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Home secretary loses appeal to overturn decision of Siac in Abu Qatada’s deportation case (28 March 2013)

In yet another set back to the Home Secretary the Court of Appeal has rejected Mrs May’s attempt to overturn decision to block radical cleric’s deportation to Jordan.
Theresa May lost her latest legal attempt to deport the radical cleric Abu Qatada back to Jordan.
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A bigamous man had been given a suspended sentence for being financially supportive to his in laws (28 March 2013)

A businessman running a ceiling fan company had been tried for bigamy for marrying four different women but was let off with suspended sentence when he insisted that his Romanian wife’s family were financially dependant on him.  Read more...

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Family facing deportation at a detention center given a temporary reprieve (28 March 2013)

An Ahmediyya Muslim missionary and his family who were being held at an immigration center facing deportation to Pakistan have been released and have been sent back in Bradford.  Read more...

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Personal insolvencies had been prevalent among UK’s ex council community’ class in 2012 says a research (28 March 2013)

According to an analysis of Experian 2012 saw the worst personal insolvencies of company executives and those living in the countryside

The overall statistics state that insolvencies across the UK fell last year but there was a significant rise in those affected from the UK’s managerial classes and those living in small villages or isolated farmhouses in rural Britain.
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Swathing cuts in legal aid would see family cases facing the brunt of cuttings (25 March 2013)

Legal aid will become scarce as far reaching changes would prevent anyone earning more than £20,000 a year from getting help
From the beginning of April 2013 the chances of getting help with legal bills will be slim. The Law Society estimates 650,000 cases will no longer qualify, including 20,000 employment cases and 200,000 in family law.
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An asylum seeker sues government for unlawful detention after serving his prison term (25 March 2013)

A failed asylum seeker who was jailed for identity fraud is suing the Government for up to £50,000 claiming he was falsely imprisoned when they tried to deport him.
Mouaz Al Sayed, who was living in Benwell, Newcastle, was refused asylum in the UK after he fled Sudan in 2005.
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Special domestic violence unit of Cambridgeshire police’ has made more than 1500 arrests Alan Page the Detective Inspector says (20 March 2013)

It was the first year of the unit and the DI said that it was not until one went deep enough searching that one comes across the problem which lies.
Alan Page was reflecting on an increase in the number of domestic violence crimes recorded over the last year in Cambridgeshire. He said as a detective the last thing he would like to see was an increase in crime graph. And until the facts came about it was not clear what sort of crime the department was going to have to deal with.
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A conman sent to four years in jail for cheating people on specialist collectables (20 March 2013)

Robin Butler from Eddington Hill Broadfield who was sent to jail for four years after he pleaded guilty to 22 counts of fraud by false representation at the Lewes Crown Court.
He was believed to have defrauded at least 110 people interested in specialist collectables to gain more than £46,000.
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An illegal immigrant caught with two forged passports sent to jail for nine months but is freed after sixteen days (19 March 2013)

Yusuf Malik who was under curfew for 10 months was released just after serving 16 days behind the bars and the sentence was also not long enough for the illegal immigrant to have attracted automatic deportation. That takes place only after someone has spent one year or longer in the jail.  Read more...

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An employee sacked by her current employer for suing her previous employer claims unfair dismissal and sex discrimination (19 March 2013)

An employee who was suing her former boss for sex discrimination was herself sacked by her current employer after comparing her to a criminal.
Latifa Bouabdillah who resigned as vice president and director of financial giant Deutsche Bank at the end of 2011 and launched a bid to sue the bank for £1million over claims that men were promoted over her for bonuses which were three times larger than hers.
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A sergeant’s conviction for possession of pistol and ammunition has been quashed and a re-trial ordered by court of appeal (14 March 2013)

A retrial has been ordered by the Court of Appeal in the case of the sergeant who had been convicted for illegal possession of a pistol and ammunition after he pleaded guilty.
The court of appeal quashed the conviction and ordered a retrial after the lawyers for the soldier had argued that he was put under pressure to plead guilty.
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Firms depending on funding from banks to pay their tax bills and VAT etc would find funding hard to come (14 March 2013)

The SRA board had been told that banks and other lenders were reviewing their exposure to the legal market and were either reducing or withdrawing borrowing facilities.
Relationship manager Samantha Palmer had said that although they lent money at the start of the year to fund firms, January tax bills the same might not be available in July.
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Six disabled people seek judicial review over Stopping of Independent Living Fund (13 March 2013)

A judicial review is being brought by six disabled people in the High Court, questioning the legality of the move by government to scrap a £320m scheme the Independent Living Fund (ILF) that helps people with severe disabilities live independently.   Read more...

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Unfair dismissal claim by Baby P’s social workers dismissed by Court of Appeal (13 March 2013)

Two social workers who were sacked following the death of Baby P having claimed ‘unfair dismissal’ lost their appeal against an employment tribunal which ruled that they were fairly sacked.  Read more...

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Raising the limit for personal injury cases would cause inevitable delays in the court warns APIL (12 March 2013)

The president of APIL has warned today that the raising of limit for personal injury cases to £5,000 could lead to “catastrophic delays” in the courts.

Karl Tonks said the increase as outlined in the MoJ’s consultation paper on whiplash claims would see a deluge of cases ending up at the small claims court.
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Information shared on social media with clients could be unwittingly breaking the confidentiality rules says Law Society (12 March 2013)

Law firms could be put to risk if social media platforms are used for sharing information with clients, unwittingly breaking the confidentiality rules the Law Society has warned in new online reputation guidelines for solicitors.  Read more...

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An asylum seeking child abuser has been sentenced to 27 months for string of offences (8 March 2013)

An Iraqi born sex offender Mahdi Mohammed was jailed for 27 months at Petersborough Crown Court on Monday after admitting several child sex offences.
The man, who was threatened with deportation eight years ago, groomed teenage victims with phone top-up vouchers after meetings in a Petersborough park.
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Insolvency Services finds a disqualified director controlling four companies (8 March 2013)

The High Court had wound up four companies which were effectively controlled by a disqualified director in Devon after investigations by the Insolvency Service.
The investigation found that the four companies were being controlled by Eoin Murray a twice disqualified director and a bankrupt.
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Immigrants may have to pay cash bonds if they wanted to travel in Britain the Home Secretary suggests (7 March 2013)

Home Secretary Theresa May has suggested immigrants may be forced to pay cash bonds that would be refunded if they do not claim benefits.
Reflecting her right wing credentials and a future contender for the leadership of her Conservative party has suggested that the immigrants may be forced to pay cash bond if they wanted to travel in Britain.
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Domestic violence is not gender specific says a male victim (7 March 2013)

The popular soap in television Coronation Street which has been raising the awareness of domestic violence through the character of Tyrone Dobbs suffering at his new wife’s hands may be a shocking portrayal being shown but it certainly has raised awareness among people that it was not a myth that only woman could be the victims of domestic violence.  Read more...

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Forced marriage unit helped 250 children last year including a two year possible victim (6 March 2013)

In a joint Foreign Office and Home Office initiative the Force Marriage Unit has helped a child among 250 children.
The two year old child has been seen as a potential victim of forced marriage according to the Foreign Office.
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NMC rules do not allow review of initial review – to be overhauled to make it more flexible (6 March 2013)

The rules governing the Nursing Midwives Council (NMC) were not doing enough to protect patients properly the MPs have warned.
And one such frustrated victim of its regulation has been Andrea Duggan whose newborn baby was seriously brain damaged due to NHS blunder and who is still angry that no member of staff have been brought to book. She vented her frustration by saying that rules governing NMC meant initial decision on responsibility cannot be reviewed.
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The Sheffield asylum seeker’s deportation has been deferred for proof her identity (5 March 2013)

A decision on whether a Sheffield asylum seeker should be deported to Uganda has been deferred. The decision was due on Monday.
Odette Sefuko was facing deportation and was to be flown back to Africa yesterday night but campaigners fighting to keep her in the UK have been in the court asking for the rights to appeal against the UK Border Agency’s decision.
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Employment law changes affecting outsourced staff would bring in deluge of litigation says experts (5 March 2013)

According to employment law expert’s government was unintentionally risking a wave of litigation by changing the employment regulations concerning outsourced staff.

A consultation is currently on which seeks changes to TUPE the law that protects employees from unfair dismissal, cuts in pays or changes in terms and conditions of employment if the management of the business in which they are employed changes hands.
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A mentally ill person who killed one and almost murdered a third person has been sentenced to life (5 March 2013)

The schizophrenic woman who had stabbed a stranger to death and attempting to murder another has been sentenced to life and would serve a minimum of 37 years in prison.
Nicola Edgington, 32, was found guilty at the Old Bailey last month of murdering Sally Hodkin, 58, and attempting to murder Kerry Clark, 22.
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Spare bedroom tax affecting housing benefits being challenged by disabled children (5 March 2013)

Ten disabled and vulnerable children have launched a legal challenge against the government’s “spare bedroom tax” which is expected to affect benefits for hundred of thousands of people because almost everyone have at least one room which is not in use.
A full judicial review may be ordered today by a high court judge amid fears that disabled people were going to be unduly affected by the change in benefit rule. The rules will be applicable from April 1.
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All fraud complaints to be registered with private firm Action Fraud online from 1st April (4 March 2013)

Fraud cases will no longer be required to report to the police because by end of this month victims and anyone who suspects they are being set up by fraudsters will have to contact a call centre or go online and submit a form to a Home Office agency called Action Fraud.  Read more...

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Belfast High Court rejects bankruptcy claims of an Irish Republican businessman (4 March 2013)

A Wicklow based property developer Sean McCann who had tried to get a bankruptcy order in NI was refused by the Belfast High Court after finding that the McCann had not moved his business interests to Northern Ireland.  Read more...

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MPs tell the government not to include students in net migration figures (1 March 2013)

The UK immigration policy has been constantly in the news for either campaigners calling foul or supporting the cause of cutting net migration levels to hundreds of thousands as promised by the Tory’s election promises, either way it is in the news and shall remain for some time to come may be until the next elections.   Read more...

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DfE to face hundreds of unfair dismissal cases if it went ahead with axing jobs warns union (1 March 2013)

The Department of Education (DfE) which is planning to axe 1,000 jobs in England and cut its costs by 50% have been warned that they might be a deluge of unfair dismissal cases against them if they proceed with their plans.  Read more...

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