LGA warns on funding as modern slavery referrals made by councils rise tenfold in five years – Local Government Lawyer

‘The number of referrals of potential victims of modern slavery made by councils has soared tenfold in five years, the Local Government Association has warned.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 18th March 2019

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

‘In probation, we’re poorly paid and the caseloads are unmanageable’ – The Guardian

‘Chris Grayling’s 2013 reforms have cost more, yet failed to cut reoffending or reduce staff shortages.’

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The Guardian, 13th March 2019

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“Comprehensive and historical” safeguarding review – Salisbury Diocese – Law & Religion UK

Posted February 22nd, 2019 in child abuse, children, Church of England, news, pilot schemes by tracey

‘The Diocese of Salisbury has begun a pioneering safeguarding review – one that will include piloting the next stage of Past Case Reviews for the whole of the Church of England.’

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Law & Religion UK, 19th February 2019

Source: www.lawandreligionuk.com

Before facial recognition tech can be used, it needs to be limited – The Independent

‘New research on facial recognition technology trials by police calls for tighter regulation to protect human rights.’

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The Independent, 21st February 2019

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Voter ID trials are dangerous. That’s why I’m taking the government to court – The Guardian

Posted February 13th, 2019 in elections, equality, identification, local government, news, pilot schemes, statistics by sally

‘In May, I will be asked to show ID to vote in local elections in Essex. This discriminatory plan risks undermining democracy.’

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The Guardian, 13th February 2019

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Knife offenders to wear GPS tags in London pilot scheme – The Guardian

Posted February 11th, 2019 in electronic monitoring, London, murder, news, pilot schemes, police, recidivists, statistics, weapons by tracey

‘Knife crime offenders in London will be tagged with tracking devices upon their release from prison in an attempt to reduce violence in the capital, the mayor has announced.’

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The Guardian, 11th February 2019

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Family courts next to test video hearings – Legal Futures

Posted January 28th, 2019 in consultations, family courts, judiciary, live link evidence, news, pilot schemes by sally

‘A test in the family courts will be the next step in exploring fully video hearings, against a backdrop of widespread concern about the technology among judges, it has emerged.’

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Legal Futures, 28th January 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Analysis: New Practice Direction signals further step forward for online divorce – Family Law

‘Emma Chowdhury, of the International Family Law Group, discusses new Practice Direction FPR 2010 PD 36L whichs allow some litigants in person to pilot the next stage of the online divorce system.’

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Family Law, 24th January 2019

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Court costs capped at £80,000 under voluntary pilot in England – OUT-LAW.com

Posted January 11th, 2019 in costs, costs capping orders, news, pilot schemes by sally

‘Court costs will be capped at £80,000 should parties opt into a pilot that gets underway in the business and property courts (BPCs) in England next week, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has confirmed.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 10th January 2019

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Public test of UK settlement scheme for EU nationals to begin – OUT-LAW.com

Posted January 10th, 2019 in brexit, employment, immigration, news, pilot schemes by sally

‘The settlement scheme for EU nationals seeking to maintain their right to live and work in the UK once it leaves the EU will be extended to more individuals later this month, the government has announced.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 8th January 2019

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Fees breakdown published for capped costs pilot – Litigation Futures

Posted January 9th, 2019 in costs, costs capping orders, fees, news, pilot schemes, solicitors by sally

‘The breakdown of the £80,000 in fees that solicitors will be able to claim under the voluntary capped costs pilot for certain Business and Property Courts cases valued up to £250,000 has been published.’

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Litigation Futures, 8th January 2019

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Capped costs pilot for cases worth up to £250k to launch next month – Litigation Futures

Posted December 17th, 2018 in case management, costs, costs capping orders, limitations, news, pilot schemes by sally

‘A pilot scheme introducing capped costs of £80,000 for High Court cases worth up to £250,000 – as recommended by Sir Rupert Jackson last year – is set to be introduced next month.’

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Litigation Futures, 17th December 2018

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‘What if they arrest me?’: the legal teams saving people from unfair deportation – The Guardian

Posted December 17th, 2018 in charities, citizenship, deportation, immigration, legal services, news, pilot schemes by sally

‘Hundreds have benefited from a free legal service – but caseworkers are having to turn down clients as demand surges.’

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The Guardian, 16th December 2018

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Law firms “will stop using email within five years” – Legal Futures

‘Email will be replaced within five years by a more secure means of communication for law firms, an expert predicted this week.’

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Legal Futures, 13th December 2018

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The Disclosure Pilot: time to get ready – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted December 12th, 2018 in civil procedure rules, disclosure, news, pilot schemes by sally

‘Parties using the Business and Properties Courts need to familiarise themselves with a new Disclosure Pilot Scheme that is set to commence operation on 1 January 2019. In this article, co-authors of Electronic Disclosure: law and Practice (OUP, 2017) Michael Wheater and Charles Raffin run through an overview of the Pilot Scheme and flag some practical steps that parties and advisors can take to best prepare themselves for the enhanced disclosure related duties, and requirements, found under the Scheme.’

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Hardwicke Chamebrs, 30th November 2018

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Brexit and EU citizens – latest developments – Technology Law Update

Posted December 11th, 2018 in brexit, citizenship, EC law, immigration, news, pilot schemes by sally

‘Ahead of the planned parliamentary vote on the UK / EU Withdrawal Agreement, many EU nationals remain concerned about their future status in the UK, particularly in the event of a no-deal Brexit. So what do we know at this stage?’

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Technology Law Update, 10th December 2018

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UK opens its first ‘safe house’ for child sex abuse victims to speed up prosecutions and recovery – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 5th, 2018 in child abuse, children, news, pilot schemes, sexual offences, statistics, victims by sally

‘Britain’s first specialist “safe house” for child sex abuse victims has been launched to help cope with a surge in cases fuelled by social media and to speed up the prosecution of offenders.’

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Daily Telegraph, 5th December 2018

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Resident crowd funds legal challenge to voter identification pilots – Local Government Lawyer

‘An Essex resident has set up a crowdfunding page to raise money for a legal challenge to the next round of voter identification pilots.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 4th December 2018

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Bar Council reaction to Lord Chancellor’s AGFS announcement – The Bar Council

Posted November 27th, 2018 in barristers, consultations, criminal justice, fees, pilot schemes, press releases by tracey

‘Responding to the Lord Chancellor’s announcement during Saturday’s Bar Council Annual Conference of more funding for the Advocates’ Graduated Fee Scheme (AGFS) Andrew Walker QC, Chair of the Bar, said: “The Lord Chancellor’s announcement that there will be further funding for the Advocates’ Graduated Fee Scheme (AGFS), following the recent consultation, is welcome. So too are his comments about the future – about the scope to improve the way in which criminal defence advocates are paid, and his commitment to working together with the professions to make criminal advocacy sustainable.”

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The Bar Council, 26th November 2018

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NHS to look into deaths of 100,000 mental health patients a year – The Guardian

‘The NHS is to start investigating the deaths of more than 100,0000 mental health patients a year in a drive to cut the number of fatalities linked to poor care.’

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The Guardian, 27th November 2018

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