Stoke terror sentences revised – BBC News

Posted April 16th, 2013 in news, sentencing, terrorism by sally

“Three convicted terrorists have had their sentences quashed and replaced with new terms.”

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BBC News, 16th April 2013

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Facebook SOS: Rapist David Edgerton jailed for life – BBC News

Posted April 16th, 2013 in attempts, kidnapping, news, rape, sentencing by sally

“A serial sex offender finally brought to justice after a girl he raped pleaded for help on Facebook has been jailed for life with a minimum sentence of nine years.”

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BBC News, 16th April 2013

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Lord McAlpine wins first round in hearing for Twitter libel case – The Guardian

Posted April 16th, 2013 in defamation, news, trials by sally

“Lord McAlpine has won the first stage of his libel battle against Sally Bercow, the Commons speaker’s wife, after a high court judge ruled that the trial should be split into two stages.”

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The Guardian, 16th April 2013

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The changing Face(book) of family law – New Law Journal

Posted April 16th, 2013 in disclosure, divorce, internet, jurisdiction, news, privacy by sally

“Research carried out by Divorce-Online in 2012 highlights the huge significance that social media now has to family law. The study found that one in three divorce petitions in the UK list Facebook as a contributing factor, with flirtatious e-mails and messages sent on the site being one of the most commonly cited examples of unreasonable behaviour. Office romances and affairs that took months or even years to develop in the real world can now happen almost instantaneously on Facebook and Twitter. People can connect and become ‘friends’ even if they have only met once or twice, and social media sites provide an easy forum for couples to inadvertently arouse the suspicions of their partners.”

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New Law Journal, 12th April 2013

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Court of Appeal dismisses human rights challenge to Immigration Rule – Home Office

Posted April 16th, 2013 in appeals, human rights, immigration, news, regulations, visas by sally

“The Home Office was successful in defending Immgiration Rules changes introduced to test migrants English language capabilities.”

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Home Office, 16th April 2013

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Barristers: help shape the future of supervision – Bar Standards Board

Posted April 16th, 2013 in barristers, consultations, news, professional conduct by sally

“Practising barristers can help shape future policy by having their say on a new approach to the way they are supervised by the Bar Standards Board.”

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Bar Standards Board, 16th April 2013

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HK Danmark (acting on behalf of Ring) v Dansk almennyttigt Boligselskab; HK Danmark (acting on behalf of Skouboe Werge) v Dansk Arbejdsgiverforening (acting on behalf of Pro Display A/S (in liquidation)) – WLR Daily

HK Danmark (acting on behalf of Ring) v Dansk almennyttigt Boligselskab; HK Danmark (acting on behalf of Skouboe Werge) v Dansk Arbejdsgiverforening (acting on behalf of Pro Display A/S (in liquidation)) (Joined Cases C-335/11 and C-337/11); [2013] WLR (D) 137

“The concept of ‘disability’ in Council Directive 2000/78/EC establishing a general framework for equal treatment in employment and occupation included a condition caused by an illness medically diagnosed as curable or incurable where that illness entailed a limitation which resulted in particular from physical, mental or psychological impairments which in interaction with various barriers might hinder the full and effective participation of the person concerned in professional life on an equal basis with other workers, and where the limitation was a long term one.”

WLR Daily, 11th April 2013

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Regina (Edwards and another) v Environment Agency and others (No 2) – WLR Daily

Posted April 16th, 2013 in EC law, judicial review, law reports, protective costs orders by sally

Regina (Edwards and another) v Environment Agency and others (No 2) (C-260/11); [2013] WLR (D) 136

“The requirement pursuant to article 10a of Council Directive 85/337/EEC and article 15a of Council Directive 96/61/EC that the review by members of the public of the legality of environmental decisions by public law bodies should not be “prohibitively expensive” meant that the members of the public covered by those provisions should not be prevented from seeking or pursuing a claim for judicial review by reason of the financial burden that might arise.”

WLR Daily, 11th April 2013

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Regina v Asmeron – WLR

Posted April 16th, 2013 in appeals, defences, documents, immigration, law reports, refugees by sally

Regina v Asmeron [2013] EWCA Crim 435; [2013] WLR (D) 135

“Where a defendant was charged with an offence of entering the United Kingdom without a passport, contrary to section 2 of the Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants etc) Act 2004, the court could only rule that the defendant’s explanation for so doing was incapable in law of amounting to a good reason or a reasonable excuse if it could properly be said, on the true construction of the Act, that it would be inconsistent with the essential nature and purpose of the offence for the defendant’s explanation to be capable of amounting to a defence. The fact that a defence might be considered hopeless on the merits was not a good reason for a judge to withdraw it from the jury.”

WLR Daily, 11th April 2013

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Racial harassment claim by Jewish teacher over union’s Israel-Palestine policies fails – UK Human Rights Blog

“In this case, a member of the Union brought various claims of harassment related to his ‘race, religion or belief’ under section 57 of the Equality Act 2010. The wide ranging allegations made by the Claimant arose, in essence, from the way in which Union had handled the Israel/Palestine debate. For example, claims arose from motions debated at the Union’s congress on proposals for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions and related questions. The Claimant alleged that the Union was guilty of ‘institutional anti-Semitism’ which he alleged constituted harassment of him as a Jewish member of the Union.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 16th April 2013

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Human rights court blocks extradition of UK-based terror suspect to US – The Guardian

Posted April 16th, 2013 in extradition, human rights, mental health, news, terrorism by sally

“Extraditing a UK-based terror suspect to an American ‘supermax’ high security prison would constitute ‘inhuman or degrading treatment’, the European court of human rights (ECHR) has ruled.”

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The Guardian, 16th April 2013

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Ofcom takes action on ‘notoriously murky’ charges for calling 0800 numbers – The Independent

Posted April 16th, 2013 in costs, news, telecommunications by sally

“Mobile phone users will no longer be charged to dial supposedly freephone 0800 numbers under plans published today by the telecoms regulator.”

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The Independent, 15th April 2013

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Complexity of parliamentary legislation ‘undermining the rule of law’ – The Guardian

Posted April 16th, 2013 in legislation, legislative drafting, news, parliament, regulations, rule of law by sally

“Parliamentary legislation is excessively complex and its confusions undermine the rule of law, according to the official in charge of drafting government statutes.”

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The Guardian, 16th April 2013

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Wild animals in circuses to be banned – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 16th, 2013 in animals, news by sally

“Travelling circuses are to be banned from using wild animals in two years time, under plans being announced by the Government.”

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Daily Telegraph, 16th April 2013

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Google facing High Court case after UK maps rival submits complaint about its search practices – OUT-LAW.com

Posted April 16th, 2013 in competition, computer programs, internet, news by sally

“A UK technology firm that provides internet maps has initiated legal action against Google in the High Court in which it has claimed that it has been the victim of anti-competitive practices engaged in by the internet giant.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 15th April 2013

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Legal aid cuts: law centres must not be allowed to die – The Guardian

Posted April 16th, 2013 in law centres, legal aid, news by sally

“In the early 1970s I was practising in a solicitors’ firm in Gray’s Inn but I was also a Labour councillor in the London Borough of Camden. Interest was growing in the development of law centres. I had myself been one of the members of the Society of Labour Lawyers who had written a Fabian pamphlet – ‘Justice for All’ in 1968. It argued for a national network of such centres, one of which, in Notting Hill, had already been established with charitable funds. Another was proposed in Paddington with local authority support.”

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The Guardian, 15th April 2013

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Three teenagers sentenced for homeless man’s murder – The Guardian

“Three teenagers who beat a homeless man to death following a dare have been ordered to be detained.”

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The Guardian, 15th April 2013

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Thatcher funeral: Police plan to arrest protesters under ‘draconian’ Public Order Act – The Independent

Posted April 16th, 2013 in demonstrations, freedom of expression, news, public order by sally

“Campaigners reacted angrily last night after Scotland Yard suggested protesters should consider avoiding Baroness Thatcher’s cortège – because they face arrest under a controversial public order law.”

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The Independent, 15th April 2013

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Blow to freedom of speech as key libel reform the Defamation Bill is blocked – The Independent

Posted April 16th, 2013 in bills, defamation, freedom of expression, news, parliament by sally

“The Government is to block plans to reform Britain’s ‘chilling’ libel laws and to prevent large companies from silencing their critics with the threat of being sued.”

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The Independent, 15th April 2013

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High court rules against ‘buffer zones’ for windfarms – The Guardian

Posted April 16th, 2013 in energy, local government, news, planning by sally

“Wind energy developers are celebrating today after the high court ruled that Milton Keynes Borough Council’s attempts to impose a ‘buffer zone’ for new wind farm projects were unlawful.”

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The Guardian, 15th April 2013

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