Planning reform threat for the Bar but energy work gets boost – Legal Week

Posted May 31st, 2007 in barristers, news, planning by sally

“Planning barristers could be hit by radical new plans from the Government to speed up the development of big infrastructure projects in the UK.”

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Legal Week, 31st May 2007

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Website lists likely punishments – The Times

Posted May 31st, 2007 in magistrates, news, sentencing by sally

“Anyone up before a magistrates’ court can now go online to find out the likely sentence for the alleged offence in advance of the hearing.”

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The Times, 30th May 2007

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Lawyers call for divorce law review after landmark ruling – Legal Week

Posted May 31st, 2007 in divorce, news by sally

“London has become the divorce capital of the world, according to the City’s top lawyers following a Court of Appeal ruling to uphold the largest divorce settlement in UK history.”

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Legal Week, 31st May 2007

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Forced legal team change scheme – The Guardian

Posted May 31st, 2007 in delay, fraud, news, terrorism, trials by sally

“Ministers are to go ahead with a scheme which could force defendants to change their legal team in complex cases.”

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The Guardian, 31st May 2007

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Jailing fewer people ‘is only way to solve overcrowding’ – The Times

Posted May 31st, 2007 in news, prisons by sally

“The Justice Secretary has admitted that the Government will be unable to build its way out of the problem of overcrowded jails.”

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The Times, 31st May 2007

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Lawyers who delay expensive terrorism trials face the sack – The Times

Posted May 31st, 2007 in delay, news, terrorism, trials by sally

“Lawyers could be sacked if they cause delays during expensive terrorism trials under plans to speed up cases announced by the Government yesterday.”

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The Times, 31st May 2007

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Nearly all cameras illegal, says watchdog – The Times

Posted May 31st, 2007 in data protection, news by sally

“We are living in the surveillance age but 90 per cent of Britain’s 14.2 million closed-circuit television cameras may be failing to comply with the law.”

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The Times, 31st May 2007

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ECHR upholds Lords’ decision to refuse widow’s benefit to widowers – The Lawyer

Posted May 30th, 2007 in benefits, human rights, news by sally

“The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has upheld a House of Lords ruling that the UK Government did not act unlawfully by refusing to pay widows’ benefits to two widowers.”

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The Lawyer, 28th May 2007

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Bar Council vice-chair gains salary as report sparks rejig – The Lawyer

Posted May 30th, 2007 in barristers, news, remuneration by sally

“The Vice-chair of the Bar Council Timothy Dutton QC will be the last in his post to work for free.”

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The Lawyer, 28th May 2007

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Lord Goldsmith refuses to publish advice to Army over use of torture – The Independent

Posted May 30th, 2007 in armed forces, human rights, Iraq, news by sally

“The Attorney General, Lord Goldsmith, is under growing pressure to disclose his advice to the Army on whether British soldiers in Iraq needed to comply with the Human Rights Act.”

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The Independent, 30th May 2007

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£100,000 fund will help bank customers fight unfair charges – The Independent

Posted May 30th, 2007 in banking, news by sally

“Campaigners have pledged £100,000 for a fighting fund to encourage people to launch legal challenges against what they say are illegal bank charges. The money has been pledged by MoneySavingExpert.com and the Consumer Action Group as well as private individuals.”

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The Independent, 30th May 2007

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Pressure on Falconer as prison population hits all-time high – The Guardian

Posted May 30th, 2007 in news, prisons by sally

“The number of prisoners in England and Wales hit an all-time high of 80,846 yesterday, raising fears that the court service could run out of cell space this week if too few remand prisoners succeed in getting bail. The record numbers saw 450 prisoners housed in police and court cells made available for overspill.”

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The Guardian, 30th May 2007

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Bereavement damages ‘too low’, study says – The Times

Posted May 30th, 2007 in damages, news by sally

“Court-awarded damages for people whose spouses die could be up to £300,000 too low, a report claimed today.”

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The Times, 30th May 2007

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Judges asked to rethink control order rulings after suspects abscond – The Guardian

Posted May 30th, 2007 in control orders, human rights, news, terrorism by sally

“Judges should be less ready to rule that control orders imposed on terrorism suspects breach human rights, the independent watchdog on terrorism law said yesterday. Lord Carlile of Berriew QC called on judges to review their approach to restrictions imposed by control orders after a further three terrorist suspects absconded last week, bringing the total to six.”

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The Guardian, 30th May 2007

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Rowdy residents ‘to be shut out’ – BBC News

Posted May 29th, 2007 in ASBOs, news by sally

“Nuisance neighbours could face being shut out of their homes under proposed new powers, the Home Office has said.” 

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BBC News, 29th May 2007

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Lloyds wins second charges case – BBC News

Posted May 29th, 2007 in banking, news by sally

“Lloyds TSB has won a second county court case against a customer trying to reclaim overdraft charges.” 

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BBC News, 29th May 2007

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Bar Standards Board attacks plan to cut student numbers – The Times

Posted May 29th, 2007 in barristers, legal education, news by sally

“The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has criticised the Bar Council’s proposals to limit the number of places available on the Barristers Vocational Training course, the compulsory one-year training programme for aspiring barristers.”

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The Times, 29th May 2007

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Online music retailer ordered to pay £35m damages – The Times

Posted May 29th, 2007 in copyright, damages, news, parallel imports by sally

“An internet retailer that broke a legally-binding promise not to sell imported CDs at almost half the price they sold for on the High Street has been ordered to pay the UK record industry £35 million, it emerged today.”

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The Times, 29th May 2007

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Bar Council prompts war of words over training plans – The Lawyer

Posted May 29th, 2007 in barristers, legal education, news by sally

“The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has lashed out at the Bar Council’s proposals to limit BVC places in submissions made to the Entry to the Bar working party.”

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The Lawyer, 29th May 2007

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Judges’ ruling challenges a traditional right – The Times

Posted May 29th, 2007 in disclosure, news, self-incrimination by sally

“Senior judges have dealt a blow to the ancient legal principle that a person is protected from incriminating himself.”

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The Times, 29th May 2007

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