Surrogacy and HFEA Update (November 2017) – Family Law Week

‘Andrew Powell, barrister of 4 Paper Buildings, considers recent developments relating to surrogacy law as well as the latest cases concerning administrative errors and the HFEA.’

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Family Law Week, 7th November 2017


Government reiterates plans for EU-UK data flows post-Brexit amidst criticism of Data Protection Bill powers –

‘The UK government has reiterated its plans to establish an agreement with the remainder of the EU member states that will allow personal data to flow across borders unhindered post-Brexit.’

Full Story, 30th October 2017


‘Smart’ and autonomous vehicle cyber guidance: Data protection considerations – Technology Law Update

‘On 6 August 2017, in advance of proposed legislation, the UK government published 8 ‘Key Principles’ regarding the cyber security of connected and autonomous vehicles. This is the last of a series of 4 blogs regarding those principles.’

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Technology Law Update, 30th August 2017


Davis wants legal clarification from EU over Brexit payout – The Guardian

Posted August 30th, 2017 in international relations, markets, news, parliamentary papers by sally

‘David Davis’s negotiating team is demanding legal clarification from Brussels officials over its demands that the UK pay a substantial financial settlement as part of the process of quitting the European Union.’

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The Guardian, 29th August 2017


Brexit and Data Protection – Panopticon

Posted August 25th, 2017 in data protection, EC law, international courts, news, parliamentary papers by sally

‘Data protection lawyers and specialists have long been used to their area of expertise being treated as a rather mould-infested and irritating area of the law, like champerty but with more Schedules. Amongst other things, Brexit seems to have caused a bit of an upsurge in interest in how cross-border data flows are going to be managed in the brave new world. (Panopticon has seen articles in the last few months mentioning the GDPR and data protection after Brexit in the LRB and Private Eye, which is a bit like unexpectedly finding your girlfriend on page 3 of the Sun and the New Left Review on the same day.) HM Government have also recognised the importance of the issue, and have today published their position paper entitled ‘The exchange and protection of personal data’.It is fair to say that the 15 pages that you print off are not ram-packed (to use Mr Corbyn’s famed train-based term) with unexpected surprises, or indeed a huge amount of detail. There will doubtless be complaints about this, but to be fair, what the UK would like from the EU in the data protection is hardly rocket science. It spends a good deal of space explaining the importance of ensuring good levels of data protection, and enabling cross-border data flows, whilst also making quite an effort to emphasise how keen the UK has been, and still is, on being at the forefront of data protection. It even suggests that the DPA 1998 implemented the Directive beyond the minimum required; perfectly fairly it points out that the DPA didn’t have to cover law enforcement data processing but chose to do so, and surely our European friends will not be so impolite as to note, for example, the need for the Court of Appeal to strike down bits of the DPA as not properly implementing the Directive in Vidal-Hall…’

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Panopticon, 24th August 2017


BREXIT: UK government seeking time limited power to ‘correct’ post-Brexit statute book –

Posted April 3rd, 2017 in bills, courts, EC law, legislation, news, parliamentary papers, repeals, time limits by sally

‘The UK government is seeking a time-limited power to “correct the statute book” by way of secondary legislation ahead of the country’s departure from the European Union.’

Full story, 30th March 2017


UK Digital Strategy – will it fill the skills gap? – Technology Law Update

‘The UK’s newly released Digital Strategy builds on the wider Industrial Strategy Green Paper published in January. While it outlines a promising series of initiatives to support digital industries, it fails to offer much positive news for those faced with a post-Brexit hiring crisis.’

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Technology Law Update, 2nd March 2017


The government’s Brexit white paper: a missed opportunity – The Constitution Unit

Posted February 22nd, 2017 in EC law, international relations, news, parliamentary papers, referendums, treaties by sally

‘On 2 February the government published its white paper on Brexit, which was intended to provide further detail regarding the overall aims the government would be pursuing once Article 50 has been triggered. Nick Wright assesses this document, concluding that whilst it does expand on some of Theresa May’s key pledges set out in the Lancaster House speech in several areas it remains unclear exactly what the government is seeking. One example of this is the idea of a UK-EU strategic partnership, which is proposed in the white paper but not expanded on. Overall, it is hard not to see the white paper as a missed opportunity.’

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The Constitution Unit, 20th February 2017


The United Kingdom’s exit from and new partnership with the European Union White Paper – Official Publications

Posted February 8th, 2017 in EC law, international relations, parliamentary papers, referendums, treaties by tracey

‘This White Paper provides Parliament and the country with a clear vision of what we are seeking to achieve in negotiating our exit from, and new partnership with, the European Union.’

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Official Publications, 2nd February 2017


Brexit white paper spells out need for new immigration laws – The Guardian

Posted February 3rd, 2017 in EC law, immigration, news, parliamentary papers, referendums, treaties by sally

‘David Davis failed to placate Conservative rebels concerned about the status of European Union migrants and other Brexit details, despite publishing a 77-page white paper setting out the government’s plans for leaving the EU.’

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The Guardian, 2nd February 2017


Brexit plan to be published in government White Paper – BBC News

Posted February 2nd, 2017 in bills, EC law, news, parliament, parliamentary papers, treaties by tracey

‘The government’s Brexit strategy will come under scrutiny when an official policy document setting out its plans is published later.’

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BBC News, 2nd February 2017


Justice Secretary calls time on failing prisons in white paper to help cut crime and protect society – Ministry of Justice

‘Justice Secretary embarks on a major shake-up of prisons to help cut £15bn cost of reoffending.’

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Ministry of Justice, 3rd November 2016


Prisons in England and Wales get boost of 2,500 new staff to tackle violence -The Guardian

‘An extra 2,500 frontline prison staff are to be recruited to tackle soaring levels of gang violence, drug abuse and attacks on staff and inmates inside prisons across England and Wales, the justice secretary is to announce.’

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The Guardian, 2nd November 2016


Form and Accessibility of the Law Applicable in Wales –

‘This is the Law Commission’s final report on the form and accessibility of the law applicable in Wales.’

Full press release, 30th June 2016


Educational Excellence Everywhere? – Education Law Blog

‘The dust has started to settle on the Government’s education white paper: educational excellence everywhere. After a relatively slow start, the number of newspaper articles and interest on social media has picked up.’

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Education Law Blog, 26th March 2016


Iraq Fatalities Investigations: report into the death of Muhammad Abdul Ridha Salim –

Posted March 24th, 2016 in armed forces, human rights, inquiries, Iraq, parliamentary papers, reports by tracey

‘The report records the outcome of the third investigation into civilian deaths referred to the Iraq Fatalities Investigations by the Secretary of State for Defence.’

Full report, 23rd March 2016


Muslim Brotherhood review: main findings – Home Office

Posted December 17th, 2015 in inquiries, Islam, parliamentary papers, proscribed organisations, reports by tracey

‘This review, requested by the Prime Minister, sets out the government’s understanding of the Muslim Brotherhood and its links to extremism.’

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Home Office, 17th December 2015


Command Papers – GOV.UK

Posted April 21st, 2015 in parliamentary papers by sally

Government response to the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee Report: UK government policy on the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, Cm 9029

Memorandum to the Energy and Climate Change Committee: Post Legislative Scrutiny of the Energy Act 2010, Cm 9018

Government response to 2014 Great Western franchise consultation, Cm 9040
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Command Papers – GOV.UK

Posted December 18th, 2014 in parliamentary papers by sally

The benefit cap: a review of the first year, Cm 8985

Police and crime commissioners: progress to date, Cm 8981

Government response to the Transport Select Committee report on the draft national networks national policy statement, Cm 8978

The implications of devolution for England, Cm 8969

Our plan for growth: science and innovation, Cm 8980

Intercept as evidence review, Cm 8989
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Command Papers – GOV.UK

Posted October 21st, 2014 in news, parliamentary papers by sally

Post Legislative Assessment of the Driving Instruction (Suspension and Exemption Powers) Act 2009, Cm 8941

Country Series: USA No 1, Cm 8947

Government response to the House of Commons Health Committee Report of Session 2014-15: accoutability hearing with the Health and Care Professions Council, Cm 8916

Better workplace pensions: putting savers’ interests first, Cm 8929

Misc Series No 8, Cm 8952