Archive for April 14th, 2010

Businessman jailed for Greek bribery conspiracy – The Times

“A British businessman has been jailed for his part in a three-year cospiracy to bribe Greek health officials.”

Full story

The Times, 14th April 2010

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Brain-damaged prisoner awarded £4.7m – The Independent

“A prisoner who suffered catastrophic brain damage after he fell from an upper bunk bed during a seizure at London’s Brixton jail has been awarded a compensation package worth £4.7 million.”

Full story

The Independent, 14th April 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Constitutional Reform and Governance Act 2010

Constitutional Reform and Governance Act 2010 published

Full text of Act (PDF)

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BAILII: Recent Decisions

High Court (Queen’s Bench Division)

Conan v Williams [2010] EWHC 758 (QB) (13 April 2010)

High Court (Administrative Court)

Humberstone, R (on the application of) v Legal Services Commission [2010] EWHC 760 (Admin) (13 April 2010)

High Court (Technology and Construction Court)

Shepherd Construction Ltd v Berners (BVI) Ltd & Anor [2010] EWHC 763 (TCC) (25 March 2010)

Clancy Consulting Ltd v Derwent Holdings Ltd & Ors [2010] EWHC 762 (TCC) (29 March 2010)

Source: www.bailii.org

Recent Statutory Instruments – OPSI

The Charities (Disclosure of Revenue and Customs Information to the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland) Regulations 2010

The Insolvency Proceedings (Fees) (Amendment) Order 2010

The Southampton Port Health Authority Order 2010

The Portsmouth Port Health Authority Order 2010

The Bristol Port Health Authority Order 2010

The Cowes Port Health Authority Order 2010

The Cornwall Port Health Authority Order 2010

Source: www.opsi.gov.uk

Women solicitors work hard, love their jobs yet still don’t make the top. Why? – The Times

“The march of women seems to be slowing to a halt. Women make up the lion’s share of entrants to the legal profession — but then what? They don’t stay the course and the top ranks remain as women-light as ever.”

Full story

The Times, 14th April 2010

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Police used Taser on man in epileptic seizure – The Guardian

“Greater Manchester police is being investigated after its officers fired a Taser gun at a man who became aggressive while having an epileptic seizure.”

Full story

The Guardian, 13th April 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Analysis: Two months later, and MPs may not have been granted legal aid at all – The Times

“The disclosure that the MPs facing charges over their expenses would receive legal aid has prompted an outcry and been denounced by David Cameron as a ‘complete outrage.’ But what is not well known is that anyone granted legal aid is likely to be ordered, on conviction, to pay it back according to their financial circumstances.”

Full story

The Times, 13th April 2010

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Gordon Brown and David Cameron’s ignorance about legal aid does not surprise experts – The Guardian

“Gordon Brown and David Cameron’s apparent lack of understanding about how legal aid works has not surprised experts, who say they have long been battling ignorance about the importance of the service.”

Full story

The Guardian, 13th April 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Judge criticises sex crime sentencing guidelines as offender spared jail – Daily Telegraph

“A judge has criticised sentencing guidelines which prevented him from jailing a man who groped a schoolgirl.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 14th April 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

The Big Question: What is legal aid and should we be providing so much of it? – The Independent

“Why are we asking this now?

On Monday, it was announced that three former Labour MPs – David Chaytor, Jim Devine and Elliot Morley – had won the right to receive legal aid to fight charges of false accounting relating to their parliamentary expenses. The news thrust MPs’ expenses back into the spotlight and did no favours to the legal aid system, so often the butt of politicians’ ire.”

Full story

The Independent, 14th April 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk


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