Archive for August 27th, 2009

Facebook and Twitter users ‘could be targeted by burglars’

Telegraph: Millions of users post details about their home, as well as holiday plans, acting as an invitation to the burglars, according to insurers Legal & General.

The warning comes as a report called The Digital Criminal, commissioned by Legal & General, and prepared by Michael Fraser, the star of BBC’s Beat The Burglar, has been launched.


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Climate Camp set up in the footsteps of the Peasants’ Revolt

Independent: The symbolism was eye-catching. Britain’s climate campers set up their annual protest camp yesterday on Blackheath, the historic London open space that was key in the peasants’ revolt.

The 1,000-plus green activists are camped this morning on the fields where Wat Tyler’s peasant army assembled for its assault on The City of London in June 1381. And they are planning their own assault – on what they see as the companies, institutions and government departments helping to cause global warming (or not doing enough to stop it).

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Police hand Dowler evidence to CPS

Independent: Files on the murder of the schoolgirl Milly Dowler, who disappeared seven years ago, have been passed to the Crown Prosecution Service, police said yesterday.

The convicted murderer Levi Bellfield, who is serving life for the murders of Marsha McDonnell, 19, and Amelie Delagrange, 22, is the prime suspect for the killing of Milly, 13, who went missing as she walked home from school in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, on 21 March 2002.

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Class actions: why are we waiting?

Times: When is a class action not a class action? When it’s a collective redress scheme or a representative action or basically anything that does not sound like loony American litigation.

Whatever you call it, however, the idea of bringing a case on behalf of a group of consumers who have to opt out of the action — rather than opt in, as now — is slowly gaining ground. But with the business community united in opposition, slow is the operative word.

Last month the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) accepted that “there may be circumstances where cases could be brought more efficiently on a collective basis”, but then promptly rejected the idea of introducing a generic procedure applicable to all cases……

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Co-op steals a march on Tesco in the race for legal customers

Times: Forget “Tesco law” — the label now ascribed to the Big Bang that will lead to the shake-up of the legal services market in the next two years — it’s clearly going to be Co-op law.

The Co-op is promoting legal services to 17 million weekly shoppers in its stores. Eddie Ryan, its managing director, said: “Our 2,000-plus food stores represent a huge untapped market for us … we are confident that this is the right time to promote our offering to a much wider audience.”

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The tail of legal aid cuts is wagging the dog of British justice

Times: The chairman of the Bar Standards Board explains why the Legal Services Act is a rather unsatisfactory piece of legislation….

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Policing protests: would mediation help?

Times: As the Camp for Climate Action 2009 pitched its tents in Blackheath, south east London, yesterday how will the police react to protesters after the publicity they received over their actions at the G20 demonstrations in London in April?

The actions of the police there should lead to important changes in policing future demonstrations. Although some demonstrators were violent, most were peaceful. Ian Tomlinson, who had nothing to do with the demonstration, died and there has been grave concern at the police treatment of many demonstrators, in particular the decision to “kettle” people by keeping them in one area for several hours…..

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