Prosecutors continue to tackle revenge porn across the country – Crown Prosecution Service

‘A 25-year-old man from Kidderminster has today, 13th August, been sentenced to a 12 month community order, handed a fine and ordered to pay costs, as prosecutors continue to tackle revenge porn across England and Wales using the new legislation.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 13th August 2015

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

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Pupillage Gateway opening date change on hold: Gateway must be robust not rushed – The Bar Council

Posted August 14th, 2015 in legal education, press releases, pupillage by tracey

‘The Bar Council is to delve deeper into the impact of moving the Pupillage Gateway annual opening from April to January.’

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The Bar Council, 12th August 2015

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

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First fine issued against rogue claims management company – Ministry of Justice

Posted August 7th, 2015 in claims management, fines, personal injuries, press releases by tracey

‘A firm responsible for bombarding people with millions of nuisance calls has become the first to be fined under new claims management regulation powers.’

Press release

Ministry of Justice, 5th August 2015

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

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LSB publishes report on regulation of in-house lawyers – Legal Services Board

‘The Legal Services Board publishes today responses received to its discussion paper: Are regulatory restrictions in practising rules for in-house lawyers justified? as well as its summary of those responses.’

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Legal Services Board, 29th July 2015

Source: www.legalservicesboard.org.uk

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Firearms – making the law more balanced and more effective – Law Commission

Posted August 7th, 2015 in consultations, firearms, press releases by tracey

‘The law governing the ownership and use of firearms is complex and difficult to apply. It is spread across a number of pieces of overlapping legislation, creating significant practical difficulties for investigating authorities and prosecutors, and generating uncertainty for the licensed firearms community.

Today the Law Commission is publishing a scoping consultation paper that identifies what those most pressing problems are. It also makes some provisional proposals as to how they could be remedied. We are asking consultees for their views on the suitability of these remedies.’

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Law Commission, 21st July 2015

Source: www.justice.gov.uk/lawcommission

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The BSB publishes Annual Report for 2014-15 – Bar Standards Board

Posted August 7th, 2015 in barristers, press releases, reports by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has now published its 2014-2015 Annual Report which outlines the significant progress it has made towards its strategic aims.’

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Bar Standards Board, 3rd August 2015

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

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Home Secretary announces terms of reference for undercover policing inquiry – Home Office

‘Theresa May also establishes miscarriages of justice panel to sit alongside inquiry following Mark Ellison’s review.’

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Home Office, 16th July 2015

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

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The law in Wales – making it clearer, more modern and easier to use – Law Commission

Posted July 14th, 2015 in consultations, Law Commission, press releases, Wales by tracey

‘Throughout the UK the law can be difficult for professionals and the public to find and understand. The volume of legislation in England and Wales, the number of amendments and the way in which legislation is presented, make it increasingly difficult to find out what the law is and what it means. In Wales, the process of devolution has made matters even more complicated. In a consultation opening on 9 July the Law Commission is asking what can be done to simplify legislation relating to Wales and make it more accessible.’

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Law Commission, 9th July 2015

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk

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Bereaved to benefit from action on cremation and coroner services – Ministry of Justice

‘Bereaved families will be the focus of proposed new cremation rules and a review of out-of-hours coroner services announced today by Justice Minister Caroline Dinenage.’

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Ministry of Justice, 8th July 2015

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

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Regulator consults on what could be the most sweeping reforms to Bar training in a generation; keen to seek views from all – Bar Standards Board

‘Future barristers may be able to achieve their career aspirations by a number of different, more flexible pathways if some of the approaches being considered by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) are implemented.’

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Bar Standards Board, 10th July 2015

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

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Immunity guaranteed for whistleblowers in child sex abuse inquiry – Attorney General’s Office

‘Individuals providing certain evidence to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse can do so without fear of prosecution.’

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Attorney General’s Office, 9th July 2015

Source: www.gov.uk/ago

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Repeat knife offenders face new minimum prison term – Ministry of Justice

Posted July 3rd, 2015 in offensive weapons, press releases, recidivists, sentencing by tracey

‘Minimum prison sentences for offenders who repeatedly carry knives will come into effect from 17 July 2015.’

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Ministry of Justice, 3rd July 2015

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

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A New Sentencing Code for England and Wales – Law Commission

Posted July 3rd, 2015 in consultations, press releases, sentencing by tracey

‘Today we are publishing the first consultation in our project to create a New Sentencing Code for England and Wales.’

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Law Commission, 1st July 2015

Source: www.lawcommission.justice.gov.uk

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Codifying public nuisance and outraging public decency – Law Commission

Posted July 3rd, 2015 in nuisance, outraging public decency, press releases, reports by tracey

‘In our latest report, we recommend reforms to the common law offences of public nuisance and outraging public decency.’

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Law Commission, 24th June 2015

Source: www.lawcommission.justice.gov.uk

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Redditch man sees sentence doubled to 20 years’ imprisonment for multiple rapes – Attorney General’s Office

Posted July 3rd, 2015 in appeals, press releases, rape, sentencing by tracey

‘Appeal Court increases the 10 year rape sentence of John Dennis to 20 years after ruling the original sentence unduly lenient.’

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Attorney General’s Office, 1st July 2015

Source: www.gov.uk/ago

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Andrew Stocker found guilty of gross negligence manslaughter following death of employees on an apple farm – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted June 22nd, 2015 in employment, health & safety, homicide, negligence, press releases by tracey

‘Andrew Stocker has been found guilty by a jury of gross negligence manslaughter at Winchester Crown Court.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 19th June 2015

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

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Consultation on proposed amendments to allocation guideline – Sentencing Council

Posted June 19th, 2015 in Crown Court, magistrates, press releases, trials by tracey

‘The Sentencing Council has launched a consultation on proposed amendments to the allocation guideline.’

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Sentencing Council, 19th June 2015

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

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Surge in ‘DIY’ justice sparks guidelines for lawyers – The Bar Council

Posted June 19th, 2015 in legal profession, litigants in person, press releases by tracey

‘A surge in the number of people representing themselves in court has prompted legal organisations to draft guidelines for lawyers who come up against people who find themselves in court without legal representation.’

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The Bar Council, 18th June 2015

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

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Changes in legislation reflected in new gang definition – Home Office

Posted June 9th, 2015 in crime prevention, drug offences, gangs, injunctions, press releases by tracey

‘The Home Office has today (8 June) published revised statutory guidance to reflect changes to the legislation on gang injunctions.’

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Home Office, 8th June 2015

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

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Tell us your experience of the legal services regulators – Legal Services Board

‘The Legal Services Board (LSB) is launching a survey today inviting views from anybody and any firm that has been in contact with one of the eight legal services regulators in England and Wales.’

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Legal Services Board, 14th May 2015

Source: www.legalservicesboard.org.uk

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