Information Commissioner’s Office challenged over Whitehall JR submissions – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Public law specialists have begun legal proceedings against the Information Commissioner’s Office over publication of Whitehall submissions on judicial review that have influenced controversial reforms.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 20th December 2021

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Plan to reform Human Rights Act – Ministry of Justice

‘The Human Rights Act will be revised under plans unveiled by the Justice Secretary Dominic Raab today (14 December).’

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Ministry of Justice, 14th December 2021

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How Will The New Flexible Working Bill Protect Your Rights? – Each Other

Posted December 9th, 2021 in bills, consultations, employment, flexible working, news by sally

‘Earlier this year, a Bill was introduced in Parliament to give more workers the right to request and access flexible working options. But does it do enough to enhance workers’ rights?’

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Each Other, December 2021

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LSB paves way for “remedial action” to ensure lawyers’ competence – Legal Futures

‘Regulators of legal services must develop plans for “remedial action to address competence issues” among lawyers, according to a draft policy statement published today by the Legal Services Board (LSB).’

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Legal Futures, 8th December 2021

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Campaign to make misogyny a hate crime rebuffed by Law Commission – The Guardian

Posted December 7th, 2021 in consultations, gender, hate crime, Law Commission, news, women by sally

‘A coalition of women’s rights campaigners have voiced their disappointment and frustration after the Law Commission decided to reject a proposal to make misogyny a hate crime.’

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The Guardian, 7th December 2021

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Law Commission to review the Arbitration Act 1996 – Law Commission

Posted December 3rd, 2021 in arbitration, consultations, Law Commission, news, statute law revision by tracey

‘The Law Commission has today, 30 November 2021, announced that it will conduct a review of the Arbitration Act 1996, the principal legislation governing arbitrations in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.’

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Law Commission, 30th November 2021

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk

Firearms – importation sentencing guidelines published – Sentencing Council

‘The Council has published a new guideline for sentencing offenders convicted of firearms importation offences in England and Wales, following consultation.’

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Sentencing Council, 24th November 2021

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Consultation to enhance legal support for those facing eviction or repossession – gov.uk

‘People at risk of losing their home are set to benefit from enhanced legal support following a consultation launched by the government today
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gov.uk, 25th November 2021

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We need real decisions about artificial intelligence – Local Government Lawyer

‘The regulatory framework around the use of artificial intelligence by local authorities is inadequate but existing governance mechanisms can address concerns, writes Sue Chadwick.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 26th November 2021

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Burials, groundwater activities and related surface water discharge activities – Law & Religion UK

‘On 29 September, Defra announced a consultation on proposed amendments to the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2016 as they apply to groundwater activities and some related surface water discharges.’

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Law & Religion UK, 24th November 2021

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Cosmetic surgery ads aimed at under-18s to be banned in UK – The Guardian

Posted November 25th, 2021 in advertising, children, consultations, cosmetic surgery, news, ombudsmen, young persons by sally

‘Cosmetic surgery clinics are to be banned from targeting adverts for procedures such as breast enlargement, nose jobs and liposuction at under-18s, in a crackdown by the UK advertising watchdog.’

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The Guardian, 25th November 2021

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Disciplinary hearings for judges to stay private in revamped system – Legal Futures

‘The disciplinary regime for judges is set to become quicker and clearer but – unlike for solicitors and barristers – hearings will remain behind closed doors, under plans published yesterday.’

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Legal Futures, 16th November 2021

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Legal Ombudsman admits recovery will take longer than expected – Legal Futures

‘Performance at the Legal Ombudsman (LeO) will get worse before it gets better as the complaints-handler has admitted recovery will take longer than it anticipated.’

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Legal Futures, 8th November 2021

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Firearms Licensing Statutory Guidance 2021: the likely impact on firearms appeals – 5SAH

‘On 20 October 2021 the government published the latest statutory guidance for Chief Officers of Police. It comes into force on 1 November 2021. Given that the consultation was in 2019 it is almost certain that the timing of its publication and much of its content are a direct result of the tragic events in Plymouth on 12 August 2021, where five people were killed and two others injured by a man using a semi-automatic shotgun for which he held a shotgun certificate. This prompted steps to make the process of obtaining and, in particular, retaining a firearms or shotgun certificate more robust.’

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5SAH, 25th October 2021

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Research Briefing: Firearms: licensing and safety – House of Commons Library

‘This Library briefing paper discusses the regulation of firearms in the UK.’

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House of Commons Library, 26th October 2021

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Conversion therapy to be restricted but not banned in proposed bill – The Guardian

‘Equalities minister Liz Truss will consult on plans to allow counselling for non-vulnerable adults.’

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The Guardian, 29th October 2021

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Terrorism offences sentencing guidelines to be revised following legislation – Sentencing Council

Posted October 25th, 2021 in codes of practice, consultations, news, sentencing, terrorism by tracey

‘Plans to revise four sentencing guidelines for terrorism offences in England and Wales to reflect changes brought in by the Counter-Terrorism and Sentencing Act 2021, were published for consultation today by the Sentencing Council.’

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Sentencing Council, 20th October 2021

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MPs prepare to debate judicial review reforms – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 15th, 2021 in bills, consultations, judicial review, Ministry of Justice, news, parliament by tracey

‘MPs will soon have their first opportunity to debate the government’s controversial judicial review reforms. The Judicial Review and Courts Bill has its second reading in the House of Commons on Monday.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 14th October 2021

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Society voices ‘genuine concerns’ about power of attorney reforms – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The Law Society has raised concerns about plans to make it easier to obtain lasting power of attorney (LPA), warning that sufficient safeguards must remain in place to protect the vulnerable.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 14th October 2021

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Research Briefing: Powers of attorney and other decision-making powers – House of Commons Library

‘This Commons Library briefing paper deals with powers of attorney and other ways of authorising someone to make a decision for another person in England and Wales.’

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House of Commons Library, 6th October 2021

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