Schedule 7 Code of Practice – Home Office

‘Consultation on changes made to Schedule 7 to the Terrorism Act 2000 by the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.’

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Home Office, 15th April 2014

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

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ICO urges app developers to respect users’ privacy – RPC Privacy Law

‘The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has published guidance aimed at helping mobile app developers comply with the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) and ensure that the privacy of app users is protected.’

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RPC Privacy Law, 11th April 2014

Source: www.rpc.co.uk

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Eve’s Law: addresses of domestic violence victims must be kept secret – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

‘In busy working environments it is easy to make mistakes but some mistakes are more costly than others. An inadvertent disclosure of a domestic violence victim’s safe address to their abuser, for instance, could cost someone their life. Now signed by 87 MPs, Early Day Motion 900 so called “Eve’s Law” is calling for the greater protection of safe addresses.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 14th April 2014

Source: www.halsburyslawexchange.co.uk

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Judges criticise police over ‘bizarre’ penis ID request – Daily Telegraph

‘Sex attacker Kelvyn Lester, 47, declined to take medication for erectile dysfunction so officers could photograph his penis for an identification procedure.’

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Daily Telegraph, 7th April 2014

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

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Islamic law to be enshrined in British law as solicitors get guidelines on ‘Sharia compliant’ wills – The Independent

Posted March 24th, 2014 in codes of practice, islamic law, Law Society, news, rule of law, solicitors, wills by sally

‘Islamic law is to be effectively enshrined in the British legal system for the first time under guidelines for solicitors on drawing up “Sharia compliant” wills.’

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The Independent, 23rd March 2014

Source: www.independent.co.uk

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Family Provision of Justices’ Reasons in uncontested Cases – Judiciary of England and Wales

‘Guidance issued jointly by the Justices’ Clerks Society and the Magistrates’ Association with the approval of Mrs Justice Pauffley and the President of the Family Division.’

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Judiciary of England & Wales, 18th March 2014

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

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UK Statistics Authority takes MoJ to task over “misleading” barrister earnings figures – Legal Futures

Posted March 18th, 2014 in barristers, codes of practice, fees, government departments, news, statistics by tracey

‘Government statements that criminal barristers earn an average of £84,000 from legal aid were misleading, the UK Statistics Authority (UKSA) has suggested.’

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Legal Futures, 18th March 2014

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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Alleged victims’ fury at failure to ban undercover police seduction tactics – The Guardian

Posted March 17th, 2014 in codes of practice, demonstrations, news, police, professional conduct, spying by tracey

‘Eight women who say they were duped into forming long-term sexual relationships with undercover policemen have attacked the government’s failure to ban such behaviour in a newly published code of conduct. The Home Office policy suggests there will be a tightening of guidelines on undercover surveillance, but does not explicitly rule out officers engaging in sexual relationships with those being spied on or those who associate with the target. The new code – which is now open to consultation – merely says that intrusion into someone’s “private or family life”, even when they are not the direct targets of the surveillance, should be justified by the information that might be discovered.’

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The Guardian, 16th March 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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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

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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The dependable witness – New Law Journal

‘Martin Burns provides five important factors to consider when instructing an expert witness (or acting as one).’

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New Law Journal, 28th February 2014

Source: www.newlawjournal.co.uk

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Gamblers need more protection, says culture secretary – BBC News

Posted March 3rd, 2014 in codes of practice, gambling, news, statistics by sally

‘A voluntary code of conduct for the gambling industry will be compulsory but needs toughening up, Culture Secretary Maria Miller has said.’

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BBC News, 2nd March 2014

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Sentencing Council launches new definitive guideline for environmental offences – Sentencing Council

Posted February 26th, 2014 in codes of practice, environmental protection, press releases, sentencing by tracey

‘The Sentencing Council is publishing a new guideline for judges and magistrates on the sentencing of environmental offences.’

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Sentencing Council, 26th February 2014

Source: http://sentencingcouncil.judiciary.gov.uk

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Most train users unaware of rights, says rail regulator – BBC News

Posted February 21st, 2014 in codes of practice, compensation, consumer protection, news, railways by sally

‘Most train passengers are unaware of their rights to compensation after cancellations or delays, the rail regulator has said.’

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BBC News, 21st February 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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Keir Starmer’s call for a “Victims’ Law” – all heart and no substance – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted February 4th, 2014 in codes of practice, legislation, news, victims by sally

‘“From a victim’s point of view, our justice system is hardly fit for purpose.. “What is needed is a fundamental rethink, leading to a specific and legally enforceable Victims’ Law, alongside a real and radical shift in attitude and approach.”

So wrote former DPP Sir Kier Starmer QC in an article for the Guardian yesterday in which he proposed a “Victims’ Law”.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 4th February 2014

Source: www.halsburyslawexhange.co.uk

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HSE guidance on working at height simplified, but underlying regulations remain unchanged, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

Posted February 3rd, 2014 in codes of practice, EC law, employment, health & safety, interpretation, news, standards by tracey

‘The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published new guidance on what the law requires of both employers and employees when people are working at height.’

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OUT-LAW.com. 31st January 2014

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New sentencing guideline for corporate fraud – Sentencing Council

Posted February 3rd, 2014 in bribery, codes of practice, fraud, money laundering, news, sentencing by tracey

‘Following consultation the Sentencing Council is publishing a new definitive guideline on fraud, bribery and money laundering offences committed by corporate offenders which will come into force on 1 October 2014.’

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Sentencing Council, 31st January 2014

Source: http://http://sentencingcouncil.judiciary.gov.uk

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Launch of Child Sexual Exploitation Operating Protocol – CrimeLine

‘The Metropolitan Police Service is hosting a multi-agency launch at City Hall today, Monday 3 February, to set a benchmark for the investigation of child sexual exploitation in the capital. Designed to enhance victim care through improved referral pathways the MPS has drawn up robust processes to identify children at risk of abuse and sexual exploitation. The London Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Operating Protocol – which has been agreed across all 32 London boroughs – sets out the standards expected of all those agencies involved in dealing with the identification and protection of vulnerable children who are targeted for sexual abuse.’

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CrimeLine, 31st February 2014

Source: www.crimeline.info

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Ian Brady – the Mental Health Tribunal’s decision commented upon by Denise Marson – Sovereign Chambers

‘On the 24th January 2014 the First-Tier Tribunal (Health, Education and Social Care)(Mental Health) published its reasons for the Tribunal’s decision regarding Mr Brady’s application for discharge which had received wide-ranging media attention at the latter end of 2013. Mr Brady’s application was to be discharged from Ashworth High Secure Hospital and be returned to prison. There was no possibility of him being discharged directly into the community by the Tribunal. He is now 75 years old.’

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Sovereign Chambers, 29th January 2014

Source: www.sovereignchambers.co.uk

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Way cleared for family’s challenge over ‘do not resuscitate’ orders – The Guardian

‘Appeal court judges have cleared the way for a family to continue their legal challenge over the way decisions are made not to attempt resuscitation of critically ill patients in England.’

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The Guardian, 24th January 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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Media can refuse subject access requests if complying could jeopardise stories, says ICO – OUT-LAW.com

‘Newspapers and other media groups can refuse individuals’ requests for access to the personal data those organisations hold about them where the disclosure of that information could jeopardise future stories, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 27th January 2014

Source: www.out-law.com

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