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Community Legal Advice- Telephone Legal Advice Services Contracts (30 November 2012)

Duncan Lewis is pleased to announce its successful tender for CLA Telephone Legal Advice Services contracts.  Read more...

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A chief executive of firm claims unfair dismissal against his bankrupt company (30 November 2012)

Former chief executive has launched a legal action for unfair dismissal after the firm which provides lifts for the disabled in health care centres allegedly went bankrupt.

The Stourbridge chief executive John Coyne, of Belfry Drive, Wollaston, also complained at the Birmingham Employment Tribunal about delays involving a £19,000 bonus he said he was entitled to.

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A teacher who used fake certificates to gain teaching job has been jailed for 18 months (30 November 2012)

A bogus teacher who got two teaching jobs and a role in an examining board, using forged qualification certificates was jailed today.
Julia Rawlinson, 45, admitted she constructed sham of a life after almost a decade of lies which saw her get jobs of teacher in Northamptonshire and Devon as well as with Edexcel. She was described as a ^pathological liar^ who concocted stories about her educational career and academic qualifications Exeter Crown Court heard.
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A drink drive crash into a pub could have been devastating if a ruptured gas pipe had ignited (30 November 2012)

A drink driver who crashed into a pub had caused the evacuation of 60 neighbours in the early hours of November 11, after the crash ruptured a gas main raising fears of an explosion.
Robin May, 47, who admitted drink driving, was banned for two years and fined £100 at South Lakeland Magistrates’ Court, Cumbria.
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An ASBO has been given against a trouble family (30 November 2012)

A family who had terrorised their neighbourhood for the past three years at a Horfield estate have been ordered by a judge at Bristol County Court to leave their home within two weeks giving the residents of the estate a big respite.  Read more...

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Whole life tariff is inhuman and degrading claims Jeremy Bamber before the Strasbourg court (29 November 2012)

The 51, year old killer who murdered his parents, sister and her two little boys back in 1985 is making a last ditch attempt to have his whole life tariff declared “inhuman and degrading” before Europe’s biggest court.  Read more...

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Net migration to Britain has fallen to two thirds being the largest drop in four years (29 November 2012)

A National Statistics has reported that net migration to Britain had fallen by a quarter over the past year, from 242,000 to 183,000 partly due to fewer overseas students.
This has been the first fall since the government had set its target to reduce net migration to below 100,000 by the next general election.
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Former Iranian ambassador awaiting extradition has been discharged for delayed process (29 November 2012)

A high court judge has blocked the extradition to the US of a former Iranian ambassador who was the target of an American sting operation in London, because there was a six year delay in the extradition process.  Read more...

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Cyril Smith should have been tried for sexually abusing young boys in the 60s says CPS (29 November 2012)

After the prosecutors and police have admitted that the late MP Sir Cyril Smith had repeatedly physically and sexually had abused children (young boys) at a Rochdale care home and should have been put on trial have drawn a warning from the criminal solicitor representing his victims that such failures could still happen today.  Read more...

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Police conduct Operation Athena to check on domestic violence within homes (29 November 2012)

The police in London have made 264 arrests in a week long campaign targeting domestic violence within home and hate crime.

Scotland Yard said officers were engaged in Operation Athena and had targeted violence within home as ten percent of all calls received by the Metropolitan police were related to domestic violence.
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A sham marriage between an Asian and Portuguese has been busted by the UKBA (27 November 2012)

A Bangladeshi man and Portuguese woman who had married for over four years but could not speak a common language have been convicted of trying to cheat UK immigration rules after taking part in a sham marriage in the Republic of Ireland.  Read more...

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Legal aid lawyers (27 November 2012)

Legal aid had originally started on the concept of “right to counsel” and “right to a fair trial” movement in the 19th Century continental European countries where poor people who could not afford had their fees waived or the courts provided them with solicitors.   Read more...

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Small crime injuries cut off from compensation eligibility (27 November 2012)

Victims of violent crime who suffer minor injuries would not be getting any compensation after changes being effected in England, Wales and Scotland.
Injuries such as broken nose, mild concussion, temporary deafness or minor burns suffered due to violent crime will not be eligible for compensation.
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A judge allows a woman to reopen her divorce settlement case (27 November 2012)

A man who tried to hide his actual income from his wife and the court to avoid giving his wife fair share in divorce settlement has been described by the judge as “a master of half truth.
Mr Justice Coleridge a judge of family division of the High Court said that the man had lied to his wife about how rich he was and had failed to disclose his full wealth when they had agreed a £1.8 million divorce settlement.
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Two new specific criminal offences of stalking added to the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 (26 November 2012)

Along with harassment two specific criminal offences of stalking have been introduced in England and Wales for the first time the government is also providing new support for reducing domestic and sexual violence, and female genital mutilation (FGM).  Read more...

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A welfare worker won a unfair dismissal case as he had no break in service (26 November 2012)

A welfare rights worker working for Pendle Citizen’s Advice Bureau for the past 16 years who was sacked has won an unfair dismissal fight.
Kenneth Briscall, 62, feared that he had been singled out for employment redundancy when the CAB lost a contract with the Legal Service Commission to provide welfare advice work in 2010.
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An employment tribunal awarded £27,000 to a women who suffered sexual harassment from her bosses. (23 November 2012)

The women who were employed at a courier company J&M services, being run by Mervyn Johnston and Joe McFall was the only female employee among the nine people that were working at the company at that time.  Read more...

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A senior care home officer lose a case for unfair dismissal (23 November 2012)

A senior officer at Dundee care home who was dismissed for not applying ointments to five residents with prescribed medical conditions was sacked by the care home manager Priority Care Group.
The officer took her grievance to the employment tribunal for unfair dismissal but lost her case when the tribunal ruled that she was correctly found guilty of gross misconduct for her actions at Magdalen House, Roseangle, a home for adults with learning disabilities.
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Immigration fraudster cheating vulnerable migrants off their money have been given long jail sentences (23 November 2012)

Two men who cheated off vulnerable migrants in an immigration fraud have been given long jail sentences by the Bradford Crown Court.
One of them, Yousaf Amin a law graduate who was labelled by the court as a greedy and ruthless brain behind the scam was locked up for six years.
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Boxing day murder accused cleared of murder and manslaughter charges (23 November 2012)

A man who was charged with the murder of a teenager in a shop in London’s Oxford Street during the Boxing Day sales last year has been cleared of the charges.
Seydou Diarrassouba, 18, of Mitcham, south west London, died after being attacked in the Foot Locker sports shop, near Bond Street Tube station.
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The family of honeymooner who was murdered in Mauritius hotel are launching legal action against a news paper (22 November 2012)

Last January Michaela McAreavey who had gone to the Mauritius for her honeymoon was murdered in her honeymoon suite resulting in two former hotel workers tried for her murder.

In a high profile murder trial this summer the two former hotel workers were acquitted of the crime but the Mauritian Sunday Times printed police crime scene photos that showed the newlywed’s body lying in the room.
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An immigrant staying in UK for many years has been caught for possessing a fake British passport (22 November 2012)

An immigrant allowed to stay in the UK and work as a bus driver, even though authorities were not having any idea who he was, has been jailed for passport fraud.
The resident of Primrose Way, Wembley, and father of four, claimed that he was 47 year old Jan Butt.
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Pressure is building to review the case of SAS sniper who was jailed for keeping weapon (21 November 2012)

The SAS veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan who had been sentence to 18 months in prison after pleading guilty has decided to lodge an appeal today against the decision to jail him for possessing a pistol and live ammunition at his home in Britain.  Read more...

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An unfair dismissal claim upheld by tribunal on the ground that the guidelines under equality act was not followed (21 November 2012)

A PCS member working for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) had his unfair dismissal claim upheld.
The member, Shaun Stewart who works for Palmers Green Jobcentre Plus, achieved the result after management was shown not to have followed guidance regarding disabled members.
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An athlete who claimed disability benefit has been spared jail (21 November 2012)

A benefit cheat who was caught completing a 34 mile triathlon was in fact had been receiving disability benefits and the irony was not hidden for he was nicknamed ‘Fit as Fiddler’.
Anthony Connor, 39 was a fitness fanatic who said that a debilitating stroke had left him with a limp and he could only walk 75 meters in five minutes.
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Three contract workers made redundant have won unfair dismissal case in a tribunal (20 November 2012)

Three sub contract workers who were employed by Kitsons Environmental Europe Ltd of Warrington, Cheshire, a specialist asbestos removal and thermal installation company, were made redundant but an employment tribunal in Dundee ruled that theirs was an unfair dismissal as the evidence of their operations manager, who had decided to sack them, was neither credible nor reliable.  Read more...

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A single mother contestant in Miss Britain contest cleared of benefit fraud charges (19 November 2012)

A former, Miss Britain competitor, who had denied having committed benefit fraud by claiming thousands of pounds in benefits, as a single parent from South Northamptonshire Council, has been acquitted of benefit fraud.  Read more...

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In a game changing decision an appeals court has ordered a landlord to pay three times of tenants deposit for not complying with prescribed provisions (16 November 2012)

In a game-changing decision, a buy to let landlord has lost a long running dispute with a tenant because of minor omissions in the information provided about deposit protection arrangements.
According to the prevailing law the landlords must protect tenants’ deposits and provide them with information prescribed by The Housing (Tenancy Deposits) (Prescribed Information) Order 2007 within 30 days of receipt of the deposit.
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A failed asylum seeker who used forged documents to secure job and was on the run for more than four years has been sentenced (16 November 2012)

An Iranian national whose application for asylum had been refused had been on the run in Hull for four years and was found to be using fake documents to work at a factory.
Alan Qadarea, 25, had used the forged documents to secure a job at the recycling plant in the East Riding.
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The BBC has settled its libel suit with Lord McAlpine by paying £185,000 in damages (16 November 2012)

The former Conservative party treasurer Lord McAlpine who has been wrongly linked to historic allegations of child sexual abuse by the BBC following the Newsnight broadcast on 2 November is being paid £185,000 in damages.
The treasurer’s litigation lawyer has said that ITV’s This Morning was on a very long list of those who would be facing legal action for misinformation campaign.
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A pensioner who tripped and broke her arm and shoulder over a supermarket trolley was awarded £44,000 (16 November 2012)

In a claim for negligence a woman who was left with a broken arm after she tripped over a supermarket trolley while reaching a pork pie was awarded £44,000.
Mrs Jean Palfrey, 79, who spotted the pies at a Morrison supermarket and stepped forward to reach them but fell over the low unattended flatbed trolley,
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High flying pr guru banned from driving after caught speeding on M5 along with his five year old son (16 November 2012)

Mathew Freud the PR guru, head of the international PR firm Freud Communications was caught by police racing home along the M5 in Devon and was banned from the roads for six months and fined almost £1,000 at Exeter Magistrates Court, for the exceptionally high speed.
Mr Freud was caught speeding on the motorway at 117mph in a Ferrari while his five year old son slept in the front seat.
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A care worker who came into UK illegally and used forged documents to get job, and bank accounts was jailed for 15 months (15 November 2012)

An illegal immigrant, Catherine Rubia, used forged documents to get jobs, open bank accounts and even secure loan has been jailed for 15 months.
Rubia, 44, used false passport and counterfeit asylum registration card in different names to achieve her targets of getting jobs, opening bank accounts and securing a loan of £17,000.
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A driver who filed for compensation against his former employers withdrew his case to and avoided costs (15 November 2012)

of Redditch who filed for compensation against his employers withdrew his compensation claims and whiled doing so has avoided paying more than £6,000 in costs to his ex employers.  Read more...

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A mother who used her little son as cancer patient to get benefits has been jailed (14 November 2012)

A mother, who shaved her young son’s head and eyebrows and forced him to use a wheelchair to make it appear as if he was seriously ill and committed benefit fraud of £85,000 in benefits, has been jailed.
She pretended this for three years when the boy was aged between six and nine. The boy was sent to the school wearing a bandana and making him remain in his wheelchair, even though he was the target of ridicule by his classmates.
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Former MP found to have committed allowance scam (14 November 2012)

A former MP for Luton South who had claimed £60,000 including one claim which was almost her entire annual allowance as expenses for broken boilers and phone lines which did not exist was ruled by the jury to have committed the scam. But she would be spared jail after it was found that she was unfit to stand trial on mental grounds.  Read more...

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A property developing couple sue Barclays for negligence and defamation (14 November 2012)

A property developer and his wife are suing the Barclays for more than £3 million claiming that the bank had given wrong information to the credit reference agencies on their overdraft limit which ruined their credit ratings and killed their business.
The couple Michael and Carol Gatt are now living in a bungalow overlooking their former home the £4m Melksham Court, a Cotswold country estate.
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