Monday, July 2, 2007

WEEKLY REVIEW

LEGAL NEWS

Barristers should use ‘blush test’ when offering hospitality
The Bar Standards Board (BSB) is suggesting a “blush test” as guidance to barristers when offering hospitality and gifts to solicitors and clients. CPD Webinars

Google sued over defamatory postings found on web search
Google, the world's biggest search engine, is being sued by a London businessman in a landmark legal action that could hold the US-based company liable for the publication of inaccurate, malicious or damaging material on the internet. Independent

Sacked high-flyer settles
A highflying Sky TV executive, who negotiated the Simpsons contract for the satellite channel, has received an undisclosed settlement after claiming that she lost her job because she was pregnant. Times

Judges told to stick to the day job as mediation pilot fails
The controversial pilot scheme in the Technology and Construction Court (TCC) to test whether judges can act as mediators looks doomed to failure after being used just twice during its first year. The Lawyer

TUC publishes migrant worker safety guide for employers
The TUC has published an employers’ guide to help ensure the safety of migrant workers and warns employers that many migrant staff are more vulnerable than UK employees to illness, injuries or death at work. Personnel Today

Crash victim to get £2m compensation
An East Yorkshire man who is permanently wheelchair-bound after a car accident will receive more than £2 million in compensation in a landmark House of Lords ruling. The amount was cut by a quarter because he had not been wearing a seatbelt at the time. York Press

BEST OF THE BLOGS

Quelle chance
BabyB ties up some loose ends with ThirdSix and TopFirst before hearing wise words from OldRuin “It’s the dark ingredients of the soul which give us strength BabyB. Cherish the gift for it takes us closer to heaven than ever we’d realise…” BabyBarista at the Times

Can he deliver?
The Psychiatrist has 3 words of advice for Alan Johnson, the new secretary of state for health -‘Patients, Patients, Patients.’ The Psychiatrist

Justice without force is powerless; force without justice is tyrannical…
Charon QC quotes Blaise Pascal’s aphorism on the start of the Brown government. He eschews ‘era’, ‘new dawn’ or any other cliche - because Brown is regarded as a serious politician, who has expressed the desire to preside over a government of all the talents, return to the idea that Parliament should play a more prominent role and do his utmost. Charon QC

Taking Liberties
Lawyer-2-be reviews the film Taking Liberties Lawyer-2-be

Jailhouse quotes
Blonde Justice reports on Paris Hilton’s quote from her time in jail – “Don’t serve the time, let the time serve you.” Blonde Justice

Out of ivory towers and into mosques
Frances Gibb tells how Judge Geoffrey Kamil is leading the push by judges to forge links with their local communities – and encourage them to join the justice system. Times

AND FINALLY...

A proper property search
At last someone has come up with a very simple Google-type search engine which allows you to look for the property you're after and doesn't bombard you with a hundred irrelevant ones. Only covering the London area so far but perhaps it will be further afield soon. It's called Zoomf and is at www.zoomf.com

Location location location
Was live TV the place for this? A US news reader refuses to read the Paris Hilton story and shreds it on live TV. You Tube

Bank tells woman she's dead
A Shropshire pensioner trying to withdraw money from her savings account was refused - because she was 'dead'. Ananova

Sleeping on the job
A skint British Airways worker slept in a works' store cupboard for nearly eight months. Stephen McNally bunked down among computers and photocopiers to avoid security. Mirror

Rank takes on the smoking ban with mobile bingo
Rank Group is installing outdoor shelters with gambling machines at its Mecca Bingo clubs in an attempt to mitigate the impact of the smoking ban in England. Guardian

1 comment:

JJ said...

There are rumours that bingo is being banned in the US, is that true?
In the UK, bingo has suffered in recent months due to the ban on smoking in public places, causing smoking customers to either go outside for a cig and face the harsh cold (not a good move for the aged) or stay at home and not play, thus starving people like me wanting to Play Bingo UK Halls constantly. But banning bingo completely is ridiculous! It is a very mild form of gambling at the most! If you’re going to ban bingo then the lottery has to go too surely? Isn’t that gambling?
Bingo is a number game, based on pure luck, so really it’s not even similar to other gambling games such as poker and sports betting. It’s just like buying a lottery ticket just you have to get more numbers! So then why is it such a problem? Its just takes away the older generations entertainment while the younger generations indulge in perfectly “legal” things like DRUGS! Can they not see which the bigger problem is?