How many transgender inmates are there? – BBC News

Posted August 14th, 2018 in consultations, gender, news, prisons, reports, transsexuals by sally

‘The campaign group Fair Play for Women claimed 41% of transgender women in prison are convicted sex offenders.’

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BBC News, 13th August 2018

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Government to trial citizens juries and mass online polls in local decision-making – Local Government Lawyer

Posted August 10th, 2018 in consultations, local government, news by sally

‘The government is to trial ways for people to take a more direct role in decisions that affect their local area, with proposals for “Citizens’ Juries” or mass participation in decision-making on community issues via an online poll or app.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 9th August 2018

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Civil service unions start legal case after government fails to consult on pay – The Guardian

Posted August 9th, 2018 in civil servants, consultations, judicial review, news, remuneration, trade unions by tracey

‘Civil service unions are seeking a judicial review over the government’s failure to consult on pay. Three unions, representing 200,000 public employees, have accused ministers of never intending to consult staff before offering a new pay cap of 1.5%.’

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The Guardian, 8th August 2018

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SRA seeks to clarify threshold for reporting misconduct – Legal Futures

‘The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is looking to clarify the threshold used by law firms when deciding whether to report concerns over misconduct.’

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Legal Futures, 2nd August 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Consultation on new offence of intimidating Parliamentary candidates and campaigners – Local Government Lawyer

Posted July 31st, 2018 in consultations, elections, intimidation, news by sally

‘The government has launched a consultation on the introduction of a new offence in electoral law of intimidating Parliamentary candidates and party campaigners.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 30th July 2018

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Decision to close 36 police stations in London lawful, Divisional Court rules – Local Government Lawyer

Posted July 26th, 2018 in consultations, London, news, police by sally

‘A decision by the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) in October 2017 to close 36 police stations in London was lawful, a Divisional Court has ruled.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 24th July 2018

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Drone Bill may ban children from owning larger aircraft – BBC News

Posted July 26th, 2018 in aircraft, bills, children, consultations, disqualification, news by sally

‘Children could be banned from owning drones weighing more than 250g (0.55lb) under a new proposal from the Department for Transport.’

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BBC News, 26th July 2018

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Financial regulator mulls ‘duty of care’ and new damages regime – OUT-LAW.com

‘The FCA is seeking views on whether there is a need for a new customer “duty of care” or “fiduciary duty”, or whether the existing rules already provide sufficient protections for consumers. It is also seeking views on a new right for consumers to seek private damages against firms which have breached the new duty or the regulatory principles set out in the FCA Handbook, particularly the requirement to “treat customers fairly”.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 23rd July 2018

Source: www.out-law.com

Anti-money laundering crackdown should be more focused on most suspicious activity – Law Commission

‘Anti-money laundering laws should be streamlined and strengthened to help law enforcement agencies to focus on serious crime, say the Law Commission.’

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Law Commission, 20th July 2018

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk

MPs call for consultation on fur sales ban – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 23rd, 2018 in advertising, animals, consultations, news by tracey

‘MPs have called for a consultation to ban the sale of real fur after finding that retailers and Trading Standards were “complacent” about it being labelled as fake.’

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Daily Telegraph, 22nd July 2018

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Government seeks views on legal aid for inquests – Ministry of Justice

Posted July 19th, 2018 in consultations, inquests, legal aid, legal representation, press releases by tracey

‘Justice Minister Lucy Frazer today announced the launch of a call for evidence to consider the need for legal representation during inquests.’

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Ministry of Justice, 19th July 2018

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

Bar Council launches LASPO: 5 years on survey – The Bar Council

Posted July 19th, 2018 in barristers, consultations, legal aid, legislation, press releases, sentencing by tracey

‘The Government has now commenced a Post-Implementation Review of Part 1 of LASPO and subordinate legislation. As part of its response, the Bar Council is conducting another survey of the Family and Civil Bar. Your answers will form a central part of its submissions to Post-Implementation Review.’

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The Bar Council, 19th July 2018

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

UK government launches consultation on open justice – OUT-LAW.com

‘The UK government is seeking to clarify the rules governing when litigation should be heard in private, in a bid to safeguard the principles of open justice.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 16th July 2018

Source: www.out-law.com

Lawyers could be forced to share notes of hearings with litigants in person – Litigation Futures

‘A new rule giving judges the power to order lawyers to share notes of hearings with litigants in person is being proposed by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ). Another new rule would put the parties under an explicit obligation to disclose to the other side communications with the court.’

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Litigation Futures, 17th July 2018

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

HMRC seeking ‘unprecedented’ information request powers – OUT-LAW.com

‘HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) in the UK is seeking “unprecedented” powers to obtain information about taxpayers without independent oversight from the tax tribunal, a tax expert has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 12th July 2018

Source: www.out-law.com

Consultation launched on General guideline for offences not covered by specific guidance – Sentencing Council

Posted June 21st, 2018 in consultations, criminal justice, press releases, sentencing by tracey

‘The Sentencing Council has launched a consultation on a General sentencing guideline for use when sentencing offences for which there is no existing guideline.’

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Sentencing Council, 19th June 2018

Source: www.sentencingcouncil.org.uk

Sentencing Council launches new definitive guideline on breach offences – Sentencing Council

Posted June 14th, 2018 in consultations, crime, sentencing by tracey

‘The Sentencing Council has published a definitive guideline on breach offences. The new guideline, which has been issued following a public consultation, will come into effect on 1 October 2018.’

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Sentencing Council, 7th June 2018

Source: http://sentencingcouncil.judiciary.gov.uk

FCA unveils beefed-up regulatory regime for claims management companies – Legal Futures

Posted June 6th, 2018 in claims management, consultations, financial regulation, news by tracey

‘The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has set out the more stringent regime it intends to apply to claims management companies (CMCs) when it takes over their regulation on 1 April 2019.’

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Legal Futures, 6th June 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Bar Council pours cold water on regulator’s complaints plans – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted June 6th, 2018 in barristers, complaints, consultations, news by tracey

‘he barristers’ representative body has poured cold water on proposals by the regulator to make the process of handling complaints from third parties more independent. In a consultation response the Bar Council said it disagreed with the Bar Standards Board’s (BSB) proposals to replace the professional conduct committee (PCC) with an independent decision-making body.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 5th June 2018

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

High Court backs NHS decision to stop funding homeopathy – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 6th, 2018 in budgets, consultations, health, medical treatment, news, reports by tracey

‘A decision to stop NHS funding for homeopathy has been upheld by a High Court judge. The British Homeopathic Association (BHA) brought a legal challenge against NHS England’s decision, made in November last year, to stop paying the £92,000 annual cost of homeopathic remedies. But, following a four-day hearing in London in May, Mr Justice Supperstone dismissed the BHA’s case in a ruling on Tuesday.’

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Daily Telegraph, 5th June 2018

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk