Electronic signatures instead of witnesses for LPAs stay on the table – Legal Futures

‘The government has refused to rule out replacing the witnessing of lasting powers of attorney (LPAs) with electronic signatures despite widespread opposition in a consultation.’

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Legal Futures, 20th May 2022

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Proposed Reforms to the UK Human Rights Act – Oxford Human Rights Hub

Posted May 20th, 2022 in consultations, government departments, human rights, news by sally

‘In December 2021, the UK Government released its consultation document proposing changes to the Human Rights Act 1998. That document followed the report of the Independent Human Rights Act Review, established in 2020 to examine, first, the relationship between domestic UK courts and the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), and second, the impact of the Human Rights Act 1998 on the relationship between the three branches of state in the UK. Incidentally, the Oxford Human Rights Hub submitted evidence to that latter report. This article considers some of the most important proposed changes.’

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Oxford Human Rights Hub, 18th May 2022

Source: ohrh.law.ox.ac.uk

The Government’s Proposed Bill Of Rights Is A ‘Power Grab’ – Each Other

‘On the same day Prince Charles declared in the Queen’s Speech that the government intends to replace the Human Rights Act (HRA) with a new Bill of Rights, civil liberties activists rallied behind a campaign in what may be a last attempt to protect it.’

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Each Other, 11th May 2022

Source: eachother.org.uk

SRA disciplinary decisions could stay in public domain for longer – Legal Futures

‘Details of disciplinary and other regulatory action taken by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) could be published for longer than the current three years to combat misinformation online, it said yesterday.’

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Legal Futures, 11th May 2022

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Doctors could soon face action over ‘misleading’ social media posts – The Guardian

‘Doctors who share “misleading” information on social media could face regulatory action, according to planned new guidelines.’

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The Guardian, 26th April 2022

Source: www.theguardian.com

Legal challenge sees decision to close hospital over staffing issues quashed – Local Government Lawyer

Posted April 26th, 2022 in consultations, coronavirus, hospitals, judicial review, news, statutory duty by sally

‘An NHS Trust has conceded, following a judicial review challenge, that its decision to close a hospital over staffing issues partly attributed to pandemic pressures was unlawful.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 25th April 2022

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

UK consumer law enforcement powers to be bolstered – OUT-LAW.com

‘Businesses that breach UK consumer protection laws will be subject to fines of up to 10% of their annual global turnover under changes to legislation the UK government has committed to making.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 21st April 2022

Source: www.pinsentmasons.com

Going backwards: statutory sick pay after the pandemic – by Dr Lisa Rodgers – UK Labour Law

‘The coronavirus pandemic has seen unprecedented interference by governments in many aspects of our working lives. In terms of labour law, some of the changes made by the UK government during the pandemic have been deregulatory and served to erode protection for workers (for example, through increasing flexibility in working time for key workers: Working Time (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020. For the most part though, these changes have increased worker protection and provided significant support for UK businesses and employees. The two furlough schemes, the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and the accompanying Self-Employment Income Support Scheme have been widely judged as pandemic success stories, with the CJRS supporting 11.6 million people and playing a clear role in limiting job losses. Likewise, changes to the sick pay system during the pandemic have been positive, serving to increase access to the scheme and reduce the administrative burden on both employees and their employers.’

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UK Labour Law, 12th April 2022

Source: uklabourlawblog.com

Service and admin charges – from the Upper Tribunal – Nearly Legal

‘The First Tier Tribunal had been wrong to grant dispensation from section 20 consultation requirements on the basis that the freeholder “had started the consultation process and had kept the leaseholders of flats in the block informed until the works became sufficiently urgent that the respondent had had to carry them out without waiting for the consultation to be completed.”’

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Nearly Legal, 3rd April 2022

Source: nearlylegal.co.uk

‘Conversion therapy’: Ban to go-ahead but not cover trans people – BBC News

‘The government insists it will ban so-called conversion therapy for gay or bisexual people in England and Wales – but not for transgender people.’

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BBC News, 1st April 2022

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Greater Manchester: Bus firm appeals against public control ruling – BBC News

Posted March 28th, 2022 in appeals, consultations, judicial review, local government, news, transport by tracey

‘A bus operator that lost a legal battle to stop Greater Manchester’s bus network returning to public control is appealing against the ruling.’

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BBC News, 27th March 2022

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Law will be changed to ‘undo’ P&O’s mass sacking of its workers, government vows – The Independent

Posted March 25th, 2022 in consultations, employment, government departments, news, trade unions, transport by tracey

‘The law will be changed to “undo” P&O’s mass sacking of its workers, the government is vowing – just hours after a minister warned that would harm the economy.’

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The Independent, 24th March 2022

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Mobile loophole for gaming drivers is closed – BBC News

‘A loophole allowing drivers to escape punishment for handheld phone use if they are taking a photo or playing a game has closed in Great Britain.’

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BBC News, 25th March 2022

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

A UK Bill of Rights? – London Review of Books

Posted March 23rd, 2022 in consultations, human rights, Ministry of Justice, news by sally

‘The United Kingdom​ might soon have its first bill of rights since the English Bill of Rights of 1688. On 14 December last year, the government published the much anticipated Independent Human Rights Act Review (IHRAR), which sets out the conclusions of a ten-month inquiry by an independent panel of experts into the operation of the Human Rights Act 1998. At the same time, the Ministry of Justice issued a consultation document, “Human Rights Act Reform: A Modern Bill of Rights”, the proposals of which bear no resemblance to the recommendations of the IHRAR (the consultation period ended on 8 March). Influenced, it seems, by Dominic Raab’s appointment as secretary of state for justice in the September reshuffle, the Ministry of Justice consultation document sets out a proposal that it describes, accurately, as “far-reaching”. By my count, 21 of the 29 questions it poses are not considered in the IHRAR. The whole document is founded on the decision to “replace” the Human Rights Act with a bill of rights, something not considered by the IHRAR panel (which noted in passing that it detected no depth of support for one).’

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London Review of Books, 24th March 2022

Source: www.lrb.co.uk

Outdoor civil weddings and partnerships here to stay – BBC News

Posted March 15th, 2022 in civil partnerships, consultations, coronavirus, licensing, marriage, news by tracey

‘Outdoor civil weddings and partnerships are being legalised permanently in England and Wales. Until last summer, non-religious ceremonies had to be held inside or in a permanent outdoor structure. The rules were relaxed to allow for more guests while coronavirus social distancing measures were in place.’

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BBC News, 15th March 2022

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Andy Burnham’s move to bring bus services under public control ‘not unlawful’ – The Independent

Posted March 10th, 2022 in consultations, contracting out, local government, news, transport by tracey

‘Andy Burnham’s decision to reform bus services to bring them under public control in Greater Manchester was not unlawful, a High Court judge has found in a ruling against two bus companies.’

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The Independent, 9th March 2022

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Internet scams to be included in UK online safety bill – The Guardian

‘Measures to protect people from internet scams will now be included in proposed online safety laws, the government has said.’

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The Guardian, 8th March 2022

Source: www.theguardian.com

Rule will require solicitors to challenge colleagues’ improper behaviour – Legal Futures

‘Solicitors will have a regulatory obligation to challenge colleagues who treat others unfairly or without respect as part of a plan to beef up the rules on health and wellbeing at work.’

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Legal futures, 7th March 2022

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

LSB warns Bar Council over objections to “unreasonable” PCF rise – Legal Futures

Posted March 2nd, 2022 in barristers, budgets, consultations, fees, Legal Services Board, news, statistics by sally

‘The Legal Services Board (LSB) has approved a 4.5% increase in the practising certificate fee (PCF) for barristers, while warning the Bar Council that the exercise of its regulatory functions, such as setting the fee, “should not be prejudiced” by its representative role.’

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Legal Futures, 2nd March 2022

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Disabled people ‘given 12 days’ to respond to human rights consultation – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Disability and human rights groups have called for a consultation on controversial human rights reforms to be extended, telling the lord chancellor that disabled people have been given less than a fortnight to respond. The Ministry of Justice has apologised for the long wait for a ‘fully accessible’ document.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 2nd March 2022

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk