Grayling head-hunts QCs to save fraud trials

first_imgThe lord chancellor will head-hunt advocates to join the Public Defender Service as an ‘emergency measure’ to ensure fraud trials go ahead as barristers continue to refuse the cases due to fee cuts.The Court of Appeal last week heard a plea to reverse the stay granted by His Honour Judge Leonard in the case of five defendants charged with an alleged £4.5m land banking fraud.Leonard discontinued the case as none of the five was represented, ruling there was no realistic prospect of enough advocates being available to take the case and that the PDS was ‘insufficient’ to assist.The Financial Conduct Authority, which prosecuted the case, appealed the ruling last week before Sir Brian Leveson and lords justice Davis and Treacy.Lord chancellor Chris Grayling (pictured) was granted leave to be represented as an interested party. The skeleton argument submitted on his behalf reveals that the ministry has retained headhunters to secure senior counsel to bolster the PDS.It says the government will implement ‘any necessary increase’ of the PDS to ensure representation in the cases where defendants are unrepresented, and ‘consider options for obtaining advocacy services through sub-contracting from other providers’.The document says: ‘The lord chancellor regards this as an emergency measure to address the needs of the interests of justice.’For the FCA, Sean Larkin QC said advocates would have been available for a trial next January and the public interest demanded that the case should merely have been adjourned.Acting pro bono for the defendants, Alex Cameron QC, the prime minister’s brother, argued that Leonard had made reasonable findings on the evidence.The court reserved judgment.last_img read more

Les Miles rides an elephant to mulligan at LSU

first_imgLSU head coach Les Miles is carried by his players after defeating the Texas A&M Aggies 19-7 at Tiger Stadium.LSU head coach Les Miles is carried by his players after defeating the Texas A&M Aggies 19-7 at Tiger Stadium.BATON ROUGE – If Les Miles was confident in his future as LSU’s head football coach Saturday he sure didn’t act like it. Hugs with the Miles family and a salute to the crowd before a 19-7 victory against Texas A&M preceded a ride on his players’ shoulders and a salute to the LSU student section after the final gun.Every emotion and every act by Miles and the 101,803 in attendance at LSU appeared to say goodbye.Everything changed when Miles entered the locker room.LSU president F. King Alexander and athletic director Joe Alleva were there to congratulate Miles on a victory, and another season in Baton Rouge.“It’s nice to have to have them say, ‘You know the job you’ve been doing, well, you can still do it,” Miles said.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. The Video Cloud video was not found. Error Code: VIDEO_CLOUD_ERR_VIDEO_NOT_FOUND After the game, Alleva offered a firm “No,” when asked if Saturday’s result affected Miles’ job status.So why not back Miles instead of letting him bounce like a pinball through speculation that grew rapidly over the past couple of weeks?“Because I said I would evaluate (Miles’ job) at the end of the season,” Alleva said.Perhaps Alleva realized it would be ridiculous to fire a guy who is 111-32 with the Tigers.Miles wouldn’t speculate on the future of his assistants, but did admit the offense needs some work, but not a complete overhaul.“Does that include the running game?” Miles said when asked about possible changes. “Does that include Leonard Fournette, because the motor seems to be pretty stinking strong.”The quarterback position could be a different story.“Do we want to consider change, yes, but I think a serious overall is a little much,” Miles said.Miles was impressed with LSU starting quarterback Brandon Harris until “Game 7.”“Then,” Miles said, “there seemed to be a pause and we never got him back. There is some work to do there.”But it’s now known Miles will oversee that work and his ride from midfield to the LSU student section on his players’ shoulders was not part of an LSU funeral.“I now know what it’s like to ride an elephant,” Miles said. “It scares you to death and you just pray you can hang onto the ears – there’s not much to grab onto. I was like, ‘Just get me down.’“I was thrilled. I was touched.”Miles said he feared he’d, “break my neck,” by falling backward, or “bust my nose,” by going forward.”Instead, much to the amazement of Tigers Nation, Les landed on two feet.Twitter: @RoyLangIII Session ID: 2020-09-18:57b48beb51abe793a7401163 Player ID: videojs-brightcove-player-802985-4636082351001 OK Close Modal DialogCaption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDoneClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Miles admitted he didn’t learn his fate until late Saturday night. And the news left at least one member of the Tigers’ game day staff in tears of joy at the postgame news conference. The word was welcomed by many Tigers fans, who in recent days created a groundswell of support for their head coach.Those at Tiger Stadium showed appreciation through signs, cheers and tears.“Keep Les Miles, Fire Joe Alleva” one sign hanging from a suite said.“Keep The Hat, fire the rat,” was another.“I did not expect any cheers (during senior day celebration),” Miles said. “It was (the fans’) insistence of cheering and getting my attention. I wondered at first, ‘Was that for me?,’ but the Les Miles (chant) kind of reminded me of me, so I took my hat off. I was just really pleased.”Even former LSU basketball star Shaquille O’Neal got in the act during an interview with ESPN on Saturday.“I want him to stay … show the man some respect,” O’Neal said.Enemy No. 1 for Miles’ supporters became Alleva, who was booed during his taped pregame video message.last_img read more

Aston Villa ready to offer €15m to sign summer target –…

first_imgDean Smith’s side are currently in the relegation zone ahead of the restart and if they manage to maintain their top flight status, they will reportedly look to strengthen their defence.Sozcu claim Villa are ready to offer €15m to sign the DR Congo international, and Galatasaray would happily accept that. Aston Villa were also linked with the player last year before he picked up a serious injury.The former Standard Liege defender was injured in November whilst playing for his country and only recently returned to training with the first team. However, he won’t be able to feature in the remaining league matches because he’s not registered.It’s also reported Gala will look to replace the 26 year old if he leaves this summer, with AS Roma defender Mert Cetin said to be on their shortlist.Luyindama’s contract with Galatasaray will expire at the end of June 2022.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameWill You Build The Most Beautiful City?Forge of Empires – Free Online GameUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndoHero WarsGetting this Treasure is impossible! Prove us wrong!Hero WarsUndo熱門話題小心會長過頭…網友推爆:「真的長得超誇張!」熱門話題UndoStanChart by CNBC CatalystDigitization in Banks Is No Longer About Efficiency, but Business Resilience. Don’t Get Left Behind.StanChart by CNBC CatalystUndoCNN with DBS BankWhat Banks Did To Help Corporations Mitigate Future CrisesCNN with DBS BankUndoLoans | Search AdsNeed a loan? Search hereLoans | Search AdsUndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉(今晚試試)Keto减肥UndoSmart Tech TrendOver 50? You Need Those Adjustable Focus Reading Glasses!Smart Tech TrendUndo Turkish newspaper Sozcu report Aston Villa could make an offer for Galatasaray defender Christian Luyindama if they manage to stay in the Premier League for next season.last_img read more