Command Papers –

Posted March 26th, 2012 in parliamentary papers by sally

Government Response to the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee Report of Session 2010–12: Alcohol Guidelines, Cm 8329 (PDF)


F1 team wins High Court copyright ruling but is ordered to pay substantial unpaid debts –

Posted March 26th, 2012 in contracts, copyright, damages, debts, news by sally

“A design company has been ordered to pay a Formula One (F1) team over £20,000 after it used computer-aided design (CAD) files belonging to the team to help form aerodynamic features for rival cars.”

Full story, 26th March 2012


Ex-cricketer Chris Cairns wins £90,000 libel damages – BBC News

Posted March 26th, 2012 in complaints, costs, damages, defamation, news, sport by sally

“The former New Zealand cricket captain Chris Cairns has been awarded £90,000 in damages after allegations on Twitter that he was involved in match-fixing.”

Full story

BBC News, 26th March 2012


UK terror suspects sent into internal exile under control orders – The Guardian

Posted March 26th, 2012 in control orders, human rights, news, terrorism by sally

“More than 20 men suspected of involvement in Islamic terrorism were sent into internal exile across the UK under the now defunct system of ‘preventative’ control orders, a report says.”

Full story

The Guardian, 26th March 2012


The Reform of Clinical Negligence Litigation – Speech by Lord Justice Jackson

Posted March 26th, 2012 in costs, dispute resolution, health, negligence, speeches by sally

The Reform of Clinical Negligence Litigation (PDF)

Speech by Lord Justice Jackson

Clinical Negligence Seminar, 22nd March 2012


Pre-Nuptial agreements: developments since Radmacher – Family Law Week

Posted March 26th, 2012 in divorce, married persons, news, prenuptial agreements by sally

“David Marusza of Harcourt Chambers summarises and analyses the latest cases involving prenuptial agreements.”

Full story

Family Law Week, 25th March 2012


Agreement reached on QASA – Bar Standards Board

“Agreement on a joint scheme to assure the quality of criminal advocacy has been reached by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), Bar Standards Board (BSB) and ILEX Professional Standards (IPS).”

Full story

Bar Standards Board, 23rd March 2012


Recent Statutory Instruments –

Posted March 26th, 2012 in legislation by sally

The Denbighshire County Council (Construction of Foryd Harbour Walking and Cycling Bridge) Scheme 2011 Confirmation Instrument 2012

The London Thames Gateway Development Corporation (Transfer of Property, Rights and Liabilities) (Greater London Authority) Order 2012

The Jobseeker’s Allowance (Domestic Violence) (Amendment) Regulations 2012

The Pensions Act 2007 (Commencement No. 4) (Amendment) Order 2012

The Environmental Protection Act 1990 (Commencement No. 19) Order 2012

The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 (Commencement No. 4) Order 2012

The Gloucestershire (Electoral Changes) Order 2012

The Staffordshire (Electoral Changes) Order 2012


BAILII: Recent Decisions

Posted March 26th, 2012 in law reports by sally

Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

E1/(OS Russia) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2012] EWCA Civ 357 (22 March 2012)

High Court (Chancery Division)

Nokia Corporation v AU Optronics Corporation & Ors [2012] EWHC 731 (Ch) (23 March 2012)

Pegasus v Ernst & Young [2012] EWHC 738 (Ch) (23 March 2012)

Seaton & Ors v [2012] EWHC 735 (Ch) (23 March 2012)

High Court (Administrative Court)

Sutton, R (on the application of) v Calderdale Council [2012] EWHC 637 (Admin) (21 March 2012)

High Court (Technology and Construction Court)

Phaestos Ltd & Anor v Ho & Ors [2012] EWHC 662 (TCC) (22 March 2012)

High Court (Commercial Court)

UBS Ltd & Anor v Regione Calabria [2012] EWHC 699 (Comm) (23 March 2012)

DEPFA Bank Plc v Provincia Di Pisa [2012] EWHC 687 (Comm) (23 March 2012)

British American Tobacco Switzerland SA & Ors v Exel Europe Ltd & Ors [2012] EWHC 694 (Comm) (23 March 2012)

Enercon GmbH Wobben Properties GmbH v Enercon (India) Ltd [2012] EWHC 689 (Comm) (23 March 2012)


Watchdog plans hefty rise in compensation maximum – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted March 26th, 2012 in compensation, complaints, fees, legal ombudsman, news, time limits by sally

“The Legal Ombudsman is planning a 66% rise – to £50,000 – in the maximum amount of compensation it can force lawyers to pay clients who receive poor service.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 26th March 2012


Regulators approve new scheme to measure quality at criminal Bar – Legal Week

“A controversial new scheme for criminal barristers that could see QCs paid the same as leading juniors is a step closer to coming into effect after being approved by a trio of legal regulators.”

Full story

Legal Week, 26th March 2012


Motherhood is no bar – The Lawyer

Posted March 26th, 2012 in barristers, families, flexible working, news, queen's counsel by sally

“Contrary to popular perception, the bar is not such a bad place for mothers. Or so says Rebecca Sabben-Clare of 7KBW, one of 88 barristers to be made up in the latest silk round.”

Full story

The Lawyer, 26th March 2012


Ban on cheap alcohol could break law – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 26th, 2012 in alcohol abuse, budgets, news, parliament by sally

“Britain is likely to be sued over plans to raise the price of cheap alcohol after European officials amid warnings from the drinks industry that the policy could be illegal.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 24th March 2012


Protesters cleared of Fortnum and Mason trespass – The Independent

Posted March 26th, 2012 in budgets, demonstrations, news, trespass, trials by sally

“Eight protesters who were accused of occupying Fortnum and Mason during an anti-cuts demonstration last year were today acquitted of trespass.”

Full story

The Independent, 23rd March 2012


Assisted dying policy put to Commons vote – The Guardian

Posted March 26th, 2012 in assisted suicide, euthanasia, news, parliament, prosecutions by sally

“Parliament will this week be forced to confront the question of whether people who help loved ones end their lives should escape prosecution. MPs will be asked to vote in support of guidance drawn up by the director of public prosecutions two years ago that distinguishes between compassionate amateur assistance, which is unlikely to result in prosecution, and malicious encouragement, which can carry a maximum 14-year sentence.”

Full story

The Guardian, 25th March 2012


Tribunal hands down key privilege ruling in OFT dairy pricing case – Legal Week

Posted March 26th, 2012 in competition, news, price fixing, privilege, tribunals by sally

“The Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) has held that confidentiality under litigation privilege applies to Competition Act investigations, in a key ruling in the Office of Fair Trading’s (OFT’s) long-running investigation into dairy retail pricing.”

Full story

Legal Week, 26th March 2012


Current judicial appointments system is ‘not fit for purpose’, says report – The Guardian

Posted March 26th, 2012 in diversity, equality, judiciary, news by sally

“New arrangements for appointing senior judges are needed to ensure a more diverse judiciary, according to a report published on Monday. It calls for the concept of ‘merit’ to be redefined and raises concerns that one branch of government risks becoming a self-perpetuating oligarchy.”

Full story

The Guardian, 26th March 2012


Twice as many judges needed to handle benefits appeals – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 26th, 2012 in appeals, benefits, disabled persons, judiciary, news, remuneration, tribunals by sally

“Twice as many judges are needed to handle the high volume of appeals under the Government’s controversial new welfare regime, at a cost of at least £1million a year.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 26th March 2012


Privacy injunctions to get clean bill of health from parliament – The Guardian

Posted March 26th, 2012 in injunctions, media, news, parliamentary privilege, privacy, public interest by sally

“High court privacy injunctions have been given a clean bill of health by a special committee of MPs and peers which were set up in the fallout of the Ryan Giggs gagging order.”

Full story

The Guardian, 23rd March 2012


Families win landmark ruling on £600m asbestos compensation – The Independent

Posted March 26th, 2012 in asbestos, compensation, families, health & safety, insurance, news, victims by sally

“Thousands of families whose relatives were killed by asbestos cancers will win a landmark compensation victory this week, sources have told The Independent on Sunday. The Supreme Court will rule on Wednesday that insurers who offered cover at the time victims inhaled the deadly fibres will have to pay compensation.”

Full story

The Independent, 25th March 2012