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In a landmark ruling the High Court has ruled that rules preventing protestors sleeping on the streets of parliament was not in contravention of Human Rights Act. (30 April 2012)

Public lawA test case human rights challenge on Friday brought by veteran peace campaigner Maria Gallastgui, who has been conducting an authorized 24 hour vigil on the East Pavement of Parliament Square in London since 2006, on the rules which barred demonstrators to sleep near the Houses of Parliament has been rejected by a two judge High Court bench in a landmark ruling.   Read more...

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The SFO is looking into the barrel of the gun as appeals court verdict on Vincent Tchenguiz is to be delivered next month (30 April 2012)

Public LawAfter bungling a search of Tchenguiz^s home, Serious Fraud Office (SFO) was hopelessly placed by hanging on to its biggest case hoping something to turn up for them despite having a flawed case, Lord Goldsmith the former attorney general had suggested.  Read more...

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New government pilot to see offenders released from prison reporting to electronic machines instead of probation officers draws flak from Napo (30 April 2012)

Prison LawThe move of government which would see offenders released from prison and those serving community sentences reporting to electronic kiosks rather than probation officers has been criticized by the unions.
Napo the probation union has warned that the plan was designed to cut jobs and could increase risk to the public.
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Tough new immigration measures being brought in to prevent individuals gaining entry into UK with human rights abuse tag (30 April 2012)

The new tough immigration laws to be announced by the government would ban non-EU citizens who have been accused of serious human rights abuses including torture or murder, from visiting UK.  Read more...

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The government is hoping to weed out bogus personal injury claims arising out of motor accidents (30 April 2012)

Justice Secretary Ken Clarke, and transport secretary Justine Greening would outline a tougher accreditation system for doctors who assess whiplash claims. They hope to weed out crash for cash scams.
With the fear that Britain has become the whiplash capital of Europe the measures are seen as tackling and catching fraudsters.
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The government has decided to set up a task force to act against criminal landlords and remove illegal immigrants. (30 April 2012)

The problem of letting ‘beds in sheds’ by some landlords is going to be discussed by Housing Minister Grant Shapps and Immigration Minister Damien Green with the police, immigration and council officials.  Read more...

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Two basic tenets of tax records are to be breached to implement the taxation on Child Benefits (27 April 2012)

As part of changes to the forthcoming taxation of Child benefit in households where a partner is earning more than £50,000, the HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) will be expecting some high earning partners to find out if they were claiming child benefit.  Read more...

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The sentencing of a convicted murderer will be allowed to be filmed on TV cameras for the first time in UK (26 April 2012)

A first of its kind in the legal history of UK the sentencing of a convicted murderer has been filmed for TV today.

Cameras recorded the judge Lord Bracadale telling 49-year old David Gilroy that he had shown "chilling calmness and calculation" when he attacked Suzanne Pilley, 38, and disposed of her body.
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The NHS Confederation has warned that homeless people struggle to register themselves with the GP to get access to medical services (25 April 2012)

With the benefit cuts and recession starting to show its effects on increasing levels of homelessness and people sleeping rough the health services needed to pull up its socks and respond to the challenge, a report by the providers of NHS services has said.  Read more...

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The cut in Local Housing Allowance to the beneficiaries will make it difficult for the landlords to rent their house to housing benefit tenants (24 April 2012)

A survey by the National Landlord Association (NLA) says that more than half of landlords are finding it difficult to rent to housing benefit tenants because of cuts to the allowances.
The survey showed that 53% of landlords felt the local housing allowance (LHA) cuts have made it unaffordable to rent to those on benefits.
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Supreme Court rulings on an age discrimination case could become guidelines to employers on setting up retirement age (20 April 2012)

In age discrimination case the Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal by a man who claimed he was forced to retire at 65, but the court also ruled that the employers must be able to justify imposing mandatory retirement ages.

The Supreme Court’s ruling now would act as guidelines for employers who can continue to set age of staff retirements but have to justify according to the given circumstances.
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Since last year there was drop in unemployment levels raising hopes of economic recovery in the UK ONS report reveals (18 April 2012)

UK’s fragile economy is seeing a glimmer of hope on the employment front with unemployment falling for the first time in almost a year.
Office of National Statistics has said that unemployment on the government’s preferred International Labour Organisation levels has shown a decline of 35,000 in the three months to March to 2.65 million falling for the first time since May 2011.
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People near Midland prison are disgusted with the news that sexual offenders will be allowed to walk free in their midst (17 April 2012)

As a part of a rehabilitation programme the HMP Oakwood prisoners near Wolverhampton are to be allowed to leave the jail to spend some time with their families.
The town visits are being monitored by a private security firm G4S and the rules states that every prisoner would have to undergo a strict risk assessment before making the day trip.
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Overseas staff recruiting licensees will need to adjust their employment contract to comply with recently-announced UK immigration rules. (16 April 2012)

Workers who are sponsored from non-European economic area (EEA) countries, seeking to remain in the country or who has entered into UK after the 6th April 2011 will be able to stay in UK for six years but those wishing to stay longer will have to show a gross income of £35,000 pa.  Read more...

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Legal Services Board lawyer’s regulatory body has said that people who were willing to write a Will were suffering unfair sales practices, fraud and deception. (12 April 2012)

The board was now planning to regulate will writing to improve standards to help maintain public confidence in an important legal process.
In a report published on Monday the LSB has said that it found systemic problems with the services delivered by different types of providers.
David Edmonds the LSB’s chairman said that it was necessary to regulate writing of will as there was evidence where it was found that the lawyers were not listening to their clients.
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Governments flag bearing housing scheme is already being questioned as the rates of mortgages being offered are being seen as not affordable (11 April 2012)

Britain’s biggest house builder has raised concern that the mortgage lenders were discouraging the government’s flagship housing scheme by charging excessively steep rates.
Prime Minister David Cameron had launched the NewBuy Guarantee scheme last month which is underwritten by 95 per cent loan to value mortgages by the government and the builder on new build homes.
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Duo of International online fraudsters have been arrested by the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) (10 April 2012)

UK^s Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca), working with the FBI and US Department of Justice Police have arrested two men and shut down 36 web domains used to sell compromised credit and debit card data, as part of an initiative by the.  Read more...

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An employment law professor has argued that whistleblowing should be awarded by companies to avoid public disclosure via media and internet (6 April 2012)

David Lewis professor of employment law has, during a public debate at Middlesex University, argued that employees had to know that they would be rewarded rather than penalised if they spoke out against unlawful activities such as bribery, fraud and other forms of malpractice.   Read more...

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All mass murderers are not necessarily be suffering from mental health problem says a leading psychiatrist (5 April 2012)

Professor Simon Wessely, of King’s College London, said that it was a misconception that horrific crime perpetrators like Anders Brevik were suffering with mental health problems to have committed such heinous of acts.
It was a simple response to mass killings that those who committed such crimes ‘must be mad’.
But he said the way Breivik carried out the killings suggested otherwise.
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A castle keeper ordered to pay £350,000 as fines for failing to assess the risk of a bridge in the castle which caused the death of a grandfather (4 April 2012)

Warwick Castle one of Britain’s most famous castles has been fined £350,000, after a grandfather fell 15 ft to his death from a bridge into a dry moat.

The bridge which had a very low parapet could not support the stumbling George Townley 72, from falling when he was leaving after a day out with his partner and her family.
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A building company fined for not taking precautions under the Health and Safety at Work Act leading to injuring a member of the public (2 April 2012)

The Concentra Ltd a Hertfordshire construction company has been found guilty of breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work… Act 1974 when a woman who was waiting for a bus was hit by a piece of machinery which was being lifted to the fifth floor of a nearby office block.  Read more...

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