Archive for September 1st, 2009

Recent Statutory Instruments – OPSI

The M62 and M606 Motorways (Chain Bar Roundabout) (Car Share Lane) Regulations 2009

The Houses in Multiple Occupation (Specified Educational Establishments) (England) Regulations 2009

The Identity Cards Act 2006 (Commencement No. 3) Order 2009

The General Chiropractic Council (Registration) (Amendment) Rules Order of Council 2009

The Aviation Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Scheme Regulations 2009

The Smoke Control Areas (Exempted Fireplaces) (England) (No.3) Order 2009

Source: www.opsi.gov.uk

Baylis urges change in patent law – BBC News

“One of Britain’s best-known inventors is urging a change in the law to strengthen protection against those who try to steal ideas.”

Full story

BBC News, 1st September 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

ICO publishes guidance on some exemptions from FOI requests – OUT-LAW.com

“The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), which oversees compliance with the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act, has published guidance on what information local authorities can and cannot release.”

Full story

OUT-LAW.com, 1st September 2009

Source: www.out-law.com

Solicitor claims council guilty of Dunkirk veteran’s manslaughter – Daily Telegraph

“A solicitor is prosecuting a council for the alleged manslaughter of a Dunkirk veteran, who died two weeks after being told his care home was to be closed.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 1st September 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

‘Very dangerous’ serial sex predator jailed indefinitely – The Independent

“A ‘very dangerous’ serial sex predator was jailed indefinitely today for groping schoolgirls, joggers and women heading home from work.”

Full story

The Independent, 1st September 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Ex-BNP man fined over names leak – BBC News

“A former member of the British National Party has been fined £200 after admitting publishing the details of some 10,000 party members online.”

Full story

BBC News, 1st September 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

BAILII: Recent Decisions

Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)

Bastow, R. v [2009] EWCA Crim 1834 (23 July 2009)

High Court (Administrative Court)

Carter v Crown Prosecution Service [2009] EWHC 2197 (Admin) (27 July 2009)

High Court (Patents Court)

Novartis AG & Anor v Johnson & Johnson Medical Ltd & Ors [2009] EWHC 2029 (Pat) (29 July 2009)

Source: www.bailii.org

New Chairman of the Criminal Bar Association Calls for a Halt to the Government’s “Cavalier” Legal Aid Cuts – The Bar Council

“The new Chairman of the Criminal Bar Association (CBA), Paul Mendelle QC, has today called for the Government to re-think its approach towards the publicly-funded Bar.”

Full story

The Bar Council, 1st September 2009

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

MPs with questionable claims to be barred from Lords – Daily Telegraph

“MPs with questionable expenses claims will be barred from taking a seat in the House of Lords if they choose to stand down before the election.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 1st September 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Row over £3m IT link leaves thousands of crimes off police computer – The Times

“Thousands of crimes are never put on to the police national computer because of a £3 million row over who should pay towards uploading them on to the IT system.”

Full story

The Times, 1st September 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Ministers under fire for locking up immigrant children – The Guardian

“Ministers were facing accusations today that hundreds of children are being held unnecessarily in immigration detention centres as official figures revealed, for the first time, that 470 minors were being detained with their families.”

Full story

The Guardian, 30th August 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Plan to help victims of NHS negligence is left to languish on statute book – The Independent

“Ministers have been condemned for failing to implement a law designed to help victims of NHS negligence and improve patient safety.”

Full story

The Independent, 30th August 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Amro International SA and anr v Financial Services Authority and ors – WLR Daily

Amro International SA and anr v Financial Services Authority and ors; [2009] WLR (D) 288

“Although the purpose of ss 169–172 of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 was to facilitate investigation in support of overseas regulators and such co-operation was desirable in order to maintain the regulation of financial markets and banks, the nature of the claim in respect of which the Financial Services Authority’s assistance was sought was of fundamental importance and it was wrong to exercise the powers to aid an investigation into allegations that were not made in that claim. The correct approach was to apply a test of proportionality and the documents required should be properly specified.”

WLR Daily, 28th August 2009

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.

Magistrates attack plans for ‘alcohol asbos’ to tackle drunken behaviour – The Guardian

“A government policy to fine drunken troublemakers up to £2,500 under a new system of ‘alcohol asbos’ introduced today has been rubbished by magistrates whose job it is to impose them.”

Full story

The Guardian, 31st August 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Abuse victim jailed for blackmail – BBC News

“A sex abuse victim has been jailed for six years for blackmailing the man who abused him.”

Full story

BBC News, 28th August 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

New ‘booze Asbos’ come under fire – BBC News

“New powers to impose Drinking Banning Orders – dubbed ‘booze Asbos’ – on people who behave anti-socially while drunk have come under fire.”

Full story

BBC News, 31st August 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Law firms enjoy vintage year despite dip in profits – The Times

“Britain’s biggest law firms suffered a dip in profits for the first time in a decade last year but still enjoyed one of their best years, earning more than £4 billion.”

Full story

The Times, 31st August 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Man alleges police shot him in head with Taser – The Guardian

“A police watchdog is investigating claims that officers used a Taser stun gun on a man’s head during an arrest.”

Full story

The Guardian, 31st August 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Baby P: Sharon Shoesmith ‘compares her treatment to that of James Bulger’s murderers’ – Daily Telegraph

“Sharon Shoesmith, the social services chief who was sacked over the Baby P scandal, compares her treatment to that of the killers of James Bulger in a legal challenge, it has been reported.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 1st September 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Bar Standards Board warning over ABSs – Law Society’s Gazette

“The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has said it would be ‘wrong’ to allow barristers to join alternative business structures (ABSs) without evidence of whether all forms of the new structure are ‘compatible with the regulatory objectives’ of the Legal Services Act 2007, or necessary for the benefit of consumers.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 28th August 2009

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Binyam Mohamed: I will fight for other prisoners – The Independent

“Binyam Mohamed, the former Guantanamo detainee, has reversed a decision to stay out of the public eye by signalling his determination to campaign for justice for prisoners at the American detention camp and highlight the lifelong effects of torture he suffered at the hands of his interrogators.”

Full story

The Independent, 31st August 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Lesbians given equal birth rights – BBC News

“Women in same-sex relationships can now register both their names on the birth certificate of a child conceived as a result of fertility treatment.”

Full story

BBC News, 31st August 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Judges to be put on trial to test their courtroom skills – The Times

“Judges will go back to school to have their skills tested, under a radical training programme.”

Full story

The Times, 1st September 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Court dismisses dog death case against neighbour – The Guardian

“A company director who killed his neighbour’s dog by hitting it with a garden hoe after a long-running feud had the case against him dismissed today.”

Full story

The Guardian, 28th August 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk


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