Tag: "uk"

Alex Salmond's lawyer quits as head of Scottish legal body | UK news

Gordon Jackson was filmed on train talking about Salmond and sexual assault trial

Gordon Jackson QC stepped down from the Faculty of Advocates and faces investigation for professional misconduct.Photograph: Murdo MacLeod/The Guardian

The lawyer who helped secure Alex Salmond’s acquittal over allegations of sexual assault has quit as the head of Scotland’s advocates body after a furore over remarks he made about Salmond and his accusers.

UK examines ways to make writing wills easier during Covid-19 crisis | Money

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The Ministry of Justice is examining ways to relax rules around will writing in England and Wales following a surge in the number of people making preparations for their final farewell.Currently, for a will to be valid, it must be signed by two witnesses present at the same time, and the witnesses must be independent and not related to the person to whom the will applies.

UK has multiple social rights failings, finds Council of Europe | Society

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The UK’s low age of criminal responsibility, minimum pay rates for young teenagers and the failure to outlaw all forms of corporal punishment breach Council of Europe standards for social rights, according to its latest report.The body’s annual review of each state’s adherence to its social charter found that the UK was out of step with rights in six areas.

Lie detectors should be used to monitor sex offenders, UK study says | UK news

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Mandatory testing with a polygraph, or lie-detector, should be introduced to monitor convicted sex offenders undergoing police supervision, according to university research commissioned by police chiefs.Published by the university’s Centre of Research and Education in Forensic Psychology, it was carried out for the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC).

The Observer view on dropping the UK’s commitment to human rights law | Observer editorial | Opinion

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To doubts that the government can be trusted to honour promises to maintain post-Brexit workplace, environmental and food standards must now be added very real concerns about its continued adherence to international human rights law – meaning, specifically, the European convention on human rights.The linking of trade agreements to human rights has become normal practice in recent years.

Dubai ruler loses appeal over release of two UK court judgments | Law

She reportedly fled Dubai last year.Photograph: Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

The ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, has failed in his latest attempt to prevent publication of two family court judgments involving his children with his ex-wife Princess Haya of Jordan.

Dubai ruler trying to keep two judgments secret, UK court hears | Law

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The ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, is attempting to prevent publication of two family court judgments involving his two children with his ex-wife, Princess Haya of Jordan, the court of appeal in London has been told.In the two-page statement read out before the public were excluded from the hearing, Underhill said the case began in the UK courts in May last year.

Weinstein case 'could deter UK victims from reporting abuse' | World news

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British victims of sexual offences could be deterred from reporting abuse after the aggressive cross-examination of Harvey Weinstein’s victims, legal experts have warned.James Mulholland QC, vice-chair of the Criminal Bar Association, said : “The successful prosecution of Weinstein could backfire on the basis of a misunderstanding as to how cases are conducted in the UK.

UK court hears bid to access fertility clinic's records on dead person | Law

Claimant seeking access to records on storage and use of ‘sperm and/or embryos’

The court has said the dead person’s gender cannot be revealed, and it referred to their ‘sperm and/or embryos’.Photograph: Alamy

A legal action over access to a fertility clinic’s private records concerning the storage of a dead person’s “sperm and/or embryos” is being heard by the family court partly in secret.

Serco given £200m contract to run two more immigration removal centres | UK news

Controversy-hit firm that runs Yarl’s Wood to take over Gatwick centres from G4S

Brook House immigration removal centre, one of the centres Serco is taking over from G4S.Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA

A private firm that runs an immigration removal centre dogged by allegations of abuse has been awarded a £200m contract by the Home Office to run two more such centres.

UK man arrested in Egypt for 'pat on the back' is released | World news


A British man detained on sexual assault charges in Egypt for what his family say was “a pat on the back” has been freed.Radha Stirling, head of Detained in Dubai, said: “We are very happy to report that British citizen Tony Camoccio has been released from Egyptian custody after paying approximately £1,000 in bail and related fees.

Jamaicans deported by Home Office go into hiding fearing for lives | UK news

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As many as seven of the Jamaicans who were deported on a Home Office charter flight on Tuesday have gone into hiding in fear for their lives, the Guardian has learned.In interviews, three of the 17 who were forcibly returned to Jamaica on Tuesday said they fear they will be targeted by gangs if their whereabouts become known.