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

Public should be given more search warrant protections – Law Commission

‘The laws around search warrants should be modernised with more protections put in place to protect individuals’ rights, say the Law Commission.’

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Law Commission, 5th June 2018

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk/

Public Order Offences Consultation – Sentencing Council

Posted May 31st, 2018 in consultations, Crown Court, magistrates, news, public order, sentencing by sally

‘The Sentencing Council has produced this consultation paper in order to seek views from as many people as possible interested in the sentencing of Public Order Act offences.’

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Sentencing Council, 9th May 2018

Source: consult.justice.gov.uk

Private hire vehicle operators lose High Court battle over TfL fee changes – Local Government Lawyer

Posted May 31st, 2018 in consultations, fees, licensing, London, news, taxis, transport by sally

‘A High Court judge has rejected a legal challenge brought by private hire vehicle operators over changes introduced by Transport for London to its licensing fees structure.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 31st May 2018

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

BSB agrees further key elements for the future of Bar training – Bar Standards Board

Posted May 31st, 2018 in barristers, consultations, hate crime, legal education, news, pupillage by sally

‘Following its recent consultation, the Bar Standards Board (BSB) has agreed in principle how it should move forward with several further aspects of its review into the training and qualification of barristers.’

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Bar Standards Board, 30th May 2018

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Here we go again – Government renews bid to make directors personally liable for nuisance calls – Legal Futures

Posted May 31st, 2018 in company directors, consultations, news, nuisance, telecommunications by sally

‘The government is set to finally make good on its pledge to make the directors of companies which make unsolicited nuisance calls personally liable if their firm breaks the law.’

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Legal Futures, 31st May 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Campaign group in legal action over changes to local hospital services – Local Government Lawyer

Posted May 30th, 2018 in consultations, health, hospitals, news by sally

‘Campaigners in the North East have applied for a judicial review of a decision by two clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) to approve the removal of certain services from a local hospital.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 29th May 2018

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Nuisance call bosses could be fined up to £500,000 – BBC News

Posted May 30th, 2018 in company directors, consultations, fines, news, telecommunications by sally

‘Bosses of firms which bombard people with nuisance calls could be fined up to £500,000 under government proposals to make them personally liable.’

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BBC News, 30th May 2018

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Consultation to give police greater confidence to pursue suspects – Home Office

‘The Home Office is today launching a consultation to help tackle motorcycle-related crime by providing police officers with better legal protection.’

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Home Office, 22nd May 2018

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

New UK trade secrets laws imminent – OUT-LAW.com

Posted May 17th, 2018 in consultations, EC law, intellectual property, legislation, news, regulations by tracey

‘New trade secrets laws are scheduled to be published by the UK government before the end of this month.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 16th May 2018

Source: www.out-law.com

Government to slash maximum stake on fixed-odds betting terminals to £2 in bid to tackle problem gambling – The Independent

Posted May 17th, 2018 in consultations, gambling, news by tracey

‘The maximum stake on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBT) will be cut from £100 to £2, the government has announced.’

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The Independent, 17th May 2018

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Information Commissioner consults on draft Regulatory Action Policy – Local Government Lawyer

Posted May 8th, 2018 in bills, consultations, data protection, news by sally

‘The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has launched a consultation on the way it plans to regulate new data protection laws.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 4th May 2018

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Chambers could be forced to publish data on sexual orientation and religion – Legal Futures

Posted April 12th, 2018 in barristers, consultations, disclosure, diversity, homosexuality, news, privacy by sally

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) is considering a rule change which would mean chambers would have to include sexual orientation and religion in the diversity data they publish on their websites.’

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Legal Futures, 12th April 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

UK to tighten laws on ‘abhorrent’ ivory trade – The Guardian

Posted April 3rd, 2018 in animal cruelty, artistic works, consultations, news, sale of goods by sally

‘A UK ban on ivory sales, which the government claims will be the toughest in Europe and one of the strictest in the world, is to be introduced after the proposals were overwhelmingly backed in a public consultation.’

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The Guardian, 3rd April 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

UK government confirms changes to discount rate calculation method – OUT-LAW.com

Posted March 29th, 2018 in bills, consultations, insurance, news, personal injuries by tracey

‘The way in which the discount rate applied to lump sum personal injury payments is calculated will be changed in order to “better reflect evidence of actual investment habits”, the UK government has confirmed.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 28th March 2018

Source: www.out-law.com

Statement from the Justice Secretary on judgment re: John Worboys – Ministry of Justice

Posted March 29th, 2018 in consultations, disclosure, parole, press releases, victims by tracey

‘Statement from the Lord Chancellor and Justice Secretary, David Gauke, in response to today’s judgment.’

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Ministry of Justice, 28th March 2018

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

No call for evidence in AG’s disclosure review – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted March 27th, 2018 in attorney general, consultations, disclosure, news, select committees by tracey

‘The day before MPs begin hearing evidence on challenges around the disclosure of evidence in criminal cases, the Attorney General’s Office has announced it will not be issuing a call for evidence to inform its wider review.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 26th March 2018

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk