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Homeless person

Supreme Court homeless appeals

16 December 2014By Giles Peaker

Three landmark appeals being heard this week should clarify who is ‘vulnerable’ and entitled to priority rehousing by local authorities.

Edwards

Crown court fees

1 December 2014By Anthony Edwards

Important changes have come in to force for cases with representation orders dated on or after 2 October 2014.

Ann Maguire

Punishment in criminal law

1 December 2014By Dan Hyde

The justice system must better represent the needs of victims.

Nicholas Dobson

Evictions and homelessness

1 December 2014By Nicholas Dobson

Homelessness evictions without court order lawful.

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Downing Street

Judicial review

19 December 2014

In the course of litigation following ‘Plebgate’, the claimant police officers sought judicial review of the Independent Police Complaints Commission’s decision to re-determine the mode of investigation of them.

Ministry of Defence

Human rights

26 November 2014

Certain preliminary issues came to be tried in more than 600 High Court cases in which Iraqi civilians are claiming damages from the Ministry of Defence for their allegedly unlawful detention and alleged ill-treatment by British armed forces in Iraq.

Mr Justice Mostyn

Costs (family)

20 November 2014

In financial proceedings the Family Division imposed a costs penalty on the husband. The judge commented on the scale of the costs incurred by the parties, which he described as ‘totally disproportionate’.

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Alexis Graham

Partner hire: Maclay Murray & Spens

12 November 2014

Alexis Graham joins private client and charities department in Glasgow.

All Private Client

london

City lawyers urge SRA to retain consumer credit brief

18 December 2014By Gazette newsdesk

CLLS warns of extra costs and risk of criminal liability if regulation passes to the Financial Conduct Authority.

SRA Cube

SDT fine upgraded to suspension after SRA appeal

17 December 2014By

Solicitor had agreed to pay an expert knowing they were not fit, competent or adequately qualified.

All Regulation and compliance

Jonathan Goldsmith

When governments shame lawyers

19 December 2014By

In criticising the Al-Sweady lawyers the government is flouting international standards. 

Jonathanrayner

Human rights in parallel universes

18 December 2014By

Solicitor general assures us that rights are safe in this government's hands.  

When the Clocks Stopped

BOOK REVIEW: When the Clocks Stopped

18 December 2014By Nicholas Goodman

Author Marion Eaton has created a resourceful solicitor hero who is equally cool in different epochs.

All opinion

University of Law, Bloomsbury

University of Law eyes property sales

18 December 2014By Gazette reporter

Today’s £68m deal for prestigious London campus could be first of many, as Montagu Private Equity looks to raise cash. 

Lehman Brothers office

Negligence actions against law firms soar

4 December 2014By Gazette reporter

High Court cases multiply as time runs out to pursue ‘credit crunch’ claims.

All Property

David Bott

Leading PI lawyers concerned by whiplash plans

19 December 2014By

Firm leaders warn of consequences of government's MedCo system for medical experts.

Lord Faulks

Heroism bill survives Lords vote

16 December 2014By

Government succeeds in pushing Social Action, Responsibility and Heroism Bill through another parliamentary stage.

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