A loophole in the slavery bill could allow companies to hide supply chain abuses – The Guardian

Posted March 25th, 2015 in bills, company law, construction industry, forced labour, news, sale of goods by sally

‘The modern slavery bill now in parliament must ensure big business respects human rights in providing its goods and services worldwide, not just in the UK.’

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The Guardian, 24th March 2014

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New powers for relatives of missing people – Law Society’s Gazette

‘A new law will allow relatives of missing people to take charge of their family member’s property and financial affairs, such as suspending direct debit payments for mobile phone and utility bills, and making mortgage payments, the Ministry of Justice announced today.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 23rd March 2015

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Family Law Week’s Budget Briefing 2015 – Family Law Week

Posted March 19th, 2015 in bills, budgets, news, taxation by sally

‘Jan Ellis, chartered accountant, of Ellis Foster LLP, a firm which specialises in advising family lawyers on tax-related family law issues, explains the budget changes of most relevance to family lawyers.’

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Family Law Week, 18th March 2015

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What’s Coming Next for Local Government – Thirty Nine Essex Street

Posted March 19th, 2015 in bills, local government, news, taxation by sally

‘2015 promises to be an interesting year for local government, albeit against a backdrop of continued cuts, with localism, devolution and reform of local government finance all politically prominent issues, although it is too soon to predict what form they will take. After considering the general context, this paper addresses recent case law that is relevant to local government finance and in particular the caution that must be exercised against the unlawful use of charging to generate revenue. We then outline some of the main features of the Government’s Deregulation Bill, which is currently at the report stage in the House of Lords, and conclude with a reminder of the potential pit-falls of promises in an election year.’

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Thirty Nine Essex Street, February 2015

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Modern slavery bill amendment rejected by MPs – The Guardian

Posted March 18th, 2015 in bills, employment, forced labour, immigration, news, visas by sally

‘MPs have rejected an amendment made by the Lords to the modern slavery bill, which would allow migrant workers to change employer.’

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The Guardian, 17th March 2015

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‘Door wide open’ to gender abortion as CPS blocks prosecution of doctors, campaigners claim – Daily Telegraph

‘Prosecutors halt case against doctors filmed in Telegraph investigation over ‘public interest’ considerations.’

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Daily Telegraph, 13th March 2015

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MPs pass legislation to introduce standardised cigarette packaging – The Guardian

Posted March 12th, 2015 in advertising, bills, news, parliament, smoking by sally

‘MPs have voted by a majority of 254 in favour of introducing standardised cigarette packaging from May 2016.’

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The Guardian, 11th March 2015

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New laws to stop jihadists and ‘jihadi brides’ leaving UK rushed through House – The Independent

Posted March 12th, 2015 in bills, news, terrorism, terrorism prevention & investigation measures by sally

‘New anti-terror laws aimed at stopping potential jihadists from travelling abroad were rushed through the House of Commons tonight.’

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The Independent, 10th March 2015

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Speech by HHJ Jarman: Administrative Court in Wales – Challenges and Opportunities – Judiciary of England and Wales

‘His Honour Judge Jarman QC gave a speech “Administrative Court in Wales: Challenges and Opportunities” at Swansea University on 19 November 2014.’

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Judiciary of England and Wales, 6th March 2015

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Access all areas? – New Law Journal

‘Overriding lawyer-client & confidential communications is incompatible with the rule of law, as Nicholas Griffin QC, Robert O’Sullivan QC & Gordon Nardell QC explain.’

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New Law Journal, 27th February 2015

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Lords inflict government defeat over visa laws – BBC News

Posted February 26th, 2015 in amendments, bills, news, parliament, visas by sally

‘The government has suffered a narrow defeat in the House of Lords over its Modern Slavery Bill.’

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BBC News, 25th February 2015

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Judges to rule on police requests for journalists’ phone records – Daily Telegraph

‘Police to be told they need to obtain the permission of a judge if they want to obtain details of a journalist’s phone calls or emails.’

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Daily Telegraph, 21st February 2015

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Revenge porn: will the new laws make any difference? – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted February 18th, 2015 in bills, internet, news, pornography by sally

‘Amidst much fanfare, “revenge porn”: the posting online of sexually explicit photographs of videos of someone without their consent (usually by an ex partner), was stated by the media as being made illegal on 12th February 2015.

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 17th February 2015

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The Hunting Act – in 60 seconds – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 18th, 2015 in bills, hunting, news by sally

‘As it approaches it’s tenth anniversary, The Telegraph examines what makes the Hunting Act one of the most contentious pieces of legislation seen in modern political times.’

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Daily Telegraph, 18th February 2015

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‘Revenge porn’ criminalised: What is it and what are the consequences? – The Independent

Posted February 18th, 2015 in bills, consent, internet, news, pornography by sally

‘Revenge porn, which has been used to cause a person harm, to blackmail people into sex, and which has been used against children as young as 11, has been criminalised.’

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The Independent, 12th February 2015

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The Supreme Court in the United Kingdom Constitution – Lecture by Lady Hale

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The Bryce Lecture, 5th February 2015

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Fracking will be allowed under national parks, UK decides – The Guardian

Posted February 13th, 2015 in bills, energy, environmental protection, news, parks by tracey

‘Amendments to infrastructure bill unpick earlier protections, meaning companies just outside parks will be able to drill horizontally below them.’

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The Guardian, 12th February 2015

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Law to make reporting of FGM mandatory – BBC News

‘Professionals who fail to report cases of female genital mutilation (FGM) in children could face the sack under a new law for England and Wales.’

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BBC News, 12 February 2015

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Supreme Court says Welsh NHS charges Bill in breach of A1P1 – UK Human Rights Blog

‘Sounds like a rather abstruse case, but the Supreme Court has had some important things to say about how the courts should approach an argument that Article 1 of Protocol 1 to ECHR (the right to peaceful enjoyment of possessions) is breached by a legislative decision. The clash is always between public benefit and private impairment, and this is a good example.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 11th February 2015

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‘Revenge porn’ illegal under new law in England and Wales – BBC News

Posted February 12th, 2015 in bills, crime, harassment, internet, news, pornography, telecommunications by sally

‘Posting “revenge porn” images and videos on the internet is becoming a criminal offence in England and Wales.’

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BBC News, 12th February 2015

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