Press regulator censures Mail on Sunday for global warming claims – The Guardian

Posted September 18th, 2017 in agreements, climate change, codes of practice, complaints, media, news by tracey

‘Claims in the Mail on Sunday that global warming data had been exaggerated in order to secure the Paris climate change agreement have been criticised by the UK’s press regulator.’

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The Guardian, 17th September 2017

Source: www.theguardian.com

McKenzie ban back to drawing board – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted September 18th, 2017 in codes of practice, consultations, fees, judiciary, Law Society, McKenzie friends, news by tracey

‘HM Judiciary is set to reassess some of its proposals for regulating the fast-expanding “McKenzie friend” sector after a consultation on banning fee recovery received “large numbers of responses”.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 15th September 2017

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Ofcom condemns Channel 4 News for naming wrong man as Westminster attacker – The Guardian

Posted September 12th, 2017 in codes of practice, media, news, terrorism by tracey

‘The media regulator has found that Channel 4 News seriously breached the broadcasting code by naming the wrong man as the Westminster terror attacker, and has heavily criticised the programme for a string of major mistakes in recent years. Ofcom has taken the highly unusual step of forcing Channel 4 News to make an on-air broadcast of the outcome of its investigation.’

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The Guardian, 12th September 2017

Source: www.theguardian.com

Asda forced to repay suppliers after breaching fair dealing code – The Guardian

Posted September 6th, 2017 in codes of practice, contracts, news, repayment, unfair commercial practices by sally

‘Asda has been forced to pay back hundreds of thousands of pounds to dozens of suppliers after breaching an industry code governing fair dealing.’

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The Guardian, 4th September 2017

Source: www.theguardian.com

Local authority apologises to councillor cleared of unlawfully handling newts – Local Government Lawyer

‘A Forest of Dean councillor has been cleared both of unlawfully handling protected newts and of swearing at other councillors.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 16th August 2017

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Launch of consultation on Criminal Finances Act Codes of Practice – Home Office

‘A 4-week consultation has been launched on the Codes of Practice that will help law enforcement officers confiscate valuable items and other assets acquired using the proceeds of crime as well as tackle the financing of terrorism.’

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Home Office, 31st July 2017

Source: www.gov.uk

UK laws to boost digital infrastructure come into force – OUT-LAW.com

Posted July 20th, 2017 in codes of practice, internet, news, telecommunications by tracey

‘UK laws designed to support the deployment of new digital infrastructure have now come into force.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 19th July 2017

Source: www.out-law.com

His-and-hers advert ban as TV pulls plug on gender stereotypes – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 18th, 2017 in advertising, codes of practice, gender, news by tracey

‘Adverts which encourage gender stereotypes like women cleaning up after their family, or men failing to do housework, face being banned under strict new watchdog rules.’

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Daily Telegraph, 18th July 2017

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

The Reasonableness of Insurance Premiums – Tanfield Chambers

‘Leases generally require leaseholders to contribute to insurance of their block – whether by including the cost in the general service charges or by way of a separate charge known as an “insurance rent”.’

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Tanfield Chambers, 22nd June 2017

Source: www.tanfieldchambers.co.uk

Subject access requests: revised guidance from the ICO – Panopticon

Posted June 21st, 2017 in codes of practice, data protection, freedom of information, news by sally

‘As Panopticon devotees will know, the early months of 2017 brought a flurry of judgments about subject access requests – most importantly, in the Dawson-Damer and Ittihadieh/Deer cases. The principles from those judgments have now been incorporated into a revised ICO Code of Practice on subject access requests, published last week. The revised Code is important not only because it reflects up-to-date caselaw, but also because it tells us how the ICO expects to see subject access requests dealt with in practice.’

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Panopticon, 20th June 2017

Source: panopticonblog.com

Honesty and integrity – honestly different? – UK Police Law Blog

Posted May 16th, 2017 in codes of practice, misfeasance, news, police, solicitors by sally

‘Another month, another decision on the meaning of honesty and integrity. Given that the Standard of ‘Honesty and Integrity’ is considered primus inter pares in relation to the other Standards, in that a breach of it puts an officer at serious risk of dismissal, what amounts to this is important – for officers and presenting authorities.’

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UK Police Law Blog, 12th May 2017

Source: www.ukpolicelawblog.com

Barrister with history of failing to co-operate with BSB and LeO suspended for two years – Legal Futures

‘A commercial barrister has been suspended from practice for failing to comply with an order of the Legal Ombudsman (LeO) and requests from his own regulator, only two years after a series of similar findings as well as a suspension for handling client money when he should not have done.’

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Legal Futures, 8th May 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Paid McKenzie Friends “play on uncertainty and victimhood” of separating fathers – Legal Futures

‘‘Professional’ paid McKenzie Friends associated with fathers’ rights groups (FRGs) play on their “uncertainty and sense of victimhood” to attract business, academic research has found, saying that there needed to be a code of conduct and a greater role for law school clinics in their place.’

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Legal Futures, 20th April 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

McKenzie Friend Marketplace to ban “active” students from giving legal advice in wake of criticism – Legal Futures

‘The McKenzie Friend Marketplace (MFM), which hopes to help hundreds of law students find paid work offering legal services, has responded to criticism from practitioners by announcing that it will ban active students from providing legal advice – although they will be able to give clients other types of support.’

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Legal Futures, 28th March 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

SRA decision to hold board meetings in private “may breach Legal Services Act” – Legal Futures

‘The decision by the Solicitors Regulation Authority to close its meetings to public and press scrutiny appears to be contrary to its obligations under the Legal Services Act 2007 (LSA), a leading regulatory solicitor has said.’

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Legal Futures, 13th March 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.com

The only way is ethics – Counsel

‘Minding our standards: in the first of a new column for Counsel, Andrew Walker QC outlines fresh imperatives and initiatives for barristers to enhance their knowledge of ethics in practice and stay ahead of the curve.’

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Counsel, March 2017

Source: www.counselmagazine.co.uk

Criminal justice agencies at risk of failing young victims of crime – Victims’ Commissioner

Posted February 27th, 2017 in codes of practice, criminal justice, press releases, victims, young persons by tracey

‘Criminal justice agencies are at risk of failing children and young people who come forward to report crimes because they are not being taken seriously, Victims’ Commissioner has today warned.’

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Victims’ Commissioner, 22nd Febraury 2017

Source: http://victimscommissioner.org.uk

BBC orders urgent investigation into behaviour of TV licence fee collectors amid allegations of underhand tactics – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 27th, 2017 in BBC, codes of practice, enforcement, fees, licensing, media, news, select committees by tracey

‘The BBC has ordered an urgent investigation into the behaviour of television licence fee collectors amid allegations they are using underhand tactics and aggressive incentive schemes to catch evaders.’

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Daily Telegraph, 27th February 2017

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Search engines and rights holders finalise new code to address online copyright infringement – OUT-LAW.com

Posted February 22nd, 2017 in codes of practice, computer programs, copyright, internet, news by sally

‘Google and Microsoft, together with representatives from the UK creative industries, have agreed on a new voluntary code to address online copyright infringement.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 22nd February 2017

Source: www.out-law.com

Ground-breaking code of practice to tackle pirate websites – Technology Law Update

Posted February 22nd, 2017 in codes of practice, computer crime, copyright, internet, news, piracy by sally

‘A ground-breaking new initiative targeting online piracy brings together the creative industries and leading search engines under a voluntary code of practice to tackle copyright infringing sites. The deal, brokered by the UK Intellectual Property Office, with the support of Ofcom and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, will involve collaborative work to demote search results that link to illegal sites. There will be ongoing technical consultation and information sharing to improve the process and adapt to change.’

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Technology Law Update, 21st February 2017

Source: www.technology-law-blog.co.uk