Unconscious bias against women holding back ‘New Law’ – Legal Futures

Posted August 10th, 2018 in bias, legal profession, news, sex discrimination, women by sally

‘Unconscious bias in the legal profession against women is so deep-rooted that ‘New Law’ businesses trying to reshape legal services are just as affected, it has been claimed.’

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Legal Futures, 9th August 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Return of mutuals in the public sector? – New Law Journal

Posted August 10th, 2018 in local government, news by sally

‘Peter C. Young & Martin Fone discuss how risk mutuals can provide a cost-effective option for local authorities.’

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New Law Journal, 9th August 2018

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Vexatious ex-solicitor “said first thing that came into her head” – Legal Futures

Posted August 10th, 2018 in drafting, news, solicitors, vexatious litigants, wills, witnesses by sally

‘A struck-off solicitor called to give evidence over a will she drafted often said “the first thing that came into her without reflecting on whether it was correct”, the High Court has found.’

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Legal Futures, 9th August 2018

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Government to trial citizens juries and mass online polls in local decision-making – Local Government Lawyer

Posted August 10th, 2018 in consultations, local government, news by sally

‘The government is to trial ways for people to take a more direct role in decisions that affect their local area, with proposals for “Citizens’ Juries” or mass participation in decision-making on community issues via an online poll or app.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 9th August 2018

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Service not included – Nearly Legal

Posted August 10th, 2018 in fees, housing, licensing, local government, news by sally

‘The issue was the level of fees charged by LB Richmond on Thames for an HMO licence. LB Richmond maintained that the fee level could be set at a level designed to cover not only the costs of processing his application but also to contribute towards the costs of LB Richmond running its HMO licensing scheme more generally, including enforcement. Mr G, the landlord, maintained that the fee could only be set at a level covering the costs of processing the application.’

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Nearly Legal, 9th August 2018

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Child abuse inquiry: School ‘reputations put before victims’ – BBC News

Posted August 10th, 2018 in child abuse, clergy, news, reports, school children, sexual offences by sally

‘Two leading Roman Catholic schools “prioritised monks and their own reputations over the protection of children”, a report says.’

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BBC News, 9th August 2018

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SRA outlines new concerns around holiday sickness claims – Legal Futures

‘More types of poor conduct by claimant solicitors in the holiday sickness market have been uncovered, their regulator has warned.’

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Legal Futures, 10th August 2018

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Overheard pub talk “showed solicitor’s redundancy was bogus” – Legal Futures

‘A long-serving solicitor has been allowed to use a leaked internal email and overheard pub conversation as evidence for a discrimination claim against his former firm.’

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Legal Futures, 10th August 2018

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Success of court disclosure reforms requires ‘cultural change’ – OUT-LAW.com

Posted August 10th, 2018 in civil procedure rules, disclosure, documents, news by sally

‘Plans to overhaul document disclosure in the courts in England and Wales have been approved by the Civil Procedure Rule Committee (CPRC).’

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OUT-LAW.com, 8th August 2018

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Inadequate police disclosure in care proceedings – Family Law

Posted August 10th, 2018 in care orders, disclosure, news, police by sally

‘Following A Local Government v A and others [2018] EWHC 1819 (Fam), a hearing involving the death of a baby in suspicious circumstances, Gemma Taylor QC at 42 Bedford Row and Samantha Bowcock at 15 Winckley Square Chambers, stress the importance of disclosure of relevant material in care proceedings and examine the steps that police and local authorities should take in order to avoid compromising a case.’

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Family Law, 8th August 2018

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

‘Habitual Residence’ – sloppy explanations of the law about child abduction – Transparency Project

Posted August 10th, 2018 in child abduction, domicile, news by sally

‘Mistakes in news and media coverage of the topic often fall down around the explanations of ‘habitual residence’, a term which has a particular legal meaning (and which has seen many lawyers and judges in a tangle) – and which is of crucial importance to whether a child has technically been ‘abducted’ at all, and whether they should be sent back ‘home’.’

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Transparency Project, 9th August 2018

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Copyright ruling challenges internet practices on posting photos – OUT-LAW.com

Posted August 10th, 2018 in copyright, internet, news, photography by sally

‘Website operators cannot lift copyrighted media lawfully posted elsewhere on the internet without first obtaining the rights holder’s permission to publish the image themselves, the EU’s highest court has ruled.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 8th August 2018

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Liberty protection safeguards to protect vulnerable people in care – Family Law

Posted August 10th, 2018 in deprivation of liberty safeguards, mental health, news by sally

‘Amendments to mental health legislation aim to correct some of the current system’s obvious failings. Ben Troke, solicitor at Browne Jacobson LLP, discusses the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill, which introduces new law to protect the rights of people who do not have the mental capacity to make decisions about their care, and replaces the much-criticised deprivation of liberty safeguards (DoLS).’

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Family Law, 9th August 2018

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

What’s the future for drones? – Technology Law Update

Posted August 10th, 2018 in aircraft, licensing, news by sally

‘Drones are finding increasing uses in a wide range of applications from life-saving delivery of medical supplies to remote locations, through filming, commercial deliveries, agricultural and construction monitoring, to military and surveillance operations. Innovation foundation Nesta has carried out an analysis of the future for drone technology in the urban environment. The research for this project involved partnership with five British cities to analyse the possible roles for drones in our towns and cities.’

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Technology Law Update, 9th August 2018

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Unified Patent Court: UK to be a member during Brexit transition – OUT-LAW.com

Posted August 10th, 2018 in courts, international courts, news, patents by sally

‘The UK government has revealed that a deal was struck earlier this year to enable the UK to participate in the new Unified Patent Court (UPC) system during any Brexit implementation period that might apply.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 8th August 2018

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Ex-school sports coach jailed for 10 years for sexually abusing pupils – The Guardian

Posted August 10th, 2018 in child abuse, news, sentencing, sexual offences, sport by sally

‘A former sports coach at a leading private school has been jailed for 10 years for sexually abusing six pupils.’

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The Guardian, 9th August 2018

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Ifan Owens: Five men jailed for attacking Aberystwyth student – BBC News

Posted August 10th, 2018 in grievous bodily harm, news, sentencing by sally

‘Five men laughed as they were sentenced for attacking a university student which left him in a coma.’

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BBC News, 8th August 2018

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Equality Act and ‘reasonable to remain’ – Nearly Legal

Posted August 10th, 2018 in disabled persons, equality, homelessness, housing, local government, news by sally

‘Ms L “suffers from a number of both physical and mental problems. She is wheelchair bound and is confined to bed for large portions of the day. She requires 24-hour care, including intimate care which for the time being is provided by her former partner.” She had the tenancy of a housing association property – a two bedroomed bungalow in sheltered accommodation, which was adapted for her needs.’

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Nearly Legal, 9th August 2018

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Ep. 41: Brexit – The white paper – Law Pod UK

Posted August 10th, 2018 in bills, brexit, EC law, news, parliamentary papers, podcasts by sally

‘Professor Barnard discusses with journalist Boni Sones, her reaction to the publication of the government’s White Paper, the Cabinet resignations of David Davis and Boris Johnson, and the negotiating position of the EU since the UK triggered Article 50 in March 2017.’

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Law Pod UK, 8th August 2018

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Justice secretary wrong to push Parole Board chair to quit, judge rules – The Guardian

‘A high court judge has ruled it was unacceptable for the justice secretary to pressurise the Parole Board chair Nick Hardwick into resigning, and that the board lacks independence from the government.’

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The Guardian, 9th August 2018

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