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News Bridget Harris, left, a former Clegg aide, has quit over the Lord Rennard affair

The Liberal Democrats’ calamitous handling of the Lord Rennard sexual harassment allegations looks set to be arbitrated by the courts after the peer’s supporters indicated he would if necessary take legal action to retain his position in the House of Lords.

Letter: Rape accused have rights too

Sir: It would be impossible not to sympathise with the anonymous correspondent (26 August) who says that she was attacked and raped at knifepoint. It is, however, equally impossible to agree with her when she protests that her alleged attacker, who awaits trial, ought not to be allowed to defend himself in person and to cross-examine her.

Ombudsman awards pounds 2.5m to investors

The Personal Investment Authority Ombudsman, the new independent watchdog for savers, awarded more than pounds 2.5m last year to investors who complained about the activities of life companies and financial advisers.

Letter: No justice for blacks in Britain

Sir: With the collapse of the trial of those alleged to have been responsible for the death of Stephen Lawrence (report, 25 April), I am left with a profound sense of shock but not surprise. The judge, it seems, would not allow evidence even to come before a jury. So the months and years of agony of Neville and Doreen Lawrence is prolonged.

Lloyd's loses to 'radicals'

Lloyd's of London's hopes of putting off a court hearing that could seriously upset its settlement plans were dashed yesterday when Lord Justice Scott sided with radical names.

Lloyd's loses to `radicals'

Lloyd's of London's hopes of putting off a court hearing that could seriously upset its settlement plans were dashed yesterday when Lord Justice Scott sided with radical names.

LETTER : Racist pretext

Sir: Now again, we have Dr Kalim Siddiqui calling for the murder of an innocent British citizen - for legally exercising his British freedom of speech ("Rushdie death threat renewed", 30 March).

Heseltine is defeated over bills

Michael Heseltine was facing a humiliating defeat last night by Ian Lang, the President of the Board of Trade, over the Deputy Prime Minister's plans for cutting employees' rights in small businesses.

LETTER: No, Lord Justice

From Ms Brigit Barlow

SCB `stonewalled' over lost file claim

CASE STUDY

M'learned friend needs to learn more

Stephen Ward on a call for resources to meet the pace of reform

Ladbroke in pounds 47m property sale

Ladbroke in pounds 47m property sale

Court of Appealoutlaws NUM strike

A series of one-day pit strikes planned by the National Union of Mineworkers was outlawed by the Court of Appeal yesterday.

B R I E F S: Boateng blasts 'extravagance'

Boateng blasts 'extravagance'

Euro file

Hot off the press is European Counsel Direct, a handbook for in- house lawyers and businesses operating across Europe. It contains a "who's who" of lawyers in more than 1,500 European companies, a survey of how their legal departments are managed, and checklists on each jurisdiction, including data on client protection.

Plea for cash in boat inquest

Families of the 51 victims of the Marchioness disaster say they will appeal to John Major to prevent next month's inquest turning into a "farce" because they are being denied legal representation.
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