Top lawyers unite in support of ‘light-touch’ third-party funding regulation – Legal Week

Posted February 14th, 2008 in costs, fees, insurance, news, third parties by sally

“The Civil Justice Council (CJC) looks set to back ‘light-touch’ regulation of the fast-emerging market for third-party dispute funding, in a move that could further usher the model into the mainstream of UK litigation.”

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Legal Week, 14th February 2008

Source: www.legalweek.com

30 health workers failed to spot murdered baby’s plight – The Guardian

Posted February 14th, 2008 in child abuse, news, social services by sally

“A baby girl who was murdered by her father had been seen by 30 health care workers, yet none of them realised she was at risk, a report has found. Jessica Randall, who died when she was 54 days old, might still be alive if signs of abuse had been properly identified, according to the findings of an inquiry by Northamptonshire’s Local SafeGuarding Children Board.”

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The Guardian, 14th February 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Rogue stockbroker William Radclyffe jailed for 15 months – The Times

Posted February 14th, 2008 in financial regulation, news, theft by sally

“An unauthorised stockbroker who stole more than £350,000 from his family and friends has been jailed for 15 months after a rare criminal prosecution by the Financial Services Authority (FSA).”

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The Times, 13th February 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Written constitution is a long way off, says Straw – The Guardian

Posted February 13th, 2008 in constitutional law, news by sally

“Britain is unlikely to have a full written constitution for at least 10 or 20 years, the justice secretary, Jack Straw, said today.”

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The Guardian, 13th February 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Attack after Kyle show ‘tragedy’ – BBC News

Posted February 13th, 2008 in domestic violence, media, news by sally

“ITV’s The Jeremy Kyle Show has been criticised after a man who found out he was not the father of his wife’s baby later pointed an air rifle at her.”

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BBC News, 13th February 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Five convicted of terror charges are freed – The Independent

Posted February 13th, 2008 in appeals, news, terrorism by sally

“Five young men jailed by a judge who said they had become ‘intoxicated’ by extremist propaganda were freed by the Court of Appeal today.”

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The Independent, 13th February 2008

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Police mistake MP3 player for gun, arrest man – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 13th, 2008 in firearms, news, police by sally

“A mechanic was arrested at gunpoint after police mistook his MP3 player for a gun.”

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Daily Telegraph, 13th February 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Newlove killer ‘considers appeal’ – BBC News

Posted February 13th, 2008 in appeals, murder, news, young offenders by sally

“One of the gang who kicked to death father-of-three Garry Newlove is considering an appeal over his sentence and conviction, his solicitor has said.”

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BBC News, 13th February 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Reducing delay in child care proceedings – Ministry of Justice

Posted February 13th, 2008 in case management, delay, family courts, press releases by sally

“New guidance for the family courts aimed at reducing unnecessary delay in the care proceedings system was published by the Ministry of Justice today.”

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Ministry of Justice, 13th February 2008

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Mortgage defaulter keeps home – The Guardian

Posted February 13th, 2008 in mortgages, news by sally

“A man who made no mortgage payments for 15 years has had the debt cancelled and been allowed to keep his home in an appeal court ruling that could encourage mortgage lenders to pursue defaulters more aggressively.”

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The Guardian, 13th February 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Betterment Properties (Weymouth) Ltd v Dorset County Council – Times Law Reports

Posted February 13th, 2008 in commons, evidence, law reports by sally

Betterment Properties (Weymouth) Ltd v Dorset County Council

Court of Appeal

“On an application to the High Court to remove from the register land which had been registered as a town or village green, the parties could adduce whatever evidence they wished, subject to the court’s exercise of its case management powers.”

The Times, 13th February 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.

In re Trinity Mirror plc and Others – Times Law Reports

Posted February 13th, 2008 in anonymity, children, law reports by sally

In re Trinity Mirror plc and Others

Court of Appeal

“The crown court had no jurisdiction to grant an injunction to restrain the publication of the name of a defendant or the nature of his convictions on the basis that his children would be harmed since such an order was not incidental to the defendant’s trial, conviction and sentence.”

The Times, 13th February 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.

Expandable Ltd and others v Rubin – WLR Daily

Posted February 13th, 2008 in disclosure, law reports, privilege by sally

Expandable Ltd and others v Rubin [2008] EWCA Civ 59; [2008] WLR (D) 42

“The words ‘he wrote to me … drawing my attention to discrepancies’ in a witness statement were sufficient to amount to mention of a document for the purposes of CPR r 31.14(1), but such mere mention did not constitute an automatic waiver of the legal professional privilege attaching to the document, so as to entitle a party to inspect it pursuant to the rule.”

WLR Daily, 12th February 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.

VHCC Letter from the Chairman of the Bar – The Bar Council

Posted February 13th, 2008 in barristers, costs, fees, press releases by sally

“The Chairman of the Bar, Tim Dutton QC, has today written to all Heads of Chambers concerning High Cost Criminal Cases. Annexed to the letter are a letter to Richard Collins and a letter to the Rt Hon Jack Straw MP, both of which were also sent today.”

Letter (PDF)

The Bar Council, 13th February 2008

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

The Public Law Outline – Judiciary of England and Wales

Posted February 13th, 2008 in case management, practice directions by sally

The Public Law Outline: Guide to Case Management in Public Law Proceedings (PDF)

Judiciary of England and Wales, 13th February 2008

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

New database increases power of surveillance over citizens – The Times

Posted February 13th, 2008 in data protection, identity cards, news by sally

“More than half the population supports the Government’s controversial identity card scheme, according to a survey for the Home Office.”

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The Times, 13th February 2008
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Recent Statutory Instruments – OPSI

Posted February 13th, 2008 in legislation by sally

The Controlled Drugs (Drug Precursors)(Community External Trade) Regulations 2008

The Controlled Drugs (Drug Precursors)(Intra-Community Trade) Regulations 2008

The Police (Promotion)(Amendment) Regulations 2008

The Immigration and Nationality (Cost Recovery Fees)(Amendment) Regulations 2008

The Government Resources and Accounts Act 2000 (Audit of Public Bodies) Order 2008

Source: www.opsi.gov.uk

Sir Paul McCartney and Heather Mills ordered to stay silent – The Times

Posted February 13th, 2008 in divorce, news, reporting restrictions by sally

“Sir Paul McCartney and Heather Mills are under a strict order from Mr Justice Bennett, the High Court judge for their divorce settlement hearing, that they risk contempt of court proceedings and fines if details of the negotiations are leaked to the media.”

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The Times, 13th February 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Home Secretary Kenneth Clarke ‘blocked Diana Squidgygate tape inquiry’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 13th, 2008 in inquests, investigatory powers, news, royal family by sally

“The former home secretary Kenneth Clarke blocked security services from launching investigations into the notorious ‘Squidgygate’ and ‘Camillagate’ tapes because of fears it would damage the reputation of MI5.”

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Daily Telegraph, 12th February 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Legal Opinion: Love is… signing on the dotted line before marriage – The Independent

Posted February 13th, 2008 in news, prenuptial agreements by sally

“Family lawyers are advising on more pre-nuptial contracts than ever before. Robert Verkaik, Law Editor, shows how couples can take early action to avoid a messy divorce.”

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The Independent, 13th February 2008

Source: www.independent.co.uk