Is sex on the beach legal? – BBC News Magazine

Posted September 2nd, 2008 in outraging public decency, sexual offences, special report by sally

“Two Britons have appeared in court in Dubai after allegedly having sex on a beach in the Muslim emirate. What would happen if a couple got frisky on a beach in the UK?”

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BBC News Magazine, 2nd September 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Action over ‘indecent’ Jesus art – BBC News

Posted September 2nd, 2008 in artistic works, news, outraging public decency by sally

“A Christian group is taking an art centre to court, claiming it displayed an indecent statue of Jesus Christ.”

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BBC News, 2nd September 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

House of Lords has south-east bias, says report – The Guardian

Posted September 2nd, 2008 in news, parliament by sally

“The House of Lords, whose members once formed a roll-call of the shires of Britain, is now ‘unacceptably dominated’ by peers who live in London and the south-east of England, according to a new report.”

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The Guardian, 2nd September 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Civil Procedure Rules – 47th Update – The Bar Council

Posted September 2nd, 2008 in civil procedure rules, news by sally

“The latest Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) are due to come into force fully on 1 October 2008. There are changes in a large number of areas.”

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The Bar Council, 2nd September 2008

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

New Criminal Bar Chairman calls for fresh focus on training – The Bar Council

Posted September 2nd, 2008 in barristers, legal education, news by sally

“Peter Lodder QC, who starts work as Chairman of the Criminal Bar Association today (1st September), has called for improvements to the way in which potential barristers are trained.”

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The Bar Council, 1st September 2008

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Government sets out tougher community work for offenders – Ministry of Justice

Posted September 2nd, 2008 in community service, news, sentencing by sally

“Steps to further toughen up [sic] the demanding physical work offenders carry out on community payback were outlined today (1st September) by Justice Minister David Hanson.”

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Ministry of Justice, 1st September 2008

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

BAILII: Recent Decisions

Posted September 2nd, 2008 in law reports by sally

Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

Attorney General of Zambia v Meer Care & Desai (A Firm) & Ors [2008] EWCA Civ 1007 (31 July 2008)

High Court (Chancery Division)

Dayman v Lawrence Graham (a firm) [2008] EWHC 2036 (Ch) (28 August 2008)

High Court (Family Division)

Stodgell v Stodgell [2008] EWHC 1925 (Fam) (18 July 2008)

M v F & Ors [2008] EWHC 2049 (Fam) (20 August 2008)

Source: www.bailii.org

Field Common Ltd v Elmbridge Borough Council – WLR Daily

Posted September 2nd, 2008 in damages, injunctions, law reports, trespass by sally

Field Common Ltd v Elmbridge Borough Council [2008] EWHC 2079 (Ch); [2008] WLR (D) 298

“The correct approach to the assessment of damages on a landowner’s claim against a council in respect of its tenants’ trespasses was the hypothetical negotiation approach, based on what the council would have paid on a hypothetical negotiation between the claimant and the council for the grant to the council of the necessary rights.”

WLR Daily, 1st September 2008

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

R v M – WLR Daily

Posted September 2nd, 2008 in contempt of court, law reports, proceeds of crime, restraint orders by sally

R v M; [2008] WLR (D) 297

“Where a defendant in criminal proceedings was said to have breached a restraint order, imposed under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, by making certain prohibited transactions a judge of the Crown Court had jurisdiction to try an application made by the prosecution for the defendant to be committed for contempt.”

WLR Daily, 1st September 2008

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

R v B and others – WLR Daily

Posted September 2nd, 2008 in codefendants, criminal procedure, fitness to plead, juries, law reports by sally

R v B and others: [2008] WLR (D) 296

“Where one of several defendants in the same criminal proceedings became unfit to stand trial before a jury had been empanelled there was nothing in principle to prevent a single empanelled jury subsequently proceeding to hear the trial of all the defendants, although in the case of the unfit defendant the jury would now be looking to the question whether he had committed the actus reus of the relevant offence.”

WLR Daily, 1st September 2008

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Maco Door and Window Hardware (UK) Ltd v Revenue and Customs Commissioners – Times Law Reports

Posted September 2nd, 2008 in capital allowances, corporation tax, law reports, warehousing by sally

Maco Door and Window Hardware (UK) Ltd v Revenue and Customs Commissioners

House of Lords

“Expenditure on a warehouse which was used for storage of goods which the taxpayer was in the business of importing and selling was not expenditure on an industrial building so as to qualify under section 18 of the Capital Allowances Act 1990.”

The Times, 2nd September 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Please note the Times Law Reports are only available free on Times Online for 21 days from the date of publication.

Asian officer loses racial bias case against Met – The Independent

Posted September 2nd, 2008 in news, police, race discrimination by sally

“One of the two senior Asian officers suing the Metropolitan Police for racial discrimination has lost his claim after alleging that a ‘golden circle’ of white officers had been chosen to run Britain’s largest force.”

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The Independent, 2nd September 2008

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Britons ‘passive against crime’ – BBC News

Posted September 2nd, 2008 in crime, criminal justice, news by sally

“British people are the least likely in Europe to be ‘have-a-go heroes’ and get involved if they witness a crime, research from a think tank claims.”

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BBC News, 2nd September 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Is Helen Mirren right about date rape? – The Independent

Posted September 2nd, 2008 in news, rape, special report by sally

“The actress stepped into a political and social minefield when she claimed date rape should not be a matter for the courts. Paul Vallely examines an issue which raises divisive issues of women’s rights and personal responsibility.”

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The Independent, 2nd September 2008

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Charity Nacro in bid to run two new prisons – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 2nd, 2008 in news, prisons by sally

“Nacro, which attempts to cut crime by finding practical work for offenders, has formed a consortium with the private security firm G4S, a drugs charity and a construction company, its chief executive Paul Cavadino has confirmed.”

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Daily Telegraph, 2nd September 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Hacker appeals to home secretary – BBC News

Posted September 2nd, 2008 in computer crime, extradition, news by sally

“Lawyers for a Briton accused of hacking into secret military and Nasa computers are asking the home secretary to ensure he is not jailed in the US.”

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BBC News, 1st September 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Schizophrenic guilty of murder – BBC News

Posted September 1st, 2008 in mental health, murder, news by sally

“A paranoid schizophrenic has been found guilty of murdering a father-of-three who was stabbed more than 80 times.”

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BBC News, 1st September 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Information can sometimes be destroyed after being requested under FOI – OUT-LAW.com

Posted September 1st, 2008 in freedom of information, news by sally

“Public authorities can destroy information after a Freedom of Information request for it has been made, the privacy regulator has said.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 1st September 2008

Source: www.out-law.com

Mother sues hospital over caesarian birth without pain relief – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 1st, 2008 in birth, hospitals, news, personal injuries by sally

“Sarah Carberry, 27, was given an epidural injection but claims it failed to work and she suffered 40 minutes of agony.”

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Daily Telegraph, 1st September 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Selina Scott to sue Channel Five for age discrimination – The Guardian

Posted September 1st, 2008 in age discrimination, media, news by sally

“Selina Scott is set to sue Channel Five, claiming she was lined up as maternity cover for Natasha Kaplinsky on Five News but was discriminated against for being too old.”

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The Guardian, 1st September 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk