London 2011 riots: Stop and search change ‘led to knife crime’ – BBC News

‘It is “highly likely” a drop in police stop and search usage has led to a rise in knife crime, a member of the panel which advised the government following the 2011 riots has said.’

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BBC News, 4th August 2016

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Hate crime guidance for prosecutors to deal with social media – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Social media communications will be the subject of new guidance issued to prosecutors as part of the government’s action plan to tackle hate crime following an increase in the number of incidents.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 26th July 2016

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Failure to report child abuse could lead to jail, consultation says – The Guardian

‘School caretakers, secretaries and dinner ladies could face prosecution and possible imprisonment for failing to report signs of child abuse or neglect under official proposals in the wake of the Savile, Rotherham and Rochdale scandals.’

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The Guardian, 21st July 2016

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Management Issues at Mixed-Use Developments – Tanfield Chambers

Posted July 12th, 2016 in consultations, covenants, enfranchisement, housing, leases, 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 and, ultimately, to leaseholders wanting to take control (either by exercising the right to collective enfranchisement or the right to manage).’

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Tanfield Chambers, 10th June 2016

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Ministry of Justice doubles financial threshold for identifying judicial review backers – Litigation Futures

Posted July 12th, 2016 in consultations, costs, judicial review, legal aid, news, third parties by sally

‘The government has doubled the threshold above which third-party contributors to judicial reviews (JRs) will have to be identified.’

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Litigation Futures, 11th July 2016

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Legal services: removing barriers to competition – official-documents.gov.uk

‘Consultation on proposals to make amendments to the Legal Services Act 2007.’

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official-documents.gov.uk, 7th July 2016

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Reform of Judicial Review – official-documents.gov.uk

Posted July 8th, 2016 in consultations, costs, judicial review, press releases, third parties by tracey

‘Following the consultation, the government has set out how it intends for the reforms to be implemented, and is seeking views on one further aspect.’

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official-documents.gov.uk, 7th July 2016

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Consultation on further liberalisation of legal services market – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The government today unveiled plans for a second wave of reforms aimed at opening the legal services market to new businesses.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 7th July 2016

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Government lays out plans to encourage more ABSs to enter market – Legal Futures

‘The government is today laying out plans to remove restrictions on alternative business structures (ABSs) on the basis that they have proven no more risky than traditional law firms.’

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Legal Futures, 7th July 2016

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Sharia review seeks experiences – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 5th, 2016 in consultations, inquiries, islamic law, news, solicitors by sally

‘Solicitors who have experience of sharia law were today urged to take part in an independent review examining whether the religious code is being misused within Britain.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 4th July 2016

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Government pushes ahead with controversial Land Registry amid Brexit chaos – The Independent

Posted July 4th, 2016 in budgets, consultations, land registration, news, statistics by michael

‘The Land Registry cost almost £261m to run last year – but also generated £297m of revenue.’

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The Independent, 2nd July 2016

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Hundreds of responses inform Lammy race review – Ministry of Defence

‘The first stage of a ground-breaking investigation into race and ethnic bias in the criminal justice system is now complete.’

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Ministry of Justice, 1st July 2016

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Changes to barristers’ CPD: BSB consultation about the rule changes is open – Bar Standards Board

‘As announced back in April, a new Continuing Professional Development (CPD) regime for barristers on the Established Practitioner Programme will be in place from January 2017. To prepare for the new CPD regime, the Bar Standards Board (BSB) has published a consultation seeking views on the proposed changes to the rules and regulations governing the new scheme.’

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Bar Standards Board, 29th June 2016

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Domestic violence consultation deadline looms – Legal Voice

Posted June 29th, 2016 in consultations, domestic violence, evidence, legal aid, news by sally

‘The Ministry of Justice is undertaking national research as to the fitness for purpose of the legal aid domestic violence (DV) evidence requirements. The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) research follows the earlier successful challenge by Rights of Women (R (Rights of Women) v Secretary of State for Justice [2016] EWCA CIV91).’

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Legal Voice, 29th June 2016

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Public interest report calls for all legal advice to be commissioned by legal team – Local Government Lawyer

‘Derby City Council should ensure that all legal advice is commissioned through its chief legal officer or her staff, and departments should not commission legal advice direct, auditors Grant Thornton have recommended in a public interest report.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 21st June 2016

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MoJ seeks views on domestic violence legal aid – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted June 15th, 2016 in consultations, domestic violence, legal aid, news by sally

‘The Ministry of Justice has begun a review of legal aid in domestic violence cases as part of efforts to gather data, giving solicitors just over two weeks to share their views.’

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Law society’s Gazette, 15th June 2016

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Legal Services Board hits out at Law Society for “misrepresenting” its views on McKenzie Friends – Legal Futures

‘The Legal Services Board (LSB) has accused the Law Society of misrepresenting its views on McKenzie Friends.’

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Legal Futures, 14th June 2016

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We need full separation from Law Society to police money laundering, SRA tells Treasury – Legal Futures

‘The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has opened a second front in its campaign for full separation from the Law Society by appealing to the Treasury to intervene over the issue of money laundering.’

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Legal Futures, 7th June 2016

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Filling the void: the Brexit effect on employment law – OUP Blog

‘Having been cast as unnecessary “red tape”, a burden on business, inflexible, uncompetitive and inefficient, it is widely assumed that a sizeable number of domestic employment laws derived from European Law will be in the firing line in the event of a Brexit. In a well-publicised written opinion produced for the TUC, the leading labour law barrister, Michael Ford QC, has provided some support for this assumption. He noted the vulnerability of these EU-derived employment rights and labour laws, and divided and categorised them according to whether a future UK government would be likely to repeal, dilute or preserve them. In this blog, I will probe what might fill any void created by the removal of employment rights rooted in EU law. Surprisingly, the common law would appear to have as significant a role to play as domestic legislation in this context. The potential involvement of the common law is somewhat paradoxical, particularly in light of its perceived ‘undemocratic’ credentials, it being a source of law crafted incrementally by unelected judges.’

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OUP Blog, 7th June 2016

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Staking a claim – New Law Journal

‘Kerry Underwood concludes his 60th birthday tour with a master class on small claims, portals & Pt 36.’

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New Law Journal, 3rd June 2016

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