A UK Bill of Rights? – London Review of Books

Posted March 23rd, 2022 in consultations, human rights, Ministry of Justice, news by sally

‘The United Kingdom​ might soon have its first bill of rights since the English Bill of Rights of 1688. On 14 December last year, the government published the much anticipated Independent Human Rights Act Review (IHRAR), which sets out the conclusions of a ten-month inquiry by an independent panel of experts into the operation of the Human Rights Act 1998. At the same time, the Ministry of Justice issued a consultation document, “Human Rights Act Reform: A Modern Bill of Rights”, the proposals of which bear no resemblance to the recommendations of the IHRAR (the consultation period ended on 8 March). Influenced, it seems, by Dominic Raab’s appointment as secretary of state for justice in the September reshuffle, the Ministry of Justice consultation document sets out a proposal that it describes, accurately, as “far-reaching”. By my count, 21 of the 29 questions it poses are not considered in the IHRAR. The whole document is founded on the decision to “replace” the Human Rights Act with a bill of rights, something not considered by the IHRAR panel (which noted in passing that it detected no depth of support for one).’

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London Review of Books, 24th March 2022

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Outdoor civil weddings and partnerships here to stay – BBC News

Posted March 15th, 2022 in civil partnerships, consultations, coronavirus, licensing, marriage, news by tracey

‘Outdoor civil weddings and partnerships are being legalised permanently in England and Wales. Until last summer, non-religious ceremonies had to be held inside or in a permanent outdoor structure. The rules were relaxed to allow for more guests while coronavirus social distancing measures were in place.’

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BBC News, 15th March 2022

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Andy Burnham’s move to bring bus services under public control ‘not unlawful’ – The Independent

Posted March 10th, 2022 in consultations, contracting out, local government, news, transport by tracey

‘Andy Burnham’s decision to reform bus services to bring them under public control in Greater Manchester was not unlawful, a High Court judge has found in a ruling against two bus companies.’

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The Independent, 9th March 2022

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Internet scams to be included in UK online safety bill – The Guardian

‘Measures to protect people from internet scams will now be included in proposed online safety laws, the government has said.’

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The Guardian, 8th March 2022

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Rule will require solicitors to challenge colleagues’ improper behaviour – Legal Futures

‘Solicitors will have a regulatory obligation to challenge colleagues who treat others unfairly or without respect as part of a plan to beef up the rules on health and wellbeing at work.’

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Legal futures, 7th March 2022

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

LSB warns Bar Council over objections to “unreasonable” PCF rise – Legal Futures

Posted March 2nd, 2022 in barristers, budgets, consultations, fees, Legal Services Board, news, statistics by sally

‘The Legal Services Board (LSB) has approved a 4.5% increase in the practising certificate fee (PCF) for barristers, while warning the Bar Council that the exercise of its regulatory functions, such as setting the fee, “should not be prejudiced” by its representative role.’

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Legal Futures, 2nd March 2022

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Disabled people ‘given 12 days’ to respond to human rights consultation – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Disability and human rights groups have called for a consultation on controversial human rights reforms to be extended, telling the lord chancellor that disabled people have been given less than a fortnight to respond. The Ministry of Justice has apologised for the long wait for a ‘fully accessible’ document.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 2nd March 2022

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

The UK’s Human Rights Act Explained – Each Other

Posted March 1st, 2022 in consultations, human rights, news by sally

‘After more than a decade of “phoney war” over the UK’s Human Rights Act, this administration now seems determined to follow through with its threat to “overhaul” the landmark legislation. Against that backdrop, we break down here what the HRA is and how it protects us all, as well as outlining the government’s planned changes.’

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Each Other, 28th February 2022

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Expect forward-looking UK corporate tax reform in coming months – OUT-LAW.com

Posted February 18th, 2022 in consultations, corporation tax, government departments, news, taxation by sally

‘This year may finally provide the UK chancellor of the exchequer, Rishi Sunak, with an opportunity to develop medium to long-term strategic corporate tax policies.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 17th February 2022

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Security Services And Civil Liberties Groups Both Criticise Human Rights Act Overhaul – Each Other

‘The 580-page report of the Independent Human Rights Act Review (IHRAR) provides the backdrop to a series of oral evidence sessions now being held by parliament’s Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR). In that report, both security services and human rights charities have issued warnings to the government over proposed changes to the Human Rights Act.’

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Each Other, 17th February 2022

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The leasehold reform consultation – Mills & Reeve

‘The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities is seeking views on the reform of the residential leasehold and commonhold system in England and Wales.’

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Mills & Reeve, 14th February 2022

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Government announces grants and consultations to help domestic abuse victims – The Independent

Posted February 15th, 2022 in consultations, domestic violence, news, social services, victims by tracey

‘The Government has announced a £125 million package for councils and two housing consultations to support victims of domestic abuse.’

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The Independent, 15th February 2022

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Parents in England who fail to register home schooling could face sanctions – The Guardian

‘Parents who choose to home educate but fail to register their child with the local authority in England are likely to face sanctions, under government plans for a compulsory national register of children who are not in school.’

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The Guardian, 3rd February 2022

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The Independent Human Rights Act Review and the government’s Bill of Rights – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted January 28th, 2022 in consultations, government departments, human rights, news by tracey

‘Do they have anything in common? Relatively little, says Nicola Barker, Professor of Law at the University of Liverpool.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 24th January 2022

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Some clinical trials will be able to be conducted in the UK without prior regulatory review under legislative reforms set out by regulators. – OUT-LAW.com

Posted January 20th, 2022 in consultations, health, medicines, news by tracey

‘The proposals, developed by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and Health Research Authority (HRA) in collaboration with clinical research experts, are aimed at ending the existing “one size fits all” approach to clinical trials regulation in the UK and replacing it with a risk-based framework.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 18th January 2022

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Prosecutors seek the public’s views on mercy killings and failed suicide pacts – Crown Prosecution Service

‘The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is seeking views on a proposed update to legal guidance on homicide, to assist prosecutors considering the public interest when dealing with suspects in deaths arising out of failed suicide pacts and so called “mercy killings”.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 14th January 2022

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Bristol strip club ban ‘will put dancers in danger’ – BBC News

Posted January 12th, 2022 in consultations, local government, news, sexual offences, women by tracey

‘Closing strip clubs in Bristol will push the sex industry underground and put dancers “into more danger”, a woman who works one of the venues says.’

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BBC News, 11th January 2022

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Criminal bar explores appetite for action over legal aid – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted January 11th, 2022 in barristers, consultations, criminal justice, legal aid, news by tracey

‘The Criminal Bar Association is asking practitioners if they would be prepared to escalate action if the government fails to commit by Valentine’s Day to increasing legal aid funding.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 10th January 2022

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Venues must have anti-terror measures under government plans – BBC News

Posted January 10th, 2022 in consultations, government departments, news, statutory duty, terrorism by tracey

‘Venues would have a legal duty to put in place security measures to protect the public from terror attacks under government plans. It comes in the wake of the 2017 Manchester Arena bombing, when 22 people were killed as they left an Ariana Grande concert. Home Secretary Priti Patel will set out the proposals on Monday, following an 18-week consultation.’

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BBC News, 9th January 2022

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Remote hearings: the HMCTS evaluation – Transparency Project

Posted January 5th, 2022 in consultations, coronavirus, HM Courts Service, news, remote hearings, statistics by sally

‘Last month HM Courts and Tribunals Service published their own research into user experiences of remote hearings: Evaluation of remote hearings during the COVID 19 pandemic. The report analyses responses to surveys conducted between May and October 2020 with public users of the justice system and in mid-2021 with professionals such as lawyers, judges and court staff.’

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Transparency Project, 4th January 2022

Source: www.transparencyproject.org.uk