Proposal on the provision of court and tribunal estate in England and Wales – Ministry of Justice

Posted July 17th, 2015 in consultations, courts, tribunals by tracey

‘Proposal on the provision of court and tribunal estate in England and Wales.’

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Ministry of Justice, 16th July 2015

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Trade Union Bill: Ministers unveil strike law reforms – BBC News

Posted July 15th, 2015 in bills, consultations, industrial action, news, statistics, trade unions by tracey

‘Legislation designed to toughen up the laws on strike action is to be unveiled by the government later. The Trade Union Bill proposes minimum turnouts in strike ballots, time limits on mandates for industrial action and changes to political levies.’

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BBC News, 15th July 2015

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The law in Wales – making it clearer, more modern and easier to use – Law Commission

Posted July 14th, 2015 in consultations, Law Commission, press releases, Wales by tracey

‘Throughout the UK the law can be difficult for professionals and the public to find and understand. The volume of legislation in England and Wales, the number of amendments and the way in which legislation is presented, make it increasingly difficult to find out what the law is and what it means. In Wales, the process of devolution has made matters even more complicated. In a consultation opening on 9 July the Law Commission is asking what can be done to simplify legislation relating to Wales and make it more accessible.’

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Law Commission, 9th July 2015

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk

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NEW UNINSURED DRIVERS’ AGREEMENT – IN FORCE 1 AUGUST 2015 – Zenith PI

‘A new Uninsured Drivers’ Agreement comes into force on 1 August 2015 which applies to accidents occurring on or after that date.’

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Zenith PI, 13th July 2015

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BSB criticises its training course but remains tight-lipped on future – Legal Futures

Posted July 13th, 2015 in barristers, consultations, legal education, news, standards by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has strongly criticised the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC), while remaining tight-lipped as to whether it should be scrapped.’

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Legal Futures, 13th July 2015

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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Bereaved to benefit from action on cremation and coroner services – Ministry of Justice

‘Bereaved families will be the focus of proposed new cremation rules and a review of out-of-hours coroner services announced today by Justice Minister Caroline Dinenage.’

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Ministry of Justice, 8th July 2015

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Open Consultation: Codes of practice issued under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (POCA) – Home Office

“The operation of certain powers within POCA are subject to guidance issued by the Secretary of State in various codes of practice. The existing codes need updating due to certain provisions in the Serious Crime Act 2015 and the full extension of POCA powers to Northern Ireland.’

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Home Office, 10th July 2015

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

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Regulator consults on what could be the most sweeping reforms to Bar training in a generation; keen to seek views from all – Bar Standards Board

‘Future barristers may be able to achieve their career aspirations by a number of different, more flexible pathways if some of the approaches being considered by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) are implemented.’

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Bar Standards Board, 10th July 2015

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

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Baby ashes consultation to go ahead, minister confirms – BBC News

‘A consultation about baby cremations in England and Wales will take place later this year, Justice Minister Caroline Dinenage has said.’

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BBC News, 8th July 2015

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Providing protective care to people unable to consent to treatment – Law Commission

‘The Mental Capacity Act aims to protect people who lack mental capacity but need to be deprived of liberty in order to receive appropriate care and treatment in hospitals and care homes. But the safeguards are not meaningful for disabled and older people and their families, local councils and the NHS are struggling to meet their obligations under the law, and people who live in other settings – such as supported living – are being left unprotected.’

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Law Commission, 7th July 2015

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk

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Revised Uninsured Drivers’ Agreement to come into force next month – Litigation Futures

Posted July 7th, 2015 in consultations, insurance, news, uninsured drivers by sally

‘A new Uninsured Drivers’ Agreement will come into force for accidents occurring on or after 1 August 2015, the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) has announced.’

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Litigation Futures, 7th July 2015

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A New Sentencing Code for England and Wales – Law Commission

Posted July 3rd, 2015 in consultations, press releases, sentencing by tracey

‘Today we are publishing the first consultation in our project to create a New Sentencing Code for England and Wales.’

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Law Commission, 1st July 2015

Source: www.lawcommission.justice.gov.uk

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FCA to consult on issue of unsolicited marketing in consumer credit market this summer – OUT-LAW.com

‘The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is to consult on the issue of unsolicited marketing by consumer credit firms this summer, according to an answer given in the UK parliament.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 1st July 2015

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Court of Appeal confirms neighbourhood development plans can make site allocations – OUT-LAW.com

Posted June 26th, 2015 in appeals, consultations, judicial review, local government, news, planning by sally

‘UK legislation relating to neighbourhood planning allows for policies allocating sites for development to be included in neighbourhood development plans (NDPs), the Court of Appeal has confirmed.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 23rd June 2015

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Courts set for vulnerable witness reform – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted June 23rd, 2015 in children, consultations, courts, criminal justice, news, witnesses by tracey

‘The “fundamental architecture” for modernising the way in which the family courts deal with vulnerable people could be introduced before the end of the year.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 22nd June 2015

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Copying material for private use: is it legal? – UK Human Rights Blog

‘British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors and others, R(on the application of) v Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and another [2015] EWHC 1723 (Admin). An exception to copyright infringement for private use has failed to survive a challenge in the High Court. But this may not be the end of the story.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 20th June 0215

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Consumer Prepayments on Retailer Insolvency – Law Commission

Posted June 19th, 2015 in consultations, consumer protection, insolvency, news by tracey

‘In a consultation paper published on 18 June 2015, the Law Commission considers whether prepaying consumers should be better protected in the event of company insolvency, either through improved voluntary mechanisms or required by law.’

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Law Commission, 18th June 2015

Source: www.lawcommission.justice.gov.uk

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Referral fees in criminal cases could lead to “arrest chasing” – Legal Futures

Posted June 18th, 2015 in barristers, consultations, crime, fees, legal aid, news, solicitors, third parties by sally

‘Removing the ban on referral fees in criminal cases could lead to “arrest chasing” by solicitors, the Bar Council has warned, and result in “as much public opprobrium” as ambulance chasing.’

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Legal Futures, 17th June 2015

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When undertaking CPD, not all practice makes perfect – Legal Futures

‘Many at the Bar and beyond will be familiar with the ‘10,000 hours’ theory – put forth by Swedish psychologist K Anders Ericsson and further propagated by popular writer Malcolm Gladwell. That is: the formula for success, in any field, is 10,000 hours of practice.’

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Legal Futures, 5th June 2015

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Plastic surgeons must give patients chance to change mind, says General Medical Council – The Independent

‘Cosmetic procedure patients should be given a cooling-off period before going under the knife, according to the latest guidance by the General Medical Council (GMC).’

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The Independent, 8th June 2015

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