Inheritance tax “snaring 135 homes a day” – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 24th, 2007 in inheritance tax, news by sally

“More than 135 homes a day will be trapped in the inheritance tax net over the next year, according to research by Britain’s biggest mortgage lender.”

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Daily Telegraph, 24th September 2007

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eBay “sells software that spies on your PC” – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 24th, 2007 in computer crime, news, privacy by sally

“Hacking kits, enabling criminals to break into personal email and bank accounts, are being sold on eBay, online security experts have warned. Anyone wanting to obtain private information from a computer can buy the spying software for as little as £10.”

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Daily Telegraph, 24th September 2007

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Sex offender doctors “free to treat patients” – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 24th, 2007 in doctors, news, sexual offences by sally

“Eleven doctors are still free to work in the NHS despite being convicted of sex and child pornography offences, The Daily Telegraph can reveal today.”

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Daily Telegraph, 24th September 2007

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Change to powers of attorney keep solicitors busy – The Guardian

Posted September 24th, 2007 in news, powers of attorney, solicitors by sally

“Solicitors will be working flat out this week to draw up powers of attorney for sick or elderly people before a more complex replacement costing up to 10 times as much comes into force next Monday.”

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The Guardian, 24th September 2007

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Tough new penalties come into force for driving offences – The Guardian

Posted September 24th, 2007 in news, road traffic offences by sally

“Drivers who fail to identify who was behind the wheel when a speeding offence is committed face a heavier penalty under law changes that come into force today. The clampdown on driving offences includes higher maximum fines for careless driving and refusing to stop when flagged down by police.”

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The Guardian, 24th September 2007

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Royal Mail set to close its final-salary pensions to all employees – The Times

Posted September 24th, 2007 in news, pensions, postal service by sally

“Royal Mail plans to close its final-salary pension scheme to all employees in a move that could plunge the business further into industrial turmoil.”

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The Times, 24th September 2007

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Brown lifts ban that prevented ministers from taking seat on company boards – The Times

Posted September 24th, 2007 in company directors, ministers' powers and duties, news by sally

“Gordon Brown was under pressure last night to explain why he has lifted a ban on ministers holding directorships as it emerged that his trade minister was listed on the board of a cleaning company, The Times can disclose.”

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The Times, 22nd September 2007

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Failure to save dying boy prompts call to scrap “community” police – The Times

Posted September 24th, 2007 in community support officers, news by sally

“As police chiefs publicly defended the actions of two community support officers who stood by while a ten-year-old boy drowned, calls grew from inside the force for the posts to be scrapped.”

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The Times, 22nd September 2007

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Recent Statutory Instruments – OPSI

Posted September 21st, 2007 in legislation by sally

The Import and Export Restrictions (Foot-and-Mouth Disease) (No.3) Regulations 2007

The Animal Welfare Act 2006 (Commencement No. 2 and Saving and Transitional Provisions) (England) Order 2007

The Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007 (Commencement No. 1) Order 2007

The Spring Traps Approval (Variation) (England) Order 2007

The Commons Registration (General) (Amendment) (Wales) Regulations 2007

Welfare of Animals (Slaughter or Killing) (Amendment) (Wales) Regulations 2007

The Import and Export Restrictions (Foot-And-Mouth Disease) (Wales) Regulations 2007

The Education (Recognised Bodies) (England) Order 2007

The Education (Listed Bodies) (England) Order 2007

The Road Traffic (Permitted Parking Area and Special Parking Area) (County of Worcestershire) (District of Wyre Forest) Order 2007

Source: www.opsi.gov.uk

No-win, no-fee lawyers say rising claims are just start of the deluge

Posted September 21st, 2007 in equal pay, fees, news, tribunals by sally

“Stefan Cross, the solicitor behind the rise of no-win no-fee equal-pay claims clogging the tribunal system, said yesterday that the cases against local authorities were the beginning of a deluge. The former care home worker estimates that there are 50,000 claims currently waiting to be heard at tribunal with just 25 independent experts working on them.”

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The Times, 21st September 2007

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Cautions and spot fines lead to big fall in cases reaching court – The Times

Posted September 21st, 2007 in cautions, crime, fines, news, police by sally

“Only one in eight crimes recorded by police in England and Wales ended with a suspect being charged or appearing in court, according to official figures released yesterday.”

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The Times, 21st September 2007

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Alarm at rising tide of sex-bias litigation – The Times

Posted September 21st, 2007 in equal pay, news, women by sally

“The number of women taking employers to court claiming unfair pay is rising so quickly that it has left the system unfit for purpose, according to the head of Britain’s equality watchdog.”

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The Times, 21st September 2007

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Taxman to question families over gifts that beat death tax – The Times

Posted September 21st, 2007 in gifts, inheritance tax, news, tax avoidance by sally

“The taxman has begun a crackdown on people who try to avoid the burden of inheritance tax by making gifts to friends or relatives before they die.”

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The Times, 21st September 2007

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Baroness Scotland QC: Evolving for the 21st century – Legal Week

Posted September 21st, 2007 in attorney general, special report by sally

“As legal practitioners you will be familiar to some extent with the historic role of the Attorney General, its position at the heart of our civil and criminal justice system and the absolute integrity of the rule of law.”

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Legal Week, 20th September 2007

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Court to rule on tied election – BBC News

Posted September 21st, 2007 in elections, news by sally

“The result of a local election in Burnley which ended with the winner being drawn by lots is to be decided by the High Court in London later.”

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BBC News, 21st September 2007

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Home Office denies obstructing BAE inquiry – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 21st, 2007 in corruption, fraud, news, Saudi Arabia by sally

“The Home Office has denied obstructing an investigation into allegations of corruption at arms manufacturer BAE.”

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Daily Telegraph, 21st September 2007

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600 died in custody last year, report says – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 21st, 2007 in news, prisons, statistics by sally

“As many as 600 people died in custody last year in England and Wales, a new report is expected to say.”

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Daily Telegraph, 21st September 2007

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New anti-terror jail to replace Paddington Green station – The Guardian

Posted September 21st, 2007 in news, prisons, terrorism by sally

“A new maximum security police station to hold up to 30 terrorism suspects ‘for protracted periods’ is being planned to replace the 1960s Paddington Green police station in London.”

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The Guardian, 21st September 2007

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Ministers may force through act to curb jury fraud trials – The Guardian

Posted September 21st, 2007 in fraud, news, trial without jury by sally

“The government is poised to use the Parliament Act 1949 to force through a law allowing the most complex fraud cases to be tried without a jury.”

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The Guardian, 21st September 2007

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City lawyers united on benefits of non-legal staff becoming partners – Legal Week

Posted September 20th, 2007 in law firms, news, partnerships by sally

“Ninety-three percent of lawyers agree on the potential management benefits of non-law professionals joining firm partnerships — but they remain wary of introducing multi-disciplinary models. James Illman reports on the findings of the latest Big Question survey.”

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Legal Week, 20th September 2007

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