Archive for January 18th, 2010

Information Tribunal is abolished as new service takes charge – OUT-LAW.com

“The appeals process for freedom of information and data protection cases changes from today as the previous structure is absorbed into a wider tribunals service.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 18th January 2010

Source: www.out-law.com

Hindu asks appeal court for open-air cremation – The Independent

“A Hindu takes his legal battle for the right to be cremated on a traditional open-air funeral pyre to the Court of Appeal today.”

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The Independent, 18th January 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Former control order suspects to sue British government – BBC News

“The High Court has ruled that two former terrorism suspects can sue the government for damages.”

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BBC News, 18th January 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Ministers plan law change to stop arrests of foreign officials – The Guardian

“New legislation that could strip magistrates of their power to issue arrest warrants for foreign dignitaries on visits to the UK has been attacked by MPs and campaigners.”

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The Guardian, 15th January 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Recent Statutory Instruments – OPSI

The Coroners and Justice Act 2009 (Commencement No.2) Order 2010

The Welfare Reform Act 2009 (Commencement No. 1) Order 2010

The Holocaust (Return of Cultural Objects) Act 2009 (Commencement) Order 2010

The Trade Marks (International Registration) (Amendment) Order 2010

The Patents and Patents and Trade Marks (Fees) (Amendment) Rules 2010

The Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Commencement No.13, Transitory and Transitional Provisions and Electronic Communications) Amendment Order 2010

The Care Quality Commission (Registration) Amendment Regulations 2010

The Inheritance Tax (Qualifying Non-UK Pension Schemes) Regulations 2010

Source: www.opsi.gov.uk

MPs warn of criminal justice ‘crisis’ – Law Society’s Gazette

“A committee of MPs has warned that the criminal justice system is ‘facing a crisis of sustainability’ as government spending on prisons takes resources away from other aspects of criminal justice.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 18th January 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Compensation for British victims of overseas terror attacks – The Guardian

“The government has agreed to provide financial help for British victims of terrorist attacks overseas, nearly five years after Tony Blair first promised action.”

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The Guardian, 15th January 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

The Marco Pierre White recipe making divorce courts shiver – The Times

“The chef’s battle over evidence used by his wife in their break-up could change the way such cases are held.”

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The Times, 17th January 2010

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Economic Growth and Social Equity Mean Jackson Reforms are vital to the National Interest – The Bar Council

“The wide-ranging review of the cost of accessing the civil justice system must be an economic and social priority of any incoming government, the Bar Council said today.”

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The Bar Council, 15th January 2010

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Outdated laws lead to rise in court disputes over legacies – The Independent

“Outdated laws and complex modern family structures are combining to cause a sharp jump in the number of inheritance disputes reaching the courts.”

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The Independent, 17th January 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Two and a half years on and still no verdict on MMR scare – The Independent

“The GMC’s case against Andrew Wakefield has cost over £1m – so far. Jeremy Laurance, health editor, reports.”

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The Independent, 16th January 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Abuse of pre-pack deals ‘could turn Britain into an insolvency brothel’ – The Times

“Britain is in danger of becoming the ‘bankruptcy brothel of the world’, it was claimed yesterday, as furious creditors prepared a landmark legal challenge over the country’s largest pre-pack administration.”

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The Times, 18th January 2010

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Office of Fair Trading takes prize draw companies to court – The Guardian

“More than two years after Guardian Money highlighted the questionable tactics of two prize draw promotions companies, Britain’s consumer watchdog is launching court action aimed at putting a stop to their ‘deceptive’ practices.”

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The Guardian, 16th January 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Airport body scanners could ‘breach human rights’ – Daily Telegraph

“Airport body scanners, which show the naked form of anyone who passes through them, could breach human rights, according to the UK’s equality watchdog.”

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Daily Telegraph, 17th January 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk


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