Court of Appeal confirms neighbourhood development plans can make site allocations – OUT-LAW.com

Posted June 26th, 2015 in appeals, consultations, judicial review, local government, news, planning by sally

‘UK legislation relating to neighbourhood planning allows for policies allocating sites for development to be included in neighbourhood development plans (NDPs), the Court of Appeal has confirmed.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 23rd June 2015

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Courts set for vulnerable witness reform – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted June 23rd, 2015 in children, consultations, courts, criminal justice, news, witnesses by tracey

‘The “fundamental architecture” for modernising the way in which the family courts deal with vulnerable people could be introduced before the end of the year.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 22nd June 2015

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Copying material for private use: is it legal? – UK Human Rights Blog

‘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). An exception to copyright infringement for private use has failed to survive a challenge in the High Court. But this may not be the end of the story.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 20th June 0215

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Consumer Prepayments on Retailer Insolvency – Law Commission

Posted June 19th, 2015 in consultations, consumer protection, insolvency, news by tracey

‘In a consultation paper published on 18 June 2015, the Law Commission considers whether prepaying consumers should be better protected in the event of company insolvency, either through improved voluntary mechanisms or required by law.’

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Law Commission, 18th June 2015

Source: www.lawcommission.justice.gov.uk

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Referral fees in criminal cases could lead to “arrest chasing” – Legal Futures

Posted June 18th, 2015 in barristers, consultations, crime, fees, legal aid, news, solicitors, third parties by sally

‘Removing the ban on referral fees in criminal cases could lead to “arrest chasing” by solicitors, the Bar Council has warned, and result in “as much public opprobrium” as ambulance chasing.’

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Legal Futures, 17th June 2015

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When undertaking CPD, not all practice makes perfect – Legal Futures

‘Many at the Bar and beyond will be familiar with the ‘10,000 hours’ theory – put forth by Swedish psychologist K Anders Ericsson and further propagated by popular writer Malcolm Gladwell. That is: the formula for success, in any field, is 10,000 hours of practice.’

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Legal Futures, 5th June 2015

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Plastic surgeons must give patients chance to change mind, says General Medical Council – The Independent

‘Cosmetic procedure patients should be given a cooling-off period before going under the knife, according to the latest guidance by the General Medical Council (GMC).’

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The Independent, 8th June 2015

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The Conservative Party’s Proposals for human rights – John Wadham – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted June 3rd, 2015 in consultations, human rights, jurisdiction, news, political parties by sally

‘End the ability of the European Court of Human Rights to force the UK to change the law. Every judgement that UK law is incompatible with the Convention will be treated as advisory and we will introduce a new Parliamentary procedure to formally consider the judgement.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 2nd June 2015

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Education bill to close loopholes blocking academies expansion – The Guardian

‘The education secretary, Nicky Morgan, has vowed to “sweep away bureaucratic and legal loopholes” obstructing the takeover of as many as 1,000 struggling local authority schools in England and their rapid conversion into academies.’

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The Guardian, 3rd June 2015

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Courtroom abuse sparks new McKenzie friend fears – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted June 2nd, 2015 in barristers, consultations, judiciary, legal services, McKenzie friends, news by sally

‘An imminent consultation by the judiciary on the proliferation of paid McKenzie friends in court is ringing alarm bells among lawyers, after a former nightclub bouncer was banned from providing such a service for grossly offensive behaviour.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 1st June 2015

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New pharmacy rules ‘should reduce dispensing mistakes’ – BBC News

Posted May 26th, 2015 in consultations, health, medicines, mistake, news, pharmacists by sally

‘Health ministers want to introduce an airline-style error reporting system for the UK’s high street pharmacies.’

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BBC News, 24th May 2015

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Attorney General Dominic Grieve questions what Tories trying to achieve by replacing Human Rights Act with British Bill of Rights – The Independent

‘The former Attorney General Dominic Grieve has questioned what the Conservative Party is trying to achieve through its plan to replace the Human Rights Act with a new British Bill of Rights.’
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The Independent, 17th May 2015

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Judges unveil streamlined trial procedures for commercial cases – Litigation Futures

‘A committee of High Court judges, joined by a leading QC and City solicitor, has revealed its recommendations for faster trials of commercial disputes.’

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Litigation Futures, 15th May 2015

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Tell us your experience of the legal services regulators – Legal Services Board

‘The Legal Services Board (LSB) is launching a survey today inviting views from anybody and any firm that has been in contact with one of the eight legal services regulators in England and Wales.’

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Legal Services Board, 14th May 2015

Source: www.legalservicesboard.org.uk

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Regulator seeks new powers – Bar Standards Board

Posted May 12th, 2015 in barristers, consultations, press releases by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has said that it needs new statutory powers to step into barristers’ failing chambers, companies and partnerships properly to protect the interests of clients where something has gone seriously wrong.’

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Bar Standards Board, 12th May 2015

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University and College Union v University of Stirling – WLR Daily

University and College Union v University of Stirling [2015] UKSC 26; [2015] WLR (D) 188

‘An employee was dismissed as redundant for the purposes of an employer’s duty to consult about proposed collective redundancies if the reason for his dismissal was not something to do with him—such as something he was or something he had done—but was a reason relating to the employer, such as his need to effect business change in some respect.’

WLR Daily, 29th April 2015

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

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University and College Union (Appellant) v The University of Stirling (Respondent) (Scotland) – Supreme Court

University and College Union (Appellant) v The University of Stirling (Respondent) (Scotland) [2015] UKSC 26 (YouTube)

Supreme Court, 29th April 2015

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“Professional Statement” could be the key to unlocking flexible routes to the Bar, says regulator – Bar Standards Board

‘Using a Professional Statement to define what a newly authorised barrister should be able to do from “day one” – the point of being issued a Full Practising Certificate – could be the key to making qualification routes to the Bar more flexible and innovative, the Bar Standards Board (BSB) has said.’

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Bar Standards Board, 15th April 2015

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The cab-rank rule – are its days numbered? – Legal Futures

Posted April 16th, 2015 in barristers, consultations, news, reports by sally

‘‘The cab-rank rule is dead, long live the cab-rank principle’, or words to that effect, may be heard before too long..’

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Legal Futures, 16th April 2014

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Government accepts case to exempt lawyers from ‘groundless threats’ laws – Legal Futures

‘Lawyers who act on instructions in threatening potential intellectual property infringers with action are to be exempt from being sued when the threat turns out to be groundless, after the government recently gave the go-ahead for law reforms.’

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Legal Futures, 13th April 2015

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