New pilot to increase sustainability and efficiency of law centres – Ministry of Justice

Posted January 28th, 2010 in law centres, Ministry of Justice, news, pilot schemes by sally

“Legal Aid Minister, Willy Bach has strengthened the government’s commitment to ensuring a sustainable future for social welfare law.”

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Ministry of Justice, 28th January 2010

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Information Commissioner has the power, but not the resources – The Times

Posted January 28th, 2010 in news by sally

“There are few organisations beyond the reach of the Information Commissioner, and Christopher Graham, the fourth holder of the role, faces a daunting set of responsibilities.”

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The Times, 28th January 2010

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

BSkyB ruling will not transform IT procurement, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

Posted January 28th, 2010 in contracts, fraud, misrepresentation, negligence, news by sally

“IT companies will not have to conduct a total overhaul of their sales processes in the aftermath of a long-awaited court ruling this week, a technology law expert has said. The ruling focused on the dishonesty of one employee, not a whole company.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 28th January 2010

Source: www.out-law.com

MMR doctor ‘failed to act in interests of children’ – The Guardian

Posted January 28th, 2010 in doctors, news, professional conduct by sally

“Dr Andrew Wakefield, the expert at the centre of the MMR controversy, ‘failed in his duties as a responsible consultant’ and showed a ‘callous disregard’ for the suffering of children involved in his research, the General Medical Council (GMC) has ruled.”

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The Guardian, 28th January 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Britain ‘complicit in mistreatment and possible torture’ says UN – The Guardian

Posted January 28th, 2010 in human rights, news, reports, terrorism, torture, United Nations by sally

“United Nations human rights investigators have concluded that the British government has been complicit in the mistreatment and possible torture of several of its own citizens during the ‘war on terror’.”

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The Guardian, 27th January 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Trial of teenager accused of hate campaign ends as witness collapses – The Times

Posted January 28th, 2010 in news by sally

“A teenager who branded Francecca Hardwick, the disabled girl found dead with her mother in a burnt-out car, a ‘freak’ who ‘deserved what she got’, walked free from court yesterday.”

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The Times, 28th January 2010

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Combined fund to support victims of sexual violence – Ministry of Justice

Posted January 28th, 2010 in Ministry of Justice, news, sexual offences, victims by sally

“Government funding for voluntary agencies that provide support to victims of sexual violence will be streamlined with the establishment of a one-year combined fund for 2010/11.”

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Ministry of Justice, 27th January 2010

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Supreme Court strikes down terror suspects’ anonymity orders – The Times

Posted January 28th, 2010 in news by sally

“It was one of the first cases to be heard by the new transparent Supreme Court — and it was shrouded in secrecy. But yesterday the justices struck a blow for openness, in line with its much-vaunted visibility as the UK’s highest court.”

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The Times, 28th January 2010

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

MMR scare doctor to be given verdict on research – BBC News

Posted January 28th, 2010 in autism, doctors, news, professional conduct by sally

“The doctor who first suggested the link between MMR vaccinations and autism is to hear whether he is guilty of unethical research practices.”

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BBC News, 28th January 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

UK authorities’ inability to seize counterfeits results in EU court referral – OUT-LAW.com

Posted January 28th, 2010 in carriage of goods, counterfeiting, customs and excise, EC law, news by sally

“The Court of Appeals has asked Europe’s highest court to rule on whether UK authorities can seize counterfeit goods passing through the UK and allow brand owners to take legal action against the companies behind the fakes.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 27th January 2010

Source: www.out-law.com

Lawcast164: The legal basis for the Iraq War and Lord Goldsmith’s opinion with Carl Gardner – Charon QC

Posted January 28th, 2010 in illegality, Iraq, podcasts, war by sally

“Today I am talking to Carl Gardner, a former government lawyer in Tony Blair’s administration and author of the Head of Legal blog, about the legality of the War in Iraq.”

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Charon QC, 27th January 2010

Source: www.charonqc.wordpress.com

“Charon QC” is the blogging pseudonym of Mike Semple Piggot, editor of insitelaw newswire.

‘Criminal barristers feel that they have an economic gun to their heads’ – The Times

Posted January 28th, 2010 in news by sally

“Paul Mendelle, QC, is one of those barristers the public loves to hate. He defends the indefensible, those accused of rape, murder, unspeakable acts of cruelty. His last big case was acting for Baby P’s mother, Tracey Connelly.”

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The Times, 28th January 2010

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Jon Gaunt wins right to free speech challenge against media regulator – The Guardian

Posted January 28th, 2010 in freedom of expression, judicial review, media, news by sally

“The radio presenter Jon Gaunt won his battle today to take the media regulator Ofcom to a judicial review over a live interview in which he called a councillor a ‘Nazi’.”

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The Guardian, 27th January 2010

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Peers to be forced by law to pay taxes in the UK – or quit Parliament by Autumn – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 28th, 2010 in domicile, news, peerages & dignities, taxation by sally

“All peers will have to relinquish their ‘non-domiciled’ tax status and become UK taxpayers if they want to remain in Parliament, under a new Government law.”

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Daily Telegraph, 27th January 2010

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Attorney-General to review Edlington torture boys ‘lenient’ sentence – The Times

Posted January 28th, 2010 in news by sally

“Two brothers who were jailed for brutally torturing two young boys are to have their sentences reconsidered, it was announced yesterday.”

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The Times, 27th January 2010

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Sunday Times editor and Carter-Ruck partner on libel law reform panel – The Times

Posted January 28th, 2010 in news by sally

“The Sunday Times editor John Witherow and a partner from the law firm Carter-Ruck are among those who have been appointed to a government panel considering changes to the law on libel, the lord chancellor, Jack Straw, said today.”

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The Times, 27th January 2010

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Climate e-mails row university ‘breached data laws’ – BBC News

Posted January 28th, 2010 in data protection, electronic mail, freedom of information, news, universities by sally

“A university unit involved in a row over stolen e-mails on climate research breached rules by withholding data, the Information Commissioner’s Office says.”

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BBC News, 28th January 2010

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Beneficiary is still a ‘person of great concern’ – The Times

Posted January 28th, 2010 in news by sally

“One of the men whose financial freedom was restored by the Supreme Court is a UN-designated terrorist suspect with links to the airline bomb plotters.”

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The Times, 28th January 2010

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The Iraq war inquiry: will it call Blair to account? – The Guardian

Posted January 28th, 2010 in inquiries, Iraq, news by sally

“The Chilcot inquiry will question Tony Blair about the Iraq war. So might we see the real truth emerge at last?”

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The Guardian, 28th January 2010

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Midwife who ‘randomly hacked’ at mother struck off – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 28th, 2010 in insurance, midwives, news, professional conduct by sally

“A mother whose home resembled a ‘murder scene’ after a midwife ‘randomly hacked’ at her with a pair of scissors has called for a change in the law to force independent midwives to take out insurance.”

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Daily Telegraph, 28th January 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk