New crackdown on corporate economic crime – Ministry of Justice

Posted January 17th, 2017 in consultations, false accounting, fraud, money laundering, press releases by tracey

‘New laws will be considered as part of a crackdown on corporate economic crime, ministers announced today.’

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Ministry of Justice, 13th January 2017

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

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Don’t let consultation fatigue saddle generations of future Bar students with more of the status quo: a hugely expensive course with low prospects of acquiring pupillage at the end, argues Guy Fetherstonaugh QC – Counsel

Posted January 17th, 2017 in barristers, consultations, legal education, news, universities by tracey

‘Consultation fatigue is a particular problem for the Bar, with its substantial cohort of busy and independently minded practitioners. But every once in a while, along comes a paper upon which we should all of us express a strong view: the Consultation on the Future of Training for the Bar: Further Routes to Authorisation – prominently the reform of the Bar professional training course (BPTC).’

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Counsel, January 2017

Source: www.counselmagazine.co.uk

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Lawyers divided on new white-collar crime offences – Law Society’s Gazette

‘US-style ‘vicarious liability’ and new ‘failure to prevent’ offences are under consideration in long-awaited government proposals to reform the law on corporate criminal liability published today. Initial reaction from corporate crime specialists was divided, with some lawyers seeing the proposals as a climb-down while others described them as a new burden on business.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 13th January 2017

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

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Section 40: Will the press be forced to pay the costs in court cases – even if they win? – The Independent

Posted January 9th, 2017 in consultations, costs, freedom of expression, media, news, privacy by sally

‘The Big Question: Are press reforms needed in the wake of the phone hacking scandal, or will they prove financially ruinous to some outlets?’

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The Independent, 9th January 2017

Source: www.independent.co.uk

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Government forecast on impact of PI reforms “skewed against lawyers”, say economists – Legal Futures

‘The government’s own assessment of the impact of its planned personal injury reforms “makes the implicit assumption that solicitors, and the civil justice system as a whole, produce no benefits to society”, according to independent economists.’

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Legal Futures, 9th January 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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Whiplash reforms treat victims ‘like an inconvenience’ – APIL – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted January 5th, 2017 in consultations, fraud, legal profession, news, personal injuries, small claims, victims by tracey

‘Claimant lawyers have mounted an all-out attack on the government’s plans to overhaul the personal injury sector as the deadline approaches for responses to a consultation.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 4th January 2017

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

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New terms and conditions for judges will hinder diversity – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted December 20th, 2016 in consultations, diversity, judiciary, news, tribunals by tracey

‘Government proposals to increase the diversity of the judiciary and improve career prospects could be counter-productive, the Law Society warned today.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 20th December 2016

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Four councils formally launch legal action over Heathrow expansion – Local Government Lawyer

Posted December 12th, 2016 in airports, consultations, local government, news, pollution by sally

‘Four local authorities have formally served legal papers accusing the Government of unlawfully supporting the expansion of Heathrow.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 12th December 2016

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

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Greater protection against ‘stranger stalking’ – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted December 12th, 2016 in consultations, harassment, news, penalties, stalking by sally

‘The government is stepping up efforts to protect victims of stalking by introducing a new protection order – but has told prosecutors that this should not deter them from prosecuting wherever possible.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 7th December 2016

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

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APIL legal threat forces Ministry of Justice to announce outcome of 2012 discount rate review – Litigation Futures

Posted December 8th, 2016 in compensation, consultations, damages, legal profession, news, personal injuries by tracey

‘The government is finally set to announce the result of its review of the discount rate for personal injury claims – more than four years since issuing a consultation – in the face of legal action by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).’

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Litigation Futures, 7th December 2016

Source: www.litigationfutres.com

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Driving offences and penalties relating to causing death or serious injury – Ministry of Justice

Posted December 5th, 2016 in careless driving, consultations, dangerous driving, news, sentencing by sally

‘The government recognises that there is public concern about sentencing for offenders who kill or seriously injure others on the road and is committed to making sure that the legislative framework that the courts operate within reflects the seriousness of offending and the culpability of the offender.’

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Ministry of Justice, 5th December 2016

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

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BSB extends Future Bar Training consultation to include a new proposal from COIC and the Bar Council – Bar Standards Board

Posted December 1st, 2016 in barristers, consultations, inns of court, legal profession, news by sally

‘On 3 October, the Bar Standards Board (BSB) issued a consultation document outlining three possible approaches towards the future of Bar training.’

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Bar Standards Board, 1st December 2016

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

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New crackdown on whiplash claims set to cut insurance premiums – Ministry of Justice

Posted November 23rd, 2016 in consultations, fraud, insurance, personal injuries, press releases by tracey

‘Millions of motorists could see their car insurance cut by about £40 a year thanks to plans to crackdown on the epidemic of whiplash claims.’

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Ministry of Justice, 17th November 2016

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BSB seeks views on shared parental leave for self-employed barristers – Bar Standards Board

Posted November 23rd, 2016 in barristers, consultations, news, parental rights, self-employment by tracey

‘”Should self-employed barristers enjoy similar rights to shared parental leave as employed barristers?” the Bar Standards Board (BSB) asks in a consultation launched today.’

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Bar Standards Board, 22nd November 2016

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

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Claimants with minor injuries “don’t need lawyers”, says government – Legal Futures

‘Low-value road traffic accident claims “are not so complex that claimants routinely require legal representation to pursue them”, the government has argued – and suggested that claims management companies and paid McKenzie Friends could help instead.’

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Legal Futures, 17th November 2016

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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He’s back – Jackson to report on major expansion of fixed recoverable costs – Litigation Futures

Posted November 17th, 2016 in consultations, costs, judges, news by sally

‘Lord Justice Jackson has been drafted in by the senior judiciary to work on extending fixed recoverable costs – even though earlier this year he said he would rather not do it.’

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Litigation Futures, 11th November 2016

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

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Whiplash reaction: claimant lawyers vent fury at government – Legal Futures

Posted November 17th, 2016 in compensation, consultations, evidence, insurance, news, personal injuries by sally

‘Today’s announcement of government plans to reform personal injury claims has predictably split the market, with claimant representatives incensed and defendants pleased.’

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Legal Futures, 17th November 2016

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23 Dollis Avenue (1998) Limited v Vejdani [2016] UKUT 365 – Tanfield Chambers

Posted November 9th, 2016 in appeals, consultations, news, regulations, service charges, tribunals by sally

‘A failure to comply with the Service Charge (Consultation Requirements) (England) Regulations 2003 (“the Regulations”) could be relevant to the reasonableness of the amount of service charge to be paid under section 19(2) of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985. However, it is simply one factor to be considered. In the instant case, the non-compliance comprised including within the estimate the estimated cost of works not within the proposed works; the amount demanded would be reduced by excluding that ‘extra’ work.’

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Tanfield Chambers, 10th October 2016

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First-time phone-use drivers face points – BBC News

Posted November 9th, 2016 in consultations, fines, news, penalties, road traffic offences, telecommunications by sally

‘Drivers in England, Scotland and Wales caught using a mobile phone for the first time will automatically receive penalty points, under government plans.’

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BBC News, 9th November 2016

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Culture Secretary statement to Parliament on press regulation issues – Home Office

Posted November 2nd, 2016 in consultations, corruption, inquiries, media, parliament, police, press releases by tracey

‘Culture Secretary Karen Bradley gave an oral statement to Parliament on a consultation seeking views on two issues relating to the Leveson Inquiry.’

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Home Office, 1st November 2016

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

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