Call to understand impact of menopause on family clients and lawyers – Legal Futures

‘Family law specialists need a better understanding of the impact of the menopause on clients – and female lawyers too – according to the solicitor launching a project to highlight the issue.’

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Legal Futures, 28th February 2022

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Lords criticise plans to remove UK citizenship without warning – The Guardian

Posted February 28th, 2022 in bills, citizenship, government departments, news, notification by sally

‘Plans to strip people of British citizenship without prior warning are against British values and would render people from ethnic minorities second-class citizens, senior peers have warned.’

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The Guardian, 27th February 2022

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Russian oligarchs in UK face new laws tackling ‘dirty money’ – The Guardian

‘Boris Johnson has said that Russian oligarchs will no longer have a hiding place for their “ill-gotten gains” in the UK under legislation being introduced in parliament this week.’

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The Guardian, 28th February 2022

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Vicky Kapogianni: Clause 45 of the Nationality and Borders Bill: A Quasi-Open Window of Access to Justice – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted February 24th, 2022 in asylum, bills, human rights, judicial review, legal aid, news, refugees by sally

‘Access to justice is a fundamental right in the common law and an essential part of the rule of law. In R v Lord Chancellor Ex Parte Witham, Laws J stated that the common law affords special weight to the right of access to the courts as a constitutional right. Such a constitutional right derives chiefly from two sources, the common law per se and Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). One of the major issues, however, for asylum seekers is the fact that the guarantees afforded under Article 6 ECHR, do not apply to asylum decisions. Its wider protection is constrained to the determination of “civil rights and obligations” and the right to asylum is not considered a “civil right” within the context of Article 6 (1) ECHR. Therefore, asylum seekers whose applications for refugee status or humanitarian protection have been unsuccessful, including refugees whose leave to enter or remain has been revoked, are subject to removal under section 10 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 24th February 2022

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Government to repeal law allowing police to arrest rough sleepers – BBC News

Posted February 23rd, 2022 in bills, fines, homelessness, imprisonment, news, police, vagrancy by sally

‘The government has announced it will repeal the Vagrancy Act, which allows police to arrest people for sleeping rough or begging in England and Wales.’

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BBC News, 22nd February 2022

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Ministers to reject making misogyny a hate crime in England and Wales – The Guardian

‘Ministers will reject making misogyny a hate crime in England and Wales and urge MPs to get behind controversial legislation that has been criticised for curbing the right to protest as the government seeks to push through major changes to the criminal justice system.’

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The Guardian, 21st February 2022

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‘Sex for rent’ ads to be banned in Online Safety Bill – BBC News

Posted February 21st, 2022 in advertising, bills, housing, internet, landlord & tenant, news, sexual offences by sally

‘Social media firms who allow “sex for rent” adverts will face prosecution under planned new laws.’

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BBC News, 18th February 2022

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Research Briefing: Social Housing Reform in England: What Next? – House of Commons Library

Posted February 18th, 2022 in bills, government departments, housing, news, parliament, rent by tracey

‘The Government’s social housing white paper is intended to deliver transformational change for social housing residents in England. This briefing outlines the measures set out in the white paper, stakeholder reaction and the next steps.’

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House of Commons Library, 16th February 2022

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New powers proposed to end unsafe cladding – BBC News

Posted February 15th, 2022 in bills, construction industry, fire, health & safety, leases, news, repairs by tracey

‘New powers proposed to end unsafe cladding’

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BBC News, 14th February 2022

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Government accepts Law Commission’s recommendations to reform the communications offences – Law Commission

‘The Government has accepted the Law Commission’s recommendations to reform the communications offences, made in the 2021 Modernising Communications Offences report. It intends to include the offences in the Online Safety Bill.’

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Law Commission, 7th February 2022

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British Citizenship: Precious, Costly, and Precarious – Oxford Human Rights Hub

Posted February 10th, 2022 in bills, citizenship, EC law, fees, news, statutory interpretation, treaties by sally

‘Citizenship still matters; its absence denotes precarity. As Covid19 travel restrictions reminded us, at its international core lies the right to enter one’s country and reside therein. Domestically, in most jurisdictions, citizenship serves as an eligibility criterion for electoral participation; excluded non-citizens have limited capacity to advance their rights through the political process.’

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Oxford Human Rights Hub, 8th February 2022

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Online safety law to be strengthened to stamp out illegal content – Home Office

‘Online Safety Bill strengthened with new list of criminal content for tech firms to remove as a priority.’

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Home Office, 4th February 2022

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Would Removing Social Media Anonymity Protect Or Threaten Our Rights? – Each Other

‘As online abuse and disinformation become more commonplace, the debate over whether anonymity on social media protects people from harm or restricts their rights is heating up.’

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Each Other, 3rd February 2022

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Government to launch ‘Brexit Freedoms’ Bill to amend outdated EU law – The Independent

Posted January 31st, 2022 in bills, brexit, EC law, government departments, news, statute law revision by tracey

‘The Government is planning to bring forward a “Brexit Freedoms” Bill to make it easier to amend outdated EU law, as part of a drive which it claims will “cut £1 billion of red tape” for UK businesses.’

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The Independent, 31st January 2022

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Research briefing: Reaction to the Draft Online Safety Bill: A reading list – House of Commons Library

Posted January 28th, 2022 in bills, children, government departments, internet, news, parliament by tracey

‘This Library Briefing provides a selection of comment on the draft Online Safety Bill.’

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House of Commons Library, 26th January 2022

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Research Briefing: The Product Security and Telecommunications Infrastructure Bill 2021-22 – House of Commons Library

Posted January 26th, 2022 in bills, government departments, internet, news, parliament, telecommunications by tracey

‘This briefing explains the background and main provisions of the Product Security and Telecommunications Infrastructure Bill 2021-22.’

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House of Commons Library, 24th January 2022

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New rules could prevent thousands of refugees from joining close family in UK – The Guardian

Posted January 25th, 2022 in bills, families, immigration, news, refugees by sally

‘More than 17,000 refugees, mainly women and children, could be prevented from reuniting with close family members in the UK due to new rules the Home Office plans to introduce, according to analysis by the Refugee Council.’

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The Guardian, 24th January 2022

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Should We All Have The Right To Die On Our Own Terms? – Each Other

Posted January 20th, 2022 in assisted suicide, bills, disabled persons, euthanasia, news by tracey

‘As the Assisted Dying Bill is scrutinised in parliament, the debate over whether terminally ill people should have the right to die is heating up again. So, what could a right to die look like in the UK?’

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Each Other, 20th January 2022

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Elections Bill: MPs approve plans for voter ID checks – BBC News

Posted January 19th, 2022 in bills, elections, fraud, government departments, identification, news by michael

‘MPs have backed proposals to introduce mandatory voter ID for elections, a major change to the electoral process in the UK.’

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BBC News, 18th January 2022

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Richard Clayton QC: The Government’s New Proposals for the Human Rights Act Part 3: An Assessment – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted January 18th, 2022 in bills, constitutional law, human rights, news, parliament by tracey

‘This post completes my analysis of the Government’s Proposals for reform of the Human Rights Act 1998, following Part 1 (outlining the proposals) and Part 2 (analysing the interaction with the common law, the UK Supreme Court, and the intention to sharpen the focus on fundamental rights).’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 14th January 2022

Source: ukconstitutionallaw.org