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Contact row parents should see the bigger picture

Parents arguing over contact rights should be aware of the damaging effect it can have on their children, a judge has stated. Sitting at the Court of Appeal in London, Lord Justice McFarlane stressed the importance of putting the child’s needs first and said it was in their best interests to see both parents, no

All claimants to benefit from costs-shifting

Qualified one-way-costs shifting will apply to all claimants no matter what their financial means, the Ministry of Justice has confirmed. In a written ministerial statement today, justice minister Jonathan Djanogly said there would be no financial test to determine eligibility. The new costs regime is being introduced as part of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and

Workers aged over 65 should pay NI

Tory MP Therese Coffey claims pensioners who continue to work should pay National Insurance, suggesting the extra revenue could be passed on as tax breaks to firms which employ young, low-paid workers. Currently, those in employment over the age of 65 do not pay National Insurance on their earnings. However, with more people expected to

“Fair access to justice or undermining vulnerable defendants”

With the speed of sentencing those who committed atrocities in last summer’s London riots, there is a chance those vulnerable defendants will find themselves caught up in what has been seen as the judiciaries “hard-line” approach to crime. Although acting as a deterrent.  There is a risk defendants with learning difficulties and mental health problems

Justice or undermining vulnerable defendants

With the speed of sentencing those who committed atrocities in last summer’s London riots, there is a chance those vulnerable defendants will find themselves caught up in what has been seen as the judiciaries “hard-line” approach to crime. Although acting as a deterrent. There is a risk defendants with learning difficulties and mental health problems

“Negligence costs NHS record £1.2bn”

The NHS paid out £1.2 billion in litigation claims between 2011 and 2012 – the highest amount ever. It represents a huge jump on the year before when the health service’s clinical negligence compensation bill totalled £863 million in legal costs and compensation payouts. Tom Fothergill, director of finance at the NHS Litigation Authority (NHS

NHS – Highest Litigation Claim Ever [2011-12]

The NHS paid out £1.2 billion in litigation claims between 2011 and 2012 – the highest amount ever. It represents a huge jump on the year before when the health service’s clinical negligence compensation bill totalled £863 million in legal costs and compensation payouts. Tom Fothergill, director of finance at the NHS Litigation Authority (NHS

Case Comment: New Judgment: Phillips v Mulcaire [2012] UKSC 28

On appeal from: [2012] EWCA Civ 48 Phillips applied to add Mulcaire as a defendant in proceedings relating to alleged hacking of her voicemail, and for an order for disclosure forcing him to identify the person instructing him to intercept messages. Mulcaire appealed against decisions holding that the Senior Courts Act 1981, s 72 excluded

Court rejects appeal from prisoners

Justice Secretary Ken Clarke declared himself “delighted” with a decision by the High Court to reject an appeal from prisoners who claim that the levy on their wages which goes to victim support is too high. The challenge, which questioned the legality of the way Mr Clarke is operating rules governing deductions from pay packets,