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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Ofcom to consider impact of mobiles and VOIP on landline providers’ market dominance as part of next review – OUT-LAW.com

Posted April 9th, 2015 in competition, consultations, news, telecommunications by sally

‘The growing use of mobile phones, Voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP) and text-based and social media services to initiate calls may mean that the UK’s dominant landline telephone providers no longer require the strictest form of regulation, Ofcom has suggested.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 8th April 2015

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Crackdown begins on nuisance texts and phone calls – The Guardian

Posted April 7th, 2015 in consultations, fines, news, nuisance, telecommunications by sally

‘The spam text message will be familiar to most people. “Our records indicate you had a non-fault accident in the last three years and are in line for receiving compensation. Reply YES for more info. Reply NO to opt out.”’

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The Guardian, 6th April 2015

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The Cat’s Out of the Bag: legal advice privilege and the risks of being caught with a divorce lawyer – Family Law Week

‘Samuel Littlejohns, pupil at 1 Hare Court, examines whether the very fact that a party consulted a lawyer at a given time is privileged information, and the practical consequences of this for practitioners.’

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Family Law Week, 27th March 2015

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New PD rights and deemed discharge of planning conditions to be introduced in April – OUT-LAW.com

‘Several new types of existing buildings will be able to be converted into homes without full planning permission from 15 April under UK planning reforms that will also introduce the “deemed discharge” of certain planning conditions.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 31st March 2015

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Research suggests growing use of public spaces protection orders – Local Government Lawyer

Posted April 1st, 2015 in ASBOs, consultations, local government, news, public order by sally

‘Councils have enacted a range of public spaces protection orders (PSPOs) since the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014 came into force last October, research by a campaign group has suggested.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 31st March 2015

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Media regulator issues new guidelines on young people on TV and radio – The Guardian

Posted March 31st, 2015 in children, codes of practice, complaints, consultations, media, news by sally

‘Broadcasters are being told to take into account the impact of bullying on social media in new guidelines covering the appearance of children and young people on TV and radio released by Ofcom.’

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The Guardian, 30th March 2015

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Technical Issues in Charity Law – Law Commission

Posted March 20th, 2015 in charities, consultations, news by tracey

‘A consultation exploring whether aspects of charity law can be reformed to remove unnecessary regulation while safeguarding the public interest in ensuring that charities are properly run.’

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Law Commission, 20th March 2015

Source: www.justice.gov.uk/lawcommission

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Final Report of the Vulnerable Witnesses and Children Working Group – Judiciary of England & Wales

‘Final Report of the Vulnerable Witnesses and Children Working Group.’

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Judiciary of England and Wales, 17th March 2015

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Managing Cuts: Lawful decision-making, PSED and consultation – Thirty Nine Essex Street

Posted March 19th, 2015 in consultations, equality, financial provision, news by sally

‘In recent years there have been an increased number of challenges to local authority decisions made under the pressure of increasingly tight and potentially unmanageable
financial constraints. Many of these legal challenges have centred on alleged failures to comply with the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) together with alleged deficiencies in the consultation process. As financial pressures continue, and further cuts are required, this paper discusses the lessons to be learned from the cases so far, and offers practical tips for lawful decision-making in these difficult times.’

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Thirty Nine Essex Street, February 2015

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Advising witnesses on the defence case: what are the issues? – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted March 19th, 2015 in consultations, cross-examination, evidence, news, witnesses by sally

‘The CPS have recently been running a consultation entitled “Speaking to Witnesses at Court”. The consultation period ended on Monday 16th March, and we await their response.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 18th March 2015

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Enforcing family financial orders – Law Commission

Posted March 19th, 2015 in consultations, enforcement, financial provision, Law Commission, news by sally

‘Every year, thousands of separating couples apply to the courts for financial orders, either because they cannot agree or to turn an agreement into an order so as to make it enforceable. The courts can order a person to make financial provision for a former spouse or civil partner. Sometimes the courts also make orders for the benefit of the children. The orders are made to help make sure that the needs of both partners and their children are met and, where possible, to maintain their living standards.’

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Law Commission, 11th March 2015

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Bitcoin: Government to regulate cryptocurrency to avoid money laundering, says Treasury – The Independent

Posted March 19th, 2015 in banking, consultations, money laundering, news, reports by sally

‘The Government is to regulate bitcoin exchanges to stop their use as money laundering hubs, the Treasury said today.’

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The Independent, 18th March 2015

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Dangerous dogs sentencing consultation begins – BBC News

Posted March 17th, 2015 in consultations, dogs, news, sentencing by sally

‘People who breed dogs to be aggressive or used as weapons could be among those most severely punished under new dangerous dog sentencing guidelines. ‘

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BBC News, 17th March 2015

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Richard Clayton QC: Fairness, Consultation, and the Supreme Court: There Is (Sometimes) an Alternative – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘In the last few years Austerity Britain has generated a large number of judicial review challenges to public spending cuts, particularly against local authorities. Many cases allege that the public body has consulted unlawfully. The legal principles involved have been firmly established. However, in October 2014 the Supreme Court in R (Moseley) v Haringey LBC [2014] 1 WLR 394 added a new ingredient to the mix, and the courts are still in the process of working out the implications of that decision.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 16th March 2015

Source: www.ukconstitutionallaw.org

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SRA overrides opposition to ditch insolvency regulation – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted March 13th, 2015 in consultations, insolvency, news, Solicitors Regulation Authority by sally

‘The Solicitors Regulation Authority has ignored most respondents to its consultation on ceasing to regulate insolvency practitioners (IPs) and will press ahead with the plan.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 12th March 2015

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Elderly given power to decide where to die – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 13th, 2015 in consultations, elderly, health, hospitals, news by sally

‘Government consultation document sets out plans to give patients more powers to plan and make decisions about their “end of life care”.’

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Daily Telegraph, 12th March 2015

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Law firms and medical agencies launch judicial review over whiplash reforms – Litigation Futures

Posted March 5th, 2015 in consultations, expert witnesses, law firms, news, personal injuries by tracey

‘A group of personal injury firms and medical reporting agencies has pushed ahead with its plan to issue an application for judicial review against the government, challenging its reforms to medical reporting in whiplash cases.’

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Litigtation Futures, 3rd May 2015

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Reforming Electoral Law – UCL Constitution Unit

Posted February 23rd, 2015 in consultations, elections, Law Commission, news, referendums by sally

‘Electoral law in the UK has grown complex, voluminous, and fragmented, with many statutes and secondary legislation governing a long list of elections and referendums. The twin aims of the project are to ensure, first, that electoral laws are presented within a rational, modern legislative framework, governing all elections and referendums under statute; and second, that the law governing the conduct of elections and referendums is modern, simple, and fit for purpose. The Law Commission have recently published the Electoral Law Consultation Paper, which sets out provisional proposals and consultation questions for reform of electoral law.’

Henni Ouahes – Reforming Electoral Law

Nicholas Paines QC – Reforming Electoral Law

UCL Constitution Unit, 28th February 2015

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