Secret evidence: undermining the great traditions of British justice – The Times

Posted June 10th, 2009 in control orders, human rights, legal representation, news, terrorism by sally

“Tomorrow the law lords will hand down their decision on the legality of the control orders regime under which terrorist suspects are detained.”

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The Times, 9th June 2009

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Regina (G) v Governors of X School – Times Law Reports

Regina (G) v Governors of X School

Queen’s Bench Division

“An employee of a school facing a disciplinary committee for allegations of sexual misconduct was entitled to an enhanced measure of procedural protection afforded by article 6.1 of the European Convention on Human Rights, guaranteeing the right to a fair hearing, which included the right to legal representation at the disciplinary hearing.”

Times Law Reports, 24th April 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

In re M (A Child) (Family Proceedings: Immigration Issues); In re N (A Child) (Family Proceedings: Immigration Issues) – WLR Daily

Posted October 9th, 2008 in children, family courts, immigration, law reports, legal representation by sally

In re M (A Child) (Family Proceedings: Immigration Issues); In re N (A Child) (Family Proceedings: Immigration Issues) [2008] EWHC 2281 (Fam); [2008] WLR (D) 306

“Where a parent in family proceedings was also involved in some other relevant matter such as an asylum or immigration dispute with the Home Office, criminal proceedings or a housing dispute, practitioners acting for that parent had an ongoing duty to remain au courant with what was going on elsewhere even if that other matter was being handled by other professionals.”

WLR, 8th October 2008

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

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Rhys case legal aid row resolved – BBC News

Posted September 4th, 2008 in legal aid, legal representation, murder, news by sally

“The legal aid dispute which threatened to delay the start of the trial of a 17-year-old accused of murdering Rhys Jones in Liverpool has been settled.”

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BBC News, 4th September 2008

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Legal aid wrangle risks miscarriage of justice – The Times

Posted September 2nd, 2008 in legal representation, murder, news, young offenders by sally

“A teenager accused of the murder of Rhys Jones has been left without a QC with only a month to go before trial.”

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The Times, 2nd September 2008

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Newport City Council v Charles – Times Law Reports

Posted July 29th, 2008 in appeals, law reports, legal representation, lists by sally

Newport City Council v Charles

Court of Appeal

“A fixture need not be vacated when the Civil Appeals Listing Office had failed to ascertain that leading counsel was prebooked for an appeal due to be heard in Cardiff.”

The Times, 29th July 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

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Ban Ministry of Defence from hiring lawyers for inquests, say Tories – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 17th, 2008 in armed forces, inquests, legal representation, news by sally

“The Ministry of Defence should be banned from hiring barristers to defend it at military inquests, the Conservatives will say on Tuesday.”

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Daily Telegraph, 16th June 2008

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Virgin Media Communications Ltd and others v British Sky Broadcasting Group plc and another – WLR Daily

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 [2008] EWCA Civ 612; [2008] WLR (D) 183

“It was desirable that a litigant should be free to instruct the lawyer of his choice, particularly if that lawyer were already acting for him and he wished the lawyer to continue to act in a related matter. 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.”

WLR Daily, 9th June 2008

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

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

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

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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

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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

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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

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‘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

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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

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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

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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