BSB will be “held to account” over poor criminal advocacy – Legal Futures

Posted August 17th, 2018 in advocacy, barristers, news, quality assurance, standards by sally

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) was told yesterday that it will be held to account over how it deals with poor-quality criminal advocacy.’

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Legal Futures, 17th August 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Police watchdog investigating ‘serious corruption and malpractice’ in Scotland Yard’s own standards unit – The Independent

Posted July 23rd, 2018 in corruption, news, police, standards by tracey

‘The police watchdog is investigating allegations of “serious corruption and malpractice” within Scotland Yard‘s own standards unit, a director has revealed.’

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The Independent, 22nd July 2018

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Legal Services Board slaps Law Society with first ever public censure – Legal Futures

Posted June 1st, 2018 in Law Society, legal services, Legal Services Board, news, standards by sally

‘The Legal Services Board has handed out a public censure for the first time, after finding that the Law Society had governance arrangements in place that could have interfered with the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).’

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Legal Futures, 31st May 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Failure to act against ‘dangerous’ midwives resulted in deaths – report – The Guardian

Posted May 16th, 2018 in inquiries, midwives, news, reports, standards by sally

‘Babies and mothers died after a health regulator failed to act against midwives suspected of providing dangerously poor care, despite the police raising concerns about their conduct, a damning report has concluded.’

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The Guardian, 16th May 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

Watchdog launches review of local government ethical standards – Local Government Lawyer

Posted January 31st, 2018 in local government, news, standards by sally

‘The Committee on Standards in Public Life has launched a review of local government ethical standards with a call for evidence.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 30th January 2018

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Law Society accreditation scheme advert ‘misled’ public – BBC News

Posted November 22nd, 2017 in advertising, complaints, conveyancing, law firms, Law Society, news, solicitors, standards by sally

‘The Law Society misled the public over the expertise of solicitors in a scheme set up to help property buyers and sellers in England and Wales, the advertising watchdog has ruled.’

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BBC News, 22nd November 2017

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

CQC improving but must tackle issues in regulation activities: watchdog – Local Government Lawyer

Posted October 20th, 2017 in auditors, community care, health, news, standards by sally

‘The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has improved as an organisation, but must overcome “some persistent issues with the timeliness of some of its regulation activities”, the National Audit Office (NAO) has found.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 19th October 2017

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Construction of Terms in Cross-Licensing Agreements: Koninklijke Philips N.V. v Asustek Computer Incorporation and Others – NIPC Law

‘In FRAND 8 Oct 2017 I discussed the terms upon which patents for inventions that are essential to a standard are licensed. I noted that courts around the world had held that those terms should be fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory – in other words, FRAND. The Court of Appeal’s decision in Koninklijke Philips N.V. v Asustek Computer Incorporation and Others [2017] EWCA Civ 1526 (11 Oct 2017) concerned the construction of a clause licensing such patents. It is important to note, however, that none of the judges who heard the appeal mentioned the acronym, FRAND, and it appeared only twice in the judgment of the trial judge.’

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NIPC Law, 13th October 2017

Source: nipclaw.blogspot.co.uk

FRAND – NIPC Law

Posted October 9th, 2017 in competition, EC law, inventions, licensing, news, patents, public interest, standards by sally

‘FRAND stands for “fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory”. It refers to the terms upon which the owner of a patent for an invention that is essential to a standard (“standard essential patent” or “SEP”) should license its use.’

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NIPC Law, 8th October 2017

Source: nipclaw.blogspot.co.uk

Supreme Court to consider legal standard on adequacy of reasons in planning – Local Government Lawyer

Posted October 2nd, 2017 in judicial review, local government, news, planning, reasons, standards, Supreme Court by sally

‘The Supreme Court will next month consider the correct legal standard to be applied in assessing the adequacy of reasons provided by local planning authorities when granting planning permission.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 29th September 2017

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Press watchdog’s future in doubt after chief’s anti-Mail tweets – The Guardian

Posted September 29th, 2017 in internet, judicial review, media, news, professional conduct, publishing, reports, standards by sally

‘The future of the only government-approved press watchdog, Impress, is in doubt after an internal report concluded that its chief executive had brought the organisation into disrepute and that his position would be untenable if the Daily Mail and the Sun had applied to join.’

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The Guardian, 28th September 2017

Source: www.theguardian.com

Betting firms could be fined over ads ‘targeting vulnerable people’ – The Guardian

Posted September 13th, 2017 in advertising, fines, gambling, news, standards by tracey

‘Four betting firms could face fines over adverts disguised as news articles that “targeted vulnerable people” with claims about a gambler who cleared his debts and paid for his wife’s medical treatment by playing online casino games.’

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The Guardian, 13th September 2017

Source: www.theguardian.com

Taxi laws need updating to tackle child sexual abuse, say councils – The Guardian

‘Taxi laws need urgently updating to combat child sexual exploitation, councils have warned.’

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The Guardian, 25th August 2017

Source: www.theguardian.com

Local authority apologises to councillor cleared of unlawfully handling newts – Local Government Lawyer

‘A Forest of Dean councillor has been cleared both of unlawfully handling protected newts and of swearing at other councillors.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 16th August 2017

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

BSB increases efficiency in handling complaints – Bar Standards Board

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published its Enforcement Annual Report for 2016-17.’

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Bar Standards Board, 1st August 2017

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Prisons inspector warns of ‘staggering’ decline in safety at youth jails – The Guardian

‘There has been a “staggering” decline in standards and safety at youth jails in England and Wales, the chief inspector of prisons has said.’

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The Guardian, 18th July 2017

Source: www.theguardian.com

Environmental Law News Update – Six Pump Court

‘In this latest Environmental Law News Update, Christopher Badger and Laura Phillips consider the Bar Council’s Brexit Working Group paper on environmental law, the publication of revised voluntary guidelines for issuing Green Bonds, and pledges by the Mayor of London for a ‘zero-emission’ city by 2050.’

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Six Pump Court, 26th June 2017

Source: www.6pumpcourt.co.uk

BSB publishes consultation on new declaration rules for barristers – Bar Standards Board

Posted June 14th, 2017 in barristers, money laundering, news, press releases, remuneration, standards by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published a consultation on a new set of proposals to require barristers to declare a range of information about their practice to the regulator every year when applying for their practising certificate. This also includes new and returning barristers.’

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Bar Standards Board, 2th June 2017

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Duty of Care Owned by Junior Doctors: Important Court of Appeal Decision – Zenith PI Blog

Posted May 15th, 2017 in appeals, doctors, duty of care, medical treatment, negligence, news, standards by sally

‘In the decision today is FB -v- Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust [2017] EWCA Civ 334 the Court of Appeal made important observations about the duty of care owed by junior doctors.’

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Zenith PI Blog, 12th May 2017

Source: www.zenithpi.wordpress.com

The only way is ethics – Counsel

‘Minding our standards: in the first of a new column for Counsel, Andrew Walker QC outlines fresh imperatives and initiatives for barristers to enhance their knowledge of ethics in practice and stay ahead of the curve.’

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Counsel, March 2017

Source: www.counselmagazine.co.uk