BSB seeks views on how to recover costs for overseeing new Bar training rules – Bar Standards Board

Posted December 7th, 2018 in barristers, consultations, costs, fees, legal education, press releases, pupillage by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today launched a consultation seeking views on the charging model it proposes to introduce for organisations providing Bar training. These organisations are known as Authorised Education and Training Organisations (AETOs).’

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Bar Standards Board, 6th December 2018

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org

Some 125 barristers earned more than £1m last year – Legal Futures

Posted November 27th, 2018 in barristers, budgets, consultations, fees, licensing, news, remuneration, statistics by tracey

‘There were around 125 barristers reporting fees of more than £1m last year, and another 200 who brought in more than £500,000, new figures from the Bar Council have suggested.
The Bar Council, including the Bar Standards Board, is set to raise an extra £900,000 by imposing higher practising certificate fees (PCFs) on barristers earning more than £500,000 for the first time.’

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Legal Futures, 27th November 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Bar Council reaction to Lord Chancellor’s AGFS announcement – The Bar Council

Posted November 27th, 2018 in barristers, consultations, criminal justice, fees, pilot schemes, press releases by tracey

‘Responding to the Lord Chancellor’s announcement during Saturday’s Bar Council Annual Conference of more funding for the Advocates’ Graduated Fee Scheme (AGFS) Andrew Walker QC, Chair of the Bar, said: “The Lord Chancellor’s announcement that there will be further funding for the Advocates’ Graduated Fee Scheme (AGFS), following the recent consultation, is welcome. So too are his comments about the future – about the scope to improve the way in which criminal defence advocates are paid, and his commitment to working together with the professions to make criminal advocacy sustainable.”

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The Bar Council, 26th November 2018

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Doctors and teachers could face criminal charges for failing to report forced marriage – The Independent

Posted November 16th, 2018 in consultations, doctors, forced marriages, news, notification, prosecutions, teachers by tracey

‘Doctors, nurses and teachers could face criminal charges for failing to report forced marriage cases under plans being considered by the government. Ministers are weighing up the possibility of introducing a mandatory reporting duty to boost efforts to tackle the “hidden crime”. A Home Office consultation paper published this week seeks views on whether such a measure should be introduced, and if so, who it should apply to.’

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The Independent, 16th November 2018

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Ministers unveil ‘housing court’ proposals to speed up disputes between landlords and tenants – The Independent

Posted November 14th, 2018 in consultations, courts, housing, landlord & tenant, news by sally

‘Ministers have unveiled plans for a specialist “housing court” to speed up the settlement of property disputes between landlords and tenants.’

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The Independent, 14th November 2018

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Give victims right to challenge police and parole decisions, say MPs and Lords – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 13th, 2018 in compensation, consultations, criminal justice, disclosure, news, parole, police, victims by sally

‘Crime victims must get new legal rights to challenge parole and police decisions, a new all party group of MPs and Lords will demand today (Tues).’

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Daily Telegraph, 13th November 2018

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Law Commissions open consultation into new rules for UK’s self-driving future – Law Commission

‘The Law Commission of England and Wales and the Scottish Law Commission are launching the first of a series of public consultations about crucial legal reforms which will ensure the country is prepared for the introduction of automated vehicles.’

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Law Commission, 8th November 2018

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk

Valuation under evaluation: proposals for reform – Tanfield Chambers

‘Nicola Muir considers the Law Commission’s options for reforming the valuation of residential lease extensions.’

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Tanfield Chambers, 18th October 2018

Source: www.tanfieldchambers.co.uk

Environmental Law News Update – Six Pump Court

‘In this latest Environmental Law News Update, Christopher Badger and Mark Davies consider the environmental implications of yesterday’s Budget, a consultation between the FCA and the PRA on climate change and finance, and a recent case holding that an EIR request was “manifestly unreasonable”.’

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Six Pump Court, 30th October 2018

Source: www.6pumpcourt.co.uk

City council faces judicial review challenge over day centre closure – Local Government Lawyer

‘Campaigners have launched a judicial review challenge over a decision by Birmingham City Council to close a day centre used by people with a range of physical and learning disabilities.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 1st November 2018

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Tighter regulation of cryptoassets coming in the UK – OUT-LAW.com

Posted November 1st, 2018 in consultations, EC law, financial regulation, money laundering, news, terrorism by sally

‘The regulation of cryptoassets is likely to get tighter in the UK, starting from next year, according to a new report by a body tasked with exploring whether new rules are needed to address their growing popularity.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 31st October 2018

Source: www.out-law.com

Barristers becoming as vulnerable to cyber-attacks as solicitors – Legal Futures

‘Increased use of technology at the Bar and in the court system has left barristers as vulnerable to cyber-attacks as solicitors, the Bar Standards Board (BSB) has warned.’

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Legal Futures, 1st November 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Watchdog supports end to delay in gender recognition decisions – The Guardian

Posted October 22nd, 2018 in consultations, delay, gender, medical treatment, news, transgender persons by sally

‘The “period of reflection” a person wishing to change gender must observe before obtaining a gender recognition certificate is unnecessary, according to the equality watchdog.’

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The Guardian, 21st October 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

‘Shifting sands’: six legal views on the transgender debate – The Guardian

‘Lawyers examine the consequences to the proposed reforms to the Gender Recognition Act.’

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The Guardian, 19th October 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

Transport for London appeals High Court ruling on cycle superhighway – Local Government Lawyer

‘Transport for London has applied for permission to appeal a High Court ruling that its decision to go ahead with the installation of a cycle super highway (CS11) at Swiss Cottage had been taken while omitting a relevant consideration.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 19th October 2018

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Gender Recognition Act: ‘Why we want identity rules changed’ – BBC News

‘If you want to legally change your gender in the UK, first a doctor has to diagnose you with a medical condition.’

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BBC News, 17th October 2018

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Barristers to face new standard of proof in disciplinary cases – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The Legal Services Board (LSB) has granted permission for the bar regulator to change the standard of proof applied in disciplinary proceedings, a move which could make it easier for barristers to be sanctioned.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 12th October 2018

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Plans to stop house buyers being ‘exploited’ by ripoff leases delayed, almost a year after government promise – The Independent

Posted October 15th, 2018 in consultations, housing, leases, news, rent by tracey

‘Flagship plans to stop house buyers being “exploited” by ripoff leases have been delayed, nearly a year after the government vowed to act.’

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The Independent, 14th October 2018

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Council leader calls for judicial review challenge over Lower Thames Crossing – Local Government Lawyer

Posted October 12th, 2018 in consultations, local government, news, planning, roads by sally

‘The Leader of Thurrock Council is to call on his fellow councillors to back a judicial review challenge over the planned Lower Thames Crossing.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 11th October 2018

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Borough defeats High Court challenge to refusal to register land as village green – Local Government Lawyer

‘Wokingham Borough Council has successfully defended a High Court challenge to its decision to refuse to register land as a new town or village green.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 5th October 2018

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk