Senior judge hits out at knife culture – Reuters

Posted April 27th, 2007 in gangs, news, young offenders by sally

“A senior judge has criticised the growing knife culture for causing ‘death and devastation’ as he sentenced a teenager for the fatal stabbing of a 15-year-old boy on a south London estate.”

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Reuters, 27th April 2007

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BBC wins battle to withhold Middle East report – The Times

Posted April 27th, 2007 in freedom of information, media, news by sally

“The BBC has won a High Court bid to overturn an information tribunal’s decision that gave a member of the public access to an internal report on the corporations’ [sic] Middle East coverage.”

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The Times, 27th April 2007

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Judge attacks ‘time-wasting’ bank – BBC News

Posted April 27th, 2007 in banking, costs, news by sally

“A judge has ordered Lloyds TSB to pay the costs of a customer who sued for the return of overdraft fees, because the bank had wasted the court’s time.” 

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BBC News, 27th April 2007

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Priory to offer stressed lawyers executive rehab – Legal Week

Posted April 27th, 2007 in news by sally

“Stressed-out lawyers are the target of a new initiative from mental healthcare body The Priory Group, best known for providing up-market rehab facilities for celebrities.”

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Legal Week, 27th April 2007

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Conviction rate falls to 11% in cases of construction deaths – The Times

Posted April 27th, 2007 in health & safety, news by sally

“Convictions of companies for construction site deaths have fallen by 75 per cent, although the number of building workers being killed has risen, according to a study for Ucatt, the construction union.”

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The Times, 27th April 2007

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MPs to debate info exemption bid – BBC News

Posted April 27th, 2007 in freedom of information, news, parliament by sally

“Debate on the controversial bill to exempt MPs from freedom of information laws has been delayed until May.” 

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BBC News, 27th April 2007

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UK terror suspects win key ruling – BBC News

Posted April 27th, 2007 in human rights, immigration, Libya, news, terrorism by sally

“Two Libyan terror suspects have won an appeal against deportation from the UK in a major defeat for the government.” 

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BBC News, 27th April 2007

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Know your chambers: A closer inspection – Legal Week

Posted April 27th, 2007 in barristers, news by sally

“The traditional Chancery versus commercial divide is narrower than ever – meaning research into each chambers is essential to understand their specialisms, says Dominic Carman.”

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Legal Week, 26th April 2007

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Sky is abusing its position to destroy us, says Virgin – The Guardian

Posted April 27th, 2007 in competition, media, news by sally

“Cable TV operator Virgin Media has accused Rupert Murdoch’s BSkyB of trying to weaken and eventually eliminate it with anti-competitive behaviour, according to high court papers filed against the satellite broadcaster.”

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The Guardian, 27th April 2007

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A new lease of life – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted April 27th, 2007 in landlord & tenant, solicitors by sally

“Major changes are afoot in Landlord and Tenant work – whether it is residential or commercial, writes Grania Langdon-Down.” 

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Law Society’s Gazette, 26th April 2007

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Claimant PI lawyers hail Falconer plan – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted April 27th, 2007 in news, personal injuries, small claims by sally

“Lord Falconer stunned lawyers last week by unexpectedly announcing that the small claims limit for personal injury cases would remain unchanged.” 

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Law Society’s Gazette, 26th April 2007

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Derbyshire and Others v St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council (Equal Opportunities Commission and Others, intervening) – Times Law Reports

Posted April 27th, 2007 in equal pay, law reports, sex discrimination, victimisation by sally

Employer’s letters were victimisation

Derbyshire and Others v. St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council (Equal Opportunities Commission and Others, intervening)

House of Lords

“Letters sent by an employer to employees warning them of the consequences if they persisted with equal pay claims had gone further than was reasonable in protecting the employer’s interests in the litigation and had amounted to victimisation under the Sex Discrimination Act 1975.”

The Times, 27th April 2007

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.

Regina v. Krivec – Times Law Reports

Posted April 27th, 2007 in law reports, sentencing by sally

Justified leniency is to be commended 

Regina v. Krivec (Attorney General’s Reference No. 8 of 2007)

Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)

“Judges should not refrain from imposing on a defendant the sentence considered appropriate because of apprehension that that might cause the Attorney-General to challenge it as unduly lenient. Leniency where the facts justified it was to be commended, not challenged.”

The Times, 27th April 2007

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.

Court staff reject ‘postcode’ pay offer – The Times

Posted April 27th, 2007 in news, remuneration by sally

“Court staff have rejected plans to introduce a “divisive” pay system that union leaders said would lead to workers earning different amounts of money across England and Wales.”

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The Times, 27th April 2007

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Home seller packs ‘will lead to £250m waste’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 27th, 2007 in home information packs, news by sally

“Home inspectors could make up to £250 million a year on producing packs that never get used, causing huge waste for home owners trying to sell their homes, according to the Law Society.”

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Daily Telegraph, 26th April 2007

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Woolf warning on justice funds – The Times

Posted April 27th, 2007 in Ministry of Justice, news by sally

“The former Lord Chief Justice, Lord Woolf, gave warning that the new ministry of justice could become a ‘backwater’ if its budget were not ring-fenced.”

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The Times, 27th April 2007

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BAILII: Recent decisions

Posted April 26th, 2007 in law reports by sally

Court of Appeal (Civil Division) 

Andealon International Proprietary Ltd. v. London Borough of Merton [2007] EWCA Civ 362 (25 April 2007)

Straker v. Tudor Rose (a firm) [2007] EWCA Civ 368 (25 April 2007)

Unilin Beheer BV v. Berry Floor NV & Ors [2007] EWCA Civ 364 (25 April 2007)

Hunt v. Soady [2007] EWCA Civ 366 (26 April 2007)

Ishtiaq v. Secretary of State for the Home Department [2007] EWCA Civ 386 (26 April 2007)

Secretary of State for the Home Department v. Latif [2007] EWCA Civ 385 (26 April 2007)

Smith v. Southampton University Hospital NHS [2007] EWCA Civ 387 (26 April 2007)

Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)

Currie, R v [2007] EWCA Crim 926 (26 April 2007)

High Court (Administrative Court)

Vicarage Gate Ltd v First Secretary of State [2007] EWHC 768 (Admin) (26 April 2007)

Hilali v Governor of HMP Whitemoor & Ors [2007] EWHC 939 (Admin) (25 April 2007)

High Court (Commercial Court)

Wasa International Insurance Company Ltd. v Lexington Insurance Co [2007] EWHC 896 (Com) (25 April 2007)

High Court (Queen’s Bench Division)

Curistan v Times Newspapers Ltd [2007] EWHC 926 (QB) (25 April 2007)

Source: www.bailii.org

Wright witnesses in legal move – BBC News

Posted April 26th, 2007 in anonymity, news, witnesses by sally

“Five witnesses at the Billy Wright murder inquiry have won a legal battle for anonymity.” 

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BBC News, 26th April 2007

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IP crimes Directive approved by European Parliament – OUT-LAW.com

Posted April 26th, 2007 in EC law, intellectual property, news by sally

“A controversial Directive which criminalises intellectual property violations in Europe was approved yesterday by the European Parliament but does not include its most controversial element, the criminalising of patent infringement.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 26th April 2007

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October rule change won’t be a data protection crisis, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

Posted April 26th, 2007 in data protection, news by sally

“A data protection ‘crisis’ predicted by some experts has been overblown, and the law change behind it will affect only a very few organisations, according to a leading data protection expert.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 26th April 2007

Source: www.out-law.com