Lawyers wooed to antitrust litigation – Financial Times

Posted April 19th, 2007 in competition, fees, news by sally

“Lawyers could be allowed to earn bigger success-related fees on private antitrust cases in an effort to encourage them to tackle such litigation, Britain’s competition watchdog has suggested.”

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Financial Times, 18th April 2007

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Government suffers Lords defeat on legal shake-up – The Times

Posted April 19th, 2007 in legal profession, news by sally

“The Government was defeated in the House of Lords today over its plans to shake up regulation of the legal profession.”

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The Times, 18th April 2007

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OFT says ‘yes’ to private competition enforcement – The Lawyer

Posted April 18th, 2007 in competition, news by sally

“The OFT will today release a discussion paper, which will set out why representative actions should be made more broadly available, and will also encourage the settlement of cases without going to court.”

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The Lawyer, 18th April 2007

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NatWest pays businessman £36,000 over unfair bank charges – The Guardian

Posted April 18th, 2007 in banking, news by sally

“A businessman is celebrating a record £36,000 payout after he complained to NatWest about unfair bank penalty charges. It is thought to be the largest sum refunded to an individual customer since the start of the consumer revolt over bank and credit card charges.”

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The Guardian, 17th April 2007

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Britain limits EU religious hatred ban – Reuters

Posted April 18th, 2007 in EC law, incitement, news, racism by sally

“Britain has narrowed the scope of a European Union-wide ban on incitement to religious hatred in a proposed anti-racism law, diplomats said on Tuesday.”

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Reuters, 18th April 2007

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EU aims to criminalise Holocaust denial – Financial Times

Posted April 18th, 2007 in EC law, freedom of expression, news by sally

“Laws that make denying or trivialising the Holocaust a criminal offence punishable by jail sentences will be introduced across the European Union, according to a proposal expecting to win backing from ministers Thursday.”

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Financial Times, 18th April 2007

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Elderly neighbour from hell jailed for breaching Asbo – The Independent

Posted April 18th, 2007 in ASBOs, elderly, news, sentencing by sally

“An 81-year-old woman described by a judge as the ‘original neighbour from hell’ has been jailed for six months.”

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The Independent, 18th April 2007

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Punish according to cost, says former justice chief – The Times

Posted April 18th, 2007 in news, sentencing by sally

“A new sentencing regime in which judges punish offenders according to cost was called for by the former Lord Chief Justice today.”

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The Times, 18th April 2007

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Amnesty to apply to UK tax dodges – Financial Times

Posted April 18th, 2007 in news, tax avoidance by sally

“Tax dodgers who kept their money in Britain are to get a similar amnesty to those who hid money offshore.”

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Financial Times, 17th April 2007

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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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