Internet ‘suicide helper’ found not guilty – The Times

Posted April 13th, 2007 in assisted suicide, news by sally

“A computer analyst who posted a message on the internet offering to help suicide attempts was cleared yesterday of breaking the law after a judge ruled that there was insufficient evidence.”

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The Times, 13th April 2007

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Job and pay victory in age discrimination case – The Times

Posted April 12th, 2007 in age discrimination, news by sally

“A 66-year-old health worker sacked the day before new age discrimination regulations came into force has won her job back, it was revealed today.”

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The Times, 12th April 2007

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Trading Standards officers become copyright enforcers – OUT-LAW.com

Posted April 12th, 2007 in copyright, news by sally

“Trading Standards officers are now empowered to enter premises and seize goods and documents they believe to be involved in copyright infringement, now that changes to the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act have come into force.” 

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OUT-LAW.com, 11th April 2007

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One third of people will resist ID checks, Government predicted – OUT-LAW.com

Posted April 11th, 2007 in identity cards, news by sally

“One in three people will resist identity checks according to Government figures. The just-released statistics predict a widespread revolt over identity cards, but the Home Office has dismissed the figures as irrelevant and out of date.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 11th April 2007

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Ministers rule out emulating America’s hardline ‘Megan’s Law’ – The Independent

Posted April 11th, 2007 in child abuse, news by sally

“The introduction of a British version of ‘Megan’s Law’, giving communities the automatic right to know about paedophiles living locally, has been ruled out by the Government. Parents will only have the right to information about convicted sex offenders in their neighbourhoods in specific circumstances, such as when a single mother has suspicions about a new partner.”

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The Independent, 11th April 2007

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Hindus may win right to open-air creamations – The Times

Posted April 10th, 2007 in burials and cremation, news by sally

“The open-air burning of human corpses may be permitted across Britain after a religious charity won a significant victory in its campaign to legalise traditional Hindu funerals. ”

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The Times, 10th April 2007

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Woman loses fight to have ex-boyfriend’s baby – The Times

Posted April 10th, 2007 in embryology, human rights, news by sally

“A woman who was left infertile after cancer therapy has lost her five year fight to be allowed to have fertility treatment using frozen embryos from her ex-boyfriend after he objected.”

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The Times, 10th April 2007

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Barristers may be graded on quality – The Times

Posted April 10th, 2007 in advocacy, barristers, news by sally

“Incompetent barristers whose courtroom advocacy falls below par will be referred by judges and colleagues to a ‘remedial’ panel to bring them up to scratch, under measures proposed today. The Bar Council is also proposing a grading scheme to grade barristers who do legal aid work according to proficiency and experience.”

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The Times, 10th April 2007

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New super-ministry could doom DTI – Financial Times

Posted April 10th, 2007 in government departments, news by sally

“Gordon Brown is ‘seriously considering’ creating a super-ministry covering energy and the environment, which would pave the way for the potential break-up of the Department of Trade and Industry, according to Whitehall insiders.”

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Financial Times, 10th April 2007

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Parking bailiffs may win right to enter homes – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 10th, 2007 in bailiffs, news, parking by sally

“More than a million motorists a year face having bailiffs force their way into their homes to collect unpaid parking fines under legislation before MPs.”

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Daily Telegraph, 10th April 2007

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Woman awaits ruling on use of frozen embryos – The Guardian

Posted April 10th, 2007 in embryology, human rights, news by sally

“A woman left infertile after cancer treatment will find out today if her ‘last chance’ to use her frozen embryos has been successful.”

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The Guardian, 10th April 2007

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Governors call for fewer jailings, not more jails – The Guardian

Posted April 10th, 2007 in news, prisons by sally

“Prison governors have delivered an urgent warning to ministers that building new jails will not solve the criminal justice crisis and that too many minor offenders with mental health and alcohol problems are being locked up.”

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The Guardian, 10th April 2007

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Long arm of US officials could put Britons in prison – The Times

Posted April 10th, 2007 in extradition, news by sally

“British businessmen could find themselves in American jails after a crackdown by the US Department of Justice on trade with ‘rogue states’, leading lawyers say.”

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The Times, 10th April 2007

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Miners’ lawyer made £45,000 a day – The Times

Posted April 10th, 2007 in news, solicitors by sally

“A solicitor whose firm specialises in compensation claims for sick miners made a personal profit of £16.8 million in one year.”

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The Times, 10th April 2007

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‘Sarah’s Law’ scheme could backfire, say child workers – The Times

Posted April 10th, 2007 in child abuse, news by sally

“Probation officers and child protection experts voiced concerns last night after it emerged that a so-called Sarah’s Law would be piloted in three areas.”

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The Times, 10th April 2007

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Lawyers given chance to ditch wig and gown – The Times

Posted April 10th, 2007 in barristers, court dress, news by sally

“The traditional wigs and gowns that are the hallmark of the legal profession are finally to be swept away in a shake-up of legal dress.”

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The Times, 9th April 2007

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Legal battle: My son, the chimp – The Independent

Posted April 10th, 2007 in adoption, news by sally

“A British woman has launched a court challenge to become the legal guardian of a 160lb chimpanzee in a test case that could confer basic rights on apes across Europe. ”

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The Independent, 9th April 2007

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Criminal law bar faces up to ‘solicitor threat’ – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted April 5th, 2007 in advocacy, news, solicitors by sally

“The Criminal Bar Association (CBA) has launched a draft strategy paper on how to maintain its members’ position in the market in a bid to meet the ‘growing threat of unfair competition’ from solicitor higher court advocates (HCAs).”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 5th April 2007

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Law Society in no-confidence vote as tension builds on legal aid reform – Legal Week

Posted April 5th, 2007 in legal aid, news by sally

“The Law Society has passed a unanimous vote of no-confidence in the Legal Services Commission (LSC), it emerged last week, as the Government vowed to press on with a key plank of its controversial package of reforms to the £2bn legal aid system.”

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Legal Week, 5th April 2007

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Fugitive barrister stripped of assets in absence – The Times

Posted April 5th, 2007 in confiscation, fraud, news by sally

“A former barrister who went on the run mid-way through her trial for conning £80,000 from an insurance company has been stripped of her remaining assets in her absence.”

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The Times, 5th April 2007

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