LSB launches internal governance rules consultation – Legal Services Board

Posted November 10th, 2017 in consultations, legal services, Legal Services Board, press releases by tracey

‘The Legal Service Board has today published a consultation on its internal governance rules (IGR) for the legal services regulators.’

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Legal Services Board, 9th November 2017

Source: www.legalservicesboard.org.uk

2011 amendments to Construction Act 1996 are under review – Practical Law: Construction Blog

Posted November 7th, 2017 in construction industry, consultations, news by tracey

‘On 1 May 2018 it will be 20 years since the Construction Act 1996 came into force. I think it is fair to say that, despite initial reservations by some about its introduction, most people would agree that, overall, the statutory adjudication and payment provisions have been successful. That said, like any adolescent, its teenage years have been somewhat difficult, which is mainly down to the 2011 amendments (introduced by Part 8 of the LDEDC Act 2009) to both the Act and the Scheme for Construction Contracts 1998.

Therefore, I was delighted to receive an email from a friend a couple of weeks ago letting me know that the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) had published a consultation on the 2011 amendments. The consultation can be accessed here and you have until 19 January 2018 to submit your thoughts.

Not only that, but the government has also published a consultation on the practice of cash retention under construction contracts (with the same January deadline). Although it is a very relevant and worthwhile consultation, it is the consultation on the 2011 amendments that I want to focus on today.’

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Practical Law: Construction Blog, 7th November 2017

Source: constructionblog.practicallaw.com

An end to private hearing deals and unilateral emails to court: CPRC to strengthen open justice – Litigation Futures

Posted November 7th, 2017 in civil justice, civil procedure rules, consultations, news, private hearings by tracey

‘A default position that all court hearings should be conducted in public, and parties and witnesses named, is under consideration by the Civil Procedure Rule Committee (CPRC) as part of a push to emphasise the importance of open justice, it has emerged.’

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Litigation Futures, 7th November 2017

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

Government starts work on Law Commission health care and mental capacity recommendations – Law Commission

‘The Government has launched a new consultation looking at the regulation of health care professionals, based on recommendations from a 2014 report by the UK Law Commissions.’

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Law Commission, 1st November 2017

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk/

Impact of cuts to legal aid to come under review – The Guardian

Posted October 31st, 2017 in civil justice, consultations, legal aid, litigants in person, news by sally

‘The justice secretary, David Liddington, has committed his department to review the deep cuts imposed on legal aid by the coalition government in 2012.’

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The Guardian, 31st October 2017

Source: www.theguardian.com

A good bet? The fixed-odds controversy – BBC News

Posted October 31st, 2017 in consultations, gambling, news by sally

‘Britain’s betting industry is bracing for the release of a government review into controversial fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs).’

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BBC News, 26th October 2017

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

HMCTS launches new consultation on flexible court hours pilots after heeding objections – Legal Futures

Posted October 30th, 2017 in consultations, courts, diversity, HM Courts Service, news, pilot schemes by sally

‘HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) has launched a new consultation on flexible operating hours pilots which accepts the possibility that extending the hours of courts, although desirable, might have to be abandoned altogether.’

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Legal Futures, 26th October 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

“Complete backing” for not extending cab-rank rule to public access work – Legal Futures

Posted October 30th, 2017 in barristers, complaints, consultations, disclosure, insurance, legal ombudsman, news by sally

‘The cab-rank rule will not be extended to public and licensed access (PLA) cases after the Bar Standards Board (BSB) received complete backing for the position in consultation.’

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Legal Futures, 30th October 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Working Together to Safeguard Children: changes to statutory guidance – Department for Education

Posted October 27th, 2017 in children, consultations, education, government departments, news, regulations by sally

‘This consultation seeks views on significant revisions to ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’ – the statutory guidance which sets out what is expected of organisations, individually and jointly, to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. These revisions are being made largely to reflect the legislative changes introduced through the Children and Social Work Act 2017.’

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Department for Education, 25th October 2017

Source: consult.education.gov.uk

Justice in jeopardy: government defies backlash to confirm ‘reckless’ legal aid cuts – Law Society Gazette

‘The government is to press ahead with reform of legal aid fees paid to solicitors in criminal cases – despite 97% of submissions to a consultation vehemently opposing the plans. Representative bodies have this afternoon condemned the decision as ‘reckless’, claiming it places justice in jeopardy.’

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Law Society Gazette, 24th October 2017

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Government floats referral fee ban and acting for both sides in bid to improve home-buying process – Legal Futures

Posted October 23rd, 2017 in consultations, conveyancing, estate agents, fees, news, sale of land, solicitors by sally

‘A ban on estate agents charging solicitors referral fees along with loosening the restriction on conveyancers acting for both seller and buyer were suggested by the government yesterday as possible reforms to improve the home-buying process.’

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Legal Futures, 23rd October 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Consultation launched on laws around antique firearms – Home Office

Posted October 19th, 2017 in consultations, firearms, press releases by tracey

‘Public invited to give their views as new figures show the number of antique weapons recovered in criminal circumstances doubled between 2012 and 2016.’

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Home Office, 19th October 2017

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

Ministers urged to ditch plans to cut number of MPs by 50 – The Guardian

Posted October 17th, 2017 in boundaries, constitutional reform, consultations, elections, news, parliament by tracey

‘Government does not have parliamentary support for revised boundary changes, which would boost Tory election win chances, say Labour and Lib Dems.’

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The Guardian, 17th October 2017

Source: www.theguardian.com

Ministry of Justice “set to repeat mistakes of LASPO”, warns MASS chairman – Litigation Futures

Posted October 12th, 2017 in consultations, insurance, Ministry of Justice, news, personal injuries by sally

‘ASPO has not brought down insurance premiums, stopped referral fees or seen accident victims benefit from the promised 10% uplift in damages, and the Ministry of Justice is set to repeat its mistakes in the Civil Liability Bill, the chairman of the Motor Accident Solicitors Society (MASS) claimed yesterday.’

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Litigation Futures, 12th October 2017

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

BSB seeks views on updating some of the rules governing barrister training and qualification – Bar Standards Board

Posted October 4th, 2017 in barristers, consultations, inns of court, legal education, news by sally

‘As part of its ongoing Future Bar Training (FBT) programme, the Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today launched a new consultation on a number of aspects of the way in which barristers train and qualify.’

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Bar Standards Board, 3rd October 2017

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

BSB training plans could curb role of Inns – including compulsory dinners – and end 12-month term for pupillages – Legal Futures

Posted October 4th, 2017 in barristers, consultations, inns of court, legal education, news by sally

‘A drastic reduction in the role of the Inns of Court in the training of barristers – to the point where barristers would not have to be members of one – and an end to the required period of 12 months for pupillages are on the table as the Bar Standards Board (BSB) takes the next step in its Future Bar Training initiative.’

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Legal Futures, 4th October 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Consultation launched into new right of appeal at Investigatory Powers Tribunal – Home Office

Posted October 3rd, 2017 in appeals, consultations, investigatory powers, news, tribunals by sally

‘A public consultation on draft rules governing proceedings at the Investigatory Powers Tribunal has been launched today [29 September] by Security Minister Ben Wallace.’

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Home Office, 29th September 2017

Source: www.gov.uk

BSB proposes targeted approach to CMA disclosure recommendations: focuses on consumers who would benefit most – Bar Standards Board

Posted October 3rd, 2017 in barristers, competition, consultations, consumer protection, fees, news by sally

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published a new consultation outlining its proposed response to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) recommendations for more transparency about legal service providers’ fees, services and rights of redress for consumers.’

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Bar Standards Board, 2nd October 2017

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Revealed: BSB set to expand price transparency obligation beyond public access to referral Bar – Legal Futures

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) will say today that new rules on publishing prices should extend to referral barristers as well as those handling public access work.’

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Legal Futures, 2nd October 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Ministers to tighten disqualification criteria for councillors and mayors – Local Government Lawyer

Posted September 21st, 2017 in consultations, criminal records, disqualification, local government, news by sally

‘Individuals who are given an anti-social behaviour injunction or a criminal behaviour order or who are added to the sex offenders’ register will no longer be able to be a councillor or elected mayor, under reforms put out to consultation this week.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 20th September 2017

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk