MPs prepare to debate judicial review reforms – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 15th, 2021 in bills, consultations, judicial review, Ministry of Justice, news, parliament by tracey

‘MPs will soon have their first opportunity to debate the government’s controversial judicial review reforms. The Judicial Review and Courts Bill has its second reading in the House of Commons on Monday.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 14th October 2021

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Society voices ‘genuine concerns’ about power of attorney reforms – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The Law Society has raised concerns about plans to make it easier to obtain lasting power of attorney (LPA), warning that sufficient safeguards must remain in place to protect the vulnerable.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 14th October 2021

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Research Briefing: Powers of attorney and other decision-making powers – House of Commons Library

‘This Commons Library briefing paper deals with powers of attorney and other ways of authorising someone to make a decision for another person in England and Wales.’

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House of Commons Library, 6th October 2021

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Consultation for vaccine passports – England – Law & Religion UK

‘Late on 27 September 2021, the Department of Health and Social Care issued the Consultation Proposal for mandatory COVID certification in a Plan B scenario: call for evidence, asking for responses by 11 October, although it encourages stakeholders to submit views as quickly as possible in case there is need to introduce certification, as part of Plan B, at short notice.’

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Law & Religion UK, 28th September 2021

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Conversion therapy delay frustrates campaigners – BBC News

‘A public consultation into a proposed ban on so-called conversion therapy has been delayed by at least a month, until possibly the end of October.’

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BBC News, 25th September 2021

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UK staff to gain right to request flexible working from day one – The Guardian

Posted September 21st, 2021 in consultations, equality, flexible working, news, reasons by sally

‘Employees will have the right to request flexible working from the moment they start a job, with companies obliged to explain their reasons if it is then refused, the government will propose in a consultation document this week.’

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The Guardian, 20th September 2021

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News focus: Data protection reform – a bonfire, or building back better? – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted September 20th, 2021 in brexit, consultations, data protection, government departments, news by tracey

‘Government plans to streamline the data protection regime aim to foster innovation in the sector, but have also reignited concerns about automated data processing and the erosion of rights.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 20th September 2021

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Grenfell Inquiry: Government petition launched calling minister to examine discrimination role in fire – The Independent

‘A government petition has been launched calling for an inquiry into the role of institutional discrimination in the Grenfell Tower fire. The petition is calling for an “independent, expertise-led and community-centred” inquiry into whether institutional racism, classism and/or discrimination against religion contributed to the events leading to the fire.’

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The Independent, 11th September 2021

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Ministry of Justice to press ahead with fixed costs expansion – Legal Futures

‘The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) yesterday confirmed that it will implement Sir Rupert Jackson’s blueprint for fixed recoverable costs (FRC) across the fast-track and in most money cases worth up to £100,000.’

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Legal Futures, 7th September 2021

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Bar to review aptitude test with just 0.7% fail rate – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted September 3rd, 2021 in barristers, consultations, legal education, news, statistics by tracey

‘The bar is considering whether to scrap a student aptitude test that weeds out fewer than 1% of candidates, after concluding that it is “not operating as an effective filter”.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 3rd September 2021

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Civil liberties groups demand ban of use of facial recognition technology by police – Local Government Lawyer

‘Liberty, Privacy International and 29 other organisations have called for Parliament to ban the use of live facial recognition technology (LFRT) by the police and private companies.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 31st August 2021

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MoJ: “Strong justification” for increasing 129 court fees – Legal Futures

Posted September 1st, 2021 in consultations, courts, fees, Ministry of Justice, news by sally

‘There is “strong justification” for increasing 129 court fees by inflation, backdated to 2016, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has said.’

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Legal Futures, 1st September 2021

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Bill makes subtle changes to judicial review in England and Wales – OUT-LAW.com

Posted August 11th, 2021 in bills, consultations, government departments, judicial review, news by tracey

‘The UK government has introduced its Judicial Review and Courts Bill in Parliament. In doing so, it has stepped back from radical reforms restricting judicial review, and instead focused on a more subtle reform of remedies, expected to come into force in England and Wales in 2022.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 10th August 2021

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Consult on damages for crime victims with convictions, court tells government – BBC News

Posted August 10th, 2021 in compensation, consultations, crime, criminal records, news, victims by sally

‘The public should be consulted on whether crime victims should be barred from getting compensation if they have an unspent conviction, judges say.’

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BBC News, 9th August 2021

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New guidelines to sentence trade mark offences published – Sentencing Council

‘Two new sentencing guidelines for sentencing individuals or companies that sell or possess counterfeit goods intended for sale were published by the Sentencing Council today, following consultation.’

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Sentencing Council, 5th August 2021

Source: www.sentencingcouncil.org.uk

BSB publishes new research on consumers’ expectations and experience of working with barristers – Bar Standards Board

Posted August 6th, 2021 in barristers, consultations, consumer protection, legal services, news by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published research on consumers’ expectations and experience of working with barristers. As an evidence-based regulator acting to protect and promote the interests of consumers, this new research helps the BSB to gain an up-to-date understanding of what consumers expect from barristers and the findings here will inform the regulator’s work in many areas.’

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Bar Standards Board, 4th August 2021

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Civil Justice Council pushes ahead with guideline hourly rates changes – Legal Futures

Posted August 2nd, 2021 in civil justice, consultations, costs, fees, news by sally

‘The Civil Justice Council (CJC) working group charged with reviewing the guideline hourly rates (GHR) has doubled down on its interim recommendations following consultation.’

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Legal Futures, 2nd August 2021

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More needs to be done to ensure remote hearings are fair and work smoothly, say family professionals – Local Government Lawyer

‘Nearly two thirds of professionals responding to the latest Nuffield Family Justice Observatory (NFJO) rapid consultation feel that more needs to be done to ensure that remote hearings are fair and work smoothly.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 26th July 2021

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High Court gives green light for challenge to DWP consultation on development of new strategy for disabled people – Local Government Lawyer

‘The High Court has allowed four disabled individuals to bring a judicial review challenge of how the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Thérèse Coffey, conducted the consultation on a proposed new national strategy for people with disabilities.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 23rd July 2021

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Public street harassment set to be made illegal in England and Wales – The Guardian

‘Public street harassment is likely to be criminalised under plans being drawn up by the government as part of its long-awaited strategy to tackle violence against women and girls (VAWG) for England and Wales.’

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The Guardian, 20th July 2021

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