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Posted April 4th, 2017 in news by sally

We launched the Current Awareness Blog in April 2007 as a way of providing a free and simple way for people to keep up-to-date with legal news.

Information professionals at the Inner Temple Library monitor a range of news sources and select news items, case updates and legislation to post each day. Key-words are then added to each post, to enable readers instantly to collate items on the same topic.

Since its inception, the Current Awareness Blog has evolved to cover other materials such as long-form comment and analysis produced by Chambers, as well as information on forthcoming law lectures.

The blog has been received very positively and valuable user feedback has not only helped shape the service but also helped justify the time and effort invested. Its audience has grown from members of the Inns to the wider legal community (including academics, law firms and libraries located both in the UK and overseas).

We would like to thank everyone who has supported this project over the years and, of course, all of our readers, subscribers and Twitter followers.

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‘Controversial’ digital tax returns delayed after being dropped from Finance Bill – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 26th, 2017 in news by sally

‘Plans to force millions of businesses and self-employed people to file multiple tax returns each year have been shelved by the Government.’

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Daily Telegraph, 25th April 2017

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

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London’s legal eminence will survive Brexit, LCJ insists – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted April 26th, 2017 in news by sally

‘Brexit will not harm London’s status as a centre for dispute resolution, the lord chief justice has assured Chinese colleagues. In a speech to the National Judges College in Beijing earlier this month and circulated by HM Judiciary today, Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd took English contract law as an illustration of why Brexit will have ‘no effect on London’s key strengths’.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 25th April 2017

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

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SRA to introduce Solicitors Qualifying Examination in 2020 – Local Government Lawyer

Posted April 26th, 2017 in news by sally

‘The Solicitors Regulation Authority is to press ahead with the introduction of the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE), which will replace the current system of qualification in September 2020.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 25th April 2017

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

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Ched Evans: 10 men cautioned for revealing identity of accuser – The Guardian

Posted April 26th, 2017 in news by sally

‘Ten men have been cautioned by police after revealing the identity of the woman who accused footballer Ched Evans of rape.’

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The Guardian, 26th April 2017

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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High court orders UK government to explain clean air plan delay – The Guardian

Posted April 26th, 2017 in news by sally

‘The government has been ordered back to the high court to explain its last-minute bid to delay publication of the UK’s clean air plan.’

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The Guardian, 25th April 2017

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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Teenage cyber hacker Adam Mudd jailed for global attacks – BBC News

Posted April 26th, 2017 in news by sally

‘A computer hacker has been jailed for two years for masterminding global online attacks as a teenager from his bedroom in Hertfordshire.’

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BBC News, 25th April 2017

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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Child locked in cell for more than 23 hours a day at Feltham, high court told – The Guardian

Posted April 26th, 2017 in news by sally

‘A child has been held in “prolonged periods of solitary confinement” at Feltham young offender institution, locked in his cell for 23 and a half hours a day and denied the education to which he is legally entitled, the high court has heard.’

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The Guardian, 25th April 2017

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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High Court to rule on Christian student declared unfit to practice as a social worker because of ‘traditional’ views on homosexuality – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 26th, 2017 in news by sally

‘The High Court will rule on whether Christians who express “traditional” views on homosexuality can be barred from gaining professional qualifications after a social work student won the right to challenge his expulsion.’

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Daily Telegraph, 25th April 2017

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

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ECB confirms review of child safety procedures – The Guardian

Posted April 26th, 2017 in news by sally

‘The England and Wales Cricket Board has confirmed that it undertook a review of its child safeguarding procedures in the wake of the revelation that a child sex offender had worked at a children’s cricket association with the ECB’s written permission.’

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The Guardian, 25th April 2017

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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Man jailed for ‘Jo Cox’ threat to Nottingham MP Anna Soubry – BBC News

Posted April 26th, 2017 in news by sally

‘A man who called an MP’s office and said she should be “Jo Cox’d” has been jailed for eight weeks.’

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BBC News, 25th April 2017

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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Government ‘blocked’ from accessing Twitter data to help spot terrorist plots – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 26th, 2017 in news by sally

‘Twitter has blocked the Government from accessing data on potential terrorist threats in a move that ministers fear will make the country less safe, industry sources have told The Telegraph.’

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Daily Telegraph, 25th April 2017

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

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Warrington man, 95, spared jail after trying to kill wife with pan – BBC News

Posted April 26th, 2017 in news by sally

‘A 95-year-old man who tried to kill his wife has been spared jail because the judge said it was “an exceptional case”.’

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BBC News, 25th April 2017

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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Lack of diversity among UK senior judiciary is ‘serious constitutional issue’ – The Guardian

Posted April 26th, 2017 in news by sally

‘The senior judiciary is dominated by privately educated white men and may need “targets with teeth” – if not quotas – to improve diversity on the bench, a report by senior lawyers has warned.’

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The Guardian, 25th April 2016

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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Recent Statutory Instruments – legislation.gov.uk

Posted April 25th, 2017 in legislation by Verity

The Electricity Works (Environmental Impact Assessment) (England and Wales) Regulations 2017

The Prison (Amendment) Rules 2017

The Goods Vehicles (Licensing of Operators) (Temporary Use in Great Britain) (Amendment) Regulations 2017

The Marine Works (Environmental Impact Assessment) (Amendment) Regulations 2017

The Environmental Impact Assessment (Forestry) (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2017

The Environmental Impact Assessment (Agriculture) (England) (No. 2) (Amendment) Regulations 2017

Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

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EVENT: how to Academy – ELECTION SPECIAL – how to: BREXIT

Posted April 25th, 2017 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘The big question was whether to exit. The bigger question is how to exit, for it will decide our future. No one disputes that we are at the crossroads – but which path to take, and what can we as citizens do at this point?’

Date: 2nd May 2017, 6.45-8.00pm

Location: The Tabernacle, 35 Powis Square, off Portobello Road, London W11 2AY

Charge: See website for details

More information can be found here.

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Council wins right to redact more info from variation agreement to waste contract – Local Government Lawyer

‘A county council has won an appeal to the First-Tier Tribunal over a decision by the Information Commissioner’s Office that it was not entitled to redact certain information in a variation agreement to a waste disposal contract.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 24th April 2017

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

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Doctors’ body urges government to aim high with fixed-fee cap for clinical negligence cases – Litigation Futures

Posted April 25th, 2017 in consultations, costs, doctors, fees, health, negligence, news by sally

‘The Medical Protection Society (MPS) has called on the government to be more “bold” with its proposals to introduced fixed costs for clinical negligence cases by including cases worth up to £250,000 – 10 times the proposed limit.’

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Litigation Futures, 25th April 2017

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

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FGM: 123 victims treated in Wales last year, figures show – BBC News

Posted April 25th, 2017 in female genital mutilation, news, statistics, victims, Wales by sally

‘A case of female genital mutilation was discovered every three days, on average, by maternity staff in Wales last year.’

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BBC News, 22nd April 2017

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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UKIP, niqabs, burqas – and bans – Law & Religion UK

‘UKIP has made a commitment in its Manifesto to ban the public wearing of the burqa and niqab. Speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show on Sunday, UKIP’s leader, Paul Nuttall, said wearing a burqa or niqab in public was a barrier to integration and a security risk and that Muslim women who defied the ban would face a fine. Somewhat counter-intuitively, he also told Andrew Marr that “Manfred Weber, who’s the leader of the biggest group in the European Parliament, is now talking about an EU-wide ban. We can either be on the curve on this or behind the curve.” UKIP also proposes to outlaw sharia in the UK, though Nuttall told Marr that there were no proposals to ban Jewish religious courts because the Jewish population was smaller than the Muslim population.’

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Law & Religion UK, 24th April 2017

Source: www.lawandreligionuk.com

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Plan to opt out of rights accords in future wars dangerous, inquiry hears – The Guardian

‘Government plans to opt out of international human rights agreements in future conflicts would be dangerous and prevent British soldiers from obtaining justice, according to evidence submitted to a parliamentary inquiry by the Law Society and Liberty.’

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The Guardian, 24th April 2017

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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