Archive for July 7th, 2008

SFO dropped BAE inquiry over ‘national security’ concerns, law lords told – The Times

“The decision to drop the Serious Fraud Office bribery investigation into BAE Systems’ £43 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia was taken for the sake of national security and not for commercial reasons, five law lords were told today.”

Full story

The Times, 7th July 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Clerk jailed for £72m bank fraud – BBC News

“A bank clerk who tried to steal almost £72m from the HSBC bank has been jailed for nine years.”

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BBC News, 7th July 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Judge is Britain’s new top judge – The Times

“Sir Igor Judge will take over from Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers as Lord Chief Justice, head of the judiciary in England and Wales”

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The Times, 7th July 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Madeleine McCann parents drop court fight as police agree to share records – The Guardian

“Madeleine McCann’s parents today withdrew their high court request for British police to release documents about the investigation into her disappearance.”

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The Guardian, 7th July 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Molseed killer to fight sentence – BBC News

“A man who murdered a schoolgirl and dumped her body on the Yorkshire moors 30 years ago is to appeal against his life sentence.”

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BBC News, 7th July 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

City lawyers close in on New York rivals – The Times

“A record year for the City’s leading law firms saw them close the gap on their New York rivals in profitability, according to research published today.”

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The Times, 7th July 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Prisons: Ministers urged to scrap sentencing reform plans – The Guardian

“The government was today urged to abandon plans to introduce US-style sentencing grids to help ease prison overcrowding.”

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The Guardian, 7th July 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

One in three lawyers would dissuade their children from following in their footsteps – Daily Telegraph

“British professionals are so dissatisfied with their roles that one in four would discourage their children from following in their footsteps, a survey suggests.”

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Daily Telegraph, 7th July 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Planning Bill’s Lords reading promises to be another moment of truth for Labour – The Lawyer

“Labour’s controversial Planning Bill, which is aimed at speeding up the planning process for big projects such as airports and nuclear power stations, is likely to transform the role of lawyers in the planning process.”

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The Lawyer, 7th July 2008

Source: www.thelawyer.com

Recent Statutory Instruments – OPSI

The Education (Hazardous Equipment and Materials in Schools) (Removal of Restrictions on Use) (England) Regulations 2008

The Regulated Covered Bonds (Amendment) Regulations 2008

Source: www.opsi.gov.uk

BAILII: Recent Decisions

Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)

Delaney & Ors, R. v [2008] EWCA Crim 1419 (03 June 2008)

Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

Walters v Olins [2008] EWCA Civ 782 (04 July 2008)

Oriakhel v Vickers & Ors [2008] EWCA Civ 748 (04 July 2008)

A (Historic Child Abuse) v Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council [2008] EWCA Civ 783 (04 July 2008)

Gilboy, R (on the application of) v Liverpool City Council & Ors [2008] EWCA Civ 751 (02 July 2008)

Thorner v Major & Ors [2008] EWCA Civ 732 (02 July 2008)

Federation of Tour Operators & Ors, R (on the application of) v HM Treasury [2008] EWCA Civ 752 (02 July 2008)

R U (Sri Lanka) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2008] EWCA Civ 753 (02 July 2008)

High Court (Chancery Division)

Procter & Gamble UK v Revenue & Customs (including Supplemental Judgment) [2008] EWHC 1558 (Ch) (04 July 2008)

Vodafone 2 v Revenue and Customs [2008] EWHC 1569 (Ch) (04 July 2008)

French v Barcham & Anor [2008] EWHC 1505 (Ch) (04 July 2008)

High Court (Administrative Division)

A v B [2008] EWHC 1512 (Admin) (04 July 2008)

Japan Post & Ors v Revenue & Customs [2008] EWHC 1511 (Admin) (04 July 2008)

Leitao, R (on the application of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2008] EWHC 1553 (Admin) (20 June 2008)

High Court (Commercial Court)

UBS Ag & Anor v HSH Nordbank Ag [2008] EWHC 1529 (Comm) (04 July 2008)

Source: www.bailii.org

News of the World in court over Max Mosley case – The Guardian

“The News of the World is to defend itself against a privacy suit from Formula One boss Max Mosley in the High Court today.”

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The Guardian, 7th July 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

R (E) v Governing Body of JFS and Others – WLR Daily

R (E) v Governing Body of JFS and Others [2008] EWHC 1535/1536; [2008] WLR (D) 223

Faith schools which gave priority to children of their designated faith in the event of over-subscription did not directly or indirectly racially discriminate against non-members of the faith.”

WLR Daily, 4th July 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.

Regina v Rahman; Regina v Akram; Regina v Amin; Regina v Ali – Times Law Reports

Regina v Rahman; Regina v Akram; Regina v Amin; Regina v Ali

House of Lords

“The House of Lords dismissed appeals by Islamur Rahman, Kamer Akram, Anjum Nisa Amin and Liaquat Ali from the dismissal by the Court of Appeal, Criminal Division (Lord Justice Hooper, Mr Justice Gibbs and Mr Justice Roderick Evans) ( The Times March 2, 2007; [2007] 1 WLR 219) of their appeals against conviction in Leeds Crown Court (Mr Justice Wakerley and a jury) of murder.”

The Times, 7th July 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.

SFO proposes plea-bargain system for British companies – The Times

“British companies will be able to admit bribery offences in return for more lenient sentences under a plea bargain-style system to be put forward by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) this week.”

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The Times, 6th July 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Gordon Brown breaks record for new laws – Daily Telegraph

“Gordon Brown has entered the record books by introducing 2,823 new laws during his first year in office.”

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Daily Telegraph, 5th July 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

MPs accuse Washington of lying over rendition flights – The Independent

“MPs are to launch an investigation into US activities on Diego Garcia after accusing Washington of lying about extraordinary rendition flights from the British-controlled island in the Indian Ocean. They described false assurances given by the US about its use of Diego Garcia for the controversial flights as ‘deplorable’.”

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The Independent, 6th July 2008

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Sharia will ‘inevitably’ become part of British law, says barrister – Daily Telegraph

“Islamic law will ‘inevitably’ become part of the British legal system and work should start immediately on specific changes, according to a leading barrister.”

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Daily Telegraph, 4th July 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Defame academy: The libel specialists – The Independent

“When legal letters threatening action for defamation arrive in an editor’s in-tray, the names of certain lawyers can induce a queasy feeling. Robert Verkaik, our Law Editor, profiles the libel specialists.”

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The Independent, 7th July 2008

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Daily Cause List, 7th July 2008

Monday 7th July 2008

Source: www.hmcourts-service.gov.uk

Please note only the current day’s cause list will be accessible.

Medical research is ‘hindered by out-of-date laws’ – The Times

“Research into new medicines is being impaired by intellectual property laws that are no longer suited to modern science, two Nobel laureates declare today in a letter to The Times.”

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The Times, 5th July 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

‘Big Brother’ government costs us £20billion – Daily Telegraph

“The cost of Britain’s ‘surveillance society’ measures is now running at £20 billion, a new report reveals today.”

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Daily Telegraph, 7th July 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Mother of July 7 bombing victim calls for inquiry – The Independent

“A mother whose son died in the 7 July bombings in London is using today’s third anniversary of the atrocity to call for a public inquiry into the incident.”

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The Independent, 7th July 2008

Source: www.independent.co.uk

UK is sending 11,000 Mugabe refugees back – The Guardian

“Attempts by Gordon Brown to use a meeting of G8 leaders this week to campaign for tougher action against Zimbabwe are in danger of being undermined by claims that Britain is forcing as many as 11,000 Zimbabweans seeking refuge here to make a stark choice between destitution or returning home to possible torture or death. Letters obtained by The Observer show that the Home Office continues to order failed Zimbabwean asylum seekers to return home in the face of mounting violence.”

Full story

The Guardian, 6th July 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Inquiry urged into UK territory – BBC News

“MPs are urging the Foreign Office to launch an inquiry into the running of a British territory in the Caribbean.”

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BBC News, 6th July 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Related link: FAC Seventh Report vol. 1 and vol. 2 (PDF)

Max Mosley’s case is the frontline in a legal battle for freedom of expression – The Independent

“The case that could define the future freedom of the British press contains some of the key ingredients of a Whitehall farce: a seemingly respectable middle-aged man caught with his pants down, drinking tea and chattering away to scantily clad women in the language of the sitcom ‘Allo ‘Allo!: ‘Zey need more of ze punishment, I zink.'”

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The Independent, 7th July 2008

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Hundreds of innocent people ‘wrongly branded criminals’, by CRB checks – Daily Telegraph

“Hundreds of innocent people have been wrongly branded as criminals by the Government agency set up to vet people working with children, The Daily Telegraph can disclose.”

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Daily Telegraph, 5th July 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Asylum-seekers are sent back to Darfur – The Independent

“The ban on deporting asylum-seekers back to Darfur has been lifted by the Government despite warnings of widespread murder and torture of dissidents in the Sudanese region.”

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The Independent, 7th July 2008

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Convictions for rape a postcode lottery, says equality group – The Guardian

“Rape victims face a ‘postcode lottery’ when it comes to getting their attackers punished, with women in some areas almost five times more likely to secure convictions than in others, campaigners said yesterday.”

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The Guardian, 7th July 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

14,000 knife victims a year – The Independent

“Knife violence in Britain is far worse than official statistics suggest, with almost 14,000 people taken to hospital for injuries caused by knives and other sharp weapons last year.”

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The Independent, 6th July 2008

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Schoolgirl’s fight for passport – BBC News

“A 16-year-old schoolgirl is unable to leave the country, open a bank account or get a job – because she does not officially ‘exist’.”

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BBC News, 5th July 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

How much will we be able to rely on supermarkets’ own-brand lawyers? – The Guardian

“So-called ‘Tesco Law’ – legal services from consumer brand names offering an alternative to the high-street solicitor – is already available through Which?, the Halifax and the Co-op, but critics question the quality of advice available. Jon Robins investigates.”

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The Guardian, 6th July 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Overcharged British Airways and Virgin Atlantic passengers to claim compensation – The Times

“Millions of Britons who flew across the Atlantic between two and four years ago are being invited to claim a share of more than £70 million that has been ordered to be handed over to them.”

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The Times, 5th July 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Police marksmen dubbed ‘serial killer’ gets compensation – Daily Telegraph

“A police marksman, who has shot dead several armed gunmen, has been awarded £5,000 in damages after a senior Scotland Yard officer jokingly called him a ‘serial killer’.”

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Daily Telegraph, 6th July 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Feel free to run wild in your garden, says judge – The Times

“What constitutes a garden and gardening has been redefined by a judge who ruled that chopping down a swath of trees can count as weeding rather than forestry.”

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The Times, 5th July 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Former member of Islamist group barred from becoming solicitor – The Guardian

“A former member of a radical Islamist group who was an Amnesty prisoner of conscience and who now works for an anti-extremist Muslim thinktank has been refused permission to train as a lawyer. The decision was attacked yesterday as ‘McCarthyite’ by a senior lawyer and human rights campaigner.”

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The Guardian, 7th July 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Cherie Blair: A call to action on knife crime – Daily Telegraph

“Cherie Blair QC, chair of the Street Weapons Commission, on the truth about gang violence and what can be done to bring it under control.”

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Daily Telegraph, 6th July 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Youth Justice Board’s future in doubt over failure to reduce crime – The Independent

“The future of the Youth Justice Board, one of the central elements of Tony Blair’s penal policy, is in serious doubt as the Government rethinks its strategy on youth crime.”

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The Independent, 6th July 2008

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Top barristers battle over BAE Systems arms deal with Saudi Arabia – The Times

“Two of Britain’s highest-paid and most sought after QCs will go head to head during the Serious Fraud Office’s appeal against a High Court ruling that it unlawfully halted its investigation into the BAE Systems arms deal with Saudi Arabia. ”

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The Times, 7th July 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Podcast 64: With John Hirst – author of Jailhouse Lawyer’s blog and Podcast 65: The right of prisoners to vote with Carl Gardner – Charon QC

“Today I am talking to John Hirst, author of the Jailhouse Lawyer’s blog. John has spent 35 of his 57 years in prison.

John was sent to prison for life after being convicted of the manslaughter of his landlady, in 1979. ‘He received a tariff of 15 years, but served a total of 25 before being released in October last year. He believes his activities as a litigant against the Prison Service and Home Office are the main reason he had to serve the extra years. John proved to be the most prolific prisoner litigant of modern times – and, he says, like Perry Mason and Rumpole of the Bailey, he never lost a case against the Prison Service.’ ”

Listen to Podcast 64: With John Hirst – author of Jailhouse Lawyer’s blog

“Today I am talking to Carl Gardner, author of the Head of Legal blog, barrister, former government lawyer and commentator on Human Rights Law, about the case of Hirst v United Kingdom No (2) heard at the ECHR in 2005.

Yesterday, I did a podcast with John Hirst, author of the Jailhouse Lawyer blog about his experience of prison life and during that conversation we talked about John’s case against the British government about the right of prisoners to vote – which he won.

Carl Gardner analyses the Hirst case and we talk about the practical implications of the judgment. We also talk about Lord Phillip’s attitude to Sharia Law and his support for Dr Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury.”

Listen to Podcast 65: The right of prisoners to vote with Carl Gardner

Source: www.charonqc.wordpress.com

“Charon QC” is the blogging pseudonym of Mike Semple Piggot, editor of insitelaw newswire.

Blogger wins right to free speech – The Guardian

“A blogger who faced charges of intimidation in cyberspace has won a legal judgment that anti-censorship campaigners claimed this weekend will protect freedom of expression across the worldwide web.”

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The Guardian, 6th July 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Technology to tackle prison drugs – BBC News

“A report is to be published into ways of preventing drugs being smuggled into prisons in England and Wales.”

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BBC News, 7th July 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

BBC admits error in broadcasting fatal Jerusalem shooting on 10pm news – The Guardian

“The BBC has admitted it was wrong to broadcast during its 10pm news bulletin the graphic footage of a man being shot dead in Jerusalem.”

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The Guardian, 4th July 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk


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