Virgin Media Communications Ltd and Others v British Sky Broadcasting Group plc and Another – Times Law Reports

Posted June 11th, 2008 in confidentiality, disclosure, law reports, legal representation by sally

Virgin Media Communications Ltd and Others v British Sky Broadcasting Group plc and Another

Court of Appeal

“It was desirable that a litigant should be free to instruct the lawyer of his choice, particularly if that lawyer was already acting for the litigant who wished him to act in a related manner. It was hard to conceive of circumstances where the fact that documents had been disclosed to lawyers acting for a party in one set of proceedings would preclude those lawyers from acting in other proceedings between the same parties.”

The Times, 11th June 2008


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Why murderers deserve a good lawyer – The Times

Posted March 10th, 2008 in legal representation, murder, special report by sally

“In a civilised society everyone has the right to a fair trial, no matter how horrible the offence or how fantastic the defence may be.”

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The Times, 7th March 2008


To deliver justice we need time, not a midwife – The Times

Posted November 13th, 2007 in legal representation, magistrates, special report by sally

“It is nine months since ‘Falconer’s Folly’ began its roll-out to all 360 magistrates’ courts in England and Wales. This scheme is more properly called ‘speedy justice’ – a system designed to hurry cases through the courts. A trial period in Thames, Camberwell, Coventry and West Cumbria proved that it did just that, according to some official statistics.”

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The Times, 13th November 2007


Dando killer asks for new legal team – The Times

Posted October 12th, 2007 in appeals, legal representation, murder, news by sally

“Barry George, the man serving a life sentence for the murder of television presenter Jill Dando, has demanded a new legal team three weeks before a second appeal against his conviction is due to begin.”

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The Times, 12th October 2007


‘Call centre justice’ criticised – BBC Law in Action

Posted October 10th, 2007 in criminal justice, legal representation, news by sally

“The government has been criticised for cutting the right of arrested suspects to advice from a qualified lawyer.”

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BBC Law in Action, 9th October 2007


Police investigate bogus detention lawyer – The Guardian

Posted July 24th, 2007 in asylum, legal representation, news by sally

“A bogus lawyer who evaded security at two detention centres and took thousands of pounds from desperate asylum seekers is at the centre of a police investigation. The Home Office confirmed that detectives are examining the activities of Alan Kamara-Francis, a self-styled ‘street barrister’ who claims he has been entering Yarl’s Wood and Oakington detention centres for the past four years to act as a legal adviser to migrants facing deportation.”

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The Guardian, 24th July 2007


Suspects ‘denied’ lawyer access – BBC News

Posted June 5th, 2007 in legal representation, news, police by sally

“Police are flouting rules to protect people in custody by denying suspects legal representation for ‘intelligence interviews’, lawyers have claimed.” 

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BBC News, 5th June 2007


Related link: BBC Law in Action: Police ‘intelligence interviews’