Four councils formally launch legal action over Heathrow expansion – Local Government Lawyer

Posted December 12th, 2016 in airports, consultations, local government, news, pollution by sally

‘Four local authorities have formally served legal papers accusing the Government of unlawfully supporting the expansion of Heathrow.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 12th December 2016

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

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Greater protection against ‘stranger stalking’ – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted December 12th, 2016 in consultations, harassment, news, penalties, stalking by sally

‘The government is stepping up efforts to protect victims of stalking by introducing a new protection order – but has told prosecutors that this should not deter them from prosecuting wherever possible.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 7th December 2016

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

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APIL legal threat forces Ministry of Justice to announce outcome of 2012 discount rate review – Litigation Futures

Posted December 8th, 2016 in compensation, consultations, damages, legal profession, news, personal injuries by tracey

‘The government is finally set to announce the result of its review of the discount rate for personal injury claims – more than four years since issuing a consultation – in the face of legal action by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).’

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Litigation Futures, 7th December 2016

Source: www.litigationfutres.com

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Driving offences and penalties relating to causing death or serious injury – Ministry of Justice

Posted December 5th, 2016 in careless driving, consultations, dangerous driving, news, sentencing by sally

‘The government recognises that there is public concern about sentencing for offenders who kill or seriously injure others on the road and is committed to making sure that the legislative framework that the courts operate within reflects the seriousness of offending and the culpability of the offender.’

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Ministry of Justice, 5th December 2016

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

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BSB extends Future Bar Training consultation to include a new proposal from COIC and the Bar Council – Bar Standards Board

Posted December 1st, 2016 in barristers, consultations, inns of court, legal profession, news by sally

‘On 3 October, the Bar Standards Board (BSB) issued a consultation document outlining three possible approaches towards the future of Bar training.’

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Bar Standards Board, 1st December 2016

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

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New crackdown on whiplash claims set to cut insurance premiums – Ministry of Justice

Posted November 23rd, 2016 in consultations, fraud, insurance, personal injuries, press releases by tracey

‘Millions of motorists could see their car insurance cut by about £40 a year thanks to plans to crackdown on the epidemic of whiplash claims.’

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Ministry of Justice, 17th November 2016

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

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BSB seeks views on shared parental leave for self-employed barristers – Bar Standards Board

Posted November 23rd, 2016 in barristers, consultations, news, parental rights, self-employment by tracey

‘”Should self-employed barristers enjoy similar rights to shared parental leave as employed barristers?” the Bar Standards Board (BSB) asks in a consultation launched today.’

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Bar Standards Board, 22nd November 2016

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

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Claimants with minor injuries “don’t need lawyers”, says government – Legal Futures

‘Low-value road traffic accident claims “are not so complex that claimants routinely require legal representation to pursue them”, the government has argued – and suggested that claims management companies and paid McKenzie Friends could help instead.’

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Legal Futures, 17th November 2016

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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He’s back – Jackson to report on major expansion of fixed recoverable costs – Litigation Futures

Posted November 17th, 2016 in consultations, costs, judges, news by sally

‘Lord Justice Jackson has been drafted in by the senior judiciary to work on extending fixed recoverable costs – even though earlier this year he said he would rather not do it.’

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Litigation Futures, 11th November 2016

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

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Whiplash reaction: claimant lawyers vent fury at government – Legal Futures

Posted November 17th, 2016 in compensation, consultations, evidence, insurance, news, personal injuries by sally

‘Today’s announcement of government plans to reform personal injury claims has predictably split the market, with claimant representatives incensed and defendants pleased.’

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Legal Futures, 17th November 2016

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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23 Dollis Avenue (1998) Limited v Vejdani [2016] UKUT 365 – Tanfield Chambers

Posted November 9th, 2016 in appeals, consultations, news, regulations, service charges, tribunals by sally

‘A failure to comply with the Service Charge (Consultation Requirements) (England) Regulations 2003 (“the Regulations”) could be relevant to the reasonableness of the amount of service charge to be paid under section 19(2) of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985. However, it is simply one factor to be considered. In the instant case, the non-compliance comprised including within the estimate the estimated cost of works not within the proposed works; the amount demanded would be reduced by excluding that ‘extra’ work.’

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Tanfield Chambers, 10th October 2016

Source: www.tanfieldchambers.co.uk

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First-time phone-use drivers face points – BBC News

Posted November 9th, 2016 in consultations, fines, news, penalties, road traffic offences, telecommunications by sally

‘Drivers in England, Scotland and Wales caught using a mobile phone for the first time will automatically receive penalty points, under government plans.’

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BBC News, 9th November 2016

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Culture Secretary statement to Parliament on press regulation issues – Home Office

Posted November 2nd, 2016 in consultations, corruption, inquiries, media, parliament, police, press releases by tracey

‘Culture Secretary Karen Bradley gave an oral statement to Parliament on a consultation seeking views on two issues relating to the Leveson Inquiry.’

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Home Office, 1st November 2016

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

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Phone-hacking inquiry: Consultation to take place over part two – BBC News

Posted November 2nd, 2016 in consultations, corruption, inquiries, interception, media, news, police, telecommunications by tracey

‘A consultation is to take place on whether the second part of the Leveson Inquiry into phone hacking should go ahead, the government has said.’

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BBC News, 1st November 2016

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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Sentencing ‘starting points’ for disqualified directors – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Magistrates will be given ‘starting points’ to help them sentence disqualified company directors who breach court orders as part of Sentencing Council efforts to ensure a consistent approach in the courts.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 25th October 2016

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

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Law Society warns on mandatory child abuse reporting duty – Local Government Lawyer

Posted October 25th, 2016 in child abuse, child neglect, consultations, Law Society, local government, news by michael

‘A mandatory duty to report child abuse and neglect would simply lead to high volumes of unsubstantiated reports that fall far below the significant harm threshold, the Law Society has warned.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 21st October 2016

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

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New birth injuries compensation scheme announced – BBC News

Posted October 18th, 2016 in birth, compensation, consultations, news, personal injuries by sally

‘Parents in England whose children are injured at birth may benefit from a new government compensation scheme.’

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BBC News, 17th October 2016

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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Developers win High Court battle over neighbourhood plan – Local Government Lawyer

Posted October 14th, 2016 in consultations, local government, news, planning, referendums by sally

‘Developers have won a High Court challenge over a district council’s decision to make a neighbourhood plan.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 13th October 2016

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

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Law Commission Survey

Posted October 13th, 2016 in consultations, Law Commission, news by sally

“The Law Commission is currently consulting on how best to shape its criminal work programme for 2017 – 2020. It would be enormously helpful to us if you could mention and include the link to this survey in your current awareness blog/email to help us amplify consultation:

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/55X23RH.”

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Proposed sentencing guidelines to cover the possession of weapons and threats to use them – Sentencing Council

Posted October 6th, 2016 in consultations, offensive weapons, press releases, sentencing by tracey

‘The Sentencing Council has announced its proposals for new guidelines covering a number of offences involving knives and other weapons. The proposals cover the sentencing of offenders convicted of the possession of a bladed article or offensive weapon in public, and of using one to threaten someone. They do not cover offences where a knife or other weapon is actually used to harm someone, nor the use or possession of firearms: these are covered by other provisions.’

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Sentencing Council, 6th October 2016

Source: http://sentencingcouncil.judiciary.gov.uk

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