Langham given ten-month jail term for child porn offence – The Independent

Posted September 17th, 2007 in children, news, pornography, sentencing by sally

“The actor Chris Langham broke down in tears yesterday as he was sentenced to 10 months in prison for downloading child pornography.”

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The Independent, 15th September 2007

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Judges face work assessment by their peers – The Times

Posted September 17th, 2007 in judiciary, news by sally

“Judges face having their performance in court assessed under plans to ensure that their skills in handling cases are up to scratch and that they treat people fairly and courteously.”

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The Times, 17th September 2007

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Prince sues internet sites for breaching his copyright – The Independent

Posted September 14th, 2007 in copyright, internet, news by sally

“He gave away his last album free with a newspaper, but Prince has now taken a stance to defend the rights of the artist by launching a legal action against internet sites that he claims have infringed his copyright.”

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The Independent, 14th September 2007

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Chatroom users “goaded man in web suicide” – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 14th, 2007 in inquests, internet, news, suicide by sally

“A coroner yesterday called for ‘insult chatrooms’ to be regulated after members of one site encouraged a man to commit suicide while dozens watched live over the internet.”

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Daily Telegraph, 14th September 2007

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Equality Bill seeks to ban genetic discrimination – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 14th, 2007 in disability discrimination, DNA, genetic testing, news by sally

“A ‘landmark’ measure to outlaw unfair genetic discrimination should be included in a new Equality Bill, the country’s leading human DNA watchdog will say tomorrow.”

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Daily Telegraph, 13th September 2007

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Home information pack trainer stripped of role – The Guardian

Posted September 14th, 2007 in home information packs, news by sally

“The accident-prone home information packs regime suffered another blow after it emerged yesterday that a main trainer of energy assessors has been stripped of its status as an approved centre.”

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The Guardian, 14th September 2007

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The elegant businesswoman and her middle-class paedophile ring – The Times

Posted September 14th, 2007 in child abuse, news, sexual offences by sally

“Monica McCanch presented a well-dressed face of confident respectability to the world. She worked for Pfizer, the pharmaceutical company, in Kent before taking redundancy last year for a new life in Jamaica, where she planned to invest in eco-tourism. Yesterday the past caught up with McCanch, 55, when she pleaded guilty to four offences of sexual activity with a child and one of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child.”

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The Times, 14th September 2007

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Religious hatred: a crime from October, but exemptions are wide – OUT-Law.com

Posted September 13th, 2007 in freedom of expression, inciting religious hatred, news by sally

“The Racial and Religious Hatred Act comes into force in October, carrying a threat of prison terms for a person who tries to stir up religious hatred. However, its free speech exemptions are so wide that convictions could be difficult, a lawyer said.”

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OUT-Law.com, 13th September 2007

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Lord Chief Justice speaks out against US-style selection of judges – The Times

Posted September 13th, 2007 in judiciary, news by sally

“Britain’s most senior judge has strongly opposed any move towards American-style selection of judges involving Parliament. ”

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The Times, 13th September 2007

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MoJ fast-tracks LSB reforms to usher in non-lawyer partners – Legal Week

Posted September 13th, 2007 in law firms, news, partnerships by sally

“Non-lawyers could become partners in law firms by 2008, it has emerged, after the Government amended the Legal Services Bill to fast-track the early introduction of its controversial plans for alternative business structures (ABSs).”

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Legal Week, 13th September 2007

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Perfume giant settles disability discrimination and harassment claim – OUT-LAW.com

Posted September 13th, 2007 in bullying, disability discrimination, news by sally

“An epileptic woman who worked at perfume giant Estée Lauder has settled her case with the firm after winning a tribunal claim for bullying.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 13th September 2007

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Police sceptical of proposals to ease burden of red tape – The Guardian

Posted September 13th, 2007 in crime, news, police by sally

“Rank and file police leaders yesterday reacted with scepticism to proposals to introduce hand-held computers for patrolling constables and ‘virtual courts’ as part of a drive to cut bureaucracy.”

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The Guardian, 13th September 2007

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Executive’s sacking was unfair but not a racist plot, says German bank – The Times

Posted September 13th, 2007 in news, race discrimination, unfair dismissal by sally

“A City investment bank accused of forcing out a highflying member of staff because he was ‘not German enough’ has admitted that it unfairly sacked the executive.”

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The Times, 13th September 2007

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Crackdown pledge on minimum wage – BBC News

Posted September 13th, 2007 in employment, news by sally

“Firms who pay less than the minimum wage face bigger fines as part of a crackdown on ‘rogue’ employers.”

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BBC News, 12th September 2007

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Britain “failing armed forces” – BBC News

Posted September 13th, 2007 in armed forces, news by sally

“Britain is failing in its duty of care to its armed forces and former servicemen and women, the Royal British Legion has said.”

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BBC News, 13th September 2007

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Police chief says officers chasing targets distort picture of crime – The Times

Posted September 13th, 2007 in news, police by sally

“The picture of violent crime in Britain is being distorted by nervous police officers recording minor incidents such as playground squabbles as serious incidents, a report on the state of policing says.”

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The Times, 13th September 2007

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Watchdog backs trader’s baby bias claim – The Times

Posted September 13th, 2007 in news, sex discrimination by sally

“A City trader has won the backing of the equality watchdog in her £1.35 million claim against a bank that she accuses of discriminating against her when she returned to work after having a baby.”

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The Times, 13th September

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Unlimited fines for employment agencies that exploit workers – The Times

Posted September 13th, 2007 in employment, news by sally

“Employment agencies will face a legal crackdown to stop them exploiting workers after unions exposed a stream of abuses, suffered mainly by migrant workers.”

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The Times, 13th September 2007

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Chancery gains – The Lawyer

Posted September 12th, 2007 in barristers, legal services, news by sally

“Despite the normal doom-mongering, the chancery bar is responding well to modern challenges, says Michael Todd QC.”

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The Lawyer, 10th September 2007

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Sony loses privacy complaint over Unfit Kids – Out-Law.com

Posted September 12th, 2007 in media, news, privacy by sally

“A documentary that cited video games among the reasons for childhood obesity did not treat Sony unfairly when criticising the PlayStation maker’s refusal to sponsor a fitness scheme for kids.”

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Out-Law.com, 11th September 2007

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