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UK Coal sentenced for safety failings that cost four lives



UK Coal Mining Ltd has been ordered to pay £1.2 million in fines and costs for safety failings that cost the lives of four mineworkers in separate incidents at two collieries in Nottinghamshire and the East Midlands.

The company, of Harworth Park, Blyth Road, Harworth, Nottinghamshire, was sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court today (14 December) for four breaches of Section 2(1) and three breaches of Section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 in connection to the deaths.

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 December 2011 14:07


Jones v Kaney nine months on by Chris Makin - mediator

On 30 March 2011, the Supreme Court gave its judgment in Jones –v- Kaney[2011] UKSC 13, the case which saw an end to the expert witness’s immunity from suit in negligence. This reversed a line of authority dating back 400 years, and commentators have called it a landmark ruling, a historic decision, a major victory for claimant lawyers, the end of the amateur expert, and the professionalising of the expert witness industry. How valid are these comments?

Last Updated on Friday, 30 March 2012 09:17


Extradition victory for Assange

Julian Assange won a significant victory in his battle against extradition to Sweden today, after judges allowed him to petition the supreme court.

The Wikileaks founder actually lost his appeal, but judges said it was of "general public importance" that his case be heard.

He now has 14 days to launch a written application for the supreme court to rule directly on whether the Swedish authorities had the authority to issue European arrest warrants.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 March 2012 09:18


'Black hole' in police force


There is a financial black hole of half a billion pounds in the country's police forces, according to figures seen by Labour.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 December 2011 11:45


IMO Secretary-General opens 27th IMO Assembly



The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has focused heavily on actions to stem climate change and to address piracy off the coast of Somalia, in what has been a busy and productive biennium for the Organization on the regulatory front, Secretary-General Efthimios E. Mitropoulos told delegates at the opening (on Monday, 21 November) of the 27th session of the Organization’s highest governing body, the Assembly. The meeting is being attended by more than 1,000 delegates from IMO Member States as well as from international governmental and non-governmental organizations.