What is coercive control and why is it so difficult to recognize? – OUP Blog

‘Engaging in controlling and/or coercive behaviour in intimate or familial relationships became a new criminal offence in England and Wales in December 2015. Coercive Control involves a pattern of abuse that is used to harm, punish, or frighten the victim. Example behaviours included in this legislation are isolation from friends and family, deprivation of basic needs, monitoring behaviour and time, controlling a victim’s life and/or finances, and may include physical violence. The introduction of this offence was welcomed for recognising the cumulative impact of various forms of domestic abuse and for encouraging police and other criminal justice agencies to move beyond an incident-led and physical violence-based understanding of domestic abuse. However, four years on since the legislation was enacted and with no compulsory national level training or support, what has actually changed?’

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OUP Blog, 25th November 2019

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Legislating for a new framework – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 25th, 2019 in bills, brexit, climate change, environmental health, environmental protection, news by sally

‘On 15 October the Environment Bill was published. The first half of the bill was originally published in December 2018 as the Environmental (Principles and Governance) Bill.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 25th November 2019

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Environmental Law News Update – Six Pump Court

Posted November 7th, 2019 in bills, climate change, energy, environmental protection, fraud, news by sally

‘In this latest Environmental Law News Update, William Upton QC and Mark Davies consider developments regarding the Environment Bill, leadership in the climate crisis and a case against Exxon Mobil in the US for improper forecasting of the cost of climate regulation to its business.’

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Six Pump Court, 6th November 2019

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Anthony Arnull: The European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted November 4th, 2019 in bills, brexit, constitutional law, news by sally

‘The European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill is intended to give effect in the UK to the Withdrawal Agreement (WA) agreed by the UK with the EU-27 on 1 October 2019. The Bill received its second reading on 22 October 2019 and is currently in ‘limbo’ pending the start of the committee stage. If and when it is adopted, the Bill will make significant amendments to (inter alia) the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (EUWA).’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 4th November 2019

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Domestic Abuse Bill Falls Ahead Of General Election – Rights Info

‘A landmark bill seeking to “transform” the UK’s response to the “terrible crime” of domestic abuse has fallen as Parliament prepares to dissolve ahead of the snap general election on 12 December.’

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Rights Info, 1st November 2019

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Environmental Law News Update – Six Pump Court

‘In this latest Environmental Law News Update Gordon Wignall, Christopher Badger and Natasha Hausdorff consider the recently published Environment Bill, the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill and whether public nuisance might provide a means of taking action in cases of climate change.’

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Six Pump Court, 23rd October 2019

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Environmental Law Podcast – October 2019 – Six Pump Court

Posted October 30th, 2019 in bills, climate change, environmental protection, news by sally

‘The latest monthly environmental law news podcast presented by Mark Davies in association with LexisPSL, is now available.

In this short update Mark considers:

– Publication of the Environment Bill;
– Environment Agency aims to become net carbon zero by 2030; and
– New requirements for applicants for certain bespoke permits to carry out risk assessments on adapting to climate change.’

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Six Pump Court, 29th October 2019

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What’s (or what’s not) in the Johnson draft Withdrawal Agreement Bill? – Monckton Chambers

Posted October 29th, 2019 in bills, brexit, constitutional law, EC law, news, parliament by sally

‘The European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill (“WAB”) is (to put it mildly) a web of complexity.’

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Monckton Chambers, 25th October 2019

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Adam Tucker: A First Critical Look at the Scrutiny of Delegated Legislation in the Withdrawal Agreement Bill – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted October 24th, 2019 in bills, brexit, news, regulations by sally

‘In this post, I make a preliminary attempt at assessing the provision made in the EU (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill – or WAB – for the scrutiny of the legislative powers which it delegates to the executive. My conclusions are not positive. The scrutiny procedures it seeks to enact are inadequate – so inadequate that it would be a constitutional mistake for Parliament to approve this aspect of the WAB without significant amendment. At the very least (or so I suggest) the Bill ought to be amended to incorporate the so-called “sifting process” developed for equivalent delegated powers under the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (EUWA). Better still, this should be seen as an opportunity to embrace further incremental improvements on that process.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 24th October 2019

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Helen’s Law ‘may come too late’, says victim’s mother – BBC News

Posted October 17th, 2019 in bereavement, bills, murder, news, parole, victims by sally

‘A woman whose daughter was murdered three decades ago has said she is running out of time to find out where the body is.’

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BBC News, 16th October 2019

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No-Deal Brexit: EU Citizens Could Gain New Appeal Rights – Rights Info

Posted October 16th, 2019 in appeals, bills, brexit, citizenship, freedom of movement, immigration, news by sally

‘EU citizens and their family members could gain the right to appeal decisions on their applications for settled status in the event of a no-deal Brexit.’

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Rights Info, 15th October 2019

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The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill – Family Law

Posted October 14th, 2019 in bills, divorce, families, marriage, news by tracey

‘Over the past 12 months, there has been much media coverage regarding reforming this country’s divorce system. To date, concerns about protecting the sanctity and institution of marriage have prevented the law from keeping up with the modern family and changing societal values. However, following the high profile case of Owens v Owens the government proposed changes to legislation in September 2018. Stewarts took part in the consultation on these changes, and here, Lucy Gould discusses the proposed legislation and its historical context.’

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Family Law, 11th October 2019

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Krishan Nadesan: Asking the Impossible: Benn, Kinnock and Extending Article 50 – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘Boris Johnson seems caught in an impossible bind. The European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 2) Act – the Benn Act for short – obliges him to seek an extension of Article 50 on 19 October. He can extend, honour the law, but break his promises. He can refuse to extend, honour his promises, but break the law. Or he can resign. The Benn Act appears to trap the Prime Minister between these unpalatable options. Nevertheless, he may be able to escape. For the Act may ask the impossible.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 1st October 2019

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Domestic abuse commissioner Nicole Jacobs ‘relieved’ about new law – BBC News

Posted September 18th, 2019 in bills, cross-examination, domestic violence, news, victims by tracey

‘The first domestic abuse commissioner for England and Wales is “relieved” the prime minister has pledged to re-introduce a new law on the issue.’

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BBC News, 18th September 2019

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Domestic violence killings in UK at five-year high – The Guardian

Posted September 13th, 2019 in bills, domestic violence, homicide, news, statistics, victims, women by tracey

‘The number of domestic violence killings has reached a five-year high, figures show.’

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The Guardian, 13th September 2019

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Sexual grooming crimes soar by a third as paedophiles turn to Instagram – The Independent

Posted September 11th, 2019 in bills, charities, child abuse, children, internet, news, sexual grooming, sexual offences, statistics by tracey

‘Sexual grooming crimes have soared by a third in a year as paedophiles turn to Instagram to target children as young as 11, the NSPCC has said.’

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The Independent, 11th September 2019

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Financial Remedy Update, September 2019 – Family Law Week

‘Rose-Marie Drury, Principal Associate, Mills & Reeve LLP analyses the news and case law relating to financial remedies and divorce during August 2019.’

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Family Law Week, 6th September 2019

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

Playing Hardball with the Queen – Oxford Human Rights Hub

Posted September 2nd, 2019 in bills, brexit, constitutional law, Crown, news, parliament, prerogative powers by sally

‘The idea of constitutional hardball was introduced to the world by Mark Tushnet. The sport is played when political actors decide the stakes are so high that any lawful action is justified, no matter how constitutionally problematic: hardball stays within the confines of the law, but runs against the spirit, and sometimes the conventions, of the constitution.’

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Oxford Human Rights Hub, 31st August 2019

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How will the UK immigration system cope with no deal Brexit? – Garden Court Chambers

‘UK immigration reform is imminent. The Government’s 2018 White Paper proposals for a new immigration system appear to be here to stay and a no deal Brexit looks more likely than ever.’

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Garden Court Chambers, 22nd August 2019

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Justice secretary’s call for rape suspect anonymity ‘not government policy’, Downing Street says amid outrage – The Independent

Posted August 2nd, 2019 in anonymity, bills, news, police, prosecutions, rape by tracey

‘The new justice secretary has been heavily criticised after suggesting that suspected criminals of “good character” should be granted anonymity before charge.’

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The Independent, 1st August 2019

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