LSB: Regulators need to get tough with lawyers over poor complaints handling – Legal Futures

Posted March 3rd, 2016 in complaints, consultations, law firms, Legal Services Board, news, solicitors by sally

‘The Legal Services Board (LSB) is set to instruct the frontline regulators like the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Bar Standards Board to get tough with lawyers who do not handle client complaints properly.’

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Legal Futures, 3rd March 2016

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Twitter to train prosecutors in fight against online abuse – The Guardian

‘Twitter is to train prosecutors in England and Wales to better fight online abuse, as the internet is increasingly used as a weapon by perpetrators of domestic abuse, rape and sexual violence against women.’

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The Guardian, 3rd March 2016

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Robert Thomas: Local Government Devolution in England – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘At last, devolution is happening in England, but there are some areas of concern especially as regards the lack of public engagement and the legal framework.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 2nd March 2016

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Court of Appeal throws out solar farm challenge brought 14 months after planning permission was granted – OUT-LAW.com

‘A High Court judge should not have overturned planning permission granted to a solar farm in Wiltshire in response to a legal challenge brought 11 months after the three-month limitation period then in force had expired, the Court of Appeal has ruled.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 1st March 2016

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Judiciary proposes fee ban and new name for McKenzie Friends – Legal Futures

‘England and Wales should follow the example of Scotland in banning McKenzie Friends from charging fees, the Judicial Executive Board (JEB) has proposed.’

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Legal Futures, 25th February 2016

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Judiciary consults on the approach courts should take to McKenzie Friends – Court & Tribunals Judiciary

Posted February 26th, 2016 in consultations, litigants in person, McKenzie friends by tracey

‘The Judicial Executive Board (JEB) has issued a consultation paper proposing reforms to the existing guidance for “McKenzie Friends”, non-lawyers who offer assistance and in some cases seek to appear as advocates on behalf of litigants-in-person (LiPs).’

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Court & Tribunals Judiciary, 25th February 2016

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

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Challenging Government Decisions a Pain in the Neck – Henderson Chambers

‘On 11 December 2015, Cranston J gave Judgment in Speed Medical Examination Services Limited v Secretary of State for Justice [2015] EWHC 3585 (Admin). Cranston J held that the Defendant’s reforms in respect of the system for obtaining medical reports in whiplash cases was not open to challenge on grounds of irrationality or its purported anticompetitive effects.’

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Henderson Chambers, 3rd February 2016

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Henia v Beck: Time for a Rethink? – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted February 23rd, 2016 in construction industry, consultations, news, notification, remuneration by sally

‘Google the decision in Henia Investments Inc v Beck Interiors Ltd and you will find a raft of articles championing the decision as adding yet further weight to the argument that payment applications submitted by the “payee” must be clear and unambiguous.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 3rd February 2016

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Implementing the Unitary Patent in the UK – NIPC Law

Posted February 22nd, 2016 in consultations, EC law, intellectual property, news, patents by sally

‘Whatever happens on 23 June 2016 HMG will have to make rules to implement the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court in the United Kingdom. The reason I say that is that the Agreement comes into force after 13 countries, including France, Germany and the UK, ratify the Agreement. Nine countries including France have already done so (see the European Council’s website). Parliament has enacted primary legislation to enable the Secretary of State to give effect to the Agreement in the UK by order in council (see S,17 of the Intellectual Property Act 2014 inserting a new s.88A and s.88B into the Patents Act 1977). As it would take time to negotiate an exit agreement under art 50 (2) of the Treaty on European Union the Agreement will almost certainly come into force while the UK is still an EU member. There would have to be some sort of secondary legislation at least for the time in which the UK remains a party to the UPC Agreement.’

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NIPC Law, 22nd February 2016

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Savers pay hundreds for bank account mis-selling claims rejected by ombudsman – Daily Telegraph

‘Financial Ombudsman Service says claims made through third-party companies much less likely to be upheld.’

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Daily Telegraph, 20th February 2016

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Fee proposals for grants of probate – Ministry of Justice

Posted February 19th, 2016 in consultations, fees, news, probate by sally

‘This consultation sets out the government’s proposals for reforming the fee payable for an application for a grant of probate. The proposed fee regime will move from a flat to a banded fee approach, proportionate to, and rising with, the value of the estate, and at the same time will increase the value of the estate below which no fee is payable from £5,000 to £50,000, lifting some 30,000 estates out of paying any fee. The proposals are intended to be fair and progressive. The Government is also considering whether grant of probate applications should be excluded from the fee remissions scheme and are seeking views on this issue.’

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Ministry of Justice, 18th February 2016

Source: www.consult.justice.gov.uk

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Finance and Divorce Update, February 2016 – Family Law Week

‘According to the Law Society Gazette, the outcome of more than 2,000 may have been voided by the Form E software fault.  Justice Minister Shailesh Vara MP has indicated, in a statement to Parliament, that the assets of more than 3,600 couples were miscalculated.’

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Family Law Week, 15 February 2016

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Government launches porn site age checks consultation – BBC News

Posted February 17th, 2016 in children, consultations, fines, internet, news, pornography by michael

‘A public consultation over plans to implement age checks on pornography websites has been launched by the UK government.’

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BBC News, 16 February 2016

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Early guilty pleas: Justice for whom? – UK Human Rights Blog

‘New guidelines incentivising people accused of criminal offences in England and Wales to plead guilty as early as possible were proposed last week. While existing rules allow for a maximum one-third reduction in the sentence to those who plead guilty at the ‘first reasonable opportunity’, this benefit is now only available to those who plead guilty at their very first court hearing, with the available reduction falling on a steeper sliding scale thereafter.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 15th February 2016

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New legal right for shop workers to refuse longer work hours on Sundays – Daily Telegraph

‘Ministers are changing legislation to give councils the power to extend trading hours in their local areas’

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Daily Telegraph, 13th February 2016

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HM Courts and Tribunals Service estate – Ministry of Justice

Posted February 12th, 2016 in budgets, civil justice, consultations, courts, criminal justice, news by sally

‘The government is committed to modernising the way in which justice is accessed and delivered. We are investing over £700m over the next 4 years to update the court and tribunal estate, installing modern IT systems and making the justice system more efficient and effective for modern users.’

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Ministry of Justice, 11th February 2016

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Barristers at risk of being squeezed out of market, regulator warns – Legal Futures

‘Barristers are at risk of being “squeezed out of the market by a declining case load, a surfeit of barristers and increasing competition from both other regulated legal professionals as well as unregulated service providers”, the Bar Standards Board (BSB) has warned.’

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Legal Futures, 8th February 2016

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Crackdown on ‘one third discounts’ for criminals who admit guilt – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 11th, 2016 in consultations, guilty pleas, news, sentencing by sally

‘Offenders will have to plead guilty at the earliest opportunity to secure the biggest discount on their jail sentence under new proposals.’

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Daily Telegraph, 11th February 2016

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UK consults on further changes to competition compensation law – OUT-LAW.com

Posted February 1st, 2016 in compensation, competition, consultations, damages, EC law, limitations, news by tracey

‘It will become easier for victims of competition law breaches to claim compensation when the EU Damages Directive comes into force in December.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 29th January 2016

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UK to push ahead with reforms to rules on unjustified threats on intellectual property rights – OUT-LAW.com

Posted February 1st, 2016 in consultations, copyright, intellectual property, news, patents, trade marks by tracey

‘The UK government is to legislate to bring greater consistency to laws concerning the communications intellectual property (IP) rights holders send to alleged infringers of their rights.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 1st February 2016

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