Judiciary consults on the Defendant’s Duty of Candour and Disclosure in Judicial Review Proceedings – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted April 28th, 2016 in consultations, disclosure, judiciary by tracey

‘The Lord Chief Justice has issued a Discussion Paper by Mr Justice Cranston and Mr Justice Lewis, which considers the defendant’s duty of candour and disclosure in judicial review proceedings.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 28th April 2016

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New ‘unexplained wealth orders’ among UK anti-money laundering reforms – OUT-LAW.com

Posted April 26th, 2016 in consultations, financial regulation, fraud, money laundering, news by sally

‘Those suspected of money laundering could be required to explain the origins of any unexpected wealth or risk forfeiture as part of a package of measures put forward for consultation by the UK government.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 25th April 2016

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Money laundering: New law planned to target corrupt officials – BBC News

‘MPs, councillors and civil servants suspected of corruption are to be targeted by a new law proposed by the home secretary.’

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BBC News, 21st April 2016

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Asylum and immigration court fees set to rise by over 500% – The Guardian

‘Asylum and immigration tribunal fees are set to increase by more than 500% in order to help pay off the Ministry of Justice’s funding deficit.’

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The Guardian, 21st April 2016

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Fears over credit for guilty plea – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Criminal defence solicitors are expected to oppose proposed replacement guidelines on sentence reductions for early guilty pleas.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 25th April 2016

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Raising funds to modernise the Probate Service – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted April 14th, 2016 in consultations, fees, internet, news, probate by sally

‘A banded approach to probate fees has been proposed by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ). Views are sought on proposals to impose fees of between £300 and £20,000, depending on the value of the estate. The value of an estate below which no fee is payable would rise from £5,000 to £50,000. The consultation is open until 1 April 2016.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 29th March 2016

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Plans to change animal welfare codes abandoned by government – BBC News

Posted April 8th, 2016 in animal cruelty, animals, codes of practice, consultations, news, standards by tracey

‘The government has abandoned a controversial plan to repeal animal welfare codes.’

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BBC News, 7th April 2016

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Guidance on coasting schools – Education Law Blog

‘In all of the excitement about the proposals in the White Paper for all schools to become academies, there has been little discussion about the Guidance for local authorities and RSCs on Schools causing concern – Intervening in failing, underperforming and coasting schools. Alongside this guidance, the Government has published its response to the consultation exercise, which includes a useful summary of the amendments that the Government made to the Bill during its Parliamentary passage.’

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Education Law Blog, 7th April 2016

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Junior doctors’ row: Government hit with second legal challenge over contracts – BBC News

‘A second legal challenge has been made over the government’s decision to impose a new contract on junior doctors in England.’

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BBC News, 4th April 2016

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Land Registry owner must commit to delivering central Local Land Charges register – Local Government Lawyer

Posted April 1st, 2016 in consultations, land registration, news by sally

‘A new owner of the Land Registry would be expected to commit to making progress on delivering a central register of Local Land Charges, the Government has said as it launched a consultation on moving Land Registry operations into the private sector.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 31st March 2016

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Strengthening the foundations of land ownership – Law Commission

Posted March 31st, 2016 in consultations, conveyancing, fraud, land registration, Law Commission, news by sally

‘The Law Commission is reviewing the legal framework that governs the registration of land in England and Wales. In a consultation opening on Thursday 31 March the Commission – the independent body that advises government on law reform – is asking how the Land Registration Act 2002 is working in practice and whether there are opportunities for the system to be clarified and updated.’

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Law Commission, 31st March 2016

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Land registration law up for review – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted March 31st, 2016 in consultations, conveyancing, fraud, land registration, Law Commission, news by sally

‘A new formula for determining which of two innocent parties of a land fraud should keep the property in question is among proposals for reform of the legal framework governing land registration in England and Wales to be published today.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 31st March 2016

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Court of Protection plans to shift more costs onto deputies – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted March 30th, 2016 in consultations, costs, Court of Protection, families, news by sally

‘The Court of Protection is considering giving judges more power to make family members cover the legal costs in disputes over an incapacitated person’s property, affairs or care.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 30th March 2016

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Ofcom to hold back ‘adequate spectrum’ for use by connected devices – OUT-LAW.com

Posted March 29th, 2016 in consultations, internet, licensing, news, telecommunications by sally

‘A proportion of very high frequency (VHF) wireless spectrum will be reserved for future use by Internet of Things (IoT) connected devices, the UK telecoms regulator has announced.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 29th March 2016

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Educational Excellence Everywhere? – Education Law Blog

‘The dust has started to settle on the Government’s education white paper: educational excellence everywhere. After a relatively slow start, the number of newspaper articles and interest on social media has picked up.’

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Education Law Blog, 26th March 2016

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Barristers oppose plans for more flexible CPD regime – Legal Futures

‘Plans by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) to introduce a more flexible, outcomes-focused CPD scheme have met with widespread opposition from barristers.’

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Legal Futures, 21st March 2016

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NHS blood contamination victims hit out at ‘reforms’ which cost them up to £7,000 a year – The Independent

Posted March 21st, 2016 in blood products, compensation, consultations, health, HIV, medical treatment, news, victims by tracey

‘Victims of the worst contaminated blood scandal in the NHS’s history say they have been betrayed by the Government after plans were revealed to reduce their annual payouts. About 5,000 people – many of them haemophiliacs – who were infected with HIV, hepatitis C or both after receiving infected blood in the 1970s and 1980s, have been sent letters from the Department of Health asking for their views on “reforms” that will leave them up to £7,000 a year worse off.’

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The Independent, 21st March 2016

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Bar regulator launches consultation on the Professional Statement threshold standard and competences, seeks input from all – Bar Standards Board

Posted March 17th, 2016 in barristers, consultations, professional conduct by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today launched its consultation on the Professional Statement threshold standard and competences.’

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Bar Standards Board, 14th March 2016

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Advertising Standards Authority moves to ban junk food adverts from online children’s programmes – The Independent

‘Advertisements for junk food on online children’s programmes are set to be banned under new guidelines, it has been reported.’

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The Independent, 13th March 2016

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School closure consultation – Education Law Blog

Posted March 8th, 2016 in consultations, education, news, Wales by sally

‘The School Standards and Organisation (Wales) Act 2013 sets out the process for establishing, altering and discontinuing schools in Wales. R (Edwards) v Flintshire County Council [2016] EWHC 459 (Admin) was an unsuccessful judicial review challenge of a decision by the Defendant LEA to issue statutory notices under Section 48 of that Act to close a High School. The ground of challenge was that the Council failed, in its consultation process, to comply with its obligation under Section 38(4) of the Act to act in accordance with the Welsh Ministers’ Code of School Organisation. The Act requires the Welsh Ministers to issue a code on school organisation. It may contain requirements and/or guidelines. By Section 38(4), those who exercise functions in relation to school organisation in Wales, including local education authorities, must, when exercising those functions, act in accordance with any relevant requirements contained in the Code, and have regard to any relevant guidelines contained in it. Section 48 requires a proposer for change to publish the proposals, consult and publish a report on the consultation, all in accordance with the published code. In April 2013, the Welsh Ministers published a Code on School Organisation. It came into force on 1 October 2013.’

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Education Law Blog, 8th March 2016

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