Plebgate: Mitchell loses bid to have libel fees paid by the Sun

Plebgate: Mitchell loses bid to have libel fees paid by the Sun

The former Conservative Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell has lost his legal bid to have his lawyers’ fees covered by the Sun newspaper, after suing them in the wake of the ‘plebgate’ scandal, reports the BBC. Mr Mitchell is suing the Sun newspaper for their reporting of an incident that occurred in Downing Street, London, in September 2012. The incident involved Mr Mitc hell and police officers stationed at the entrance to Downing Street. Mr Mitchell…

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Higher education: Sussex University threatens legal action over occupation by students

Higher education: Sussex University threatens legal action over occupation by students

Sussex University has threatened a group of students with legal action after they occupied a university building to protest against what they see as the privatisation of services on campus, reports The Independent. The group of students has barricaded themselves into the Bramber House building at the Sussex University campus site at Falmer, near Brighton. The students are protesting the ongoing privatisation of services by the University of Sussex, which the students see as part…

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Legal highs: Coroner to write to Home Secretary urging banning of AMT

Legal highs: Coroner to write to Home Secretary urging banning of AMT

A Salisbury coroner has said he will write to the Home Secretary Theresa May to ask her to legislate against a ‘legal high’ known as AMT, which caused the death of 23-year-old Christopher Scott. Scott took two of the ‘legal high’ tablets known by the brand name ‘AMT’, whilst on a night out in Swindon, Wiltshire, last July. AMT is a drug known as alpha-methyltriptamine, and is one of a range of substances referred to…

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Badgers: Ex-Queen guitarist launches legal action against badger cull

Badgers: Ex-Queen guitarist launches legal action against badger cull

Brian May, a former guitarist with the band Queen, has announced that his organisation ‘Save Me’ will fund a legal challenge against the Government’s badger cull policy, reports the BBC. The Government is conducting a national cull of the woodland animals after farmers raised fears that they were responsible for the spread of bovine TB, and a resulting large and rising loss in cattle numbers. The cull is being administered by government agency Natural England,…

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Fraud: Saatchi assistants accuse Nigella Lawson over drugs

Fraud: Saatchi assistants accuse Nigella Lawson over drugs

Two former kitchen assistants of television chef Nigella Lawson have told a court that she bribed them to keep quiet about her drug habits by allowing them to use her husband Charles Saatchi’s credit card, as the two assistants face trial for defrauding Saatchi out of £300,000, reports the Daily Telegraph. The two assistants, Francesca and Elisabetta Grillo, were arrested and charged with defrauding advertising mogul Saatchi out of £300,000, and are currently on trial…

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Personal finance: Government announces new law on payday loans

Personal finance: Government announces new law on payday loans

The Government has announced new legislation to cap the amount of interest that payday loan companies can charge for short-term loans, reports the BBC. Payday loan companies have been in the media spotlight for some time, with the Government threatening to legislate against them unless the industry was able to self-regulate to stamp out bad practice. Payday loans are short-term finance deals readily available at short notice, allowing customers to borrow against their earnings to…

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Employment law: BBC investigation reveals problems at Amazon

Employment law: BBC investigation reveals problems at Amazon

A BBC investigation into employment practices at online retailer Amazon has revealed that staff working for the company face an increased risk of mental illness compared to other workers. The investigation involved secret filming of a typical night shift by an undercover worker planted into the Amazon warehouse by the BBC. The footage was then shown to Professor Michael Marmot, an expert in work-based stress, who concluded that the sorts of conditions that Amazon employees…

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Matrimonial Survey indicates increase in self representation in court

Matrimonial Survey indicates increase in self representation in court

A dramatic rise in the number of people representing themselves in court is one of the key findings from the latest Matrimonial Survey. The survey, which canvasses the opinions of family law experts in the UK, suggests that 24% of solicitors believed that the leading issue in family law during the last year was litigant in person (somebody who is not represented by a solicitor or barrister in court).

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Breach of contract: Golfer McIlroy settles dispute with sunglasses maker

Breach of contract: Golfer McIlroy settles dispute with sunglasses maker

Multi-millionaire golfer Rory McIlroy has announced the end of a long-running legal dispute with his former sponsor Oakley, reports Reuters. McIlroy was sponsored by Oakley previously in a deal that concluded at the end of last year, shortly before McIlroy announced a lucrative $200m deal with sportswear giant Nike. Oakley sued in California, claiming that their agreement with McIlroy entitled them to a first refusal on any potential new sponsorship deal, preempting his ability to…

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Litigation: Female RAF recruits win compensation for injuries

Litigation: Female RAF recruits win compensation for injuries

Three Royal Air Force recruits have won compensation from the MoD after suffering injuries relating to marching, reports the BBC. The three women sued the Ministry of Defence after claiming that marching practice that was conducted alongside taller male colleagues had left them over-striding and had caused long-term damage to their backs. The story, reported in the Mail on Sunday, concludes with the three being understood to have agreed a £100,000 settlement each with the…

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