Government publishes consultation on regulation of LIBOR – HM Treasury

Posted November 28th, 2012 in banking, consultations, financial regulation, news by sally

“The Government launched its public consultation on the regulation of the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) today.”

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HM Treasury, 28th November 2012

Source: www.hm-treasury.gov.uk

Balancing freedom of the press with the right to a fair trial – Law Commission

Posted November 28th, 2012 in consultations, contempt of court, freedom of expression, internet, juries, media, news by sally

“In a consultation opening today the Law Commission is asking whether the existing law on contempt of court continues to work effectively in light of the challenges posed by new media and the way these are used by the mainstream press and, increasingly, by citizen journalists.”

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Law Commission, 28th November 2012

Source: www.lawcommission.justice.gov.uk

Law Commission floats plans to stop jurors researching cases online – The Guardian

Posted November 28th, 2012 in consultations, contempt of court, internet, juries, media, news by sally

“Jurors who conduct online research on cases they are trying may need to be prosecuted under a new criminal offence, the Law Commission proposes in a consultation.”

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The Guardian, 28th November 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Does the internet mean game over for contempt of court? – The Guardian

Posted November 28th, 2012 in consultations, contempt of court, internet, juries, media, news by sally

“It is easy to argue that social media render the contempt laws unworkable. The challenge is to make current restrictions work.”

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The Guardian, 28th November 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Regulation fees paid by claims management companies – Ministry of Justice

Posted November 9th, 2012 in claims management, complaints, consultations, fees, legal ombudsman by tracey

“This consultation invites views on the fees for applications for authorisation and annual fees for the regulation year 1 April 2013 to 31 March 2014 and initial views on a fees framework for complaints handling by the Legal Ombudsman.

This consultation is primarily aimed at persons authorised to provide regulated claims management services in England & Wales under the Compensation Act 2006 and those businesses and individuals contemplating making an application for authorisation.”

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Ministry of Justice, 9th November 2012

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Defra Public Consultation: Food Information Regulations 2013 – Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Posted November 8th, 2012 in consultations, food, news, regulations by sally

“Defra has launched a public consultation on the Government’s plans to make underpinning domestic legislation (Food Information Regulations 2013) to enable the FIC to be enforced in the UK.”

Defra Public Consultation: Food Information Regulations 2013 (PDF)

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, November 2013

Source: www.defra.gov.uk

Civil enforcement remedies – consultation on extending the range of remedies available to public enforcers of consumer law – Department for Business Innovation and Skills

Posted November 6th, 2012 in consultations, consumer protection, enforcement, news by sally

“The consultation sets out proposals to extend the range of remedies available to enforcers of consumer law.”

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Department for Business Innovation and Skills, 5th November 2012

Source: www.bis.gov.uk

Cooperative parenting following family separation – Government’s response – Family Law Bar Association

Posted November 6th, 2012 in consultations, divorce, news, parental rights by sally

“Cooperative parenting following family separation: proposed legislation on the involvement of parents in a child’s life.”

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Family Law Bar Association, 5th November 2012

Source: www.flba.co.uk

Liverpool Care Pathway: Relatives ‘must be informed’ – BBC News

Posted November 5th, 2012 in consultations, families, medical treatment, news by sally

“Relatives of terminally-ill patients would have to be consulted before a decision to withdraw food or water is taken, under new government proposals.”

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BBC News, 3rd November 2012

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Employee share ownership: proposals for the de-regulation of share buybacks by companies with employee shareholders – Employment Law Blog

Posted November 2nd, 2012 in company law, consultations, employment, news, shareholders by sally

“The Nuttall Review commissioned by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills and published on 4 July 2012 identified key barriers to the uptake of employee ownership and made a number of recommendations on how to reduce these barriers.”

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Employment Law Blog, 1st November 2012

Source: www.employment11kbw.com

Leniency for legal whistleblowers – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 1st, 2012 in consultations, news, penalties, professional conduct, solicitors, whistleblowers by sally

“Whistleblowers involved in misconduct will face more lenient penalties under proposals being considered by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 31st October 2012

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Crown Court means testing of criminal legal aid – Ministry of Justice

Posted October 30th, 2012 in consultations, criminal justice, legal aid, news by sally

“The proposals set out in this consultation paper seek to improve the effectiveness of the Crown Court means testing scheme of criminal legal aid.”

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Ministry of Justice, 30th October 2012

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Practising Certificate Fee (PCF) Consultation – The Bar Council

Posted October 30th, 2012 in barristers, consultations, fees, news by sally

“Update for the profession: the Bar Council has launched a consultation for the profession on the practising certificate fee (PCF).”

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The Bar Council, 30th October 2012

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

OFT sets out details of its new power to suspend consumer credit licenses – OUT-LAW.com

Posted October 26th, 2012 in bills, consultations, consumer credit, consumer protection, licensing, news by tracey

“Consumer watchdog the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has set out details of how it intends to use a new power which will allow it to suspend the licenses of rogue lenders with immediate effect in some circumstances.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 24th October 2012

Source: www.out-law.com

Homeowners affected by HS2 to get access to hardship fund – The Guardian

Posted October 26th, 2012 in compensation, consultations, news, railways by tracey

“Homeowners living along the proposed path of the high-speed rail link will be given access to a hardship scheme if they are unable to sell their house, even if is outside the area earmarked for development, the government has said.”

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The Guardian, 25th October 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Consultation opens on Concurrent Jurisdiction guidelines – Crown Prosecution Service

“The CPS has today published interim guidelines for Crown Prosecutors handling cases where more than one country or jurisdiction is investigating criminal conduct. The guidelines, which take immediate effect, formally set out the factors that are considered when deciding where criminal proceedings should be brought.”

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Crown Prosecution Service, 25th October 2012

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Consultation launches on how best to record crime outcomes – Home Office

Posted October 22nd, 2012 in consultations, news, police, statistics by sally

“The government is seeking views on whether the way crime outcomes are recorded should be broadened to better reflect the work police officers do.”

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Home Office, 19th October 2012

Source: www.homeoffice.gov.uk

Data protection laws breached by Government over public consultation security flaw, says ICO – OUT-LAW.com

“The Department for Education (DfE) was guilty of a breach of UK data protection laws when a ‘temporary security flaw’ meant that personal information belonging to respondents to one of its consultations were ‘compromised’, the UK’s data protection watchdog has said.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 19th October 2012

Source: www.out-law.com

Housing Ombudsman consultation – NearlyLegal

Posted October 18th, 2012 in complaints, consultations, housing, news, ombudsmen by sally

“One of the less well-remarked upon changes in the Localism Act 2010 was a set of radical changes to the role of the Housing Ombudsman (the current incumbent being the lovely Mike Biles). In short, the HO takes over jurisdiction for local authority housing complaints; there is a filter mechanism before the HO can accept a complaint (it has to be referred by a Designated person: MP, Councillor, Tenants Panel). The former is to be welcomed – on one view, the HO now offers a far better, more modern, proactive service than the Local Government Ombudsman in our entrepreneurialised housing system; the latter is to be absolutely deprecated as being not just against the spirit of administrative justice but also as a mechanism for cost-saving in the face of proper redress of grievance/s. Whatever you think about ombudspersons – and a range of views are expressed – there is no doubt that they have consistently exposed various maladministrations across the housing sphere, and they don’t hold back; in addition, their purpose (unlike courts) is to make things better for future ‘customers’ so that there may well be an impact on service delivery from a single instance of maladministration (and not just in that organisation).”

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NearlyLegal, 17th October 2012

Source: www.nearlylegal.co.uk

Boundary changes: Revised proposals for English constituencies – BBC News

Posted October 17th, 2012 in boundaries, consultations, elections, news, parliament by tracey

“Revised proposals have been published for the shape of future parliamentary boundaries in England.”

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BBC News, 16th October 2012

Source: www.bbc.co.uk