No legal barriers to social investment, but pension schemes still not investing – Law Commission

Posted June 23rd, 2017 in contribution, Law Commission, news, pensions, press releases, reports by tracey

‘There are no legal or regulatory barriers to pension schemes making social investments, according to a new report by the Law Commission.’

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Law Commission, 23rd June 2017

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk

Church of England failed child victims of sexual abuse while ‘colluding’ with disgraced bishop, report finds – The Independent

Posted June 23rd, 2017 in child abuse, Church of England, corruption, evidence, news, reports, sexual offences by tracey

‘The Church of England “concealed” evidence of child abuse by a former bishop stretching over two decades, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has said, following a major independent review.’

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The Independent, 22nd June 2017

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Privatised probation programme ‘could be dropped with negligible impact’ – The Guardian

‘A key part of the government’s probation privatisation reforms could be dropped tomorrow without any impact on the resettlement of prisoners, a joint report by the chief inspectors of probation and prisons has warned.’

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The Guardian, 21st June 2017

Source: www.theguardian.com

EU seeks to outlaw ‘backdoors’ in new data privacy proposals – The Guardian

Posted June 20th, 2017 in data protection, EC law, encryption, news, privacy, reports by sally

‘The European Union is considering banning the implementation of so-called “backdoors” that allow the reading of encrypted messaging, a move that would place it in conflict with the UK government’s desire to have access to all secure communications.’

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The Guardian, 19th June 2017

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Prisons taking role of care homes and hospices as older population soars – The Guardian

Posted June 20th, 2017 in care homes, elderly, mental health, news, prisons, reports by sally

‘Prisons are now the largest providers of residential care for frail and elderly men in England and Wales and are increasingly turning into hospices, providing end-of-life care for older prisoners and even managing their deaths.’

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The Guardian, 20th June 2017

Source: www.theguardian.com

Poor behaviour on the part of McKenzie Friends ‘a minority concern’ – Legal Voice

‘Most litigants in person were happy with their experience of paid McKenzie Friends, according to research published this week. The study commissioned by the Bar Council found that unrepresented litigants reported ‘relatively low’ costs for such services.’

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Legal Voice, 13th June 2017

Source: www.legalvoice.org.uk

“Weak competition” and legal culture behind lack of external investment through ABS, says LSB report – Legal Futures

‘The low level of external investment in law firms since alternative business structures (ABSs) were allowed more than five years ago “may be a symptom of weak competition in the market overall”, a Legal Services Board (LSB) report has suggested.’

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Legal Futures, 15th June 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Complaints about pension products on the rise following freedoms, says ombudsman – OUT-LAW.com

Posted June 15th, 2017 in complaints, news, ombudsmen, pensions, reports by sally

‘Consumer complaints about self-invested and small self-administered pension products increased by a third last year, in the aftermath of more flexibility around pension savings, according to the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS).’

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OUT-LAW.com, 14th June 2017

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Rise of the car hire cowboy: Ombudsman sees 73pc increase in driver grievances – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 13th, 2017 in complaints, consumer credit, financial regulation, news, ombudsmen, reports by sally

‘Car hire purchase deals are now among most complained about policies in Britain, Ombudsman figures show.’

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Daily Telegraph, 12th June 2017

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Free speech and e-media – Counsel

‘Google, Facebook, Twitter and other intermediaries increasingly face a broadly united front of protest. Is it time to regulate? asks Richard Spearman QC.’

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Counsel, June 2017

Source: www.counselmagazine.co.uk

Innovation happening, but no strong need to change the traditional chambers model, say respondents to BSB survey – Bar Standards Board

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published its report into the provision of legal services by barristers. The report contains the results of an online survey conducted in September and October 2016 with barristers about the future delivery of legal services.’

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Bar Standards Board, 30th May 2017

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

‘Sensitive’ UK terror funding inquiry may never be published – The Guardian

Posted June 1st, 2017 in inquiries, news, publishing, reports, terrorism by sally

‘An investigation into the foreign funding and support of jihadi groups that was authorised by David Cameron may never be published, the Home Office has admitted.’

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The Guardian, 31st May 2017

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Cyber child sex offences increase by nearly half, NSPCC finds – The Independent

Posted June 1st, 2017 in child abuse, internet, news, reports, sexual offences by sally

‘”Figures give us an insight into how crimes are changing and how access to children is changing through the use of the internet,” charity expert tells The Independent’

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The Independent, 1st June 2017

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Exclusive: Jackson “moving away” from £250,000 upper limit for fixed-cost cases – Litigation Futures

Posted May 23rd, 2017 in costs, negligence, news, personal injuries, reports by tracey

‘A widespread consensus has emerged that Lord Justice Jackson is backing away from extending fixed recoverable costs to cases worth up to £250,000, Litigation Futures can report – although what level he is now looking at is unknown.’

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Litigation Futures, 23rd may 2017

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Fixed-cost plans for clinical negligence “will prevent many cases being brought”, CJC warns – Litigation Futures

‘Government plans to impose fixed costs on clinical negligence cases worth up to £25,000 “will prevent many cases being brought”, the Civil Justice Council (CJC) has warned.’

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Litigation Futures, 11th May 2017

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The Value of Justice: The Bar Council Manifesto for Justice 2017 – The Bar council

Posted May 9th, 2017 in barristers, civil justice, criminal justice, reports by tracey

‘The Bar Council’s General Election 2017 Manifesto for Justice .’

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The Bar Council, 8th May 2017

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Underage sex considered ‘normal part of growing up’, report warns – The Independent

‘Sexual health services failing to recognise victims of child exploitation and abuse due to expectation that under-16s will be sexually active, Family Education Trust claims.’

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The Independent, 8th may 2017

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Poppi Worthington inquest delayed by her father after he secures legal aid – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 9th, 2017 in child abuse, delay, inquests, legal aid, news, reports, sexual offences by tracey

‘An inquest into the death of toddler Poppi Worthington has been delayed by her father. Paul Worthington’s solicitors argue they have been left with insufficient time to prepare for the hearing, which was due to start in Kendal, Cumbria, next week, after he finally secured legal aid last week being turned down three times before.’

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Daily Telegraph, 9th May 2017

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Nearly half of female prisoners have attempted suicide, figures reveal – The Independent

Posted May 9th, 2017 in mental health, news, prisons, reports, suicide, women by tracey

‘Almost half of female prisoners in England and Wales have attempted suicide, figures show, prompting urgent calls for the next government to address the growing mental health crisis in the penal system.’

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The Independent, 8th May 2017

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Government set to be taken back to court over air pollution plans – The Guardian

‘Environment lawyers are expected to take the government back to court over its controversial plans to tackle the UK’s air pollution crisis. They say the proposals are so weak they flout ministers’ obligation to protect public health.

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The Guardian, 6th May 2017

Source: www.guardian.co.uk