Circle the Wagons: They are Coming for the Information Tribunal – Panopticon

Posted July 28th, 2015 in consultations, fees, freedom of information, news, tribunals by sally

‘We all fell for it, didn’t we? If the greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist, then Michael Gove’s may have been to convince everyone that he wasn’t interested in FOIA. His shunting responsibility for FOIA/EIR matters off to the Cabinet Office, and the Cabinet Office’s announcement of the Commission on Freedom of Information (generally staffed by people who publicly don’t much like it), last week has led to a lot of comment and reaction – mostly adverse – from social media, blogs and even the mainstream press.’

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Panopticon, 24th July 2015

Source: www.panopticonblog.com

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Service Charges in Mixed Use Developments – Tanfield Chambers

Posted July 28th, 2015 in consultations, landlord & tenant, news, service charges by sally

‘By their very nature, mixed-use developments involve multiple parties with competing interests. This often leads to disputes regarding the management of the estate and the cost of maintaining it.’
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Tanfield Chambers, 7th July 2015

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The Seventh Veil? – New Square Chambers

Posted July 28th, 2015 in company law, consultations, disclosure, news, regulations by sally

‘Mark Hubbard considers new legislation requiring greater transparency in the ownership and management of companies.’

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New Square Chambers, 29th June 2015

Source: www.newsquarechambers.co.uk

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Enhanced fees for divorce, possession claims and general applications in civil proceedings and consultation on further fees proposal – Ministry of Justice

Posted July 24th, 2015 in consultations, divorce, fees, news, repossession by sally

‘This sets out the government response to the consultation on enhanced fees for possession claims and general applications in civil proceedings, and we are also seeking responses to further proposals for consultation.’

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Ministry of Justice, 22nd July 2015

Source: www.consult.justice.gov.uk

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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

Source: www.consult.justice.gov.uk

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Divorce court fees to rise by a third – BBC News

Posted July 23rd, 2015 in asylum, civil justice, consultations, courts, divorce, fees, immigration, news by sally

‘The cost of getting divorced is to rise by about a third after the government announced increased court fees.’

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BBC News, 22nd July 2015

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Copying for private use: to be quashed with prospective or retrospective effect? – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted July 21st, 2015 in consultations, copyright, human rights, intellectual property, news by tracey

‘British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors and others, R(on the application of) v Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and another [2015] EWHC 1723 (Admin) – read original judgment and [2015] EWHC 2041 (Admin), 17 July 2015. On 19 June 2015, Green J ruled that an exception to copyright infringement for private use was unlawful, at common law, because of flaws in the consultation process which had preceded its enactment.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 19th July 2015

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Government to overhaul ‘out of date’ police funding system – The Guardian

Posted July 21st, 2015 in consultations, news by tracey

‘The system used to decide how much money police forces receive is to be overhauled, the government has announced. Ministers say they want to replace the “out-of-date” funding model with a simplified version. They will consult on proposals to tie the sums given to forces in England and Wales to factors such as the size of an area’s population.’

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The Guardian, 21st July 2015

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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Online pirates could face 10 years in jail – BBC News

Posted July 20th, 2015 in artistic works, consultations, copyright, internet, news, prosecutions by tracey

‘Online pirates could face jail terms of up to 10 years under plans being considered by the government.’

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BBC News, 18th July 2015

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Government launches review of MedCo – after just three months – Litigation Futures

Posted July 17th, 2015 in consultations, expert witnesses, news, personal injuries by tracey

‘The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) today brought forward its planned six-month review of MedCo in response to the problems that have been encountered so far.’

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Litigation Futures, 16th July 2015

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Proposal on the provision of court and tribunal estate in England and Wales – Ministry of Justice

Posted July 17th, 2015 in consultations, courts, tribunals by tracey

‘Proposal on the provision of court and tribunal estate in England and Wales.’

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Ministry of Justice, 16th July 2015

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

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Trade Union Bill: Ministers unveil strike law reforms – BBC News

Posted July 15th, 2015 in bills, consultations, industrial action, news, statistics, trade unions by tracey

‘Legislation designed to toughen up the laws on strike action is to be unveiled by the government later. The Trade Union Bill proposes minimum turnouts in strike ballots, time limits on mandates for industrial action and changes to political levies.’

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BBC News, 15th July 2015

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The law in Wales – making it clearer, more modern and easier to use – Law Commission

Posted July 14th, 2015 in consultations, Law Commission, press releases, Wales by tracey

‘Throughout the UK the law can be difficult for professionals and the public to find and understand. The volume of legislation in England and Wales, the number of amendments and the way in which legislation is presented, make it increasingly difficult to find out what the law is and what it means. In Wales, the process of devolution has made matters even more complicated. In a consultation opening on 9 July the Law Commission is asking what can be done to simplify legislation relating to Wales and make it more accessible.’

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Law Commission, 9th July 2015

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk

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NEW UNINSURED DRIVERS’ AGREEMENT – IN FORCE 1 AUGUST 2015 – Zenith PI

‘A new Uninsured Drivers’ Agreement comes into force on 1 August 2015 which applies to accidents occurring on or after that date.’

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Zenith PI, 13th July 2015

Source: www.zenithpi.wordpress.com

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BSB criticises its training course but remains tight-lipped on future – Legal Futures

Posted July 13th, 2015 in barristers, consultations, legal education, news, standards by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has strongly criticised the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC), while remaining tight-lipped as to whether it should be scrapped.’

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Legal Futures, 13th July 2015

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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Bereaved to benefit from action on cremation and coroner services – Ministry of Justice

‘Bereaved families will be the focus of proposed new cremation rules and a review of out-of-hours coroner services announced today by Justice Minister Caroline Dinenage.’

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Ministry of Justice, 8th July 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

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

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Regulator consults on what could be the most sweeping reforms to Bar training in a generation; keen to seek views from all – Bar Standards Board

‘Future barristers may be able to achieve their career aspirations by a number of different, more flexible pathways if some of the approaches being considered by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) are implemented.’

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Bar Standards Board, 10th July 2015

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

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Baby ashes consultation to go ahead, minister confirms – BBC News

‘A consultation about baby cremations in England and Wales will take place later this year, Justice Minister Caroline Dinenage has said.’

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BBC News, 8th July 2015

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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Providing protective care to people unable to consent to treatment – Law Commission

‘The Mental Capacity Act aims to protect people who lack mental capacity but need to be deprived of liberty in order to receive appropriate care and treatment in hospitals and care homes. But the safeguards are not meaningful for disabled and older people and their families, local councils and the NHS are struggling to meet their obligations under the law, and people who live in other settings – such as supported living – are being left unprotected.’

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Law Commission, 7th July 2015

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk

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