‘Dodgy directors’: Tougher sanctions could see them paying compensation – The Independent

Posted April 22nd, 2014 in bills, company directors, compensation, news, sanctions, victims by sally

‘The Government is to introduce a law imposing tougher penalties on “rogue and reckless” company directors that could see them paying compensation to victims.’

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The Independent, 19th April 2014

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NHS ‘bad eggs’ could be struck off under new regulation plans drawn up by the Law Commission in response to Mid-Staffs scandal – The Independent

‘NHS staff who perform poorly in their job could face being struck off, under wide-ranging plans drawn up by the Law Commission.’

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The Independent, 2nd April 2014

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Judicial Review Reform: All about the money, money, money? – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted March 28th, 2014 in bills, budgets, judicial review, legal aid, news by sally

‘As MPs and Peers consider the Civil Legal Aid (Remuneration)(Amendment)(No 3) Regulations and the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill, Angela Patrick, Director of Human Rights Policy at JUSTICE considers the Lord Chancellor’s view that proposed judicial review changes do not restrict access to judicial review remedies or restrict the rule of law.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 26th March 2014

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Released short term prisoner face another two weeks behind bars if they ignore new supervision – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 26th, 2014 in bills, diversity, magistrates, news, rehabilitation, supervision orders by sally

‘Damian Green, Justice minister, announces new powers for magistrates to ensure new supervision orders are met.’

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Daily Telegraph, 25th March 2014

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Cyber-bullies could be given tougher sentences – The Independent

‘The Government today backed tougher laws that could see cyber stalkers imprisoned for up for two years.’

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The Independent, 25th March 2014

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Gay couples look forward to getting married on first legal day – The Guardian

Posted March 24th, 2014 in bills, civil partnerships, equality, homosexuality, marriage, news by sally

‘Historic ceremonies scheduled for 29 March herald new era of equality for gay couples across UK.’

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The Guardian, 21st March 2014

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TV licence fee evasion could be decriminalised – The Guardian

Posted March 24th, 2014 in bills, criminal justice, fees, licensing, media, news, prosecutions, statistics by sally

‘The government is to launch a formal review of the law that makes it a crime not to pay the TV licence, following a campaign led by backbench Conservative MPs.’

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The Guardian, 21st March 2014

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Human trafficking: exercise discretion on a case-by-case basis – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted March 21st, 2014 in bills, forced labour, news, trafficking in human beings by sally

‘Slavery is a term of the highest evocative order. The almost universal abhorrence that this term elicits is due, in large part, to the imprint on the modern psyche caused, not by images of those responsible for the slave trade, but by images and tales of their victims.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 20th March 2014

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Home Secretary speech at National Crime Agency leadership event – Home Office

‘Speech given by Home Secretary Theresa May on 17 March 2014 at National Crime Agency leadership event.’

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Home Office, 18th March 2014

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TV licence law change plan in motion – BBC News

Posted March 18th, 2014 in BBC, bills, crime, licensing, media, news by tracey

‘A proposal to end the criminal offence of failing to buy a TV licence is
being considered for inclusion in a bill before Parliament.’

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BBC News, 18th March 2014

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Teachers need ‘clearer’ social networking rules, unions say – BBC News

‘Teachers using social media websites should receive clearer guidance, unions have said, in the wake of several high profile disciplinary cases.’

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BBC News, 12th March 2014

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Assisted suicide could be legalised as Government allows free vote – The Independent

Posted March 10th, 2014 in assisted suicide, bills, news, parliament by sally

‘MPs and peers will be given a free vote on whether to change the law on assisted suicide, the Government said on Sunday.’

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The Independent, 10th March 2014

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Meg Russell: The Byles/Steel bill – unless amended – holds grave dangers for the Lords – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘On Friday 28 February Dan Byles’ Private Member’s Bill on Lords reform completed its Commons passage. It is now in the Lords, and will be sponsored by David Steel. The bill, which allows retirement from the Lords and expulsion of non-attendees and serious criminals, has been presented as a small, uncontroversial “housekeeping” measure. But as already argued in an earlier blog post, as currently drafted it would in fact introduce a very major change that would alter the Lords fundamentally, and in very undesirable ways.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 6th March 2014

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Development bill to tackle gender inequality poised to become law – The Guardian

Posted March 5th, 2014 in bills, equality, news, sex discrimination, women by sally

‘A private member’s bill to force the UK government to consider the impact of its overseas aid spending on reducing gender inequality is poised to become law after passing its third reading in the House of Lords on Tuesday.’

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The Guardian, 4th March 2014

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New law to prevent sale of health data for commercial purposes – OUT-LAW.com

Posted March 4th, 2014 in bills, health, medical records, misuse of private information, news by sally

‘New UK legislation will ban the disclosure of aggregated patient medical records for commercial purposes, according to media reports.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 3rd March 2014

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Further torment – New Law Journal

‘Rosalyn Akar Grams reviews the impact of LASPO on the provision of quality legal representation for survivors of torture, as part of an exclusive NLJ online series on legal aid post-LASPO.’

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New Law Journal, 19th February 2014

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Child neglect law – unnecessary tinkering, unintended consequences – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted February 28th, 2014 in bills, child neglect, children, news by sally

‘The Child Maltreatment Bill has barely progressed towards the statute book – and perhaps with good reason.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 27th February 2014

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Grayling defends JR intervention reforms – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted February 26th, 2014 in bills, costs, disclosure, judicial review, news by tracey

‘Justice secretary Chris Grayling has told MPs his plans for judicial reviews will stop pressure groups using individuals as “financial human shields” to bring cases.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 25th February 2014

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Reforming judicial review: cutting pointless delay or preventing legitimate challenge? – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted February 25th, 2014 in bills, costs, human rights, judicial review, news, public interest by sally

‘For law students who slept their way through their first Latin 101 lessons in ‘ultra vires’, public law and judicial review may have seemed very detached from the realities of everyday life; less relevant to the man on the Clapham Omnibus than the rigours of a good criminal defence or protection from eviction offered by landlord and tenant law.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 24th February 2014

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The High Court’s new Planning Court – Thirty Nine Essex Street

Posted February 14th, 2014 in bills, courts, judicial review, news, planning by sally

‘The High Court is now to include a formally designated Planning Court and permission to apply will be required for section 288 applications against planning decisions in the latest government reforms to judicial review and related proceedings. Ministers have just published their response to the latest reform proposals and the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill 2014 proposing changes to judicial review.’

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Thirty Nine Essex Street, February 2014

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