Justice in jeopardy: government defies backlash to confirm ‘reckless’ legal aid cuts – Law Society Gazette

‘The government is to press ahead with reform of legal aid fees paid to solicitors in criminal cases – despite 97% of submissions to a consultation vehemently opposing the plans. Representative bodies have this afternoon condemned the decision as ‘reckless’, claiming it places justice in jeopardy.’

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Law Society Gazette, 24th October 2017

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Supreme Court dismisses top poker player’s bid to recover £7.7m winnings from London casino – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 25th, 2017 in gambling, news, Supreme Court by michael

‘The 40-year-old American has been fighting to recover the money since successfully playing a version of baccarat known as Punto Banco at Crockfords Club in Mayfair in 2012.’

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Daily Telegraph, 25th October 2017

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

On the spot litter fines to double to £150 as drivers face penalties for rubbish thrown from their cars – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 25th, 2017 in environmental protection, fines, litter, local government, news by michael

‘From April next year, the maximum fixed penalty councils can hand out to people dropping litter or throwing rubbish from cars will rise from £80 to £150.’

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Daily Telegraph, 24th October 2017

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Government appeals against High Court ruling that benefit cap ’causes misery to no good purpose’ – Independent

Posted October 25th, 2017 in appeals, benefits, families, news by michael

‘The Government has launched an appeal against a ruling that its controversial benefits cap unlawfully discriminates against lone parents with children under two.’

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Independent, 24th October 2017

Source: www.independent.co.uk

HMRC sets out draft guidance on penalties for enablers of defeated tax avoidance – Out-Law.com

Posted October 25th, 2017 in HM Revenue & Customs, news, penalties, tax avoidance by michael

‘Draft guidance that explains when accountants, lawyers, financial advisers and auditors, amongst others, might be penalised for helping others to avoid tax has been published by HM Revenue and Customs.’

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Out-Law.com, 24th October 2017

Source: www.out-law.com

UK terrorism law expert warns government over plans for new legislation – The Guardian

Posted October 25th, 2017 in imprisonment, legislation, news, sentencing, terrorism by michael

‘Introducing new laws to prosecute extremists would be wrong, the independent reviewer of terrorism legislation has said.’

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The Guardian, 24th October 2017

Source: www.theguardian.com

Drugs cheats in British sport will not face jail, says sports minister Tracey Crouch – The Guardian

Posted October 25th, 2017 in drug abuse, news, sanctions, sport by michael

‘Drugs cheats in British sport will not be jailed, the sports minister, Tracey Crouch, has said after a review of the UK’s anti-doping rules.’

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The Guardian, 24th October 2017

Source: www.theguardian.com

Dentist fines: Mistakes over addresses hitting thousands – BBC News

Posted October 25th, 2017 in benefits, dentists, fines, health, medical records, mistake, news by michael

‘Many fines incorrectly imposed after dental treatment are because of mistakes over patients’ addresses, says a health watchdog.’

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BBC News, 24th October 2017

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Catalonia: The Right to Secede and the Right to Self-Determination – Oxford Human Rights Hub

Posted October 24th, 2017 in constitutional law, devolution, foreign jurisdictions, news by sally

‘In an address to the Parliament of Catalonia on 10th October 2017, the President of Catalonia issued a ‘suspended’ unilateral declaration of independence (“UDI”) from Spain. The ‘suspended’ UDI followed a controversial independence referendum on 1st October 2017. The referendum, which was mired by protests and attempts by federal police forces to prevent people from voting, had resulted in a vote of 90% in favour of independence with a reported 42% turn-out.’

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Oxford Human Rights Hub, 23rd October 2017

Source: ohrh.law.ox.ac.uk

Suspicious transaction reports to FCA soar to record high – OUT-LAW.com

‘The number of reports notifying the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) of suspicious transactions have risen to their highest ever level, more than doubling in the last two years.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 23rd October 2017

Source: www.out-law.com

Recent Statutory Instruments – legislation.gov.uk

Posted October 24th, 2017 in legislation by Verity

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (European Union Financial Sanctions) (Amendment) (No. 5) Regulations 2017

The Communications Act 2003 and the Digital Economy Act 2017 (Consequential Amendments to Secondary Legislation) Regulations 2017

The Electronic Communications Code (Transitional Provisions) Regulations 2017

The Social Security (Information-sharing in relation to Welfare Services etc.) (Amendment) Regulations 2017

Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

Lord Chancellor calls for greater innovation in legal market and hints at regulatory reform – Legal Futures

Posted October 24th, 2017 in legal services, Legal Services Board, lord chancellor, news by sally

‘There needs to be a “more diverse and innovative legal services market” in England and Wales that attracts new providers and offers new opportunities “for the current and future legal profession”, the Lord Chancellor has said.’

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Legal Futures, 24th October 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Personal injury lawyer struck off for telling staff to fake signatures – Litigation Futures

Posted October 24th, 2017 in costs, disciplinary procedures, disqualification, forgery, news, solicitors by sally

‘A personal injury lawyer who persuaded other employees to fake client signatures and lied about it in court has been struck off by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT).’

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Litigation Futures, 24th October 2017

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

Council wins appeal over residential care payments and revenue streams – Local Government Lawyer

Posted October 24th, 2017 in appeals, care homes, elderly, fees, local government, news by sally

‘The Court of Appeal has allowed a council’s appeal over whether it could lawfully take into account three revenue streams – private fees, top up payments and NHS payments – when making an evaluative judgement of what it would expect to pay for residential care for the elderly.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 23rd October 2017

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

FCA fines Merrill Lynch £34.5m for reporting failure – OUT-LAW.com

Posted October 24th, 2017 in banking, financial regulation, fines, news by sally

‘The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has fined Merrill Lynch International £34.5 million for failing to report 68.5 million exchange traded derivative (ETD) transactions over a two-year period.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 23rd October 2017

Source: www.out-law.com

Government called on to let data breach victims force compensation – The Guardian

Posted October 24th, 2017 in bills, compensation, consumer protection, data protection, news, victims by sally

‘Consumer organisation Which? is calling on the government to create new rights for people who have been the victims of a corporate data breach.’

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The Guardian, 24th October 2017

Source: www.theguardian.com

Lack of secure accommodation – ‘blood on our hands’? – Family Law

Posted October 24th, 2017 in care orders, children, detention, housing, mental health, news, self-harm, young persons by sally

‘It is sometimes necessary for local authorities to seek to place a looked after child in what is called secure accommodation. This is designed to protect them from injuring themselves or others and/or absconding from other types of accommodation and suffering significant harm as a consequence.’

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Family Law, 23rd October 2017

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Leicestershire men jailed for Badoo meet-up murder – BBC News

Posted October 24th, 2017 in murder, news, sentencing by sally

‘Two men have been jailed for life for the murder of a man one met through the dating-focused social networking app Badoo.’

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BBC News, 23rd October 2017

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Police forces failing to tackle modern slavery in UK, report shows – The Guardian

Posted October 24th, 2017 in news, police, reports, trafficking in human beings, victims by sally

‘Police forces are failing to tackle modern slavery and human trafficking because the cases are too difficult and senior officers believe the public lack sympathy for the victims, a highly critical report has found.’

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The Guardian, 24th October 2017

Source: www.theguardian.com

EVENT: SOAS – Inception Lecture 2017: Boiling the Frog: The Erosion of Human Rights in Malaysia

Posted October 23rd, 2017 in Forthcoming events by sally

‘Dr Azmi Sharom is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Malaya where he has taught for 27 years. He currently lectures Human Rights Law, International Environmental Law and Conflict of Laws and is Head of the Faculty of Law’s Human Rights Research Group. He is also currently President of the Academic Staff Union of University Malaya.’

Date: 31st October 2017, 5.30-7.00pm

Location: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre

Charge: Free, registration required

More information can be found here.