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DNA database to be used in Air France crash investigation

French authorities will utilise a Brazilian DNA database to aid with the identification of recently recovered bodies from the wreckage of Air France flight 447.

The news came on Wednesday from the affected families’ spokesman Nelson Marinho, whose son was among the 228 people that perished in the Atlantic went the flight went down in bad weather two years ago just hours after departing from Rio de Janeiro.


LulzSec hacker attacks 'deeply worrying', says police chief

Sir Paul Stephenson describes arrest of 19-year-old Ryan Cleary as 'very significant'

Britain's top policeman has described online attacks by the computer hacking group LulzSec as "extraordinarily significant and deeply worrying" following the arrest of an Essex teenager believed to have been a "significant" figure in the escalating cyberwar.


Immunity of expert witnesses from civil actions ended by the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has abolished the immunity of expert witnesses from civil actions relating to the evidence they give in court.Experts have enjoyed this immunity for over 400 years.

Absolute privilege will still protect experts from libel actions and general immunity will be retained by all other witnesses.

Last Updated on Friday, 08 April 2011 15:21


Think twice before re-enforcing your shed windows with wire mesh. You could end up in court!

Hart Brown Partner Marek Bednarczyk looks at how far we can go in protecting our property and whether we have a Duty of Care to burglars

Just recently there has been national press coverage on the subject of shed owners being warned by the Police that wire mesh on windows could hurt burglars. Understandably, law abiding citizens who have been the target of such burglaries are exasperated and dismayed at the thought of being sued by burglars in such circumstances. One resident of Tatsfield Village in Surrey was apparently advised by the police that he needed to be careful when re-enforcing the windows on his shed with wire mesh, because “thieves can actually sue you if they get hurt”.


RIBA launches Conservation Register

RIBA launches Conservation Register

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) today launches its Conservation Register, which will enable those looking to commission work on heritage buildings to easily find architects with specific skills and experience in historic building conservation, repair and maintenance.

The new Register forms an important part of the RIBA’s work to support architects currently involved in historic conservation, whilst enabling the next generation of conservation architects to gain the necessary skills and experience to successfully establish themselves in this specialism.

Offering the following three levels of membership, the Conservation Register enables architects in the early phases of establishing their careers in building conservation to pursue an incremental process of accreditation: