Insolvency practitioners to be prevented from charging by the hour under new proposals – OUT-LAW.com

‘Administrators and other insolvency practitioners (IPs) could be prevented from charging an hourly rate for their services and could instead have to base their fees on a percentage of property dealt with under plans put forward for consultation by the Government.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 19th February 2014

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Civil Justice Council slams government’s court fee reforms – Litigation Futures

Posted February 13th, 2014 in consultations, courts, fees, news by sally

‘The Civil Justice Council has become the latest and one of the most influential bodies to lay into the government’s proposed increases in court fees, warning that they could have a “chilling effect” on people who want to bring claims.’

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Litigation Futures, 13th February 2014

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Another council faces judicial review over changes to library provision – Local Government Lawyer

‘Lincolnshire County Council has become the latest local authority to face judicial review proceedings over proposed cuts to its libraries.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 12th February 2014

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Lincolnshire group challenges council’s library change – BBC News

Posted February 11th, 2014 in consultations, judicial review, libraries, local government, news by tracey

‘A campaign group is going to the High Court to challenge a move by Lincolnshire County Council to change its library system.’

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BBC News, 11th February 2014

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Judicial review reforms will discourage “ill-conceived and vexatious claims”, experts say – OUT-LAW.com

‘Changes to the rules governing judicial review (JR) claims will ensure that those challenging the decisions of public bodies face a “fair level of financial risk”, the Government has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 7th February 2014

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Grayling’s proposals for environmental and planning judicial review – UK Human Rights Blog

‘At first sight, proposals full of sound and fury, and signifying not a great deal for planning and environmental challenges. There are some slippery costs changes which we need to look at, but some of the potentially more concerning proposals do not fully apply to this area, as I shall explain. There are also some perfectly sensible proposals about harmonising planning challenges which lawyers have been advocating for years.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 9th February 2014

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Government JR reforms ‘take a sledgehammer to the rule of law’ – LegalVoice

Posted February 7th, 2014 in consultations, judicial review, legal aid, news, protective costs orders by tracey

‘Controversial proposals to restrict judicial review will go ahead by way of a “a tough package of reform”, the government confirmed yesterday. Publishing its response to the consultation, Judicial Review: Proposals for further reform, the justice secretary, Chris Grayling, said: “I believe in protecting judicial review as a check on unlawful executive action, but I am equally clear that it should not be abused, to act as a brake on growth.”

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LegalVoice, 6th February 2014

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United States of America v Nolan – WLR Daily

United States of America v Nolan [2014] EWCA Civ 71;  [2014] WLR (D)  46

‘Employers who were public administrative bodies or sovereign states were not exempt from the obligation to consult employees’ representatives about proposed collective redundancies imposed by section 188(1) of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992, as substituted.’

WLR Daily, 4th February 2014

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New duty will require judges to report lawyers subject to wasted costs orders to regulators – Litigation Futures

Posted February 6th, 2014 in consultations, costs, immigration, judiciary, legal profession, news by sally

‘Judges making wasted costs orders (WCOs) are to be placed under a duty to report the lawyers involved to their regulator in a bid to make them “consider more carefully the decisions they make in handling a case”, the government has decided.’

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Litigation Futures, 6th February 2014

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Supporting the introduction of the single Family Court – Proposed changes to Family legal aid remuneration schemes – Ministry of Justice

Posted February 3rd, 2014 in budgets, consultations, equality, family courts, fees, legal aid, remuneration by tracey

‘The Government consulted on a proposal to change the current family legal aid fee payment schemes in October 2013. This document reflects the responses that we have received to the consultation and describes how the Government intends to proceed.’

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Ministry of Justice, 31st January 2014

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Way cleared for family’s challenge over ‘do not resuscitate’ orders – The Guardian

‘Appeal court judges have cleared the way for a family to continue their legal challenge over the way decisions are made not to attempt resuscitation of critically ill patients in England.’

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The Guardian, 24th January 2014

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Mark Elliot: Reflections on the HS2 case: a hierarchy of domestic constitutional norms and the qualified primacy of EU law – UK Constitutional Law Group

‘Earlier this week, the UK Supreme Court gave judgment in R (HS2 Action Alliance Ltd) v Secretary of State for Transport [2014] UKSC 3. A good overview of the issues at stake in the case can be found in the Court’s press summary, as well as in a post by David Hart on the UK Human Rights Blog. This post is concerned only with one aspect of the decision, and with some very interesting dicta concerning not only the relationship between UK and EU law, but the nature of the UK’s constitutional order itself.’

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UK Constitutional Law Group, 23rd January 2014

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R (on the application of HS2 Action Alliance Limited) (Appellant) v The Secretary of State for Transport and another (Respondents); R (on the application of Heathrow Hub Limited and another) (Appellants) v The Secretary of State for Transport and another (Respondents); R (on the application of Buckinghamshire County Council and others) (Appellants) v The Secretary of State for Transport (Respondent) – Supreme Court

R (on the application of HS2 Action Alliance Limited) (Appellant) v The Secretary of State for Transport and another (Respondents) UKSC 2013/0172; R (on the application of Heathrow Hub Limited and another) (Appellants) v The Secretary of State for Transport and another (Respondents) UKSC 2013/0173; R (on the application of Buckinghamshire County Council and others) (Appellants) v The Secretary of State for Transport (Respondent) UKSC 2013/0187

Supreme Court, 22nd January 2014

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Supreme Court rejects HS2 legal bid – BBC News

Posted January 22nd, 2014 in bills, consultations, EC law, environmental protection, news, railways by sally

‘The Supreme Court has rejected a legal bid by objectors of the HS2 national high-speed rail link to force further scrutiny of the government’s plans.’

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BBC News, 22nd January 2014

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Teachers downloading indecent images of children to be banned from classroom – Daily Telegraph

‘The Government is updating rules on downloading indecent images of children which will mean teachers found cautioned or convicted will be banned from the profession.’

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Daily Telegraph, 17th January 2014

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Court of Appeal agrees to hear day centre closures case – Local Government Lawyer

Posted January 16th, 2014 in appeals, care homes, consultations, learning difficulties, local government, news by tracey

‘Claimants seeking to stop the closure of day centres in Shropshire have this week been given permission to take their case to the Court of Appeal.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 16th January 2014

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Council fends off High Court challenge over day centre closure – Local Government Lawyer

Posted January 14th, 2014 in appeals, care homes, consultations, learning difficulties, local government, news by tracey

‘A High Court judge has rejected a judicial review challenge to a local authority’s decision to close a day centre for adults with a learning disability.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 13th January 2014

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Government rules out ban on zero hours contracts, but seeks views on exclusivity clauses – OUT-LAW.com

Posted December 20th, 2013 in consultations, contract of employment, employment, news by tracey

‘Companies could be banned from preventing workers on “zero hours” contracts from working for another company, under proposals put forward by the Government.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 20th December 2013

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Chancery Modernisation Review: Final Report Published – Judiciary of England and Wales

Posted December 18th, 2013 in consultations, courts, news, reports by sally

‘A review of the Chancery Division of the High Court by Lord Justice Briggs is published today. Based in the Rolls Building in London and in the seven principal regional trial centres, the Chancery Division is now the largest unit for handling business and property cases in the country.’

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Judiciary of England and Wales, 17th December 2013

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Government’s Modern Slavery Bill will ‘fail victims and spare criminals’ – The Independent

Posted December 16th, 2013 in bills, consultations, news, police, reports, trafficking in human beings, victims by sally

‘The Government’s Modern Slavery Bill is being rushed through Parliament without proper consultation and will offer almost no help to the victims of the crime, sources close to the process have told The Independent on Sunday.’

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The Independent, 14th December 2013

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