Ministers face more trouble over home seller packs in Lords – The Guardian

Posted May 17th, 2007 in home information packs, news by sally

“The government’s travails over the introduction of the controversial home information packs (Hips) continued yesterday, despite its defeat of a last-minute Conservative motion calling for them to be dumped. Opposition peers are hopeful they are on course to defeat the government in a separate House of Lords vote next Tuesday, although the motion will not kill the proposals.”

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The Guardian, 17th May 2007

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Fathers to be given six months’ paid paternity leave – OUT-LAW.com

Posted May 17th, 2007 in news, paternity leave by sally

Fathers will be allowed to take six months’ paid paternity leave instead of mothers under new Government proposals. The law will not come into effect until maternity cover is extended to 12 months, which will happen in April 2009 at the earliest.

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OUT-LAW.com, 17th May 2007

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Fertility bill to set out reforms – BBC News

Posted May 17th, 2007 in embryology, news by sally

“A draft bill setting out reform of the UK’s laws on assisted reproduction is being published later.” 

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BBC News, 17th May 2007

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Parents ‘missed new homicide law’ – BBC News

Posted May 17th, 2007 in child abuse, homicide, news by sally

“A couple who lied over how their baby son died were months from prosecution under new homicide laws, police say.” 

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BBC News, 17th May 2007

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‘Raise the criminal age to 18’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 17th, 2007 in criminal responsibility, news, young offenders by sally

“The age of criminal responsibility should be raised from 10 to as high as 18, a report says today.”

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Daily Telegraph, 17th May 2007 

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Abortion laws to be reviewed by MPs – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 17th, 2007 in abortion, news by sally

“Abortion laws will be subjected to the first parliamentary review for 17 years as a result of draft legislation on human embryology to be published today.”

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Daily Telegraph, 17th May 2007

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DTI: we need more legal input into Companies Act – Legal Week

Posted May 17th, 2007 in company law, legal profession, news by sally

“The Government has sounded a last-minute rallying call to lawyers in the UK in the bid to encourage the legal profession to engage with its consultation on the Companies Act.”

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Legal Week, 17th May 2007

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Judiciary under fire as arrested judge carries on working – Legal Week

Posted May 17th, 2007 in indecent exposure, judges, news by sally

“The judiciary has this week come under renewed criticism for failing to police its own after it emerged one of the UK’s most senior judges has been working behind the scenes despite facing a court battle of his own over allegations of indecent exposure.”

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Legal Week, 17th May 2007

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Judges unite to slam Ministry of Justice – The Lawyer

Posted May 17th, 2007 in judges, Ministry of Justice, news by sally

“Senior judges have backed the Lord Chief Justice Lord Phillips’ criticisms of the new Ministry of Justice (MoJ) after an emergency meeting of the Judge’s Council was held yesterday (15 May).”

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The Lawyer, 16th May 2007

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Falconer to make peace deal with judges over ‘constitutional crisis’ – The Times

Posted May 17th, 2007 in judges, Ministry of Justice, news by sally

“A deal is expected to be struck between the Lord Chancellor and the judiciary to resolve the crisis over the new Ministry of Justice before next week’s showdown meeting before Parliament.”

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The Times, 17th May 2007

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Secret list of porn judges ‘does exist’ – The Times

Posted May 17th, 2007 in judges, news, pornography by sally

“The Lord Chancellor has been forced to disclose that he holds a list of judges disciplined for misuse of their computers, including viewing pornography.”

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The Times, 17th May 2007

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Bomb plotter Barot has minimum jail term cut – The Times

Posted May 16th, 2007 in news, sentencing, terrorism by sally

“Dhiren Barot, the British al-Qaeda terrorist given a life sentence for plotting atrocities in the UK and US, had his minimum jail term cut from 40 to 30 years at the Court of Appeal today.”

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The Times, 16th May 2007

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Cherie Blair to head prisons inquiry – The Times

Posted May 16th, 2007 in news, prisons by sally

“Cherie Blair will head an inquiry looking into the UK’s prison and penal system, it was announced today.”

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The Times, 16th May 2007

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Copyright extension back on Commons’ agenda – OUT-LAW.com

Posted May 16th, 2007 in copyright, news by sally

“A parliamentary motion calling for an extension to the term of copyright has been signed by 75 MPs. The reopening of the debate comes despite The Treasury’s backing for the recent recommendation not to extend copyright made by Andrew Gowers.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 16th May 2007

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MPs support war-powers proposals – BBC News

Posted May 16th, 2007 in news, royal prerogative, war by sally

“MPs have approved moves to give Parliament the final say on whether British troops should be sent to war.” 

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BBC News, 16th May 2007

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7 July probe tactics criticised – BBC News

Posted May 16th, 2007 in news, police, terrorism by sally

“Police investigating the 7 July attacks on London have been criticised by the lawyer for Hasina Patel, the widow of suicide bomber Mohammed Sidique Khan.” 

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BBC News, 16th May 2007

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Judges seek safeguards from Lord Falconer – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 16th, 2007 in judges, Ministry of Justice, news by sally

“Judges at all levels will call on the Government today to withdraw what they see as the threat to judicial independence posed by the new Ministry of Justice.”

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Daily Telegraph, 16th May 2007

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Society wife and a £300,000 paternity case – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 16th, 2007 in news, paternity by sally

“A mother yesterday told the High Court that her youngest child was the illegitimate son of a distinguished doctor and therefore had no right to a share in a substantial family trust fund.”

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Daily Telegraph, 16th May 2007

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Judges in ‘war council’ over new ministry – The Times

Posted May 16th, 2007 in judges, Ministry of Justice, news by sally

“The judiciary last night set itself on a collision course with the Lord Chancellor when an unprecedented ‘council of war’ unanimously backed demands for constitutional safeguards to protect the position of judges under the Ministry of Justice.”

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The Times, 16th May 2007

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Bank’s overdraft charges upheld – BBC News

Posted May 15th, 2007 in banking, news by sally

“Lloyds TSB has become the first bank to win a court case after being sued by a customer for imposing supposedly unfair overdraft penalty charges.” 

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BBC News, 15th May 2007

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