More parents use lawyers to secure school places – The Guardian

Posted October 23rd, 2008 in news, school admissions by sally

“Parents are increasingly employing lawyers to pursue a place at their child’s chosen school, legal firms say. They report more families wanting advice on deciphering the application process, filling in forms and even when to move house into a catchment area to guarantee a place.”

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The Guardian, 23rd October 2008

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Fraud trial plea-bargaining on hold as Govt report is delayed – Legal Week

Posted October 23rd, 2008 in fraud, news, plea bargaining by sally

“A report setting out proposals for the introduction of plea-bargaining in UK fraud trials has been delayed until at least the end of the year.”

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Legal Week, 23rd October 2008

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Facing the pain – The Times

Posted October 23rd, 2008 in law firms, news by sally

“The credit crunch could leave the City’s legal infrastructure bruised and sore. Going in-house may not provide much relief.”

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The Times, 23rd October 2008

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MPs rebelling over climate bill – BBC News

Posted October 23rd, 2008 in aircraft, environmental protection, news, ships by sally

“The government is fighting to head off a backbench rebellion over its plans to exclude aviation and shipping from the UK’s greenhouse gas targets.”

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BBC News, 23rd October 2008

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Court attacks US refusal to disclose torture evidence – The Guardian

Posted October 23rd, 2008 in disclosure, evidence, news, torture by sally

“The high court yesterday condemned as ‘deeply disturbing’ a refusal by the US to disclose evidence that could prove a British resident held at Guantánamo Bay was tortured before confessing to terrorism offences.”

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The Guardian, 23rd October 2008

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‘Fare row’ rape cab driver jailed – BBC News

Posted October 23rd, 2008 in news, rape, sentencing by sally

“A taxi driver has been jailed after being convicted of raping a teenage student in Brighton who could not afford to pay her £6.80 fare home.”

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BBC News, 22nd October 2008

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Views sought on Criminal Procedure Rules about costs – Ministry of Justice

Posted October 23rd, 2008 in consultations, costs, criminal procedure, news by sally

“The Criminal Procedure Rule Committee is seeking views on a proposal to consolidate and revise the rules about costs.”

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Ministry of Justice, 22nd October 2008

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21/7 backers launch appeal – The Independent

Posted October 23rd, 2008 in appeals, news, terrorism by sally

“Five men found guilty of helping the failed July 21 London bombers evade police launched appeals today (22 October).”

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The Independent, 22nd October 2008

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Judge bans ‘evil’ letter writer – BBC News

Posted October 23rd, 2008 in ASBOs, blackmail, news by sally

“A 52-year-old man who sent poison pen letters to 17 villagers has been given an anti-social behaviour order (Asbo).”

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BBC News, 22nd October 2008

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Free offers must truly be free, ad watchdog rules – OUT-LAW.com

Posted October 23rd, 2008 in advertising, news by sally

“A newspaper and advertiser have been told to ensure that any offer advertised as being free has a genuinely free route to entry. Advertising regulator the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has told the companies not to repeat a rule-breaking ad.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 22nd October 2008

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MPs back embryology shakeup but abortion row continues – The Guardian

Posted October 23rd, 2008 in abortion, embryology, news by sally

“The most significant shake-up of embryology laws for 20 years was last night approved by MPs, as the government faced down accusations of ‘shabby’ behaviour for thwarting the debate on abortion.”

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The Guardian, 23rd October 2008

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Top chambers move to benefit from LSA revolution – Legal Week

Posted October 23rd, 2008 in alternative business structures, barristers, legal services, news by sally

“Top chambers including Matrix and Outer Temple are looking at opportunities available through alternative business structures (ABS) as the Legal Services Act (LSA) gains momentum at the Bar.”

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Legal Week, 23rd October 2008

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Civil partner of Lucas set for £1m payout after split – The Independent

Posted October 23rd, 2008 in civil partnerships, divorce, news by sally

“Britain’s first celebrity gay divorce was cleared by the courts yesterday when the comedian Matt Lucas was granted a legal separation from his partner in a case reported to be worth £15m.”

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The Independent, 23rd October 2008

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Campaigners on fuel poverty await High Court result – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 23rd, 2008 in elderly, energy, judicial review, news by sally

“Friends of the Earth and Help the Aged are awaiting the verdict of the landmark case against the Government, saying that Labour has failed in its promise to end fuel poverty for the vulnerable by 2010 and for all by 2016.”

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Daily Telegraph, 23rd October 2008

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Reforms threaten family courts – The Times

Posted October 23rd, 2008 in family courts, news by sally

“Access to justice in the family courts is threatened by Government policies driven by a need to recoup or save costs, Britain’s top family judge has warned. Sir Mark Potter, President of the Family Division, has told The Times of his concern that current proposals, if pursued, will put the system under ‘increasing strain’ as well as affect access to the courts.”

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The Times, 23rd October 2008

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Europe votes for equal rights for temporary workers – The Times

Posted October 22nd, 2008 in casual workers, EC law, news by sally

“More than 8 million temporary workers across Europe will share the same rights as permanent employees after an historic deal was approved by the European Parliament today.”

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The Times, 22nd October 2008

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Law lords say sharia is ‘arbitrary and discriminatory’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 22nd, 2008 in islamic law, news by sally

“Britain’s highest court allows a Lebanese woman to stay in Britain rather than lose her son. But they stress that only ‘flagrant’ human rights breaches will come within the law.”

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Daily Telegraph, 22nd October 2008

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Gordon Brown tells courts to hold back on home repossessions – The Guardian

Posted October 22nd, 2008 in news, repossession by sally

“Gordon Brown today ordered courts to halt action on home repossessions unless all alternatives have been ‘fully examined’ as he admitted the global economic downturn was ‘likely to cause recession’ in the UK.”

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The Guardian, 22nd October 2008

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Chagos islanders lose battle to return – The Guardian

Posted October 22nd, 2008 in Chagos Islands, news by sally

“Chagos islanders evicted by the British government in the 1970s today lost their long-running battle to return to the Indian Ocean archipelago.”

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The Guardian, 22nd October 2008

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Fast-track divorce for Madonna? – The Times

Posted October 22nd, 2008 in divorce, news by sally

“Madonna and Guy Ritchie could be the first high-profile couple to divorce collaborative-style.”

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The Times, 22nd October 2008

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