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Parliamentary report on City Link collapse criticises insolvency system

A joint parliamentary report conducted in the wake of the insolvency of parcel delivery firm City Link has criticised current insolvency law for being weighted against workers.

The company, which had been experiencing losses for several years, called in the administrators on 24th December last year. The 2,727 employees and approximately 1,000 contractors found out about the loss of their livelihoods on Christmas day.

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Court of Appeal rejects challenge to criminal legal aid cuts

A coalition of criminal solicitors has lost an attempt to stop cut in legal aid contracts from 1,600 to 527.

A judicial review initiated by the Law Society, Criminal Laws Solicitors’ Association and London Criminal Courts Solicitors’ Association (LCCSA) against the Ministry of Justice was rejected by the Appeal Court. (more…)

Increase in default judgements recorded as more civil cases go undefended

Ministry of Justice figures for 2014 show that judgements were issued in a total of 829,000 cases (not including family law matters).

This represents a 25% increase in judgements passed compared to 2013. In October to December 2014, the number of judgements was 196,000, this also represents an increase of 15% on the same quarter in the previous year.

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Copyright Infringement: A Blurred Line?

Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams have been ordered to pay $7.2 million dollars compensation to Marvin Gaye’s estate after their hit “Blurred Lines” was found to infringe the copyright of Gaye’s 1977 song “Got To Give It Up”.

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Law Society makes a case for those affected by court cost rise

As of April 2015, court fees across the United Kingdom are set to soar by 600 per cent in some cases.

Dismay ensued across the country upon announcement of the rise, expressed by the public and legal profession alike as the reality dawns that many could be denied a chance at justice as a result of such a hike.

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NHS pilots mediation service

The National Health Service Litigation Authority (NHS LA) has announced a pilot mediation scheme to resolve patient disputes.

Initially the scheme will be available for claims involving infant or elderly fatalities and care of the elderly.

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Worry over drop in family law cases since the Government’s change to legal aid

CAFCASS (Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service) figures show a drop in private law cases from July 2013 to July 2014 of 36%.

These cases tend to relate to living and shared time arrangements for children whose parents are separated.

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Bullying partners could face prosecution in the UK under new offence

Home Secretary Theresa May has launched a consultation on the creation of a new offence of domestic abuse. The proposals would include psychological abuse as well as violence.

Domestic abuse is a hugely prevalent crime in the UK. HMIC (Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary) figures for September 2012 to September 2013 show that it accounted for 1 million calls to police.

The latest Crime Survey for England and Wales suggests 30% of women and 16% of men will be victims of domestic abuse at some point.

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Increased protection for the public from litigation to be enforced

Conservative MP Chris Grayling has announced plans for a new bill to encourage people to help others without fearing being sued.

The proposed Social Action, Responsibility and Heroism Bill (“SARAH”) will allow judges considering someone’s liability for an accident to take into account whether they are:  working “for the good of society”; have acted in a “generally responsible way”; or took action “in an emergency.”

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New Balance to sue fashion mogul Karl Lagerfeld for intellectual property infringements

New Balance is having a fashion moment. Its classic 1970s trainers have been seen on the feet of just about everyone in New York, London and Paris. The brand has enjoyed a huge rise in popularity, going from somewhat nerdy to super cool.

It’s no surprise then that New Balance is more than a little annoyed at Karl Lagerfeld, the head of Paris fashion house Chanel. He has produced a remarkably similar shoe, complete with a ‘K’ logo in place of the iconic New Balance ‘N’.

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