the charity’s controversial prosecution policy.”

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Daily Telegraph, 22nd February 2013

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Residing together, apart – NearlyLegal

Posted February 25th, 2013 in appeals, families, housing, interpretation, local government, news, time limits by sally

“Does accommodation available for occupation by a person and those reasonably expected to reside with them have to be in one unit of accommodation?”

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NearlyLegal, 24th February 2013

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Theresa May’s tough immigration rules defied by top judge – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 25th, 2013 in deportation, families, human rights, immigration, judges, news by sally

“The country’s most senior immigration judge has openly defied the Home Secretary by insisting that Parliament’s attempt to get tough on human rights abuses by foreign criminals is outweighed by the European Court.”

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Daily Telegraph, 23rd February 2013

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Can child porn users be treated? – BBC News

“A child protection charity says it is impossible to catch every person who looks at indecent images and more needs to be done to stop people from looking at them.”

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BBC News, 23rd February 2013

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VAT on takeover costs not recoverable by holding company, says Court of Appeal – OUT-LAW.com

Posted February 25th, 2013 in appeals, costs, EC law, news, takeovers, tribunals, VAT by sally

“VAT incurred by a holding company on a takeover was not recoverable, according to a recent Court of Appeal decision in a case concerning UK airport operator BAA.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 22nd February 2013

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NHS foreign doctors must speak English, say ministers – BBC News

Posted February 25th, 2013 in doctors, EC law, immigration, licensing, news, professional conduct by sally

“Foreign doctors wanting to treat NHS patients in England will have to prove they have the necessary English skills, the government has confirmed.”

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BBC News, 24th February 2013

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