Financial Remedy Update, August 2022 – Family Law Week

Posted August 26th, 2022 in bills, divorce, families, family courts, financial provision, Law Commission, marriage, news by tracey

‘Nicola Rowling, Professional Support Lawyer, Emily Elvin-Poole, Associate and Caitlin Levins, Trainee Solicitor at Mills & Reeve LLP consider the most important news and case law relating to financial remedies during July 2022.’

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Family Law Week, 23rd August 2022

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Government to make it easier for landlords to evict people who fall behind on rent – The Independent

Posted August 22nd, 2022 in bills, government departments, housing, landlord & tenant, news, rent, repossession by tracey

‘Housing campaigners have sounded the alarm over government plans to make it easier for landlords to evict tenants who fall behind on their rent. The government wants to change the law so that evictions can take place if someone repeatedly falls into arrears – even if they catch up on payments.’

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The Independent, 20th August 2022

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Diversity concerns as Supreme Court reappoints old guard – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted August 19th, 2022 in bills, diversity, judges, news, retirement, Supreme Court, women by tracey

‘The Supreme Court has appointed two recently-retired judges as justices, which critics have pointed out means that men called David now outnumber women by three to one on the UK’s highest court.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 18th August 2022

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Bill of Rights: good or bad for human rights? – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted August 18th, 2022 in bills, brexit, government departments, human rights, news by sally

‘The Bill of Rights Bill (the Bill), if enacted, will repeal the Human Rights Act (the HRA) 1998.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 17th August 2022

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Online Safety Bill is not fit for purpose, say IT experts – The Independent

Posted August 12th, 2022 in bills, freedom of expression, government departments, internet, news by tracey

‘A survey of industry professionals has found many are uncertain if the proposed internet safety laws are workable in their current form.’

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The Independent, 12th August 2022

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Is The Northern Ireland Troubles Legacy Bill ‘Fatally’ Flawed? – Each Other

Posted August 10th, 2022 in bills, human rights, news, Northern Ireland, terrorism, unlawful killing by sally

‘Human rights and civil liberty groups have criticised the government’s proposals to grant an effective amnesty for crimes committed as part of the Troubles in Northern Ireland. The ‘Troubles’ is a term used to describe a period of conflict in Northern Ireland that lasted over 30 years, up until the Good Friday Agreement was signed in 1998. The Northern Ireland Troubles (Legacy and Reconciliation) Bill attempts to address more than 1,000 unsolved killings. Now, rights groups have said the Bill violates the UK’s human rights obligations.’

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Each Other, 10th August 2022

Source: eachother.org.uk

UK government submits indyref2 argument to Supreme Court – BBC News

‘The UK government has submitted its argument in a case that could allow the Scottish Parliament to legislate for another independence referendum.’

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BBC News, 9th August 2022

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Virginity Testing Is Made A Criminal Offence Across The UK – Each Other

Posted August 4th, 2022 in bills, child abuse, children, families, health, human rights, news, women by tracey

‘TRIGGER WARNING: Please note that this piece includes language and themes of child abuse, virginity testing and coercion that some may find triggering.

The government has made it illegal to carry out, offer or aid and abet virginity testing or hymenoplasty in any part of the UK under the Health and Care Act 2022. Virginity tests breach women’s and girls’ fundamental rights under the Human Rights Act 1998 (HRA), including the right to be free from torture and inhuman treatment and the right to private and family life.’

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Each Other, 3rd August 2022

Source: eachother.org.uk

The Government’s Net Zero Strategy Ruled ‘Unlawful’ – Each Other

‘In a landmark victory, the High Court has ruled in favour of Friends of The Earth, ClientEarth and the Good Law Project, who took the Government to court over its Net Zero Strategy. Now that the policy has been deemed unlawful, the government must revise its strategy and lay out a credible plan for meeting emissions targets.’

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Each Other, July 2022

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Edmund Robinson: Fumbling with interpretation – Clause 5 of the Bill of Rights and the positive obligations challenge – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted July 27th, 2022 in bills, brexit, constitutional law, human rights, interpretation, news by sally

‘The ‘Bill of Rights Bill’, repealing and replacing the Human Rights Act, has already attracted significant criticism. This post focuses on clause 5, with which the government seeks to give effect to its previously expressed scepticism regarding ‘positive obligations’. These are duties on the authorities to take positive measures to protect individuals from human rights breaches, rather than merely refraining from breaching those rights with their own actions. The obligation to protect those suffering domestic violence is such an obligation.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 27th July 2022

Source: ukconstitutionallaw.org

EU launches fresh legal action over Northern Ireland border rules – BBC News

Posted July 22nd, 2022 in bills, brexit, EC law, government departments, news, Northern Ireland by tracey

‘The EU has launched fresh legal action against the UK over its enforcement of post-Brexit trading rules in Northern Ireland.’

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BBC News, 22nd July 2022

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UK Data Protection and Digital Information Bill: in detail – OUT-LAW.com

‘New data protection laws proposed by the UK government are intended to promote data-driven innovation and reduce some of the burdens organisations have come to associate with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).’

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OUT-LAW.com, 20th July 2022

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Artificial intelligence rules to require human liability – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 19th, 2022 in artificial intelligence, bills, data protection, news by sally

‘Artificial intelligence systems will have to identify a legal person to be held responsible for any problems under proposals for regulating AI unveiled by the government today.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 18th July 2022

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Legislation to counter state threats – Home Office

‘This is the government’s response to the Legislation to Counter State Threats (Hostile State Activity) public consultation.’

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Home Office, 12th July 2022

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UK government asks Supreme Court to dismiss indyref2 case – BBC News

‘The UK government has urged judges to dismiss the Scottish government’s request for a ruling on whether it has the power to hold indyref2.’

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BBC News, 13th July 2022

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Kirsty Hughes: The Bill of Rights and the Precarity of Abortion Rights – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted July 12th, 2022 in abortion, bills, human rights, news, Northern Ireland by tracey

‘In the aftermath of the US Supreme Court ruling in Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization attention has turned to whether abortion is adequately protected in the UK from the winds of political change. Given that in England, Scotland, and Wales abortion is provided for by ordinary Act of Parliament, and in Northern Ireland by Regulation, an orthodox view of the constitution indicates that it is not. In response to Dobbs it has been suggested that the pending Bill of Rights should be amended to provide for a right to abortion. That proposal was swiftly rejected by Dominic Raab on the basis that abortion is settled in UK law – a view that is somewhat contradicted by ongoing difficulties in respect of abortion in Northern Ireland.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 11th July 2022

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When is a Right not a Right? The British Bill of Rights – Oxford Human Rights Hub

Posted July 8th, 2022 in bills, brexit, constitutional law, human rights, news by sally

‘The Bill of Rights Bill, which repeals the Human Rights Act 1998, claims to ‘give effect’ to the rights set out in the European Convention on Human Rights. (Cl. 2). But its core aim is to ‘increase democratic oversight of human rights issues’ (Explanatory Note 2. B. p. 3). This aim is sought in a number of ways, one of the most important being set out in Clause 7.’

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Oxford Human Rights Hub, 7th July 2022

Source: ohrh.law.ox.ac.uk

The Bill of Rights Act 2022 and employment law: free speech implications – by Gus Baker – UK Labour Law

‘The “Bill of Rights Bill” (the “Bill”), introduced to Parliament on 22 June this year, has the potential to have significant implications for employment law. Once tribunals and courts accept the Bill’s exhortation to give “great weight” to freedom of speech, the consequences for workplace relations may be profound.’

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UK Labour Law, 6th July 2022

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Tech platforms face UK ban on blocking news providers before appeal – The Guardian

Posted July 8th, 2022 in appeals, bills, freedom of expression, internet, media, news by sally

‘Tech platforms will be barred from taking down news content in the UK until an appeal has been heard against the decision, ministers have said.’

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The Guardian, 7th July 2022

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Stefan Theil: Henry VIII on steroids – executive overreach in the Bill of Rights Bill – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘Constitutional bombshells do not come along very often, most change is incremental and piecemeal – or at least that was the conventional wisdom that prevailed on the UK constitution for many decades. More recently, it appears that scarcely a month passes without suggestions, discussions, proposals, or enactments of far-reaching constitutional reforms – whether through government consultations, changes to the ministerial code, the political and legal constitution and devolution, or bills specifically introduced into Parliament to break international law.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 6th July 2022

Source: ukconstitutionallaw.org