Environmental Law News Update – Six Pump Court

‘In this latest Environmental Law News Update, Nicholas Ostrowski, Natasha Hausdorff and Mark Davies consider a new consultation on the England Tree Strategy, a progress report from the Committee on Climate Change and the launch of a new National Framework for Water Resources.’

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Six Pump Court, 2nd July 2020

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Dispensing with section 20 – requirements on landlord – Nearly Legal

Posted July 6th, 2020 in consultations, housing, landlord & tenant, news, service charges, tribunals by sally

‘Where a landlord is looking to do works that would cost residential leaseholders more than £250 each under the service charge, they have to follow the section 20 Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 consultation requirements. If they don’t, then they can only recover £250 from each leaseholder, unless they apply to the First Tier Tribunal for dispensation from s.20.’

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Nearly Legal, 4th July 2020

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Consultation on improving the procedure for the enforcement of family financial orders – Family Law

Posted July 2nd, 2020 in consultations, enforcement, family courts, financial provision, news by tracey

‘The Family Procedure Rule Committee (FPRC) has announced a stakeholder consultation on making the general enforcement application procedure (for the enforcement of family financial orders) more effective. The consultation follows the Law Commission’s report in December 2016 on the enforcement of family financial orders.’

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Family Law, 1st July 2020

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

South Shields Football Club 1888 Limited v The Football Association Limited – Blackstone Chambers

‘A legal challenge to The FA’s decision to end the 2019/20 football season in Steps 3-7 of the English football National League System without promotion or relegation on account of the COVID-19 pandemic has been dismissed. The arbitral panel, chaired by Lord Dyson with Charles Flint QC and Andrew Green QC, rejected the challenge brought by South Shields FC, a club sitting in an automatic promotion position at the point of cessation of the season.’

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Blackstone Chambers, 11th June 2020

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Courts ‘preparing to fast-track prosecutions for Black Lives Matter protesters’ – Daily Telegraph

‘British courts are preparing to fast-track prosecutions for the Black Lives Matter protests, as justice secretary Robert Buckland has told magistrates to model the process along the lines of the response to rioting in London in 2011, The Times reported.’

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Daily Telegraph, 12th June 2020

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Master of Rolls sets up working group as concerns expressed about end to stay on housing possession claims – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Master of the Rolls, Sir Terence Etherton, has established a cross-sector working group to address concerns about the consequences of the current stay on housing possession claims ending.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 5th June 2020

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Compensation Fund cuts would be “devastating” – Legal Futures

‘Cutting the maximum size of Compensation Fund awards from £2m to £500,000 could have a “devastating” impact on “unlucky claimants”, the Law Society has warned.’

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Legal Futures, 4th June 2020

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Housing lawyers group hits out at plans for resumed possession hearings in London – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Housing Law Practitioners Association (HLPA) has condemned proposals for resumed possession hearings in London courts as “unconscionable” and “naïve”.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 28th May 2020

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Civil Justice Council Rapid Consultation: The impact of COVID-19 measures on the civil justice system – Transparency Project

Posted May 20th, 2020 in civil justice, consultations, coronavirus, courts, news, remote hearings by sally

‘Following the rapid consultation on the use of remote hearings in the family justice system, undertaken by the Nuffield Family Justice Observatory at the request of the President of the Family Division, the Civil Justice Council have now embarked on a similar consultation in relation to the civil courts.’

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Transparency Project, 19th May 2020

Source: www.transparencyproject.org.uk

First update on collective consultation: defining the triggers – Littleton Chambers

‘In the first of what is planned to be five updates on collective consultation under the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic, David Reade QC and Daniel Northall examine the employer’s proposal for redundancy and the start of collective consultation.’

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Littleton Chambers, 11th May 2020

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“What next for the Construction Act?” – Rupert Choat for Building Magazine – Atkin Chambers

‘The latest consultation on the Construction Act reached its second stage last month, with the government’s long overdue publication of responses to its consultation on the legislation. When the 1996 act was amended in 2011, the government proposed reviewing it after three years. However, it was six years before consultation with the industry even began. A summary of the responses to that consultation was due two years ago but, presumably owing to Brexit, was not published until this February.’

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Atkin Chambers, 12th May 2020

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Government to ease requirements on publicity and consultation in latest measures to help planning system operate during COVID-19 – Local Government Lawyer

Posted May 15th, 2020 in consultations, coronavirus, easements, housing, local government, news, planning by sally

‘The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has announced further, temporary measures to make it easier to operate the planning system during the coronavirus outbreak.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 13th May 2020

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Charity sends letter before action over regulations relaxing social care protections – Local Government Lawyer

‘Children’s rights charity Article 39 has threatened the Department for Education with legal action if it does not withdraw regulations aimed at assisting the children’s care sector during the COVID-19 crisis.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 12th May 2020

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

CJC launches ‘rapid review’ of remote hearings – Litigation Futures

‘The Civil Justice Council (CJC) has launched a “rapid consultation” on how the spread of Covid-19 has changed the civil justice system, particularly with the swift expansion of remote hearings.’

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Litigation Futures, 4th May 2020

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

SRA: Legal Services Act regime “struggling to remain relevant” – Legal Futures

‘The rate of change in the legal market makes it “increasingly difficult” for the regulatory framework laid down by the Legal Services Act to remain relevant, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has warned.’

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Legal Futures, 20th April 2020

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Tougher penalties proposed for attacks on UK emergency workers- The Guardian

Posted April 16th, 2020 in assault, consultations, coronavirus, emergency services, murder, news, sentencing by sally

‘Judges will be able to impose tougher punishments on anyone convicted of assaulting emergency workers or threatening to transmit diseases under sentencing guidelines proposals published on Thursday.’

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The Guardian, 16th April 2020

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Family President to hold two-week rapid consultation on use of remote hearings in family justice – Local Government Lawyer

‘The President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane, has launched a two-week rapid consultation on the use of remote hearings in the family justice system.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 14th April 2020

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Gethin Thomas: Back to the Wellbeing of Future Generations Bill – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘On 24 March 2020, the Wellbeing of Future Generations Bill 2020 was introduced into the House of Commons, for its first reading, by Caroline Lucas MP. The Bill had been introduced into the House of Lords on 21 October 2019, by Baroness Jenny Jones, on behalf of Lord John Bird (who is best known as the founder of Big Issue). Whilst the Bill is not supported by the Government, it has garnered cross party support, and the Bill’s co-sponsors are drawn from all of the major UK political parties.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 7th April 2020

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SRA to make immigration regulation permanent – Legal Futures

‘The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is consulting on whether to extend indefinitely the suspension of immigration work from its removal of restrictions on solicitors providing non-regulated services.’

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Legal Futures, 18th March 2020

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Welsh council wins Court of Appeal battle over scope of duty to secure improvement – Local Government Lawyer

Posted March 9th, 2020 in appeals, consultations, local government, news, Wales by tracey

‘A requirement on councils to consult on service improvements is not so wide as to mean consultations must be held on every decision, the Court Of Appeal has ruled.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 5th March 2020

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk