England has been experimenting in recent years with versions of contingent and conditional fees previously barred by ethical rules; following widespread discontent about the results, including high insurance rates, the Cameron government plans a new wave of tinkering. [BBC]
Britain is rethinking its curiously limp penalties for illegal property occupation [Legal Blog Watch]:
As a result, for example, when hotelier Connan Gupta moved out of his house in Camberwell for a week while it was being renovated, he returned to find 10 unwelcome Italian students who had moved in and changed the locks. Gupta learned that the police were powerless to help him because under existing U.K. law, squatters may legally enter an empty property if they do not cause damage when gaining access. To his dismay, Gupta was required to hire lawyers and begin a lengthy process of trying to evict the squatters. “It’s as if the squatters have more rights than I do,” he said at the time.
A town councilor faces a £3,000 libel payout for not tweeting more Caerphilly. [BBC]
Sign spotted at Yarmouth station, UK [via @TimMontgomerie @wallaceme]
U.K.: A man jailed for four months for breaching a restraining order against a woman he had stalked “has taken legal action against her for ‘ruining his reputation’ with comments on her website.” [Telegraph]
“A man convicted of murder has lost his employment tribunal case against Royal Mail which he claimed had breached his human rights when it sacked him. … he claimed he had been sacked prematurely because he was not found guilty of the offence until June.” [The Independent (U.K.)]
Parents who volunteer at school won’t need to hold back until they’ve completed a police scan. [Free-Range Kids]