Divorce myths to be dispelled – Ministry of Justice

‘Separating couples will be given clear new guidelines setting out what they should expect when property and income is distributed by the courts, Simon Hughes has announced.’

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Ministry of Justice, 17th April 2014

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

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Intellectual property law – achieving a balance between the right to enforce and protecting innovation – Law Commission

‘Patents, trade marks and design rights are valuable intellectual property (IP) rights and vital to economic growth. They ensure that research and innovation is encouraged and rewarded. And, for some small businesses, they can represent their most significant assets. The law provides effective ways to enforce IP rights but these can be misused to drive competitors from the market. In a report published today, the Law Commission is recommending reforms that will allow individuals and businesses to protect their IP rights but not at the expense of new ideas and inventions.’

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Law Commission, 15th April 2014

Source: www.justice.gov.uk/lawcommission

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Frances Andrade suicide ‘could and should’ have been prevented – BBC News

Posted April 11th, 2014 in child abuse, news, police, reports, sexual offences, suicide, victims, witnesses by sally

‘The suicide of a violinist days after she testified in court against an ex-choirmaster “could and should” have been prevented, a report has said.’

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BBC News, 10th April 2014

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Legal aid consultation ‘unlawful’, solicitors claim – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted April 10th, 2014 in consultations, criminal justice, illegality, legal aid, news, reports, solicitors by sally

‘Criminal solicitor groups have taken the first step towards a legal challenge to the government’s decision to press ahead with cuts to criminal legal aid.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 9th April 2014

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

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Maria Miller expenses report: minister must repay expenses and apologise – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 3rd, 2014 in expenses, news, parliament, repayment, reports by tracey

‘Maria Miller must pay back £5,800 worth of expenses and apologise for her behaviour in a personal statement in the House of Commons, says report.’

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Daily Telegraph, 3rd April 2014

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Housing benefit changes distress disabled people, say MPs – BBC News

‘Changes to housing benefit in England, Scotland and Wales are creating “financial hardship and distress” for disabled people, MPs have warned.’

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BBC News, 2nd April 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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Regulating Health Care Professionals – Law Commission

‘A single clear and consistent legal framework is needed to enable the regulators of health professionals in the UK to modernise and continue to uphold their duty to protect public safety, according to the three Law Commissions of the UK.’

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Law Commission, 2nd April 2014

Source: www.lawcommission.justice.gov.uk

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MoD burdened by unprecedented rise in court actions, MPs warn – The Guardian

‘An unprecedented rise in court actions is placing a huge burden on the Ministry of Defence and could have the unintended consequence of leading to even more civilian casualties, according to a report by MPs.’

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The Guardian, 2nd April 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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Murder of baby Callum Wilson by his mother Emma Wilson ‘could have been prevented’, review finds – The Independent

Posted April 1st, 2014 in children, health, murder, news, reports, social services by sally

‘An 11-month-old boy who was beaten to death by his mother could have been saved if health and social workers had raised the alarm about his earlier injuries, a serious case review has concluded.

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The Independent, 31st March 2014

Source: www.independent.co.uk

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‘Joint enterprise’ prosecution figures released – BBC News

Posted April 1st, 2014 in conspiracy, gangs, homicide, joint enterprise, news, prosecutions, reports by sally

‘More than 4,500 people were prosecuted for homicides involving two or more defendants over the past eight years, a report has said.’

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BBC News, 1st April 2014

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Mid-Staffs scandal: Nursing and Midwifery Council criticised – BBC News

Posted March 31st, 2014 in auditors, disciplinary procedures, midwives, news, nurses, reports, standards by sally

‘The Nursing and Midwifery Council is facing more criticism over its handling of disciplinary cases in a report by the Professional Standards Authority.’

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BBC News, 31st March 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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Police failures over domestic violence exposed in damning report – The Guardian

Posted March 27th, 2014 in domestic violence, news, police, reports by tracey

‘The home secretary is to take personal charge of the way police respond to domestic abuse in England and Wales after a damning report exposed “alarming and unacceptable” weaknesses.’

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The Guardian, 27th March 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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Offenders choosing jail time ahead of paying confiscation orders: MPs – Local Government Lawyer

Posted March 25th, 2014 in confiscation, imprisonment, news, reports, sanctions, select committees by sally

‘Offenders are choosing to spend extra time in jail rather than pay confiscation orders and the sanctions for such non-payment do not work, the Public Accounts Committee has said.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 24th March 2014

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

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Daniel Pelka case council branded inadequate by Ofsted – BBC News

Posted March 21st, 2014 in children, news, reports, social services by sally

‘Children’s services in Coventry – in the spotlight since four-year-old Daniel Pelka’s death – have been branded “inadequate” by Ofsted.’

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BBC News, 21st March 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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Disabled girl ‘lost in the system’ by Birmingham City Council for four years – BBC News

Posted March 20th, 2014 in children, disabled persons, news, ombudsmen, reports, social services by tracey

‘Birmingham City Council “singularly failed” a disabled child “lost in the system” for more than four years, the Local Government Ombudsman has ruled.’

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BBC News, 20th March 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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Mental Capacity Act 2005 – a damning report – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

‘The House of Lords Select Committee appointed to undertake post-legislative scrutiny of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA 2005) has now reported. After a mammoth evidence gathering exercise (the transcripts of the oral evidence received and the written evidence submitted ran to almost 2,000 pages), the Committee has provided a damning report upon almost all aspects of the (lack of) implementation of the MCA 2005.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 17th March 2014

Source: www.halsburyslawexchange.co.uk

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Armed forces could be given immunity from human rights laws – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 18th, 2014 in armed forces, human rights, immunity, news, reports by tracey

‘The armed forces could be exempted from human rights laws because they are hampering British military operations in the field, Philip Hammond has said. Mr Hammond said the government is prepared to introduce new legislation to protect the army from the “encroachment” of civil litigation on the battlefield.’

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Daily Telegraph, 17th March 2014

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Statutory backing for pre-nups – a welcome proposal – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted March 13th, 2014 in Law Commission, news, prenuptial agreements, reports by tracey

‘The Law Commission began in 2009 to examine the status and enforceability of marital property agreements, which we refer to as pre-nups. Pre-nups do not currently have statutory backing, but this may be about to change. In their report published on 27 February 2014, the Law Commission recommended the introduction of legally binding “qualifying nuptial agreements”. The report, Matrimonial Property Needs and Agreements, includes a draft bill which would bring pre-nups into law.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 11th March 2014

Source: www.halsburyslawexchange.co.uk

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Vulnerable people ‘being kept prisoner in care homes’ – The Guardian

‘Tens of thousands of the most vulnerable patients are effectively being kept prisoner in care homes and hospitals through misuse of mental health laws, a damning House of Lords investigation has found.’

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The Guardian, 13th March 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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Stephen Lawrence independent review – Publications (gov.uk)

Posted March 6th, 2014 in corruption, police, reports by tracey

‘Report and summary of findings from Mark Ellison’s independent review.’

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Publications (gov.uk), 6th March 2014

Source: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications?official_document_status=command_and_act_papers

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