Government consults on statutory code to crack down on “fire and rehire” practices – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Government has unveiled a “crackdown” on controversial dismissal and re-engagement tactics through a planned statutory code of practice.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 25th January 2023

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Better protection for rape victims from invasive record requests – Home Office

‘The Home Office will legislate to protect people, including rape victims, from unnecessary requests for personal records.’

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Home Office, 20th January 2023

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Next steps to rid police of misogyny and predatory behaviour – Home Office

Posted January 19th, 2023 in codes of practice, government departments, news, police, sexual offences, vetting, women by tracey

‘The Home Secretary has set out next steps to strengthen vetting of police officers following the David Carrick case.’

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Home Office, 18th January 2023

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The use and abuse of the Rehabilitation Code in liability disputed cases – Exchange Chambers

‘The benefits of rehabilitation are well known. Numerous academic studies have demonstrated its importance and the net economic benefit (to both society and insurers) from its early introduction and funding. Despite that, many insurers continue to take a hostile and unsupportive attitude driven, perhaps, by a suspicion that a claimant will seek to introduce care, therapies, equipment or accommodation that might somehow increase the value of any eventual claim. I don’t believe that to be the case. In fact, my own experience is strongly that those insurers and defendant solicitors who actively support and fund early rehabilitation (and it is right to highlight that many do), even when liability is disputed, invariably end up achieving an earlier settlement with a costs saving and, on occasions, a saving in damages arising from the better recovery enjoyed by the claimant.’

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Exchange Chambers, 22nd December 2022

Source: www.exchangechambers.co.uk

Children growing up in households with domestic abuse to be recognised as victims – The Independent

‘Children who grow up amid domestic abuse will be treated as victims and given specialist support even if they were not present during violent attacks.’

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The Independent, 5th December 2022

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Forty potential ministerial code breaches never investigated, report reveals – The Guardian

Posted December 2nd, 2022 in codes of practice, disciplinary procedures, government departments, news by tracey

‘Forty potential breaches of the ministerial code have never been referred for investigation by the ethics adviser, data shows.’

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The Guardian, 2nd December 2022

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Rude judge? Don’t just shrug your shoulders, says LCJ – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 25th, 2022 in barristers, codes of practice, complaints, judges, judiciary, news by tracey

‘Lawyers should raise complaints about a rude judge at an early stage rather than let the problem grow and fester, the lord chief justice has told the Bar Council’s flagship conference.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 24th November 2022

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Matt Hancock broke government rules over I’m a Celebrity stint, says watchdog chair – The Guardian

Posted November 23rd, 2022 in codes of practice, government departments, media, news, ombudsmen by sally

‘Matt Hancock breached the government’s business appointment rules by not consulting the watchdog before appearing on I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here!, the chair of the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments (Acoba) has said.’

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The Guardian, 22nd November 2022

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New UK guidelines place stricter rules on age-restricted online campaigns – OUT-LAW.com

Posted November 18th, 2022 in advertising, children, codes of practice, internet, news, ombudsmen by tracey

‘The UK’s advertising regulator has published new rules on how to target age-restricted ads responsibly online. Advertisers need to ensure compliance right from the start of the campaign planning, according to experts at Pinsent Masons.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 17th November 2022

Source: www.pinsentmasons.com

High Court judge quashes planning permission for apparent bias, finds monitoring officer “went wrong in law” – Local Government Lawyer

Posted November 11th, 2022 in bias, codes of practice, local government, news, planning by tracey

‘A High Court judge has quashed a district council’s grant of planning permission for the erection of five self-contained buildings to store and facilitate construction of carnival floats, after finding that the permission was vitiated by apparent bias on the part of two councillors.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 11th November 2022

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Campaigning and political activity by charities: guidance – Law & Religion UK

‘On 7 November, the Charity Commission issued updated guidance for England and Wales on Campaigning and political activity by charities. It follows the passing of the Elections Act 2022, which received Royal Assent on 28 April.’

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Law & Religion UK, 9th November 2022

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New powers for forensic science regulator by end of March – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Forensic science witnesses in criminal justice cases can expect to be subject to the Forensic Science Regulator’s statutory regime by the end of March 2023, incumbent regulator Gary Pugh said today.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 4th November 2022

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Junior lawyers won’t have to ‘turn in’ bullying workmates – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Junior lawyers will be exempt from a new professional obligation to report on anyone mistreating colleagues in the workplace, following a rethink by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. However, proposed changes to conduct rules that will give the regulator more scope to clamp down on bullying, harassment or discrimination have otherwise got the go-ahead.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 3rd November 2022

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GPs giving antidepressants to children against guidelines – The Guardian

Posted November 4th, 2022 in children, codes of practice, doctors, medicines, mental health, news by tracey

‘GPs are breaching medical guidelines by prescribing antidepressants for children as young as 11 who cannot get other help for their mental health problems, NHS-funded research reveals.’

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The Guardian, 4th November 2022

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Belsner: Lawyers win in crucial costs recovery ruling – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 28th, 2022 in appeals, codes of practice, costs, damages, law firms, news, personal injuries, solicitors by tracey

‘Lawyers have won their appeal in a court ruling that will come as a massive relief across the personal injury market. Judges in the Court of Appeal ruled in Belsner v CAM Legal Services this morning that the firm’s personal injury client had made fair and reasonable deductions from her damages. The deductions were therefore lawful and did not need to be paid back.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 27th October 2022

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LSB to urge regulatory action in bid to strengthen professional ethics – Legal Futures

‘A greater focus on professional ethics among law students and qualified lawyers, with stronger supervision by regulators, is needed to uphold the rule of law, the Legal Services Board has said.’

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Legal Futures, 21st October 2022

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National blueprint for prosecuting rape takes a step closer with refreshed joint work pledge – Crown Prosecution Service

‘A blueprint for prosecuting rape and serious sexual offences has taken a significant step forward today – as new data reveals charge rates for rape have increased to 72.8%.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 20th October 2022

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BSB publishes Report on Addressing Bullying and Harassment at the Bar and a Wellbeing Statement – Bar Standards Board

Posted October 7th, 2022 in barristers, bullying, codes of practice, equality, harassment, news, pupillage by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) is today publishing two important documents which address culture at the Bar. The first is a Report on Addressing Bullying and Harassment at the Bar. Through its Addressing Bullying and Harassment at the Bar project, launched in 2019, and the 2020 report on Bullying, Discrimination and Harassment at the Bar, the BSB has sought to reduce the risks of bullying and harassment at the Bar, to ensure that effective systems are in place in chambers to handle reports of bullying and harassment, and to encourage the profession to tackle this issue effectively.’

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Bar Standards Board, 6th October 2022

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The Victims Bill Is Flawed In Protecting Children And Survivors – Each Other

Posted October 6th, 2022 in bills, children, codes of practice, crime, news, select committees, victims by sally

‘The Justice Committee has pointed out flaws of the Victims Bill in a pre-legislative report that raises significant concerns for victims of crimes and abuse across the UK. The cross-party committee noted problems in the way “victims” are defined, a lack of enforcement powers and the need for additional funding and resources for the Bill to be effective. The report was published shortly after Dame Vera Baird KC recently announced her intention to stand down as Victims’ Commissioner, following the Bill’s intention to diminish the role.’

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Each Other, 5th October 2022

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BSB plans “statement of good practice” for chambers – Legal Futures

Posted September 28th, 2022 in barristers, codes of practice, news by sally

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) is planning a “statement of consolidated good practice” for chambers, which not only sets out the minimum regulatory requirements but how to go “above and beyond” them.’

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Legal Futures, 28th September 2022

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk