Driverless cars legal review – only one step on the journey – Technology Law Update

Posted February 12th, 2015 in codes of practice, consultations, news, reports, road safety, road traffic by sally

‘The UK government has reported on its major review of the legal framework for the next stage for driverless cars. In The Pathway to Driverless Cars the Department for Transport sets out government thinking on what needs to change to support testing soon to be rolled out on British roads, and to pave the way for increasing autonomy into the future.’

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Technology Law Update, 11th February 2015

Source: www.technology-law-blog.co.uk

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‘Significant’ changes to public procurement rules to be introduced in weeks – OUT-LAW.com

Posted February 9th, 2015 in consultations, EC law, news, public procurement, regulations by sally

‘A raft of major changes to the regulation of procurement in the public sector in England, Wales and Northern Ireland is set to be introduced later this month.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 9th February 2015

Source: www.out-law.com

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Advocate general: Employment Appeal Tribunal was wrong in ‘Woolworths’ collective redundancy case – OUT-LAW.com

Posted February 6th, 2015 in consultations, EC law, news, redundancy, tribunals by sally

‘UK rules limiting collective consultation requirements to cases where an employer was proposing 20 or more redundancies “at one establishment” are compatible with EU law, according to an adviser to the EU’s highest court.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 5th February 2015

Source: www.out-law.com

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Speaking to witnesses at court: consultation – Attorney General’s Office

‘We are committed to giving an excellent service to all victims and witnesses who attend court as part of our overall commitment to support victims and witnesses effectively throughout their time in the criminal justice system. The aim of this consultation is to ask for responses to the draft guidance which sets out the role played by prosecutors at or before court in ensuring that witnesses give their best evidence. This is a core part of the prosecutor’s job and will, if done properly, impact positively on both the quality of the witness’s evidence in court and the perception of the service they receive from us.’

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Attorney General’s Office, 19th January 2015

Source: www.gov.uk/ago

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First judicial review over 2014 Act duties to disabled children reaches court – Local Government Lawyer

‘A High Court judge will this week hear what is being billed as the first judicial review to consider local authorities’ duties to disabled children following reforms brought in under the new Children and Families Act.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 29th January 2015

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

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Law Commission to codify sentencing procedure – Law Commission

Posted January 27th, 2015 in consultations, Law Commission, news, sentencing by sally

‘Modern sentencing procedure is complex, and the law that governs it is unclear and difficult to understand.’

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Law Commission, 26th January 2015

Source: www.lawcommission.justice.gov.uk

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Profession unites in opposition to “disastrous” court fee rises – Litigation Futures

Posted January 27th, 2015 in consultations, courts, fees, Law Society, news by sally

‘The Law Society has pledged to challenge the government’s decision to introduce enhanced court fees from April and said it will strenuously oppose more planned hikes.’

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Litigation Futures, 27th January 2015

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

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Cosmetic surgery ‘should be done by specialist surgeons’ – BBC News

Posted January 23rd, 2015 in consultations, cosmetic surgery, doctors, news by sally

‘Doctors should be prevented from performing cosmetic surgery outside their speciality, according to the Royal College of Surgeons.’

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BBC News, 23rd January 2015

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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Proposals for further reforms to court fees – Ministry of Justice

Posted January 20th, 2015 in civil justice, consultations, courts, fees, news, repossession by sally

‘In Part 1 of the Government response to the consultation ‘Court fees: proposals for reform’, we set out our decision to consider alternatives to the proposed fee increase for divorce.’

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Ministry of Justice, 16th January 2015

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

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Lawyers join forces with journalists and social workers to protest against government snooping

Posted January 20th, 2015 in consultations, intelligence services, investigatory powers, news, police, privacy by sally

‘The Law Society and Bar Council have joined forces with the British Association of Social Workers and National Union of Journalists to form the ‘Professionals for Information Privacy Coalition’, and express their concern over the controls in place on how the government snoops on professionals.’

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Legal Futures, 20th January 2015

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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Enhanced court fees: the government response to part 2 of the consultation on reform of court fees – Ministry of Justice

‘The government response to part 2 of the consultation on reform of court fees and further proposals for consultation.’

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Ministry of Justice, 16th January 2015

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

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Government set to hike general civil application fees – Litigation Futures

Posted January 19th, 2015 in budgets, civil justice, consultations, costs, courts, fees, Ministry of Justice, news by tracey

‘The government has dropped plans for “enhanced” court fees specifically for commercial cases, but is now targeting increased fees for the hundreds of thousands of general civil applications made each year.’

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Litigation Futures, 19th January 2015

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

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Court fees: Proposals for reform – Judicial responses – Judiciary of England and Wales

‘Responses of the Lord Chief Justice, senior judiciary and the Civil Justice Council to the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) Consultation on Court fees – enhanced charging.’

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Judiciary of England and Wales, 16th January 2015

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

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DPP to consult on greater assistance to victims giving evidence at court – Crown Prosecution Service

‘Alison Saunders, the Director of Public Prosecutions, has today [19 January 2015] published a major consultation on the approach to ensuring victims are properly assisted for the trial process at court and called for an overhaul of the service provided to witnesses to ensure that they are able to give the best possible evidence. The proposals are subject to an eight week public consultation.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 19th January 2015

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

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Rape victims will be warned of defence lawyer tactics under new guidelines – Daily Telegraph

‘Director of Public Prosecutions launches controversial new guidelines intended to help victims and witnesses through giving evidence in court.’

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Daily Telegraph, 19th January 2015

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

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High Court judge rejects challenge to Essex local plan document – OUT-LAW.com

Posted January 14th, 2015 in consultations, EC law, local government, news, planning by tracey

‘A High Court judge has rejected a challenge to the adoption of a planning document which seeks to direct the location of development in a district of south Essex.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 13th January 2015

Source: www.out-law.com

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1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10 – NearlyLegal

‘This was a judicial review of LB Enfield’s plans for borough wide additional HMO licensing and selective licensing of all PRS properties. It did not go well for Enfield, who appear to have not quite grasped the consultation requirements.’

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NearlyLegal, 3rd January 2014

Source: www.nearlylegal.co.uk

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High Court judge quashes decision by council to shut village school – Local Government Lawyer

Posted January 5th, 2015 in consultations, education, judicial review, local government, news, Wales by sally

‘A High Court judge has quashed a Welsh council’s decision to close a village school and merge it with a nearby primary school.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 5th January 2015

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

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28-day police bail limit proposed for England and Wales – BBC News

Posted December 18th, 2014 in bail, consultations, news, time limits by sally

‘The time people can be put on pre-charge police bail could be limited to 28 days, the home secretary has said.’

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BBC News, 18th December 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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New domestic abuse law on controlling behaviour unveiled – BBC News

Posted December 18th, 2014 in consultations, domestic violence, news, sentencing, victims by sally

‘A new domestic abuse offence for “coercive and controlling behaviour” within relationships has been announced by the home secretary.’

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BBC News, 18th December 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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