End of ‘buying off’ sexual assault victims hailed by campaigners, as gagging orders set to be banned – Daily Telegraph

‘Victims campaigners have welcomed plans to outlaw gagging orders which prevent employees from disclosing sexual abuse at the hands of their bosses. The plans, which will be introduced as part of the domestic abuse bill, will stop companies from drawing up agreements that bar workers from going to the police.’

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Daily Telegraph, 14th October 2018

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UK threatens to deport grandchildren of evicted Chagossians – The Guardian

Posted October 3rd, 2018 in bills, Chagos Islands, citizenship, deportation, families, immigration, news by sally

‘The Home Office is threatening to deport a teenage granddaughter of a former Chagos Islander, even though her mother holds British citizenship.’

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The Guardian, 2nd October 2018

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Tanzil Chowdhury: Statutorising UK Military Deployments and Assessing Anxieties of Their Justiciability – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted September 20th, 2018 in bills, constitutional law, international law, news, parliament, war by tracey

‘The paramount anxieties that emerge from attempts to statutorising Parliament’s role in making decisions on whether to commit military action abroad has not just been to do with deferring power from the executive to the Commons, but also with the potential justiciability of such decisions. While frequent attempts to table such bills are often accompanied with assurances that these fears are misplaced, this post argues that putting Parliament’s role in deployment decisions, considered a matter of high policy, on a statutory footing could pierce the seemingly impermeable veil of non-justiciability that attend them and subject these decisions to common law review – a development that ought to be welcome.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 17th September 2018

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Government plans to jail Britons entering ‘designated areas’ abroad for 10 years under new terror laws – The Independent

Posted September 7th, 2018 in bills, internet, news, sentencing, terrorism by tracey

‘A new law that could see people imprisoned for up to 10 years if they enter “designated areas” abroad is being proposed by the government. Without announcing the plan, it has introduced a completely new clause to the Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill, which MPs and peers have already expressed human rights concerns about.’

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The Independent, 6th September 2018

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Review brings misogyny as a hate crime a step closer – The Independent

Posted September 6th, 2018 in bills, harassment, hate crime, news, pilot schemes, women by tracey

‘Campaigners have welcomed an “amazing” victory in the fight against sexist street harassment after the government announced a comprehensive review of hate crime legislation, which will consider whether to recognise misogyny as a hate crime.’

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The Independent, 6th September 2018

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“Little enthusiasm” among solicitors and judges for electronic bill – Litigation Futures

Posted September 4th, 2018 in bills, budgets, costs, news, solicitors by sally

‘Many solicitors and judges were not ready for the electronic bill of costs when it became compulsory in April and few are keen on it now, according to a survey by the Association of Costs Lawyers (ACL).’

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Litigation Futures, 3rd September 2018

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Shadow justice secretary hits out at Civil Liability Bill – Legal Futures

Posted September 4th, 2018 in bills, civil justice, fraud, insurance, news, personal injuries by sally

‘The shadow justice secretary has ripped into the Civil Liability Bill, saying Labour will vote against it as it stands.’

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Legal Futures, 4th September 2018

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MPs to decide whether to make misogyny a hate crime – The Guardian

Posted September 3rd, 2018 in bills, harassment, hate crime, news, women by sally

‘MPs will vote this week on whether to make misogyny a hate crime for the first time, as the campaign to compel police forces across the UK to recognise street harassment of women as a hate crime gathers momentum.’

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The Guardian, 2nd September 2018

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Temperature starts to rise ahead of Civil Liability Bill debate – Legal Futures

Posted August 30th, 2018 in bills, claims management, insurance, news, personal injuries, small claims by sally

‘The rhetoric is heating up ahead of the second reading of the Civil Liability Bill in the House of Commons next week, with the Motor Accident Solicitors Society (MASS) and Association of British Insurers (ABI) both speaking out yesterday.’

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Legal Futures, 30th August 2018

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Ep. 41: Brexit – The white paper – Law Pod UK

Posted August 10th, 2018 in bills, brexit, EC law, news, parliamentary papers, podcasts by sally

‘Professor Barnard discusses with journalist Boni Sones, her reaction to the publication of the government’s White Paper, the Cabinet resignations of David Davis and Boris Johnson, and the negotiating position of the EU since the UK triggered Article 50 in March 2017.’

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Law Pod UK, 8th August 2018

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Divorce and Financial Remedy Update, August 2018 – Family Law Week

Posted August 9th, 2018 in bills, divorce, family courts, financial provision, news, periodical payments by tracey

‘Naomi Shelton, Associate, Mills & Reeve LLP considers the news and case law relating to financial remedies and divorce during July 2018.’

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Family Law Week, 8th August 2018

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Drone Bill may ban children from owning larger aircraft – BBC News

Posted July 26th, 2018 in aircraft, bills, children, consultations, disqualification, news by sally

‘Children could be banned from owning drones weighing more than 250g (0.55lb) under a new proposal from the Department for Transport.’

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BBC News, 26th July 2018

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Land Registration Act shape up could build on fraud fighting efforts and make conveyancing better for everyone – Law Commission

Posted July 24th, 2018 in bills, conveyancing, fraud, land registration, press releases by tracey

‘Property fraudsters could be stopped in their tracks by technical fixes of the law, according to the Law Commission. The independent legal body say HM Land Registry has had to fork out close to £60million in indemnity payments because of fraud over the past decade. As a result, it’s recommending measures to help prevent fraud from taking place in registered land, alongside wider technical changes to the law which will make conveyancing “faster, easier and cheaper for everyone”.’

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Law Commission, 24th July 2018

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Offshore owners of British property to be forced to reveal names – The Guardian

Posted July 24th, 2018 in bills, disclosure, money laundering, news by tracey

‘Offshore owners of British property will be forced to reveal their true identities or face jail sentences and unlimited fines under draft laws that aim to end the UK’s reputation as a high-risk jurisdiction for money laundering.’

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The Guardian, 23rd July 2018

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UK counter-terror bill risks criminalising curiosity – watchdog – The Guardian

Posted July 10th, 2018 in bills, human rights, news, reports, select committees, terrorism by sally

‘Academics, journalists and those with “inquisitive and foolish minds” would be at risk of prosecution and prison sentences of up to 15 years under proposed counter-terrorism laws, a parliamentary human rights watchdog has said.’

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The Guardian, 10th July 2018

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The right to die – who decides? – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted July 9th, 2018 in assisted suicide, bills, human rights, news, proportionality by sally

‘In R. (on the application of Conway) v Secretary of State for Justice [2018] EWCA Civ 1431 the Court of Appeal held that the blanket ban on assisted suicide in the Suicide Act 1961 s.2(1) was a necessary and proportionate interference with the ECHR art.8 rights of the appellant.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 9th July 2018

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Good and bad news for Civil Liability Bill opponents – Legal Futures

‘There was good and bad news from Parliament yesterday for opponents of the Civil Liability Bill as its consideration by MPs was delayed but chances of it being amended receded.’

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Legal Futures, 6th July 2018

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Lady Hale at the Royal College of Psychiatrists Annual Conference, Birmingham – Supreme Court

Posted July 5th, 2018 in bills, disabled persons, human rights, judges, mental health, speeches, treaties by tracey

‘Lady Hale at the Royal College of Psychiatrists Annual Conference, Birmingham. Is it time for yet another Mental Health Act?’

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Supreme Court, 24th June 2018

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New law to protect people with dementia and learning disabilities announced – Law Commission

‘Thousands of vulnerable people with dementia and learning disabilities will be given better protection by a new law announced today by the Government. The new Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill, based on Law Commission recommendations, brings in extra protections for those who lack the mental capacity to make decisions about their care.’

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Law Commission, 3rd July 2018

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk

Stephen Tierney: The Legislative Supremacy of Government – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted July 4th, 2018 in bills, brexit, constitutional law, EC law, news, parliament, prerogative powers by sally

‘At the same time as Parliament prepares to ‘take back control’ from Brussels, the executive is in fact accruing to itself further control over the legislative process. In this post I address a number of trends – only some of which are a direct consequence of the unique circumstances of Brexit – which suggest a deeper realignment of institutional power within the constitution and a consequent diminution of Parliament’s legislative power.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 3rd July 2018

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