Dangerous cycling law review after death crash – BBC News

‘The government is launching a review into whether a new law is needed to tackle dangerous cycling.’

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BBC News, 21st September 2017

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McKenzie ban back to drawing board – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted September 18th, 2017 in codes of practice, consultations, fees, judiciary, Law Society, McKenzie friends, news by tracey

‘HM Judiciary is set to reassess some of its proposals for regulating the fast-expanding “McKenzie friend” sector after a consultation on banning fee recovery received “large numbers of responses”.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 15th September 2017

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Duchy of Cornwall residents fight ‘unfair’ freehold ban – The Guardian

‘Prince Charles’s £1bn Duchy of Cornwall estate is facing a rebellion by residents who claim they are subject to an unfair ban on buying the freeholds to their homes.’

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The Guardian, 11th September 2017

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MoJ reveals potential new discount rate after announcing reform – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted September 7th, 2017 in compensation, consultations, news, personal injuries by tracey

‘The lord chancellor has set out long-awaited proposals for calculating the “discount rate” applied to personal injury settlements. Under proposed legislation, the rate will be set by reference to rates of return on “low risk” rather than “very low risk” investments as at present. The rate will also be reviewed at least every three years.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 7th September 2017

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Your chance to shape new cyber-security rules – Technology Law Update

Posted August 17th, 2017 in computer crime, consultations, EC law, news, telecommunications by sally

‘Amid the noise about the introduction of data privacy reforms under Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation, the GDPR, less attention has been paid to the Network and Information Systems Directive. The NIS Directive calls on EU member states to introduce cyber-security requirements for “Operators of Essential Services” (OESs), with a less stringent set of obligations for certain groups of “Digital Services Providers” (DSPs).’

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Technology Law Update, 16th August 2017

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Tougher laws to protect 10 million Britons who book holidays online – The Guardian

Posted August 15th, 2017 in consultations, consumer protection, holidays, internet, news by sally

‘Travellers booking package holidays online are to receive greater protection if a holiday company goes bust, under government proposals to strengthen rules.’

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The Guardian, 14th August 2017

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Government to consider laser pen licence after attack rise – BBC News

Posted August 14th, 2017 in aircraft, consultations, government departments, licensing, news, weapons by sally

‘Buying powerful laser pens could require a licence in future, the government has said, amid concerns over the number of attacks on aircraft.’

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BBC News, 12th August 2017

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Firms face £17m fine if they fail to protect against hackers – BBC News

Posted August 8th, 2017 in computer crime, consultations, data protection, fines, news by sally

‘Firms could face fines of up to £17m or 4% of global turnover if they fail to protect themselves from cyber-attacks, the government has warned.’

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BBC News, 8th August 2017

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Launch of consultation on Criminal Finances Act Codes of Practice – Home Office

‘A 4-week consultation has been launched on the Codes of Practice that will help law enforcement officers confiscate valuable items and other assets acquired using the proceeds of crime as well as tackle the financing of terrorism.’

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Home Office, 31st July 2017

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Gender identity: What do legal changes have to do with women’s rights? – BBC News

Posted July 31st, 2017 in consultations, equality, gender, news, transsexuals, women by sally

‘Trans activists have welcomed moves from the government to “streamline and de-medicalise the process” of changing legal gender. But some women are worried about the potential impact on their own legal rights.’

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BBC News, 31st July 2017

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FCA to extend regulatory regime to 47,000 firms – The Guardian

Posted July 27th, 2017 in banking, consultations, consumer credit, news by tracey

‘A regulatory regime intended to crack down on the behaviour of bank bosses is to be extended to 47,000 firms including dentists, gyms and tool hire companies that offer credit to customers.’

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The Guardian, 27th July 2017

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Technical consultation to simplify sentencing launched – Law Commission

Posted July 27th, 2017 in consultations, Law Commission, news, press releases, sentencing by tracey

‘A new consultation which looks to tidy up sentencing law has been launched by the Law Commission. Currently, the law of sentencing procedure is contained in many different Acts of Parliament, dating as far back as the 14th century. It is often not clear how the Acts apply and many use outdated and inaccessible language. So in plans published today – which do not affect current maximum or minimum sentences for criminal offences, nor replace the work of the Sentencing Council – the Law Commission offers a technical fix to modernise the law, bring greater transparency and improve efficiency.’

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Law Commission, 27th July 2017

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Reality Check: What does legally changing gender involve? – BBC News

Posted July 25th, 2017 in consultations, documents, driving licences, evidence, gender, news, passports by sally

‘It can take more than five years for trans men and women in England and Wales to legally change their gender under the current system.’

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BBC News, 24th July 2017

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Consultation on changing legal gender to be launched – BBC News

Posted July 24th, 2017 in consultations, equality, gender, news, transsexuals by sally

‘The UK government is considering plans to make the process of changing legal gender easier.’

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BBC News, 23rd July 2017

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Law reform could cause more challenges to wills – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 19th, 2017 in consultations, elderly, Law Commission, legislation, news, solicitors, wills by sally

‘National organisation Solicitors for the Elderly has raised concerns at proposals to overhaul the laws governing will writing claiming, saying reform will result in more court action.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 17th July 2017

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Home Secretary takes further action to tackle knife crime – Home Office

‘The Home Secretary has today (18 July) announced plans to consult on new offences to toughen up knife crime laws.’

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Home Office, 18th July 2017

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Home deliveries to be banned for online knife sales – BBC News

Posted July 18th, 2017 in consultations, internet, news, offensive weapons, sale of goods, young persons by tracey

‘Online shoppers buying knives could be forced to collect them in person in England and Wales, if plans to stop children purchasing blades go ahead.’

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BBC News, 19th July 2017

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Outdated law of wills needs “overhaul” to reflect modern world – Law Commission

Posted July 13th, 2017 in consultations, Law Commission, legislation, news, wills by tracey

‘The outdated law of wills needs an overhaul according to the Law Commission.’

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Law Commission, 13th July 2017

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Grenfell judge bows to pressure to extend inquiry consultation period for survivors – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 12th, 2017 in consultations, fire, inquiries, judges, news, time limits by sally

‘The judge presiding over the Grenfell Tower fire inquiry had bowed to pressure from campaigners to extend the consultation period for the families involved.’

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Daily Telegraph, 12th July 2017

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Manslaughter – consultation launched on sentencing guideline – Sentencing Council

Posted July 7th, 2017 in consultations, homicide, news, press releases, sentencing by tracey

‘The Sentencing Council has launched a consultation on its proposed guidelines on sentencing manslaughter.’

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Sentencing Council, 4th July 2017

Source: www.sentencingcouncil.org.uk