Onshore wind policy in England subject to legal challenge – OUT-LAW.com

Posted January 29th, 2024 in climate change, energy, government departments, judicial review, news, planning by sally

‘The UK government’s decision to omit onshore wind projects from the types of energy infrastructure projects that can generally be considered as ‘nationally significant infrastructure projects’ (NSIPs) under planning policy applicable in England is subject to a new legal challenge.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 26th January 2024

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Women now make up 40% of Bar as diversity trends continue – Legal Futures

Posted January 29th, 2024 in barristers, diversity, equality, news, statistics, women by sally

‘Long-term trends of improving diversity at the Bar continued last year, with women now making up just over 40% of barristers, Bar Standards Board (BSB) figures have shown.’

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Legal Futures, 29th January 2024

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Home Office transforms the landscape – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted January 29th, 2024 in employment, families, government departments, immigration, news by sally

‘The Home Office has announced significant measures to reduce legal migration to the UK, following the latest statistics showing record net migration figures for 2023. They will likely be implemented during Q2 2024, although the exact timeframe is yet to be finalised. They will significantly increase the costs to employers who wish to sponsor overseas workers and affect British citizens and settled persons in the UK looking to bring family here.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 26th January 2024

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Jeff King: The House of Lords, Constitutional Propriety, and the Safety of Rwanda Bill – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘The Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill will receive its second reading in the House of Lords on 29 January 2024, having cleared the House of Commons unamended. There are a great many problems with the Rwanda Bill, any of which might weigh with the Lords, but this blog post focuses on just one: the likelihood that, if enacted, the Bill may well trigger a constitutional crisis between the courts and Parliament. It would be a crisis that is likely to endure beyond the life of the policy embodied in the Bill. I argue here that one of the roles of the House of Lords is to act as a constitutional safeguard, a steam-valve, and, in exercise of this function under the rare circumstances that attend this Bill, it would be legitimate for the Lords to not only make and insist upon far-reaching changes to the Bill, but even to refuse to pass it altogether. This post is not concerned with the realpolitik of whether peers would in fact vote the Bill down – though I come to the point in the conclusion. It rather seeks to refute the constitutional argument that it would be illegitimate to block or make potent amendments to it.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 26th January 2024

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Court of Appeal sets out limits of relief from sanctions regime – Legal Futures

Posted January 29th, 2024 in appeals, civil procedure rules, expert witnesses, news, practice directions by sally

‘A failure to seek permission under the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) does not automatically mean lawyers then need to apply for relief from sanctions, the Court of Appeal has ruled.’

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Legal Futures, 29th January 2024

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Austerity contributing to rise in children in care – head of Family Court – BBC News

‘Austerity has contributed to a rise in the number of children in care, the most senior judge in the family courts has told the BBC.’

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BBC News, 29th January 2024

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UK ministers vow to close loopholes in disposable vape ban – The Guardian

Posted January 29th, 2024 in bills, children, government departments, health, news, smoking, young persons by sally

‘UK ministers will aim to stop firms from skirting around an upcoming ban on disposable vapes by eliminating ruses such as attaching charging points to them, the health secretary has said.’

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The Guardian, 29th January 2024

Source: www.theguardian.com