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

Source: www.localgovernment.co.uk

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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

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

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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

Source: www.independent.co.uk

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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

Source: www.technology-law-blog.co.uk

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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

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

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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

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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The new Part 36 – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted March 17th, 2015 in budgets, civil procedure rules, costs, news by sally

‘From 6 April 2015, the structure of Part 36 will change and a number of new rules are to be introduced. This is the most fundamental change in the Part 36 rules for many years.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 20th January 2015

Source: www.hardwicke.co.uk

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Richard Clayton QC: Fairness, Consultation, and the Supreme Court: There Is (Sometimes) an Alternative – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘In the last few years Austerity Britain has generated a large number of judicial review challenges to public spending cuts, particularly against local authorities. Many cases allege that the public body has consulted unlawfully. The legal principles involved have been firmly established. However, in October 2014 the Supreme Court in R (Moseley) v Haringey LBC [2014] 1 WLR 394 added a new ingredient to the mix, and the courts are still in the process of working out the implications of that decision.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 16th March 2015

Source: www.ukconstitutionallaw.org

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Coulson J slashes “entirely unreliable” costs budget from £9.5m to £4.3m – Litigation Futures

Posted March 9th, 2015 in budgets, civil procedure rules, costs, damages, news, proportionality, solicitors by tracey

‘The High Court has slashed a claimant company’s costs budget from £9.5m to £4.3m, describing it as “entirely unreliable” and “deliberately manipulated”.’

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Litigation Futures, 9th March 2015

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

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R (on the app. of Rotherham Borough Council & others) v Secretary of State for B.I.S. – Supreme Court

R (on the app. of Rotherham Borough Council & others) v Secretary of State for B.I.S. [2015] UKSC 6 (YouTube

Supreme Court, 25th February 2015

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Courtroom communications experts to double – Ministry of Justice

Posted February 23rd, 2015 in budgets, courts, evidence, news, victims, witnesses by sally

‘Victims and witnesses will be given more support than ever before with double the number of courtroom experts soon to be available.’

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Ministry of Justice, 23rd February 2015

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

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Council defeats High Court challenge to consultation on adult care cuts – Local Government Lawyer

‘The High Court has rejected a legal challenge to Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council’s consultation on its proposal to cut its adult social care budget for 2015/16.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 20th February 2015

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

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Law chief marks Magna Carta with fierce attack on Cameron – The Independent

‘Britain’s chief criminal barrister will tear into David Cameron and past governments for treating public law “with contempt”, at a lavish £1,750-a-ticket government-backed conference tomorrow marking the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta.’

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The Independent, 22nd February 2015

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Court intermediary numbers to double – BBC News

Posted February 23rd, 2015 in budgets, courts, evidence, news, victims, witnesses by sally

‘The government has pledged to double the number of experts who help vulnerable witnesses and victims in courts in England and Wales.’

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BBC News, 22nd February 2015

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High Court budgeting ruling narrows use of contingencies – Litigation Futures

Posted February 5th, 2015 in budgets, costs, news by sally

‘Judges should only allow a contingency in a costs budget “if it is foreseen as more likely than not to be required”, a High Court judge has ruled in striking out £50,000 worth of contingencies that one party had included for ‘strategy review and consultation’ and ‘possible further work’.’

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Litigation Futures, 5th February 2015

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Judicial College to train foreign judges – for a fee – Litigation Futures

‘The Judicial College, which trains UK judges, has said that it intends to “introduce a charging scheme for the delivery of international training”.’

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Litigation Futures, 3rd February 2015

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

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Legal aid providers “trying to innovate” but destablised by cuts – Legal Futures

Posted February 4th, 2015 in budgets, case management, law centres, law firms, legal aid, legal services, news by sally

‘More than a third of advice agencies that have so far implemented charging for legal services appear to have done so sustainably, a survey of post-LASPO innovations has found.’

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Legal Futures, 3rd February 2015

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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First judicial review over 2014 Act duties to disabled children reaches court – Local Government Lawyer

‘A High Court judge will this week hear what is being billed as the first judicial review to consider local authorities’ duties to disabled children following reforms brought in under the new Children and Families Act.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 29th January 2015

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

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High court upholds legal aid rules in domestic violence cases – The Guardian

‘Government regulations on access to legal aid for victims of domestic violence have been upheld by the high court.’

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The Guardian, 23rd January 2015

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CCTV: Too many cameras useless, warns surveillance watchdog Tony Porter – BBC News

‘Too many CCTV cameras are ineffective and useless, the government’s surveillance commissioner has warned.’

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BBC News, 26th January 2015

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