Former Police Officer Admits Selling Stories to Sun

After a former policeman admitted he had been selling information to the Sun newspaper, he is now about to go to jail and his employers should consider a confidentiality agreement when preparing the employment contracts.

The convicted person is the 30 years old James Bowes from Steyning, West Sussex. He was accused of giving detailed information of three high-profile investigations in 2010 for which information he got £500.

The 9 May is the day when his final sentence has to be announced.

He is the forth police officer cough after a Scotland Yard’s investigation aiming to lay hold of corrupted public officials.

No matter Mr. Bowes was released on unconditional bail this was “no indication of disposal”.

In the words of the BBC’s home affairs correspondent Danny Shaw, the other police officers caught previously were given prison terms ranging from 10 to 15 months.

The hearing was too short so no details about this case were announced.

Sussex Police came out with a statement saying they required the highest personal and professional standards of all staff and that those suspected of improper behaviour, out of the standards, would be rigorously investigated.

Deputy Chief Constable Giles York said: “On being made aware of the investigation into James Bowes in August 2012, Sussex Police immediately suspended him and following an internal disciplinary hearing the following month, he was dismissed for gross misconduct.”

The current number of people arrested as part of Operation Elveden is 60.

It is now being run together with two other police investigations. The first one is called Operation Weeting and its direction is alleged phone hacking. The name of the other investigation is Operation Tuleta and it is about computer hacking and other privacy breaches.


A Foreign Court Treated Civil Partnership as Marriage

A gay couple that was some time ago granted the status of civil partners in the UK was now recognized by a court in Canada for officially married.

The Supreme Court Justice Ruth Mesbur said that this marriage had to be treated as a legal one in the same way as in any other country, otherwise it could be regarded as discrimination.

After some time the relationship between Wayne Hincks and Gerardo Gallardo deteriorated.Waynewanted to initiate divorce proceedings but his spouse refused, thinking that the fact they changed their living place toTorontowould probably influence their status and it would not be the same as in theUK.

The decision of the Supreme Court Justice Ruth Mesbur was really surprising:

“It seems to me that to do anything other than recognise this particular civil partnership as a marriage would run contrary to the express values of Canadian society,” she stated, “and would constitute impermissible discrimination.”

As this is the first time that overseas court has ruled on the issue, this decision was quite shocking.

For Hincks this seemed as a “victory for equality”. He said he hoped this case would makeUKgovernment start thinking of civil partnership and marriage as of equal things.

He commented: “If another country says that there is no difference between civil partnership and marriage then I don’t see why the entities should exist separately here.”

In the UK marriage and civil partnership are still separate, and treated as different, just like the Confidentiality agreement, which can be Mutual or Unilateral


Intellectual Property Claims – Quick, Easy, Cheap

Intellectual property cases will now be assigned to smaller claims court, which will make it easier, cheaper and quicker for individuals and small businesses to deal with such kind of issues.

Intellectual property claims of less than £5,000 in value will be settles by a new framework by small claims court and it is expected that in future this limit will be increased to £10,000

In addition, claimants will have the opportunity to attend “informal hearings”, with no need of legal representation. This change is “expected to reduce significantly the cost of pursuing IP infringement cases”.says IPO (Intellectual Property Office)

The umbrella term of intellectual property (IP) protects creative products across a wide range of sectors and is underpinned by inherent rights such as copyright and those that require registration, such as patents and trademarks.

From now on people working in the creative business niche, such as designers, photographers etc, will be able to protect their rights and claim intellectual property offences easier and cheaper, as they will save lots of legal expenses.

All intellectual property claims made under the small claims track will be heard at the Patents County Court (PCC). Currently, there is only one court in London, however it will not be necessary for people living outside London to travel for the hearings, as this can be done over the phone. Together with the hearing and the case documents, a decision can be made.

“A smarter and cheaper process is good for business and helping businesses make the most of their intellectual property is good for the economy.Lower legal costs will make it easier for entrepreneurs to protect their creative ideas where they had previously struggled to access justice in what could often be an expensive progress.”says Business Minister, Michael Fallon.

It follows the introduction of a cap of £500,000 on payouts for damages in intellectual property cases and a maximum of £50,000 towards costs. At the High Court, however, where the most complex cases will still be heard, payouts remain unlimited.

Be careful with your own work, in order to prevent people who stole from you to benefit from your efforts. In every business there are hidden dangers, but one of the possible protections is the Non-disclosure agreement.