More laws but no more order, say academics – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 14th, 2008 in criminal justice, news, statistics by sally

“Criminologists said despite more than 3,000 new offences created under Labour it has only served to criminalize more people and not protect others.”

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Daily Telegraph, 13th November 2008

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Appeal judge hits out at “deeply troubling” £100,000 legal costs over a £265 dispute – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 14th, 2008 in costs, news by sally

“Lawyers ran up legal bills worth £100,000 and spent more than nine days of court time settling a row over £265.”

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Daily Telegraph, 13th November 2008

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Jim Beresford’s firm made £16.7m in year handling miners’ compensation claims – The Times

Posted November 14th, 2008 in fees, industrial injuries, law firms, miners, news by sally

“Jim Beresford gained the dubious distinction of being the ‘highest-earning solicitor in Britain’ through the profits generated by his firm’s handling of miners’ compensation claims.”

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The Times, 14th November 2008

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Divorced – for having an affair in Second Life – The Independent

Posted November 14th, 2008 in divorce, internet, news by sally

“As divorce cases go, it is as explosive and sordid as it gets: a woman catches her husband having sex with a prostitute, forgives him, but finally throws in the towel after discovering he has been unfaithful again. Yet absolutely none of it happened in real life.”

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The Independent, 14th November 2008

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Miners’ compensation: third of solicitors now flout rules on secret payments to win work – The Times

Posted November 14th, 2008 in industrial injuries, miners, news, professional conduct, solicitors by sally

“The legal profession faces a radical overhaul of a multimillion-pound trade in which thousands of solicitors fork out confidential payments or commission to obtain work.”

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The Times, 14th November 2008

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Former church minister found guilty of bigamy on the run – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 13th, 2008 in bigamy, clergy, news by sally

“A bigamist who married three women and left them in debt is on the run from police after being convicted in his absence.”

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Daily Telegraph, 13th November 2008

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Taxman misled court into granting search warrants – The Times

Posted November 13th, 2008 in HM Revenue & Customs, judicial review, news, search & seizure by sally

“Search warrants executed by Revenue & Customs at the offices of a tax consultancy were held to be unlawful by the High Court today.”

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The Times, 13th November 2008

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Former Falkland Islands Governor fined for insider trading – The Times

Posted November 13th, 2008 in insider dealing, news by sally

“A former Governor of the Falkland Islands and a past British ambassador to Peru has been fined by the Financial Services Authority (FSA) for insider dealing in an AIM-listed mining company which he chaired.”

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The Times, 13th November 2008

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Forced Marriage Act and relevant third parties – Ministry of Justice

Posted November 13th, 2008 in forced marriages, news by sally

“Justice Minister Bridget Prentice has made a statement on the government’s response to a consultation on third party applications on behalf of victims of forced marriages.”

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Ministry of Justice, 13th November 2008

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Wrongly-jailed men lose compensation bids – The Independent

Posted November 13th, 2008 in compensation, miscarriage of justice, news by sally

“Two victims of high-profile ‘miscarriages of justice’ cases lost a legal battle for increased compensation awards today.”

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The Independent, 13th November 2008

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Binge drinkers to confront their alcohol-related criminal behaviour – Home Office

Posted November 13th, 2008 in alcohol abuse, drunk and disorderly, news, police by sally

“Binge drinkers arrested for alcohol related offences in nine police force areas across the country will be compelled to face up to the consequences of their drinking, Home Office Minister Alan Campbell announced today.”

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Home Office, 13th November 2008

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Artists lobby for royalty rights of the dead – OUT-LAW.com

Posted November 13th, 2008 in artistic works, intellectual property, news by sally

“Artists have unanimously backed a proposal to award resale royalties to artists after their death, the UK Intellectual Property Office (UK-IPO) has said. The art trade has almost unanimously rejected the plan.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 13th November 2008

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Tougher rules on prosecuting death drivers after killers escape jail – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 13th, 2008 in dangerous driving, news, prosecutions by sally

“Prosecutors have been told to take a tougher line on dangerous driving after a review showed that motorists who killed have escaped jail.”

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Daily Telegraph, 12th November 2008

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13,000 people wrongly branded criminals – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 13th, 2008 in criminal records, news by sally

“Up to 13,000 people have been wrongly labelled as criminals or accused of more serious offences because of blunders by the police and the Criminal Records Bureau.”

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Daily Telegraph, 12th November 2008

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Free, gratis and for nothing: why pro bono has finally come of age – The Times

Posted November 13th, 2008 in news, pro bono work, special report by sally

“Afghanistan is a long way, in every sense, from the elegant rooms of barristers within the ancient Inns of Court and London’s legal square mile.

But for the past five years, barristers from a number of chambers have travelled out of their comfort zone for regular trips there for Access to Justice in Afghanistan, a Bar human rights committee project.”

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The Times, 11th November 2008

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Catching up with the ‘internet pimps’ – BBC News

Posted November 13th, 2008 in internet, news, trafficking in human beings by sally

“Nine people from Thailand have been jailed for up to two-and-a-half-years for their part in exploiting women who were advertised in ‘online brothels’. They are thought to have made millions of pounds from women trafficked from Asia to the UK for use in the sex trade.”

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BBC News, 12th November 2008

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UK Government consults on consumer protection law overhaul – OUT-LAW.com

Posted November 13th, 2008 in consumer protection, EC law, news by sally

“The Government has asked businesses whether they back a set of consumer protection laws proposed by the European Commission. If the proposals become law then retailers across Europe will have to offer the same consumer rights.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 12th November 2008

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Garry Newlove murder pair to begin appeals – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 13th, 2008 in appeals, murder, news, young offenders by sally

“Two teenagers convicted of the murder of father-of-three Garry Newlove – who died after confronting a gang outside his home – are launching their appeals.”

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Daily Telegraph, 13th November 2008

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Judges reject Met police appeal – The Independent

Posted November 13th, 2008 in false imprisonment, news, police, terrorism by sally

“The brother of a pilot falsely accused of involvement in the September 11 terror attacks today fought off a police attempt to overturn a ruling that he is entitled to damages arising out of his own arrest.”

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The Independent, 12th November 2008

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Are high costs failing those looking for justice? – The Times

Posted November 13th, 2008 in costs, fees, news, special report by sally

“The fundamental review of costs of litigation in the civil courts set up under Lord Justice Jackson was described as the biggest thing since the Woolf report, at the Civil Justice Council’s (CJC) costs forum last month — which is appropriate, given that high costs are a particular failure of the former Lord Chief Justice’s reforms.”

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The Times, 13th November 2008

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