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Tesco facing further legal action from shareholders

Tesco may be facing further legal action over the overstatement of its profits from its shareholders, the BBC reports.

Following the over-reporting of their profits by £250m, Tesco may be facing legal action from its own shareholders.

The overestimation caused Tesco's share-price to fall to a 14-year low of 164.8p and law firms are attempting to win shareholders support and initiate legal proceedings in the UK and Europe.

Immigration law: Labour Party vows to impose immigration detention cap

The Labour Party has vowed to introduce a time limit on the detention of people in the immigration and asylum system, The Guardian reports.

The Labour Party has called for an immigration detention cap.

In a move that would align the UK with the majority of western countries banning indefinite detention, Labour has promised to bring in a new time limit on people detained in the immigration and asylum system.

Medical law: Scotland set to ban smoking in cars with children

The Scottish government has expressed its support for a ban on smoking in cars with children, the BBC reports.

Scotland looks set to enforce a ban on smoking in cars with children.

The Scottish government has announced that it will support the Smoking Prohibition (Children in Motor Vehicles) (Scotland) Bill, proposed by Liberal Democrat Member of Scottish Parliament (MSP), Jim Hume.

A group of Members of Parliament has criticised the Criminal Cases Review Commission for being "too timid" and called for it to refer more cases to the Court of Appeal, the BBC reports.

A report produced by a group of Members of Parliament (MPs) says that defects in the criminal case review process mean that victims of miscarriage of justice are "languishing in jail."

The Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) has been criticised for not conducting a full and thorough investigation of cases involving defendants who are wrongfully or improperly convicted.

Parliament has given final approval of a new law, which empowers community pubs to purchase beer without limitations, the Birmingham Post reports.

Parliament has passed a 'Pubs Code' enabling local pubs to buy beer without restrictions being imposed by the companies that own them.

The Small Business Enterprise and Employment Bill, which consists of the statutory Pubs Code, will now proceed to Royal Assent before Parliament is dissolved in the run-up to the General Election 

The Works and Pensions Committee has called for a full independent review to be carried out across the Jobcentre Plus network to evaluate whether benefits sanctions are being imposed fairly and proportionately

In recent months there have been a number of issues arising over the adverse effects benefits sanctions are having on the public, including the suicides of people who had their benefits sanctioned.

The review has also been requested after new evidence appeared that has raised concerns over the application of sanctions by some Jobcentres, including whether targets are being implemented.

The Works and Pensions Committee has called for a full independent review to be carried out across the Jobcentre Plus network to evaluate whether benefits sanctions are being imposed fairly and proportionately

In recent months there have been a number of issues arising over the adverse effects benefits sanctions are having on the public, including the suicides of people who had their benefits sanctioned.

The review has also been requested after new evidence appeared that has raised concerns over the application of sanctions by some Jobcentres, including whether targets are being implemented.

Terrorism: Government to create a blacklist of extremists

The Home Office is currently compiling a blacklist of extremist individuals and organisations with whom the government and public sector departments should not interact with, reports the Guardian.

Headed by Theresa May, the list is part of the government's counter-terrorism strategy to reduce the influence of extremist groups in the UK.

The list is being compiled by a new "extremism analysis unit" intend to tackle issues such as the spread of radicalisation in the country and to help government departments avoid detrimental relationships with radical organisations and people.

The State of Utah has passed a law authorising it to use firing squads to mete out capital punishment when lethal injection drugs are unavailable, the BBC reports.

Utah has become the only US state to allow execution by firing squad.

Earlier this week, Utah Governor, Gary Herbert, signed a law approving execution by firing squad as a legitimate alternative to death by lethal injection - provided the drugs used to administer the lethal injection are unavailable.

Members of Parliament are appealing to the government to change the rules governing insolvencies following the demise of City Link, the BBC reports.

Two groups of prominent Members of Parliament (MPs) are demanding an overhaul of the insolvency system in the aftermath of the collapse of a major courier firm at the tail-end of last year.

In December 2014, approximately 2,700 workers lost their jobs when the courier company, City Link, collapsed and administrators from Ernst and Young were called in on Christmas Eve.

Employment law: modern slavery bill amendment rejected by MPs

MPs have rejected an amendment of the modern slavery bill that would have allowed migrant workers to change employers.

Karen Bradley, the MP championing the bill, urged Commons to reject the bill with the new amendment attached as she claimed it would not benefit victims of modern slavery.

The bill was returned to the House of Commons with an amendment that would allow migrant workers to change employer.

Employment law: modern slavery bill amendment rejected by MPs

MPs have rejected an amendment of the modern slavery bill that would have allowed migrant workers to change employers.

Karen Bradley, the MP championing the bill, urged Commons to reject the bill with the new amendment attached as she claimed it would not benefit victims of modern slavery.

The bill was returned to the House of Commons with an amendment that would allow migrant workers to change employer.

A sex worker is issuing a legal challenge to a new law in Northern Ireland, which makes it illegal to buy sex, The Guardian reports.

A sex worker is exercising her rights under European human rights legislation in an attempt to overturn a new law in Northern Ireland, which criminalises the payment for sex among consenting adults.

Laura Lee - a law graduate, part-time escort and sex worker rights campaigner - is mounting a legal challenge against the Human Trafficking and Exploitation Bill, which contains a clause that makes buying sex a criminal offence in Northern Ireland.


Paris has banned half the number of private cars on the road in an effort to slash air pollution levels and curb choking smog.

Under a pollution control law, the French government has declared that, starting this week, only cars with odd-numbered licence registration plates will be permitted to drive in Paris and surrounding towns of the so-called 'city of light.'

The Law Commission has always prided itself on a commitment to apposite, well-considered, and a publically-informed legislative reform where required. To this end, its has opted to establish an open consultation period from the 11th of March to the 11th of July 2015 during which opinions will be sought as to the best and most appropriate ways by which to rethink and reform the legal structures pertaining to the enforcement of family financial orders.

The Law Commission is seeking to obtain information and public thought on the subject of procuring debtor information, the current rules by which the court handles these sorts of cases, and the legislative framework which governs this particular sector of the current system. Education is also an important focus: through providing an open forum for discussion on the complex issues surrounding financial orders, the hope is that the public at large will become better-informed on the matter and, as such, better-equipped to make decisions about the practical elements of this area of the law.