New law could criminalise uncovering personal data abuses, advocate warns – The Guardian

Posted August 14th, 2017 in anonymity, bills, data protection, fines, identification, internet, news, privacy by sally

‘A new law proposed to protect the privacy of British internet users could end up criminalising the only people working to uncover abuses of personal data, a leading privacy researcher has warned.’

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The Guardian, 14th August 2017

Source: www.theguardian.com

What Does the New Data Protection Bill Mean for Human Rights? A Q&A of Everything You Need to Know – Rightsinfo

Posted August 11th, 2017 in bills, data protection, human rights, news by tracey

‘The UK government recently released their proposals for a new UK Data Protection Bill. However, since much of the Bill will simply copy EU law into UK law, how important are the Data Protection Bill proposals to human rights?’

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Rightsinfo, 9th August 2017

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Plans for a new Data Protection Bill – Technology Law Update

Posted August 9th, 2017 in bills, data protection, news by sally

‘The collection and use of private information by business is a hot topic, with the tech giants frequently in the news accused of going too far. Cold-calling companies contacting us out of the blue with unwanted products or services, and indiscriminate collection and retention of information about suspects are other by-products of the information age. It is high time for individuals’ rights to be improved.’

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Technology Law Update, 8th August 2017

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

UK government publishes cyber security guidance for driverless cars – OUT-LAW.COM

Posted August 8th, 2017 in bills, computer crime, data protection, news, road traffic by sally

‘The UK government has issued new guidelines aimed at improving cyber protection for smart and driverless vehicles, ahead of planned legislation for the emerging industry.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 7th August 2017

Source: www.out-law.com

UK data protection laws to be overhauled – BBC News

Posted August 7th, 2017 in bills, data protection, EC law, news by sally

‘Britons could obtain more control over what happens to personal information under proposals outlined by the government.’

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BBC News, 7th August 2017

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Jack Simson Caird: The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Constitutional Change and Legal Continuity – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘Nine months after Theresa May first announced that there would be a ‘Great Repeal Bill’, and three and a half months after triggering Article 50, the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (EUW Bill) was published on 13 July 2017. The Bill is a complex mixture of constitutional change and legal continuity. This post highlights some of its main elements.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 18th July 2017

Source: ukconstitutionallaw.org

UK government publishes ‘repeal bill’ ahead of Brexit – OUT-LAW.com

Posted July 14th, 2017 in bills, EC law, news, repeals by tracey

‘The UK government has published draft new legislation which is designed to transfer existing EU legislation to the UK statute book and give ongoing recognition to EU case law established before the UK leaves the EU.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 13th July 2017

Source: www.out-law.com

Lawyers plan to stop UK dropping EU rules on environment after Brexit – The Guardian

Posted July 4th, 2017 in bills, EC law, environmental protection, news by sally

‘A taskforce of environmental lawyers is drawing up plans to stop thousands of EU rules protecting rivers, wildlife, coastlines and air quality from being dropped by the government after Brexit.’

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The Guardian, 3rd July 2017

Source: www.theguardian.com

New measures on violence against women to be put in domestic abuse bill – The Guardian

Posted June 28th, 2017 in bills, domestic violence, news, women by sally

‘New measures to protect women and girls from crimes committed overseas will be included in legislation on domestic abuse, the government has said.’

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The Guardian, 28th June 2017

Source: www.theguardian.com

Queen’s Speech confirms that unfair rules on logbook loans are being sent to the scrapheap – Law Commission

Posted June 22nd, 2017 in bills, loans, news, parliament, press releases, repossession by tracey

‘The Law Commission welcomes plans outlined in today’s Queen Speech to close a legal loophole which means buyers of second-hand vehicles are at risk of having them repossessed due to unfair logbook loans.’

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Law Commission, 21st June 2017

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk

Queen’s speech confirms whiplash reform and court modernisation – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted June 22nd, 2017 in bills, courts, electronic filing, news, parliament, personal injuries by tracey

‘Fresh reforms to personal injury claims are back on the agenda following today’s Queen’s speech. The government’s slimmed-down wishlist of legislation includes a Civil Liability Bill to address the ‘compensation culture’ around motor insurance claims.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 21st June 2017

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Queen’s Speech: Chief Inspector of Prisons expresses fury after penal reform dropped from agenda – The Independent

Posted June 22nd, 2017 in bills, news, parliament, prisons by tracey

‘The Chief Inspector of Prisons has expressed fury and disappointment after the Government’s commitment to prison reform, which was given high prominence in 2016, was omitted from the Queen’s Speech.’

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The Independent, 21st June 2017

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Brexit: 2018 Queen’s Speech cancelled by government – BBC News

Posted June 19th, 2017 in bills, EC law, news, repeals, speeches, treaties by sally

‘There will be no Queen’s Speech next year to give MPs more time to deal with Brexit laws, the government says.’

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BBC News, 18th June 2017

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Whip-lash away? – Counsel

Posted June 9th, 2017 in barristers, bills, costs, damages, judges, news, personal injuries, road traffic by sally

‘As the general election pauses the planned whiplash reforms, Robert Weir QC examines the winners and losers, implications for personal injury litigation and disproportionate impact on the junior Bar.’

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Counsel, June 2017

Source: www.counselmagazine.co.uk

Colin Harvey and Daniel Holder: The Great Repeal Bill and the Good Friday Agreement – Cementing a Stalemate or Constitutional Collision Course? – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘As predicted, Brexit is proving to be profoundly destabilising for the peace process and the constitutional politics of Northern Ireland. An outcome that lacks the consent of the people of Northern Ireland (a majority voted to remain) is re-opening fundamental questions about future relationships across these islands. We argue that this constitutional mess has potentially created a ‘perfect storm’, and leaves many here struggling with the troubling consequences.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 6th June 2017

Source: ukconstitutionallaw.org

People who violently attack children to get longer jail terms, Theresa May pledges – Daily Telegraph

‘People who violently attack children will get longer jail terms under a Tory Government, Theresa May will announce today as part a major crackdown.’

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Daily Telegraph, 28th May 2017

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Finance and Divorce Update, May 2017 – Family Law Week

Posted May 18th, 2017 in adoption, appeals, bills, civil partnerships, divorce, financial provision, news by tracey

‘Frances Bailey, Principal Associate and Naomi Shelton, Associate, both of Mills & Reeve LLP, analyse the news and case law relating to financial remedies and divorce during April 2017.’

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Family Law Week, 12th may 2017

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

Digital Economy Bill made law – Panopticon

Posted May 4th, 2017 in advertising, bills, internet, news, pornography, privacy by sally

‘What with all the kerfuffle over Brexit negotiations and the impending snap general election, you could perhaps be forgiven for failing to notice that the Government had rushed the Digital Economy Bill through Parliament in last week’s “wash up” before the dissolution of Parliament.’

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Panopticon, 3rd May 2017

Source: www.panopticonblog.com

Brexit may cost MPs and peers the power to pass laws, says former judge – The Guardian

‘The “legislative tsunami” unleashed by Brexit will deliver the “greatest challenge” in history to the integrity of parliament’s procedures, a former lord chief justice has said. Lord Judge raised his concerns that by the time Brexit is completed and the “great repeal bill” enacted, MPs and peers will have effectively given away their powers to pass laws.’

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The Guardian, 3rd May 2017

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Criminal Finances Bill receives Royal Assent – Home Office

‘The Criminal Finances Act 2017 will give law enforcement agencies and partners, further capabilities and powers to recover the proceeds of crime, tackle money laundering, tax evasion and corruption, and combat the financing of terrorism.’

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Home Office, 27th April 2017

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office