Senior judge: politicians are ignoring harm caused by cuts to legal system – The Guardian

Posted April 24th, 2015 in budgets, elections, judges, legal aid, news, political parties by sally

‘Politicians in this election are failing to address the severe problems caused by deep cuts to the legal system, one former senior judge has warned, while another has called for a mass walkout by lawyers if the Conservatives are returned to power.’

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The Guardian, 23rd April 2015

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Review of Costs Budgeting Process by Jackson LJ – Zenith PI Blog

Posted April 21st, 2015 in budgets, costs, judges, news by sally

‘Following the introduction of costs budgeting as part of his wide-ranging package of civil justice reforms, Jackson LJ is now undertaking a review of the process.’

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Zenith PI Blog, 20th April 2015

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Costs Management, Proportionality and How the Courts Will Approach Costs Incurred Across the 2013 Divide – Zenith PI Blog

Posted April 21st, 2015 in budgets, case management, civil procedure rules, costs, news, proportionality by sally

‘Since the introduction of the Civil Procedure Rules, the standard basis of assessment of costs in civil litigation has required costs to be proportionate to the matters in issue as well as reasonably incurred and proportionate in amount.’

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Zenith PI Blog, 20th April 2015

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News focus: law and justice pledges – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The general election manifestos are in – here’s our quick-fire summary of their headline pledges on law and justice.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 20th April 2015

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Police watchdog slammed as ‘inadequate’ by adviser to Macpherson Inquiry – The Independent

Posted April 13th, 2015 in budgets, complaints, corruption, documents, inquiries, murder, news, ombudsmen, police, racism by sally

‘Serious questions about the fitness of the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) to investigate far-reaching allegations of police corruption have been raised by a former member of the Macpherson Inquiry. The judge’s investigation is said to have been misled by Scotland Yard about the extent of corrupt police involvement in the 1993 investigation into the murder of Stephen Lawrence.’

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The Independent, 12th April 2015

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Access to justice a greater concern than free healthcare – poll – The Guardian

‘The public is more concerned about access to justice than free healthcare, according to a poll commissioned by lawyers campaigning to reverse cuts to legal aid.’

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The Guardian, 13th April 2015

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Supply and Appropriation (Anticipation and Adjustments) Act 2015 – legislation.gov.uk

Posted April 7th, 2015 in budgets, legislation by sally

Supply and Appropriation (Anticipation and Adjustments) Act 2015 published

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Finance Act 2015 – legislation.gov.uk

Posted April 7th, 2015 in budgets, legislation by sally

Finance Act 2015 published

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International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Act 2015 – legislation.gov.uk

Posted April 7th, 2015 in budgets, charities, legislation, United Nations by sally

International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Act 2015 published

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The Care Act 2014: Overview of the Act and the New “General Responsibilities – Doughty Street Chambers

‘This paper gives an overview of the structure and objectives of the Care Act
2014 (“the Act”). It also considers the new “general responsibilities” on local
authorities set out in sections one to seven of the Act.’

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Doughty Street Chambers, March 2015

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The Care Act 2014: Care Planning – Doughty Street Chambers

‘This section deals with the law when local authorities are required or have
decided to meet the needs of adults who need care and support or support
(carers). As they are not yet in force the rules which are specific to selffunders and the ‘care-cost cap” have been left out. ‘

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Doughty Street Chambers, March 2015

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Pensions, pensions, and yet more pensions in the FCA’s business plan – RPC Financial Services Blog

Posted April 1st, 2015 in budgets, consumer protection, elderly, news, pensions, retirement by sally

‘The FCA has published its Business Plan for 2015/2016. One of the key themes for both regulation and risk is the pensions market given the pension reforms taking place on 6 April. The Business Plan highlights the fact that the pensions market is a key area of concern for the FCA and an area which it will be monitoring closely in the next year and beyond.’

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RPC Financial Services Blog, 27th March 2015

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Care system gets ‘biggest shake-up in 60 years’ – BBC News

‘Major changes to the care system in England are being introduced in what is being dubbed the biggest shake-up for 60 years.’

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BBC News, 1st April 2015

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Regina (Forge Care Homes Ltd) and others v Cardiff & Vale University Health Board and others – WLR Daily

Posted March 27th, 2015 in budgets, care homes, judicial review, news, nurses by sally

Regina (Forge Care Homes Ltd) and others v Cardiff & Vale University Health Board and others [2015] EWHC 601 (Admin); [2015] WLR (D) 134

‘The definition of “nursing care by a registered nurse” in section 49 of the Health and Social Care Act 2001 was not a task based definition which restricted “services” to the tasks which only a registered nurse could perform.’

WLR Daily, 11th March 2015

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Council to bring judicial review action over DCLG direction on newspaper frequency – Local Government Lawyer

Posted March 25th, 2015 in advertising, budgets, employment, housing, judicial review, local government, media, news by sally

‘The Royal Borough of Greenwich is to bring judicial review proceedings after the Communities Secretary earlier this month served the authority with a direction requiring it to cut publication of its weekly newspaper.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 24th March 2015

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

Posted March 24th, 2015 in benefits, budgets, families, news, social security, tax avoidance, 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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Miscarriage of justice review body is dismissed as the Court of Appeal’s ‘lap dog’ in hard-hitting report – The Independent

‘Innocent victims of miscarriages of justice are “languishing in jail” due to delays and faults in the case review system, according to MPs behind a hard-hitting report to be published this week.’

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The Independent, 22nd March 2015

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Changes announced to UK’s venture capital rules – Technology Law Update

Posted March 19th, 2015 in budgets, financial regulation, news by sally

‘Although there is precious little detail until the Finance Bill is published next week you may be interested in the following new Budget announcements concerning SEIS/EIS/VCT investments – I haven’t included previously announced measures.’

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Technology Law Update, 19th 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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UK justice minister ‘complacent’ over 38% rise in prison deaths, say MPs – The Guardian

Posted March 18th, 2015 in budgets, death in custody, news, prison officers, prisons, sentencing, violence by sally

‘The justice secretary has been accused of complacency by a cross-party group of MPs for denying any link between prison staffing cuts and a sudden rise in self-inflicted deaths and violence inside jails in England and Wales.’

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The Guardian, 18th March 2015

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