Devolution in England: a review – UCL Constitution Unit

Posted April 24th, 2017 in devolution, legal history, London, news by tracey

‘On Monday 10 April Professor Tony Travers of the London School of Economics (LSE) spoke at a Constitution Unit seminar on devolution in England. The talk covered the history of English devolution, international comparisons, and some thoughts for the future amidst the current Brexit-dominated political landscape. Kasim Khorasanee reports.’

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UCL Constitution Unit, 24th April 2017

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Baroness Shields’ speech at the National Security Agency – Home Offcie

Posted April 24th, 2017 in intelligence services, internet, news, parliament, sex discrimination, women by tracey

‘Delivered to the fifth Annual Intelligence Community (IC) Women’s Summit.’

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Home Office, 21st April 2017

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Council hails £222k confiscation order – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted April 24th, 2017 in confiscation, local government, London, news, planning, proceeds of crime by tracey

‘Less than a month after local authority lawyers were told to consider the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) as a way to generate income, an East London council has announced its biggest court payout to date. The London Borough of Barking & Dagenham said that an east London landlord has been given a £222,000 confiscation order following a POCA application brought by the council before Snaresbrook Crown Court.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 24th April 2017

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Lawyers must be able to bring cases against government ‘without fear of reprisals’ – The Guardian

‘Lawyers must be able to bring cases against the government “without fear of recrimination or reprisals”, the high-profile solicitors’ firm Leigh Day has declared on the eve of its trial for alleged professional misconduct.’

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The Guardian, 24th April 2017

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Anti-racist group Hope Not Hate sues Nigel Farage for libel – The Independent

Posted April 24th, 2017 in charities, damages, defamation, news by tracey

‘Anti-racist group Hope Not Hate is suing Nigel Farage for libel after he alleged that it makes use of “violence” in its campaigning.’

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The Independent, 23rd April 2017

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Stalking behaviour identified in 94% of murders, study shows – The Guardian

Posted April 24th, 2017 in charities, murder, news, stalking, statistics by tracey

‘Stalking behaviour has been identified in nine in 10 murders studied by criminologists as part of research examining a link between the two crimes.’

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The Guardian, 24th April 2017

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London-born children of EU couple win residency a week after refusal – The Guardian

Posted April 24th, 2017 in children, EC law, immigration, news by tracey

‘Two children who were born in London to an EU couple have been told they can stay in the country after all. The news comes a week after they were told by the Home Office that their application for permanent residency cards was refused.’

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The Guardian, 23rd April 2017

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Tougher speeding penalties for UK drivers welcomed by motoring groups – The Independent

Posted April 24th, 2017 in fines, magistrates, news, penalties, road traffic offences, sentencing by tracey

‘The introduction of tougher punishments for the most serious speeding offences has been welcomed by motoring groups.
Drivers caught at speeds excessively above legal limits face higher penalties in England and Wales from Monday.’

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The Independent, 24th April 2017

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The Round-Up: Legal Aid for prisoners in the Court of Appeal – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted April 21st, 2017 in appeals, judicial review, legal aid, news, prisons by tracey

‘The Court of Appeal last week partially granted an application for judicial review of the cuts to Legal Aid in certain categories of prison law. The judgment may change the face of legal representation for prisoners across the UK.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 18th April 2017

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Council fined £1m after disabled man hit by vehicle for collecting branches – Local Government Lawyer

Posted April 21st, 2017 in disabled persons, fines, guilty pleas, health & safety, local government, news, parks by tracey

‘Nottinghamshire County Council has been fined £1m after a disabled member of the public was struck by a vehicle used for collecting branches.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 21st April 2017

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High Court ruling on meaning of ‘lack of integrity’ to cause SRA and other regulators problems – Legal Futures

Posted April 21st, 2017 in disciplinary procedures, news, professional conduct, solicitors by tracey

‘The High Court ruling last week that said a lack of integrity on the part of a solicitor is the same as dishonesty could cause regulators real problems when prosecuting cases where they are not sure they have enough to establish dishonesty, it has been claimed.’

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Legal Futures, 21st April 2017

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Prisons and Courts Bill scrapped – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted April 21st, 2017 in bills, news, parliament, personal injuries, prisons by tracey

‘Legislation that would radically change the personal injury market and overhaul the courts has been dropped in the runup to the general election.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 20th April 2017

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Home Office scraps ‘insufficient evidence’ notification – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Suspects in criminal investigations will no longer be told by police they do not face any charges because of “insufficient evidence” the government has announced. It was responding to concerns that the phrase would cause an individual’s innocence to be questioned by the public and the media.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 21st April 2017

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Finance and Divorce Update April 2017 – Family Law Week

‘Sue Brookes, Senior Associate with Mills & Reeve LLP analyses the news and case law relating to financial remedies and divorce during March 2017.’

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Family Law Week, 20th April 2017

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Children wait 100 days longer than adults for sexual abuse investigations to go to court, figures show – The Independent

Posted April 21st, 2017 in child abuse, delay, news, prosecutions, sexual offences by tracey

‘Child sex abuse victims are waiting 100 days longer than adults for their cases to go to court, a report has found, prompting calls for more to be done to give underage victims access to the support they desperately need.’

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The Independent, 20th April 2017

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Seven men jailed for total of 92 years for ATM explosion raids – The Guardian

Posted April 21st, 2017 in burglary, conspiracy, explosives, news, sentencing by tracey

‘A gang of seven men that caused explosions at cash machines around England and Scotland has been jailed for a total of 92 years.’

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The Guardian, 20th April 2017

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Probate fees: Planned increase scrapped ahead of election – BBC News

Posted April 21st, 2017 in fees, news, probate by tracey

‘Controversial plans to raise the legal fees payable after death are to be scrapped ahead of the general election.
Probate fees had been due to rise from £155 or £215 to up to £20,000 for some estates in England and Wales from May.
The Ministry of Justice said there was now not enough time for the legislation – dubbed a “stealth death tax” by critics – to go through Parliament.’

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BBC News, 21st April 2017

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London residents overlooked by Tate Modern extension suing gallery for breach of human rights – The Independent

Posted April 21st, 2017 in human tissue, news, privacy by tracey

‘Residents in a block of multi-million pound flats overlooked by a Tate Modern viewing platform are suing the gallery, arguing that their human rights are being breached by “near constant surveillance”.’

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The Independent, 20th April 2017

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Police used as ‘first resort’ for mental health care, watchdog warns – BBC News

Posted April 21st, 2017 in mental health, news, police by tracey

‘Police forces in England and Wales are increasingly being used as the “first resort” for dealing with people who have mental health problems, a watchdog has warned.’

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BBC News, 20th April 2017

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Extremist prisoners to be held in ‘separation centres’ inside jails – The Guardian

Posted April 21st, 2017 in news, prisons, terrorism by tracey

‘Plans to house up to 28 of the most dangerous extremist prisoners in England and Wales in three “separation centres” away from mainstream prisoners are to go ahead, the Ministry of Justice has announced.’

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The Guardian, 21st April 2017

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