The Solicitor - The FindLaw UK Life, Family and Workplace Law Blog

Gigi Jordan, 54 and a self-made millionaire, has received an 18-yearprison sentence for first degree manslaughter after being guilty of poisoning her non-verbal autistic son, Jude Mirra.

Jude's death took place in the Penninsula hotel, New York. He died after consuming high doses of Ambien and Xanx.

Throughout the trial, Jordan's defence argued that her actions were an act of mercy, rather than premeditated murder. Jordan claims she was attempting to protect her son from his biological father, who she said was sexually abusing Jude.

A German court has dismissed claims the German government was complicit in the death of Yemeni nationals by to allowing the US to coordinate drone attacks through the US Ramstein airbase, located close to the city of Kaiserslautern.

The plaintiffs, Faisal bin Ali Jaber, Ahmed Saeed bin Ali Jaber and Khaled Mohmed Naser bin Ali Jaber, claim their relatives died when they were meeting al-Qaida representative in the village of Khashamir, and Germany was partially to blame for those deaths because of the relay station at the airbase.

The family is said to have received $100,000 from the US after the deaths, but the familt have called the payment "blood money", and are keen to remove the threat of drone strikes on the Yemeni people.

Prime Minister, David Cameron, says he wants the vote on UK membership of the European Union to be ushered into law in 'extra quick time,' the BBC reports.

As the government revealed the precise wording of the European Union (EU) referendum question, Prime Minister, David Cameron, wants to stage a vote on EU membership fast-tracked into law in "extra-quick time."

The day after the Queen's Speech, the government has signposted its intent to swiftly proceed with an 'in-out' referendum by publishing the EU Referendum Bill.

Criminal law: Identity theft cases increase by almost one-third

The number of people who have fallen prey to identity theft criminals has risen by almost one-third and the average age of victims stands at 46.

Statistics from the fraud prevention service, Cifas, reveals that there were 34,151 confirmed instances of identity fraud in the first three months of 2015, compared to the first quarter of last year - a 31 per cent increase.

Cifas disclosed that more than 80 per cent of identity theft in the first quarter of 2015 was attempted or perpetrated online and criminals predominantly used people's identities to set-up new credit cards and bank accounts.

The Daily Mail has lost its court appeal to block author JK Rowling from making a unilateral court statement in connection with her 2013 libel case against the newspaper in its current form.

The case began in 2013 when Rowling had an article published on the website of Gingerbread, a single parent charity. In the article, Rowling wrote about her time as a single mother working in a church and, during her time working, felt stigmatised by a visitor to the church because she was an unmarried mother.

Following the publication of the article, the Daily Mail published its own article claiming Rowling's comments had left the church's congregation "upset and bewildered". Rowling launched a libel case against the Mail over their article, arguing it was false and left her feeling "understandably distressed".

The sad fact is that there may be no legal protection for you, if you split up with your cohabitation partner. With more than 6 million cohabiting couples in the UK, this leaves a lot of people legally vulnerable. Unfortunately, it doesn't matter if you've been with your partner 1 month or 80 years, if you haven't married or joined in a civil partnership, there are certain benefits that you won't get to enjoy. It's best to know exactly where you stand on this matter, rather than find yourself drastically out of pocket later on down the line, so let's take a look at where you should start, to ensure your financial safety...

The Northern Ireland Public Prosecution Service (PPC) has been heavily criticised by Sir Keir Starmer, the former head of the crown prosecution service, in a 47-page report detailing the organisation's handling of IRA rape victims.

Last year, Mairia Cahill went to trial after she claimed a senior IRA member had raped her as a teenager. However, Cahill claims due to the mismanagement of her case she and two others, only known as "AA" and "BB", withdrew their evidence causing their cases to collapse.

The Starmer report states: "Each of them was prepared to support their allegations at the outset, but as their cases became increasingly weakening and delayed their willingness to continue understandably diminished.

Legal academics are urging Members of Parliament to conduct an "open and transparent assessment and critique of UK surveillance powers," the Press Association reports.

Legal academics are calling on Members of Parliament (MPs) to carefully consider new laws that serve to increase government surveillance powers.

A group of esteemed academics have signed an open letter to new and returning MPs, issuing a warning against expanding the scope of state surveillance laws and policies without the full engagement of parliament and the general public.

The energy regulator, Ofgem, has promised to investigate more than 500,000 pre-payment gas and electricity meters that were 'forcibly installed' in the last six years, the BBC reports.

Statistics released by Ofgem, the energy watchdog, have revealed that more than half a million pre-payment energy meters have been installed under a court warrant in the last six years.

According to figures obtained by BBC Radio 5 live under a Freedom of Information Act request, approximately 97,000 pre-pay gas and electricity meters were installed in England, Wales and Scotland last year.

The government is looking to further extend its new "snooper charter" bill that would see the UK's intelligence agencies having greater access to the public's online communications.

Currently, the charter is intended to allow agencies to access anyone's web and social media use. However, the new bill will also have provisions for the police and GCHQ to intercept and store personal communications on a massive scale.

The government argues it is attempting to "modernise the law" by providing powers for the agencies to track and store online data. The Home Office has said the new bill will: "better equip law enforcement and intelligence agencies to meet their key operational requirements, and address the gap in these agencies' abilities to build intelligence and evidence where subjects of interest, suspects and vulnerable people have communicated online."

Swiss police, working with US authorities, have arrested a number of senior Fifa officials on corruption charges the day before a congress in Zurich. The officials are thought to have taken "well over $150 million in bribes and kickbacks to obtain lucrative media and marketing rights to international soccer tournaments."

The police, dressed in plain clothes, entered the five-star Baur au Lac hotel today on behalf of the Swiss Attorney General's office and the US' FBI and Department of Justice (DoJ).

The FBI and DoJ have been investigating Fifa for three years over potential corruption issues associated with the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. The departments have then worked with the Swiss authorities to have the Fifa executives arrested as Fifa's headquarters is based in Switzerland.

Malaysian police have revealed to journalists close to 140 graves on the Thailand-Malaysia border thought to contain the bodies of human trafficker victims.

The police have said the graves contained at least one body each and approximately 28 camps potentially used by people smugglers were found close by.

The evidence found in both the camps and the graves suggest the smuggling operations in the area are large scale and pervasive. One camp appears to have been able to hold up to 1,000 people at any one time and another could hold 400 people.

More than 190 people are participating in legal proceedings against the Toby Carvery restaurant following a norovirus outbreak, the Exeter Express and Echo reports.

A 193-strong group of people has joined forces to bring legal action against the Toby Carvery restaurant chain after coming down with a severe vomiting bug.

Solicitors firm, Irwin Mitchell, confirmed that the outbreak, which affected almost 200 people just before Easter, added 193 clients - acting jointly - to their books.

The Ministry of Justice has released figures, which reveal a sharp spike in the number of convictions for internet 'trolling' over the last decade, The Independent reports.

The number of convictions for internet 'trolling' has soared eight-fold in a decade.

According to Ministry of Justice (MoJ) figures, last year, 1,209 people - or three people a day - were convicted of offences under section 127 of the Communications Act 2003.

Law and government: Trident whistleblower being held by Navy

Able Seaman William McNeilly, 25, is "in the care" of the Royal Navy after he claimed the Trident programme, Britain's submarine nuclear deterrent system, is a "disaster waiting to happen".

McNeilly had released a 19-page report on the failings of the Trident system entitled "The Secret Nuclear Threat" online. The report details 30 alleged safety and security breaches, and the reduced number of personnel means it was "a matter of time before we're infiltrated by a psychopath or a terrorist; with this amount of people getting pushed through."

The report, published along site McNeilly's Royal Navy identity card and his UK passport, goes into great deal with regard to the issues facing the Trident nuclear missile system.