Family solicitors welcome call for tougher enforcement powers – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted December 19th, 2016 in enforcement, families, financial provision, Law Commission, news by sally

‘The Law Commission has called for a cultural change to ensure family financial orders are enforced more effectively, estimating that millions of pounds go unpaid every year as a result of non-compliance. The report has been welcomed by family practitioners.’

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Law Society, 19th December 2016

Source: www.lawsociety.org.uk

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How warring divorcees could face travel bans – BBC News

Posted December 19th, 2016 in divorce, enforcement, financial provision, Law Commission, news, penalties by sally

‘Law reformers have called for fresh sanctions against divorcees who try to wriggle out of paying their ex-spouses.’

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BBC News, 16th December 2016

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Enforcement of Family Financial Orders – Official Publications

Posted December 16th, 2016 in enforcement, financial provision, Law Commission, press releases by tracey

‘This is the Law Commission’s report on the Enforcement of Family Financial Orders.’

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Official Publications, 15th December 2016

Source: www.gov.uk/government/publications

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Reform of proceeds of crime laws by Law Commission urgently needed, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

‘The current regime of confiscation orders is failing to deprive criminals of the proceeds of their crimes. The Law Commission of England and Wales must seize the opportunity to reform the law in this area as part of its 13th programme of law reform.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 8th November 2016

Source: www.out-law.com

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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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The 13th Programme – New Law Journal

Posted September 28th, 2016 in inquiries, Law Commission, leases, marriage, news, surrogacy by sally

‘What should the Law Commission include in its next programme of law reform? Kathleen Shields discusses some options’

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New Law Journal, 15th September 2016

Source: www.newlawjournal.co.uk

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Update ‘archaic’ laws to protect used car buyers, says Law Commission – The Guardian

Posted September 12th, 2016 in consumer credit, Law Commission, legislation, loans, news, repossession by sally

‘Anyone buying a secondhand car privately is in danger of having it repossessed without warning by finance companies under “archaic” Victorian legislation, the Law Commission has warned.’

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The Guardian, 12th September 2016

Source: www.guardian.co.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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Fixing the vicious cycle – Counsel

Posted September 1st, 2016 in civil justice, criminal justice, Law Commission, news, parliament by sally

‘Rawdon Crozier considers what legislators and policy makers could learn from British cycling.’

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Counsel, September 2016

Source: www.counselmagazine.co.uk

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Needs Must! Family Justice Council provides guidance for financial orders in ‘needs’ cases – Tanfield Chambers

Posted July 26th, 2016 in choice of forum, divorce, financial provision, Law Commission, news by sally

‘The law relating to financial orders is inherently unclear. It is not possible to discern from the statute what the law requires, although the courts and family lawyers administer the law with confidence’.

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Tanfield Chambers. 18th July 2016

Source: www.tanfieldchambers.co.uk

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Consumer Prepayments on Retailer Insolvency – Law Commission

‘This project is complete. We laid our report before Parliament on 13 July 2016 and await the Government’s response.
This project, which was commissioned by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), considered whether greater protection is needed for consumers who lose deposits or gift vouchers when retailers or other service providers become insolvent.’

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Law Commission, 14th July 2016

Source: http://www.justice.gov.uk/lawcommission

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Form and Accessibility of the Law Applicable in Wales – official-documents.gov.uk

‘This is the Law Commission’s final report on the form and accessibility of the law applicable in Wales.’

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official-documents.gov.uk, 30th June 2016

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Threatening IP infringers – what you can (and can’t) say – Technology Law Update

Posted June 23rd, 2016 in bills, enforcement, intellectual property, Law Commission, news by sally

‘The UK’s unjustified threats legislation is intended to prevent IP rights-holders from abusive behaviour – threatening to sue a competitor’s customers, for example, to persuade them to take their business elsewhere. While there is still a place for these rules, they have become outdated and inconsistent between the various forms of IP. The Intellectual Property (Unjustified Threats) Bill aims to tidy up and modernise the threats rules.’

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Technology Law Update, 22nd June 2016

Source: www.technology-law-blog.co.uk

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A New Sentencing Code for England and Wales Transition – Final Report and Recommendations – official-documents.gov.uk

Posted May 20th, 2016 in codes of practice, Law Commission, reports, sentencing by tracey

‘This report contains the Law Commission’s formal recommendations on transition to the New Sentencing Code.’

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Official-documents.gov.uk, 20th May 2015

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Strengthening the foundations of land ownership – Law Commission

Posted March 31st, 2016 in consultations, conveyancing, fraud, land registration, Law Commission, news by sally

‘The Law Commission is reviewing the legal framework that governs the registration of land in England and Wales. In a consultation opening on Thursday 31 March the Commission – the independent body that advises government on law reform – is asking how the Land Registration Act 2002 is working in practice and whether there are opportunities for the system to be clarified and updated.’

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Law Commission, 31st March 2016

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk

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Land registration law up for review – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted March 31st, 2016 in consultations, conveyancing, fraud, land registration, Law Commission, news by sally

‘A new formula for determining which of two innocent parties of a land fraud should keep the property in question is among proposals for reform of the legal framework governing land registration in England and Wales to be published today.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 31st March 2016

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Supreme Court rewrites law on multipliers in fatal accident cases – Legal Futures

‘The Supreme Court has overturned two House of Lords judgments in ruling that the multiplier in assessing damages for fatal accident claims should be calculated from the date of the trial, not the date of death.’

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Litigation Futures, 24th February 2016

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Jury Service and the Price of Curiosity – Emma Fenelon – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted February 16th, 2016 in contempt of court, human rights, juries, Law Commission, news, reports by sally

‘Like the 179,000 or so people selected at random from the electoral register each year in England and Wales, in July 2011 Ms. Theodora Dallas was summoned to attend jury service. Along with other jurors summoned that day, she was shown a video about their service, and told by the court’s jury officer that internet research about anyone involved in the trial was not permitted. For good measure, the jury waiting room contained notices stating “You may also be in contempt of court if you use the internet to research details about any cases you hear along with any cases listed for trial at the Court…”. The notices made it clear that contempt of court was punishable by a fine or by imprisonment.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 15th February 2016

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A single legal framework for UK elections – Law Commission

Posted February 4th, 2016 in elections, Law Commission, press releases, reports by tracey

‘The UK needs a new, modern and rational legal framework to govern the conduct of elections and referendums, according to an interim report published today by the three Law Commissions of the UK.’

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Law Commission, 4th February 2016

Source: www.justice.gov.uk/lawcommission

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