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Post Office Execs 'Lied To Me,' Ed Davey Tells Inquiry

Ed Davey told an inquiry on Thursday into the miscarriage of justice at the Post Office that senior officials at mail service, including its former chief executive, "lied" to him about the IT system used to prosecute innocent people.

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Truck Buyers Seek To Stop Cartel 'Picking Off' Claimants

A trade group suing major truck makers in a £2 billion ($2.6 billion) class action over an alleged price-fixing cartel told a London tribunal on Thursday the manufacturers should be prevented from making the group claim unviable by "picking off" claimants through settlement offers.

Microsoft Told AI Development Tool Too Unclear For Patent

Microsoft cannot get a patent over its method of building "conversational" artificial intelligence tools because the invention is not clear enough for a skilled person to understand, European officials held in a decision published Thursday.

Thom Browne Denies Competing With Adidas In Stripe Fight

Thom Browne told a court on Thursday that he did not use a four-stripe design on sportswear to compete with Adidas as he gave evidence in the trial of a multi-jurisdictional trademark dispute over the designs used by the two brands.

Justice Secretary Looks To Fire Head of Criminal Review Body

The U.K.'s justice secretary said Thursday she will seek to remove the head of the body that investigates miscarriages of justice because of concerns that she is "unfit to fulfill her duties" after a report exposed failings in the handling of the review of a historical conviction. 

Tycoon Commits To 6-Day Service After Royal Mail Takeover

The billionaire who has made a £3.57 billion ($4.64 billion) cash offer to buy Britain's national postal service said Thursday that he has committed to delivering letters across the U.K. six days a week if his bid succeeds.

Attorney General Puts Gerrard Contempt Case On Backburner

Britain's attorney general is not pursuing contempt of court proceedings "at this stage" against former Dechert partner Neil Gerrard for lying under oath while testifying about his work for mining company ENRC.

BigLaw Urged To Step Up As S. Asian Lawyers Report Bias

Partners of South Asian heritage are underrepresented in City law firms by as much as 50%, according to a report published Thursday, which urged the sector to adopt new recruiting and networking strategies to increase diversity in the workforce.

Concerns Grow Over Lack Of Specific AI Bill In King's Speech

The Labour government said in the King's Speech that opened the new session of Parliament Wednesday that it plans to impose requirements on the developers of the most powerful artificial intelligence models — but fell short of saying it would introduce an AI-specific bill.

UK Gov't Moves Ahead With Accounting Reform Bill

The new Labour Government said on Wednesday that it will push ahead with draft legislation to toughen up regulation of auditors to help to reduce the risk of corporate failures.

Gov't Sets Out 'Duty Of Candor' Law For Public Officials

Britain will introduce a legal duty of candor for officials and authorities to prevent perceived cover-ups of public scandals, part of a wider package of legislation that the government said Wednesday it will pursue in the coming parliamentary session.

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