Renewed calls for UK to tackle toxic air ahead of high court hearing – The Guardian

Posted January 23rd, 2018 in environmental protection, legislation, news, pollution by sally

‘The government is coming under renewed pressure to introduce a new Clean Air Act to tackle the UK’s toxic levels of air pollution.’

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The Guardian, 23rd January 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

Joanna Bell: Dover DC v CPRE Kent: Legal Complexity and Reason-Giving in Planning Law – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted January 23rd, 2018 in appeals, local government, news, planning, Supreme Court by sally

‘Where a public authority determines an application for planning permission in what form, and in what level of detail, must the authority set out the reasons for their decision? What, furthermore, are the consequences of failing to provide reasons which meet the requisite standard? The Supreme Court’s recent decision in Dover DC v Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), Kent is a clear reminder that there is no singular, straightforward answer to these questions. Thus reason-giving requirements vary in planning law according to, at least, the decision-maker under review (local authority, officer exercising delegated powers or the Secretary of State), whether planning permission is refused or granted, the nature of the development for which permission is sought and the type of land to which the application relates.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 22nd January 2018

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Guy Hedger shooting: Two men jailed for executive’s murder – BBC News

Posted January 23rd, 2018 in burglary, firearms, murder, news, sentencing by sally

‘Two men have been jailed for murdering an executive in a botched burglary at his luxury home.’

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BBC News, 22nd January 2018

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Government accused of “pulling its punches” over PI cold-calling ban – Legal Futures

‘The government was accused yesterday of “pulling its punches” and “shilly shallying” over introducing a ban on cold-calling for personal injury (PI) claims.’

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Legal Futures, 23rd January 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Kisses and cuddles not enough… – Transparency Project

Posted January 23rd, 2018 in adoption, judgments, learning difficulties, news by sally

‘The BBC recently reported that two children were to be adopted ‘as kisses and cuddles [were] not enough‘.’

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Transparency Project, 20th January 2018

Source: www.transparencyproject.org.uk

Recent Statutory Instruments – legislation.gov.uk

Posted January 23rd, 2018 in legislation by tracey

The Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Reviewed Case Referral) (Amendment) Regulations 2018

The Magistrates’ Courts (Immigration Act 2014) (Freezing Orders) Rules 2018

The Universal Credit (Miscellaneous Amendments, Saving and Transitional Provision) Regulations 2018

The Social Fund Funeral Expenses Amendment Regulations 2018

The National Health Service (Quality Accounts) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2018

The Pension Schemes Act 2017 (Commencement No. 1) Regulations 2018

Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

Why Should Misogyny Be Classed As A Hate Crime? – Rights Info

Posted January 23rd, 2018 in harassment, hate crime, human rights, news, sex discrimination, women by sally

‘Everyone has the right to life, liberty, and security of person, according to Article 3 of the United Nations Declaration of Rights.’

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Rights Info, 22nd January 2018

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Bookmakers weigh up judicial review against FOBT curbs – The Guardian

Posted January 23rd, 2018 in consultations, gambling, judicial review, news by sally

‘The government could face a high court showdown with bookmakers over fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs), amid industry dismay at suggestions that ministers have decided to cut maximum bets on the machines to £2.’

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The Guardian, 22nd January 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

Make misogyny a hate crime and ‘upskirting’ illegal, UK report recommends – The Guardian

Posted January 23rd, 2018 in harassment, hate crime, human rights, news, reports, sex discrimination, women by sally

‘Misogyny should become a hate crime and taking photos up women’s skirts be made illegal, a major report into the way the legal system protects women has recommended.’

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The Guardian, 23rd January 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

New UK property register to help curb money laundering – OUT-LAW.com

Posted January 23rd, 2018 in corruption, land registration, money laundering, news by sally

‘Businesses based outside of the UK will have to disclose details about their ultimate owners when buying property in the country, under plans to be taken forward by the UK government.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 22nd January 2018

Source: www.out-law.com

High Court on ‘fundamental dishonesty’ – it must have a “substantial affect” on case – Litigation Futures

Posted January 23rd, 2018 in misrepresentation, news, personal injuries by sally

‘A personal injury claimant’s dishonest actions must “substantially affect” the presentation of his case if the court is to make a finding of ‘fundamental dishonesty’, the High Court has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 22nd January 2018

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

Online child sex abuse referred to Met increased by 700% since 2014 – The Guardian

Posted January 23rd, 2018 in child abuse, inquiries, London, news, sexual offences, statistics by sally

‘The number of suspected incidents of online child sexual abuse referred to the Metropolitan police has increased by 700% since 2014, an inquiry has heard.’

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The Guardian, 22nd January 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

Taxi driver found guilty of refusing to take blind man and his guide dog – Local Government Lawyer

Posted January 23rd, 2018 in conditional discharge, costs, disability discrimination, news, sentencing, taxis by sally

‘A taxi driver operating in Sandwell has been found guilty of refusing to take a blind man and his guide dog.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 22nd January 2018

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Domestic abusers told to say sorry to partner by police – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 23rd, 2018 in domestic violence, news, police, reports, restorative justice, victims by sally

‘Police are dealing with domestic abuse cases by simply making the abuser say sorry to their partner on the doorstep, a Fawcett Society report has found.’

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Daily Telegraph, 23rd January 2018

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Sky-Fox deal not in public interest, says regulator – BBC News

Posted January 23rd, 2018 in competition, media, mergers, news, public interest by sally

‘Fox’s proposed takeover of Sky is not in the public interest on grounds of media plurality, the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has said.’

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BBC News, 23rd January 2018

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Stay silent during rape and attackers may assume consent, warns DPP – The Guardian

Posted January 23rd, 2018 in consent, Crown Prosecution Service, evidence, news, noise, prosecutions, rape by sally

‘Rape victims have been warned by the director of public prosecutions that if they stayed silent during the assault their attackers may have assumed consent was given and therefore could escape being charged.’

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The Guardian, 22nd January 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

UK courts service spending sees tenfold rise since 2010 – The Guardian

Posted January 22nd, 2018 in contracting out, costs, courts, Ministry of Justice, news by sally

‘The courts service spent £50m last year on agency and contract staff, a more than tenfold rise since 2010 when it spent less than £4m, while courts have been closing at an unprecedented rate.’

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The Guardian, 21st January 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

Recent Statutory Instruments – legislation.gov.uk

Posted January 22nd, 2018 in legislation by tracey

The Pensions Act 2008 (Commencement No. 16) Order 2018

The Care Quality Commission (Reviews and Performance Assessments) Regulations 2018

Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

Digital court services “already starting to deliver” – Legal Futures

Posted January 22nd, 2018 in consultations, courts, internet, news by sally

‘The courts service is already seeing benefits from the early stages of the digital delivery of justice, it said yesterday as it outlined its plans for further rationalisation of the physical court estate.’

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Legal Futures, January 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

The EU gave LGBT people protection. Without it, we face persecution again – The Guardian

‘The EU withdrawal bill undermines the rights of all UK citizens – but it is especially disastrous for the LGBT community.’

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The Guardian, 22nd January 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com