Lord Bragg attacks Mental Health Bill as ‘inhumane, inefficient and unfair’ – The Independent

Posted April 23rd, 2007 in mental health, news by sally

“Melvyn Bragg has launched a blistering attack on the Government over its attempts to bring in ‘inhumane’ and unfair laws that would lead to the mentally ill being locked up rather than treated.”

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The Independent, 22nd April 2007

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The woman leading fight for working mothers – The Observer

Posted April 23rd, 2007 in news, sex discrimination by sally

“It is one of the most eagerly awaited decisions by the law lords, holding potentially significant ramifications for women in the workplace that could set rules on what behaviour is judged illegal discrimination by employers and bolstering the status of pregnant workers.”

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The Observer, 22nd April 2007

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New rules put the brakes on ‘ambulance chasers’ – The Times

Posted April 23rd, 2007 in compensation, news by sally

“‘Ambulance-chasing’ companies who exploit accident victims over compensation claims will be brought under new tough controls coming into force on Monday.”

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The Times, 21st April 2007

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Law to prevent forced marriages moves closer – The Guardian

Posted April 23rd, 2007 in marriage, news by sally

“New measures to protect women from forced marriage could become law by the end of the year, after the government yesterday confirmed it would back the bill.”

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The Guardian, 21st April 2007

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Personal injury limit to remain – Financial Times

Posted April 23rd, 2007 in news, personal injuries, small claims by sally

“To the relief of claimant lawyers and against the wishes of insurers, the government yesterday recommended that the £1,000 limit for personal injury claims that can heard in the small claims court should remain unchanged.”

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Financial Times, 21st April 2007

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Courts ‘in crisis’ over cases backlog after cuts – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 23rd, 2007 in courts, delay, news by sally

“The Government is facing a looming crisis in the law courts after slashing staff numbers and funding, a senior civil servant has warned.”

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Daily Telegraph, 21st April 2007

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New tenancy law a ‘nightmare’ – Financial Times

Posted April 23rd, 2007 in landlord & tenant, news by sally

“Thousands of landlords are failing to comply with new legislation aimed at safeguarding tenants’ deposits while residential lettings agents have branded the new rules a ‘logistical nightmare’.”

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Financial Times, 20th April 2007

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Police hand cash-for-honours file to CPS – The Guardian

Posted April 20th, 2007 in news, peerages & dignities by sally

“Detectives investigating the cash-for-honours allegations have finished their inquiries and today handed a dossier to the Crown Prosecution Service.”

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The Guardian, 20th April 2007

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Government set to endure BAE judicial review – The Lawyer

Posted April 20th, 2007 in corruption, judicial review, news by sally

“A judicial review of the Government’s decision to abandon a corruption investigation into BAE Systems could be launched, with full grounds to do so lodged yesterday.”

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The Lawyer, 20th April 2007

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‘Grotesque’ £1.5m divorce costs – BBC News

Posted April 20th, 2007 in costs, divorce, news by sally

“A judge has criticised the ‘grotesque waste of family resources’ by a couple who have spent £1.5m in lawyers’ fees on their divorce battle.” 

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BBC News, 20th April 2007

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7 July suspects appear in court – BBC News

Posted April 20th, 2007 in news, terrorism by sally

“The first people to be charged in connection with the 7 July suicide bomb attacks in London have appeared before a judge at the Old Bailey.” 

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BBC News, 20th April 2007

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‘Bomb plot’ jury receive ruling – BBC News

Posted April 20th, 2007 in juries, news, terrorism by sally

“The judge in an Old Bailey terror trial which has lasted more than a year has said he will accept a majority verdict.” 

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BBC News, 20th April 2007

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Retrial in judge blackmail case – BBC News

Posted April 20th, 2007 in blackmail, news, retrials, theft by sally

“A cleaner faces a retrial over claims she blackmailed a female judge and stole sex videos from a male judge.” 

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BBC News, 20th April 2007

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EU agrees to common child support laws – The Guardian

Posted April 20th, 2007 in child support, EC law, news by sally

“European Union countries agreed yesterday to bolster the rights of parents and couples trying to collect child support payments across EU borders.”

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The Guardian, 20th April 2007

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Higher rights plan backed – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted April 20th, 2007 in advocacy, news, solicitors by sally

“Advocacy should not be treated differently from other practice areas and so the requirement for solicitors to achieve an additional qualification before being permitted to exercise higher rights is unnecessary, the Law Society has said.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 20th April 2007

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Peers deal blow as reform bill spirals – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted April 20th, 2007 in legal profession, legal services, news by sally

“The government suffered its first bloody nose over the Legal Services Bill this week, when peers voted to require the head of the proposed oversight regulator for the profession to be appointed with the concurrence of the Lord Chief Justice.” 

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Law Society’s Gazette, 19th April 2007

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Coroner rejects US pilot error claim in Iraq crash – The Guardian

Posted April 20th, 2007 in coroners, Iraq, news by sally

“The death of eight British servicemen in an American helicopter crash at the start of the Iraq war was due to mechanical failure, and not pilot error as the US has claimed, an Oxford coroner ruled yesterday.”

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The Guardian, 20th April 2007

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Police call for tougher gun crime laws – The Guardian

Posted April 20th, 2007 in firearms, news by sally

“One of the UK’s most senior police officers has called for new laws that would compel the public to give information to the police about gun crime – whether they want to or not.”

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The Guardian, 20th April 2007

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Angry families of terror victims seek payouts – The Guardian

Posted April 20th, 2007 in compensation, news, terrorism by sally

“British victims of terrorist atrocities abroad yesterday voiced their frustration and anger at the lack of help from the government. Survivors of bombings in Bali, Egypt and Turkey spoke out on the eve of the second reading of a private member’s bill which hopes to introduce a system that would allow the families of those killed or injured to be paid compensation.”

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The Guardian, 20th April 2007

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EU makes it against law to condone genocide – The Times

Posted April 20th, 2007 in EC law, genocide, news by sally

“Condoning or ‘grossly trivialising’ genocide will become a crime punishable by up to three years in prison across Europe, although justice ministers failed to agree a specific ban on denying the Holocaust yesterday.”

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The Times, 20th April 2007

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