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’.
In what is a twist on the traditional assumption in sex discrimination cases, twenty-three men have been successful in their £500,000 claim against a Welsh university.
The men originally worked as tradesmen and caretakers at Swansea Metropolitan University, which merged with the University of Wales Trinity St David (UWTSD).
A serious fraud trial has today (01 May 2014) been halted due to the judge deciding that there was no prospect of a fair trial.
The reasoning is that the defendants will not be adequately represented because no barristers agreed to take on the case.
There have been a lot of changes made to employment law recently, mainly with the aim of improving efficiency, reducing the number of spurious cases and ultimately saving the government money.
The latest is the introduction of Early Conciliation, a new requirement that must take place before any claim is made to the employment tribunal.
Concerns are mounting over no-win, no-fee agreements after a Legal Ombudsman’s report in late January 2014 highlighted abusive practices by some solicitors.
In 2013 lawyers were ordered to pay nearly £1 million in compensation to clients after agreements went wrong.
For the first time ever barristers across England and Wales have staged a refusal to work in the criminal courts, to raise the issue of the Government’s plans to cut legal aid fees by up to 30%.
They are being joined by solicitors, in what is also an unprecedented move, as they seek to highlight the two major issues at stake – the cutting of fees for legal aid work, and the belief that this will lead to poorer quality legal representation for those people not able to pay privately.
An unusual family law case from China recently surfaced in a number of new sources.
According to the reports, Jian Fang was “horrified” at how ugly his and his beautiful wife’s newborn daughter was.
He initially refused to believe the child was his, which led to his wife admitting having had extensive plastic surgery in South Korea before they met.
Apparently Fang sued his now ex-wife for false pretences and won, with the judge ordering her to pay several thousand pounds in compensation.
In early November 2013 consultant surgeon David Sellu was convicted of manslaughter by gross negligence and sentenced to two and a half years in prison.
When presented with a patient suffering from severe abdominal pains, Sellu suspected a ruptured bowel but delayed in prescribing antibiotics and doing abdominal scans. The patient, James Hughes, went on to die and the court found that he would have stood a higher chance of surviving had Sellu treated him with the appropriate urgency.
Jail serious, that’s how serious.
Stuart Syvret, a politician and former Health Minister of Jersey, was sentenced to three months’ imprisonment on 4th November in connection with material published on his blog. He had made grave allegations against a nurse in a hospital with a high death rate, and against several individuals regarding historic child abuse in Jersey care homes.
Last night Chris Huhne, the former cabinet minister, spent his first night in jail for lying about who was owed the speeding points handed to him in 2003.
It is a dramatic fall from grace for a politician who was once considered one of the most dynamic ministers in the coalition. He only became an MP in 2005, but was energy secretary in the early stages of the coalition before the scandal broke.