Expand ‘commonhold’ ownership system, government urged – The Guardian

Posted December 10th, 2018 in Law Commission, leases, news by sally

‘The rarely used “commonhold” system of home ownership should be expanded as an alternative to landlord-controlled leaseholds which are increasingly resented, the Law Commission is recommending.’

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The Guardian, 10th December 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

Law Commission launches reforms to planning law in Wales – Law Commission

Posted December 4th, 2018 in Law Commission, planning, press releases, Wales by tracey

‘The Law Commission has published a wide-ranging report proposing over 190 technical reforms to planning law as it applies in Wales. This will hopefully lead to the appearance of a new Planning Act, as the centrepiece of a new Planning Code for Wales.’

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Law Commission, 3rd December 2018

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk/

New Sentencing Code to help prevent unlawful sentences being handed out – Law Commission

Posted November 22nd, 2018 in Law Commission, press releases, sentencing, statute law revision by tracey

‘A new Sentencing Code will reduce the number of unlawful sentences being handed out and save £250 million over ten years, the Law Commission has announced today. When they sentence offenders, judges have to contend with more than 1,300 pages of law filled with outdated and inaccessible language. This law is contained in over 65 different Acts of Parliament, and has no coherent structure. This makes it difficult for judges to identify and apply the law they need, which can slow the process of sentencing and lead to mistakes.’

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Law Commission, 22nd November 2018

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk/

Speech by Rt Hon Lord Justice Bean: Misconduct in Public Office – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted November 8th, 2018 in Law Commission, misfeasance in public office, speeches by tracey

‘Speech by Rt Hon Lord Justice Bean: Misconduct in Public Office.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 7th November 2018

Source: www.judiciary.uk

Confiscation regime review to ensure crime doesn’t pay – Law Commission

‘Confiscation laws will be reviewed to ensure they’re effectively depriving convicted offenders of their ill-gotten gains, the Law Commission has announced today.’

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Law Commission, 7th November 2018

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk

Law Commissions open consultation into new rules for UK’s self-driving future – Law Commission

‘The Law Commission of England and Wales and the Scottish Law Commission are launching the first of a series of public consultations about crucial legal reforms which will ensure the country is prepared for the introduction of automated vehicles.’

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Law Commission, 8th November 2018

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk

Valuation under evaluation: proposals for reform – Tanfield Chambers

‘Nicola Muir considers the Law Commission’s options for reforming the valuation of residential lease extensions.’

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Tanfield Chambers, 18th October 2018

Source: www.tanfieldchambers.co.uk

Electoral law: unfit for the 21st century? – Counsel

Posted November 2nd, 2018 in brexit, elections, human rights, Law Commission, news, referendums by sally

‘With democracy at risk there’s no excuse for legislative inaction, argue Alison Foster QC, Tom Tabori and Gethin Thomas who make the case for reform and put forward proposals for change.’

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Counsel, November 2018

Source: www.counselmagazine.co.uk

Online will providers 77% cheaper than solicitors – Legal Futures

Posted November 1st, 2018 in fees, internet, Law Commission, news, probate, solicitors, statistics, wills by sally

‘Online will providers are 77% cheaper than solicitors on average, new research has found.’

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Legal Futures, 1st November 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Criminal law not keeping pace with digital world – report – The Guardian

‘Online communications law is incoherent and fails to protect victims of abuse from harassment such as “deepfake” pornography, according to a report by the Law Commission.’

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The Guardian, 1st November 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

Review of UK hate crime law to consider misogyny and ageism – The Guardian

Posted October 16th, 2018 in equality, hate crime, Law Commission, news by sally

‘Goths, men, women and elderly people could receive protection under hate crime laws after officials announced a wide-ranging review of current legislation.’

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The Guardian, 16th October 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

Government not to legislate for level crossings reform – Law Commission

Posted October 9th, 2018 in health & safety, Law Commission, legislation, press releases, railways, transport by tracey

‘The Law Commission for England and Wales and the Scottish Law Commission have noted the UK Government’s decision not to introduce legislation to implement our 2013 joint Report on Level Crossings. Instead, administrative changes are proposed that are very much in the spirit of our recommendations.’

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law Commission, 8th October 2018

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk/

Law Commission consults on employment law hearings to tackle jurisdiction issues – Local Government Lawyer

Posted October 1st, 2018 in consultations, employment tribunals, jurisdiction, Law Commission, news by sally

‘The Law Commission has launched a consultation on how employment law disputes are decided, in a bid to resolve problems caused by the allocation of jurisdiction.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 28th September 2018

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Consultation launched into how employment law disputes are decided – Law Commission

Posted September 27th, 2018 in consultations, employment, jurisdiction, Law Commission, press releases by tracey

‘The jurisdiction of employment tribunals, and the areas where they share jurisdiction with the civil courts to hear employment and discrimination claims, are being independently reviewed in a consultation paper. The Law Commission – an independent body set up to reform the law – has today published a consultation paper which asks questions about many areas of shared and exclusive jurisdiction to hear employment law and discrimination law claims.’

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Law Commission, 26th September 2018

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk/

Law Commission publishes leasehold reform proposals – OUT-LAW.com

Posted September 25th, 2018 in consultations, enfranchisement, Law Commission, leases, news by sally

‘Detailed proposals to reform the leasehold enfranchisement process and make it easier and cheaper for leaseholders in England and Wales to purchase the freehold of their house or flat have been published by the Law Commission.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 24th September 2018

Source: www.out-law.com

A fairer deal for leaseholders of houses and flats – Law Commission

‘The Law Commission has proposed a series of radical reforms designed to provide a better deal for leaseholders who want to purchase the freehold or to extend the lease of their home.’

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Law commission, 20th September 2018

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk

Reforms to improve enforcement of family financial orders fall short – OUT-LAW.com

Posted August 22nd, 2018 in debts, divorce, enforcement, financial provision, Law Commission, news by sally

‘Plans to make it easier for divorcees to enforce financial orders of the courts in England and Wales do not go far enough to address the challenges those divorcees face in obtaining access to offshore assets of high net worth individuals.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 20th August 2018

Source: www.out-law.com

Government agrees to improve financial order enforcement – Family Law

Posted August 21st, 2018 in debts, divorce, enforcement, financial provision, Law Commission, news by sally

‘The Law Commission has announced that the Government has agreed to help improve financial orders enforcement following its report published in 2016. The Government has committed to bringing forward non-legislative measures in order to reform and improve the enforcement system, as well as taking time to consider further reform in the future.’

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Family Law, 17th August 2018

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

The end of signing on the dotted line? E-signatures are as valid as paper ones, Law Commission says – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 21st, 2018 in consultations, contracts, documents, Law Commission, news by sally

‘Signing on the dotted line has been the seal on deals and contracts for hundreds of years.’

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Daily Telegraph, 21st August 2018

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Anti-money laundering crackdown should be more focused on most suspicious activity – Law Commission

‘Anti-money laundering laws should be streamlined and strengthened to help law enforcement agencies to focus on serious crime, say the Law Commission.’

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Law Commission, 20th July 2018

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk