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Parliamentary committees of MPs write to David Cameron on delisting student visas from net migration target (31 January 2013)

In an extraordinary move the chairs of five parliamentary committees of MPs and Peers have written to David Cameron to demand that overseas students be delisted from the net migration target to lower UK immigration down to “tens of thousands”  Read more...

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Property search provider cautions conveyancers to take on more flood searches to avoid being accused of negligence (31 January 2013)

The Property search provider Searchflow has warned conveyancers to carry out more flood searches to avoid accusations of negligence with parts of country facing threats of flooding due to melting snow.  Read more...

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Brother of Gemma McCluskie found guilty of her murder (31 January 2013)

Gemma McCluskie’s brother Tony McCluskie has been found guilty of her murder and was told that he would serve at least 20 years in jail. He was found guilty by an 11-1 majority and given a life sentence.
The 36 year old, brother of former EastEnderes actress had admitted manslaughter at the Old Bailey but denied he murdered her.
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A widow of a businessman who died during a routine knee operation has been awarded substantial damages. (30 January 2013)

Luigi Belcoure, 43 who had a cartilage problem in his left knee causing him chronic pain and difficulty to carry his daughters agreed to stand for a stem cells clinical trial test a new technique to re-grow healthy tissue in October 2009.  Read more...

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Illegal immigrant who burgled cash and jewellery has been jailed and deported after serving her sentence (30 January 2013)

AN illegal immigrant who stole nearly £20,000 in cash and Asian jewellery from a Coventry home has been jailed.
Joanna Sanchez a Colombian national faces deportation on her release after she completes her 12 month jail term sentenced at the Leamington Crown Court.
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A Studly nurse loses her compensation claim at a tribunal (29 January 2013)

A nurse who had been treating prisoners in Redditch’s Hewell prison, filed a claim for compensation for constructive unfair dismissal after complaining that she was the victim of a witch hunt, but lost her case at the Birmingham Employment Tribunal.  Read more...

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Senior Barrister warns that legal aid cuts in criminal cases was dangerous as it would fetch second choice lawyers (29 January 2013)

The chairperson of the Bar Council Maura McGowan QC has warned that slashing of legal aid services would mean poor defendants would be condemned to be represented by ‘next choice’ lawyers in criminal cases.  Read more...

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A high profile divorce trial was averted after parties came to an out of court settlement (21 January 2013)

A high profile acrimonious divorce battle which was about to go to trial in the High Court and expecting to cost over £2m has been avoided after the parties struck a deal worth £17million.

The 7th Marquess of Northampton struck a deal with his soon to be ex-wife and spared them both a divorce trial and ending up as one of the most expensive legal battle in English legal history.
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A reprehensible and foolish act but entitled to compensation in millions a judge rules (21 January 2013)

A Royal Marine Robert Ayres, working as a trainee nurse at De Montfort University Hospital, in Leicester who was knocked down by a car causing grievous injuries while he had dropped his trousers in the middle of the road has won the right to millions in compensation.

The marine then aged 24, who had been out with his friends and in high spirits exposed himself in the middle of the road but his reprehensible behaviour was excused by the judge who ruled that though a very foolish act on the part of the marine 80% of the fault lied with the driver in causing the tragedy.
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Increasing number of families contesting wills bequeathed to charities especially animal charities says probate expert (21 January 2013)

Lawyers have warned that recession and its effects has seen number of challenges increasing three folds in contesting wills over money being left to pets and animal charities.
A leading probate solicitor having expertise over contentious wills and probate says that she believes this threefold increase in challenging of wills is because of the economic climate.
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A couple who turned their barn into home have been ordered to vacate it for demolition (18 January 2013)

A property developer Alan Beesley and wife Sarah who disguised their £500,000 luxury house as a hay barn to outwit planning chiefs will have to tear down their home after losing a long running legal battle.
Trying to stop the demolition orders of the local authorities at the court too failed.
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A company has been fined £60,000 for not following health and safety measures at its works (18 January 2013)

A company, where one of their employees suffered life changing injuries when her hair and scarf got caught into the conveyor belt at a factory on Deeside in North Wales, has been told to pay a £60,000 fine.
Kelly Nield had to be hospitalised and stay in the hospital for three months due to injuries suffered by her.
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A misdiagnosis by doctors leaves a woman permanently disabled and she is suing the hospital (18 January 2013)

A mother of two Debbie Thomason, 35, is suing the NHS after she claimed that the doctors had misdiagnosed a spinal condition which left her disabled, when she sneezed.
She claims that she was suffering with a serious spinal condition ‘cauda equine’ syndrome which was mistook as some other back condition by the doctors and she suffered permanent damage.
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Invasion by Romanian and Bulgarian migrants a baseless assumption says a senior Romanian diplomat (17 January 2013)

A forecast published on Thursday by think-tank Migration Watch has suggested that after December 31, 2013, when the current limits on movement from Bulgaria and Romania are lifted, UK immigration would see an influx of 2,50,000 migrants from these two countries in five years into Britain, causing flutter among the campaigners.

From 2014 like other EU citizens, Bulgarians and Romanians would get the unrestricted right to live and work in the UK where currently they are required to get authorisation before taking up a job.
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Scot Young the property tycoon has been jailed for contempt of court (17 January 2013)

He was led away in handcuffs to start his six month prison term yesterday for not complying with the court orders in his divorce proceeding.

In earlier proceedings concerning Mr Young^s application for the return of his passport – Young v Young [2012] EWHC 138 (Fam) – Mr Justice Mostyn had said that the husband was grossly in contempt in relation to his maintenance obligations contempt in relation to his disclosure obligations which existed. The obligation to disclose lied with the husband and not with the wife the judge had said.
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Two businessmen found cheating banks to the tunes of millions found guilty (17 January 2013)

Two businessmen, Achilleas Michaelis Kallakis (44) and Alexander Martin Williams (44), both from London were found guilty in £740 million property fraud have been remanded to custody and will be sentenced today and their assets would be confiscated.

The fraud had helped Kallakis to acquire a 16 property portfolio amounting to £740 million.
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General manager of Leas Cliff Hall wins unfair dismissal claim (17 January 2013)

In an employment claim by Stephen Levine the former general manager of Folkstone’s Leas Cliff Hall, the employment tribunal has ruled that Levine was subjected to unfair dismissal by the venue operator Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) last year.

Levine was dismissed for gross misconduct in March 2012 following 17 years service. He was alleged to have failed to follow the health and safety policy and manage staff correctly.
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Annan registry office being targeted for sham marriages by people seeking to stay in the UK (16 January 2013)

Annandale registration office has been again targeted for sham marriages by illegal immigrants wanting to stay in the country.

The UK Border Agency officials raided at the Annan registration office and arrested a 25 year old Pakistani man as he was about to marry a Bulgarian woman of the same age.
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Though caught five times, over the legal limit, under the influence of alcohol, a man still got away from being locked up. (16 January 2013)

Magistrates had declined to lock up Simon Maddison, who was caught behind the wheel of his car having downed a potentially deadly amount of booze.
The 45 year old was caught by the police when he drove along the Chillingham Road, in Heaton, Newcastle, in the early hours of the morning without headlights on.
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Benefit fraudster ordered to pay more than £80,000 at a confiscation hearing (16 January 2013)

A man who was convicted of benefit fraud after pleading guilty to 12 counts of fraud and had served for a year in the jail has been ordered to pay more than £80,000 or face another prison sentence.

Sohan Singh, 62, who had been sent to the jail for a year in January 2012, had dishonestly claimed housing, council tax benefit, incapacity benefit, and income support and pension credit in between 2000 and 2008.
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Legal Ombudsman announces sweeping changes to the way complaints can be made against solicitors (15 January 2013)

The Legal Ombudsman (LeO) has announced that from February 1, 2013, sweeping changes to the ability of a client to complain against their solicitors to the LeO would be increased to six years rather than 12 months which is the current limitation.

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A bogus asylum seeker jailed for conning his way as an intelligence officer (15 January 2013)

A bogus Albanian asylum seeker who conned his way into a job as an intelligence officer has been jailed for 18 months in his absence.
Elidon Habilaj, 35, of Victoria Road, South Woodford, was sentenced in Snaresbrook Crown Court after being found guilty by a jury of fraudulently living in the UK.
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Man who strangled his girlfriend for trying to break up with him loses appeals case (15 January 2013)

Shabbir Ahmad, 43, had been jailed after he had throttled his girlfriend when she had told him that she did not want to see him any more. He went for an appeal to have his sentence reduced but his appeal was dismissed.  Read more...

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A man duped by his ex-wife in believing her children were fathered by him has been compensated (15 January 2013)

A man who was tricked by his wife in believing that he was the father of children whom he raised until they were teenagers had won £25,000 in damages for “bereavement”.
Richard Rodwell sued his ex-wife Helen for deceit after finding out the children he thought were his son and daughter both had a different father.
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Agoraphobic unemployed woman to lose her benefits if she does not turn up at Jobcentre meetings herself (11 January 2013)

An unemployed agoraphobic (agoraphobia is a fear of being in situations in which escaping is difficult) who received benefits by attending Jobcentre meetings via videolink claimed that she was a victim of discrimination after being told that she had to come in person to receive her benefits.
Jen Lant could lose the £98 employment support allowance she receives in monthly meetings and argues the new rules discriminate against her because she is disabled.
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A hypno- therapist who molested young girl under hypnosis has been jailed (11 January 2013)

A hypnotherapist who molested a girl while she was in a ‘light trance’ undergoing treatment for anxiety issues was jailed by a judge who condemned the hypnotherapy industry as unregulated.

Philip Sherwin, 47, molested the 19 year old girl while she sought treatment.
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“Crash for cash” fraud scheme leads to the death of an innocent woman (11 January 2013)

In a botched insurance scam gone wrong a group of gang members who planned to commit insurance fraud by causing a deliberate accident led to the death of an innocent motorist Baljinder Kaur Gill
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The gang was involved in ‘crash for cash’ insurance scam which led to the death of 34 year old Kaur the prosecution told the court.
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An old man suffering from breathing problem asked to walk 23 miles to his home by the hospital (11 January 2013)

Peter Reese a 62 year old patient suffering with acute breathing difficulties was rushed to West Wales General Hospital in Carmarthen West Wales where he was diagnosed with chest infection after tests and told he could go home at 2am.

But he was in for a shock when he was told to walk 23 miles home after being discharged in the middle of the night. He claimed that he was offered no help and was told to leave the hospital for being aggressive by a nurse.
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The bride who stole almost £200,000 from employer to fund her lavish wedding let off cheap by a judge (10 January 2013)

The bride who had stolen almost £200,000 from her employer to fund a lavish wedding at an upmarket Fylde venue has been let off by ordering to repay just a fraction of what she stole.
Kirsty Lane gave a lavish party and reception at The Great Hall at Mains in Singleton, filling the venue with magicians a harpist and arranging a spectacular firework display and free bar for guests.
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Overseas students applications have fallen due to rhetoric by politicians says Nicola Dandridge (9 January 2013)

Nicola Dandridge chief executive of Universities UK has said recent spell of statements by senior ministers calling for a crackdown on bogus students had given an impression among the international students that they were no more welcome and were leaving for other countries like the US, Canada and Australia.  Read more...

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Solicitors can refer clients to non-independent advisors (8 January 2013)

The Law Society has clarified its position on conveyancing solicitors referring clients to non-independent advisors.
In November last it was reported that there was a controversy between the Society and the Solicitors Regulation Authority, after the SRA passed new rules that went soft on referrals.
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Lawyer of Jimmy Savile’s victims question the truth behind the estate left behind (8 January 2013)

A lawyer acting for victims of Jimmy Savile has begun a search for what he says could be the disgraced star’s missing millions.
The TV and radio presenter Savile left an estate of £4.3m when he died in October 2011 at the age of 84.
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A driver who paid a volunteer to take his speeding penalty points by an offer on Facebook has been jailed. (8 January 2013)

Scott Woodburn, 32, paid Daniel Baggaley, 26, £250 to admit his speeding offence so he could escape being banned from driving Highway officials said.

South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership said his five month sentence given to him last month would send a warning to anyone who would behave irresponsibly.
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An Algerian couple found supplying fake passports and identity documents jailed (8 January 2013)

The UK Border Agency has investigated the case of an Algerian couple resulting in them being sent to jail for making and supplying false passports and identity documents.  Read more...

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Migration watch campaigners want nationality of tenant in social housing application to be revealed (3 January 2013)

With fewer than half of applications for council properties in London include the nationality of the tenant, Migration Watch UK the immigration watch dog has demanded that social housing applicants should be forced to reveal their nationality to keep a closer watch on the number of council lettings taken up by foreign nationals.  Read more...

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A refugee who was caught red handed during a New Years’ Eve burglary is facing prison sentence. (3 January 2013)

Naim Sassi, 29, with no fixed address, was caught when he was trying to escape by climbing through the front window of a house in Bridgewater road, Bedminster Down, where he and his accomplices had stolen a laptop and four cannabis plants.
The inside of the property was turned upside down during the targeted burglary which took place just 15 minutes before midnight on Monday.
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Court ruling in motor accident cases sees a rise in premiums for policyholders (3 January 2013)

Re insurers are concerned that a court ruling could push up cost for underwriters by more than 20 per cent resulting in young drivers paying hundreds of pounds extra to their insurance premiums.
The cost of this ^insurance for insurers^ has risen sharply due to a change in the way courts were compensating car crash victims, a report in the Financial Times claimed.
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Child abduction and lax of security checks at the British airports (2 January 2013)

The case of the six year old girl, Atiya Anjum – Wilkinson who was subject to international abduction by her own father and taken to Pakistan, illegally three years before, has ended in joyous reunion with her mother in Britain when the girl was returned to her mother.  Read more...

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An illegal immigrant with false documents sentenced for 12 months (2 January 2013)

An Albanian illegal immigrant who was caught with forged papers has been jailed for 12 months after pleading guilty to having a fake Italian passport and driving license he awaits deportation after serving his sentence.  Read more...

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