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Tara Doyle

Appeal Judge rules on case of Christian who refused to work Sundays

2013 may prove to be a bumper year for legal cases involving Christian belief. Controversy is already brewing over the issue of gay marriage, and the wearing of religious symbols at work.

Additionally, according to the Telegraph, the Government has suggested the temporary relaxation of Sunday opening regulations, effective around the time of the London Olympics last summer, might be made permanent. Currently, stores larger than 280 square meters in size are allowed to open for a maximum of six hours only, under the Sunday Trading Act 1994.


London pharmacists alleged to sell controlled drugs illegally

An undercover investigation by the BBC reports its team found nine pharmacists in London willing to sell dangerous controlled drugs without seeing any prescriptions.

Furthermore, it is alleged that the pharmacists sold the medicines for high prices, far above the £7.50 NHS prescription charge.


Grandmother hits neighbour twice with her car over access dispute

A 68-year old grandmother, Jean Glyde, from Henllys, near Cwmbran in Gwent, appeared for sentencing at Cardiff Crown Court on Monday, after pleading guilty to a charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

The Daily Mail reports that the assault happened in the wake of a dispute with Glyde’s neighbours over whether they had access to a driveway on her land. Jonathan Tunley, 38, was hurt in the incident, suffering injuries to his neck and shoulder. His injuries meant that he had to take time off work.


Government plans regarding same-sex marriage law

The BBC reports that the Government is to publish plans next Tuesday, outlining how it intends to introduce same-sex marriage. For example, the Prime Minister, David Cameron, is now in favour of churches in England and Wales being able to carry out same-sex unions if they wish; originally he said legislation would not include religious ceremonies.

Due to the fact that some religious groups, such as the Roman Catholic Church and the Church of England, have voiced opposition to the plans, Ministers say any changes would “fully respect” the rights of religious organisations’ non-participation.


Workers at car-plant upset at ‘scrooge-like’ Christmas bonus

The Daily Mail reported on Saturday that employees of Luxembourg-owned International Automotive Components (IAC), which fits the trim to the Jaguar Land Rover, were bemoaning the state of the Christmas bonus at their place of employment.

Their bonus consists of a buffet with a choice of bacon or sausage sandwiches.


European women’s groups call for ban on prostitution

The European Women’s Lobby (EWL), which claims to be the largest umbrella organisation for women’s associations in Europe, presented key policy recommendations for legislation to MEPs in Brussels last Wednesday.

BBC News reports that over 200 women’s rights groups, led by EWL, are campaigning for new laws to make paying for sex a crime throughout the European Union.


Woman sues Health Minister over IVF age discrimination

The Daily Mail reported yesterday that a 37-year-old woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, has issued a legal challenge regarding age discrimination by her local Primary Care Trust (PCT).

In June, the woman was told by the PCT in Berkshire east that she was ‘too old’ to be given fertility treatment on the NHS. She went through a trust appeals procedure twice, but was handed the same decision each time.


Council settles out of court over unsafe tree that killed teenager

The family of 13-year-old Sophie Howard, from Cambridgeshire, who was killed by a falling branch in a public park in June 2011, have received an undisclosed payment from Yaxley Parish Council.

The tragedy happened on a week-day in Middletons Road Recreation Ground, near Peterborough, when Sophie was in the park sitting under a tree with some friends. She was not at school that day because of nationwide industrial action.


Senior judge warns asylum lawyers over disclosure

The president of the Queen’s Bench of the High Court, Sir John Thomas, has warned solicitors they could face disciplining by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). This may happen if they do not comply with the principle of full disclosure, when making applications to halt the removal of asylum seekers.

Lawyers representing failed asylum seekers can ask the High Court to grant a judicial review or an injunction against removal, in order to keep their client in the country pending further legal action.


Judge comments that ‘need’ is not relevant in ‘big money’ divorce settlements

Last Friday, Lord Justice Thorpe gave a warning about the ex-wives of rich husbands who think they ‘need’ large financial settlements in the wake of their divorces, according to the Daily Telegraph.

The judge made the remarks as he presided over an appeal case in London, together with Lords Justice Rimer and Elias, in which a multi-millionaire hotel owner, 50-year-old Andrew Davies, is trying to cut a £2.75m divorce pay-out previously awarded to his ex-wife, 39-year-old Debra Davies.


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