Man jailed for smuggling immigrants across Channel – The Independent

Posted March 26th, 2010 in immigration, news, sentencing, trafficking in human beings by sally

“A man who claimed he was a human rights activist was jailed for six years today after he smuggled 20 illegal immigrants across the Channel in a 50ft yacht.”

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The Independent, 26th March 2010


British Summer Time

Posted March 26th, 2010 in news by sally

British Summer Time begins at 1.00 a.m. this Sunday, 28th March, and the clocks go forward one hour.  Those who subscribe to this blog by email may notice a difference in the time that updates are received.

Lord Martin defends no-win no-fee libel lawyers – BBC News

Posted March 26th, 2010 in defamation, fees, media, news by sally

“Former Commons Speaker Lord Martin has spoken up in defence of  ‘no win, no fee’  libel lawyers – whose fees the government is trying to curtail.”

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BBC News, 25th March 2010


Gatwick Airport firearm man given prison sentence – BBC News

Posted March 26th, 2010 in airports, firearms, news, sentencing, suicide by sally

“A man who wanted police to shoot him in a ‘desperate suicide bid’ has been jailed for threatening people with an imitation gun at Gatwick Airport.”

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BBC News, 25th March 2010


Twins jailed for life over doorstep murder in Oldham – BBC News

Posted March 26th, 2010 in murder, news, sentencing by sally

“Twin brothers who murdered a father-of-two outside his Greater Manchester home, then tried to kill themselves, have been jailed for life.”

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BBC News, 25th March 2010


‘Misleading’ policing advert banned by watchdog – The Guardian

Posted March 26th, 2010 in advertising, news, police by sally

“A Home Office advertising campaign that highlights one of Labour’s  key election policies on crime and policing is to be banned by the advertising industry watchdog, the Guardian has learned. The Advertising Standards Authority has told the Home Office that its television adverts highlighting the government’s ‘policing pledge’ that neighbourhood officers can now be expected to spend 80% of their time on the beat is to be banned with immediate effect.”

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The Guardian, 25th March 2010


Family wins payout over mother Lavinia Bletchly’s undiagnosed cancer – The Independent

Posted March 26th, 2010 in cancer, compensation, medical treatment, negligence, news by sally

“The family of a young mother who died after doctors failed to diagnose her cancer secured a six-figure pay-out from an NHS body today.”

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The Independent, 26th March 2010


Man jailed for 18-year rape after advancements in DNA – BBC News

Posted March 26th, 2010 in DNA, news, rape, sentencing by sally

“A rapist who carried out an attack on a woman nearly 18 years ago has been jailed for 10 years after scientists used advances in DNA technology.”

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BBC News, 25th March 2010


Babysitting couple guilty of child’s murder in Bilston – BBC News

Posted March 26th, 2010 in child cruelty, murder, news by sally

“A babysitting couple who left a three-year-old boy with more than 70 injuries have been found guilty at Wolverhampton Crown Court of his murder.”

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BBC News, 26th March 2010


BAILII: Recent Decisions

Posted March 26th, 2010 in law reports by sally

Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

FJ Chalke Ltd & Anor v Revenue & Customs [2010] EWCA Civ 313 (25 March 2010)

Mason v Richard Freeman & Co (a firm) [2010] EWCA Civ 287 (25 March 2010)

Bury Metropolitan Borough Council v Gibbons [2010] EWCA Civ 327 (26 March 2010)

Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)

Kirman, R. v [2010] EWCA Crim 614 (25 March 2010)

High Court (Administrative Court)

London Borough of Hillingdon & Ors, R (on the application of) v Secretary of State for Transport & Anor [2010] EWHC 626 (Admin) (26 March 2010)

High Court (Chancery Division)

The Financial Services Authority (FSA) v Anderson & Ors [2010] EWHC 599 (Ch) (25 March 2010)

Goldfarb v Higgins & Ors [2010] EWHC 613 (Ch) (25 March 2010)

High Court (Commercial Court)

Abraaj Investment Management Ltd. v Bregawn Jersey Ltd. [2010] EWHC 630 (Comm) (25 March 2010)

Blue Sky One Ltd & Ors v Mahan Air & Anor [2010] EWHC 631 (Comm) (25 March 2010)

High Court (Queen’s Bench Division)

Andrews v Aylott [2010] EWHC 597 (QB) (25 March 2010)

Lait MP v Evening Standard Ltd. [2010] EWHC 642 (QB) (25 March 2010)

Botham v The Ministry of Defence [2010] EWHC 646 (QB) (26 March 2010)

Serious Organised Crime Agency v Bosworth & Anor [2010] EWHC 645 (QB) (26 March 2010)


Recent Statutory Instruments – OPSI

Posted March 26th, 2010 in legislation by sally

The CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme Order 2010

The Natural Mineral Water, Spring Water and Bottled Drinking Water (England) (Amendment) (No.2) Regulations 2010

The Local Authorities (Petitions) (England) Order 2010

The Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 (Commencement No.3) Order 2010

The Assured Tenancies (Amendment)(England) Order 2010

The Data Protection (Monetary Penalties) Order 2010

The Personal Accounts Delivery Authority Winding Up Order 2010

The Workmen’s Compensation (Supplementation) (Amendment) Scheme 2010

The National Employment Savings Trust Order 2010

The Recovery of Social Security Contributions Due in Other Member States Regulations 2010


New Employment Tribunal Fast Track scheme – Ministry of Justice

Posted March 26th, 2010 in damages, employment tribunals, Ministry of Justice, press releases by sally

“Workers awarded payouts from their former employers at Employment Tribunals will be given extra help to ensure they receive their payments. Justice Minister Bridget Prentice today confirmed the creation of a new Employment Tribunal Fast Track scheme, which will simplify the process for successful tribunal applicants.”

Full press release

Ministry of Justice, 25th March 2010


Rigorous review of youth justice published – Ministry of Justice

“A review of the Youth Justice Board and its pioneering role in managing the youth justice system has been published today.”

Full press release

Ministry of Justice, 25th March 2010


Government accepts our recommendations on modernising trust law – Law Commission

Posted March 26th, 2010 in Law Commission, press releases, reports, trusts by sally

“We welcome the Government’s acceptance of our recommendations to change the law governing capital and income in trusts.”

Full press release

Law Commission, 23rd March 2010


No charges following deaths of Sir Edward and Lady Downes – Crown Prosecution Service

“The Crown Prosecution Service has decided that, while there is sufficient evidence to charge Caractacus Downes with an offence of assisting the suicide of his parents, Sir Edward and Lady Joan Downes, it is not in the public interest to do so.”

Full ress release

Crown Prosecution Service, 19th March 2010


Attorney General urges new thinking on domestic violence – Attorney General’s Office

Posted March 26th, 2010 in attorney general, domestic violence, press releases by sally

“The Attorney General, Baroness Scotland QC, is urging all men to stand up against domestic violence ‘for the women in our lives.’ ”

Full press release

Attorney General’s Office, 23rd March 2010


English law on late payment of insurance claims is unfair, say Law Commissions –

Posted March 26th, 2010 in damages, insurance, Law Commission, news by sally

“Insurers who delay paying valid claims should be liable to policyholders for any foreseeable losses they cause, a new Law Commission paper suggested this week.”

Full story, 25th March 2010


Insurance Contract Law – Law Commission

Posted March 26th, 2010 in insurance, Law Commission, press releases, reports by sally

“The Law Commission and Scottish Law Commission are conducting a joint review of insurance contract law.”

Full press release

Law Commission, 24th March 2010


Government plans libel shield for online news archives –

Posted March 26th, 2010 in archives, defamation, internet, Ministry of Justice, news by sally

“The Government has outlined its plans for a reform of libel law, but said that it will not be possible to pass the proposed new law before this year’s general election.”

Full story, 24th March 2010


New code allows religious pharmacists to opt out of prescribing contraception – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 26th, 2010 in contraception, medicines, news, pharmacists by sally

“The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), the new industry regulator, has clarified guidelines in the revised code, which states that staff can opt out of handing out the pill or the morning after pill.”

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Daily Telegraph, 25th March 2010