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Key gig economy case reaches Supreme Court

A plumber’s legal battle for working rights will be closely watched by “gig economy” workers when it reaches the Supreme Court on Tuesday. Gary Smith, who worked for Pimlico Plumbers for six years, began his fight when he wanted to reduce his hours following a heart attack. Lower courts have ruled that he is entitled to basic workers’ rights, although technically self-employed. These rights include the national minimum wage and paid holiday. Mr Smith won his most recent victory in the Court of Appeal a year ago, but Pimlico Plumbers…

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Barry Bennell: Victims face 'monster' in court

Some of the victims of the former football coach, Barry Bennell, have faced him in court as the sentencing of the convicted paedophile begins. Bennell, 64, who worked at Manchester City and Crewe Alexandra, will be sentenced for 50 counts of child sexual abuse against 12 boys aged eight to 15, between 1979 and 1991. Gary Cliffe, abused by Bennell hundreds of times, confronted him to ask: “Why?” Another victim said Bennell “took his one and only childhood”. Bennell remained impassive in the dock, staring at the floor, as victims’…

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Barry Bennell court case: Special talkSPORT report – Thursday, February 15

Barry Bennell court case: Special talkSPORT report – Thursday, February 15 Friday, February 16, 2018 The former Crewe Alexandra coach and Manchester City scout Barry Bennell has been convicted of the remaining child sex offence charges against him. In total the 64 year old has been found guilty of eleven counts of rape, two counts of attempted rape and thirty-two counts of indecent assault committed between 1979-90 against 11 boys aged between eight and 15. talkSPORT’s Alex Dibble has been following the case at Liverpool Crown Court. Listen to his…

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Facebook broke German privacy laws, court rules

Privacy rights campaigners are claiming victory over Facebook in a German legal battle. It follows a regional court ruling that found some of the social network’s data consent policies to be invalid. The Vzbv consumer group successfully argued that five of the app’s services were switched on by default, with the relevant privacy settings “hidden”. Facebook intends to appeal, but believes that planned changes to the app will ensure it obeys the law. Vzbv also plans to appeal because some of its other allegations were rejected. These included a claim…

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Stephen Hawking to take NHS's Hunt to court

A group of health campaigners, including Prof Stephen Hawking, has been given permission to challenge a government health policy in the High Court. They will pursue a judicial review of a plan to develop structures known as accountable care organisations (ACOs) in the NHS in England. They argue the shake-up would amount to a form of privatisation. This is strongly denied by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt. ‘Radical changes’ NHS England wants hospitals and other trusts to work closely with GPs and social care services to look after more patients in…

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Stokes will not join England squad before court date

All-rounder Ben Stokes says he will delay his departure to join the England squad in New Zealand until after he appears at Bristol Magistrates’ Court on 13 February. The 28-year-old has been charged with affray after an incident outside a Bristol nightclub in September. The court date coincides with England’s first Twenty20 match in New Zealand. “I’ve decided it would not be right to join my team-mates until after attending court,” he wrote on Twitter. Stokes, who has not played for England since the incident and intends to contest the…

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Terror trial: Big Ben among terror targets, court hears

Big Ben and Heathrow Airport were among landmarks targeted by a British man who was “fascinated” by the so-called Islamic State, a court has heard. Umar Ahmed Haque, 25, from east London, denies preparing acts of terrorism. He is on trial at the Old Bailey in London alongside three other men, aged between 19 and 27. Mark Heywood QC, opening the case, said Mr Haque had decided to “carry out one or more violent attacks” in the UK and had “identified methods and targets”. The court heard his other intended…

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