Court upholds £48m divorce award – BBC News

Posted May 24th, 2007 in divorce, news by sally

“A millionaire businessman has lost an appeal over a £48m divorce award made to his former wife.” 

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BBC News, 24th May 2007

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Bid to put off info time-wasters – BBC News

Posted May 24th, 2007 in freedom of information, news by sally

“Plans are due to be unveiled to deter ‘pointless and mischievous’ requests under the Freedom of Information Act.” 

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BBC News, 24th May 2007

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Record £125m in assets recovered from criminals – The Guardian

Posted May 24th, 2007 in confiscation, news by sally

“Luxury mansions, classic cars ranging from Bentleys to Lamborghinis, millions in cash and even racehorses are among the record £125m-worth of assets recovered from criminals in the last year. Claiming the seizures as a great success, the Home Office will today announce greater powers to confiscate criminals’ wealth.”

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The Guardian, 24th May 2007

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Suicide banker’s NatWest case fear – Financial Times

Posted May 24th, 2007 in extradition, inquests, news by sally

“Neil Coulbeck, the retired bank executive who could have been an important witness in the NatWest Three fraud case, feared he might “get dragged into” the affair at the time he died, his widow told an inquest on Wednesday.”

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Financial Times, 23rd May 2007

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UK ‘politics of fear eroding human rights’ – The Independent

Posted May 24th, 2007 in news by sally

“Tony Blair’s government has been condemned for exploiting the ‘politics of fear’ by bringing in tougher anti-terror legislation, cracking down on asylum-seekers and allowing the prison population to soar.”

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The Independent, 24th May 2007

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Related link: Amnesty International Report 2007

Squatter wins £2m London plot after 18-year stay – The Independent

Posted May 24th, 2007 in adverse possession, news, planning by sally

For most people a property on Hampstead Heath would be many mortgages or lottery tickets away, but a squatter has been granted the rights to a plot of land worth £2m for nothing.

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The Independent, 24th May 2007

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Lord Chancellor acts to heal rift with judges over justice ministry – The Times

Posted May 24th, 2007 in judges, Ministry of Justice, news by sally

“The Lord Chancellor moved to defuse the unprecedented rift with the judiciary yesterday, making a personal intervention with the Lord Chief Justice to resolve the deadlock over the Ministry of Justice.”

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The Times, 24th May 2007

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Judge wins backing for UK’s first drug court – The Times

Posted May 23rd, 2007 in children, drug abuse, news by sally

“Family judge Nicholas Crichton has won financial backing for his initiative to set up the UK’s first US-style drug dependency court to help the growing number of babies and children who are being taken into care because of their parents’ misuse of drugs or alcohol.”

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The Times, 23rd May 2007

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Divorce online for £65 – The Times

Posted May 23rd, 2007 in divorce, news by sally

“An online divorce company this week became the first to advertise its services on UK television, offering to arrange settlements for as little as £65.”

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The Times, 23rd May 2007

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Junior doctors lose court fight – BBC News

Posted May 23rd, 2007 in doctors, news by sally

“Junior doctors have lost their High Court battle to scrap the new application system for training posts.” 

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BBC News, 23rd May 2007

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Judicial revolt looms after Phillips’ MoJ blast – Legal Week

Posted May 23rd, 2007 in judges, Ministry of Justice, news by sally

“The Government is locked on a collision course with senior members of the judiciary after the Lord Chief Justice told Parliament yesterday (23 May) the two camps remained ‘poles apart’ over the role of the controversial Ministry of Justice (MoJ).”

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Legal Week, 23rd MAy 2007

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Kennedy: employed barristers should have bigger Bar Council role – Legal Week

Posted May 23rd, 2007 in barristers, news by sally

“Employed and junior barristers are set to be given a greater role on the Bar Council following a report by a working group into the composition of the representative body.”

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Legal Week, 23rd May 2007

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Chagos islanders win legal battle to return home – The Independent

Posted May 23rd, 2007 in Chagos Islands, news, royal prerogative by sally

“Families expelled from the Chagos Islands by the British Government to make way for the Diego Garcia US airbase today won their legal battle to return home.”

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The Independent, 23rd May 2007

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Rules on sham marriage ‘unlawful’ – BBC News

Posted May 23rd, 2007 in immigration, marriage, news by sally

“Controversial immigration rules aimed at stopping sham marriages are unlawful, says the Court of Appeal.” 

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BBC News, 23rd May 2007

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PCC issues privacy guidelines on undercover reporting – OUT-LAW.com

Posted May 23rd, 2007 in media, news, privacy by sally

“Newspaper regulator the Press Complaints Commission (PCC) has issued new guidelines on privacy and data protection for newspapers conducting investigations which involve subterfuge.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 23rd May 2007

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A herd of libel actions is fast approaching – The Times

Posted May 23rd, 2007 in defamation, news by sally

“Despite the myths, bloggers are just as vulnerable as conventional publishers to legal action – if not more so.” 

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The Times, 23rd May 2007

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Websites like Mumsnet are not above the law – The Times

Posted May 23rd, 2007 in news by sally

“The recent settlement of the libel action brought by the baby- and child-care author Gina Ford against Mumsnet, the parenting website, leaves some tricky questions unanswered – not least whether a website is a ‘publisher’ for the purposes of the law of libel.”

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The Times, 23rd May 2007

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Home sale packs may be doomed after Kelly U-turn – The Times

Posted May 23rd, 2007 in news by sally

“Home information packs (Hips) appeared to be doomed last night after ministers were forced into a humiliating climb-down by delaying the packs for two months.”

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The Times, 23rd May 2007

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Judge criticises “namby pamby” Asbos – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 23rd, 2007 in ASBOs, news by traceydennis

“A judge has attacked the “namby pamby state” which imposes unenforceable Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (Asbos) on offenders.”

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Daily Telegraph, 23rd May 2007

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Majority in poll back laws to protect gays – Reuters News

Posted May 23rd, 2007 in homosexuality, news, sexual orientation discrimination by traceydennis

“The vast majority of Britons support new legislation to protect gays from discrimination and would not mind if a member of their family was homosexual, a survey showed on Wednesday.”

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Reuters News, 23rd May 2007

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