Legal Services Bill launches pilot amendments scheme – Ministry of Justice

Posted June 7th, 2007 in bills, news, parliament by sally

“The Legal Services Bill has been selected as the pilot bill to examine how explanatory statements for amendments to bills will work in practice. The first explanatory statements were made today, 7 June.”

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Ministry of Justice Announcement, 7th June 2007

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Family sues MoD over Iraq death – BBC News

Posted June 7th, 2007 in armed forces, damages, news by sally

“The family of an Iraqi man who was beaten to death while in British military custody are suing the Ministry of Defence.”

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BBC News, 7th June 2007

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Plan for police ‘stop and question’ powers dropped – The Guardian

Posted June 7th, 2007 in news, police, stop and search by sally

“Public outcry and a cabinet revolt over controversial plans to give the police “stop and question” powers have forced ministers to sideline the proposal days after it emerged.”

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The Guardian, 7th June 2007

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Law: Scots take aim across the border – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 7th, 2007 in barristers, news, Scotland by sally

“Imagine a system in which everyone who passes the Bar exams is guaranteed a job as a barrister. That would be a drastic change: nobody can practise at the English Bar without first spending time in chambers as a pupil, and there are pupillages available for only between a third and a quarter of those students who get through the Bar’s compulsory vocational course.”

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Daily Telegraph, 7th June 2007

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Child payment defaulters face credit rating penalty – The Guardian

Posted June 7th, 2007 in child support, news by sally

“Parents who refuse to pay maintenance to their families could struggle to obtain mortgages and loans, the government warned yesterday, as it published a bill to replace the troubled Child Support Agency.”

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The Guardian, 7th June 2007

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Gangs moving into environment crime – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 7th, 2007 in environmental protection, news by sally

“International crime syndicates are making fortunes out of environmental and wildlife crime, a watchdog group claims.”

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Daily Telegraph, 6th June 2007

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Lords vote to lift pension payout – BBC News

Posted June 7th, 2007 in news, pensions by sally

“The Government has failed to stop the House of Lords voting to increase the compensation given to some people whose company pension schemes have collapsed.”

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BBC News,  6th June 2007

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Government rejects legal services call despite City giants’ campaign – Legal Week

Posted June 7th, 2007 in legal services, news by sally

“The Government is set to reject key amendments to the Legal Services Bill (LSB) in a move that looks certain to stoke mounting unrest in the legal profession”

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Legal week, 7th June 2007

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Reid to unveil anti-terror plans – BBC News

Posted June 7th, 2007 in news, terrorism by sally

“Home Secretary John Reid is due to outline a series of tougher anti-terrorism measures which he hopes to win cross-party agreement on.”

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BBC News, 7th June 2007

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Lords urged to back pensions lifeboat fund – The Guardian

Posted June 6th, 2007 in news, pensions by sally

“The government could face defeat in the House of Lords today in a row over thousands of people who lost retirement savings when their companies went bust.”

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The Guardian, 6th June 2007

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Law firm fights FSA over ‘boiler rooms’ – The Times

Posted June 6th, 2007 in law firms, news by sally

“The Financial Services Authority (FSA) is locked in a court battle with a prominent firm of solicitors that it wants to fine £150,000 for alleged offences involving overseas “boiler rooms”.

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The Times, 6th June 2007

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Absent fathers face automatic fines and mandatory fees – The Times

Posted June 6th, 2007 in child support, fines, news by sally

“Errant fathers will be fined automatically if their child maintenance case ends up with the commission that replaces the Child Support Agency next year.”

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The Times, 6th June 2007

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BNP jibe at lawyer who opposed veiled judges – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 6th, 2007 in court dress, Islam, news by sally

“A barrister who argued that Muslim judges in Britain should never wear the veil in court has been accused by a fellow barrister of deploying the arguments of the British National Party.”

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Daily Telegraph, 6th June 2007

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Met reveals £750k cash for honours inquiry bill – The Guardian

Posted June 6th, 2007 in news, peerages & dignities, police by sally

“Scotland Yard revealed yesterday that the police investigation into the cash-for-honours affair has cost more than £750,000 as two key figures were bailed again in connection with the allegations.”

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The Guardian, 6th June 2007

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New concerns over right to detain travellers – The Guardian

Posted June 6th, 2007 in news, police, stop and search, terrorism by sally

“Civil liberty campaigners last night voiced fresh concerns over police and immigration counter-terrorism powers to question and detain for up to nine hours anyone travelling through a British airport, port or railway station.”

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The Guardian, 6th June 2007

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Cabinet revolt over stop and question plans – The Guardian

Posted June 6th, 2007 in news, police, terrorism by sally

“A cabinet revolt has broken out over plans to give police extensive new powers to stop and question in the counter-terrorism bill, according to a letter circulated to cabinet members by the Northern Ireland secretary, Peter Hain, and largely endorsed by the attorney general, Lord Goldsmith.”

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The Guardian, 6th June 2007

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Small firms could be stung for £1bn if tax battle is lost – The Times

Posted June 6th, 2007 in dividends, income tax, married persons, news, small businesses by sally

“Tens of thousands of small businesses could face a combined tax bill of £1 billion if the Law Lords rule in favour of the Treasury in its long-running battle against a small business owned by a married couple.”

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The Times, 6th June 2007

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New bid to tighten abortion rules – The Guardian

Posted June 5th, 2007 in abortion, news by sally

“Women seeking an abortion could be forced to receive counselling under proposals being considered at Westminster today.”

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The Guardian, 5th June 2007

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Landmark ‘husband and wife’ tax case begins in Lords – The Times

Posted June 5th, 2007 in dividends, income tax, married persons, news, small businesses by sally

“A landmark court case that will decide whether hundreds of thousands of owner-managed small businesses will face significantly higher tax bills began today in the House of Lords.”

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The Times, 5th June 2007

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Suspects ‘denied’ lawyer access – BBC News

Posted June 5th, 2007 in legal representation, news, police by sally

“Police are flouting rules to protect people in custody by denying suspects legal representation for ‘intelligence interviews’, lawyers have claimed.” 

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BBC News, 5th June 2007

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Related link: BBC Law in Action: Police ‘intelligence interviews’