Stalkers to be banned from contacting victims online under plans to protect people targeted on the internet – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 7th, 2015 in consultations, harassment, internet, news, stalking, statistics, victims by sally

‘The Home Office is drawing up proposals to hit stalkers with protection orders to prevent them from contacting strangers on the internet and in person.’

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Daily Telegraph, 5th December 2015

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Top judge leads calls to scrap mandatory daily Christian worship in UK schools – The Guardian

Posted December 7th, 2015 in Christianity, consultations, diversity, education, inquiries, news, school children by sally

‘Schools should no longer face a legal requirement to provide daily acts of worship of a Christian character, under radical reforms being proposed by a top-level inquiry into the place of faith in multicultural Britain.’

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The Guardian, 6th December 2015

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Ministers eye making legal regulators independent from professional bodies – Local Government Lawyer

Posted December 1st, 2015 in barristers, consultations, legal profession, news, solicitors by tracey

‘The Government will consult by Spring 2016 on making legal services regulators independent from their representative bodies, ministers have said. The Treasury and the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills said in a 25-page paper, A better deal: boosting competition to bring down bills for families and firms, said the consultation would also cover the removal of barriers so that it becomes easier for alternative business structures, such as supermarkets and estate agents, to offer legal services like conveyancing, probate and litigation in England and Wales.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 30th November 2015

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LSB joins solicitors in questioning government’s criminal advocacy plans – Legal Futures

Posted December 1st, 2015 in advocacy, consultations, criminal justice, Legal Services Board, news, solicitors by tracey

‘The Legal Services Board (LSB) has joined solicitors in questioning government plans to introduce additional regulation of criminal advocacy.’

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Legal Futures, 1st December 2015

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Bar Council urges outright ban on all inducements beyond ‘kickbacks’ – The Bar Council

Posted December 1st, 2015 in advocacy, barristers, consultations, fees, press releases by tracey

‘The Bar Council has urged all inducements, not just referral fees, between advocates and litigators be outlawed in its response to the Ministry of Justice’s consultation Preserving and Enhancing the Quality of Criminal Advocacy.’

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The Bar Council, 27th November 2015

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Regina (Bokrosova) v Lambeth London Borough Council – WLR Daily

Posted November 30th, 2015 in consultations, housing, law reports, local government by sally

Regina (Bokrosova) v Lambeth London Borough Council [2015] EWHC 3386 (Admin); [2015] WLR (D) 478

‘Whilst section 105 of the Housing Act 1985 did not refer to “consultation”, it created an obligation on landlord authorities to consult on matters of housing management and its purpose was, in part, to ensure the participation of tenants in decisions which would substantially affect their homes.’

WLR Daily, 24th November 2015

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Challenges to ‘austerity’ cuts – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Lincolnshire County Council has recently undergone two legal challenges to its proposals for redesigning its library service in the light of ‘increasing budgetary constraints’.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 23rd November 2015

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Removal of consultation options over housing estate “unlawful”: High Court – Local Government Lawyer

Posted November 25th, 2015 in consultations, housing, local government, news, planning, public interest by sally

‘A High Court judge has ruled that a London borough’s decision to stop consulting on refurbishment options for a housing estate and focus on regeneration alone was unlawful.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 24th November 2015

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Government delays clinical negligence fixed costs consultation – Litigation Futures

Posted November 19th, 2015 in consultations, costs, delay, fees, negligence, news by tracey

‘The government has delayed launch of its consultation on introducing fixed recoverable costs in low-value clinical negligence claims.’

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Litigation Futures, 19th November 2015

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MPs to assess technological feasibility of requirements under proposed new surveillance laws – OUT-LAW.com

‘MPs at the UK parliament will assess whether it is technologically feasible for companies to comply with new communication surveillance laws that have been proposed.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 13th November 2015

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Gove admits the UK sentencing framework needs to be more sensitive, & 7 more things we learned at the 2015 Howard League AGM – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

‘Since his appointment as Justice Secretary & Lord Chancellor in May this year, the Rt Hon Michael Gove has maintained a fairly low profile. Aside from his Making Prisons Work speech in July, Mr Gove’s plans for the future of the Criminal Justice System have not been very clearly outlined. Although since his swearing in, to the delight of many, Gove has managed to overturn the previous Lord Chancellor, Chris Grayling’s ban on books for prisoners; scrapped plans to create a super youth prison; and halted massively controversial plans for the UK to undertake Saudi Arabian prison training contracts.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 6th November 2015

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Police chiefs threaten Home Office with legal action over reforms – BBC News

Posted November 3rd, 2015 in budgets, consultations, local government, news, police by sally

‘Six police and crime commissioners have threatened the Home Office with legal action over changes to the way police forces in England and Wales are funded.’

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BBC News, 3rd November 2015

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Consultation on extradition and transit codes of practice – Home Office

Posted November 2nd, 2015 in codes of practice, consultations, extradition, police by tracey

‘This is a consultation on revised codes of practice for extradition and new codes of practice for transit cases.’

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Home Office, 2nd November 2015

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Reforming intellectual property law – Government consultation – Law Commission

Posted October 29th, 2015 in bills, consultations, intellectual property, Law Commission, news by sally

‘The Intellectual Property Office has opened a consultation to assess whether there would be sufficient stakeholder support to introduce our Intellectual Property (Unjustified Threats) Bill into Parliament using the special procedure reserved for uncontroversial Law Commission Bills.’

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Law Commission, 23rd October 2015

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Protecting retirement flat owners from hidden fees – a consultation – Law Commission

Posted October 29th, 2015 in consultations, fees, housing, Law Commission, leases, news, retirement by sally

‘In a consultation opening today we look at what can be done to protect owners of retirement flats and their families from unexpected charges hidden in leases.’

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Law Commission, 29th October 2015

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Insisting on a 2:1 degree for barristers “could discriminate against BAME students” – Legal Futures

‘Insisting on an upper second class degree for future barristers could impose a “discriminatory burden” on BAME students, who are less likely to obtain them, a leading academic has argued in response to a Bar Standards Board (BSB) consultation that raises the possibility.’

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Legal Futures, 29th October 2015

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UK courts to define ‘grossly unfair’ payment terms, says government – OUT-LAW.com

Posted October 28th, 2015 in consultations, contracts, EC law, news, small businesses by sally

‘Difficult questions around whether supply chain payment terms and practices are “grossly unfair” should ultimately be settled by the courts or the new Small Business Commissioner, the UK government has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 27th October 2015

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Council to consider costs pursuit after judgment issued in libraries dispute – Local Government Lawyer

‘Lincolnshire County Council has said it will consult its lawyers about the recovery of its costs after a High Court judge set out why in July she rejected a legal challenge to the authority’s plans for its libraries services.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 22nd October 2015

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Review of coroner services launched – Ministry of Justice

Posted October 21st, 2015 in bereavement, codes of practice, consultations, coroners, inquests, news, time limits by sally

‘Major reforms which have put bereaved people at the heart of the coroner system will be reviewed to see what further improvement can be made, Justice Minister Caroline Dinenage has announced.’

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Ministry of Justice, 15th October 2015

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Uber wins high court case over taxi app – The Guardian

Posted October 16th, 2015 in competition, consultations, internet, news, taxis, telecommunications by sally

‘The taxi-booking service Uber has received a boost after the high court ruled that its app was legal in London. Had it lost the case, the company would have been forced to change its service to comply with rules that protect black-cab drivers.’

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The Guardian, 16th October 2015

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