Ex-chief justice Home Office fear – BBC News

Posted April 18th, 2007 in government departments, Ministry of Justice, news by sally

“The split of the Home Office needs to be planned carefully to avoid repeating old problems in the new department, a former Lord Chief Justice says.” 

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BBC News, 17th April 2007

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Lord Woolf calls for cap on prison places – The Guardian

Posted April 17th, 2007 in news, prisons by sally

“The government should place a cap on prison places to lessen overcrowding and stem the resources poured into building new jails, the former lord chief justice Lord Woolf said today.”

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The Guardian, 17th April 2007

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Hewitt defends mental health proposals – The Guardian

Posted April 17th, 2007 in mental health, news by sally

“Controversial revisions to mental health legislation will strike the right balance between improving patient safeguards and protecting the public, the health secretary, Patricia Hewitt, said yesterday.”

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The Guardian, 17th April 2007

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Law Lords consider Iraqi deaths – BBC News

Posted April 17th, 2007 in armed forces, human rights, Iraq, jurisdiction, news by sally

“The Law Lords are to consider whether the cases of six Iraqi civilians who died at the hands of the British are subject to UK human rights law.”

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BBC News, 17th April 2007

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Law Society’s complaints handling plan declared adequate – Government News Network

Posted April 17th, 2007 in complaints, news, solicitors by sally

“The Legal Services Complaints Commissioner, Zahida Manzoor CBE, has today declared the Law Society’s complaints handling Plan for the period 1 April 2007 to 31 March 2008 as adequate.”

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Department for Constitutional Affairs press release, 17th April 2007

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Inquiry still seeks planning expert on supermarkets – The Times

Posted April 17th, 2007 in competition, news, planning by sally

“The Competition Commission is struggling to find an expert to advise on planning issues, which form a key part of its inquiry into the grocery market.”

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The Times, 17th April 2007

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MP rebellion looms over new mental health curbs – The Times

Posted April 17th, 2007 in mental health, news by sally

“Mental health professionals and opposition parties have joined forces to resist wider powers to detain people with a mental disorder deemed to pose a danger to others.”

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The Times, 17th April 2007

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Home Office promises review after private prison exposé – The Guardian

Posted April 17th, 2007 in news, prisons by sally

“The Home Office has pledged to review the management of a privately run prison where an investigation by Guardian Films and the BBC uncovered routine bullying of staff by prisoners at the jail.”

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The Guardian, 17th April 2007

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Ministers plan to let private prisons discipline inmates – The Guardian

Posted April 17th, 2007 in news, prisons by sally

“The powers of Home Office officials to discipline and order the segregation and restraint of prisoners in Britain’s private jails would be handed over to the prison companies under legislation to be debated today by the House of Lords.”

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The Guardian, 17th April 2007

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Banker ‘was asked to flirt with clients and do dishes’ – The Times

Posted April 17th, 2007 in news, sex discrimination by sally

“A City banker was told to use her female charms to woo clients over candlelit dinners and was asked by her manager to do the washing-up at a business meal, an employment tribunal was told yesterday.”

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The Times, 17th April 2007

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HMRC gets tough on couples transferring assets – The Times

Posted April 17th, 2007 in inheritance tax, news by sally

“Thousands of couples look set to be hit by a new Revenue clampdown which could leave their heirs with a bigger bill for inheritance tax (IHT).”

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The Times, 17th April 2007

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Children must be at the heart of care proceedings – Government News Network

Posted April 16th, 2007 in children, news by sally

“The welfare of children must be at the heart of the processes involved in considering whether to take a child into care, Family Justice Minister Harriet Harman will say today.”

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Department for Constitutional Affairs press release, 17th April 2007

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Tax evaders to win partial amnesty – Financial Times

Posted April 16th, 2007 in banking, news, tax avoidance by sally

“A partial amnesty for hundreds of thousands of tax evaders who hide money abroad will be announced this week, in a move expected to bring more than a billion pounds into the Treasury’s coffers.”

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Financial Times, 16th April 2007

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Wrestlers win round three of WWF battle – The Lawyer

Posted April 16th, 2007 in damages, names, news by sally

“The wrestlers have beaten the environmentalists in the latest round of the fight over the initials WWF.”

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The Lawyer, 16th April 2007

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Data collection can evade Data Protection Act, says Court of Appeal – OUT-LAW.com

Posted April 16th, 2007 in data protection, news by sally

“The selection and collation of information from several files held on a person does not necessarily count as processing of personal data, according to the Court of Appeal. The activity can escape the remit of the Data Protection Act.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 16th April 2007

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20 Essex Street barristers conclude key breach of contract case in the Lords – The Lawyer

Posted April 16th, 2007 in contracts, damages, news by sally

“A trio of barristers from 20 Essex Street has secured a House of Lords ruling that could alter significantly the principles governing the way damages are measured for breach of contract.”

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The Lawyer, 16th April 2007

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Ex-BNP banker claims she was forced out after taking maternity leave – The Times

Posted April 16th, 2007 in flexible working, news, sex discrimination by sally

“A former ‘high-flying’ female banker who claims that male colleagues placed bets on whether she would return to work after having a baby is suing her former employer, BNP Paribas, for sex discrimination.”

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The Times, 16th April 2007

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Appeal on Iraqi civilian ‘torture death’ to begin – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 16th, 2007 in armed forces, courts martial, Iraq, jurisdiction, news by sally

“Five of Britain’s most senior judges will begin hearing an appeal this week that could lead to independent inquiries into the deaths of Iraqi civilians at the hands of British troops in Iraq.”

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Daily Telegraph, 16th April 2007

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Competition laws could keep RBS from getting ABN – The Times

Posted April 16th, 2007 in competition, news by sally

“The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) consortium trying to gatecrash the £80 billion merger talks between Barclays and ABN Amro could have its approach scuppered on competition grounds.”

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The Times, 16th April 2007

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Legal complaints scheme ‘will lead to higher fees’ – The Times

Posted April 16th, 2007 in complaints, legal profession, news by sally

The cost of seeing a lawyer is expected to rise with the disclosure that estimates for setting up a new legal complaints scheme have soared to nearly £50 million.

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The Times, 16th April 2007

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