Legal challenge to devolved Brexit bills – BBC News

Posted April 17th, 2018 in bills, constitutional reform, devolution issues, news, Supreme Court, treaties by tracey

‘The UK government has launched a legal challenge to the Scottish and Welsh governments’ Brexit bills. The two devolved parliaments passed legislation last month that is intended to act as an alternative to Westminster’s EU Withdrawal Bill. But the UK government has asked the Supreme Court to rule whether the legislation is constitutional and within devolved powers.’

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BBC News, 17th April 2018

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Home Office announces plans for Offensive Weapons Bill to tackle serious violence – Home Office

Posted April 9th, 2018 in bills, offensive weapons, press releases by tracey

‘A ban on the sale of the most dangerous corrosive products to under-18s and tough restrictions on online sales of knives were announced today (Sunday 8 April) by the Home Office.’

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Home Office, 8th April 2018

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

UK government confirms changes to discount rate calculation method – OUT-LAW.com

Posted March 29th, 2018 in bills, consultations, insurance, news, personal injuries by tracey

‘The way in which the discount rate applied to lump sum personal injury payments is calculated will be changed in order to “better reflect evidence of actual investment habits”, the UK government has confirmed.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 28th March 2018

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UK parties poised to gain data powers to work out how people are likely to vote, despite the Cambridge Analytica scandal – The Indepndent

Posted March 23rd, 2018 in bills, consent, data protection, news, political parties, privacy by tracey

‘Britain’s political parties are poised to grant themselves special powers to use personal data to find out how people are likely to vote, despite the Cambridge Analytica scandal, The Independent can reveal.’

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The Indepndent, 23rd March 2018

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Government to legislate for replacement of Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards – Local Government Lawyer

‘The government has said this month that it broadly agrees with the Liberty Protection Safeguards model proposed by the Law Commission to replace the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 21st March 2018

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Whiplash reforms could cost claimant lawyers £80m, government says – Legal Futures

Posted March 22nd, 2018 in bills, compensation, fees, insurance, news, personal injuries by sally

‘The whiplash reforms could cost claimant lawyers £80m in lost fees a year, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) said yesterday as it unveiled its final impact assessment (IA) of the changes contained in the Civil Liability Bill.’

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Legal Futures, 22nd March 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Justice Secretary unveils new bill to cut car insurance premiums – Ministry of Justice

Posted March 21st, 2018 in bills, compensation, insurance, personal injuries, press releases, road traffic by tracey

‘Justice Secretary David Gauke today (20 March 2018) unveiled the Civil Liability Bill, offering hope of lower insurance premiums to millions of motorists.’

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Ministry of Justice, 20th March 2018

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

Insurers and claimant lawyers clash over impact of Civil Liability Bill on motor premiums – Legal Futures

Posted March 21st, 2018 in bills, compensation, insurance, news, personal injuries, road traffic by tracey

‘Publication of the Civil Liability Bill yesterday met with a polarised response and a commitment from the chief executives of 26 leading insurance companies to pass on the savings to customers – dismissed as empty promises by claimant solicitors.’

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Legal Futures, 21st March 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

UK drivers to save £35 after new curbs on whiplash claims – The Guardian

Posted March 21st, 2018 in bills, compensation, insurance, news, personal injuries, road traffic by tracey

‘Car insurance premiums are to fall by £35 a year after the government announced measures to curb the high number of whiplash claims that currently cost UK drivers over £1bn a year. The justice secretary, David Gauke, unveiled plans to introduce the civil liability bill through the House of Lords, which will set out changes to the way that whiplash claims are calculated and paid.’

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The Guardian, 20th March 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

The clock starts ticking – Gauke publishes Civil Liability Bill – Legal Futures

Posted March 20th, 2018 in bills, compensation, insurance, news, personal injuries by sally

‘Justice Secretary David Gauke today finally published the Civil Liability Bill, which the government said “offered hope” of lower insurance premiums to millions of motorists by reducing the “unacceptably high number of whiplash claims”.’

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Legal Futures, 20th March 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Uncertainty Around The Proposed Personal Injury Reforms Continues… – Zenith Chambers

Posted March 16th, 2018 in accidents, bills, news, personal injuries, road traffic, small claims by sally

‘Personal injury lawyers have been aware of the government’s plans to reform how personal injury claims are dealt with for some time. Originally, the new proposals were to come into force in October 2018. However, as a result of the General Election in 2017, the Prisons and Courts Bill did not progress.’

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Zenith Chambers, 6th March 2018

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Katie Ghose: ‘Risky proposals are coming on top of cuts that led many refuges to close’ – The Guardian

Posted March 13th, 2018 in bills, domestic violence, news, women by sally

‘New domestic violence bill must go beyond criminal justice, says chief executive of Women’s Aid.’

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The Guardian, 13th March 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

Data Protection Bill threat to legal privilege – The Bar Council

Posted March 8th, 2018 in barristers, bills, data protection, press releases, privilege by tracey

‘A Bill designed to give citizens more control over their data could end up stripping back the fundamental British right to confidential legal advice, the Bar has warned.’

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The Bar Council, 5th March 2018

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Domestic abusers could be electronically tagged in government crackdown – Daily Telegraph

‘Domestic abusers could be banned from drinking alcohol and electronically tagged under a Government crackdown. New civil orders will expand the potential restrictions courts and police can impose on criminals who torment partners, spouses and other family members.’

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Daily Telegraph, 8th March 2018

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Home Office warned over plans to block immigration data access for EU citizens – The Guardian

Posted March 5th, 2018 in bills, data protection, EC law, immigration, news by tracey

‘Plans to deny millions of people the right to access immigration data held on them by the Home Office are illegal and will be challenged in court, the government has been told.’

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The Guardian, 5th March 2018

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Sir Stephen Laws: Giving “Deemed” Domestic Law Status to Retained EU Law – Constitutional Law Association

Posted March 1st, 2018 in bills, drafting, EC law, legislation, news, regulations, treaties by sally

‘In his latest blog on the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, Paul Craig criticises the recommendation of the House of Lords Constitution Committee (“HLCC”), at paras 70 and 93, that all retained direct EU law (defined by the HLCC to encompass all the law continued under clauses 3 and 4 of the Withdrawal Bill) should be given the status of domestic primary legislation passed immediately before exit day. He suggests, instead, a hierarchy in which some law continued in force under clause 3 should be “deemed to be a statutory instrument”. This formulation is intended, it seems, to do more than its usual job (which is confined to attracting the provisions of the Statutory Instruments 1946, which are largely irrelevant for present purposes). It appears to be intended, instead, to give the law in question the status of subordinate legislation made under legislative powers delegated to the executive. But what practical effects is it designed to produce?’

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Constitutional Law Association, 28th February 2018

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Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration Etc.) Bill – Law & Religion UK

Posted February 5th, 2018 in amendments, bills, civil partnerships, marriage, news, select committees by sally

‘The Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration Etc.) Bill was read a second time yesterday, 2 February, with qualified Government support: the Member in charge of the bill, Tim Loughton, had evidently come to an agreement with the Home Office about amendments to be tabled in committee.’

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Law & Religion UK, 3rd February 2018

Source: www.lawandreligionuk.com

Attempting modernisation: the Divorce (Financial Provision) Bill – Family Law

‘Momentum is growing for the modernisation of the statutory approach to the financial division of assets on divorce, the recognition of pre- and post-nuptial agreements, and an overhaul of spousal maintenance. Over the last few years the great and the good have been beavering away in an attempt to find the Holy Grail, a way of modernising family law to provide more certainty and clarity.’

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Family Law, 2nd February 2018

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Both parents’ names to be recognised in marriage – BBC News

Posted February 5th, 2018 in bills, documents, marriage, news, parental rights by sally

‘Ministers have backed calls for mothers’ names to be put on marriage certificates in England and Wales.’

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BBC News, 2nd February 2018

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Brexit Bill passes first House of Lords hurdle, but real test still to come, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

Posted February 2nd, 2018 in bills, EC law, news, parliament by sally

‘The government’s main piece of legislation on withdrawal from the European Union has cleared its first hurdle in the House of Lords.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 1st February 2018

Source: www.out-law.com