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.

The Yuk factor: Correction

LAST week's article 'The Yuk Factor' stated that Dr Celia Pyper 'strongly supports legal abortion'. We understand that this does not reflect Dr Pyper's views, or the thesis put forward in the book Pandora's Clock which she co-authored with Maureen Freely, and apologise for the embarrassment caused.

Letter: Precedents for the procedures of the Scott inquiry

Sir: Lord Howe has made a number of assertions about the procedure before the Scott inquiry and the recommendations of the Royal Commission on Tribunals of Inquiry that must not go unchallenged (report, 13 January).

Law Report: Nil compensation for criminal injury quashed: Regina v Criminal Injuries Compensation Board, ex parte Gambles. Queen's Bench Division (Mr Justice Sedley), 3 December 1993

If the board decides that the conduct of an applicant for compensation for criminal injuries made a full award inappropriate, then it must state to what extent the applicant's conduct impacted on the appropriateness of an award before it concluded that a nil award was appropriate.

Bridge: A good deal of injustice

DO YOU ever get the feeling that there is no justice in this game? To bid and make a grand slam in a pairs contest usually guarantees an excellent score, but here South had every right to be aggrieved.

Assent for Bill

The Criminal Justice Bill, which abolishes the unit fines system and returns to courts the power to consider previous convictions when sentencing, is expected to receive Royal Assent today.

Legal setback

An application by solicitors working for the Crown Prosecution Service and the Serious Fraud Office to appear in higher courts was opposed by the Lord Chancellor's advisory committee on legal education and conduct. The committee's report will also delay moves to give other solicitors the right to represent their clients in higher courts.

Letter: When the innocent discover that pleading guilty is not a bargain court

Sir: I was very pleased to see that your newspaper ('Innocent 'at risk' under plea bargains', 1 June) had highlighted the issue of plea bargaining and the excellent report on this produced by Justice. Liberty has, over the years, received a number of complaints from individuals who have pleaded guilty following pressure from lawyers and others, only to find that there is virtually nothing that they can then do to overturn that decision - despite the fact that they have good grounds for claiming their innocence.

Corky's costly crow

The owner of Corky the cockerel, whose crow was ruled to be a nuisance and was silenced by a county court judge, faces a legal bill of about pounds 25,000. Marjery Johns, of Stoke, north Devon, plans to challenge the ruling.

Law Report: No claim for sex abuse award: Regina v Criminal Injuries Compensation Board, Ex parte P - Queen's Bench Divisional Court (Lord Justice Leggatt and Mr Justice McCullough), 28 April 1993

The criminal injuries compensation scheme's exclusion of compensation claims to victims of family violence for injuries occurring before 1 October 1979 was not unfair or irrational. A victim did not have any entitlement to compensation under the scheme, which was a manifestation of the bounty of the Crown, and could only recover an award according to the rules in force.

No compensation for abuse victims

Two women who suffered sex abuse as children - one by her father, the other by her stepfather - are not entitled to compensation, the High Court ruled.

Sisters to appeal

Michelle Taylor, 21, and her sister Lisa, 19, have won leave to appeal against their convictions for the murder of Alison Shaughnessy. The case is likely to come before the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Taylor, in June.

Legal aid cuts 'hit 20,000': Changes will deny access to justice

A TOTAL of 20,000 cases involving battered wives and people evicted from their homes will be denied access to justice before cuts in legal aid, imposed yesterday, can be reviewed, the Law Society warned.

Racing: Cumani cleared of negligence

Luca Cumani was cleared in the High Court yesterday of negligence over an accident in which a stable lad, David Marr, suffered a serious hip injury. A filly being exercised by Marr, 22, reared and fell over backwards on to him. But a damages action brought against the Newmarket trainer was dismissed by Mr Justice Drake who ruled that the trainer had not acted unreasonably in allowing the lad to ride two-year-old Peardrop back to the stables alone.

Bunhill: Legal purge

FURTHER to my story of City law firms in trouble comes word that one of the very biggest firms is to lay off 16 partners in an unprecedented purging. Watch this space.

Letter: Hysteria does not remove the need to prove guilt

I CAN think of no greater sorrow than that felt at the death of a young child. The Bulger family might perhaps take some small comfort from the mass of sympathy shown for their personal loss.
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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee