Man cleared of Bedford lake murder wins libel against police – BBC News

Posted June 1st, 2012 in defamation, murder, news, police by tracey

“The boyfriend of a woman found dead in a lake in Bedford has won a libel action against police who claimed he probably killed her.”

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BBC News, 1st June 2012


Law Society responds to training review – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted June 1st, 2012 in legal education, news, solicitors by tracey

“Bottlenecks in the legal training system are inevitable so long as there are more aspiring entrants to the profession than the market can employ, the Law Society points out in its first formal response to the Legal Education and Training Review (LETR). ”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 31st May 2012


Consent not required for disclosure of fully anonymised personal data, ICO says –

Posted June 1st, 2012 in anonymity, consent, data protection, news by tracey

“Organisations that properly anonymise personally identifying information do not have to comply with data protection laws in order to disclose the altered information, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has said.”

Full story, 31st May 2012


Payments to funded unapproved retirement benefit schemes attract NI contributions as earnings, court says –

Posted June 1st, 2012 in national insurance, news, pensions by tracey

“Payments made by an employer for the benefit of an employee into a funded unapproved retirement benefit scheme (FURBS) are classed as ‘earnings’ on which the employer must pay national insurance contributions (NICs), the Court of Appeal has ruled.”

Full story, 31st May 2012


BAILII: Recent Decisions

Posted June 1st, 2012 in law reports by tracey

Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

Thomas v Jeffery & Ors [2012] EWCA Civ 693 (31 May 2012)

Cherry Tree Investments Ltd v Landmain Ltd [2012] EWCA Civ 736 (31 May 2012)

Generics (UK) Ltd v Yeda Research & Development Co Ltd & Anor [2012] EWCA Civ 726 (31 May 2012)

Patel & Ors v MRD Property Developments Ltd [2012] EWCA Civ 727 (31 May 2012)

Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)

Majeed v R. [2012] EWCA Crim 1186 (31 May 2012)

High Court( Administrative Court)

O’ Leary International Ltd v North Wales Police [2012] EWHC 1516 (Admin) (31 May 2012)

Afzal v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2012] EWHC 1487 (Admin) (31 May 2012)

Merseyside Police v Owens [2012] EWHC 1515 (Admin) (31 May 2012)

High Court (Commercial Court)

Elafonissos Fishing and Shipping Company v Aigaion Insurance Company SA [2012] EWHC 1512 (Comm) (31 May 2012)

High Court (Family Division)

DS & Ors (Children) [2012] EWHC 1442 (Fam) (31 May 2012)

High Court (Queen’s Bench Division)

Friends of Burbage School Ltd. v Woodhams [2012] EWHC 1511 (QB) (31 May 2012)

Croft (A Child) v Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust [2012] EWHC 1470 (QB) (31 May 2012)


AL (Albania) v Secretary for State the Home Department; FN (Gambia) v Same; DN(Bangladesh) v Same – WLR Daily

Posted June 1st, 2012 in appeals, civil procedure rules, costs, immigration, law reports by tracey

AL (Albania) v Secretary for State the Home Department; FN (Gambia) v Same; DN(Bangladesh) v Same: [2012] EWCA Civ 710;   [2012] WLR (D)  16

“In statutory appeals to the Court of Appeal from the Upper Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber), if the appeal had been allowed by consent, with the appellant obtaining the remittal sought, or if the appeal had been resolved by the grant of a status which was not previously offered, then provided the appellant was clearly identifiable as the successful party, CPR r 44.3(2(a) would usually entitle him to his costs absent specific matters of conduct or other features making an order inappropriate. The crucial question in such cases was the identification of the successful party.”

WLR Daily, 30th May 2012



Djanogly: Red tape challenge turns to legal services – Ministry of Justice

“Justice Minister Jonathan Djanogly has launched plans to scrutinise, simplify or scrap more than 150 regulations that affect legal services, to reduce red tape and ease the burden on businesses and consumers.”

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Ministry of Justice, 31st May 2012


Retention of data on octogenarian protester “amply justified” – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted June 1st, 2012 in criminal records, data protection, demonstrations, human rights, news, police by tracey

“Catt v Commissioner of the Police of the Metropolis [2012] EWHC 1471. Retention of data on a national database of material relating to a protester’s attendance at demonstrations by a group that had a history of violence, criminality and disorder, did not engage Article 8 of the Human Rights Convention.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 31st May 2012


Bangor armed robbery trio sentenced to 26 years in jail in total – BBC News

Posted June 1st, 2012 in news, robbery, sentencing by tracey

“Three Gwynedd men have been jailed for a total of 26 years for an armed robbery at a property in Bangor.”

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BBC News, 31st May 2012


GP practice ‘offloaded vulnerable patients to save money’ – The Guardian

Posted June 1st, 2012 in budgets, care homes, complaints, disabled persons, doctors, elderly, health, news by tracey

“A GP practice run by a doctor who has been of one of the most prominent supporters of Andrew Lansley’s health reforms de-registered elderly and disabled care home patients to save money, an NHS investigation has found.”

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The Guardian, 31st May 2012


Tamil asylum seekers due for deportation given reprieve – The Independent

Posted June 1st, 2012 in asylum, deportation, human rights, injunctions, news, torture by tracey

“A group of Tamil asylum seekers who were meant to have been deported back to Sri Lanka this afternoon have been given a last minute reprieve after lawyers managed to persuade a court that they were at a credible risk of torture should they be returned.”

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The Independent, 31st May 2012


Only 16% of solved crimes lead to convictions – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 1st, 2012 in crime, news, police, prosecutions, statistics by tracey

“Fewer than one in five solved crimes leads to the offender receiving a  conviction in court, it has emerged as new online police maps show how offences were dealt with for the first time.”

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Daily Telegraph, 31st May 2012