Divorcees may have assets taken to fund an ex-spouse’s debts – The Times

Posted May 10th, 2007 in bankruptcy, divorce, news by sally

“Thousands of divorcees risk seeing their assets plundered to meet their former spouses’ debts after a landmark ruling that they are no longer protected from his or her creditors when they split.”

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The Times, 10th May 2007

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Judges are told to cut jail terms for thieves – The Times

Posted May 10th, 2007 in news, prisons, sentencing by sally

“Thousands of petty criminals and thieves will avoid jail under Government plans proposed yesterday to ease the overcrowding crisis engulfing prisons.”

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The Times, 10th May 2007

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Easing e-discovery? – The Times

Posted May 10th, 2007 in disclosure by sally

“Large-scale corporate litigation usually means a blizzard of documentation. With the increasingly complex nature of globalised business, this can mean hundreds of thousands of documents and millions of pages. But fortunately – just as things seemed to be becoming unmanageable – salvation appeared in the shape of technology to enable lawyers to store, sort and select what was relevant.”

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The Times, 9th May 2007

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Lords backs Bar Council on latest Bill amendments – Legal Week

Posted May 9th, 2007 in complaints, legal profession, legal services, news by sally

“The Bar Council has scored another victory in the House of Lords after peers yesterday (8 May) voted in favour of two further amendments to the Legal Services Bill.”

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Legal Week, 9th May 2007

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Penal policy – a background paper – Ministry of Justice

Posted May 9th, 2007 in Ministry of Justice, prisons, sentencing by sally

“The creation of a Ministry of Justice gives us an opportunity to deliver on our objectives of protecting the public, reducing re-offending and sense in sentencing. This paper outlines how an effective penal policy will protect the public and reduce re-offending.”

Penal policy – a background paper (PDF)

Ministry of Justice, 9th May 2007

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Justice – a new approach – Ministry of Justice

Posted May 9th, 2007 in Ministry of Justice by sally

“The Ministry of Justice is a new institution with a new approach. The Ministry of Justice starts life from a simple premise – the justice system is here to serve the public. We must give the public the system it deserves. ‘Justice – a new approach’ sets out how we aim to achieve this.”

Justice – a new approach (PDF)

Ministry of Justice, 9th May 2007

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

MoJ criticised on first day of opening – The Lawyer

Posted May 9th, 2007 in Ministry of Justice, news by sally

“Criticism has been thrown at the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) within hours of it opening its doors for the first time today (9 May).”

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The Lawyer, 9th May 2007

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Single mother launches CSA test case – The Times

Posted May 9th, 2007 in child support, news by sally

“A single mother who blames the loss of her home on the incompetence of the Child Support Agency (CSA) brought a test compensation claim yesterday that could affect thousands of families.”

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The Times, 9th May 2007

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Regina (Main) v Minister for Legal Aid

Posted May 9th, 2007 in law reports, legal aid by sally

Minister’s legal aid refusal wrong

Regina (Main) v. Minister for Legal Aid

Queen’s Bench Division

“The refusal by the Minister of Legal Aid to authorise exceptional funding for the family of two victims of the Ufton Nervet train crash to be represented at the coroner’s inquest was flawed by her failure to recognise that the issues were not only of wide public interest but also a potential benefit for members of the public.”

The Times, 9th May 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

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Regina v C; Regina v Bartley; Regina v Baldrey; Regina v Price; Regina v Broad – Times Law Reports

Posted May 9th, 2007 in law reports, sentencing by sally

Reflecting overall criminality

Regina v. C; Regina v. Bartley; Regina v. Baldrey; Regina v. Price; Regina v. Broad

Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)

“Where it was appropriate to make an extended sentence consecutive, and one of the sentences was a determinate sentence, that sentence should be imposed first and the extended sentence expressed to be consecutive.”

The Times, 9th May 2007

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Regina (Dost Mohammed) v Secretary of State for Defence – Times Law Reports

Posted May 9th, 2007 in armed forces, law reports, prisoners of war, race discrimination by sally

Discrimination by nationality is not racial bias

Regina (Dost Mohammed) v. Secretary of State for Defence 

Court of Appeal

“The British Government’s scheme in 2000 for making ex gratia single payments of £10,000 to each surviving member of five specified categories of persons who had been imprisoned by the Japanese during the Second World War, or their surviving spouses, did not unlawfully discriminate against a Pakistani citizen, captured and imprisoned while serving in the Indian Army, who could not meet the criteria set out in the scheme.”

The Times, 9th May 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

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Prudential Assurance Co. Ltd. v. PRG Powerhouse Ltd. and others; Luctor Ltd. v. PRG Powerhouse Ltd. and others – WLR Daily

Posted May 9th, 2007 in guarantees, insolvency, law reports by sally

Prudential Assurance Co. Ltd. v. PRG Powerhouse Ltd. and others; Luctor Ltd. v. PRG Powerhouse Ltd. and others [2007] EWHC 1002 (Ch)

“A company voluntary arrangement which contained terms releasing guarantees given by the defendant’s parent company to the claimant creditors, unfairly prejudiced the claimants within the meaning of s 6(1)(a) of the Insolvency Act 1986.”

WLR Daily, 1st May 2007

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.

The new Home Office: Protecting the public, securing our future – Home Office

Posted May 9th, 2007 in government departments, news by sally

“The division of the Home Office culminates an extraordinary programme of reform and change initiated by Home Secretary John Reid shortly after he took over running the department last year.”

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Home Office, 9th May 2007

Source: www.homeoffice.gov.uk

Clerks back CPD but shun pupil pay – The Lawyer

Posted May 9th, 2007 in barristers' clerks, news by sally

“The recent Institute of Barristers’ Clerks (IBC) conference placed education at the top of the agenda as clerks look to increase professionalism.”

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The Lawyer, 8th May 2007

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Barristers enticed to take English common law expertise overseas – The Lawyer

Posted May 9th, 2007 in barristers, news by sally

“Three of England’s high-profile barristers have decided to make the move to British Overseas Territories within the past month.”

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The Lawyer, 8th May 2007

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Justice ministry faces jails crisis as Home Office splits in two – The Guardian

Posted May 9th, 2007 in government departments, Ministry of Justice, news, prisons by sally

“Britain’s first Ministry of Justice emerges today out of the rubble of the “not fit for purpose” Home Office to face a mounting prison crisis with prisoner numbers in England and Wales hitting a new record.”

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The Guardian, 9th May 2007

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Government unit saves 11-year-old from forced marriage in Dhaka – The Guardian

Posted May 9th, 2007 in Bangladesh, forced marriages, news by sally

“The government’s forced marriage unit has rescued an 11-year-old British girl whose parents married her to a Bangladeshi man in Dhaka, it has emerged.”

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The Guardian, 9th May 2007

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New rules on terror leaks urged – BBC News

Posted May 9th, 2007 in civil servants, news, police, terrorism by sally

“Officials and police should be subject to new rules covering media briefings on anti-terrorism investigations, human rights organisation Liberty has said.” 

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BBC News, 8th May 2007

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Restructured Home Office splits – BBC News

Posted May 9th, 2007 in government departments, Ministry of Justice, news by sally

“A restructured Home Office is to begin operating, with the Ministry of Justice taking control of prisons, probation and sentencing.” 

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BBC News, 8th May 2007

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Riverside Housing Association Ltd v White and Another – Times Law Reports

Posted May 8th, 2007 in law reports, rent by sally

Reasonable notice is required for rent rise in wrong month

Riverside Housing Association Ltd. v. White and Another

House of Lords

“A tenancy agreement issued by a housing association stating that the rent would be increased annually with effect from the first Monday of June each year did not prevent the landlord from increasing the rent from a date after the first Monday in June, provided appropriate notice was given to the tenants.”

The Times, 7th May 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

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