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A high court row over the rights to use a famous 1960s Savile Row tailoring brand has been lost by Conservative Party vice-chairman Alan Lewis.

Colin Firth: Single man's hero

Colin Firth has taken the film world by storm with his performance as a grieving professor

Hull take Duffen to court over financial misconduct

Hull City began legal action in the High Court against their former chairman Paul Duffen yesterday after accusing him of spending company money for personal use.

Former Hull chief Paul Duffen denies claims over finances

Former Hull chairman Paul Duffen today denied allegations over his running of the football club as it began legal action against him.

Joan Smith: Nothing liberal about defending burkas

These masks are a symbol of ideology, not a fashion statement

Darwin's Sacred Cause, By Adrian Desmond & James Moore

Of all the scores of books that greeted Darwin's double anniversary last year, none matters more than this. Desmond and Moore, already their hero's biographers, now in this triumph of re-interpretation plant the hatred of slavery - and of the science that sought to justify it - at the heart of Darwin's career.

Catch, By Simon Robson

A few slips, but plenty of edge

Brown comes bottom of best-dressed list

It's not the suits, it seems, but the success of the men wearing them that counts

Christmas pudding? Sign this form first please...

A restaurant asked more than 350 diners to sign a legal waiver before eating its £7 Christmas pudding.

Lawyer takes action to prevent power vacuum

A leading human rights lawyer has launched legal action to try to force Nigeria's President, Umaru Yar'Adua, to hand executive powers to his deputy while he receives medical treatment in Saudi Arabia.

Give Amanda her life back, pleads lawyer in Kercher case

A defence lawyer for an American student accused of killing her British roommate broke down after urging the court to give his client back her life. But a prosecutor called the accused, Amanda Knox, a compressed spring who exploded the night of the murder.

Leading article: Paternity pleading

"So," women might well retort at the latest report on paternity leave, "men are at last having to learn what we have experienced for years." And it's true. The finding by the Equality and Human Rights Commission study, that men fear to take their full two-week's paternity entitlement or to ask for flexible working for fear of harming their career prospects, is only what women have had to suffer ever since they entered the workforce.

Warren's novel defence failed to convince jury

During his trial, Curtis Warren denied being involved in the drug deal and left it to his barrister to try and prove his innocence via a series of outlandish theories. Ordinarily, a defendant's previous convictions cannot be aired in open court because of the risk of prejudicing the jury. But Warren's barrister Stephen Baker chose to reveal his client's criminal past, claiming his notoriety meant that the authorities had set him up in an attempt to claim a famous scalp.

Al-Fahim waits for Portsmouth offer

Portsmouth owner Sulaiman Al-Fahim expects to receive an offer for a majority stake in the club from a consortium led by Saudi property tycoon Ali Al-Faraj today.

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