Airline Compensation

Airlines prepare for compensation claimsHundreds of thousands of plane passengers could be in line for compensation delays, following a ruling at the European Court of Justice. The court ruled that a technical problem does not qualify as an extraordinary circumstance for which airlines can withhold a payout. Travellers will be able to claim up to…

sentencing criticised

 Sentencing based on race questioned A judge has been criticised for handing paedophile Jamal Muhammed Raheem Ul Nasir a longer jail term because his victims were Asian. Campaigners said the decision by the Court of Appeal to back the sentence because the victims’ fathers were concerned about the future marriage prospects for their daughters was…

Wills disputes rise 

Sharp rise in will disputesAccording to MoJ figures, the High Court heard 178 probate disputes in 2014, almost double the total of 97 in 2013 and the highest recorded level in England and Wales. Lawyers are said to be attributing the rise to booming property prices and second marriages, with family feuds over ‘divisive legacies’…

immigration Reform

Public sector workers must speak English fluentlyA new law revealed in the Immigration Bill yesterday states that all workers who deal directly with the public – including policemen, social workers, teachers and council officials – will be required to speak English fluently. Officials said existing workers will be given time to “get up to speed”…

Terror Law reform 

 terror lawsThe Government’s independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, David Anderson QC, has suggested in a report to Parliament on terrorism legislation that the UK could introduce an Australian-style law that would make it legal for Britons to fight against the Islamic State. He said that the legislation, modelled on the “declared area offence” law applied…

Class actions to rise

Class actions are to rise   the anticipated rise in class action suits in Britain from next month when the Consumer Rights Act becomes law. The act has been hailed as the biggest shake-up in consumer rights law in a generation. Alex Leitch, co-chairman of Covington’s UK Disputes Team, said: “The imminent arrival of true US-style…