Lord Mayor Fiona Woolf to lead child abuse inquiry – BBC News

Posted September 5th, 2014 in child abuse, inquiries, news, sexual offences by tracey

‘Lord Mayor of London Fiona Woolf has replaced Lady Butler-Sloss as head of the UK government inquiry into historical child abuse. Ms Woolf is a City lawyer and former president of the Law Society.’

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BBC News, 5th September 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Legal aid: children and the residence test – government response to the JCHR – Ministry of Justice

Posted September 5th, 2014 in children, domestic violence, human rights, legal aid, reports by tracey

‘Government response to the Joint Committee on Human Rights’ (JCHR) first report of the 2014 to 2015 session.’

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Ministry of Justice, 4th September 2014

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

LSB caution on growth of paid McKenzie friends – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted September 5th, 2014 in legal services, McKenzie friends, news, remuneration by tracey

‘The oversight legal regulator has given a muted backing to the emergence of fee-charging McKenzie friends. Legal Services Board chairman Sir Michael Pitt (pictured) supported the suggestion that paid legal advisers should be recognised as a “legitimate feature” of the legal services market.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 3rd September 2014

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Government defends JR reforms, attacks impact of challenges on development – Local Government Lawyer

Posted September 5th, 2014 in budgets, judicial review, news, planning by tracey

‘The Government has defended its reforms to judicial review, saying it is “particularly keen to reduce the extent to which legal challenge unduly hinders economic development and regeneration”.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 5th September 2014

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Right to rent: landlords’ code of practice – Home Office

Posted September 5th, 2014 in codes of practice, landlord & tenant by tracey

‘Guidance for landlords affected by the introduction of right to rent checks.’

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Home Office, 3rd September 2014

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

Man sentenced for eBay tax evasion totalling almost £300,000 – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted September 5th, 2014 in electronic commerce, guilty pleas, internet, news, sentencing, tax evasion by tracey

‘John Woolfenden was sentenced yesterday at Bolton Crown Court to two years imprisonment for two counts of cheating the public revenue and one count of concealing or transferring criminal property. Woolfenden evaded paying £299,752.93 in revenue whilst trading on eBay over a period of six years and pleaded guilty to the charges.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 3rd September 2014

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Attorney General’s keynote address to the 32nd Cambridge International Symposium on Economic Crime on Tuesday 2 September 2014 – Attorney General’s Office

Posted September 5th, 2014 in banking, financial regulation, fraud, interest, speeches by tracey

‘A speech given by the Attorney General to the 32nd Cambridge International Symposium on Economic Crime – delivered on 1st September 2014 at Jesus College Cambridge.’

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Attorney General’s Office, 5th September 2014

Source: www.gov.uk/ago

Recent Statutory Instruments – legislation.gov.uk

Posted September 5th, 2014 in legislation by tracey

The Armed Forces Pension Regulations 2014

The Armed Forces Early Departure Payments Scheme Regulations 2014

The Social Security (Jobseeker’s Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance) (Waiting Days) Amendment Regulations 2014

The Redress Schemes for Lettings Agency Work and Property Management Work (Requirement to Belong to a Scheme etc) (England) Order 2014

Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

BAILII: Recent Decisions

Posted September 5th, 2014 in law reports by tracey

High Court (Administrative Court)

Badger Trust, R (On the Application Of) v Secretary of State for Environment Food And Rural Affairs [2014] EWHC 2909 (Admin) (29 August 2014)

High Court (Chancery Division)

Fern Computer Consultancy Ltd v Intergraph Cadworx & Analysis Solutions Inc [2014] EWHC 2908 (Ch) (29 August 2014)

Source: www.bailii.org

Family courts unfair for litigants in person, MPs told – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted September 5th, 2014 in budgets, family courts, legal aid, litigants in person, news, select committees by tracey

‘Litigants in person are not getting fair hearings, the Common’s Justice Committee heard this morning.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 2nd September 2014

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Surrogacy Law Update (September 2014) – Family Law Week

Posted September 5th, 2014 in adoption, news, surrogacy by tracey

‘In this inaugural surrogacy update, Andrew Powell, barrister, of 4 Paper Buildings reviews recent judgments in the High Court.’

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Family Law Week, 4th September 2014

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

Surveillance watchdog warns police over false identities on social media – The Guardian

Posted September 5th, 2014 in identity fraud, internet, investigatory powers, news, police by tracey

‘Police officers and others public authorities who use false identities to disguise their online presence when they use social media to investigate a suspect’s personal lifestyle or associates without authorisation have been warned by the chief surveillance watchdog.’

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The Guardian, 4th September 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

When innocent men go to jail: miscarriages of justice in Britain – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 5th, 2014 in appeals, criminal justice, DNA, evidence, expert witnesses, miscarriage of justice, news by tracey

‘“People think that miscarriages of justice are rare and exceptional,” says Dr Michael Naughton, founder of the UK Innocence Project. “But every single day, people are overturning convictions for criminal offences. Miscarriages of justice are routine, even mundane features of the criminal justice system. They are systemic.” ‘

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Daily Telegraph, 4th September 2014

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Horsemeat scandal: food safety expert warns issues have not been addressed – The Guardian

Posted September 5th, 2014 in environmental health, food, inquiries, news by tracey

‘Chris Elliott led an inquiry into last year’s saga and says problems remain with proper control of UK food supply chain.’

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The Guardian, 4th September 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk