UK law

Anguish of parents as Law Lords reject plea for Giles

By Leon Symons, August 1, 2008

Five Law Lords this week dashed the hopes of a couple who have spent five years fighting for justice for their murdered son.

They allowed Hertfordshire Constabulary's appeal against a Court of Appeal ruling that it had breached the human rights of Giles Van Colle by failing to protect him from his killer. Mr Van Colle, then 25, was shot three times in the back in November, 2000 by Daniel Brougham, a former employee against whom he was due to give evidence in a theft trial.


Now Balen case will go to the Lords

May 30, 2008

A London solicitor is to take his campaign for the BBC to release a report into its Israel coverage to the highest court in the country.

For three years, the corporation has successfully resisted attempts by Steven Sugar to obtain a copy of the 2004 Balen Report under the Freedom of Information Act.

But this week, Mr Sugar said that the House of Lords has agreed to hear an appeal against previous court decisions that were in favour of the BBC.


Warren Bergson uses the law to keep celebrities driving

By Candice Krieger, May 30, 2008

Manchester lawyer Nick Freeman, aka “Mr Loophole”— known for helping celebrity clients escape driving convictions — is not the only crusading solicitor around. Warren Bergson, who lives in Broughton Park and calls himself “the motorist’s friend”, is carving out a successful niche of his own. A specialist in traffic law, Mr Bergson — who does not hold a driving licence —


Union gets legal threat over boycott

By Simon Rocker, May 23, 2008

The University and College Union has been warned of legal repercussions if it passes a motion calling on members to review links with Israel at its congress in Manchester next week.

Lawyers advising the Stop the Boycott Campaign say that the resolution — backed by the union’s own executive — is tantamount to support for boycott action already deemed unlawful.

But Sally Hunt, the union’s general secretary, denied that there was any call for a boycott.


Murder victim's family await verdict

By Leon Symons, May 23, 2008

A North London couple fighting for justice for their murdered son face an anxious wait before finding out whether their five-year ordeal is at an end.

Murdered: Giles Van Cole

Irwin and Corinne Van Colle have this week sat patiently through a four-day House of Lords appeal granted to Hertfordshire Constabulary and due to finish yesterday.


Lawyers help student avoid Shabbat exams

By Simon Rocker, May 23, 2008

A student has been allowed to take one of his final exam papers a day early to avoid sitting it on Shabbat, after lawyers intervened with his university.

Hertfordshire University had initially refused Joel Raivid, 21, a BSc psychology student from Edgware, Middlesex, permission to sit the exam on the Friday before its scheduled Saturday slot.

He was told he would have to wait until several weeks later and take it in the re-sit period in late June or early July.


John Marks calls for abortion laws to be made more lenient

By Candice Krieger, May 23, 2008

John Marks, a former chair of the British Medical Association, has welcomed this week’s decision by MPs to reject a cut in the time limit for abortions. He is now calling for current laws to be liberalised towards abortion on demand.

Dr Marks, 82, one of the UK’s best-recognised medical names, tells People: “I see no reason to involve two doctors. I believe it is a matter of choice for the woman. The life that matters is the potential mother, not the unborn foetus. There’s no contest.”