Twitter joke trial: Paul Chambers to take appeal to high court
Guardian: Paul Chambers to appeal to high court over conviction for joke Twitter message about Robin Hood airport
This is a brave decision on the part of Paul Chambers. Lawyer, David Allen Green (aka author of the Jack of kent blog) tweeted to say that the lawyers are doing this work at well below their usual rates. If the team wins the case – the ‘other side’ will pay. In this case – the ‘other side’ will be the government…or the tax payer. It is, however, a very important case for all who use the internet to communicate whether through twitter, Facebook or blogs et al. The Jack of Kent blog has the most comprehensive coverage of the background to s.127 and the proceedings so far. Ben Emmerson QC, a heavyweight human rights lawyer, joins the team.
Author of Legal Futures, Neil Rose, is on a roll with some excellent articles recently in The Guardian and on his blog. Today… this…
UK lawyers start to take TV advertising seriously
Guardian: Law firms are trying to build brand identity because there is business worth £15bn out there – and possibly more
Is this the future of lawyer advertising on our televisions? “If you and your spouse hate each other like poison and want to get out of the hellhole you call a marriage, you’ve come to the right place,” begins the advert from Steve Miller of DivorceEZ, a Florida law firm, concluding 30 seconds later: “You’re on your way to getting rid of that vermin you call a spouse.”
Recently, I came across Right Solicitor. I liked their style and approach – offering potential clients the opportunity to ask a solicitor a question and get a speedy response. In fact, I persuaded them to sponsor – for a modest fee – my free student materials on my online magazine Insite Law. I would have been more than happy to write about their service in any event – but I am quite happy to be open that they did help defray the costs of the free student materials on Insite as other sponsors do…
Briefly: Consumers simply submit a question at www.rightsolicitor.co.uk and will receive an email response within 60 minutes. Right solicitor panel Solicitors also agree to offer a free 15 minute follow-up consultation with no commitment to use the solicitor.
A government backed report, “Developing Capable Citizens” – highlighted that “One-third of the population has experienced a civil justice problem, but many do nothing about it – often because they think, wrongly, that there is nothing they can do or that there is no local legal advice provider who might help… This extraordinary lack of understanding is a major reason why around one million civil justice problems go unresolved every year. This is legal exclusion on a massive scale.”
Paul Careless, CEO at RightSolicitor, commented “Consumer confusion reigns in UK legal services. The time is right for a consumer focussed legal service to allow people simple, friendly and timely access to the legal profession, through a brand they can trust; allowing customers to ‘try before they buy’. This is what RightSolicitor intends to achieve”
Coulson’s imminent departure is just the beginning
by Tom Watson: Andy Coulson will resign as Downing Street communications director within the next few weeks. When the moment comes, his powerful but embarrassed friends will breathe a sigh of relief. They want it to be the end of the phone hacking scandal. It is just the beginning.For, as any investigative journalist will tell you, it’s always the cover up that sinks you. Senior executives have been clinging onto the line that “Clive Goodman was a rogue reporter” like it was a life belt on the Titanic. The unanswered questions are pouring in.
There is a police investigation and at least three court cases. There are two Parliamentary enquiries on top of a damning report by the media select committee. There are whistleblowers. Insiders are breaking ranks, beginning to talk. Shareholders are asking questions. Coulson may be on his way, but the story won’t go away, despite hardly being reported in some of the best-selling newspapers.
Woman jailed for falsely retracting rape claim is freed
Guardian: Lord chief justice says there is important distinction between false allegation of rape and false retraction of rape allegation
A mother jailed for falsely retracting allegations that she had been raped six times by her husband was freed today on appeal.
There was an outcry earlier this month when the 28-year-old was sent to jail for eight months for perverting the course of justice after she decided to withdraw the rape allegations – not, she said, because they were false, but because her estranged husband and his sister had “‘emotionally blackmailed” her into doing so.
Ordering her immediate release today at the royal courts of justice, the lord chief justice, Lord Judge, said the judiciary had a duty of “compassion for a woman who has already been victimised”. Quashing her sentence, he instead gave her a community sentence and a supervision order for two years.
Seems to me to be a good bit of *judging* here…..