BSB seeks views on updating some of the rules governing barrister training and qualification – Bar Standards Board

Posted October 4th, 2017 in barristers, consultations, inns of court, legal education, news by sally

‘As part of its ongoing Future Bar Training (FBT) programme, the Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today launched a new consultation on a number of aspects of the way in which barristers train and qualify.’

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Bar Standards Board, 3rd October 2017

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

No ‘crock of gold’ but Lidington promises legal aid review will look at case for change – Legal Voice

Posted October 4th, 2017 in legal aid, news by sally

‘The government will ‘soon’ launch its long-awaited post-legislative review of legal aid, the lord chancellor announced during the Conservative Party conference in Manchester.’

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Legal Voice, 4th October 2017

Source: www.legalvoice.org.uk

Ofcom chief defends decision to cap spectrum auction – OUT-LAW.com

Posted October 4th, 2017 in competition, news, telecommunications by sally

‘Ofcom chief executive Sharon White has defended the telecoms regulator’s decision to put a limit on the amount of mobile spectrum an operator can control, after legal action was launched by two companies.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 3rd October 2017

Source: www.out-law.com

Pre-Action Protocol for Debt Claims – Part II – 4 KBW

Posted October 4th, 2017 in civil procedure rules, debts, news, pre-action conduct by sally

‘On 1st October 2017, the Pre-Action Protocol for Debt Claims, (the “Protocol”) is to come into force. This raises the question: what is a ‘debt’? For this Protocol, the only ‘guidance’ provided is on the Information Sheet (Annex 1), “you have received this [notice] because a business believes that you owe it money”. None of the draft or consultation papers provide further guidance or seek to define the term ‘debt’ under English law.’

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4 KBW, 22nd September 2017

Source: www.4kbw.net

BSB training plans could curb role of Inns – including compulsory dinners – and end 12-month term for pupillages – Legal Futures

Posted October 4th, 2017 in barristers, consultations, inns of court, legal education, news by sally

‘A drastic reduction in the role of the Inns of Court in the training of barristers – to the point where barristers would not have to be members of one – and an end to the required period of 12 months for pupillages are on the table as the Bar Standards Board (BSB) takes the next step in its Future Bar Training initiative.’

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Legal Futures, 4th October 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Grooming victim fear over Coronation Street courtroom error – BBC News

Posted October 4th, 2017 in anonymity, media, news, sexual grooming, victims by sally

‘Child sexual exploitation victims may fear coming forward after a courtroom sketch of a grooming victim was shown in Coronation Street, it is feared.’

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BBC News, 3rd October 2017

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Woman who stole baby photos from Instagram is banned from social media – Daily Telegraph

‘A woman who copied photos of babies from other people’s Instagram accounts, posted them as her own and claimed they were sick or dead in a bid to get money has been banned from using social media for two years.’

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Daily Telegraph, 3rd October 2017

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Revised Practice Direction 12J – Child Arrangements and Contact Orders: Domestic Abuse and Harm – Family Law

Posted October 4th, 2017 in children, contact orders, domestic violence, news, practice directions by sally

‘Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division, has issued a revised Practice Direction 12J of the Family Procedure Rules 2010 which came into force on 2 October 2017. The Practice Direction applies to any family proceedings in the Family Court or the High Court and specifically applies to any application made for a Child Arrangements Order or should any question arise about where a child should live, or about contact between a child and a parent or other family member and the court considers that an order should be made.’

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Family Law, 3rd October 2017

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Gala Bingo advert banned for suggesting gambling can ease depression – The Independent

Posted October 4th, 2017 in advertising, complaints, gambling, mental health, news by sally

‘The advert for the bingo company, which was created by its affiliate, was seen on the 365dailynews website and described a man who was in debt and ‘stumbled on’ an ad for Gala Bingo.’

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The Independent, 4th October 2017

Source: www.independent.co.uk

High Court enforces contractual provision allocating responsibility for concurrent delay to contractor – OUT-LAW.com

Posted October 4th, 2017 in construction industry, contracts, delay, news by sally

‘The High Court has found that a clause in a construction contract which allocates the risk of concurrent delays to the contractor is valid and enforceable.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 3rd October 2017

Source: www.out-law.com

‘Serious harm’ appeals dismissed – 5RB

Posted October 3rd, 2017 in appeals, defamation, news by sally

The case represents the first opportunity that the Court of Appeal has had to consider the meaning and effect of s.1(1) of the Defamation Act 2013. The judgment addresses this matter as well as a number of related issues of practice and procedure. By its judgment, the Court dismisses the defendants’ appeals, ruling in favour of the claimant on the facts and the law.

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5RB, 12th September 2017

Source: www.5rb.com

Restrictions on media communications in the interests of truth or privacy – 5RB

Posted October 3rd, 2017 in defamation, media, news, privacy by sally

‘This paper challenges the bad image that has been gained by the United Kingdom law of defamation and explains why I do not consider that that image is fair or warranted.’

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5RB, 14th September 2017

Source: www.5rb.com

Pre-Action Protocol for Debt Claims – 4 KBW

Posted October 3rd, 2017 in debts, news, pre-action conduct by sally

‘The following article examines the concept of ‘debt’; this article focuses on the purpose, procedure and effects of the Protocol.’

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4 KBW, 20th September 2017

Source: www.4kbw.net

Consultation launched into new right of appeal at Investigatory Powers Tribunal – Home Office

Posted October 3rd, 2017 in appeals, consultations, investigatory powers, news, tribunals by sally

‘A public consultation on draft rules governing proceedings at the Investigatory Powers Tribunal has been launched today [29 September] by Security Minister Ben Wallace.’

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Home Office, 29th September 2017

Source: www.gov.uk

BSB proposes targeted approach to CMA disclosure recommendations: focuses on consumers who would benefit most – Bar Standards Board

Posted October 3rd, 2017 in barristers, competition, consultations, consumer protection, fees, news by sally

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published a new consultation outlining its proposed response to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) recommendations for more transparency about legal service providers’ fees, services and rights of redress for consumers.’

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Bar Standards Board, 2nd October 2017

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

IP ‘threats’ law enters into force – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 3rd, 2017 in bills, intellectual property, news, trade marks by sally

‘A law that could help intellectual property owners assert their rights more freely came into force yesterday. The Intellectual Property (Unjustified Threats) Act 2017 curtails a legal remedy available to a party threatened with IP infringement.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 2nd October 2017

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Children: Private Law Update (September 2017) – Family Law Week

Posted October 3rd, 2017 in appeals, children, news by sally

‘Alex Verdan QC of 4 Paper Buildings reviews recent important judgments in private law children cases.’

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Family Law Week, 29th September 2017

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

Top QCs set to escape price publishing regime – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 3rd, 2017 in barristers, competition, fees, news, publishing, queen's counsel by sally

‘QCs instructed in major cases would be exempt from publishing prices under plans set out by the Bar Standards Board today, though the regulator has recommended that the new rules go further than originally proposed by the competition watchdog.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 2nd October 2017

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

The muslim foster carer case again – what else has emerged? – Transparency Project

Posted October 3rd, 2017 in children, families, fostering, media, news, religious discrimination by sally

‘This week the court held a further hearing, the IRH or Issues Resolution Hearing. In terms of the progress of the case itself, press reports tell us that little AB’s future will be decided at a final hearing in December, meaning that the proposed plan for her long term care is in some way disputed, it seems by the child’s mother. The details are unclear.’

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Transparency Project, 2nd October 2017

Source: www.transparencyproject.org.uk

Three Stories That Prove Just How Essential The Human Rights Act Is – RightsInfo

Posted October 3rd, 2017 in human rights, legislation, news by sally

‘After coming into force in October 2000, the Act enshrines many of our most valuable and essential rights into UK law. Without it, it would be much harder to access justice, equality and fair treatment.’

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RightsInfo, 2nd Octboer 2017

Source: rightsinfo.org