Consultation paper launched – Vulnerable witnesses and parties – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted September 5th, 2019 in case management, civil procedure rules, consultations, victims, witnesses by tracey

‘Consultation paper launched – Vulnerable witnesses and parties.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 3rd September 2019

Source: www.judiciary.uk

Farewell to the Assured Shorthold Tenancy – Tanfield Chambers

Posted September 4th, 2019 in consultations, landlord & tenant, news, rent by sally

‘The Government is proposing to abolish Assured Shorthold Tenancies in order to stop “no fault” evictions. In this article I summarise the proposals in the Consultation Paper on which views are sought. This article was published in the Estates Gazette on 5th August 2019.’

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Tanfield Chambers, 20th August 2019

Source: www.tanfieldchambers.co.uk

Campaigners refused permission to appeal ruling on closure of children’s centres – Local Government Lawyer

‘A campaign group has failed to obtain permission to appeal a High Court ruling that a decision by the Cabinet at Buckinghamshire County Council to close 19 out of its 35 children’s centres was lawful.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 29th August 2019

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Solicitors Regulation Authority consults on overhaul of Higher Rights of Audience scheme – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Solicitors Regulation Authority has proposed the introduction of revised standards for the Higher Rights of Audience qualification.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 21st August 2019

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Green light for civil standard of proof at SDT – Legal Futures

‘The Legal Services Board (LSB) has approved the change in the standard of proof used by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) to the civil standard.’

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Legal Futures, 29th July 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

LGBT groups and celebrities call for gender law reform – BBC News

Posted July 29th, 2019 in consultations, gender, news by sally

‘More than 100 LGBT organisations and celebrities are urging the government to reform UK gender identity laws, the BBC has learned.’

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BBC News, 29th July 2019

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Ministry consults on implementing decision to end ‘no-fault’ evictions – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has launched a consultation on implementing the government’s decision to remove section 21 of the Housing Act 1988 and improving section 8 eviction grounds.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 23rd July 2019

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Zero-hours workers may get compensation for cancelled shifts – The Guardian

‘Companies could be forced to compensate workers on zero-hours or flexible contracts for cancelled shifts, under government proposals.’

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The Guardian, 19th July 2019

Source: www.theguardian.com

Government to legislate for legal advice on NDAs – Legal Futures

‘The government has pledged to change the law to ensure that employees signing non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) receive independent legal advice.’

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Legal Futures, 22nd July 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Tenants will be given access to rogue landlord database – The Guardian

‘Campaigners have welcomed government plans to open up its rogue landlord database to prospective tenants, as part of proposals to give greater protection to renters.’

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The Guardian, 21st July 2019

Source: www.theguardian.com

“Landmark moment” as Domestic Abuse Bill introduced to Parliament – Home Office

‘The government’s landmark Domestic Abuse Bill will be introduced in Parliament today, signalling a major step forward in transforming the response to this crime.’

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Home Office, 16th July 2019

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

Two million of UK’s lowest-paid may get statutory sick pay – The Guardian

Posted July 15th, 2019 in consultations, disabled persons, health, news, remuneration, sick leave by tracey

‘Two million low-paid workers may for the first time be entitled to statutory sick pay under proposals that the government hopes will also encourage more people with disabilities and long-term conditions back into work.’

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The Guardian, 15th July 2019

Source: www.theguardian.com

Social housing: changes to intervention and enforcement – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Regulator of Social Housing is running a consultation on changes to its guidance on intervention, enforcement and use of powers. Sarah Greenhalgh analyses the proposals.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 12th July 2019

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Parents launch legal action to stop Catholic school academy plan – The Guardian

‘Parents at a Catholic primary school have launched legal action in an attempt to halt academisation after the local bishop said he wanted all Catholic schools in the diocese to convert and join a multi-academy trust (Mat).’

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The Guardian, 9th July 2019

Source: www.theguardian.com

CPS cancels meeting on rape victims’ phone data due to legal action – The Guardian

‘Police chiefs and prosecutors have been accused of treating a coalition of women’s groups with contempt after cancelling a meeting to discuss concerns over requests to hand over mobile phone records in rape investigations.’

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The Guardian, 6th July 2019

Source: www.theguardian.com

How helpful is witness evidence anyway? The impact (or not) of evidence from a third party in loss of chance cases – Hardwicke Chambers

‘A solicitor makes a negligent error in a negotiation between a client and third party. The error leads the client to agree something different to the agreement the client had envisaged. What difference does the error make to the outcome and how should this translate into damages? Does the analysis change where the third party gives evidence and is adamant that the error made no difference to the outcome? These questions arose in Moda International Brands Ltd v Gateley LLP (1) & Gateley Plc (2). Against the background of the Commercial Court’s consultation on witness statements, this case offers an illustration of witnesses’ diminished role.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 21st June 2019

Source: hardwicke.co.uk

Worst animal cruelty cases to get higher jail terms – BBC News

Posted June 26th, 2019 in animal cruelty, bills, consultations, news, police, sentencing, statistics by sally

‘People found guilty of the worst cases of animal cruelty will face up to five years in prison under a new law proposed for England and Wales.’

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BBC News, 26th June 2019

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Revenge porn and ‘cyber-flashing’ laws go under review – The Guardian

‘Victims of revenge porn may be given automatic anonymity in court under a government-initiated review of online harassment that could recommend criminalising “cyber-flashing” and “deepfake” images.’

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The Guardian, 26th June 2019

Source: www.theguardian.com

Anti-money laundering supervisor “should practise what it preaches” – Legal Futures

Posted June 14th, 2019 in barristers, consultations, money laundering, news, ombudsmen, regulations by sally

‘The body that oversees legal regulators’ anti-money laundering (AML) efforts needs to show the same level of transparency that it is demanding of them, the Bar Council has said.’

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Legal Futures, 14th June 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Call for Evidence to help improve BSB Handbook – Bar Standards Board

Posted June 6th, 2019 in barristers, codes of practice, consultations, news by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) is today calling for evidence to help it scope a planned review of the BSB Handbook – the document which includes the Code of Conduct for barristers and the rules with which they must comply.’

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Bar Standards Board, 6th june 2019

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk