‘No corruption’ in Lawrence case – BBC News

Posted October 15th, 2007 in corruption, news, police by sally

“Claims that the first police probe into the murder of black 18-year-old Stephen Lawrence was hindered by a corrupt officer are unfounded, a watchdog says.”

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BBC News, 13th October 2007

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Lubbock father claims over death – BBC News

Posted October 15th, 2007 in criminal injuries compensation, news by sally

“A £10,000 compensation claim is being brought by the father of a man found dead by a swimming pool at the former home of entertainer Michael Barrymore.”

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BBC News, 12th October 2007

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Grieving families call for legal aid to fight MoD – The Independent on Sunday

Posted October 15th, 2007 in Afghanistan, armed forces, inquests, Iraq, legal aid, news by sally

“Families of British service personnel killed in Iraq and Afghanistan are being obstructed by the MoD in their efforts to discover how their children died, it was claimed yesterday.”

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The Independent on Sunday, 14th October 2007

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Dando killer asks for new legal team – The Times

Posted October 12th, 2007 in appeals, legal representation, murder, news by sally

“Barry George, the man serving a life sentence for the murder of television presenter Jill Dando, has demanded a new legal team three weeks before a second appeal against his conviction is due to begin.”

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The Times, 12th October 2007

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Judge death ‘remains a mystery’ – BBC News

Posted October 12th, 2007 in inquests, judges, news by sally

“A judge who died in an explosion in his garden shed neither committed suicide nor was killed, a coroner has said.”

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BBC News, 12th October 2007

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‘Lenient’ rape sentences doubled – BBC News

Posted October 12th, 2007 in news, rape, sentencing by sally

“Two men convicted of raping young girls have had their ‘unduly lenient’ two-year prison sentences doubled by the Court of Appeal.”

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BBC News, 12th October 2007

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Delivering value – but at what cost? – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 12th, 2007 in fees, law firms, news by sally

“This is an edited version of Stop the Clock?, a research report on value and fees in legal services produced by the Commerce & Industry Group and accountants and business advisers BDO Stoy Hayward.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 11th October 2007 

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Related link: Stop the clock? (PDF) – Commerce & Industry Group

Lawyers fail to take email security precautions – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 12th, 2007 in electronic mail, law firms, news, privacy by sally

“Lawyers are using email to send sensitive information even though they think it is one of the least safe ways of communicating, according to a recent poll.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 11th October 2007

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Moustache sacrifice closes case – The Times

Posted October 12th, 2007 in assault, news by sally

“A man promised a court that he would shave off his Edwardian-style, dandy moustache as a way of making amends for a charge of common assault.”

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The Times, 12th October 2007

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Solicitors make millions from sick miners’ claims – The Guardian

Posted October 12th, 2007 in industrial injuries, miners, news, solicitors by sally

“Beresfords, a tiny firm of solicitors in Doncaster, has received £123m from the taxpayer by winning compensation claims on behalf of coal miners for work-related diseases, new government figures show.”

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The Guardian, 12th October 2007

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Muslim soldier’s death ‘unlawful’ – BBC News

Posted October 12th, 2007 in Afghanistan, armed forces, inquests, news, unlawful killing by sally

“A verdict of unlawful killing has been recorded on the first British Muslim soldier to be killed during the conflict in Afghanistan.”

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BBC News, 11th October 2007

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Victory for journalist as ‘bent cop’ libel is rejected – The Times

Posted October 12th, 2007 in defamation, news, police by sally

“A journalist who suggested that a former police officer may be corrupt was cleared of libel in the Court of Appeal yesterday.”

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The Times, 12th October 2007

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Opt-outs may cause problems, MPs warn Brown – The Guardian

Posted October 12th, 2007 in constitutional law, EC law, news by sally

“Gordon Brown’s efforts to protect Britain’s opt-outs on the new EU treaty at next week’s summit in Lisbon came under fresh pressure yesterday when a Labour-dominated committee of MPs claimed the latest draft of the treaty presented fresh threats to British sovereignty.”

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The Guardian, 12th October 2007

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Crime assets agency ‘ill-planned’ – BBC News

Posted October 12th, 2007 in confiscation, news, proceeds of crime by sally

“The setting up of a government agency to seize criminals’ wealth was ill-planned and unrealistic, an influential group of MPs has said.”

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BBC News, 11th October 2007

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Foreign Offfice gag on memoirs angers former diplomats – The Guardian

Posted October 12th, 2007 in confidentiality, diplomats, freedom of expression, news by sally

“A former British diplomat yesterday denounced a lifetime confidentiality agreement demanded by the Foreign Office as ‘unworkable and draconian’, and has refused to sign it.”

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The Guardian, 12th October 2007

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More cash for injured troops in compensation shake-up – The Independent

Posted October 12th, 2007 in armed forces, compensation, news by sally

“The most seriously injured troops are to receive more cash under reforms to the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme announced today.”

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The Independent, 11th October 2007

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Related link: Injury table and payments – Daily Telegraph, 12th October 2007

MPs resume cash-for-honours inquiry – The Guardian

Posted October 11th, 2007 in news, parliament, peerages & dignities by sally

“The long-running cash-for-honours controversy threatens to come back and haunt Gordon Brown today when MPs resume their inquiry into the affair.”

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The Guardian, 11th October 2007

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BPP Law School: Forget students, this college has ‘clients’ – The Independent

Posted October 11th, 2007 in legal education, news by sally

“On the day last month that BPP was granted degree-awarding powers, its share price jumped 13 per cent. These two events summed up the fact that Britain’s newest higher education institution is not your average university.”

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The Independent, 11th October 2007

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Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007: guidance – Ministry of Justice

Posted October 11th, 2007 in corporate manslaughter, news by sally

“The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act introduces a new offence, across the UK, for prosecuting companies and other organisations where there has been a gross failing, throughout the organisation, in the management of health and safety with fatal consequences.”

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Ministry of Justice, 11th October 2007

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Magistrate sues over relative’s assault claims – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 11th, 2007 in defamation, news by sally

“A magistrate sued his daughter-in-law for slander and libel over a claim that he assaulted her and his baby grandson.”

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Daily Telegraph, 11th October 2007

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