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/

Disabled victims of hate crime receiving improved service from prosecutors – report – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted October 9th, 2018 in Crown Prosecution Service, disabled persons, hate crime, press releases by tracey

‘A network of prosecutors dedicated to tackling hate crime has helped the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) improve the experience of disabled victims, an inspection report has found.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 9th October 2018

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

People traffickers jailed after exploiting vulnerable and homeless people – Crown Prosecution Service

‘A gang of human traffickers, including six members of the same family, have been jailed for more than 24 years’ for trafficking and exploiting vulnerable and homeless people.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 4th October 2018

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Specialist financial crime unit to crack down on prison gangs – Ministry of Justice

Posted October 4th, 2018 in crime, money laundering, press releases, prisons by tracey

‘A new specialist unit will identify and freeze bank accounts linked to organised crime behind bars, Justice Secretary David Gauke announced today.’

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Ministry of Justice, 2nd October 2018

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

Gang member jailed for London acid attack – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted October 4th, 2018 in conspiracy, hazardous substances, press releases, robbery, sentencing by tracey

‘The ringleader of a gang who sprayed corrosive cleaning fluid in the face of a shopkeeper during a failed robbery has been jailed for ten years, with a further four years on licence.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 3rd October 2018

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

BSB improves efficiency in complaint handling – Bar Standards Board

Posted September 28th, 2018 in barristers, complaints, press releases by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published its Enforcement Report for 2017-18. The report provides an overview of the regulator’s enforcement work during the year and includes statistics about the volume, trends and outcomes of complaints about barristers, including disciplinary proceedings.’

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Bar Standards Board, 28th September 2018

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.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/

UK agrees principles for tackling modern slavery in supply chains – Home Office

‘The UK has developed, alongside the US, Canada, New Zealand and Australia, principles for nations to adopt to tackle modern slavery in global supply chains.’

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Home Office, 25th September 2018

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

Woman who laundered money from corrupt payments to her brother sentenced – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted September 27th, 2018 in confiscation, conspiracy, money laundering, press releases, sentencing by tracey

‘A woman who hid $3.5 million in corrupt payments by letting it pass through her foreign bank accounts has been given a suspended prison sentence today (25 September).’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 25th September 2018

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

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

Acid attack car thieves convicted – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted September 14th, 2018 in conspiracy, hazardous substances, press releases, robbery by tracey

‘A gang of carjackers who sprayed corrosive ammonia into the eyes of their victims have been convicted after a public appeal by former boxer Michael Watson.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 13th September 2018

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

BSB seeks views on draft of new Bar transparency rules – Bar Standards Board

Posted September 13th, 2018 in barristers, consultations, disclosure, legal services, press releases, reports by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today launched a consultation to seek views about its proposed new rules to improve transparency standards for clients of the Bar.’

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Bar Standards Board, 13th September 2018

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Jail time to double for assaulting an emergency worker – Ministry of Justice

‘New law protecting emergency workers from assault to receive Royal Assent today (Thursday 13 September 2018).’

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Ministry of Justice, 13th September 2018

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

Home Office proposes extending stop and search powers – Home Office

Posted September 10th, 2018 in hazardous substances, press releases, stop and search by tracey

‘The consultation proposes extending powers so that police can stop and search individuals carrying corrosive substances in public without good reason.’

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Home Office, 9th September 2018

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

Justice Secretary unveils Victims Strategy – Ministry of Justice

Posted September 10th, 2018 in criminal injuries compensation, press releases, victims by tracey

‘Support for victims of crime will be overhauled following the launch of the first ever cross-government Victims Strategy.’

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Ministry of Justice, 10th September 2018

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

Three people jailed for converting and selling pistols and ammo – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted September 6th, 2018 in conspiracy, firearms, press releases, sentencing by tracey

‘Three people who were found guilty for their part in the illegal conversion of blank firing pistols and cartridges have today (5 September) been jailed for a total of 52 years.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 5th September 2018

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Property agent jailed for spending £700,000 of his clients’ money – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted August 3rd, 2018 in client accounts, fraud, press releases, sentencing by tracey

‘A property agent who misspent £700,000 in rent he had collected for his clients has been sentenced to five years in prison today.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 2nd August 2018

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Manslaughter: Definitive guideline – Sentencing Council

Posted August 2nd, 2018 in diminished responsibility, homicide, negligence, press releases, sentencing by tracey

‘The new guideline will come into effect on 1 November 2018.’

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Sentencing Council, 31st July 2018

Source: www.sentencingcouncil.org.uk

Bar Council response to Justice Select Committee report on Criminal Legal Aid – The Bar Council

Posted August 2nd, 2018 in barristers, criminal justice, press releases, reports, select committees by tracey

‘The Bar Council has responded to the House of Commons Justice Select Committee’s report on the current state of criminal legal aid in England and Wales.’

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The Bar Council, 26th July 2018

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Land Registration Act shape up could build on fraud fighting efforts and make conveyancing better for everyone – Law Commission

Posted July 24th, 2018 in bills, conveyancing, fraud, land registration, press releases by tracey

‘Property fraudsters could be stopped in their tracks by technical fixes of the law, according to the Law Commission. The independent legal body say HM Land Registry has had to fork out close to £60million in indemnity payments because of fraud over the past decade. As a result, it’s recommending measures to help prevent fraud from taking place in registered land, alongside wider technical changes to the law which will make conveyancing “faster, easier and cheaper for everyone”.’

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Law Commission, 24th July 2018

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk/