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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BSB forges ahead with flexible CPD regime despite fears it could become “paper exercise” – Legal Futures

Posted October 4th, 2016 in barristers, consultations, continuing professional development, news by sally

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has backed a more flexible, outcomes-based continuing professional development (CPD) regime, despite the fears of some board members that it would degenerate into a “paper exercise”.’

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Legal Futures, 4th October 2016

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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CJC accuses government of “unprincipled” move over judicial review costs transparency – Litigation Futures

‘Ministry of Justice (MoJ) plans to require judicial review claimants to share details of how their action is being funded with the defendant and other parties is “a fundamentally unprincipled breach of the principle of equality of arms”, the Civil Justice Council (CJC) has claimed.’

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Litigation Futures, 21st September 2016

Source: www.litigationfutures.co.uk

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PI cold-calling ban will stay in place, says SRA, as Law Society steps up attack on Handbook rewrite – Legal Futures

‘Fears that the rewritten SRA Handbook might not continue the ban on law firms cold-calling potential personal injury clients have been allayed by the regulator.’

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Legal Futures, 20th September 2016

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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Transforming Our Courts and Tribunals System: By the Lord Chancellor, the Lord Chief Justice and Senior President of Tribunals – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted September 16th, 2016 in civil justice, consultations, courts, criminal justice, reports, tribunals by tracey

‘Our justice system is the envy of the world. We have an outstanding independent judiciary that is widely admired as an international leader. Our lawyers have a global – and deserved – reputation for excellence. And we have a legal services industry that contributes billions of pounds every year to the UK economy.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 15th September 2016

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

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Bar Council responds to the Joint Statement, Transforming our Justice System – The Bar Council

Posted September 16th, 2016 in barristers, consultations, courts, criminal justice, news, witnesses by tracey

‘Chairman of the Bar, Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC, commented on today’s Joint Statement from the Ministry of Justice, Lord Chief Justice and Senior President of Tribunals, Transforming our Justice System’

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The Bar Council, 15th September 2016

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

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Transforming justice: judges face pay and expenses curbs – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted September 16th, 2016 in consultations, diversity, expenses, judiciary, news, remuneration by tracey

‘Thousands of judges are facing radical changes to their pay and working conditions, including expenses curbs and a new obligation to give up to a year’s notice when they want to quit.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 15th September 2016

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

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Courts reform gives stronger protection for victims and witnesses – Ministry of Justice

‘Vulnerable victims and witnesses will no longer have to appear in court under new plans to roll out pre-trial evidence sessions.’

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Ministry of Justice, 15th September 2016

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

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Bar regulator launches survey on the future of legal services delivery – Bar Standards Board

Posted September 9th, 2016 in barristers, consultations, legal services, press releases by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has launched an online survey into how legal services are being delivered by barristers.’

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Bar Standards Board, 8th September 2016

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

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Reforming the offence of misconduct in public office – Law Commission

‘The law that governs misconduct in public office is unclear, ambiguous and in need of reform, according to the Law Commission, independent law reform adviser to the Government.’

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Law Commission, 5th September 2016

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk

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Law Commission consults on reform to law on misconduct in public office – Local Government Lawyer

‘The law on misconduct in public office is “unclear, ambiguous and in need of reform”, the Law Commission has said, issuing a consultation paper on a new statutory offence.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 5th September 2016

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

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Bar Council raises fundamental concerns about CPD scheme shortly before launch – Legal Futures

Posted September 6th, 2016 in barristers, consultations, continuing professional development, news by sally

‘The Bar Council has slammed the Bar Standards Board’s (BSB) forthcoming continuing professional development (CPD) regime as being burdensome, complicated, unfit for purpose, and involving “pointless” self-assessment.’

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Legal Futures, 6th September 2016

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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Consultation on mandatory reporting of child abuse ‘has been buried’ – The Guardian

Posted September 5th, 2016 in child abuse, consultations, news, notification by sally

‘The Home Office has been accused of burying a long-awaited consultation that could recommend that people who work with children should be forced to report concerns of child abuse.’

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The Guardian, 4th September 2016

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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