‘Prenups’ could be in force within months – The Guardian

Posted May 29th, 2007 in news, prenuptial agreements by sally

“Wealthy people would be ‘mad’ to marry without a prenuptial agreement after last week’s decision by senior judges that a woman can keep her £48m divorce settlement – and they could be legally enforceable within months, said the lawyer acting for her husband.”

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The Guardian, 27th May 2007

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Fairford Two strike blow for anti-war protesters after jury decide they were acting to stop crime – The Guardian

Posted May 29th, 2007 in criminal damage, news by sally

“Ruling seen as ‘judicial endorsement’ of attempts to stop B52 bombers.” 

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The Guardian, 26th May 2007

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Civil rights fears over DNA file for everyone – The Guardian

Posted May 29th, 2007 in criminal records, DNA, news by sally

“Civil liberties groups are warning that the details of every Briton could soon be on the national DNA database, raising fresh concerns of a ‘surveillance society’. Controversial plans being studied by the government would see the DNA of people convicted of even the most minor, non-imprisonable offences, such as dropping litter, entered on the national database.”

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The Guardian, 27th May 2007

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Crime Bill may add to prison overcrowding – The Times

Posted May 29th, 2007 in criminal justice, news, prisons by sally

“Tony Blair’s final measures to tackle law and order are being threatened by a Cabinet dispute over fears that the Bill will fuel a further 3,000 rise in prison numbers.”

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The Times, 26th May 2007

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Law failing to keep up with advances in data technology – The Times

Posted May 29th, 2007 in data protection, news by sally

“The 1998 Data Protection Act (DPA) is the main tool for the public to take control of its personal data, but there are concerns that the law is falling behind the technological curve.”

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The Times, 26th May 2007

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Prison numbers reach record high – BBC News

Posted May 25th, 2007 in news, prisons by sally

“Prisoner numbers in England and Wales have hit a record high for the second week in a row, says the Prison Service.” 

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BBC News, 25th May 2007

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Judges boycott MoJ launch party – The Lawyer

Posted May 25th, 2007 in judges, Ministry of Justice, news by sally

“The launch party for the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) on Wednesday night (23 May) had a few notable absentees – namely judges.”

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The Lawyer, 25th May 2007

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Authorities should analyse risk before sharing data, says privacy chief – OUT-LAW.com

Posted May 25th, 2007 in data protection, local government, news by sally

“Local authorities should conduct a risk assessment before sharing personal data with other public bodies. Sharing can be legitimate, but only when the benefits and risks have been weighed up, the Information Commissioner has said.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 25th May 2007

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Sex change doctor guilty of misconduct – The Guardian

Posted May 25th, 2007 in doctors, news, professional conduct by sally

“The UK’s best-known expert on transsexualism was today found guilty of serious professional misconduct for rushing five patients into sex-changing treatments, but avoided being struck off.”

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The Guardian, 25th May 2007

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Law firms get ready for lucrative move into India – The Times

Posted May 25th, 2007 in India, law firms, news by sally

“Britain’s multibillion-pound legal profession is about to profit from a landmark change in India that will allow foreign law firms to set up shop there for the first time.”

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The Times, 25th May 2007

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Court report ban ‘could be eased’ – BBC News

Posted May 25th, 2007 in juries, media, news by sally

“Research should be carried out into whether juries are prejudiced by media reports of criminal cases, Attorney General Lord Goldsmith has said.” 

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BBC News, 25th May 2007

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Blow to Commercial Court as planned e-filing of documents is put back to 2009 – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted May 25th, 2007 in Commercial Court, electronic filing, news by sally

“The electronic filing of documents in England and Wales courts looks likely to be delayed by at least a year, the Gazette can reveal.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 24th May 2007

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ABS threat to firms provokes Bill defeat – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted May 25th, 2007 in law firms, legal services, news by sally

“The Legal Services Bill completed its passage through the House of Lords last week, but not before the opposition inflicted one final defeat on the government over concerns about the impact of alternative business structures (ABSs) on high street law firms.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 24th May 2007

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Society slams government over HIPs ‘shambles’ – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted May 25th, 2007 in home information packs, news by sally

“The Law Society this week accused the government of presiding over ‘a complete shambles’ after it delayed the introduction of home information packs (HIPs) until 1 August and said they will initially only be required for four-bedroom properties or larger.” 

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Law Society’s Gazette, 24th May 2007

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Competition regulator to probe Sky’s stake in ITV – OUT-LAW.com

Posted May 25th, 2007 in competition, media, news by sally

“The Competition Commission will investigate BSkyB’s acquisition of a 17.9% stake in ITV. The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has referred the purchase to the Commission after reports from the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) and media regulator Ofcom.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 24th May 2007

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Who can save the Freedom of Information Act? – The Independent

Posted May 25th, 2007 in freedom of information, news by sally

“MPs dealt a massive blow to open government last week by voting themselves an exemption to the right-to-know law. Robert Verkaik, Law Editor, considers the next move.”

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The Independent, 25th May 2007

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Woman gets suicide advice payout – BBC News

Posted May 25th, 2007 in citizens advice bureaux, confidentiality, news, unfair dismissal by sally

“A Citizens Advice Bureau advisor who was sacked after she phoned a suicidal woman’s GP was awarded £18,000 damages.” 

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BBC News, 24th May 2007

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Reid threatens to suspend human rights laws after terror suspects go missing – The Independent

Posted May 25th, 2007 in human rights, news, terrorism by sally

“John Reid faced growing anger as he signalled the Government was ready to declare that Britain faced an “emergency” over terrorism and opt out of human rights legislation.”

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The Independent, 25th May 2007

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Telephone hearings have benefits but there’s a sting in the tail – The Times

Posted May 25th, 2007 in news, telephone hearings by sally

“It could be argued that the courts have been somewhat late in embracing information technology. Database and order production systems only came late in the day and the majority of judges, despite being provided with computers, printers and the like, still tend to rely on writing their notes rather than typing them into their laptops. Telephone hearings are also a recent phenomenon.”

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The Times, 25th May 2007

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MPs have no reason to be exempt from FoI law, watchdog warns – The Independent

Posted May 25th, 2007 in freedom of information, news, parliament by sally

“A campaign by MPs to remove themselves from open government laws in order to protect the privacy of their constituents has been seriously undermined by the UK’s information watchdog.”

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The Independent, 25th May 2007

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