Archive for April 29th, 2008

Sisters lose European tax battle – BBC News

“Two elderly British sisters have lost their final battle to avoid paying a massive inheritance tax bill.”

Full story

BBC News, 29th April 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Office of Fair Trading v Abbey National plc and Others – Times Law Reports

Office of Fair Trading v Abbey National plc and Others

Queen’s Bench Division

“Terms in standard form contracts between bank and customer providing for relevant charges were not exempt from assessment as to fairness.”

The Times, 29th April 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.

Secretary of State for the Home Department v British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection and another – WLR Daily

Secretary of State for the Home Department v British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection and another; [2008] WLR (D) 129

“Where a public official reasonably believed that information had been given under a statutory procedure in circumstances which gave rise at that time to a reasonable expectation of privacy, and the statute prohibited disclosure for purposes other than those to which the Act related, that information was exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.”

WLR Daily, 28th April 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.

ITV faces record £4m fine for phone-in scandal – The Guardian

“The media watchdog Ofcom plans to record a damning verdict and hand down a record seven-figure fine after a six-month investigation into premium phone line deception on some of ITV’s biggest shows.”

Full story

The Guardian, 29th April 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

MI5 accused of colluding in torture of terrorist suspects – The Guardian

“Officers of the Security Service, MI5, are being accused of ‘outsourcing’ the torture of British citizens to a notorious Pakistani intelligence agency in an attempt to obtain information about terrorist plots and to secure convictions against al-Qaida suspects.”

Full story

The Guardian, 29th April 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

‘Fear keeps you on your toes’ – The Times

” The commercial court of Mr Justice Andrew Smith was stuffed with barristers last Thursday, but one QC was the main focus of attention. The case was the challenge to bank charges that could affect every bank current account holder in Britain. At the original hearing in February, Laurence Rabinowitz represented the Royal Bank of Scotland, one of eight lenders accused of levying unfair overdraft charges. It also fell to him to put the lead argument to the court for all the banks, saying that the alternative would be to charge on every transaction.”

Full story

The Times, 29th April 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Brown warned that cannabis decision may face legal challenge – The Guardian

“Gordon Brown’s decision to overturn the advice of his own group of drug experts by pressing ahead with a tougher policy on cannabis could face a high court challenge from campaigners.”

Full story

The Guardian, 29th April 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk


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