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A senior magistrate who paid £40 of his own money to pay the court fine for a destitute asylum seeker has resigned his position, after being suspended. Nigel Allcoat, a magistrate for 15 years, said he despaired at the mounting fines and costs being accrued by an asylum seeker at Leicester... ... read more
October 1st, 2015
People who have been stripped of benefits could be charged by the government if they appeal against the decision to an independent judge, according to an internal Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) document leaked to The Guardian. ... read more
September 25th, 2015
A Harrods security guard, John Perrett, was awarded £18,000 by an employment tribunal but was not reinstated in his job after claiming that he was unfairly dismissed for gross misconduct. ... read more
September 22nd, 2015
The government is contemplating introducing legislation to reinforce changes to the School Admissions Code that offer children born in the summer the option to delay entry to reception until they have passed five years old. ... read more
September 11th, 2015
Magistrates have warned that the criminal justice system is “on the cusp” of breaking down as a result of growing delays, court closures and funding cuts. Cases heard in the magistrates' courts currently take 149 days on average to complete, which is a week longer than they took four years ago. ... read more
September 8th, 2015
myBarrister is organising a free seminar designed for barristers qualified for direct access on Thursday 17th September at 6.00 pm in the Old Court Room, Lincoln’s Inn. ... read more
August 27th, 2015
The Criminal Bar Association (CBA) has welcomed moves by solicitors to call off their strike action.  Criminal practitioner solicitors had been protesting at proposed government cuts to legal aid since the beginning of July. ... read more
August 24th, 2015
Claire Miller, a qualified barrister, offered profound thanks to the 30 people who helped lift a taxi under which she was inexplicably trapped to free her without serious injury. Recovering at her home she called Londoners “the greatest people on Earth”. ... read more
August 20th, 2015
The chair of the Bar Council, Alistair MacDonald, has voiced doubts about whether alternative business structures (ABSs) should be permitted in the barristers’ pr0fession, even though the Bar’s regulator has applied to license them. ... read more
August 19th, 2015
A banker employed by HSBC has brought a claim in an employment tribunal on the grounds of racial discrimination which he says entitles him to £15 million. ... read more
August 18th, 2015

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On 13 April the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015 comes into effect. The act contains a range of law changes, including increased prison terms for serious crimes such as certain terrorism offences and internet trolling. posted on March 30th, 2015
An American woman, Jamie Cooper-Hohn, received a record £337 million as part of the divorce from her husband, Sir Chris Hohn. She was awarded this amount by Mrs Justice Roberts in a private hearing in the family division of the High Court. posted on December 3rd, 2014