Prisons: Prime Minister outlines government prison reform proposals in speech

Prisons: Prime Minister outlines government prison reform proposals in speech

The Prime Minister, David Cameron, laid out the government’s plans to reform the UK prison system yesterday. In his speech, the first solely on prisons by a Prime Minister in twenty years, Cameron said that the government plans to “tackle” the social problems intrinsically linked to crime and the prisons system and therefore reduce the number of prisoners reoffending. Cameron acknowledged some prisoners are not interested in changing their behaviour, but the recidivist rates are…

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Terrorism: Parents of IS suspect, ‘Jihadi Jack,’ arrested for attempting to send him money

Terrorism: Parents of IS suspect, ‘Jihadi Jack,’ arrested for attempting to send him money

The parents of a British man who allegedly left his home in Oxford to join the Islamic State in Syria have been arrested by police for attempting to send him money. The parents of a 20-year old British man accused of leaving the UK to join the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group in Syria have been arrested for trying to send him money. Speaking to the Metro, Thames Valley Police southeast counter-terrorism unit (Sectu) confirmed…

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Criminal law: Deepcut inquest hears evidence soldier may not have died from self-inflicted gun wound

Criminal law: Deepcut inquest hears evidence soldier may not have died from self-inflicted gun wound

A new inquest into the death of Cheryl James, a soldier stationed at Deepcut army barracks, has suggested that James did not die from a self-inflicted gunshot wound as previously thought. James. 18, died on 27 November 1995. he was discovered in a wood close to her abandoned guard post with a bullet wound between the bridge of her nose and her right eye. She was one of four army recruits found dead from gunshot…

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International: United Nations panel rules Wikileaks founder’s confinement is ‘arbitrary detention’

International: United Nations panel rules Wikileaks founder’s confinement is ‘arbitrary detention’

The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has ruled that the confinement of Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange, in a London Embassy constitutes ‘arbitrary detention.’ The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (UNWGAD) has concluded that Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange, is being “arbitrarily detained” in a London Embassy. Last week, Swedish ministry spokeswoman, Katarina Byrenius Roslund, said: “Their working group has made the judgement that Assange has been arbitrarily detained in contravention of international…

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Guest Blog: How to Design Your Law Office Space to Boost Productivity

Guest Blog: How to Design Your Law Office Space to Boost Productivity

First impressions always last, and so as a law professional you should always be well turned out in appropriate attire – this will not only make you look and feel and ready for business, it will also reassure your clients they’re receiving the level of professional service they’re paying for. The same is true for your office space, as a professional working environment can not only increase client confidence, it can also increase staff productivity….

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Business law: London law firms charging up to £1,100 per hour

Business law: London law firms charging up to £1,100 per hour

The Centre for Policy Studies (CPS, a right-leaning thinktank, has released a study showing partners at London law firms are charging clients over £1,000 per hour. The CPS report, called “The Price of Law”, shows that seven law firms based in London generated fees of over £1 billion in 2105 alone. The report criticises the high fees, stating such costs “restrict access to the law, particularly for smaller business clients for whom bills can be…

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Negligence law: Family of Raoul Moat victim lose negligence claim

Negligence law: Family of Raoul Moat victim lose negligence claim

The family of David Rathband, the police officer injured and blinded by Raoul Moat, have had their negligence claim thrown out of court.  Rathband’s family claimed that senior officers at Northumbria police, his employer at the time of the attack, had failed to warn Rathband about Moat when Rathband was waiting in his patrol car at a roundabout near Newcastle. In 2010, Raoul Moat, 37, had contacted the police to warn them he would be hunting for…

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Business law: Enterprise Bill gives local councils powers to relax Sunday trading laws

Business law: Enterprise Bill gives local councils powers to relax Sunday trading laws

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has announced that the Enterprise Bill will empower local councils in England and Wales to relax Sunday trading laws. The Business Secretary, Sajid Javid, said that new powers to devolve Sunday trading laws to local councils in England and Wales will permit them to ‘zone’ any relaxation in order to prioritise high streets and city centres. Mr. Javid revealed that the new policy will be included in the…

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Terrorism: British mother sentenced to six years’ imprisonment for joining IS and encouraging terrorism

Terrorism: British mother sentenced to six years’ imprisonment for joining IS and encouraging terrorism

A British mother, Tareena Shakil, has been jailed for six years after she was found guilty of joining the Islamic State and encouraging terrorism on social media. In October 2014, the 26-year old mother of one left her Birmingham home telling her family that she had booked a holiday. In reality, Ms. Skakil had taken her 14-month old son to the city of Raqqa, Syria – the centre of the terrorist network. Last week, she…

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Property law: Landlords now expected to carry out tenant immigration checks

Property law: Landlords now expected to carry out tenant immigration checks

From the 1st February 2016 landlords are legally expected to check any adult tenants living in their property have the right to do so. When new tenants want to sign an agreement with a landlord the landlord is expected to check whether each adult tenant has the right to rent property in England. Landlords are expected to check those using the property has their main home. If a tenant is using the property as their…

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