Caven blog

November 2012

Contempt laws under review for modern juries

According to a report by the BBC, the Law Commission has begun a consultation into the effectiveness of England and Wales’ contempt of court rules.

The current law was introduced in 1981, long before the ‘information superhighway’ became a part of our day-to-day lives.


Mole who sold Dyson tech to Bosch named

An industrial spy alleged to have sold top-secret Dyson vacuum cleaner technology to a rival has been named as Chinese engineer Yong Pang, according to The Telegraph.

Dyson claim Mr Pang was paid £11,500 by Bosch, a German competitor, in exchange for key intellectual property.


Man obsessed with British woman detained after sailing from Turkey

A 38-year-old Turkish man who sailed to England to find the love of his life has been detained by border staff, according to The Independent.

Ramazan Culum met a British woman while on a scuba diving trip in Cyprus during 2005.


Woman told to wear mini-skirt to work awarded £27,000 for sexual harassment

A Northern Ireland woman has been awarded £27,000 by an employment tribunal for the sexual harassment she received while working at J&M Services, according to the BBC.

The woman was subjected to “disgracefully lewd comments” by Mervyn Johnston and Joe McFall, and was then dismissed when running late from taking her child to a doctor’s appointment.


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.


Premier Foods axing 900 staff by “improving efficiency”

Premier Foods, maker of Hovis breads, is reportedly going to close two bakeries and shed 900 jobs next year, according to the BBC.

The company will close bakeries in west London and Birmingham, as well as cutting 130 distribution routes and closing distribution centres in west London, Birmingham, Plymouth and Mendlesham in order to simplify its bread distribution network.


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.


Pilot wins right to divorce Brazilian wife in UK

An easyJet pilot whose wife refused to return from Brazil to England after a holiday in her homeland has won his legal fight to have their divorce settled in British courts, according to The Telegraph.

Silvana Cattin left her husband, Jean, and refused to return to England with their children after a row several days into a Brazilian holiday.


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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