Contact Law blog

December 2011

Mother wins secret muslim adoption case

A mother has this week been vindicated by the Court of Appeal over an “exceptionally difficult adoption proceeding”.

The case concerned a child born to a Muslim couple who had a secret affair. The man was already married and the couple’s unplanned pregnancy was seen to pose a risk to the lives of the baby and the biological mother.

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Musical-loving student sentenced for contempt of court

A Manchester university student has been sentenced for contempt of court after he didn’t perform his jury duty. 19-year-old Matthew Banks had tickets to a London West End show on the fifth day of the trial. In order to see the show he claimed to be ill and unable to attend the hearing. However, Banks didn’t stay at home, and instead went to see the musical Chicago with his mother.

Banks’ deception was discovered after officials visited his home to see whether he would be fit to resume jury duty after the weekend.

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Met under fire over undercover romances

The actions of undercover policemen have been questioned on multiple occasions and on different grounds. However, whilst most of the controversies have related to the discovery of evidence, the Metropolitan Police are now facing an unprecedented legal challenge.

Eight women are planning on bringing legal action against the police force alleging that their human rights were violated by the actions of undercover policemen with whom they had romantic relationships under false pretences. The women say that the treatment they were exposed to was “deeply degrading”.

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Legal professionals warn of industrial disease increase

Many workers exposed to dangerous substances at their workplace risk contracting industry-related diseases, which may go unnoticed for many years. Some legal professionals have recently seen a small but steady rise in the number of bladder cancer cases brought by former workers who were exposed to carcinogenic chemicals in the 1950s and 60s.

The discovery is making some legal professionals draw parallels to when many workers were discovered to be suffering from asbestosis. This led to a sharp increase in the number of negligence claims brought by employees, who had worked with substances containing asbestos such as isolation materials, against their employers and manufacturers. (more…)

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