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Powers to impose conditions on police bail: R (Torres) v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis

The Administrative Court today dismissed a claim for judicial review brought against the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis.  The claimant had been arrested on suspicion of offences against a member of his family.  After interview, a custody officer bailed him pending further inquiries and imposed a condition on his bail that he should not contact...

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Liability to repay benefits discharged at end of bankruptcy: Secretary of State for Work and Pensions v Balding

On December 13th 2007, the Court of Appeal dismissed the Secretary of State's appeal from the decision of the Administrative Court in the above-named case. The Divisional Court had held that where a decision that a claimant is liable to repay overpaid social security benefits has been issued, and the claimant has subsequently been made bankrupt and then discharged...

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'Fraudulent Claims: Deceit, Insurance and Practice' published

This book, written by Matthew Chapman of 1 Chancery Lane, was recently published by Xpl Books.

With a bias towards personal injury practice, it aims to be an accessible guide to fraud, dishonesty and malingering in all their forms with chapters on: deceit; insurance fraud; fraud as a defence in contract and tort; evidence; perjury and contempt; the Proceeds of...

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John Ross QC appointed new Head of Chambers

1 Chancery Lane is delighted to announce that John Ross QC will be Head of Chambers from 1 October 2007. 

We would like to thank Edward Faulks QC for his leadership as Head of Chambers.  We are very pleased that he will be continuing in full time pratice with us.

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The Legal 500: Chambers scores highly in the new edition

Chambers is delighted that it has improved significantly on its listings in the new edition of the Legal 500. We have retained our listings from last year's edition in the areas of Clinical Negligence, Consumer, Education, Personal Injury, Police Law and Professional Negligence and a number of members of Chambers are newly recommended reflecting Chambers'...

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Alastair Hammerton appointed as General Medical Council Legal Assessor

We are pleased to announce that Alastair Hammerton has been appointed as a Legal Assessor to the General Medical Council. This appointment builds on Chambers' growing experience in the field of professional discipline.

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Van Colle v Chief Constable of Hertfordshire: Leave to Appeal Granted

The appeal committee of the House of Lords announced on Tuesday 17th July 2007 that leave to appeal to the House of Lords would be granted to the defendant in the above case. The appeal will be heard in 2008.

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Right to an Education under the Human Rights Act: A and Others v Essex County Council and Others

Judgment was handed down in the High Court on 13 July 2007 in the above claims under the Human Rights Act 1998. The Claimants, all of whom were children with special educational needs, alleged that their human rights had been breached because they had not been educated in accordance with their needs. They sought extensions of the 1 year limitation period...

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