Trustee

Posted November 21st, 2017 in by sally

Do you feel passionately about access to justice?

Could you shape future strategy for public legal education and help us to achieve our mission?

Public legal education enables the public to understand the law. Increasingly, it is being recognised as an important element of access to justice. It helps people to understand that the problems they encounter in their daily lives may be legal issues, rather than just bad luck, and may have a legal solution. It gives the knowledge, practical skills and confidence to resolve problems and secure access to justice. PLE is a particularly important tool for reaching people in disadvantaged communities.

Law for Life was formed as a charity to lead public legal education in the UK. It runs the award winning Advicenow website which has a range of resources for individuals and for trusted intermediaries, including welfare rights advisors, lawyers and students at pro bono clinics. Law for life also provides education and training for community groups, advice workers and lawyers to help them understand the principles and application of public legal education. We are a partner in the national Litigant in Person Support Strategy, we conduct research with academic institutions into the theory and practice of public legal education and we have a growing international reputation.

As a member of the board you will be responsible for the overall direction, vision and strategy of Law for Life. We are seeking an enthusiastic and committed Trustee to work alongside the Chair, Board and CEO to ensure sound growth, strategic development and the ability to manage scale.

You will be a strategic thinker, and have the ability to innovate while demonstrating excellent judgement. You will share our commitment to practical social justice. You will help us to move on to the next stage of important work as partner in the Litigant in Person Strategy and more broadly in developing and delivering public legal education, both at home and internationally.

We are looking to appoint individuals who share our values and would like to become involved. In particular we would also like to hear from:
• People with legal, education, and finance experience/skills
• People with experience of managing and delivering education and information services
• People with experience of income generation and business development.

This role is voluntary and unpaid but reasonable expenses will be reimbursed. Trustees will be expected to attend about 6 meetings and one away day each year and the overall time commitment is around one day a month.

If you would like any further information and application form please email mihaela.rosca@lawforlife.org.uk or telephone 020 3405 7106

We are hoping to recruit as soon as possible interviews commence from December 2017

Treasurer

Posted November 21st, 2017 in by sally

Do you feel passionately about access to justice?

Could you shape future strategy for public legal education and help us to achieve our mission?

Public legal education enables the public to understand the law. Increasingly, it is being recognised as an important element of access to justice. It helps people to understand that the problems they encounter in their daily lives may be legal issues, rather than just bad luck, and may have a legal solution. It gives the knowledge, practical skills and confidence to resolve problems and secure access to justice. PLE is a particularly important tool for reaching people in disadvantaged communities.

Law for Life was formed as a charity to lead public legal education in the UK. It runs the award winning Advicenow website which has a range of resources for individuals and for trusted intermediaries, including welfare rights advisors, lawyers and students at pro bono clinics. Law for life also provides education and training for community groups, advice workers and lawyers to help them understand the principles and application of public legal education. We are a partner in the national Litigant in Person Support Strategy, we conduct research with academic institutions into the theory and practice of public legal education and we have a growing international reputation.

As a member of the board you will be responsible for the overall direction, vision and strategy of Law for Life. We are seeking an enthusiastic and committed Treasurer to work alongside the Chair, Board and CEO to ensure sound growth, strategic development and the ability to manage scale.

As Treasurer, you will oversee all financial aspects of the charity on behalf of the board of trustees so as to ensure its short- and long-term viability.

Principal responsibilities:
• Being assured that the financial resources of the organisation meet its present and future needs and are within the charity’s objectives
• Overseeing, approving and presenting budgets, accounts, financial statements and financial reports to the Board of Trustees after discussion with the Chief Executive and Finance Officer
• Being instrumental in the development and implementation of appropriate financial, reserves policy and investment policies
• Assist the Chair, other honorary officers and the Chief Executive in ensuring that the board of trustees fulfils its duties and responsibilities for the proper financial governance of the charity.

You will be a strategic thinker, and have the ability to innovate while demonstrating excellent judgement. You will share our commitment to social justice. We are looking to appoint individuals who share our values and would like to become involved. This role is voluntary and unpaid but reasonable expenses will be reimbursed. Trustees will be expected to attend about 6 meetings and one away day each year and the overall time commitment is around one day a month.
If you would like any further information and application form please email mihaela.rosca@lawforlife.org.uk or telephone 020 3405 7106

New Acts – legislation.gov.uk

Posted November 21st, 2017 in legislation by Verity

Air Travel Organisers’ Licensing Act 2017

Finance (No. 2) Act 2017

Northern Ireland Budget Act 2017

Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

Most women in UK who have Islamic wedding miss out on legal rights

Posted November 21st, 2017 in divorce, islamic law, marriage, news, women by sally

‘Six in 10 women in the UK who have had a traditional Muslim wedding ceremony are not in legally recognised marriages, depriving them of rights and protection, according to a survey.’

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The Guardian, 20th November 2017

Source: www.theguardian.com

Elsie Scully-Hicks – Family Court Judgment Released – Transparency Project

Posted November 21st, 2017 in adoption, child abuse, family courts, judgments, murder, news by sally

‘Mr Justice Moor has today [20 November] published his judgment about the death of Elsie (known to her biological family as Shayla). You can read the judgment here: The County Council of the City and County of Cardiff -v- Matthew Scully-Hicks and Others.’

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Transparency Project, 20th November 2017

Source: www.transparencyproject.org.uk

Law Pod UK Ep.16: A patient’s right to experimental medical treatment – 1 COR

Posted November 21st, 2017 in Court of Protection, human rights, medical treatment, news by sally

‘Rosalind English discusses a recent ruling in the Court of Protection which gives a patient, who is lacking capacity, the right to seek out experimental medical treatment.’

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Law Pod UK, 10th November 2017

Source: audioboom.com

Re-classifying housing associations – Nearly Legal

Posted November 21st, 2017 in budgets, housing, local government, news, regulations by sally

‘Slightly under the radar (possibly), but of enormous significance, the ONS has re-classified housing associations (or private registered providers of social housing – in the new language which I can’t get used to) as private sector, and in so doing has wiped around £60billion off the public sector debt. It is this re-classification which has given Hammond room to manoeuvre in the coming budget (although the rumours are that he is going to put £5billion only, and that appears to be going towards home ownership – plus ca change), which kind of proves the value in spreadsheets and the significance of audit practices.’

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Nearly Legal, 21st November 2017

Source: nearlylegal.co.uk

New right to paid leave for bereaved parents: A welcome move – Legal Futures

Posted November 21st, 2017 in bereavement, employment, news, parental rights by sally

‘This year, like many in recent years, has seen some key changes within the employment law field, with the government, trade unions and lobbyists remaining endlessly engaged in seeking to impose their interpretation of fair balance between employers and their respective workforces.’

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Legal Futures, 20th November 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

University support staff launch landmark case over pay and conditions – The Guardian

Posted November 21st, 2017 in contracting out, employment, news, trade unions, universities by sally

‘A union is launching a legal challenge over the rights of 75 university support staff to negotiate their pay and conditions in a landmark case that could improve rights for outsourced workers.’

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The Guardian, 21st November 2017

Source: www.theguardian.com

Jail for men who tried to defraud and blackmail solicitors – Legal Futures

Posted November 21st, 2017 in blackmail, computer crime, fraud, law firms, news, sentencing by sally

‘Two men who were part of an organised fraud network that conned solicitors and others out of over £300,000, as well as a man who tried to blackmail a law firm to pay over €10,000 for the return of data stolen from its systems, have been sent to prison.’

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Legal Futures, 21st November 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

New guidance issued to tackle pregnancy and maternity discrimination at work – The Independent

Posted November 21st, 2017 in employment, news, pregnancy, sex discrimination by sally

‘New guidance has been issued to tackle pregnancy and maternity discrimination at work after a huge increase in calls for advice.’

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The Independent, 21st November 2017

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Elsie Scully-Hicks: Killer dad ‘was suitable to adopt’ – BBC News

Posted November 21st, 2017 in adoption, child abuse, murder, news by sally

‘A father who murdered his 18-month-old baby was given a “glowing report” on his suitability to adopt her, a judge has found.’

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BBC News, 20th November 2017

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Scomadi v R A Engineering and Others – A Licence Agreement that went wrong – NIPC Law

Posted November 21st, 2017 in agreements, intellectual property, licensing, news by sally

‘On 19 Sept 2017, I chaired seminars in the studios of Northern Ballet in Leeds and at the Barnsley Business and Innovation Centre in South Yorkshire at which Tom Duke, our intellectual property attaché in Beijing, spoke on “Succeeding in China – How to mitigate IP risk” as part of a China IP Roadshow (see Jane Lambert Meet our IP Attaché to China 21 July 2017 IP Yorkshire). One of the reasons why Tom made that tour is that an increasing number of British IP owners contract with manufacturers in China and other countries where production costs are lower than in the UK to make goods for them under licence. Often such arrangements work very well but sometimes they can go very badly wrong.’

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NIPC Law, 21st November 2017

Source: nipclaw.blogspot.co.uk

How Do Human Rights Protect Children? – RightsInfo

Posted November 21st, 2017 in children, human rights, news, treaties by sally

‘Human rights apply to people of all ages. It doesn’t matter if you’re 7 or 72, we can all expect the same basic protections.’

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RightsInfo, 20th November 2017

Source: rightsinfo.org

UK government proposes independent body to advise on post-Brexit environmental issues – OUT-LAW.com

Posted November 21st, 2017 in consultations, environmental protection, news by sally

‘The UK government is to consult on the formation of an independent body to hold it to account for upholding environmental standards in England following the withdrawal from the EU.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 20th November 2017

Source: www.out-law.com

No British judge on world court for first time in its 71-year history – The Guardian

Posted November 21st, 2017 in international courts, international relations, news, United Nations by sally

‘The UK will not have a judge on the bench of the international court of justice for the first time in its 71-year history after the British candidate withdrew following an acrimonious competition.’

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The Guardian, 20th November 2017

Source: www.theguardian.com

Brexit: Electoral Commission reopens probe into Vote Leave – BBC News

Posted November 21st, 2017 in elections, news, political parties, referendums by sally

‘The Electoral Commission has reopened an investigation into Vote Leave’s EU referendum spending.’

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BBC News, 20th November 2017

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

G4S orders independent review into scandal-hit immigration centre – The Guardian

Posted November 21st, 2017 in detention, immigration, news by sally

‘G4S has ordered an independent review into its running of an immigration removal centre, it has been reported, amid allegations of abuse of detainees by staff working there.’

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The Guardian, 21st November 2017

Source: www.theguardian.com

Sumption deprecates fault-based liability for PI claims and predicts statutory damages – Litigation Futures

Posted November 21st, 2017 in judges, news, personal injuries, speeches by sally

‘Supreme Court judge Lord Sumption has outlined his dislike of fault-based liability for personal injury claims but admitted it is unlikely to be replaced by a no-fault system.’

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Litigation Futures, 21st November 2017

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

Landlady who repeatedly told Irish traveller she would not serve him must pay £1,500 in damages – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 21st, 2017 in costs, damages, gipsies, news, race discrimination by sally

‘A pub landlady has been ordered to pay an Irish traveller £1,500 in damages after agreeing she was refusing to serve him because of his background, having been asked the question 18 times.’

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Daily Telegraph, 20th November 2017

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk