Declaration 2014: Legal Professional Privilege is vital to a fair trial – The Bar Council

‘Legal chiefs and academics today demanded new laws to stop police and security services from spying on meetings between lawyers and their clients.’

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The Bar Council, 9th December 2014

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

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Proceeds of Crime Act 2002: codes of practice consultation – Attorney General’s Office

‘A consultation on a revised code of practice that governs the use of investigatory powers in the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.’

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Attorney General’s Office, 12th December 2014

Source: www.gov.uk/ago

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New powers to tackle sham marriage announced – Home Office

Posted December 1st, 2014 in civil partnerships, fraud, immigration, marriage, press releases, registrars by tracey

‘Home Office will have more time to investigate suspected sham marriages.’

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Home Office, 25th November 2014

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

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Implementation of Bar Tribunal arrangements “progressing well” – Bar Standards Board

Posted December 1st, 2014 in barristers, press releases, reports, tribunals by tracey

‘A Bar Standards Board (BSB) annual report into the arrangements relating to the operation of the independent Bar Tribunals and Adjudication Service (BTAS) has found no significant issues to report and improvements in the service being sustained.’

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Bar Standards Board, 28th November 2014

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

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‘No obvious benefit’: Bar Council concerned over proposed dual-contracting model – The Bar Council

Posted December 1st, 2014 in barristers, consultations, contracts, criminal justice, legal aid, press releases by tracey

‘The Ministry of Justice response to the “Transforming Legal Aid: Crime Duty Contracts” consultation, published today, will be of concern to all lawyers engaged in criminal defence work, and especially to solicitors firms with criminal legal aid contracts.’

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The Bar Council, 27th November 2014

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

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CPS decide no criminal charges should be brought following investigation into police actions in relation to the Kevin Nunes murder trial – Crown Prosecution Service

‘Operation Kalmia 2 was an investigation to determine whether any offences had been committed in connection with Staffordshire Police’s handling of disclosure of unused material in a prosecution (relating to the death of Kevin Nunes), which resulted in the convictions for murder in the subsequent criminal proceedings being quashed by the Court of Appeal. Following an investigation led by Chief Constable of Derbyshire Mick Creedon and managed by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) was asked to consider allegations in relation to two matters relating to the handling of the murder trial.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 19th November 2014

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

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Parents face funding test to stop their children going into care – The Bar Council

Posted November 20th, 2014 in care orders, legal aid, legal representation, press releases by tracey

‘Parents facing the prospect of having their children taken away from them should have legal aid to fight their case, the Bar Council has said.’

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The Bar Council, 17th November 2014

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

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New sentencing guidelines proposed for corporate manslaughter, health and safety and food safety offences. – Sentencing Council

‘Proposed sentencing guidelines have been published today which will assist sentencers dealing with corporate manslaughter, health and safety and food safety and hygiene offences.’

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Sentencing Council, 13th November 2014

Source: http://sentencingcouncil.judiciary.gov.uk

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Bar Council chief says barristers are here to stay – The Bar Council

Posted November 11th, 2014 in barristers, legal aid, press releases, speeches by tracey

‘The Chairman of the Bar Council, Nicholas Lavender QC, has described the recent legal aid cuts as “the biggest onslaught on access to justice through legal aid” there has ever been, but says the justice system might be at a turning point.’

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The Bar Council, 8th November 2014

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

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Dangerous dogs: tough new law to help prevent attacks – Home Office

Posted October 17th, 2014 in complaints, dogs, fines, local government, police, press releases, prosecutions by tracey

‘Tough new legal powers to help prevent thousands of dog attacks every year will be given to police forces and local authorities from Monday 20 October.’

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Home Office, 17th October 2014

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

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No further action to be taken following the death of Andrew Pimlott – Crown Prosecution Service

‘Following the death of Andrew Pimlott in Plymouth in April 2013, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has determined that there is insufficient evidence to prosecute a police constable for gross negligence manslaughter or misconduct in public office.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 16th October 2014

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

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Bar Council Statement on the role of the Lord Chancellor – The Bar Council

Posted October 17th, 2014 in barristers, inquiries, judiciary, lord chancellor, parliament, press releases by tracey

‘Following the Lord Chancellor’s evidence on October 15 2014 to the House of Lords
Constitution Committee’s inquiry into the role of the Lord Chancellor, Nicholas Lavender QC, chairman of the Bar Council, said: “Justice is not a service that governments can choose to provide or not. It is a vital part of our constitutional arrangements. It needs to be defended and promoted to make the separation of powers a continuing reality and thereby to safeguard our democratic way of life for the future.” ‘

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The Bar Council, 16th October 2014

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

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Criminal extradited from Spain and jailed for non-payment of UK Confiscation Order – Crown Prosecution Service

‘Martin Hickman, who was convicted in relation to the illegal sale and supply of medicinal products in 2009, has been extradited from Spain and jailed for 10 years after failure to pay a confiscation order made against him in 2012 at Southwark Crown Court.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 2nd October 2014

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

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Tailored local support for victims of crime – Ministry of Justice

Posted October 2nd, 2014 in press releases, victims by tracey

‘Tailored local support for victims of crime in place from 1 October 2014.’

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Ministry of Justice, 1st October 2014

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

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New whiplash and PPI claim rules – Ministry of Justice

‘The latest stages of the government’s work on compensation claims take effect today (Wednesday 1 October 2014) with new measures around whiplash and PPI claims.’

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Minsitry of Justice, 1st October 2014

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Missing people law changes – Ministry of Justice

‘Families of missing people will have new rights following law changes taking effect from today, 1 October 2014.’

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Ministry of Justice, 1st October 2014

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Her Majesty’s Passport Office made directly accountable to Ministers – Home Office

Posted September 26th, 2014 in government departments, immigration, passports, press releases by tracey

‘Her Majesty’s Passport Office (HMPO) is to be brought into the Home Office and made directly accountable to Ministers, Home Secretary Theresa May has announced today.’

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Home Office, 26th September 2014

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

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New, fairer way of calculating barristers’ practising certificate fees announced – The Bar Council

Posted September 26th, 2014 in barristers, fees, press releases, remuneration by tracey

‘The way in which barristers’ Practising Certificate Fees (PCF) are calculated will soon change to become fairer, the Bar Standards Board and Bar Council have announced today.’

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The Bar Council, 25th September 2014

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

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A bold new vision for the treatment of victims – Ministry of Justice

‘Victims’ rights will be enshrined in law as part of a major set of reforms announced by Justice Secretary Chris Grayling today.’

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Ministry of Justice, 14th September 2014

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

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New stalking legislation helps to bring thousands more prosecutions as CPS and ACPO launch protocol to improve service to stalking victims – Crown Prosecution Service

‘As stalking-related prosecutions rise, prosecutors and police are being reminded to focus on the devastating impact these crimes have on victims. After the first full year of operation, new stalking legislation has seen 743 cases brought to court – cases which may not have been charged under previous law.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 11th September 2014

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

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