Law Commission seeks views on decentralised autonomous organisations (DAOs) – Law Commission

‘The Law Commission has launched a call for evidence asking users and other experts for information about how decentralised autonomous organisations – DAOs – can be characterised, and how the law of England and Wales might accommodate them now and in the future.’

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Law Commission, 16th November 2022

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New reforms to recover millions more from the proceeds of crime – Law Commission

‘The Law Commission has published new reforms to overhaul the system for recovering the proceeds of criminal activities.’

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Law Commission, 9th November 2022

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Commission urges reform of ‘ineffective’ confiscation regime – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Codification of legal decisions reached in more than 500 cases brought under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 is among the proposals of a call for reform of an “ineffective” confiscation regime published today.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 9th November 2022

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Rees-Mogg move to axe 2,400 laws is ‘anti-democratic’, say legal experts – The Guardian

Posted October 24th, 2022 in bills, brexit, EC law, government departments, news, statute law revision by sally

‘Leading lawyers have sounded the alarm over Jacob Rees-Mogg’s proposals for post-Brexit legislation that could result in 2,400 laws disappearing overnight – including a ban on animal testing for cosmetics, workers’ rights and environmental protections.’

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The Guardian, 24th October 2022

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Kate Ollerenshaw: More Haste, Less Speed: Sunset Clauses in the Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted October 11th, 2022 in brexit, constitutional law, EC law, news, regulations, statute law revision by tracey

‘There are many points of note for those interested in Constitutional law in the recently published Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill 2022 (“the Bill”). This post focuses on the proposal to bind the Government to accomplishing the complex process of assimilating desirable retained EU law into domestic legislation before a stated deadline using the sunsetting provisions in clauses 1 and 3 of the Bill. It asks why sunsetting is needed, suggesting the motivation lies, at least in part, in the Government’s desire to reap the so-called “Brexit dividend” by reducing the burden of regulation from EU-derived measures as quickly as possible. It goes on to question whether the sunset clauses will ultimately assist in that aim.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 10th October 2022

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New reforms to ensure UK retains position as a leader in international arbitration – Law Commission

‘The Law Commission of England and Wales has today unveiled new proposals to update the Arbitration Act 1996, to ensure that the UK continues to be the foremost destination for international arbitration.’

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Law Commission, 22nd October 2022

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Keep EU law or face ‘unpredictable consequences’, former GLD chief warns – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted February 22nd, 2022 in brexit, EC law, news, select committees, statute law revision by tracey

‘The UK should retain the supremacy of EU law in order to avoid legal uncertainty and “unpredictable consequences”, the former head of the Government Legal Department has suggested.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 21st February 2022

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Government plans to make some coronavirus laws permanent – The Independent

Posted February 22nd, 2022 in coronavirus, coroners, inquests, news, remote hearings, statute law revision by tracey

‘Remaining restrictions on travel could be reviewed before Easter but some laws introduced during the pandemic will be made permanent, according to the Government’s plan for living with coronavirus.’

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The Independent, 21st February 2022

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Security Services And Civil Liberties Groups Both Criticise Human Rights Act Overhaul – Each Other

‘The 580-page report of the Independent Human Rights Act Review (IHRAR) provides the backdrop to a series of oral evidence sessions now being held by parliament’s Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR). In that report, both security services and human rights charities have issued warnings to the government over proposed changes to the Human Rights Act.’

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Each Other, 17th February 2022

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Government to launch ‘Brexit Freedoms’ Bill to amend outdated EU law – The Independent

Posted January 31st, 2022 in bills, brexit, EC law, government departments, news, statute law revision by tracey

‘The Government is planning to bring forward a “Brexit Freedoms” Bill to make it easier to amend outdated EU law, as part of a drive which it claims will “cut £1 billion of red tape” for UK businesses.’

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The Independent, 31st January 2022

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Culture Wars and Constitutional Statutes: The Government’s Proposed Human Rights Act Reforms – Oxford Human Rights Hub

‘This week, in response to the Independent Human Rights Act Review’s report, the Government published its proposals to reform the Human Rights Act (HRA) and a call for further submissions on its proposals. A comprehensive analysis of all of the Government’s proposals would not be possible in this short two-part post; that stated, whether they deserve such an in-depth response is questionable.’

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Oxford Human Rights Hub, 19th December 2021

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Plan to reform Human Rights Act – Ministry of Justice

‘The Human Rights Act will be revised under plans unveiled by the Justice Secretary Dominic Raab today (14 December).’

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Ministry of Justice, 14th December 2021

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How we marry is changing, and the law needs to keep up – Law & Religion UK

Posted December 6th, 2021 in Law Commission, marriage, news, statute law revision by sally

‘It has long been recognized that the law governing the process of getting married needs reform. Following on from Getting married: a scoping paper, published in December 2015, in September 2020 the Law Commission published Getting Married: A Consultation Paper on Weddings Law, setting out a series of provisional reform proposals for weddings law. An empirical study conducted by us titled “When is a wedding not a marriage? Exploring non-legally binding ceremonies” investigated wedding ceremonies taking place outside of the legal framework which reflected a variety of faiths, beliefs and non-beliefs. Drawing on the extensive data we gathered from September 2020 to May 2021, a Briefing Paper for the Law Commission has been published this week analysing the potential impact of the Commission’s proposals for reform.’

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Law & Religion UK, 4th December 2021

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Law Commission to review the Arbitration Act 1996 – Law Commission

Posted December 3rd, 2021 in arbitration, consultations, Law Commission, news, statute law revision by tracey

‘The Law Commission has today, 30 November 2021, announced that it will conduct a review of the Arbitration Act 1996, the principal legislation governing arbitrations in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.’

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Law Commission, 30th November 2021

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Is An Overhaul Of The Human Rights Act Imminent? – Each Other

Posted October 28th, 2021 in government departments, human rights, news, statute law revision by sally

‘Dominic Raab has announced his intention to “overhaul” the UK’s Human Rights Act (HRA), despite widespread criticism.’

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Each Other, 27th October 2021

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HRA reform in this parliament, Raab promises party faithful – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The Human Rights Act will be overhauled before the next general election, the lord chancellor and justice secretary pledged today.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 5th October 2021

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‘Racist’ drug laws should be reformed, says former government adviser – The Independent

Posted October 1st, 2021 in drug offences, news, race discrimination, racism, statute law revision by tracey

‘Britain’s drug laws are racist and need to be overhauled, a former government adviser has said. Lord Simon Woolley, who used to lead the government’s race disparity unit, said the 50-year-old Misuse of Drugs Act should be reviewed, as it is a “tool of systemic racism”.’

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The Independent, 30th September 2021

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Government to undertake review of ‘Retained EU law’, ensure courts have full ability to depart from EU case law “according to normal rules” – Local Government Lawyer

Posted September 20th, 2021 in brexit, data protection, EC law, government departments, news, statute law revision by tracey

‘The Government is to conduct a review of “Retained EU law”, the legislation taken onto the statute book through the European Union (Withdrawal) Act of 2018, Lord Frost has announced.

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Local Government Lawyer, 17th September 2021

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Equality laws could be changed to protect women in menopause, says MP – The Guardian

‘Changing equality legislation to protect women going through the menopause should “not be ruled” out, according to the chair of a group of MPs leading an inquiry into discrimination on the issue.’

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The Guardian, 18th August 2021

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Does The Legal Definition Of Rape Need Updating? – Each Other

‘The current legal definition of rape means that victims of sexual assault without penile penetration cannot technically claim the word, feeding the stigma felt by some survivors.’

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Each Other, 17th August 2021

Source: eachother.org.uk