Archive for October 4th, 2010

Bar Council Calls for Access to Justice in an Age of Austerity – The Bar Council

“Speaking at two fringe meetings at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham, the Chairman-Elect of the Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, Peter Lodder QC, will stress the importance of the legal profession working with Government to maintain access to justice, despite forthcoming budget cuts. He will also call on the Government to ensure that any reforms to the legal aid system maintain high quality representation for all those eligible to receive it, particularly the most vulnerable members of society.”

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Bar Council, 4th October 2010


Attorney general eases up on bar diversity stats – The Lawyer

“The attorney general’s office has dropped demands on bar members of the Treasury Solicitor Panel of Counsel to disclose equality and diversity credentials.”

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The Lawyer, 4th October 2010


BAILII: Recent Decisions

High Court (Queen’s Bench)

CA v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2010] EWHC 2278 (QB) (10 September 2010)

High Court (Family Division)

Coventry City Council v X, Y and Z (Care Proceedings: Costs: Identification of Local Authority) [2010] EWHC B22 (Fam) (27 September 2010)


Procedure Rules – updates to civil rules come into force – Ministry of Justice

“Updates to the rules on how some types of civil cases are managed or prepared for court come into force on 1 October.”

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Ministry of Justice, 1st October 2010


ECJ says VAT should not be due on music industry samples –

“UK VAT rules will have to change after the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) ruled this week that record companies should not owe the tax on free albums sent to journalists, DJs and promoters.”

Full story, 4th October 2010


Recent Statutory Instruments –

The Welfare Reform Act 2009 (Commencement No. 3) Order 2010

The Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009 (Commencement No. 4) Order 2010

The Commons Act 2006 (Commencement No. 1 and Savings (England and Wales) and Commencement No. 5 (England) (Amendment)) Order 2010

The Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 (Specified Lists: Scotland) Order 2010

The Commons Registration (Amendment and Miscellaneous Revocations) Regulations 2010

The Bee Diseases and Pests Control (England) (Amendment) Order 2010

The Feed (Sampling and Analysis and Specified Undesirable Substances) (Wales) Regulations 2010

The Materials and Articles in Contact with Food (Wales) Regulations 2010

The Food Irradiation (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2010


Teenager who paralysed man in drunken attack walks free because jail term not ‘useful’ – Daily Telegraph

“A teenager who left a man severely paralysed and able to communicate only by blinking has been spared jail after a judge ruled it would not be ‘useful’.”

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Daily Telegraph, 2nd October 2010


October 2010