British lawyer wins seat on world court – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 7th, 2008 in international courts, judges, news by sally

“A QC who challenged General Pinochet’s immunity and advised on legal issues arising from the Iraq conflict has been elected to the International Court of Justice.”

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Daily Telegraph, 7th November 2008

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Law lord criticises plan to scrap defence of provocation for men who kill wives – The Times

Posted November 7th, 2008 in domestic violence, murder, news, provocation by sally

“The judge who heads Britain’s highest court has criticised the Government’s plans to scrap the defence of provocation for men who kill unfaithful wives.”

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The Times, 7th November 2008

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Judge cries in court as he passes sentence over death of young father – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 7th, 2008 in dangerous driving, news, sentencing by sally

“A judge was overcome with emotion in court as he passed sentence on a lorry driver who killed a young father with a dangerous U-turn.”

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Daily Telegraph, 6th November 2008

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Bill for ID cards rises by £50m as Home Office unveils pilot scheme – The Guardian

Posted November 7th, 2008 in identity cards, news by sally

“The costs of the national identity card project crept up by a further £50m yesterday as the home secretary, Jacqui Smith, announced that a small number of transport workers will be able to volunteer to get the cards next year before the official launch date.”

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The Guardian, 7th November 2008

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Consultations launched on payment of Crown Court defence costs – Ministry of Justice

Posted November 6th, 2008 in costs, Crown Court, legal aid, news by sally

“Those found guilty of criminal offences may have to pay towards the cost of their defence the government announced today as it published two consultation papers.”

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Ministry of Justice, 6th November 2008

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Hustinx: nameless data can still be personal – OUT-LAW.com

Posted November 6th, 2008 in data protection, internet, news, privacy by sally

“A person does not have to be identifiable by name for details of their computer usage to be protected by data protection laws, a senior European privacy watchdog has warned.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 6th November 2008

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‘Wave’ of credit crunch cases set to emerge – The Times

Posted November 6th, 2008 in law firms, news by sally

“Litigation departments at the City’s leading law firms have grown significantly busier in recent weeks as investors turn to legal action to recover losses suffered as a result of the financial crisis.”

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The Times, 6th November 2008

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Quality fears prompt SRA to review foreign lawyer qualification regime – Legal Week

Posted November 6th, 2008 in news, solicitors, Solicitors Regulation Authority by sally

“The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is set to launch a formal consultation into the way in which foreign lawyers qualify into the UK, after pressure from the Law Society and education providers to tighten the regulations.”

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Legal Week, 6th November 2008

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Home Office denies scaling back ID cards – The Independent

Posted November 6th, 2008 in identity cards, news by sally

“The roll-out of identity cards is not being scaled back despite plans to include sensitive employees from just two airports in the next stage, the Home Office said today.”

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The Independent, 6th November 2008

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Lord Chief Justice: internet generation could be unsuitable as jurors – The Times

Posted November 6th, 2008 in juries, news by sally

“The internet generation is not used to listening for long periods and so could be unsuitable as jurors, the Lord Chief Justice has said.”

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The Times, 6th November 2008

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Year’s delay for Saville report – BBC News

Posted November 6th, 2008 in inquiries, news, Northern Ireland by sally

“The Saville Inquiry’s report into the events of Bloody Sunday will not be completed until autumn 2009, the chairman of the inquiry has revealed.”

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BBC News, 5th November 2008

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MoD pays out £2.4m to Kosovan shot in the jaw – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 6th, 2008 in armed forces, damages, news, personal injuries by sally

“A Kosovan man shot in the jaw by a British soldier has been awarded £2.4 million compensation after suing the Ministry of Defence.”

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Daily Telegraph, 6th November 2008

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FSA defends rules on life companies’ use of with-profits surpluses – OUT-LAW.com

Posted November 6th, 2008 in financial regulation, insurance, news, with-profits policies by sally

“The FSA has resisted calls for a full-scale debate on the regulation of with-profits funds, but it has promised a major review of how effectively life companies are implementing its current rules.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 5th November 2008

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Hunt sets out his roadmap for sweeping regulatory review – Legal Week

Posted November 6th, 2008 in legal profession, news by sally

“Former Beachcroft senior partner Lord Hunt of the Wirral has unveiled more detail of how his nine-month review of the regulatory framework for the legal profession will proceed.”

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Legal Week, 6th November 2008

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Why ‘no win, no fee’ is bringing access to justice – The Times

Posted November 6th, 2008 in class actions, costs, fees, news by sally

“The slow squeezing of life out of the legal aid system over the past decade and the impact it has had on money available to fund group claims led to multiparty specialists concluding that — with only rare exceptions — such claims were doomed.”

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The Times, 6th November 2008

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UK campaigners welcome support from Washington for assisted suicide – The Guardian

Posted November 6th, 2008 in assisted suicide, news by sally

“British campaigners seeking to decriminalise assisted suicide today welcomed news from the US election that voters in the state of Washington had backed the introduction of legislation to permit a form of euthanasia.”

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The Guardian, 5th November 2008

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Criminals must be scared of going to court, says the country’s most senior judge – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 6th, 2008 in news, sentencing by sally

“Criminals should be ‘frightened’ of going to court, the most senior judge in England and Wales has said, signalling a new tougher attitude towards sentencing.”

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Daily Telegraph, 5th November 2008

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Lord Lester stands down as adviser to Jack Straw – The Times

Posted November 6th, 2008 in constitutional law, human rights, news by sally

“The Prime Minister’s plans to introduce a ‘Bill of Rights and Responsibilities’ have been dealt a blow with the resignation of the Lord Lester of Herne Hill, the Liberal Democrat peer.”

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The Times, 5th November 2008

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The legal profession is working hard to broaden the appeal of the Bar – The Independent

Posted November 6th, 2008 in barristers, news by sally

“As the legal profession waits eagerly for next Friday’s screening of the first fly-on-the-wall documentary series devoted to the realities of court life (The Barristers, 14 November, BBC2, 9pm), leading London chambers are keen to spread the word that having a privileged background is no longer enough to secure a path to the Bar.”

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The Independent, 6th November 2008

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Wife seeks rise in £1.1m divorce – BBC News

Posted November 5th, 2008 in divorce, news by sally

“A single mother who lost an appeal against her ex-partner’s settlement which included a £1.1m house has vowed to take her case to the European Court.”

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BBC News, 5th November 2008

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