Quicker, costlier and less appealing: plans for Judicial Review reform revealed – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted December 14th, 2012 in consultations, judicial review, news by tracey

“The Government has revealed its plans to reform Judicial Review, and has opened a public consultation which closes on 24 January 2013.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 13th December 2012

Source: www.ukhumanrightsblog.com

Judicial Review: proposals for reform – Ministry of Justice

Posted December 13th, 2012 in consultations, judicial review, news, planning, public procurement, time limits by sally

“The Government is seeking views on a package of measures to stem the growth in applications for judicial reviews. The measures aim to tackle the burden that this growth has placed on stretched public services whilst protecting access to justice and the rule of law. The engagement exercise seeks views on proposals in three key areas; reducing the time limits for bringing a judicial review relating to procurement or planning, bringing them into line with the appeal timetable which already applies to those cases.”

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Ministry of Justice, 13th December 2012

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Consultation on proposed changes to the Patents Act 1977 – Intellectual Property Office

Posted December 12th, 2012 in consultations, intellectual property, news, patents by sally

“The Review of Intellectual Property and Growth published by Professor Hargreaves in 2011 recognised the important role the UK’s patent system plays in supporting innovation and economic growth. However, the review highlighted the need for the IP framework to be more adaptable and recognised a need for change in some aspects of the way the IP system operates. Such changes will ensure the IP system continues to encourage innovation and support those UK businesses which recognise the competitive advantage that can be gained through intellectual property (‘IP’) rights.”

Consultation (PDF)

Intellectual Property Office, December 2012

Source: www.ipo.gov.uk

Whiplash crackdown – Ministry of Justice

Posted December 12th, 2012 in compensation, consultations, news, personal injuries, road traffic, small claims by sally

“New measures to bring down the number and cost of whiplash claims, including speculative and fraudulent applications has been announced today [11th December].”

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Ministry of Justice, 11th December 2012

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Introduction of tax general anti abuse rule (GAAR) delayed for several months, says Treasury – OUT-LAW.com

Posted December 11th, 2012 in bills, consultations, legislation, news, taxation by sally

“The general anti abuse rule (GAAR) will come into force from royal assent to the Finance Bill 2013 and not from 1 April 2013 as originally proposed, according to draft legislation for the Finance Bill 2013 published today.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 11th December 2012

Source: www.out-law.com

Reducing the number and cost of whiplash claims – Ministry of Justice

Posted December 11th, 2012 in consultations, news, personal injuries, road traffic, small claims by sally

“The Government is committed to finding ways of tackling fraudulent and exaggerated whiplash claims, whilst ensuring that people who have suffered a genuine neck injury should continue to be able to get appropriate compensation. However, increases in claims for compensation relating to whiplash injuries are having a significant impact on the motor insurance premiums paid by individuals, families and businesses.”

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Ministry of Justice, 11th December 2012

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Reforming Electoral Law in the UK – Law Commission

Posted December 11th, 2012 in consultations, elections, Law Commission, news, referendums by sally

“The Law Commission has identified the areas of UK electoral law that will come under scrutiny in a forthcoming review. The review, which will be conducted jointly with the Scottish Law Commission and the Northern Ireland Law Commission, aims to reform the law relating to elections and referendums across the UK.”

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Law Commission, 11th December 2012

Source: www.lawcommission.justice.gov.uk

Whiplash proposals target fraudulent claims with increase in RTA small claims limit to £5,000 – Litigation Futures

Posted December 11th, 2012 in compensation, consultations, news, personal injuries, road traffic, small claims by sally

“The government will today finally unveil its long-awaited consultation on increasing the small claims limit for road traffic personal injury cases from £1,000 to £5,000, a move that would decimate the workload of many law firms.”

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Litigation Futures, 11th December 2012

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

Consultation on Repeal of sections 63 to 67 of the Control of Pollution Act 1974: Abolishing Noise Abatement Zones – Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Posted December 10th, 2012 in consultations, local government, news, noise by sally

“This consultation seeks views on the Repeal of sections 63 to 67 of the Control of Pollution Act 1974 in relation to England and Wales, which would abolish all existing Noise Abatement Zones and prevent new ones being established.”

Consultation (PDF)

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, December 2012

Source: www.defra.gov.uk

LSB responds to consultation by revising plans for regulation of special bodies – Legal Services Board

“Special bodies – including not-for profit agencies and community interest companies –
providing reserved legal activities will not become licensed under the Legal Services Act 2007
until at least April 2015, the LSB confirms today [5 December].”

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Legal Services Board, 5th December 2012

Source: www.legalservicesboard.org.uk

LIBOR administrators will be required to corroborate submissions under FSA proposals – OUT-LAW.com

Posted December 7th, 2012 in banking, consultations, financial regulation, interest, news by sally

“Clear, unambiguous rules on the administration of, and submitting to, the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) and other benchmarks will be included in the regulatory handbook, the Financial Services Authority (FSA) has said.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 6th December 2012

Source: www.out-law.com

Prison sentences: How do judges decide them? – BBC News

Posted December 6th, 2012 in consultations, detention, judges, news, sentencing by sally

“Changes are in the pipeline for the sentencing of sex offenders. But what principles govern how long a criminal is jailed for?”

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BBC News, 6th December 2012

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Voluntary sector should be able to charge – LSB – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted December 6th, 2012 in charities, consultations, fees, law centres, legal services, news by sally

“Not-for-profit groups should be allowed to charge for provision of legal services, the Legal Services Board has said.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 6th December 2012

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Jail sex offenders for longer, proposes review of sentencing guidelines – The Guardian

“Rapists and sex attackers should be given longer prison terms, the Sentencing Council recommends, as courts take into account gang attacks and new technologies exploited by offenders.”

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The Guardian, 6th December 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Sexual Offences Guidelines Consultations – Ministry of Justice

Sexual Offences Guideline: Child sex offences committed by young offenders under the age of 18

Sexual Offences Guideline: Exploitation offences

Sexual Offences Guideline: Indecent images of children

Sexual Offences Guideline: Offences against those with a mental disorder

Sexual Offences Guideline: Offences where the victim is a child

Sexual Offences Guideline: Other sexual offences

Sexual offences guideline: Rape and assault offences

Ministry of Justice, 6th December 2012

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

2013/14 Budget Proposals: Consultation with the Profession – The Bar Council

Posted December 3rd, 2012 in barristers, budgets, consultations, news by sally

“The Treasurer is inviting the practising Bar to review the Bar Council’s Budget Proposals for 2013/14 and the associated ramifications for the Practising Certificate Fee (PCF). Individuals, chambers, employers, SBAs, Circuits and Bar Council committees are all urged to take this opportunity to comment on the proposals.”

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The Bar Council, 30th November 2012

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Care home regulation criticised by Norman Lamb – BBC News

Posted December 3rd, 2012 in care homes, consultations, news by sally

“Regulation of the care sector is not fit for purpose, care minister Norman Lamb has said as he unveiled proposals on English care homes for consultation.”

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BBC News, 1st December 2012

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Major legal battle to stop HS2 set to commence – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 3rd, 2012 in appeals, consultations, environmental protection, judicial review, news, railways by sally

“A major legal battle to stop the Government’s HS2 rail project is to begin in what campaigners think is their best chance of derailing the £32 billion scheme.”

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Daily Telegraph, 1st December 2012

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Contempt of court law consultation highlights need for social media audit in businesses, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

Posted November 30th, 2012 in consultations, contempt of court, internet, news by tracey

“Businesses should analyse their social media strategies to ensure that they have accounted for the possibility that comments employees make in blogs and on social networks such as Twitter may become subject to a contempt of court action, an expert has said.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 29th November 2012

Source: www.out-law.com

Dos and don’ts for the bill of rights commission – The Guardian

Posted November 29th, 2012 in consultations, devolution, human rights, news, reports by sally

“The commission’s report on whether the Human Rights Act should be repealed is soon due. What should be avoided?”

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The Guardian, 29th November 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk