Happy Birthday to us … We are 10!

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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Recent Statutory Instruments – legislation.gov.uk

Posted April 4th, 2017 in legislation by Verity

The Immigration and Nationality (Fees) Regulations 2017

The Judicial Pensions (Additional Voluntary Contributions) Regulations 2017

The Prescribed Persons (Reports on Disclosures of Information) Regulations 2017

Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

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EVENT: European Circuit of the Bar of England and Wales in co-operation with Middle Temple – Written Constitutions – experiences and challenges.

Posted April 4th, 2017 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘Justice of the Supreme Court Lord Mance will chair a panel made up of Sir Jeffrey Jowell QC (Hon) of Blackstone Chambers , Professor Stefan Vogenauer of Max Planck Institute for European Legal History and Jeremy Gauntlett SC (South Africa), QC of Brick Court Chambers. The panel also hopes to be joined by an Irish Constitutional Lawyer.

The panel will reflect on the challenges and benefits of having a written constitution. Given the context of the BREXIT referendum and its aftermath, this discussion may in due course be relevant for the future development of the UK constitution.’

Date: 4th May 2017, 5.00-7.00pm

Location: Middle Temple

Charge: £20.00 or £10.00 if less than 7 years call

More information can be found here.

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Mobile phone thieves jailed after police pursuit on M11 – The Guardian

‘Dramatic footage showing a mobile phone thief trying to escape police by driving the wrong way on the M11 has been released as the driver and his accomplice were jailed.’

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The Guardian, 3rd April 2017

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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Council faces complaint to competition watchdog over incinerator contract – Local Government Lawyer

Posted April 4th, 2017 in competition, complaints, local government, news by sally

‘A community-led recycling organisation has submitted a complaint to the Competition and Markets Authority claiming that a county council’s contract with an incinerator company breaks competition law.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 3rd April 2017

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

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Part 36 penalties aimed at conduct, not just compensation, says appeal court – Litigation Futures

Posted April 4th, 2017 in appeals, civil procedure rules, compensation, news, part 36 offers by sally

‘A community-led recycling organisation has submitted a complaint to the Competition and Markets Authority claiming that a county council’s contract with an incinerator company breaks competition law.’

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Litigation Futures, 3rd April 2016

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

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Testamentary freedom vs claims by family members – OUP Blog

Posted April 4th, 2017 in appeals, charities, families, news, succession, Supreme Court, wills by sally

‘Should a person be free to dispose of property as she wishes on death, or be forced to leave it to certain family members? This is one of the most fundamental questions in succession law. Some (particularly continental European) jurisdictions allocate compulsory portions to certain family members, irrespective of any will. England and Wales, however, has a default testamentary freedom principle combined with the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, allowing certain people to claim discretionary provision out of the estate in limited circumstances.’

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OUP Blog, 4th April 2017

Source: www.blog.oup.com

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What are the six types of cybercriminals identified by BAE? – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 4th, 2017 in computer crime, crime, fraud, money laundering, news by sally

‘Defence group BAE Systems faces “serious and persistent” cyber attacks twice a week from hackers trying to steal the defence giant’s secrets. Here are the six types of cybercriminals identified by BAE.’

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Daily Telegraph, 4th April 2017

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

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Halstead boiling water burglary duo jailed for life – BBC News

Posted April 4th, 2017 in assault, burglary, conspiracy, news, sentencing, torture by sally

‘Two “barbaric” men have each been given life sentences for beating a couple and dousing them with boiling water during a burglary at their home.’

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BBC News, 3rd April 2017

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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Keir Starmer intervention sees London shop worker released from detention – The Guardian

Posted April 4th, 2017 in deportation, detention, immigration, news by sally

‘A popular shop worker who has lived in the UK for 26 years and was detained by immigration officers the day after article 50 was triggered will have two weeks to challenge his deportation following an intervention from the Labour MP Keir Starmer.’

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The Guardian, 3rd April 2017

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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Ex-BBC worker Geoffrey Wheeler guilty of indecent assault – BBC News

Posted April 4th, 2017 in assault, BBC, community service, costs, news, sentencing, sexual offences by sally

‘An ex-BBC employee who indecently assaulted a woman more than 30 years ago was told his “past has caught up” as he was convicted.’

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BBC News, 3rd April 2017

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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Succession, partners and bright line rules – Nearly Legal

‘Did the pre Localism Act 2011 succession rules for a secure tenancy amount to a breach of article 8 and 14 (private life and non-discrimination), and if so, should a declaration of incompatibility be made if the Housing Act 1985 could not be read compatibly? This was the issue in this appeal.’

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Nearly Legal, 3rd April 2017

Source: www.nearlylegal.co.uk

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UK should follow minimum alcohol price, say Lords – BBC News

Posted April 4th, 2017 in alcohol abuse, alcoholism, licensing, news, reports, Scotland, select committees by sally

‘Minimum unit pricing for alcohol should be rolled out across the UK if Scotland’s scheme is successful, a Lords committee says.’

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BBC News, 4th April 2017

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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You’re hired? New levy and tougher rules signal apprenticeship shakeup – The Guardian

Posted April 4th, 2017 in education, employment, news, universities, young persons by sally

‘Ministers say 3m earning and learning schemes will plug the UK skills gap but critics say new levy is yet another financial burden for businesses

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The Guardian, 4th April 2017

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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