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  1. July 17, 2014

    ‘British bill of rights’ moves up Tory agenda

    David Cameron’s Conservatives have long been calling on the prime minister to reassert the sovereignty of parliament over...

  2. March 7, 2014

    UK legal aid cuts put white-collar trials at risk

    The attorney-general will intervene in a case whose defendants have been left without barristers due to the government’s...

  1. February 26, 2014

    Plea from judge as legal aid cuts hit defendants

    The attorney-general is considering a request to intervene in a criminal trial because its defendants have been unable to...

  2. February 23, 2014

    Crown Prosecution Service targets improved asset recovery operation

    The Crown Prosecution Service will pledge to improve its track record on recovering ill-gotten gains and will deploy...

  3. February 18, 2014

    Court overrules human rights objection on whole-life sentences

    The Court of Appeal says judges can continue to impose whole-life sentences on criminals, setting up a potential showdown...

  4. October 27, 2013

    Stolen asset laws to be reviewed as Arab states seek redress

    UK laws on how stolen assets are frozen and repatriated are to be reviewed as Arab states try to recover assets that they...

  5. August 7, 2013

    Making an orphan of the Foundling Museum

    The Charity Commission has rightly been taken to task for failing to oversee charities that serve little or no benevolent...

  6. July 9, 2013

    Judges rule Prince Charles letters to ministers will not be published

    Private letters written by Prince Charles to government ministers will not be made public, three senior judges have ruled....

  7. June 7, 2013

    Treasury counsel tell attorney-general legal aid cuts are ‘unconscionable’

    A group of Treasury counsel – external barristers used by the government in litigation – has slammed proposed cuts to legal...

  8. March 5, 2013

    SFO urged to publish inquiry findings

    The results of an internal investigation into claims by a whistleblower at the Serious Fraud Office should be published to...

  9. February 5, 2013

    MPs vote overwhelmingly for gay marriage

    David Cameron’s plan to legalise gay marriage was passed with a large majority by the House of Commons last night. But a...

  10. February 4, 2013

    Accident Exchange eyes £130m damages

    A supplier of courtesy vehicles to car crash victims that claims it lost millions of pounds in an alleged fraud is preparing...

  11. November 22, 2012

    UK sets out options on prisoner voting

    Ministers are gearing up for further conflict with European human rights judges over whether prisoners should be allowed to...

  12. November 1, 2012

    NAO criticises former SFO chief’s payoff

    The National Audit Office has ruled as “irregular” severance of more than £420,000 paid to the former chief executive of the...

  13. November 1, 2012

    SFO attacked over ex-chief’s severance

    The Serious Fraud Office has come under attack for making a secret £420,000 redundancy payment to its former chief...

  14. October 24, 2012

    MPs given new say on prisoner votes

    David Cameron has confirmed he will allow MPs to have another say on giving prisoners the right to vote, following mounting...

  15. October 24, 2012

    Cameron sees good news keeping coming

    David Cameron told the House of Commons on Wednesday that “more good news” on the economy was imminent, raising expectations...

  16. Westminster Blog

    October 16, 2012

    Letters by Prince Charles to ministers will remain unpublished

    By Chris Cook Correspondence between Prince Charles and government ministers must remain secret, the government has decided....

  17. October 16, 2012

    Grieve seeks to overturn Hillsborough verdicts

    The attorney-general has confirmed he will seek to quash the inquest into the deaths of 96 football fans in the Hillsborough...

  18. August 17, 2012

    MoD ‘concern at EADS unit payments’

    UK Ministry of Defence officials appeared to express concerns about payments made to a Cayman Islands bank account by a...

  19. July 18, 2012

    Daily Mail, Daily Mirror guilty of contempt

    The Daily Mail and the Daily Mirror have been found guilty of contempt of court over articles published after a murderer’s...

  20. Westminster Blog

    April 12, 2012

    A handy guide to Cabinet outside earnings

    You could find all this information yourself by picking your way through the Commons’ register of interests. But here it is...

  21. April 10, 2012

    Whitehall refuses to rule out Libya rendition deal

    The government is not ruling out the possibility of reaching an out of court settlement with Abdul Hakim Belhadj, the Libyan...

  22. February 28, 2012

    Wife hits move to ‘cart off’ husband to US

    The wife of a retired businessman extradited to the US for alleged arms dealing broke down in tears on Tuesday as she told...

  23. February 22, 2012

    Tchenguiz raids have proved a costly farce

    The essential ingredient of a British farce is that an authority figure is caught with his trousers down. So the old...

  24. FT Alphaville

    February 15, 2012

    SFO faces inquiry into operations

    Dominic Grieve, the Attorney-General, has ordered the first inquiry into the UK’s anti-fraud authority to help improve its...

  25. February 14, 2012

    SFO faces inquiry into operations

    Dominic Grieve, the attorney-general, has ordered the first inquiry into the UK’s anti-fraud authority to help improve its...

  26. February 7, 2012

    Councils threaten judicial review of HS2

    A group of 18 local authorities opposed to a £32.7bn high speed rail link between London and the north have threatened the...

  27. January 25, 2012

    Cameron backed on European court overhaul

    David Cameron’s calls for an overhaul of the European Court of Human Rights to reduce its judges’ interference with the...

  28. January 12, 2012

    Intelligence services face rendition probe

    Scotland Yard is to begin an urgent criminal investigation into allegations that UK intelligence agents helped the rendition...

  29. January 10, 2012

    Greening hails decision ‘historic day’

    Justine Greening invoked the spirit of the Victorian railway pioneers as she hailed her decision to give the green light to...

  30. January 8, 2012

    Cameron braced for revolt by MPs over new rail line

    David Cameron is braced for a revolt by a hardcore of Tory MPs over plans to build a £32bn high-speed rail line between...

  31. December 4, 2011

    High-speed rail decision delayed

    The coalition government will delay a decision on whether to press ahead with the first stage of a £32bn high-speed rail...

  32. December 1, 2011

    Attorney-general warns press over contempt

    The attorney-general has sounded his concern over “the increasing tendency of the press to test the boundaries” over the...

  33. FT Alphaville

    November 18, 2011

    SFO eyes probe into F1 bribery allegations

    The UK’s Serious Fraud Office is examining whether to conduct its own investigation into the bribery allegations surrounding...

  34. November 17, 2011

    SFO eyes probe into F1 bribery allegations

    The UK’s Serious Fraud Office is examining whether to conduct its own investigation into the bribery allegations surrounding...

  35. September 9, 2011

    Public benefit row: Fees could rise as result of charity case

    The dispute over whether and what benefits independent schools should provide for families that cannot afford their fees is...

  36. Westminster Blog

    July 6, 2011

    Live blog: PMQs and emergency debate on hacking

    Coverage as it happened of Wednesday’s prime minister’s questions and the parliamentary debate on phone hacking at the News...

  37. June 8, 2011

    May unveils FBI-style crime agency

    The Serious Fraud Office has won a reprieve after the home secretary rowed back on plans to split the agency and roll it...

  38. May 15, 2011

    FSA wants tougher insider trade penalties

    A top London regulator has called for tougher sentences for insider dealingto make it easier for the UK to emulate US...

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