Sienna Miller settles hacking case – The Independent

Posted June 7th, 2011 in harassment, interception, media, news, privacy, telecommunications by michael

“Sienna Miller’s privacy and harassment claim in the News of the World phone-hacking action settled for £100,000 damages today.”

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The Independent, 7th June 2011


Employment Tribunal wrong to apportion damages in discrimination case, Appeals panel rules –

Posted June 7th, 2011 in appeals, damages, employment tribunals, news by michael

“Employment Tribunals only have power in certain circumstances to decide what proportion of damages someone is responsible for in discrimination cases where there is more than one guilty party, an Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has said.”

Full story, 7th June 2011


BAILII: Recent Decisions

Posted June 7th, 2011 in law reports by michael

High Court (Chancery Division)

Mahon & Anor v FBN Bank (UK) Ltd [2011] EWHC 1432 (Ch) (6 June 2011)

Green (Liquidator of Stealth Construction Ltd) v Ireland [2011] EWHC 1305 (Ch) (20 May 2011)

High Court (Queen’s Bench Division)

Mabiriizi v HSBC Insurance (UK) Ltd [2011] EWHC 1280 (QB) (20 May 2011)

OOO & Ors v The Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis [2011] EWHC 1246 (QB) (20 May 2011)

High Court (Administrative Court)

Francis, R (on the application of) v Secretary of State for Justice & Anor [2011] EWHC 1271 (Admin) (20 May 2011)

High Court (Technology and Construction Court)

States of Guernsey v Jacobs UK Ltd [2011] EWHC 918 (TCC) (15 April 2011)

Donne Place Investments Ltd & Anor v McDonnell & Anor [2011] EWHC 930 (TCC) (14 April 2011)


Recent Statutory Instruments –

Posted June 7th, 2011 in legislation by michael

The Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Monetary Penalty Notices and Consents for Interceptions) Regulations 2011

The Armed Forces Pension Scheme 2005 (Amendment) Order 2011

The Immigration Services Commissioner (Application Fee) Order 2011


Pupillage funding requirements: increase of minimum pupillage award to £12,000 – Bar Standards Board

Posted June 7th, 2011 in Legal Services Board, news, pupillage, remuneration by michael

“The Legal Services Board has approved the application of the Bar Standards Board to increase the minimum pupillage award from £10,000 to £12,000 for a 12-months pupillage. The new rule comes into effect on 1 September 2011.”

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Bar Standards Board, 7th June 2011


Guidance to barristers undertaking civil legal aid work – The Bar Council

Posted June 7th, 2011 in barristers, legal aid, news, solicitors by michael

“When an assisted (legally aided) person succeeds in a civil case and recovers a costs order against the unassisted (privately funded) party, the assisted person’s solicitor will then submit a bill to the paying party which will include fees for solicitors and counsel at full inter-partes rates (not at restricted legal aid rates). That bill will then be agreed or assessed. The sum due will be paid to the assisted person’s solicitor and the solicitor should pay counsel.”

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The Bar Council, 6th June 2011


Twitter users face prosecution if they breach injunctions, Attorney General warns – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 7th, 2011 in attorney general, contempt of court, injunctions, internet, news by michael

“Users of Twitter could face legal action for contempt of court if they use the microblogging website to breach privacy injunctions, the Attorney General has warned.”

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Daily Telegraph, 7th June 2011


Man fined for illegally accessing personal data –

Posted June 7th, 2011 in data protection, fines, news by michael

“A UK court has fined a man more than £2,000 for illegally obtaining health patients’ personal data, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has said.”

Full story, 6th June 2011


Doctors asked to spot ‘patients at risk from Islamic radicalisation’ – The Independent

Posted June 7th, 2011 in doctors, Islam, news, prisons, terrorism, universities by michael

“Doctors are to be drafted into the fight against terrorism by being asked to identify patients at risk of being drawn into violent extremism. The controversial move will be spelt out today by the Home Secretary, Theresa May, as she publishes the Government’s much-delayed strategy for combating extremism.”

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The Independent, 7th June 2011


Legal aid cuts of £350m will bring chaos to courts, judges fear – The Guardian

Posted June 7th, 2011 in civil justice, legal aid, litigants in person, news by michael

“The number of people who represent themselves in the civil courts – because they cannot afford a lawyer and fall outside the limits that are set for legal aid funding – is about to rise because of government funding cuts, leaving courts braced for a growing number of vulnerable people fighting their own, often chaotic, cases.”

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The Guardian, 6th June 2011


Miscarriages of justice are slipping off the public radar – The Guardian

Posted June 7th, 2011 in Criminal Cases Review Commission, miscarriage of justice, news by michael

“The commission set up after the Birmingham Six case faces accusations of failing to help wrongfully convicted people.”

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The Guardian, 6th June 2011