UK law

Jail sentence strikes right balance in tackling online abuse

By Julian Hunt, October 24, 2014

This is the latest in a series of recent cases where magistrates have given prison sentences to those sending grossly offensive messages through the internet.

Those individuals who posted vile tweets against Stella Creasy MP and the footballer Fabrice Muamba, and who advocated the bombing of mosques after the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby, have all been jailed.

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Jewish lawyers plan a brief visit to Israel

By Marcus Dysch, March 28, 2014

A group of British lawyers plan to organise a visit to Israel and the West Bank as an alternative to similar trips which, they say, give “a distorted impression” of the Israeli legal system.

UK Lawyers for Israel will run the tour with the Zionist Federation to allow them to meet their Israeli counterparts.

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Crash payout cyclist is ‘still suffering’ seven years on

By Charlotte Oliver, March 26, 2014

A cyclist awarded almost £70,000 in damages after a near-death crash, said he is still paying the price for his “life-changing injuries”.

Alan Curtis, 53, was thrown from his bike while training for a Norwood-backed international ride in India. He struck a pothole while riding through Rickmansworth five years ago.

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Former Parliamentary candidate fails in Jewish blogger libel attempt

By Marcus Dysch, December 6, 2013

A former Parliamentary candidate has failed in his attempt to sue a Jewish blogger for libel.

Pro-cannabis campaigner Peter Reynolds claimed Sarah McCulloch had defamed him when she highlighted posts on his blog relating to homophobia, racism and sexism.

The High Court rejected Mr Reynolds’s claim and ordered him to pay Ms McCulloch’s costs.

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Children to return to Britain after mother wins court ruling in Russia

By Rosa Doherty, November 21, 2013

London mother Rachel Neustadt has won a ruling to get her children back from Russia after they were abducted by their father.

A Moscow City Court ruled that her two sons Daniel and Jonathan had been illegally kept in Russia in breach of a UK High Court order and ordered they be flown home with their mother, according to the BBC.

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CPS launches appeal after Hatzola acquittal

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 7, 2013

The Crown Prosecution Service has begun appeal proceedings with the High Court to overturn the acquittal of the Hatzola ambulance drivers it claims were illegally using blue lights and sirens to attend medical emergencies.

If the appeal is allowed, it could lead to a ban on community ambulance services across the UK using lights and sirens.

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Mother of six fails in challenge to benefit cap

By Simon Rocker, November 7, 2013

An Orthodox single mother of six children lost a legal challenge this week against the government’s clampdown on welfare benefits.

The High Court rejected a claim that the £26,000 a year maximum placed on benefit payments introduced by Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith this year was unduly unfair.

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Robert Harris warns curbs on press freedom could lead to more Dreyfus

By Rosa Doherty, October 14, 2013

Best selling author Robert Harris has warned how stricter state regulation of the media could lead to miscarriages of justice similar to the Dreyfus affair.

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Lawyer practises in British courts from Israel

By Nathan Jeffay, October 11, 2013

With law degrees from Cambridge and Harvard, Baruch Baigel’s resume is typical of the top-flight lawyers in the running for English Law Society awards later this month. But it holds one surprise — he has never practised law from a UK office.

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Anger as abuser avoids prison

By Anna Sheinman, October 10, 2013

The family and friends of a girl who was sexually abused have spoken of their disbelief and disgust that the paedophile who abused her has walked free from court.

Simeon Osen, 52, from Chigwell in Essex, pleaded guilty to four counts of sexual activity with the girl, as well as three counts of making indecent photographs of a child and two counts of possession of extreme pornography.

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