Lawyer had to remove bra

French lawyer ordered to remove bra at prison gate Prison guards told a female lawyer to take off her bra so she could pass through metal detectors in a prison in southern France, prompting an outcry from a lawyers’ group. While trying to enter the Villefranche-sur-Saône prison in Grenoble, the woman could not make it…

PPI Clampdown

Claims firms face PPI crackdown Ministers will today announce a crackdown on companies charging consumers excessive fees for pursuing PPI cases. The government is seeking to reduce the number of opportunistic claims by slashing the financial rewards for PPI brokers. The new rules will set a £300 fee ceiling for claims firms, while companies will…

EU Law row

ECJ former advocate general: “EU law will always prevail” Sir Francis Jacobs, a former advocate general at the European Court of Justice, has said EU law will always prevail as long as Britain remains within it, dismissing plans set to be unveiled by David Cameron to make clear the sovereignty of the British parliament. Meanwhile,…

NI abortion row

NI attorney general outlines abortion amendment concerns Northern Ireland’s attorney general has questioned whether a move to allow for abortion in cases of fatal foetal abnormalities is compatible with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. In a letter seen by the BBC, John Larkin QC wrote that providing for a…

Ponzi Scheme Conviction

• SFO bags two convictions in £45m Ponzi scheme trial Two fraudsters were convicted yesterday of a Ponzi scheme that prosecutors said was worth £45 million. Spencer Mitchell Steinberg, 46, of Radlett in Hertfordshire, and Michael Dean Strubel, 54, of south London, were convicted at Southwark crown court of enticing wealthy individuals to invest in…

MLA libel award for tweet

NI: Ulster Unionist Party politician awarded £48,750 for defamatory tweet by Sinn Féin politician The Member of Parliament for Fermanagh and South Tyrone, has been awarded £48,750.00 after a Sinn Féin politician posted a defamatory statement about him on Twitter in May 2014. Philip Flanagan, a Sinn Féin MLA, published a tweet about Thomas Elliot…

Courts closing

NI: Five more courthouses to close in latest round of NICTS cuts Northern Ireland’s Justice Minister David Ford (pictured) has announced the closure of five further courthouses in a bid to balance the books of the cash-strapped Northern Ireland Courts and Tribunals Service (NICTS). Mr Ford told MLAs yesterday that it was “no longer feasible…

Loughgall Judgement 

 High Court refuses to dismiss Chief Constable’s defence in Loughgall shooting civil case The Northern Ireland High Court of Justice has refused an application by the representative of a man shot by soldiers in 1987 relating to a delay in the Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI)’s disclosure of documents in…