August 2008

Blawging lite from Berlin

August 25, 2008

I know I’m always on holiday, but it’s well deserved. I’ll be in Berlin for a few days, from where you may get a post with a German theme. But no promises.

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Hello, Hello… good to be back?

August 20, 2008

Gary Glitter is I expect on his way back to Britain having served time for child sex offences in Vietnam. Some commenters at the Sun’s website have expressed the view that disgraced Glitter, as he’s now known, shouldn’t be allowed back here. But he has to be allowed back, of course. As a British citizen […]

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Lords judgment: Gallagher (Valuation Officer) v Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

August 14, 2008

This is another of the judgments the Lords gave on super-Wednesday at the end of July, and is worth a look because of the way their Lordships deal with the question of religious discrimination. It’s another stark contrast with the dog’s breakfast we saw in Ladele. The case is about whether a Mormon temple should […]

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CICA’s boo-boo over rape

August 12, 2008

Today’s story about the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority being caught out cutting awards to rape victims who’d been drinking before they were attacked reminds me of the days when I used to take on criminal injuries compensation appeals. Here’s the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme; you’ll see that paragraph 14 provides that a claims officer may […]

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Blawging lite

August 11, 2008

I’m taking another of those (I’m sure you’ll agree) well-deserved blawg breaks, this time in Glasgow. You may hear a bit from me… but probably not an awful lot for the next ten days.

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Beware of legal Francophilia

August 8, 2008

It’s a good story, and I agree with Simon Jenkins about the connected problems of police ineffectiveness and lack of traditional social restraints in Britain. No doubt the story is true, and perhaps things are better in France. But I’m always sceptical of this sort of thinking because a recurrent fancy of British writers about […]

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Joyce v Health Secretary

August 8, 2008

As the lawyer responsible for Part VII of the Care Standards Act, I’m glad that this attempt has failed to limit the misconduct that can be taken into account by the Care Standards Tribunal on an appeal by a person listed as unsuitable to work with vulnerable adults. The system works as follows: when a […]

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Impeaching Musharraf

August 7, 2008

It sounds like good news on the face of it, that Pakistan’s governing parties are considering starting impeachment proceedings in Parliament against President Musharraf. I’m not against it. But much more important is the issue of reinstating judges sacked by Musharraf when he suspended the constitution, and issue the parties have been in deadlock over […]

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German Consitutional Court: smoking bans disproportionate

August 6, 2008

I’m afraid you need to read German in order to read the recent judgment of the Federal Constitutional Court in which it has ruled unconstitutional smoking bans in Berlin and Baden-Württemberg. There is also a press release which explains the judgment in slightly less dense German, and a Deutsche Welle article in English which gives […]

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Obama the law lecturer

August 1, 2008

You may need to register to read this New York Times article about Barack Obama’s time as a lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School – but registration is free, and it’s not a bad read.

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