Disability related error of judgment amounts to discrimination arising from disability – No. 5 Chambers

‘Following a line of decisions in the Employment Appeal Tribunal, the Court of Appeal in City of York v P J Grosset [2018] EWCA Civ 1105 so held.’

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No. 5 Chambers, 11th July 2018

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Appeal court rules that ministerial code does not dilute human rights – The Guardian

‘Human rights campaigners have lost a challenge against Theresa May in the high court in which she was accused of abandoning the longstanding principle that members of the government should be bound by international law.’

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The Guardian, 1st August 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

Changes Proposed to Code for Crown Prosecutors to drive improvements in disclosure – Crown Prosecution Service

‘Making sure clearer, earlier information about mobile phone evidence is available before a suspect is charged with a crime is part of a raft of proposed changes announced by the Director of Public Prosecutions today. This will include mobile phone messages sent by suspects and accusers in cases where the parties are known to each other.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 23rd July 2018

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Gambling Commission says it was misled by Ladbrokes in Black Dave case – The Guardian

Posted July 5th, 2018 in codes of practice, gambling, news by tracey

‘The Gambling Commission has said it was misled by Ladbrokes during its investigation into the Black Dave case, which ended on Wednesday with a statement warning bookmakers about their handling of Rule 4 deductions in horse racing. The trainer David Evans was fined last year by racing’s ruling body for delaying notification of a non-runner, Tango Sky, so that he could back his other entrant, Black Dave, before its odds shortened, and he told Ladbrokes of his plan to withdraw Tango Sky at the time of placing his bet.’

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The Guardian, 4th July 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

Acas on religion or belief discrimination at work – Law & Religion UK

Posted May 23rd, 2018 in codes of practice, employment, equality, news, religious discrimination by tracey

‘Acas has published new guidance on religion and belief in the workplace, offering advice on how to comply with the provisions of the Equalities Act 2010 that protect employees against discrimination based on religion and belief.’

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Law & Religion UK, 23rd May 2018

Source: www.lawandreligionuk.com

John Bercow: Probe into Commons Speaker bullying claims blocked – The Independent

‘A probe into allegations John Bercow bullied members of staff has been blocked by MPs. The Commons Standards Committee voted three-two against allowing Parliament’s watchdog to investigate the claims.’

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The Independent, 17th May 2018

Source: www.independent.co.uk

IPSO finds against Telegraph over publication of child’s image – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 26th, 2018 in children, codes of practice, media, news, photography, privacy, public interest by sally

‘Eloise Dixon complained to the Independent Press Standards Organisation that the Daily Telegraph breached Clause 6 (Children) of the Editors’ Code of Practice in an article headlined “British tourist shot in favela in Rio ‘too scared’ to speak to police”, published on 9 August 2017.’

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Daily Telegraph, 26th April 2018

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Judges told to limit observers if witness has to remove veil – The Guardian

‘Judges should restrict the number of observers allowed into court when defendants or witnesses are compelled to remove their veil to give evidence, new guidance to judges recommends.’

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The Guardian, 28th February 2018

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UK to review laws on ‘offensive online communications’ – OUT-LAW.com

Posted February 8th, 2018 in codes of practice, internet, media, news, telecommunications by tracey

‘UK prime minister Theresa May has commissioned a review into current legislation on “offensive online communications”.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 8th February 2018

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BSB publishes new version of its Handbook – Bar Standards Handbook

Posted February 1st, 2018 in barristers, codes of practice, press releases, professional conduct by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published the latest version of the BSB Handbook which contains the Code of Conduct for barristers in England and Wales. This introduces new authorisation to practise requirements, streamlines the public and licensed access rules, and introduces new obligations for barristers and BSB regulated entities to comply with the new Anti-Money Laundering Regulations. The new rules mean that there are four new reporting requirements for barristers looking to apply for or renew their practising certificates.’

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Bar Standards Handbook, 1st February 2018

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Code of practice issued under section 377A of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 – Official Publications

‘This amended code provides guidance on the use of investigation powers under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) 2002 by prosecutors (in England and Wales and Northern Ireland) and has been updated following amendment of POCA by the Criminal Finances Act 2017.’

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Official Publications, 31st January 2018

Source: www.gov.uk/government/publications

‘Rogue’ parking companies face government crackdown – BBC News

Posted January 29th, 2018 in bills, codes of practice, news, parking by sally

‘”Rogue” parking companies will be banned from accessing driver data and issuing charges as part of plans to stop “unscrupulous operators”.’

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BBC News, 28th January 2018

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Watching porn at work – what are the legal consequences? – The Guardian

‘In a four month period in 2017, there were 24,000 attempts to access pornographic websites in the Houses of Parliament. Westminster may be a special case, but should it be a sackable offence in regular offices?’

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The Guardian, 8th January 2018

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Proposed reforms to the UK Corporate Governance Code from 1 January 2019 – OUT-LAW.com

Posted December 19th, 2017 in codes of practice, company directors, company law, financial regulation, news by sally

‘A revised UK Corporate Governance Code, intended by the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) to be “shorter and sharper” and to restore public trust in business, is due to come into force for accounting periods beginning 1 January 2019’

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OUT-LAW.com, 18th December 2017

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Tough code of practice for websites will aim to protect children online – The Guardian

Posted December 11th, 2017 in amendments, bills, children, codes of practice, internet, news, privacy by sally

‘Websites and apps will be subject to a tough new code of practice to protect children’s privacy online following a cross-party campaign in the House of Lords to prevent young people’s internet activity being monitored.’

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The Guardian, 8th December 2017

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UK admits that Investigatory Powers Act needs updated to comply with EU law – OUT-LAW.com

‘The Investigatory Powers Act needs to be updated if it is to comply with EU law, the UK government has admitted.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 1st December 2017

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Treat Insolvency Rules as ‘a complete code’ for payment of statutory interest, rules Court of Appeal – OUT-LAW.com

‘The Court of Appeal has determined the extent of creditors’ entitlements to statutory interest on their debts and the correct approach for calculating their entitlement. It has ruled on the entitlement of representative creditors of Lehman Brothers International (Europe) (LBIE) to the surplus funds and on the calculation of the statutory interest due to them.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 10th November 2017

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New ethics and practice website launched for barristers – The Bar Council

‘A new website devoted entirely to helping barristers with ethical and practice queries has been launched by the Bar Council to support its members.’

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The Bar Council, 6th November 2017

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Most organisations are unclear about data storage and transfer arrangements, say privacy watchdogs – OUT-LAW.com

‘Most privacy notices displayed on websites and mobile apps do not explain to consumers the country in which collected personal data is stored, according to a study carried out by data protection authorities based around the world.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 26th October 2017

Source: www.out-law.com

High Court grants injunction to stop former in-house solicitor acting against ex-employer – Legal Futures

‘The High Court has granted an injunction restraining a former in-house solicitor from acting in proceedings against her former employer, saying that even if she was aware of the danger of disclosing confidential information, she might still subconsciously use it.’

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Legal Futures, 30th October 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk