High Court dismisses negligence claim over failed group action – Legal Futures

‘The High Court has struck out a negligence claim against the law firm and eight barristers who acted on a failed group action on behalf of more than 40,000 Kenyans against the Foreign Office.’

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Legal Futures, 30th May 2023

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Government response to IICSA’s Final Report – Law & Religion UK

‘On 22 May, the Home Secretary made a statement on the Government’s response to the final report of the Independent Investigation into Child Sexual Abuse. She told the House of Commons that the Government had accepted the need to act on 19 of IICSA’s 20 recommendations (but see the response to Recommendation 3), though she also told the House that the Government’s response was not the final word. It should also be noted that “accepting the need to act” on a recommendation is not exactly the same as accepting the recommendation in full.’

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Law & Religion UK, 23rd May 2023

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UK carves own path on data-related innovation under the GDPR – OUT-LAW.com

Posted May 26th, 2023 in bills, brexit, data protection, EC law, government departments, news by tracey

‘In the five years since the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) took effect, the data protection legislative landscape in the UK has changed significantly, with further reform on the horizon.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 25th May 2023

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Opinion: Judith Ratcliffe – Journal of the Law Society Scotland

Posted May 26th, 2023 in documents, government departments, internet, local government, news, Scotland by tracey

‘In this age of drives to digital, we need, written into law, a right for every citizen in the United Kingdom to access Government and local authority services offline (on paper and over the counter)’

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Journal of the Law Society Scotland , 15th May 2023

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Tom Hickman KC and Gabriel Tan: Reversing Parliamentary Defeat by Delegated Legislation: The Case of the Public Order Act 1986 (Serious Disruption to the Life of the Community) Regulations 2023 – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘In a report published on 11 May, the House of Lords Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee (“SLSC”) drew attention to a constitutional issue of considerable interest and novelty. The SLSC drew the attention of the House of Lords to draft regulations that, if they come into effect, will allow police in England and Wales to impose restrictions on protests and processions that cause “more than minor” hindrance to day-to-day activities for other people, including going to and fro on the highway (The Public Order Act 1986 (Serious Disruption to the Life of the Community) Regulations 2023). The changes would also allow the police to take into account the cumulative effect of repeated protests. The changes amend sections 12 and 14 of the Public Order Act 1986 and effectively alter the meaning of the threshold criterion of causing “serious disruption to the life of the community” in respect of processions and assemblies by defining that term in a way that imposes a lower threshold than its ordinary words suggest.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association , 22nd May 2023

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War widows who lost pensions to receive compensation – BBC News

‘War widows who were forced to forfeit their pensions will receive a lump sum payment after a long-running campaign. The compensation scheme will benefit spouses who lost their government income if they remarried or moved in with a new partner before 2015.’

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BBC News, 18th May 2023

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Air pollution transparency rules among EU laws to be scrapped by UK – The Guardian

‘Laws to ensure the government is transparent about how they plan to reduce harmful air pollution are among those to be scrapped in the EU retained law bill.’

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The Guardian, 16th May 2023

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Errol Graham: Chances missed to help man who starved to death – BBC News

‘Opportunities to help a man who starved to death were missed, a safeguarding review has found.’

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BBC News, 14th May 2023

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UK government plans major reforms to employment regulation – OUT-LAW.com

‘Proposals in a new policy paper published by the UK government could have a significant effect on employment regulation, according to legal experts.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 12th May 2023

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Sweeping UK ‘sunset’ of retained EU law by end of 2023 dropped – OUT-LAW.com

Posted May 12th, 2023 in bills, brexit, EC law, government departments, news by tracey

‘UK legislation derived from the EU that was retained on the UK statute book at the point of Brexit will no longer be revoked en masse at the end of this year, the UK government has announced.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 10th May 2023

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Driver who smuggled children bolted inside hidden van hatch jailed – Home Office

‘A man who smuggled migrants in a “coffin-like” hide inside the roof of a van has been sentenced to 3 years in prison.’

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Home Office, 11th May 2023

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MOD will not change ceremonial dagger gifting rule after murders – BBC News

‘The Ministry of Defence will not change its rules allowing those leaving the military to be gifted knives. It comes after veteran Collin Reeves murdered his neighbours Stephen and Jennifer Chapple using a dagger.’

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BBC News, 11th May 2023

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The UK vs the ECtHR: Anatomy of A Politically Engineered Collision Course – EIN Blog

‘In recent months, the UK government has tabled two Bills before Parliament which would have the consequence – and almost certainly have the intention – of setting the UK on a collision course with the Council of Europe, and especially the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR). Both the Bill of Rights Bill and the Illegal Migration Bill, introduced on 22 June 2022 and 7 March 2023 respectively, contain provisions that openly flout the UK’s obligations under the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). While the former is currently in parliamentary limbo, the Illegal Migration Bill will probably become law, following extensive amendment by the House of Lords, which will debate it on 10 May.’

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EIN Blog, 9th May 2023

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Suella Braverman’s claims modern slavery laws are being abused questioned by Home Office’s own report – The Independent

‘A Home Office report has raised fresh questions about Suella Braverman’s claims that modern slavery laws are being “abused” by small boat migrants.’

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The Independent, 4th May 2023

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New blueprint to protect public from scammers – Home Office

‘Government launches new strategy to cut fraud, pursue fraudsters and empower the public.’

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Home Office, 3rd May 2023

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Military sites and asylum seeker accommodation – Local Government Lawyer

‘The High Court recently struck out an application by a council for an injunction to prevent the use of an airfield for asylum accommodation. Paul Brown KC, Nick Grant and Rebecca Sage explain why.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 28th April 2023

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High stakes: gambling reform for the digital age – Official publications

Posted April 28th, 2023 in gambling, government departments, internet, news by tracey

‘High stakes: gambling reform for the digital age.’

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Official Publications, 27th April 2023

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More rigorous checks for fire and rescue employees – Home Office

Posted April 28th, 2023 in criminal records, employment, fire services, government departments, news by tracey

‘Fire and rescue authorities will be able to carry out stringent new record checks, helping fire and rescue services protect the public and their staff.’

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Home Office, 25th April 2023

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Does the Raab affair provide sufficient clarity on what is meant by “bullying”? – Kingsley Napley

‘Employers have been crying out for years for clarity as to what exactly is meant by “bullying” in the modern workplace. What counts as reasonable and constructive criticism on the one hand, and intimidating or insulting behaviour on the other? The Raab case has brought this to a head. Indeed, there seems to have been more debate about this important question since publication of the Tolley report, than almost anything else to do with the case. And there is, in fact, a solution.’

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Kingsley Napley, 25th April 2023

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Guidance issued on UK immigration reporting duties for hybrid workers – OUT-LAW.com

Posted April 24th, 2023 in employment, government departments, immigration, news, time limits, visas by tracey

‘Employers that sponsor foreign workers to work in the UK need to be prepared to report changes to where those workers work to the UK authorities within 10 working days, an immigration expert has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 21st April 2023

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