Recovery of Medical Costs for Asbestos Diseases (Wales) Bill: reference by the Counsel General for Wales – Supreme Court

Recovery of Medical Costs for Asbestos Diseases (Wales) Bill: reference by the Counsel General for Wales [2015] UKSC 3 (YouTube)

Supreme Court, 9th February 2015

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Proposed changes to S.21 – NearlyLegal

Posted February 9th, 2015 in bills, housing, landlord & tenant, news, notification, rent, repossession by sally

‘As well as the clauses introducing the retaliatory eviction proposals, the Government’s proposed amendments to the Deregulation Bill would make some other changes to s.21. The effects would be:

No s.21 notice can be served within the first 4 months of the shorthold tenancy, thus ending the all too widespread practice of serving a s.21 at the time the tenancy agreement is signed (though I’d still say that was probably caught by the deposit rules). The proposals also make clear that possession proceedings cannot be begun before 6 months from the start of the tenancy (that disposes of an idea some bright spark landlords had, that it was OK to start proceedings before 6 months so long as the possession order was made after the 6 month date).’

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NearlyLegal, 8th February 2015

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Asbestos NHS costs decision due from Supreme Court – BBC News

Posted February 9th, 2015 in appeals, asbestos, bills, costs, insurance, local government, news, Supreme Court, Wales by sally

‘Firms in Wales whose staff are treated for asbestos-related illnesses are to learn if they must reimburse the NHS.’

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BBC News, 9th February 2015

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BBC licence fee: decriminalisation of non-payment pushed back until 2017 – The Guardian

Posted February 6th, 2015 in BBC, bills, fees, licensing, news by sally

‘The government has been defeated in the House of Lords after peers voted for an amendment backed by former BBC chairman Lord Grade preventing decriminalisation of non-payment of the licence fee before 2017.’

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The Guardian, 5th February 2015

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The revenge of retaliatory eviction law – NearlyLegal

Posted February 6th, 2015 in bills, landlord & tenant, news, repossession by sally

‘After the Teather ‘revenge eviction’ member’s bill was talked out by a couple of Tory MPs, (Chope and Davis), the question was would the proposals survive in another form before the election.’

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NearlyLegal, 5th February 2015

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British court to rule on death sentences for two Trinidad murderers – The Guardian

‘Seven British judges will consider whether two convicted murderers from Trinidad should have their death penalty sentences lifted by the privy council.’

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The Guardian, 4th February 2015

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University professors decry Theresa May’s campus anti-terrorism bill – The Guardian

‘More than 500 university professors have urged the home secretary, Theresa May, to urgently rethink her proposals to curb campus extremists.’

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The Guardian, 3rd February 2015

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Theresa May’s plans to stop students being drawn to terrorism are in conflict with law, says QC – The Independent

Posted February 2nd, 2015 in bills, confidentiality, freedom of expression, news, terrorism, universities by sally

‘Plans by Home Secretary Theresa May to place a legal duty on universities to prevent students from being drawn into terrorism are in conflict with existing law, a leading QC will warn tomorrow.’

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The Independent, 1st February 2015

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Acquitted defendants costs regime not incompatible with ECHR – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted January 29th, 2015 in bills, costs, human rights, news by sally

‘The Court (Burnett LJ giving the sole judgment) has ruled on whether the statutory changes made to the ability of acquitted defendants in the Crown Court to recover their costs from central funds are compatible with the ECHR.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 28th January 2015

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Hayley Hooper: The Counter Terrorism and Security Bill: A Potential Further Erosion of Citizenship Rights in the UK – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted January 29th, 2015 in bills, citizenship, human rights, news, passports, terrorism by sally

‘The Counter Terrorism and Security Bill was introduced into the House of Commons on 7 January 2015 using a semi-fast-track procedure. The Bill provides for new powers to seize travel documents from individuals suspected of terrorism, for increased powers to retain internet data under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA), and more intrusive measures under the Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures Act 2011. This comment focuses on one aspect of the Bill: the “temporary exclusion orders” (TEOs) proposed in Chapter Two. These TEOs would allow the Home Secretary to make an executive order to invalidate an individual’s passport whilst s/he is abroad if there is “reasonable suspicion” that s/he has been involved in terrorism or terrorism related activity outside of the United Kingdom. Such orders may remain in force for up to two years. This means that affected individuals can only return to the UK if they become the subject of a “managed return” during which they may be subject to conditions consistent with obligations in the existing Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures Act.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 27th Janaury 2015

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Alexander Horne: Evidence under oath, perjury and parliamentary privilege – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘The issue of select committee powers has received renewed interest during the 2010-15 Parliament, culminating in a report from Liaison Committee on Select committee effectiveness, resources and powers (in October 2012); and, subsequently, a report by the Joint Committee on Parliamentary Privilege in July 2013 (and a Government response later that year).’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 29th January 2015

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Women with disabilities excluded from domestic abuse law, say campaigners – The Guardian

Posted January 29th, 2015 in bills, carers, crime, disabled persons, domestic violence, news, women by sally

‘A new law on domestic violence that criminalises “coercive control” could exclude women with disabilities, who are particularly vulnerable to such abuse, say campaigners.’

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The Guardian, 28th January 2015

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Give slavery victims ‘freedom from prosecution for minor crimes’ – The Guardian

Posted January 28th, 2015 in bills, crime, forced labour, gangs, immunity, news, police, prosecutions, victims by tracey

‘Granting victims of slavery immunity from prosecution to give evidence about exploitation will be a key tool in tackling organised gangs, according to the officer in charge of coordinating new investigative powers.’

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The Guardian, 28th January 2015

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CAT power to issue cost-capped injunctions will improve competition law enforcement, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

Posted January 27th, 2015 in appeals, bills, competition, costs, injunctions, news, small businesses, tribunals by sally

‘FOCUS: Proposed changes to the workings of the Competition Appeals Tribunal (CAT) will make it more likely that competition law is enforced and will give some smaller companies a boost in pursuing competition claims.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 23rd January 2015

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Legal highs and prescription drugs face ban in English and Welsh prisons – The Guardian

Posted January 27th, 2015 in bills, drug abuse, medicines, news, prisons by sally

‘The justice secretary will be able to ban any legal drug inside prisons, including prescription drugs and “legal highs”, under a crackdown to start this week.’

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The Guardian, 26th January 2015

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Britain open to terrorist drone attacks due to lax aviation rules, experts fear – The Independent

Posted January 26th, 2015 in aircraft, bills, disclosure, enforcement, freedom of information, news, terrorism by sally

‘Terrorists could use swarms of drones to bring down passenger aircraft, disperse chemical or biological weapons and target a nuclear power plants in Britain because of our lax aviation rules.’

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The Independent, 23rd January 2015

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Cigarette package law to be voted on by MPs before election – BBC News

Posted January 22nd, 2015 in bills, health, news, smoking by sally

‘A law introducing plain cigarette packaging in England could come into force in 2016 after ministers said MPs would be asked to vote on the plan before May’s general election.’

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BBC News, 22nd January 2015

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Terror suspects and criminals to be stripped of human rights – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 20th, 2015 in bills, deportation, human rights, news, terrorism by sally

‘The draft bill, to replace the Human Rights Act, would allow British judges to ignore the European Court of Human Rights’

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Daily Telegraph, 20th January 2015

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Grime Rap ‘Gangbo’ appeal fails in High Court – Diarmuid Laffan – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted January 19th, 2015 in appeals, bills, gangs, human rights, injunctions, interpretation, news, police by tracey

‘Chief Constable of the Greater Manchester Police v Scott Calder [2015]. The Greater Manchester Police (‘GMP’) have been unsuccessful in an attempt to obtain an Injunction to Prevent Gang-Related Violence (“IPGV” or “Gangbo”) against Scott Calder. The application was based on police intelligence and the lyrics of Mr Calder’s YouTube Grime Rap videos. On 14 January 2015, Mr Justice Blake dismissed the GMP’s appeal to the High Court, and in doing so laid out guidance on the purpose and ambit of the IPGV legislation, which is currently being substantially amended by Parliament.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 19th January 2015

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Australian litigation funder plans more mass claims against big UK firms – The Guardian

Posted January 19th, 2015 in bills, class actions, consumer protection, foreign jurisdictions, news by tracey

‘The Australian litigation funder coordinating shareholders’ legal action against Tesco is promising to launch more mass claims against large firms in the UK.’

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The Guardian, 18th January 2015

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