Cabinet revolt over stop and question plans – The Guardian

Posted June 6th, 2007 in news, police, terrorism by sally

“A cabinet revolt has broken out over plans to give police extensive new powers to stop and question in the counter-terrorism bill, according to a letter circulated to cabinet members by the Northern Ireland secretary, Peter Hain, and largely endorsed by the attorney general, Lord Goldsmith.”

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The Guardian, 6th June 2007

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Small firms could be stung for £1bn if tax battle is lost – The Times

Posted June 6th, 2007 in dividends, income tax, married persons, news, small businesses by sally

“Tens of thousands of small businesses could face a combined tax bill of £1 billion if the Law Lords rule in favour of the Treasury in its long-running battle against a small business owned by a married couple.”

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The Times, 6th June 2007

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New bid to tighten abortion rules – The Guardian

Posted June 5th, 2007 in abortion, news by sally

“Women seeking an abortion could be forced to receive counselling under proposals being considered at Westminster today.”

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The Guardian, 5th June 2007

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Landmark ‘husband and wife’ tax case begins in Lords – The Times

Posted June 5th, 2007 in dividends, income tax, married persons, news, small businesses by sally

“A landmark court case that will decide whether hundreds of thousands of owner-managed small businesses will face significantly higher tax bills began today in the House of Lords.”

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The Times, 5th June 2007

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Suspects ‘denied’ lawyer access – BBC News

Posted June 5th, 2007 in legal representation, news, police by sally

“Police are flouting rules to protect people in custody by denying suspects legal representation for ‘intelligence interviews’, lawyers have claimed.” 

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BBC News, 5th June 2007

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Related link: BBC Law in Action: Police ‘intelligence interviews’

Sharia carrier – The Lawyer

Posted June 5th, 2007 in islamic law, news by sally

“Islamic finance is no longer a Middle East form of financing. In the last year the UK Government has made a concerted effort to promote sharia-compliant financial instruments, adapting regulations to facilitate their smooth entry into the market.”

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The Lawyer, 4th June 2007

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Law Society wins money laundering review – The Lawyer

Posted June 5th, 2007 in money laundering, news, solicitors by sally

“The Law Society has won another battle in its war to change the draft money laundering regulations causing headaches among City lawyers.”

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The Lawyer, 5th June 2007

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Bar Council urges MPs to put consumers first in Legal Services reform – The Bar Council

Posted June 5th, 2007 in legal profession, legal services, news by sally

“Today, as the Legal Services Bill receives its Second Reading in the House of Commons, the Bar Council is keen to emphasise the need to put consumers first in any changes to the current legal framework.”

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The Bar Council press release, 4th June 2007

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High Court thwarts legal aid judicial review call – Legal Week

Posted June 5th, 2007 in judicial review, legal aid, news by sally

“The campaign to force the Government to scale back its controversial legal aid reforms has been dealt a blow after the High Court rejected the first call for a judicial review over the planned changes.”

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Legal Week, 4th June 2007

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The next big thing in litigation: hedge fund disputes – The Times

Posted June 5th, 2007 in hedge funds, news by sally

“Corporate Britain may have shied away from fighting its battles in court, but the City’s leading litigation law firms are hoping their salvation may lie in disputes involving hedge funds.”

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The Times, 5th June 2007

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Alcohol strategy to tackle binge-drinkers – Reuters

Posted June 5th, 2007 in alcohol abuse, news by sally

“The government will unveil a new alcohol strategy on Tuesday expected to focus on how to counter binge-drinking by changing young people’s attitudes and behaviour.”

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Reuters, 5th June 2007

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Body exhumed in care home enquiry – BBC news

Posted June 5th, 2007 in care homes, elderly, news by sally

“The body of an elderly woman is to be the first of three exhumed by police probing seven deaths at a care home.”

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BBC News, 5th June 2007

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Britain ‘to drop EU veto over law and order’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 5th, 2007 in EC law, news, veto by sally

“Tony Blair may be preparing to abandon Britain’s veto over law and order policy in Europe on the eve of his departure from Downing Street this month, MPs fear.”

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Daily Telegraph, 5th June 2007

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Treasury backs down on money laundering rules – The Times

Posted June 5th, 2007 in money laundering, news by sally

“The Treasury has agreed to reconsider its draft anti money laundering regulations after the European Commission backed a Law Society campaign calling for rules to be relaxed.”

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The Times, 4th June 2007

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CPS to reopen cash for honours investigation – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 5th, 2007 in news, peerages & dignities by sally

“Detectives have been instructed to reopen their inquiries in the cash for honours investigation which has engulfed Downing Street”

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Daily Telegraph, 5th June 2007

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This would be internment – The Guardian

Posted June 5th, 2007 in news, terrorism by sally

“We have the longest pre-charge detention period in the free world. Extending it would boost extremism.”

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The Guardian, 5th June 2007

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Judges given option to sack lawyers in high-cost cases – The Lawyer

Posted June 4th, 2007 in conflict of interest, delay, news, trials by sally

“The Lord Chancellor Lord Falconer has outlined plans that will see lawyers who cause delays to court cases replaced, following the collapse of BCCI and Equitable.”

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The Lawyer, 4th June 2007

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SRA delays launch of abridged LPC – The Lawyer

Posted June 4th, 2007 in legal education, news, solicitors by sally

“Alternative routes to qualifying as a solicitor will not be piloted this year as planned, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has revealed.”

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The Lawyer, 4th June 2007

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Does big business need to panic? Only if they’re violating the law – The Times

Posted June 4th, 2007 in news, representative actions by sally

“The arrival on UK soil of Michael Hausfeld, the doyen of American class-action lawyers, earlier in the year has inspired some fairly excitable headlines anticipating a tidal wave of US-style group litigation. ‘Big business beware,’ cautioned a profile in The Sunday Times. Another report in the insurance press started with the simple declaration: ‘The eagle has landed .'”

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The Times, 4th June 2007

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Magic circle wades into LSB independence debate – Legal Week

Posted June 4th, 2007 in legal profession, legal services, news by sally

“All five magic circle firms have thrown their weight behind attempts to amend the Legal Services Bill ahead of a parliamentary debate on the issue today (4 June).”

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Legal Week, 4th June 2007

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