Peers warned of Crime Bill’s threat to justice system – The Bar Council

Posted January 22nd, 2008 in criminal justice, immigration, news by sally

“The Bar Council and the Criminal Bar Association have set out to the House of Lords their concerns over the controversial Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill.”

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The Bar Council, 21st January 2008

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Fewer women among new QC appointments – The Times

Posted January 22nd, 2008 in news, queen's counsel by sally

“Fewer women and ethnic minority lawyers make the cut among 98 new silks despite an appointment system aimed at promoting diversity.”

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The Times, 22nd January 2008
Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

MoD admits inquiry into 69 lost laptops – The Guardian

Posted January 22nd, 2008 in data protection, government departments, news by sally

“The Ministry of Defence is investigating the reported loss of 69 laptops and seven personal computers over the past year, officials revealed yesterday, as Whitehall staff were banned from removing laptops containing sensitive data from their offices.”

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The Guardian, 22nd January 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Lawyers pocket £1bn from UK private equity – Legal Week

Posted January 22nd, 2008 in law firms, news, private equity by sally

“UK law firms pocketed more than £1bn in fees from the private equity sector in 2006, with legal advisers confirmed as one of the main beneficiaries of the boom in venture capital activity over recent years.”

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Legal Week, 21st January 2008

Source: www.legalweek.com

EU reform Bill passes its first hurdle – The Independent

Posted January 22nd, 2008 in constitutional reform, EC law, news, parliament by sally

“The Government comfortably won the first round of its gruelling battle over the European reform treaty last night, after facing angry accusations of betraying the voters.”

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The Independent, 22nd January 2008

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Judge frees three Algerians from detention limbo – The Guardian

Posted January 22nd, 2008 in deportation, detention, news by sally

“Three Algerians who have been detained for up to 18 months while waiting for deportation – even though they want to return home – were yesterday granted bail by a high court judge.”

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The Guardian, 22nd January 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

New scheme opens up the profession to all – perhaps – The Times

Posted January 22nd, 2008 in legal education, news, solicitors, Solicitors Regulation Authority by sally

“From September the Solicitors Regulation Authority is trying out a pick’n’mix approach to getting would-be lawyers started.”

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The Times, 22nd January 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

New guidance calls on universities to reject separatism and ban those who preach violence – The Guardian

Posted January 22nd, 2008 in Islam, news, universities by sally

“Universities with large numbers of Muslim students should consider rejecting demands for separate prayer and washing facilities to prevent their campuses segregating along religious lines and risking a climate where illegal extremist views can flourish, the government will suggest today.”

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The Guardian, 22nd January 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Four in 10 bikers dodge road tax – BBC News

“The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency risks becoming ‘a complete laughing stock’ after it emerged nearly 40% of motorbikes were untaxed, MPs have said.”

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BBC News, 22nd January 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

QC selection: worth the wait for elite 98 – Legal Week

Posted January 22nd, 2008 in news, queen's counsel by sally

“The latest round of QC appointments has finally been made public – 18 months after the previous batch of silks were appointed – with just under 100 barristers set to claim the elite kite-mark.”

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Legal Week, 22nd January 2008

Source: www.legalweek.com

Related link: QC Appointments: list in full – The Times

3 fails in court bid to uncover evidence of alleged collusion – OUT-LAW.com

Posted January 22nd, 2008 in competition, disclosure, news, telecommunications by sally

“Mobile phone network 3 has been refused permission to force its rivals to disclose emails and documents in a process that would have cost each of them £200,000. The High Court ruled that 3’s requests were not specific enough.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 21st January 2008

Source: www.out-law.com

New lawyer call system ‘in chaos’ – BBC News

Posted January 22nd, 2008 in call centres, news, solicitors by sally

“Lawyers say a new call centre system which is supposed to put them in touch with arrested clients in England and Wales is in chaos.”

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BBC News, 22nd January 2008

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IPCC will not investigate Bedford death: death not result of taser – Independent Police Complaints Commission

Posted January 21st, 2008 in news, police, weapons by sally

“The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has decided that the death of Justin Petty who died of knife wounds is suitable for investigation by Bedfordshire Police.”

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Independent Police Complaints Commission, 21st January 2008

Source: www.gnn.gov.uk

Hate groups could land social networking sites in court – The Guardian

Posted January 21st, 2008 in defamation, freedom of expression, internet, news by sally

“Social networking forums, where users give full vent to their gripes about everyone from gas providers and airline companies to the local bus operator, have caught the eye of media lawyers, who warn that such postings may be leaving sites such as Facebook and MySpace open to libel actions.”

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The Guardian, 21st January 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Driver faked death to avoid fines – BBC News

Posted January 21st, 2008 in fines, news, road traffic offences by sally

“Road safety experts have condemned a driver who faked his own death to avoid paying £180 in speeding fines.”

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BBC News, 21st January 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Appeal to give up imitation guns – BBC News

Posted January 21st, 2008 in firearms, news by sally

“Police in London have launched a campaign urging young men and boys to hand in their imitation firearms.”

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BBC News, 21st January 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Barristers’ legal aid boycott may leave defendants in limbo – The Guardian

Posted January 21st, 2008 in barristers, legal aid, news by sally

“Hundreds of barristers are boycotting new legal aid contracts which must be signed by today, in a move which could leave defendants charged with the most serious crimes, including complex fraud, terrorism and murder, without proper representation.”

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The Guardian, 21st January 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

MPs back organ donor law change – The Observer

Posted January 21st, 2008 in human tissue, news by sally

“An overwhelming majority of MPs support adopting a new system of organ donation, because the shortage of donor kidneys, hearts and lungs is so severe, a survey carried out by The Observer has found. Of the 120 who responded to a poll last week, 97 said they were in favour of proposals to change current rules, so that everyone would automatically be considered a donor after their death, unless they had opted out during their lifetime, or relatives objected.”

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The Observer, 20th January 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Brown pushes for 42-day detention – BBC News

Posted January 21st, 2008 in detention, news, terrorism by sally

“Prime Minister Gordon Brown is pressing ahead with controversial plans to extend the time terror suspects can be held without charge to 42 days.”

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BBC News, 20th January 2008

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The minister, Jacqui Smith, street strife and a late-night kebab in Peckham – The Times

Posted January 21st, 2008 in crime, news, terrorism by sally

“Jacqui Smith began the toughest week of her ministerial career yesterday trying to defend herself after saying that the streets of London were too dangerous to walk alone at night.”

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The Times, 21st January 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk