Bar chair: Separation remains for a reason – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted January 16th, 2018 in barristers, legal profession, legal services, news, solicitors by tracey

‘I’m sure every chair for the last several years has been asked to comment on a forthcoming fusion of professions,’ said Andrew Walker QC when asked whether the solicitor and barrister professions will maintain their separate status in years to come.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 15th January 2018

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Judge dismisses disclosure bids ahead of £126m credit hire trial – Law Society Gazette

Posted January 16th, 2018 in claims management, consumer credit, disclosure, documents, law firms, news, privilege by tracey

‘The High Court has refused both sides permission to inspect other parties’ documents ahead of a high profile £126m civil case over inflated credit hire charges.’

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Law Society Gazette, 16th January 2018

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How we can cut the cost of divorce – Family Law Week

Posted January 16th, 2018 in arbitration, costs, divorce, news by tracey

‘Hazel Wright, Partner and Accredited Mediator with Hunters Solicitors considers the cost benefits of a “no fault” divorce regime.#

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Family Law Week, 12th January 2018

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The EU Withdrawal Bill and Judicial Review: Are we ready? – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted January 16th, 2018 in bills, constitutional reform, EC law, human rights, judicial review, news by sally

‘A battle cry of the Brexiteers during the referendum campaign was a rousing appeal to restore the supremacy of Parliament: to free our great nation from its subservience to EU law. There is therefore a dispiriting irony that the process of withdrawal that is proposed in the EU Withdrawal Bill will lead to a hollowing out of the authority of Parliament[1]. On an unprecedented scale, it is proposed that Parliament will divest itself of powers in its traditional sphere of authority – that of legislating pursuant to the mandate granted by the electorate – and transfer such powers to the Executive. At the same time, there will be a sapping of Parliamentary power to the Judiciary, who will be required to adjudicate on issues of policy that would be expected to have been determined by the sovereign Parliament, unless some clear interpretative guidance is provided in the approach to be adopted to policy issues that will inevitably arise.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 15th January 2018

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Former prostitutes to sue the Government as criminal records stop them volunteering with Brownie groups – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 16th, 2018 in children, criminal records, employment, news, prostitution, volunteers by sally

‘Former prostitutes are set to sue the Government over criminal records checks which stop them volunteering with Brownie groups.’

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Daily Telegraph, 15th January 2018

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Judges reject fracking appeals but campaigner vows to go to Supreme Court – Local Government Lawyer

Posted January 16th, 2018 in appeals, energy, news, planning by sally

‘The Court of Appeal has rejected a legal challenge to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government’s decision to grant planning permission for exploration works to test the feasibility of “fracking” at two sites in Lancashire.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 15th January 2018

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Poppi Worthington was sexually abused by father, coroner rules – The Guardian

Posted January 16th, 2018 in child abuse, evidence, forensic science, inquests, news, prosecutions, sexual offences by sally

‘A “fit and active, robust little girl” suffocated after being sexually abused by her father, a coroner has ruled.’

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The Guardian, 15th January 2018

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DEFRA consults on allowing councils to fine people over fly-tipping – Local Government Lawyer

‘Local authorities could have the option of fining those whose waste ends up fly-tipped or illegally dumped rather than having to pursue them through the courts, under proposals put out for consultation by the Government today.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 15th January 2018

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Companies fight back against YouTube daredevils with legal action – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 16th, 2018 in injunctions, news, trespass by sally

‘Owners of some of the UK’s best known landmarks are pursuing legal action to fight back against YouTube daredevils who climb their iconic buildings.’

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Daily Telegraph, 15th January 2018

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PRA proposes less stringent insurance regulatory reporting requirements – OUT-LAW.com

Posted January 16th, 2018 in consultations, EC law, insurance, news by sally

‘Plans to reduce regulatory reporting restrictions for UK insurers and mutuals under the Solvency II Directive have been published by the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA).’

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OUT-LAW,.com, 15th January 2018

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Recent Statutory Instruments – legislation.gov.uk

Posted January 16th, 2018 in legislation by tracey

The Neighbourhood Planning Act 2017 (Commencement No. 3) Regulations 2018

The Video Games Tax Relief (Amendment of Tax Advantages in Schedule 24 to the Finance Act 2016) Regulations 2018

The Community Drivers’ Hours Offences (Enforcement) Regulations 2018

The School and Early Years Finance (England) Regulations 2018

The Asylum Support (Amendment) Regulations 2018

Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

What does NHS compensation pay for? – BBC News

Posted January 16th, 2018 in compensation, damages, health, news, personal injuries by sally

‘Thomas Hord and his family were given almost £8m in compensation by the NHS after he was starved of oxygen during birth.’

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BBC News, 16th January 2018

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Council officials face investigation over Bijan Ebrahimi case – The Guardian

Posted January 16th, 2018 in local government, news, police, racism by sally

‘Council officials will face an investigation over failings in the case of an Iranian refugee who was murdered by a vigilante after years of abuse.’

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The Guardian, 15th January 2018

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Hatton Garden gang ‘must pay back £14 million to avoid jail’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 16th, 2018 in confiscation, conspiracy, news, theft by sally

‘The gang behind the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit raid will face more time in jail unless they pay back almost £14 million, a confiscation hearing has heard.’

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Daily Telegraph, 15th January 2018

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Rape case collapses after ‘cuddling’ photos emerge – BBC News

Posted January 16th, 2018 in disclosure, evidence, news, rape, trials by sally

‘A rape case has collapsed after images emerged of the accused and his alleged victim “cuddling” in bed together.’

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BBC News, 15th January 2018

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Woman jailed for setting bed on fire ‘killed herself in prison’ – The Guardian

Posted January 16th, 2018 in arson, bail, inquests, mental health, news, suicide by sally

‘A 21-year-old woman was found dead in prison while serving a sentence for arson after setting herself on fire, an inquest jury has heard.’

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The Guardian, 15th January 2018

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