Consultation duty gets to the Supreme Court – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted October 30th, 2014 in appeals, consultations, local government, news, Supreme Court, taxation by sally

‘Lord Wilson posed the question, answered today by the Supreme Court, with concision. When Parliament requires a local authority to consult interested persons before making a decision which would potentially affect all of its inhabitants, what are the ingredients of the requisite consultation?’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 29th October 2014

Source: www.ukhumanrightsblog.com

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Ministers to consult over mandatory abuse reporting – BBC News

Posted October 29th, 2014 in child abuse, consultations, news by sally

‘The government is to undertake a public consultation into whether the reporting of child abuse by regulated bodies should be made mandatory.’

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BBC News, 29th October 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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Mental health units to be set up inside prisons – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 27th, 2014 in consultations, hospitals, mental health, news, prisons, sentencing by sally

‘Plans being considered by the Government will see inmates treated in specialist mental health units inside prisons in future.’

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Daily Telegraph, 26th October 2014

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

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Robbery sentences: Gun and knife use ‘should be penalised’ – BBC News

Posted October 21st, 2014 in consultations, firearms, news, offensive weapons, robbery, sentencing, victims by sally

‘Robbers who use or threaten to use guns and knives during crimes in England and Wales should expect to receive tougher jail sentences, new proposals suggest.’

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BBC News, 21st October 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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Show us your evidence, Society tells MoJ consultation – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The Law Society has urged the Ministry of Justice to release for formal consultation a report on the criminal legal aid market which casts doubt on its controversial reform proposals.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 14th October 2014

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

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Consultation process not unfair after all, says Court of Appeal – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted October 13th, 2014 in appeals, consultations, news, statutory duty by sally

‘Deciding whether a given consultation process conducted prior to some administrative decision was or was not sufficiently unfair to warrant challenge is not an easy task. Three connected problems commonly arise:

(1) did the public body provide adequate information to enable properly informed consultation

(2) was the consultation at a formative stage of the decision-making process, so it was a real rather than sham process?

(3) did the consultation encompass sufficient alternatives?’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 12th October 2014

Source: www.ukhumanrightsblog.com

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Ripa: Curbs on police hacking journalist phones to find story sources – Daily Telegraph

‘Police will be banned from accessing reporter phone logs under the powers of Ripa unless they can show it is for serious crime.’

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Daily Telegraph, 12th October 2014

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

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Open Consultation – Transforming legal aid: crime duty contracts – Ministry of Justice

Posted September 29th, 2014 in consultations, contracts, Law Society, legal aid, Ministry of Justice, solicitors by tracey

‘A consultation on reports undertaken by Otterburn Legal Consulting and KPMG in relation to the proposed duty work contracts for criminal legal aid services.’

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Ministry of Justice, 24th September

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

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Fee-paid Judicial Pension Scheme – Ministry of Justice

Posted September 22nd, 2014 in consultations, fees, judiciary, news, pensions by sally

‘This consultation seeks views on the proposed design of the Fee-paid Judicial Pension Scheme (FPJPS).’

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Ministry of Justice, 19th September 2014

Source: https://consult.justice.gov.uk

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High Court slaps down legal aid reform – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The lord chancellor acted ‘unlawfully’ in the way he consulted on controversial plans to shake up criminal legal aid, the High Court ruled today [19 September].’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 19th September 2014

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Employment lawyers blast draft law on recovery of public sector exit payments – Local Government Lawyer

Posted September 19th, 2014 in bills, consultations, employment, local government, news, remuneration by tracey

‘Planned Government legislation to claw back exit payments from high-earning public sector staff if they get another job within 12 months is “unclear and ill-conceived”, the Employment Lawyers Association (ELA) has warned.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 18th September 2014

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

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Bookmakers sign up to voluntary watchdog – The Guardian

Posted September 15th, 2014 in advertising, consultations, gambling, licensing, news, ombudsmen by tracey

‘Three of the four big high street bookmakers have signed up to a new voluntary watchdog in the hope of preempting a raft of tough statutory measures that threaten the prevalence of betting shops, high-speed roulette machines and aggressive punter-recruitment adverts promising “free money”.’

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The Guardian, 15th September 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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Bar Standards Board launches consultation on entity authorisation fees – Bar Standards Board

Posted September 12th, 2014 in barristers, consultations, fees, legal services, press releases by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today issued an open consultation paper outlining its ideas on how much it should charge for authorising entities. Entities are organisations that provide advocacy, litigation, and expert legal advice services and which, in this instance, are owned and managed by barristers and other lawyers.’

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Bar Standards Board, 11th September 2014

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

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Domestic Violence Update – the latest developments practitioners need to know about – Family Law Week

‘Mandip Ghai, solicitor and legal officer, with Rights of Women, updates practitioners on developments in the prevention of domestic violence.’

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Family Law Week, 11th September 2014

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

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Finance & Divorce Update – Family Law

‘Jessica Craigs, senior solicitor and Amy Starnes solicitor, both of Mills & Reeve LLP analyse the financial remedies and divorce news and cases published by Family Law Week in August.’

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Family Law Week, 5th September 2014

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

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Guardianship of the property and affairs of missing persons – Ministry of Justice

Posted August 28th, 2014 in consultations, guardianship, missing persons, news, powers of attorney by sally

‘When a person goes missing, there is currently no legal mechanism for another person to manage his or her affairs during his or her absence. This can lead to the dissipation of the missing person’s assets (for example, through uncancellable Direct Debits) and the deterioration or loss of assets (for example, through lack of maintenance or failure to meet financial obligations, such as mortgage payments).’

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Ministry of Justice, 27th August 2014

Source: www.consult.justice.gov.uk

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New legal powers for families of missing people on the horizon – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 28th, 2014 in consultations, families, guardianship, missing persons, news, powers of attorney by sally

‘Campaign by Claudia Lawrence’s father Peter leads to proposals to give relatives of missing loved ones power over their financial affairs.’

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Daily Telegraph, 27th August 2014

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

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Open consultation – Revised PACE code A – Home Office

Posted August 26th, 2014 in codes of practice, consultations, police, stop and search by tracey

‘This consultation runs until Monday 20 October 2014. The draft code has a covering note and detailed table outlining the changes and their purpose with links to the paragraphs concerned.’

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Home Office, 26th August 2014

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

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Judges could hear information rights tribunal cases on their own – OUT-LAW.com

‘Judges could determine the outcome of some information rights tribunal cases on their own in future under just-published proposals.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 19th August 2014

Source: www.out-law.com

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Consultation: High Court Family Orders – Judiciary of England and Wales

Posted August 20th, 2014 in consultations, family courts, press releases by tracey

‘Mr Justice Mostyn and his team have produced the third batch of proposed standard form orders for discussion and comment.The President and Mr Justice Mostyn will very much welcome and value comments from as many people as possible.’

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Judiciary of England and Wales, 19th August 2014

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

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