Lord Chief Justice calls for independent review of legal market – Legal Futures

Posted January 29th, 2015 in competition, fees, judges, legal services, news, reports by sally

‘There needs to be an independent review of the operation of the legal market to investigate whether the Legal Services Act 2007 is working and why fees have not fallen in the light of greater competition, the Lord Chief Justice said today [27 January].’

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Legal Futures, 27th January 2015

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Alexander Horne: Evidence under oath, perjury and parliamentary privilege – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘The issue of select committee powers has received renewed interest during the 2010-15 Parliament, culminating in a report from Liaison Committee on Select committee effectiveness, resources and powers (in October 2012); and, subsequently, a report by the Joint Committee on Parliamentary Privilege in July 2013 (and a Government response later that year).’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 29th January 2015

Source: www.ukconstitutionallaw.org

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Jail ‘wrong’ for half of women inmates – The Independent

Posted January 29th, 2015 in imprisonment, news, prisons, reports, women by sally

‘Half the women in jail should not be behind bars, the Justice minister will admit today, as he launches fresh moves to tackle the vicious cycle of imprisonment and reoffending faced by many female inmates.’

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The Independent, 29th January 2015

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Financial Remedies Working Group final report – Judiciary.gov.uk

‘The Financial Remedies Working Group (“the group”) was established by the President of the Family Division in June 2014. It has been chaired by Nicholas Mostyn J and Stephen Cobb J.

The group produced an interim report on 31 July 2014, making a number of recommendations. This final report should be read in conjunction with that interim report.’

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Judiciary of England and Wales, 28th January 2015

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

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Alice Gross – joint statement from the CPS and the Metropolitan Police – Crown Prosecution Service

‘At the end of the investigation into the disappearance and death of Alice Gross, the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) submitted a report to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). That report proposed that Arnis Zalkalns was responsible for her abduction and murder.’

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Corwn Prosecution Service, 27th January 2015

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

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Victims’ commissioner: Complaints are not being taken seriously – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 27th, 2015 in codes of practice, complaints, news, reports, victims by sally

‘ ”Something is going terribly wrong” with the way victims of crime are treated by the system, says the victims’ tsar.’

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Daily Telegraph, 27th January 2015

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‘Innovation in the delivery of legal services’ report – LegalVoice

Posted January 27th, 2015 in law firms, legal services, news, reports, speeches by sally

‘Legal aid firms and advice agencies are being encouraged to embrace new technologies to survive in the post-LASPO world. A new report by LV director David Gilmore and Matthew Howgate, following on from the 2014 Innovation in the delivery of legal services conference, provides examples of what firms and not-for-profit agencies are doing to survive in the wake of the legal aid cuts. The authors conclude that it is ‘impossible to see the LASPO cuts as anything but an absolute disaster’. However, they argue that across the advice sector there are ‘strong ideas’ emerging.’

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LegalVoice, 26th January 2015

Source: www.legalvoice.org.uk

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Mass surveillance is fundamental threat to human rights, says European report – The Guardian

Posted January 27th, 2015 in EC law, human rights, interception, investigatory powers, news, privacy, reports by sally

‘Europe’s top rights body has said mass surveillance practices are a fundamental threat to human rights and violate the right to privacy enshrined in European law.’

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The Guardian, 26th January 2015

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Chilcot report on Iraq war delayed until after general election – The Guardian

Posted January 21st, 2015 in delay, elections, inquiries, Iraq, news, public interest, reports, war by sally

‘The six-year-long British inquiry into the 2003 Iraq invasion and its aftermath will not be published before the general election, prompting an outcry from those demanding that the long overdue reckoning should be put before the voters.’

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The Guardian, 21st January 2015

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The end of the CCTV era? – BBC News

‘Twenty years ago the government backed a major expansion of the CCTV network – now funds are being cut and cameras shut off. Is the UK’s CCTV boom over, asks Rachel Argyle.’

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BBC News, 15th January 2015

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Victims of contaminated NHS blood launch legal case – BBC News

Posted January 15th, 2015 in blood products, compensation, disability discrimination, health, news, reports by sally

‘Three men who contracted hepatitis C from contaminated imported blood have begun a legal case in the UK to challenge the compensation scheme.’

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BBC News, 15th January 2015

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Chilcot inquiry: Commons debate will try to fast-track publication of Iraq war report – The Independent

Posted January 14th, 2015 in inquiries, Iraq, news, reports, war by tracey

‘A Commons debate on the delayed Iraq War Inquiry will attempt to pressure Downing Street into fast-tracking its publication before the general election in May. David Davis, the former shadow home secretary, led a group of cross-party MPs in winning time for the debate which will be held on January 29.’

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The Independent, 13th January 2015

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Private renters’ rights are stuck in the dark ages, Citizens Advice warns – The Guardian

‘Currently landlords obligated to repair fundamental fault in property – but can evict tenants if they pursue rights to repair.’

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The Guardian, 13th January 2015

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One in 4 inmates at youth ‘prison’ held in virtual solitary confinement, say inspectors – The Independent

‘Boys as young as 15 are being held in virtual solitary confinement in a youth prison plagued by gang violence, inspectors warn today.’

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The Independent, 13th January 2015

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Call for publication of review into man who killed himself after benefits cut – The Guardian

Posted January 12th, 2015 in benefits, disabled persons, disclosure, inquiries, mental health, news, reports, suicide by sally

‘The sister of a partially sighted man who killed himself after his benefits were cut is calling on the UK government to publish details of its review into his case, one of 60 internal investigations of suicides linked to benefit changes it has carried out since 2012.’

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The Guardian, 11th January 2015

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Publication of Chilcot report delayed over criticisms of Blair government – The Guardian

Posted January 7th, 2015 in news, reports, war, war crimes by tracey

‘The long-awaited Chilcot report on the 2003 invasion of Iraq is being held up by rows over criticisms of leading figures in the Blair government and will almost certainly not be published until after the general election, the Guardian has learned. That scenario emerged on Tuesday after former Conservative foreign secretary Lord Hurd described the way the inquiry had dragged on went beyond questions of mere negligence and forgiveable delay. “It is becoming a scandal”, he told peers. He added: “This is not something of trivial importance. It is something of which a large number of people in this country look anxiously for truth.” ‘

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The Guardian, 6th January 2015

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Leslie Gadsby, paranoid schizophrenic who murdered his parents, was ‘failed’ by mental health services – The Independent

Posted December 17th, 2014 in families, homicide, mental health, news, reports by sally

‘A man with paranoid schizophrenia who killed both his parents in separate attacks was let down by mental health services in Liverpool, a report has concluded.’

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The Independent, 16th December 2014

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Probation reforms ‘moving too quickly’, inspector warns – BBC News

Posted December 17th, 2014 in news, probation, public private partnerships, reports, trade unions by sally

‘Changes to probation services in England and Wales are being pushed through too quickly, the service’s chief inspector has warned.’

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BBC News, 15th December 2014

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Domestic CCTV users may face tougher rules – The Guardian

‘Homeowners who use a domestic surveillance camera system on their properties but fail to take their neighbours’ privacy into account could face tougher rules in future, a Home Office watchdog has said.’

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The Guardian, 16th December 2014

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LCJ: why is the cost of legal services increasing, despite more competition? – Legal Futures

Posted December 16th, 2014 in arbitration, competition, costs, legal services, litigants in person, news, reports by tracey

‘“Steps must be taken” to find out why the cost of legal services is increasing, despite the changed market and “great number of providers”, the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Thomas, has said.’

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Legal Futures, 16th December 2014

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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