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Police accused of corruption

The trial of two Scotland Yard detectives, Kevin Cressey and John Donald, who are accused of corruption involving dealing in drugs and taking major bribes is scheduled to begin at the Old Bailey on 25 April. At the time of the alleged offences they were working for a south London regional crime squad.

Litigator's view

Henry Sherman questions Lord Woolf’s revised role for experts In his initial report published last month Lord Woolf makes clear his allegiance to the present adversarial system. The section of the report which has attracted least attention is that relating to experts which if implemented will give the court a range of powers and responsibilities […]

Moving onwards and upwards

The hard lesson of the recession that no one can rely on a job for life has created a highly competitive and challenging recruitment market within the legal profession. Headlines in The Lawyer over the last few months give an insight into high-profile moves which have sent shock waves through the profession: ‘Sinclairs shipping team […]

Cinema murder trial begins

The trial of David Lauwers, for the specimen murder of one of many businessmen who died in a London sex cinema fire, is scheduled to commence at the Old Bailey on 16 January.

Contempt review granted

n Leave was granted last Tuesday for an application for judicial review of the Attorney General’s decision not to take contempt action over national newspaper reporting of the trial of the Taylor Sisters. Stephens Innocent partner Mark Stephens, acting for the sisters, said the hearing is expected to take place in April.

Litigation Recent Desicions 20/12/94

Appeal against tax costs. Tribunals Rules 1986/590 R.29 – Power to award costs. Commissioners of Customs & Excise v Valerian Raz and Portcullis (Vat Consultancy) Ltd (1994) (Macpherson J) 21/11/94 Summary: Costs are only awarded at common law on an indemnity basis so that if a party has no liability for costs there is no […]

Mother accused of infanticide

The trial of Daphne Thorne, who is accused of murdering three of her toddler children, is scheduled to start at the Old Bailey on 11 January.


Litigation Writs 20/12/94

A London health authority is being sued for alleged negligence by a woman who underwent an unsuccessful abortion. Denise Fitzsimmons, of Mitcham, Surrey, accuses Wandsworth Health Authority, of London SW17, of negligence following the abortion on 13 June 1990. Writ issued by Godfrey Davis & Baldwin, East Mitcham, Surrey. F813 The former managing director of […]

Battle for cigarettes

Southsea company Eco Euro is gearing up for a High Court battle with the Customs and Excise following the seizure of 11.5 million cigarettes. The company says the cigarettes, worth u227,000, were wrongly seized from a warehouse in Bristol, and despite requests, they have not been returned. They are to accuse the Customs and Excise […]

Adam Taylor wants Order 23 amended to treat EU residents equally

Adam Taylor is a litigator at Withers. Order 23 rl (1) (a) of the rules of the Supreme Court enables the court to order that a plaintiff resident abroad give security for the costs of the defendant where just to do so. A recent European Court of Justice decision reopens the issue of a possible […]

AmEx on the line over cheque refunds

Roger Pearson looks ahead A High Court action which questions the practices of traveller’s cheque companies when dealing with refund claims is scheduled to reach the High Court early next year. Although some cheque companies stress the value of instant refunds if cheques are lost or stolen abroad, solicitor Jonathan Armstrong, of Cleveland-based Smith & […]

Knight to stand trial

Ronnie Knight is to stand trial at the Old Bailey in January for alleged involvement in a u7 million Security Express robbery in the 1980s.

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