Archive for January 7th, 2010

Recent Statutory Instruments – OPSI

The Woodbury Common Range Byelaws 2009

The Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Authorisations Extending to Scotland) (Amendment) Order 2009

The Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Covert Human Intelligence Sources: Matters Subject to Legal Privilege) Order 2009

The Town and Country Planning (Fees for Applications and Deemed Applications) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2010

The Infrastructure Planning (Decisions) Regulations 2010

Source: www.opsi.gov.uk

Regina v Maina; Regina v Saddique; Regina v Kika – Times Law Reports

Regina v Maina; Regina v Saddique; Regina v Kika

Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)

“The use of a knife to commit murder was a factor that aggravated the seriousness of that offence for the purpose of sentencing.”

The Times, 6th January 2010

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Iqbal v Prison Officers Association – Times Law Reports

Iqbal v Prison Officers Association

Court of Appeal

“A prisoner whose daily routine of leaving his cell for the purpose of working, exercise and health care was disrupted by unlawful strike action by prison officers, resulting in the prisoner being confined to his cell, did not have a claim for false imprisonment against the officers.”

The Times, 6th January 2010

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Duncombe and Others v Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families – Times Law Reports

Duncombe and Others v Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families

Court of Appeal

“Staff regulations restricting to nine years the period of employing teachers seconded by the Department of Children, Schools and Families to work in the European Schools, which provided education to the children of bureaucrats of the European Union, were unlawful.”

The Times, 7th January 2010

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Lord Justice Jackson: the potential for change is enormous – The Times

“Not all the big Jackson stories last year were about celebrities. One of the biggest stories in the legal world was that of Lord Justice Jackson and his fundamental review of the costs of civil litigation and recommendations to promote access to justice at a proportionate cost. The report has been presented to the Master of the Rolls and is due to be published next week.”

Full story

The Times, 7th January 2010

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

NHS software saga will see former directors in court – BBC News

The City regulator has started criminal proceedings against four former directors of UK-based healthcare software company iSoft.

Full story

BBC News, 6th January 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Iraq inquiry: we have every right to know why we went to war – The Times

“The Iraq inquiry has resumed this week, promising crucial witnesses — Tony Blair, Jack Straw, Lord Goldsmith and possibly Gordon Brown.We have been told repeatedly what it is not: a trial, an inquest, an inquisition, a court, a statutory inquiry. Nevertheless, however its investigative format is described, none of this fancy terminological footwork can evade the central expectation for a thorough, transparent and impartial quest for the truth about the way decisions and actions were carried out.”

Full story

The Times, 6th January 2010

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Parade protest case flawed, say lawyers – The Independent

“The case against Muslim protesters who branded soldiers murderers at a homecoming parade should never have been brought to court, their lawyers said today.”

Full story

The Independent, 6th January 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Brothel-visiting celebrity remains anonymous after Moseley precedent – OUT-LAW.com

“The Sun newspaper has refused to name a top football manager it said it caught leaving a brothel. Privacy law experts say that the case underlines the strictness with which courts interpret the right to privacy of famous people.”

Full story

OUT-LAW.com, 6th January 2010

Source: www.out-law.com

Amid economic gloom there is plenty of opportunity for the bar – Law Society’s Gazette

“Although a recession spells misery for some, for many barristers it is time to make hay while the sun shines. Downturns spawn disputes – as does an increasingly legislation-happy government – and while 2009 was largely a time for parties to assess their legal positions (thus boosting barristers’ advisory workload) the widely anticipated litigation boom now finally looks set to begin in earnest.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 7th January 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Leading lawyers call for quicker ‘no-fault’ divorces – The Independent

“Britain’s medieval fault-based divorce system must be reformed so that couples are free to end their marriage without having to blame each other for the break-up, an overwhelming majority of lawyers have told the Government.”

Full story

The Independent, 7th January 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Full body scanners could be used without violating privacy, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

“A privacy regulator has said that technical tweaks and policy changes could ensure that whole-body airport scanners do not violate people’s privacy.”

Full story

OUT-LAW.com, 7th January 2010

Source: www.out-law.com

LSB research reveals public ‘don’t know what lawyers do’ – Law Society’s Gazette

More than two-thirds of consumers have ‘little or no knowledge’ of what lawyers do, research published last week has revealed.

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 7th January 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

New rules for MPs to be outlined – BBC News

“Details of how MPs’ expenses will be overhauled are to be outlined as part of a public consultation on changes to the now discredited former system.”

Full story

BBC News, 7th January 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Advice for 2010? Love your clients and taking nothing for granted – The Times

“Last year was traumatic for many law firms. Few avoided staff cutbacks or shorter time working. In many cases partners took home significantly less than they had earned in recent years and managing partners have had to take tough decisions to deal with the downturn.”

Full story

The Times, 7th January 2010

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Extradition of Gary McKinnon ‘breaches Bill of Rights’ – Daily Telegraph

“Extraditing the alleged British computer hacker Gary Mckinnon to America will breach Britain’s 300-year-old Bill of Rights, a top human rights barrister has said.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 7th January 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk


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