Anti-slavery powers come into force in England and Wales – BBC News

‘Key parts of new legislation to combat slavery in the UK – including life sentences for those guilty of people trafficking – have come into force in England and Wales.

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BBC News, 31st July 2015

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Students to be recruited from second year as graduate recruitment code is transformed – The Lawyer

‘Law firms will be able to recruit future trainees from their second year at university due to a change in the graduate recruitment code.’

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The Lawyer, 29th July 2015

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Revising the Victims’ Code – Ministry of Justice

Posted July 24th, 2015 in codes of practice, consultations, crime, news, victims by sally

‘The statutory Code of Practice for Victims of Crime (“the Code”) places obligations on core criminal justice agencies to provide victims of crime with support and information.’

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Ministry of Justice, 16th July 2015

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Michael McIntyre spy-cam tweet investigated for data protection breach – The Guardian

Posted July 16th, 2015 in codes of practice, data protection, London, news, police, privacy by tracey

‘A picture tweeted by a police helicopter team showing comedian Michael McIntyre standing in a London street is being investigated by the Information Commissioner’s Office for a possible breach of data protection laws.’

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The Guardian, 15th July 2015

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Criminal record checks: guidance for employers – Home Office

‘How employers or organisations can request DBS checks for potential employees.’

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Home Office, 14th July 2015

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Time to banish “procedural squabbles” to keep costs proportionate, says senior judge – Litigtaion Futures

‘Unreasonableness, intransigence and the taking of every point must now be regarded as unacceptable in the post-Jackson world, a High Court judge has warned in setting out how to comply with the overriding objective to deal with cases at proportionate cost.’

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Litigation Futures, 13th July 2015

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Prisoner book restrictions scrapped by Michael Gove – BBC News

Posted July 13th, 2015 in codes of practice, libraries, news, prisons, rehabilitation, statistics by tracey

‘Rules restricting the number of books a prisoner can have have been overturned by Justice Secretary Michael Gove.’

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BBC News, 12th June 2015

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Open Consultation: Codes of practice issued under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (POCA) – Home Office

“The operation of certain powers within POCA are subject to guidance issued by the Secretary of State in various codes of practice. The existing codes need updating due to certain provisions in the Serious Crime Act 2015 and the full extension of POCA powers to Northern Ireland.’

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Home Office, 10th July 2015

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Daily Telegraph censured by Ipso over false Nicola Sturgeon story – The Guardian

Posted July 6th, 2015 in codes of practice, complaints, elections, media, news, political parties by tracey

‘The Daily Telegraph has been censured by the Independent Press Standards Organisation (Ipso) for publishing an inaccurate front page story about SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon during the election campaign.’

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The Guardian, 6th July 2015

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Jails and universities obliged to prevent radicalisation as new act becomes law – The Guardian

‘Local authorities, prisons, NHS trusts, schools, universities and further education institutions will this week be placed under a new statutory duty to prevent extremist radicalisation taking place within their walls.’

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The Guardian, 29th June 2015

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Right to rent: all landlords must check immigration status or face £3,000 fine – Daily Telegraph

‘Landlords in England will be responsible for spotting illegal tenants ‘from September’ after a trial in the West Midlands results in fines.’

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Daily Telegraph, 27th June 2015

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Regulator opens investigations into transparency of paid online endorsements – OUT-LAW.com

‘The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is investigating whether a number of businesses have broken consumer protection laws by failing to disclose that they have paid others to endorse their company online.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 19th June 2015

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UK under fire over ‘incoherent’ approach to domestic violence – The Guardian

‘The British government has been criticised by the UN for lacking “a consistent and coherent” approach to tackling violence against women, warning that its austerity agenda will further undermine the safety of vulnerable individuals.’

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The Guardian, 14th June 2015

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Surge in number of prisoners killing themselves in solitary confinement revealed by report – The Independent

‘The number of prisoners who take their own lives in solitary confinement has reached a nine-year high with the death toll including a man who hanged himself after officers refused to give him a book, a report has disclosed today.’

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The Independent, 9th June 2015

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Plastic surgeons must give patients chance to change mind, says General Medical Council – The Independent

‘Cosmetic procedure patients should be given a cooling-off period before going under the knife, according to the latest guidance by the General Medical Council (GMC).’

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The Independent, 8th June 2015

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Lawyers urged to play it cool with litigants in person – Legal Futures

‘Solicitors, barristers and legal executives have been told by their professional bodies to be polite and non-judgemental when dealing with litigants in person (LiPs), and take “extra care to avoid using inflammatory words or phrases”.’

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Legal Futures, 4th June 2015

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Codes of practice for the acquisition, disclosure and retention of communications data – Home Office

‘Guidance on the procedures that should be followed when the communications data is accessed or disclosed under RIPA, or retained under DRIPA or the ATCSA.’

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Home Office, 15th May 2015

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What to do about the new Practice Direction – Pre-Action Conduct – NIPC Law

‘CPR 63.20 (2) requires those bringing claims in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (“IPEC”) including the small claims track to state whether they have complied with paragraph 7.1(1) and Annex A (paragraph 2) of the Practice Direction (Pre-Action Conduct). If they don’t the defendant has an extra 28 days in which to file his or her defence under CPR 63.22 (3). But if you actually turn to the Practice Direction – Pre-Action Conduct you will find that the old paragraph 7 and Annex A aren’t there any more.’

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NIPC Law, 6th May 2015

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Revised framework document for the National Crime Agency – Home Office

Posted May 8th, 2015 in codes of practice, documents, national crime agency, news by tracey

‘This revised framework document replaces the first framework document signed by the Home Secretary and the director general of the National Crime Agency on 15 October 2013.’

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Home Office, 6th May 2015

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Consent to treatment – Hailsham Chambers

Posted April 20th, 2015 in codes of practice, consent, disclosure, doctors, medical treatment, negligence, news by sally

‘Medicine is a changing field, and the way it is practised is in many ways unrecognisable today from 30 years ago. Diagnostic techniques have improved. The technology is better. New drugs come onto the market. Patients are better informed. Less and less are patients inclined to take the stance that “doctor knows best”. There is a plethora of information available through the internet enabling patients to obtain information about symptoms, investigations, treatment options, risks and side-effects; there are patient support groups; healthcare institutions issue leaflets; pharmaceutical products are labelled and contain data sheets intended to give the public information, including in relation to risks; there is a constant raising of awareness of medical accidents and perceived inadequacies of healthcare provision through the media including social media. Whistle-blowing legislation protects those within the health service who wish to remove the veil from poor standards in hospital. And there have been some high-profile inquiries and reports which have revealed severely substandard practice in some places, two obvious examples being North Staffordshire and Morecambe Bay. The result is that the person who walks through the door of a consulting room today is likely to be very different to the person who walked in 30 years ago: better informed, cannier, more suspicious perhaps, more demanding, less resigned.’

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Hailsham Chambers, 26th March 2015

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