Compensation call over Equitable – BBC News

Posted July 17th, 2008 in compensation, insurance, maladministration, news by sally

“Ministers should set up a compensation fund for policyholders in the Equitable Life, the Parliamentary Ombudsman says.”

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BBC News, 17th July 2008

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Call for reform as UK data protection rules turn 10 – The Register

Posted July 17th, 2008 in data protection, news by sally

“The UK’s Data Protection Act turned ten years old on Wednesday amid calls to either update [sic] the legislation or enforce the rules it established.”

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The Register, 16th July 2008

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Convicted drug dealers banned from owning more than one mobile phone – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 17th, 2008 in drug offences, news, telecommunications by sally

“Four convicted drug dealers have become the first criminals in England and Wales to be banned from owning or using more than one mobile telephone, under new police powers.”

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Daily Telegraph, 17th July 2008

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Sir Cliff Richard pins hopes on law that will keep cash rolling in until he’s 113 – The Times

Posted July 17th, 2008 in copyright, EC law, news, retrospectivity by sally

“The rock dinosaurs of the 1960s are in line for a spectacular windfall after the EU announced plans yesterday to extend musicians’ entitlement to retrospective royalties from 50 to 95 years.”

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The Times, 17th July 2008

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Child killing report ‘scandalous’ – BBC News

Posted July 17th, 2008 in children, homicide, mental health, news, social services by sally

“Health professionals failed to assess the risk a mentally ill mother posed to her two young children, a report into their deaths has found.”

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BBC News, 17th July 2008

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Raids planned for companies breaking data protection laws – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 17th, 2008 in data protection, news by sally

“The Government’s information watchdog is to be given expanded powers to raid companies suspected of breaking data protection rules.”

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Daily Telegraph, 17th July 2008

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Witness anonymity bill is passed – BBC News

Posted July 17th, 2008 in anonymity, bills, news, witnesses by sally

“Emergency legislation to allow witnesses in sensitive criminal trials to give evidence anonymously has cleared Parliament.”

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BBC News, 16th July 2008

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Police to get a new red tape champion in ‘rehashed’ Green Paper, Jacqui Smith to say – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 17th, 2008 in news, police by sally

“Police will get a ‘bureaucracy champion’ to help cut red tape, the Home Secretary Jacqui Smith is to announce.”

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Daily Telegraph, 16th July 2008

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Chakrabarti attacks Asian MPs over support for 42-day detention – The Guardian

Posted July 17th, 2008 in detention, news, terrorism by sally

“Shami Chakrabarti has hit out at Sadiq Khan and eight other Asian Labour MPs over their decision to vote in favour of the government’s 42-day detention plan.”

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The Guardian, 16th July 2008

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Unions discriminated against female workers, court rules – The Times

Posted July 17th, 2008 in news, sex discrimination, trade unions by sally

“One of the country’s largest trade unions discriminated against female members while negotiating a pay deal with their employer, the Court of Appeal said today in a ruling that could cost it and other unions millions of pounds.”

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The Times, 16th July 2008

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Data discs inquiry cost revealed – BBC News

Posted July 17th, 2008 in data protection, news, police by sally

“The police inquiry into the loss of data discs containing the details of 25 million people cost £473,544, the government has revealed.”

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BBC News, 16th July 2008

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Soham recommendations ‘still not implemented’ – The Independent

Posted July 17th, 2008 in criminal records, news, police by sally

“Recommendations made after an official inquiry into the Soham murders remain unimplemented four years later, a report revealed today.”

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The Independent, 16th July 2008

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European Commission proposes copyright extension Directive – OUT-LAW.com

Posted July 16th, 2008 in copyright, EC law, news by sally

“The European Commission has proposed a Directive that would give performers rights over recordings for 95 years after the recording. The change would give a player on a recording rights for the same length of time as the writer of the material.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 16th July 2008

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Office of Fair Trading threatens banks over current account charges – The Times

Posted July 16th, 2008 in banking, competition, news by sally

“The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) today threatened to report banks to the Competition Commission after finding that the current account market did not offer good value for customers.”

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The Times, 16th July 2008

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Desmond Browne QC takes Bar Council reins – The Lawyer

Posted July 16th, 2008 in barristers, news by sally

“The joint head of media set 5 Raymond Buildings, Desmond Browne QC, has been elected as the next chairman of the Bar Council, it was announced today (16 July)”

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The Lawyer, 16th July 2008

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Lord Chief Justice defends judiciary against ‘ill-informed attacks’ – The Times

Posted July 16th, 2008 in bail, judiciary, news by sally

“Britain’s most senior judge last night hit back at ‘ill-informed attacks’ on judges, particularly over granting bail.”

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The Times, 16th July 2008

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GP Iain Kerr ‘told patients he supported euthanasia’ – The Times

Posted July 16th, 2008 in doctors, euthanasia, news by sally

“A GP accused of supplying a suicidal pensioner with sleeping tablets to enable her to take her own life told patients that he was in favour of euthanasia, a General Medical Council (GMC) hearing was told yesterday.”

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The Times, 16th July 2008

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Watchdog asked to investigate Pakistan torture allegation – The Guardian

Posted July 16th, 2008 in intelligence services, news, terrorism, torture by sally

“An official complaint alleging that British intelligence officers colluded in the torture of a British medical student who was detained in Pakistan after the July 2005 suicide attacks in London has been lodged with the tribunal that conducts investigations into MI5 and MI6.”

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The Guardian, 16th July 2008

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Life sentence: Review could set jails precedent – The Guardian

Posted July 16th, 2008 in miscarriage of justice, news, sentencing by sally

“The prison service is to review the jail status of a man serving life for a murder he claims he did not commit. The case could set a precedent for prisoners who claim to be victims of miscarriages of justice and thus have to serve longer sentences than if they admitted guilt.”

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The Guardian, 16th July 2008

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Evening Standard libel case bankrupts opera composer Keith Burstein – The Guardian

Posted July 16th, 2008 in bankruptcy, defamation, news by sally

“The composer of an opera who unsuccessfully sued the London Evening Standard for libel was declared bankrupt yesterday after failing to pay £67,000 in legal fees to the newspaper.”

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The Guardian, 15th July 2008

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