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/

Transparency report on disruptive and investigatory powers published – Home Office

Posted July 24th, 2018 in intelligence services, investigatory powers, press releases, reports by tracey

The government has published the third iteration of its transparency report on the use of disruptive and investigatory powers.’

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Home Office, 23rd July 2018

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

Changes Proposed to Code for Crown Prosecutors to drive improvements in disclosure – Crown Prosecution Service

‘Making sure clearer, earlier information about mobile phone evidence is available before a suspect is charged with a crime is part of a raft of proposed changes announced by the Director of Public Prosecutions today. This will include mobile phone messages sent by suspects and accusers in cases where the parties are known to each other.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 23rd July 2018

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Next Director of the CPS announced – Attorney General’s Office

Posted July 24th, 2018 in barristers, Crown Prosecution Service, press releases by tracey

‘Max Hill QC has been appointed as the next Director of Public Prosecutions .’

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Attorney General’s Office, 24th July 2018

Source: www.gov.uk/ago

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

Statement following the publication of the Justice Select Committee report on Disclosure – Crown Prosecution Service

‘The Crown Prosecution Service and the National Police Chiefs Council have today (20 July) issued a joint response into the Justice Select Committee Report over Disclosure of evidence in criminal cases.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 20th July 2018

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

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

Posted July 20th, 2018 in barristers, legal education, press releases by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today launched a consultation to seek views as to whether their proposed new rules for the training and qualification of barristers provide the right framework to give effect to the new policies announced recently by the regulator as part of its Future Bar Training (FBT) programme.’

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Bar Standards Board, 19th July 2018

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Government seeks views on legal aid for inquests – Ministry of Justice

Posted July 19th, 2018 in consultations, inquests, legal aid, legal representation, press releases by tracey

‘Justice Minister Lucy Frazer today announced the launch of a call for evidence to consider the need for legal representation during inquests.’

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Ministry of Justice, 19th July 2018

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

Leasehold law set for radical reform – Law Commission

Posted July 19th, 2018 in housing, Law Commission, leases, press releases by tracey

‘Radical new proposals to provide a fairer deal for leasehold homeowners have been announced by the Law Commission. Following hot on the heels of plans by the Government to ban the sale of houses on a leasehold basis, the independent legal body is outlining a range of measures to help existing leasehold homeowners buy the freehold of their houses.’

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Law Commission, 19th July 2018

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk/

Group jailed for 47 years after £450,000 maternity payment scam – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted July 19th, 2018 in benefits, conspiracy, fraud, press releases, sentencing, social security by tracey

‘Twelve people who plotted to claim more than £450,000 in maternity payments for babies which did not exist have been jailed for 47 years today (18 July). The defendants, who included members of the same family and their partners and friends, made at least 158 fraudulent applications for maternity allowance over the course of 52 months.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 18th July 2018

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Bar Council launches LASPO: 5 years on survey – The Bar Council

Posted July 19th, 2018 in barristers, consultations, legal aid, legislation, press releases, sentencing by tracey

‘The Government has now commenced a Post-Implementation Review of Part 1 of LASPO and subordinate legislation. As part of its response, the Bar Council is conducting another survey of the Family and Civil Bar. Your answers will form a central part of its submissions to Post-Implementation Review.’

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The Bar Council, 19th July 2018

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Allegations of child sexual abuse in Rotherham: Wanless and Whittam QC review – Home Office

Posted July 18th, 2018 in child abuse, press releases, reports, sexual grooming by tracey

‘The Home Secretary has today published Peter Wanless and Richard Whittam QC’s independent review into information passed to the Home Office in connection with allegations of child sexual abuse in Rotherham.’

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Home Office, 17th July 2018

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

Judicial Protocol update: Expedition of Cases Involving Witnesses Under 10 Years – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted July 17th, 2018 in children, courts, press releases, reports, witnesses by tracey

‘A Protocol between The National Police Chiefs’ Council, The Crown Prosecution Service and Her Majesty’s Courts & Tribunals Service to Expedite Cases Involving Witnesses Under 10 Years.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 13th July 2018

Source: www.judiciary.uk

Care home boss who stole millions from residents jailed – Crown Prosecution Service

‘The owner of a care home who tried to defraud residents out of £4.1million by isolating them from their families and persuading them to make him a beneficiary of their wills has been jailed today.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 13th July 2018

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Law reform needed to help leaseholders take control of their buildings – Law Commission

Posted July 5th, 2018 in landlord & tenant, Law Commission, leases, press releases by tracey

‘Housing Secretary James Brokenshire has asked the Law Commission to look at improving the laws which allow leaseholders to manage their own buildings.The legislation on Right to Manage is meant to put power in leaseholders’ hands and stop abuse, by allowing some leasehold property owners to take over the management of a building. But issues with the law have stopped its usage becoming widespread. And those who have taken up the option have found delays, costs and uncertainty.’

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Law Commission, 4th July 2018

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk

New law to protect people with dementia and learning disabilities announced – Law Commission

‘Thousands of vulnerable people with dementia and learning disabilities will be given better protection by a new law announced today by the Government. The new Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill, based on Law Commission recommendations, brings in extra protections for those who lack the mental capacity to make decisions about their care.’

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Law Commission, 3rd July 2018

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk

BSB explains how it assures competence at the Bar – Bar Standards Board

‘Following its decision last year not to implement the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA), the Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published more detail about how it assures the competence of barristers.’

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Bar Standards Board, 5th July 2018

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk