The Commercial Rent (Coronavirus) Bill: the Code of Practice – Local Government Lawyer

‘In the third article in a three-part series on the Commercial Rent (Coronavirus) Bill, Edward Blakeney and Mattie Green examine the accompanying Code of Practice.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 3rd December 2021

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Domestic abuse and sexual offences to be treated as seriously as knife crime – Home Office

Posted December 3rd, 2021 in bills, domestic violence, news, sexual offences, violence by tracey

‘Domestic abuse and sexual offences should be considered as seriously as knife crime and homicide, the government announced yesterday as it continues driving forward action to end violence against women and girls.’

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Home Office, 2nd December 2021

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Tony’s Law: Plans for tougher child abuse sentences confirmed – BBC News

‘Child abusers in England and Wales could face life in jail under tougher sentencing plans unveiled by ministers.’

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BBC News, 30th November 2021

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Ban on Troubles prosecutions ‘legally dubious and morally corrupt’, says Hain – The Independent

Posted November 30th, 2021 in bills, homicide, inquests, news, Northern Ireland, prosecutions by tracey

‘Controversial plans to ban prosecutions for Troubles murders are “legally dubious, constitutionally dangerous and morally corrupt”, a former Northern Ireland secretary has said.’

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The Independent, 29th November 2021

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Tougher penalties for child cruelty through ‘Tony’s Law’ – Ministry of Justice

Posted November 30th, 2021 in bills, child abuse, child cruelty, news, press releases, sentencing by tracey

‘Child abusers will face more time behind bars after the Government confirmed plans to increase the maximum penalties for a range of cruelty offences.’

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Ministry of Justice, 30th November 2021

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Research Briefing: Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Bill 2021-22 – House of Commons Library

Posted November 26th, 2021 in bills, housing, leases, news, parliament, rent by tracey

‘This briefing paper outlines the main provisions of the Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Bill 2021-22 and the key issues raised during consideration in the House of Lords.’

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House of Commons Library , 25th November 2021

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‘Harper’s law’ may not deliver promised mandatory life sentences for killing police, experts say – The Independent

‘Legal experts have raised questions over a law the justice secretary promised would mean “mandatory life sentences” for people who accidentally kill police officers.’

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The Independent, 24th November 2021

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Samuel Beswick: Prospective Quashing and the Rule of Law – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted November 23rd, 2021 in bills, constitutional law, judicial review, news, rule of law by sally

‘The new prospective-only quashing order reform proposed by clause 1(1)(29A)(1)(b) of the Judicial Review and Courts Bill 2021 implicates the Rule of Law. That much seems to be a matter of general agreement. But commentators drastically disagree on how it does so. Three contrasting positions on the relationship between prospective quashing and the Rule of Law have emerged: (1) that prospective-only quashing offends the Rule of Law; (2) that the technique enhances judicial flexibility without undermining the Rule of Law; and (3) that prospective-only quashing enhances the Rule of Law.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 23rd November 2021

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Home Office ‘covering up’ its own study of why refugees come to the UK – The Guardian

Posted November 22nd, 2021 in asylum, bills, charities, government departments, immigration, news, refugees by tracey

‘The Home Office is covering up its own research into why refugees and asylum seekers travel to the UK because ministers “know their arguments don’t stand up,” charities claim.’

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The Guardian, 20th November 2021

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Nationality and Borders Bill threatens the rights of stateless children – EIN Blog

‘Priti Patel’s Nationality and Borders Bill has been controversial since its announcement to say the least. It has faced criticisms for its extremely harsh treatment of asylum seekers and refugees and its potential contribution to creating a hostile environment for migrants residing within the UK. However, it has now been argued by MP’s that the Bill risks failing to protect stateless children within the country.’

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EIN Blog, 17th November, 2021

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Domestic abuse victim ‘living in fear’ after being wrongly told she could not appear ex-partner’s ‘lenient’ sentence – The Independent

‘“Myself and my family have suffered life-changing trauma,” a domestic abuse victim tells The Independent. “Following the attack, I am unable to work due to my injuries and live in paralysing fear of what will happen when he is released in eight years.”

Her ex-partner was jailed for life – but with a minimum term of only eight years – in March. The domestic abuse victim has now been told she has missed her chance to appeal his sentence but was never told she had the right to do so under the Unduly Lenient Sentencing scheme. Instead, police inaccurately told her she was unable to appeal his sentence because “a life sentence is the maximum”.’

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The Independent, 19th November 2021

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Dog thieves to face five years in jail under new criminal offence – The Independent

Posted November 18th, 2021 in bills, dogs, news, sentencing, theft by tracey

‘People who steal dogs could face up to five years in jail if convicted of a new criminal offence being planned by the government.’

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The Independent, 18th November 2021

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Research Briefing: Commons Library analysis of Marriage and Civil Partnership (Minimum Age) Bill 2021-22 – House of Commons Library

Posted November 18th, 2021 in age of consent, bills, children, civil partnerships, forced marriages, marriage, news by tracey

‘This Commons Library briefing paper deals with the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Minimum Age) Bill, a Private Member’s Bill which is due to have its Second Reading on 19 November 2021.’

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House of Commons Library, 17th November 2021

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Parliament to vote on bill to ban child marriage in England and Wales – The Guardian

‘A bill that would ban child marriage in England and Wales will be presented to parliament for its second reading this week and has been welcomed by campaigners as a “huge stride” forward.’

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The Guardian, 16th November 2021

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Rehabilitation and retribution: In re JR123’s application – UK Human Rights Blog

‘What happens when someone is convicted of a criminal offence and is given a custodial sentence? Sometimes, the individual will serve at least part of their sentence in prison and the remainder on licence. But, what happens after they’ve served the totality of their sentence?’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 12rh November 2021

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Jason Varuhas: Remedies Reform Part 2: Discretionary Factors – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted November 12th, 2021 in bills, constitutional law, judicial review, news, parliament, public interest by tracey

‘This is the second in a series of two posts on the remedial reforms proposed in the Judicial Review and Courts Bill (2021), which provide for courts in judicial review proceedings to grant suspended and prospective-only quashing orders.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 9th November 2021

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Jason Varuhas: Remedial Reform Part 1: Rationale – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted November 12th, 2021 in bills, constitutional law, judicial review, news, parliament, Supreme Court by tracey

‘This is the first of two posts on the remedial reforms proposed in the Judicial Review and Courts Bill. If passed, the reforms will make statutory provision for courts in judicial review proceedings to grant suspended and prospective-only quashing orders.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 3rd November 2021

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Research Briefing: Death certification and medical examiners – House of Commons Library

Posted November 8th, 2021 in bereavement, bills, coroners, news, parliament by tracey

‘This Commons Library briefing paper deals with the introduction of a medical examiner system in England and Wales to provide greater scrutiny of deaths that do not require investigation by a coroner.’

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House of Commons Library , 4th November 2021

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Priti Patel’s immigration bill will make it harder to prosecute human traffickers, top police officers warn – The Independent

‘Priti Patel’s immigration bill risks hampering the prosecution of human traffickers in the UK and making it more difficult for people to escape exploitation, senior police officers have warned.’

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The Independent, 8th November 2021

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Home Office must rethink ‘regressive’ plans to use X-ray asylum seekers for age assessments, say charities – The Independent

‘The Home Office must rethink its “regressive and unethical” plans to use scientific methods such X-rays to age assess asylum seekers, a coalition of children’s charities has warned.’

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The Independent, 1st November 2021

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