“Employment programmes for welfare recipients – often referred to as ‘workfare’ – are highly controversial. In Department for Work and Pensions v Information Commissioner and Zola (EA/2012/0207,0232 and 0233), the First-tier Tribunal considered three FOIA requests for information about companies participating in such programmes. The Tribunal ordered disclosure, rejecting the Department’s reliance on the exemptions in FOIA section 43(2) (prejudice to commercial interests) and section 36(2)(c) (prejudice to the effect conduct of public affairs).”
Panopticon, 20th May 2013
“Fresh medical and scientific evidence is being published this week that campaigners hope will lead to the release of Colin Norris, the former nurse and so-called ‘Angel of Death’ serving life for the murder or attempted murder of five elderly women.”
The Guardian, 20th May 2013
“An order made in family proceedings for the payment of money can be enforced by judgement summons, and, if the statutory criteria are satisfied, an order made committing the judgement debtor to prison for up to 6 weeks. Given that in all likelihood only half of this time will be served, and that the time served doesn’t actually produce any cash for the creditor, the obvious question for the person seeking to
enforce the order is ‘what is the point?’. In fact, the Court of Appeal said as much in the case of Mubarak in 2000; ‘I doubt whether experienced specialist practitioners will think that it has sufficient value for money to be worth its initiation.'”
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Zenith Chambers, 16th May 2013
“The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill is back before Parliament today for the ‘Report Stage’. The latest version of the Bill is here, updated explanatory notes here, and the full list of proposed amendments here. Predictably, the amendments are the focus of much controversy.”
UK Human Rights Blog, 20th May 2013
“This conference deals with recent, controversial issues at the intersection of patent, copyright and competition law. It features a diverse range of international and UK speakers, from academia and practice, whose expertise is in intellectual property and/or competition law. The conference will be of interest to scholars, lawyers, those in industry and Ph D students.”
Date: 20th June 2013
Location: River Room – Strand Campus, King’s College London
More information can be found here.
Salary: £25,000 plus Benefits
1 Year Fixed Term Contract
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales is a permanent assembly of Catholic Bishops in these countries. The Catholic Trust for England and Wales (CaTEW) is a Trust established by the Bishops’ Conference to be the instrument required by civil law to enable financial and juridical actions to be legally carried forward.
We are currently advertising for a Legal and Policy Officer for a fixed term period of 1 year (there is a possibility that this could be extended). This is a key post within the Bishop’s’ Conference, reporting to the Assistant General Secretary (AGS) for Christian Responsibility and Citizenship. You will also be expected work as directed with the AGS for International Affairs and the General Secretary on particular issues of priority.
The post-holder will be responsible for providing legal advice and briefing to Bishops and secretariat staff of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales working on public policy issues (excluding education), to support the Bishops engagement with the legislative process in Whitehall and Westminster generally, to assist in the production of guidance on legal developments affecting the Church, and to represent the Bishops conference secretariat at external meetings as appropriate.
1. To research and provide timely briefing, support and advice on the legal aspects of policy and legislative issues as required;
2. To assist in the development of the Bishops’ Conference’s continuing engagement with the issues of assisted suicide/ euthanasia, and abortion, liaising with the Anscombe bioethics Centre, Living and Dying well and other groups as directed;
3. To assist in the production of guidance on the implementation of the Equality Act and any changes to legislation on the definition of marriage;
4. To attend and represent the Bishops Conference secretariat as appropriate at seminars and events, including those of the Equality and Human Rights Commission
5. To work closely with the Head of Parliamentary Relations, policy staff at Catholic agencies and other staff at the secretariat to ensure good communication and enhancement of common effort;
6. As needed to assist in briefing and informing Catholic and other interested parliamentarians and their staff;
7. As needed to attend the ecumenical Radar Group, other policy co-ordination groups;
8. As requested to monitor and advise on EU and Welsh Assembly legal developments of relevance to the Church.
The right candidate will:
• Be a Catholic with a good understanding of the moral and social teaching of the Church;
• Have a very strong academic background (with at least a 2:1 honours degree);
• Have a current UK legal qualification as either a solicitor or barrister (a practicing certificate or experience of pupillage or tenancy is not essential);
• Have very high professional standards of work, including a consistent attention to detail, complete reliability and accuracy, and a constant commitment to excellence;
• Understand that they will have access to confidential information, requiring absolute discretion at all times;
• Have the ability to organise work and prioritise tasks;
• Have sound judgement and the capacity for independent thought and action;
• Demonstrate a high degree of initiative and persistence combined with high levels of diplomacy.
• Have excellent written and oral communication skills
• Be a good team player
• Have a good sense of humour
If you would like to discuss the role informally and in confidence, please contact Charles Wookey on 020 7901 4812.
To apply, please email your CV and a covering letter to firstname.lastname@example.org . Closing date is Friday 21st June 2013.
Due to the high number of responses we receive to our advertisements we are unfortunately not always able to respond individually to each applicant. If you don’t hear from us within 14 days you may assume you have not been selected on this occasion.
“In his foreword to the consultation on ‘transforming’ legal aid, justice secretary Chris Grayling explains that change is needed to ‘boost public confidence’ and cut costs, which he claims have ‘spiralled out of control’. Speaking to the Gazette, he offers no empirical evidence that the public has lost confidence in the system. But he claims to have received ‘lots of letters and emails’ from people concerned about legal aid entitlement. He alludes to prisoners getting legal aid ‘to argue they should have a different cell’, and migrants receiving civil legal aid.”
Law Society’s Gazette, 20th May 2013
“The Bar Council, the Law Society, and the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) are proud to announce this year’s Minority Lawyers’ Conference (MLC) will be held as a series of evening seminars throughout the year. The seminars will cover some of the challenges around career development, and will focus on helping lawyers from minority communities.”
Date: 18th June 2013, 6.00-8.00pm
Location: The Law Society’s Hall, 113 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1PL
Charge: £10 + VAT
More information can be found here.
“Sheila Hamilton Macdonald, barrister, examines the implications of the Court of Appeal judgment in Thompson v Hurst; a cohabitee property dispute in which the property had been registered in the name of only one of the cohabitees.”
Family Law Week, 16th May 2013