Justice’s hidden backbone – a tribute to BAILII
UK Human Rights blog has an excellent piece on the remarkable work being done by BAILLI. I use it extensively, as do countless students who download the free legal resources, lectures and materials on my Insite Law magazine.
Anti-Piracy Lawyers Knew They Targeted Innocent Victims
Torrent Freak: “Davenport Lyons, the law firm which pioneered the lucrative file-sharing pay-up-or-else scheme in the UK, will head off to Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal proceedings next year. According to details just made available, among other things Davenport Lyons partners were responsible for knowingly targeting the innocent and relied on unreliable evidence in doing so.”
These allegations, if proven, are serious.
Court says News of the World staff who ordered phone hack must be named
Guardian: Judge rules that private investigator Glenn Mulcaire must identify journalists who instructed him to intercept voicemail messages
This is interesting. It may be that we are getting closer to the truth…one way or the other?
Legal aid: annotated government proposals for reform
Guardian Legal affairs correspondent, Afua Hirsch, dissects the green paper on legal aid and gives her views on the most important passages. • Do you agree with her analysis? Will these proposed reforms affect you? We want to know…
I have now read most of Ken Clarke’s magnum opus – quite a task. The BBC has a quick summary.
MI5 officer escapes charges over Binyam Mohamed torture case
‘Insufficient evidence’ to prosecute over treatment of prisoner in Pakistan before transfer to Guantánamo Bay, advises DPP
Coming in the wake of the Government’s decision to settle the litigation with the Guantanamo Bay prisoners, this decision is not entirely unexpected.
This commentary from The Guardian is particularly noteworthy…
Today’s decision, and yesterday’s mediation settlement involving 16 UK residents and citizens incarcerated in Guantánamo, helps to pave the way for an inquiry by Sir Peter Gibson into the torture allegations. The Met police are still investigating an MI6 officer over a separate incident.
Tim Cooke-Hurle, of the legal charity Reprieve, which represented Mohamed, said: “Rather than scapegoating frontline officers, the investigation must focus on the chain of command that may have allowed torture complicity … to ensure that it never happens again.”
Shami Chakrabarti, the director of civil rights group Liberty, said: “Accountability, like decision-making, must go to the heart of government on both sides of the Atlantic and that is what only a robust and open judicial inquiry can achieve.”
Andrew Tyrie, the Conservative MP for Chichester and chairman of the all-party group on extraordinary rendition, said: “Any information that would have been available in the court cases and criminal investigations must be available to the [Gibson] inquiry.”
Theresa May scraps legal requirement to reduce inequality
Guardian: Measure introduced by Harriet Harman under Labour dismissed by home secretary as ‘ridiculous’
Private civil litigation curbs: A last chance to reopen the debate?
Guardian: The Jackson report has been adopted as though it emanated from the heart of Tory central office itself
Neil Rose of legalfutures.co.uk has dissected this issue very well… and his article is worth reading in full. For that reason, I make no extracts here.