New taxi ‘app’ service faces High Court challenge

New taxi ‘app’ service faces High Court challenge

A new taxi service operating via a mobile phone app in London is facing a legal challenge in the UK High Court after licenced taxi drivers complained that the app infringes on their lawful trade, reports the BBC. The new service operated by Uber runs in 100 countries around the world, and works by matching a nearby taxi driver to a fare. The app allows customers to compare the fares of nearby drivers in order…

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EU drugs agency reveals soaring access to ‘legal highs’

EU drugs agency reveals soaring access to ‘legal highs’

The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) has revealed a soaring number of new psychoactive substances, also known as ‘legal highs’ in a recent report, reports the Independent. The EU drug watchdog monitors the access to and use of drugs across the European Union and reports on trends. Its latest report reveals that the use of legal highs across Europe is reaching levels not seen before, with more than 650 websites selling…

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Industry group says service sector growing and employing more staff

Industry group says service sector growing and employing more staff

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) says businesses in the service sector, which include law firms, are growing again and that data shows they are taking on new staff, reports the BBC. Businesses in the service industries are reporting that the economic outlook is more positive now than at any time recently, with the Confederation of British Industry reporting that the sector is now employing more new staff than before. The service sector includes consumer…

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Construction: Rise in major projects results in more costly litigation

Construction: Rise in major projects results in more costly litigation

The rise in the number of multi-million pound construction projects involving joint ventures between companies is leading to an increasing number of legal disputes as partners fall out over contract details, reports the Financial Times. Joint ventures are separate legal vehicles, which are often created by two or more companies who use the newly created vehicle for the completion of a specific contract or project. The aim of a joint venture is to separate out…

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Leader of Northern Ireland party takes legal action

Leader of Northern Ireland party takes legal action

The leader of Northern Ireland’s newest party has said he is to launch an unspecified legal action after a falling out with his deputy leader, reports the BBC. Basil McCrea is the leader of Northern Ireland’s NI21 party, and spoke after falling out with his deputy John McCallister, to say he is intending to take an unspecified legal action after being made the subject of allegations of inappropriate sexual activity, which he denies. The BBC…

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Apple seeks retrial in Samsung patent infringement case

Apple seeks retrial in Samsung patent infringement case

The electronics giant Apple has requested a retrial in America after a judge ordered Samsung to pay it $119m in damages for breach of two of Apple’s patents, reports the BBC. The war between Apple and Samsung has waged for many years, with Samsung seemingly now well ahead in the marketplace for ‘smartphones’ worldwide with a market share globally of around 30%. Apple is some way off with a market share of around 15%. The…

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Mum takes Education Secretary to court over holiday plans

Mum takes Education Secretary to court over holiday plans

A disgruntled mother has decided to sue Education Secretary Michael Gove over his policy aimed at cracking down on parents who take their children out of school during term time, reports the Western Daily Press. Karen Wilkinson, a mother of three from Bath, Somerset is leading a campaign against the crackdown by Conservative Minister Mr Gove. The campaign is called ‘Parents want a say’, and follows on from a petition against the government proposal, which…

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Probate: Legal experts want law change over burial wishes

Probate: Legal experts want law change over burial wishes

Legal experts are seeking a change in the law to allow individuals to specify their wishes on how they would like to be buried, to avoid problems with interpretation of last wishes, reports the Independent. The news follows on from a court decision that the remains of Richard III, recently discovered under a car park in Leicester, are to be interred in Leicester and not moved to York. The ruling has prompted legal experts to…

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Criminal law: Woman stabbed 26 times loses fight over investigation

Criminal law: Woman stabbed 26 times loses fight over investigation

A northern Irish woman stabbed 26 times by a man at a medical centre in Belfast has lost a legal challenge against the investigation carried out into the attack, reports the BBC. Mary McReynolds, who was 40 at the time, was attacked at the Grove Wellbeing Centre in Belfast in August 2011 by Darren Todd, a 26-year-old from County Down. Eye witnesses saw Mr Todd attack Ms McReynolds from just 20 or 30 feet away…

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Doctor responsible for death of British man will not be extradited to UK

Doctor responsible for death of British man will not be extradited to UK

The family of a British man who died after being given a lethal dose of a powerful painkiller have expressed their disbelief that the doctor responsible will not be extradited to the UK to face charges, reports the BBC. David Gray from Cambridgeshire died in 2008 after being given a dose of the painkiller diamorphine that was ten times the standard dose by Dr Daniel Ubani from Germany. Dr Ubani returned to Germany after the…

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