Workfare placements must be made public, tribunal rules – The Guardian

“The Department for Work and Pensions has lost a major court battle to keep the locations of thousands of workfare placements secret.”

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The Guardian, 19th May 2013

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Pending appeal against dismissal did not mean former employee transferred under TUPE, says EAT – OUT-LAW.com

“A former employee who was awaiting an appeal against her dismissal was not ’employed’ for the purposes of the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations (TUPE), the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has ruled.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 17th May 2013

Source: www.out-law.com

Balance of Competences Review: Call for Evidence on Civil Judicial Cooperation (including family matters) – Ministry of Justice

Posted May 20th, 2013 in civil justice, consultations, EC law, news by sally

“The Balance of Competences Review, launched by the Government last summer, is an opportunity for people to have their say on what the EU does and how it affects the UK. This piece of work will deepen our understanding of EU membership, and help shape the UK’s policies in relation to the EU.”

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Ministry of Justice, 16th May 2013

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

Night Shelters, dwellings and housing benefit – NearlyLegal

Posted May 20th, 2013 in benefits, homelessness, hotels, housing, local government, news, tribunals by sally

“This a late note on OR -v- Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and Isle of Anglesey CC [2013] UKUT 065 (AAC) because, bluntly, I had read it quickly at the time and overlooked its broader significance.”

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NearlyLegal, 19th May 2013

Source: www.nearlylegal.co.uk

Roundtable: immigration – Law Society’s Gazette

“Immigration has proved a toxic issue for recent Home Office ministers. In 2004 home secretary David Blunkett resigned following revelations that a visa application had been fast-tracked. Immigration minister Beverley Hughes resigned after admitting she ‘unwittingly’ misled people about a suspected visa ‘scam’. Charles Clarke resigned as home secretary in 2006 after intense pressure over the release of foreign prisoners who could have been deported at the end of their custodial term.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 20th May 2013

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Mairead Philpott to appeal against 17-year jail sentence – The Guardian

Posted May 20th, 2013 in appeals, arson, homicide, news, sentencing by sally

“A mother jailed for 17 years for killing her six children in a house fire is to appeal against the length of her sentence, her lawyers have said.”

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The Guardian, 19th May 2013

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Detainees win torture claims test case – BBC News

Posted May 20th, 2013 in asylum, compensation, detention, immigration, news, torture by sally

“Hundreds of people who were tortured before seeking asylum in the UK could seek compensation and release from immigration detention.”

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BBC News, 17th May 2013

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Damages under section 13 DPA: Court of Appeal’s judgment in Halliday – Panopticon

Posted May 20th, 2013 in appeals, compensation, damages, data protection, news by sally

“I blogged a while ago about the ex tempore judgment from the Court of Appeal in a potentially groundbreaking case on damages under section 13 of the DPA, namely Halliday v Creation Consumer Finance [2013] EWCA Civ 333. The point of potential importance was that ‘nominal damages’ appeared to suffice for the purposes of section 13(1), thereby opening up section 13(2). In short, the point is that claimants under the DPA cannot be compensated for distress unless they have also suffered financial harm. A ‘nominal damages’ approach to the concept of financial harm threatened to make the DPA’s compensation regime dramatically more claimant-friendly.”

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Panopticon, 17th May 2013

Source: www.panopticonblog.com

New Asbo laws could infringe freedom, think tank warns – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 20th, 2013 in ASBOs, bills, news, police, proportionality by sally

“New laws to curb anti-social behaviour could be used by councils to interfere with law abiding citizens, a think tank has warned.”

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Daily Telegraph, 19th May 2013

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Button Moon creator Ian Allen wins court copyright fight – BBC News

Posted May 20th, 2013 in copyright, damages, news by sally

“The creator of children’s TV show Button Moon has won a damages claim against a businessman he said copied his designs on T-shirts and mugs.”

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BBC News, 17th May 2013

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Fair inquest for Litvinenko impossible, judge warns – The Independent

“Hearing in danger of collapse after British Government’s accused of evidence cover-up.”

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The Independent, 17th May 2013

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Trainee lawyer was denied permanent contract when she became pregnant – The Guardian

“A trainee lawyer is in line for compensation from a top City law firm after winning her case for discrimination after she missed out on a job because she was pregnant.”

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The Guardian, 19th May 2013

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Oxfordshire beheading: Jonathan Limani’s appeal rejected – BBC News

“A man who beheaded a restaurant manager will not have his 19-year sentence reduced by the Court of Appeal.”

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BBC News, 17th May 2013

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Cut Price Justice – Garden Court Chambers Blog

“Anna Morris explains why the legal profession and the public must unite to oppose the government’s attack on legal aid.”

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Garden Court Chambers Blog, 20th May 2013

Source: www.gclaw.wordpress.com

Lawyers’ treatment of gang grooming victims prompts call for reform – The Guardian

“Campaigners demand urgent shake-up of court procedure after seven barristers cross-examined a girl every day for three weeks in child-grooming case.”

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The Guardian, 19th May 2013

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Abu Qatada launches fresh bid to be released from prison – The Independent

“Radical cleric Abu Qatada will launch a fresh bid for freedom today as he seeks to be released from prison at an immigration tribunal.”

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The Independent, 20th May 2013

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Legal watchdog warns budget cuts will damage justice – The Guardian

“Depriving defendants of the ability to choose their own solicitor will undermine confidence in the criminal justice system, an official legal watchdog warned on Monday.”

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The Guardian, 20th May 2013

Source: www.guardian.co.uk