Monday, September 24, 2007

Cyclists and the law

A couple of nice quotes in The Times last week about cyclists and the law.

Boris Johnson
Why do you cycle and talk on your mobile at the same time?
"Just as I will never vote to ban hunting, so I will never vote to abolish the free-born Englishman's time-hallowed and immemorial custom, dating back as far as 1990 or so, of cycling while talking on a mobile."

Lord Hoffman (Law Lord)
Do you always obey the Highway Code?
Up to a point, Lord Copper. Sometimes I lose patience at lights when there is obviously nothing in sight.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

British Surfing Museum

Great news from Peter Robinson, the director of The British Surfing Museum, who tells me that he’s just obtained sponsorship for the museum from the clothing company Oxbow for the next three years. Apparently Oxbow’s new marketing strategy is to go back to its roots of longboard surfing which is great news for the museum which has the most extensive and historically significant collection of vintage surfboards, literature and memorabilia on public display and for academic research in Britain. The culmination of this sponsorship will be the establishment of a new purpose built venue in 2010.

In the meantime, Peter has organised a fantastic exhibition entitled ‘An Art History of British Surfing’ which will be situated in the Havant Museum in Hampshire from January 19th to March 1st next year followed by the Red House Museum in Christchurch from May 3rd to June 14th 2008 and finally The National Fishing Heritage Centre in Grimsby from June 28th to September 7th 2008. It promises to be a rare treat for surfers and non-surfers alike with original British surfboards dating back almost a century featuring art and sculptural form. It will be complemented by an eclectic mix of memorabilia showing amazing artwork from the creative minds of surfers and those drawn to this ancient pastime. Also on show will be stunning replicas of ancient Hawaiian surfboards hand carved by the Tom Pohaku Stone – a lecturer in Hawaiian culture and surfer of legendary status. Sponsored by Oxbow and the Kind Design graphics team in North Devon, it’ll be well worth a look.

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Weekly Review

Legal News

BT worker loses unfair dismissal claim for phone scam
A BT call centre manager, involved in a multi-million pound Ministry of Defence call-handling scam, has lost her claim for unfair dismissal. CPD Webinars

Lord Chief Justice speaks out against US-style selection of judges
Britain’s most senior judge has strongly opposed any move towards American-style selection of judges involving Parliament. Times

Whistle-blower in job fight
A health-club worker claims she was unfairly sacked after raising concern with bosses over the appointment of Angela Baillie - the solicitor jailed for supplying drugs to a prisoner. Scotsman

Judges attack hate campaign
Judges have reacted swiftly to condemn as “inappropriate and irresponsible” the publication of their home addresses by a fathers’ campaign group. BBC

Ramadan presents religious discrimination concern
Workers are being warned not to indirectly discriminate against Muslim workers by failing to recognise the month of Ramadan. HR Zone

Prince sues internet sites for breaching his copyright
He gave away his last album free with a newspaper, but Prince has now taken a stance to defend the rights of the artist by launching a legal action against internet sites that he claims have infringed his copyright. Independent

Best of the Blogs

Yet another police murder
PC Bloggs reports on the case of a woman who lay dead in a house for three years and recommends new legislation making it the police's job to force entry into the houses of anybody whose family hasn't visited for a while. PC Bloggs

Hey Up
As the tenancy decision looms, BabyB reports on his week of favours, stitch ups, bombs falling and combine harvesters. Baby Barista at the Times

Courts lose details of offender surcharges
The Magistrate asks - why does this not surprise me? The Magistrate's Blog

Time is ripe to judge the judges
John Malpas reveals his personal brushes with the judiciary. Legal Week Editors' Blog

Opportunity knocks
The goal of the Judicial Appointments Commission was to create a fairer recruitment process for the judiciary. Anita Rice asks - has much changed? Law Gazette Guardian

And Finally...

What can law schools do better?
The current issue of The Complete Lawyer focuses on law schools. The Complete Lawyer

Plagiarising lawyer sent to ethics class
A US lawyer has been forced to refund his client's fees and attend a class on professional responsibility after admitting charging thousands of dollars for a simple act of plagiarism. Roll on Friday

Silence (of the lambs) in court
A robbery suspect is wheeled into court strapped and gagged after attacking his lawyer. Mirror

'Nurse, I need a Wii'
Pensioners bored of knitting and bridge have got hooked on a Nintendo Wii games console at their retirement home. Ananova

'Unlucky' burglar tries to rob policeman
A man from Hampshire has been jailed after he was surprised by the policeman owner of the house he was attempting to burgle. Madasafish

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Weekly Review

Legal News

First National Minimum Wage criminal prosecution case
The owner of a children’s nursery has been fined in the first National Minimum Wage criminal prosecution. CPD Webinars

Framed father tells of barrister fake email plot
A father who was framed by a leading barrister in a child custody case has spoken for the first time about the extraordinary chain of events that led to him uncovering the deception. Telegraph

Maimed soldier 'let down' by Army compensation
The mother of a soldier who lost both his legs in an explosion in Afghanistan is to challenge his "flawed" compensation award in the High Court. BBC

Biotech firm sued over brain cancer vaccine claim
A biotechnology company whose shares more than doubled after it said that it had obtained regulatory clearance for the world’s first brain cancer vaccine is facing a class action lawsuit in the United States alleging that it misled investors. Times

Train ticket increases could breach law
Rail fare increases could breach competition law if passengers are left carrying an excessive share of the cost of running the railways, the industry regulator has warned. Guardian

Developer loses landmark squatting case
A property developer’s landmark legal fight to secure compensation for land lost to squatters has ended in failure after Europe’s highest court ruled that UK law did not breach the developer’s human rights. Times

Best of the Blogs

BabyB goes up against one of the most qualified people in the world ever. And wins. Baby Barista at the Times

Saga louts, plodberrys and a few other matters....
Charon QC comments on all sorts of matters... no law though Charon QC

No need to move for overseas travel
You feel you are in the same room as your witnesses or clients. They are life-size, they sit around the same table as you, their voices are undistorted and clear and you can look them in the eye. This is the new generation of video meetings and it is like nothing we have seen before says Richard Susskind. Times

We know better:
PC Bloggs reports on a PC who pretended she'd been mugged, apparently in order to get a new mobile phone. PC Bloggs

The era was marked by mysterious envelopes.
Andrew Longstreth explains that as class action hits Europe, securities cases slump in US heartlands. Legal Week

And Finally...

'From the bottom of my heart I'm sorry'
A guilt-ridden burglar in New Zealand has broken into the same house twice in one day, first to steal some goods and later to return them - along with a heartfelt apology note. Sky

Banger out of order
Butcher Dennis Spurr has been ordered to take down a sign showing the Olympic rings made from sausages. Mirror

Vicars ban ‘un-Christian’ yoga for toddlers
A children’s exercise class has been banned from two church halls because it is teaching yoga. The group has been turned away by vicars who described yoga as a sham and un-Christian. Times

'Stale wee' fails to stop play
England's cricketers kept their focus to triumph over India despite the efforts of up to 100,000 Arctic Monkeys fans. Ananova

Thieves swipe biker's prosthetic hand
A disabled biker who left his prosthetic hand gripped to the handlebars of his Suzuki faces a bill for £450 for a new mitt after thieves made off with the original. The Register