Archive for August 8th, 2009

Linklaters sued by former employee

Times: Linklaters, the City’s biggest law firm, admitted today that it is facing legal action by a former employee over a redundancy programme that resulted in around 200 staff in London losing their jobs.

The details of the claim, which is not public, are not known. However, a spokeswoman for Linklaters said: “Whilst our policy is not to comment on any litigation we can confirm that . . . one case is currently under discussion in respect of our redundancy programme.”

Linklaters made around 100 junior lawyers and a similar number of support staff redundant this year in one of the biggest restructurings by a City law firm…..


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Police memos reveal IPCC haste to declare Ian Tomlinson death an accident

Guardian: Investigators decided there was no evidence of police wrongdoing in the death of Ian Tomlinson just three days after he collapsed at the G20 protests, it has emerged tonight.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) planned to announce that it had completed its assessment into Tomlinson’s death on 1 April and discovered nothing suspicious. At 11.30am on 4 April, investigators prepared a document announcing Tomlinson died of a heart attack after being caught up among protesters “dressed entirely in black” who, it said, were charging police……

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Police to ignore European Court of Human Rights ruling on stored DNA

Times: Chief constables have been told to ignore a landmark European Court ruling and continue storing the DNA samples of innocent people.

Samples from tens of thousands of people will still be stored on the DNA database until new guidelines on retention are produced by the Home Office next year.

The Association of Chief Police Officers has written to every police force in England and Wales advising them to do nothing to meet the terms of the European Court of Human Rights ruling until new guidance is issued.

The court in Strasbourg ruled that the indefinite storage of DNA samples, profiles and fingerprints of everyone arrested was unlawful….

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