Monday, October 8, 2007

Legal News

Compensation for injured soldiers is “insulting”
The Ministry of Defence is being criticised for not looking after severely injured troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. The wife of a brain damaged soldier has said that the compensation offer is “insulting”. CPD Webinars

Pregnant woman loses unfair dismissal claim
An employment tribunal has cleared a company of unfairly sacking a pregnant employee but criticised its actions in carrying out the dismissal. Northampton Chronicle

Driver fined for smoking in lorry
A lorry driver has been prosecuted for smoking in his cab. A dog warden spotted him smoking and flicking the stub out of the lorry's window. He also received a fine for depositing litter with the stub. BBC

Good Samaritans face unfair dismissal claim
A couple who played Good Samaritan and gave work experience to a prisoner could have to pay up for unfair dismissal. This is Wiltshire

Man jailed over Facebook message
A husband banned from contacting his estranged wife was jailed after he inadvertently sent her a message on the social networking site Facebook. Telegraph

One in five job advertisements still fails to comply with age discrimination legislation
A year after age discrimination was outlawed in the workplace, one in five job advertisements still fails to comply with the rules. Personnel Today

Best of the Blogs

UK blawgs - where are we now?
Although a handful of UK law bloggers were active before 2006, it was only then that the UK blawgosphere started to take off. Since then, new law blogs have continued to appear at the rate of about one a week. There are now 125 UK law blogs. Binary Law

Playing his JackCard
BabyB's enjoying his new-found power as a tenant and gives some advice to a new pupil ‘Oh, it’s easy. Really. Just keep your head down, don’t cause any trouble and be nice to your fellow pupils.’ Baby Barista at the Times

When a judge poses a threat of serious harm . . .
There are good judges, there are mediocre judges and there are bad judges. But it is rare for an official body to conclude that a judge “poses a substantial threat of serious harm to the public and to the administration of justice” says David Pannick QC. Times

Why the record industry is terrified of Radiohead's new album
Radiohead are the latest – and greatest – (says Andy Gill) band to shun the conventional CD release. Their new album is available online – and you don't have to pay for it. Independent

The Magistrate comments on two major legal events going on at the moment, one the trial of the Metropolitan Police for 'health and safety' failures over the death of Jean-Charles de Menezes, and the other the Diana inquest. The Magistrate's Blog

Drinking makes you clever?…
Charon QC reports on some refreshing research. Charon QC

And Finally...

Officers hunt cardboard cut-out thief
A thief has stolen a cardboard cut-out of a policeman which was put in a store to deter shoplifters. Sky

Judge ridicules £100,000 cost of car legal battle
Greater love has no man than he who lays down the contents of his wallet for his dream motor. But even the most devout petrolhead would have been forced to agree with Lord Justice Ward when he described one man's feud with a dealership over his "red hot" sports car as "completely cuckoo". Independent

US law student ruins his job prospects
Read the email sent by a US law student who took less than kindly to being made to hang around all morning for a job interview. And the reply from the partner. Roll On Friday

The church that's too ugly to get married in
It will do for praising the Lord or holding funerals and christenings. But when it comes to getting married, St Michael and All Angels church might as well be in the wilderness. Mirror

Artists' secret shopping mall pad
Eight artists built and furnished a secret apartment inside a US shopping mall - and stayed there for four years. Ananova

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