Anti-terror laws used to spy on family – The Independent

Posted April 11th, 2008 in education, investigatory powers, news, privacy by sally

“A family who were wrongly suspected of lying on a school application form have discovered that their local council used anti-terrorism surveillance powers to spy on them.”

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The Independent, 11th April 2008

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Regulator backs use of DNA technique in court cases – The Guardian

Posted April 11th, 2008 in DNA, news by sally

“Tiny samples of DNA evidence are safe to use in criminal prosecutions, in spite of recent concern from the police and the judiciary that the technique is flawed, the forensic science regulator has ruled.”

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The Guardian, 11th April 2008

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Blow for MoD as judge rules soldiers have battlefield rights – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 11th, 2008 in armed forces, human rights, news by sally

“The Ministry of Defence has been dealt a groundbreaking legal defeat by a High Court judge who ruled soldiers’ human rights must be protected on the battlefield.”

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The Daily Telegraph, 11 April 2008

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High Court rejects MoD attempt to ‘gag’ outspoken coroners over defence failures – The Times

Posted April 11th, 2008 in armed forces, coroners, news by sally

“The Government suffered its second important legal defeat in 24 hours today when a High Court judge rejected an attempt by Des Browne, the Defence Secretary, to ban coroners using phrases such as “serious failure” in their verdicts on dead soldiers.”

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The Times, 11th April 2008

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Non-partner solicitors could face insurance bill – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted April 11th, 2008 in insurance, law firms, news, solicitors by sally

“A group of solicitors who were employed by a firm which has since gone into liquidation could find themselves being pursued for a contribution towards an unpaid insurance premium of £834,000 – despite the fact that they were not partners in the firm.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 10th April 2008

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‘No one is entitled to interfere with the course of our justice’ – The Guardian

Posted April 11th, 2008 in bribery, corruption, criminal justice, law reports, news, Saudi Arabia by sally

“Eighteen months after the Serious Fraud Office abandoned the BAE inquiry, two high court judges yesterday ruled the decision unlawful in a judgment that was stinging in its criticism of both the SFO and the British government for caving in to pressure from Saudi Arabia. The legal action was brought by the anti-bribery pressure group Corner House Research and the Campaign Against Arms Trade. Here are edited extracts from the summary judgment published yesterday.”

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The Guardian, 11th April 2008

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Refugee in High Court fight for NHS care – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 11th, 2008 in asylum, medical treatment, news by sally

“A failed asylum seeker is challenging regulations that prevent him receiving free treatment from the NHS.”

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The Daily Telegraph, 11th April 2008

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University offers combined ‘British law’ degree – The Lawyer

Posted April 11th, 2008 in legal education, news, universities by sally

“The University of Dundee is introducing a bachelors law degree enabling dual-qualification in Scots and English & Welsh law. From September 2008 students will be able to study all of the subjects required by each of the respective local Law Societies.”

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The Lawyer, 10th April 2008

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Carolyn McCall quits Tesco over Guardian libel action – The Times

Posted April 11th, 2008 in defamation, news by sally

“Carolyn McCall, the chief executive of Guardian Media Group, has resigned from the board of Tesco because of the supermarket’s pending libel suit against the company’s flagship newspaper.”

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The Times, 11th April 2008

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M&S takes biscuit: teacakes cost Treasury £3.5m – The Independent

Posted April 11th, 2008 in news, VAT by sally

“The humble chocolate teacake cost the Treasury £3.5 million today. That’s the price of a VAT mistake which classified Marks & Spencer teacakes as chocolate biscuits.”

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The Independent, 10th April 2008

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Fraudster jailed after claiming £85,000 for non-existent children – The Guardian

Posted April 11th, 2008 in benefits, fraud, news by sally

“A fraudster was jailed today for claiming more than £85,000 in tax credits for 16 non-existent children.

David Wilshaw, 58, was jailed for 20 months at Bristol crown court for masterminding the scam to claim child tax benefits over four years.”

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The Guardian, 10th April 2008

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‘Spitting vicar’ ordered to leave parish – The Independent

Posted April 11th, 2008 in Church of England, clergy, news by sally

“A Church of England vicar accused of intimidating and spitting at parishioners was ordered to vacate his post by his bishop today.”

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The Independent, 10th April 2008

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SFO ‘acted unlawfully’ by dropping BAE probe – The Times

Posted April 10th, 2008 in bribery, news, Saudi Arabia by sally

“The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) ‘acted unlawfully’ when it dropped an investigation into bribery and corruption in arms deals between BAE systems, Europe’s largest defence company, and Saudi Arabia, the High Court ruled today.”

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The Times, 10th April 2008

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TV presenter wins damages for affair reports – The Independent

Posted April 10th, 2008 in defamation, news by sally

“GMTV presenter Kate Garraway accepted substantial undisclosed libel damages today over allegations that she betrayed her husband by having an affair with Strictly Come Dancing partner Anton Du Beke.”

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The Independent, 10th April 2008

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One lord leaping on the government’s IT flaws – The Guardian

Posted April 10th, 2008 in computer crime, internet, news by sally

“Lord Erroll, Secretary to the All Party Internet Group in the Lords, is a leading light in the movement to protect our security online.”

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The Guardian, 10th April 2008

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NHS migrant rules face legal bid – BBC News

Posted April 10th, 2008 in immigration, medical treatment, news by sally

“Rules banning some migrants in England from NHS treatment are to be challenged in the High Court.”

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BBC News, 9th April 2008

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Life for Gulf War veteran David Bradley, who shot dead four of his family – The Times

Posted April 10th, 2008 in homicide, mental health, news, sentencing by sally

” A Gulf War veteran who killed four members of his family was jailed yesterday after a court heard how he ‘freaked out’ on a hot summer’s night.”

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The Times, 10th April 2008

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LSC and Law Society strike up unified legal aid contract – Legal Week

Posted April 10th, 2008 in contracts, legal aid, news, solicitors by sally

“The Law Society has resolved a long-running dispute with the Legal Services Commission (LSC) over the new unified contract for legal aid, after the LSC dropped a threat to usher in an entirely new contract.”

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Legal Week, 10th April 2008

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Judges rule in Saudi arms inquiry – BBC News

Posted April 10th, 2008 in corruption, judicial review, news, Saudi Arabia by sally

“The findings of a judicial review into the dropping of a corruption inquiry into BAE Systems’ Saudi arms deals will be revealed on Thursday.”

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BBC News, 9th April 2008

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Osama bin Laden’s ‘right-hand man’ Abu Qatada wins deportation fight – The Times

Posted April 10th, 2008 in deportation, news, terrorism by sally

“Abu Qatada, described as ‘Osama bin Laden’s right-hand man in Europe’, won his fight against deportation yesterday as the Court of Appeal delivered two blows to attempts to remove suspected terrorists from the country. Three judges blocked the deportation of Abu Qatada despite a ‘no torture’ guarantee given to the British Government by Jordan.”

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The Times, 10th April 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk