Government agrees to improve financial order enforcement – Family Law

Posted August 21st, 2018 in debts, divorce, enforcement, financial provision, Law Commission, news by sally

‘The Law Commission has announced that the Government has agreed to help improve financial orders enforcement following its report published in 2016. The Government has committed to bringing forward non-legislative measures in order to reform and improve the enforcement system, as well as taking time to consider further reform in the future.’

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Family Law, 17th August 2018

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

UK accounting regulator fines KPMG £2.1 million after misconduct admission – OUT-LAW.com

Posted August 21st, 2018 in auditors, financial regulation, fines, news, professional conduct by sally

‘The UK’s accountancy regulator, the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has fined KPMG £2.1 million after an investigation into audits of fashion company Ted Baker.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 20th August 2018

Source: www.out-law.com

Women’s Rights and the Proposed Changes to the Gender Recognition Act – Oxford Human Rights Hub

Posted August 21st, 2018 in consultations, equality, gender, human rights, news, women by sally

‘In this post we use the word women to refer to individuals born as women (also known as ‘natal women’). The current government consultation on proposed changes to the Gender Recognition Act 2004 (GRA) has opened up space for discussions about who defines what it means to be a woman and who controls the boundaries to women’s places of association. Central to those debates are the safety, dignity, and privacy of women using sex-segregated spaces. These are significant matters, which raise complex issues for women, which is why so many feminists are adding their voices to the public debate. These are women who support trans-rights but whose genuine concerns, based on expertise and lived experience, are being silenced by accusations of ‘hate speech’ and ‘transphobia’.’

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Oxford Human Rights Hub, 17th August 2018

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Tougher regulation of bailiffs urged as debt levels rise – BBC News

Posted August 21st, 2018 in bailiffs, citizens advice bureaux, debts, enforcement, local government, news by sally

‘A charity has called for tougher regulation of bailiffs, as it calculated that households have fallen behind on essential bills by £18.9bn.’

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BBC News, 21st August 2018

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Reflections on family law: What is ‘family’? – Family Law

Posted August 21st, 2018 in cohabitation, families, news, parental responsibility by sally

‘Reflections on family law can occur in the most unusual of places. After a recent delayed flight from London to Chicago (taken by Michael), a couple were asked at customs whether they were family. Both gave conflicting answers: she said yes, and he said no! Over the jet-lagged fueled bickering, it got Michael thinking about how the concept or term ‘family’ can mean different things to different people. It turned out this couple were living together as boyfriend and girlfriend but their difference of opinion on whether they were family members recalled the recent lecture given by the former President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby.’

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Family Law, 17th August 2018

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

The government knew about horrific conditions at Birmingham prison, but didn’t care – The Guardian

Posted August 21st, 2018 in ministers' powers and duties, news, prisons, reports by sally

‘The chief inspector of prisons’ shocking report on HMP Birmingham shows that our prison estate is out of the control of authorities. The report found that inmates used drink, drugs and violence systematically. Prison gangs perpetrating violence could do so “with near impunity”. Staff experienced widespread bullying. While the inspectors were on site they witnessed an arson attack on a car in a staff car park.’

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The Guardian, 20th August 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

Women in the Law UK gears up for London launch – Legal Futures

Posted August 21st, 2018 in legal profession, news, women by sally

‘Women in the Law UK, the Manchester-based lobbying, networking and support organisation, is gearing up for its launch in London next month.’

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Legal Futures, 21st August 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

British Accession to the Hague Agreement – NIPC Law

Posted August 21st, 2018 in agreements, consultations, intellectual property, news, regulations, treaties by sally

‘On 13 March 2018 the British government deposited with the Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (“WIPO”) an instrument of ratification of the Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs (“the Hague Agreement”). The deposit of that instrument enabled the UK to join the Hague system for the registration of industrial designs from 13 June 2018. The Hague system allows businesses to register up to 100 designs in 69 countries in a single application.’

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NIPC Law, 18th August 2018

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Celebrities and social media stars under the spotlight for hidden endorsements – Technology Law Update

Posted August 21st, 2018 in advertising, competition, consumer protection, news by sally

‘UK enforcement watchdog the Competition and Markets Authority is opening an investigation into whether social media stars are being open about paid-for endorsements.’

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Technology Law Update, 20th August 2018

Source: www.technology-law-blog.co.uk

No-fault evictions making hundreds of families homeless each week – The Guardian

Posted August 21st, 2018 in homelessness, landlord & tenant, news, rent, repossession by sally

‘Hundreds of families are being made homeless every week in “no-fault” evictions by landlords keen to cash in on rising property prices or put the rent up.’

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The Guardian, 18th August 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

Claimant who exaggerated impact of genuine injury found fundamentally dishonest – Litigation Futures

Posted August 21st, 2018 in appeals, damages, news, personal injuries by sally

‘A claimant who suffered a genuine injury – but admitted being dishonest about the extent of his symptoms tripping in a pothole – has lost his argument that was not fundamentally dishonest.’

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Litigation Futures, 20th August 2018

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

Sandhurst cadets allegedly waterboarded fellow recruit – report – The Guardian

Posted August 21st, 2018 in armed forces, bullying, news, torture by sally

‘Military police are investigating allegations that two cadets waterboarded a fellow recruit at Sandhurst military academy.’

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The Guardian, 18th August 2018

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The end of signing on the dotted line? E-signatures are as valid as paper ones, Law Commission says – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 21st, 2018 in consultations, contracts, documents, Law Commission, news by sally

‘Signing on the dotted line has been the seal on deals and contracts for hundreds of years.’

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Daily Telegraph, 21st August 2018

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Council settles sex discrimination case for £25,000 – BBC News

Posted August 21st, 2018 in local government, news, sex discrimination by sally

‘A former council worker who was told to clean toilets because they needed a “woman’s touch” has been paid £25,000 in a sex discrimination case.’

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BBC News, 21st August 2018

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Landmark judgment on PSPO Regime has Significant Repercussions for Freedom of Expression – Oxford Human Rights Hub

Posted August 21st, 2018 in abortion, freedom of expression, human rights, news, privacy by sally

‘On 2 July 2018, the High Court handed down judgment in Dulgheriu v London Boroughof Ealing [2018] EWHC 1667 (Admin). The case provides crucial insight into the ever lowering threshold at which freedom of expression can be curtailed in the United Kingdom. The judgment rejected a challenge to an Ealing Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) which bans any expression concerning abortion within 100 metres of a Marie Stopes abortion clinic.

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Oxford Human Rights Hub, 20th August 2018

Source: ohrh.law.ox.ac.uk