Archive for the 'consultations' Category

LSB consults on appeal arrangements for SRA as a licensing authority – Legal Services Board

“The Legal Services Board (LSB) has today published a consultation on proposals to establish the appeals mechanism in relation to decisions made by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) should it be designated as a Licensing Authority under the Alternative Business Structures (ABS) framework. Annexed to the consultation is an impact assessment.”

Full story

Legal Services Board, 5th May 2011

Source: www.legalservicesboard.org.uk

More Effective Responses to Anti-Social Behaviour – The Sentencing Council’s response to the Government’s consultation – Sentencing Council

“The Sentencing Council has responded to the Home Office’s consultation on anti-social behaviour. The Council’s response comprises its views on those topics within the consultation that relate to sentencing.”

Response from the Sentencing Council (PDF)

Sentencing Council, 4th May 2011

Source: http://sentencingcouncil.judiciary.gov.uk

LSB consults on process for reviewing decisions about licensing applications – Legal Services Board

“As part of the next stages of completing the licensing regime for Alternative Business Structures (ABS) the LSB has today published a new consultation focusing on reviewing decisions about licensing applications.”

Full story

Legal Services Board, 3rd May 2011

Source: www.legalservicesboard.org.uk

LSB sets out approach to overseeing regulation – Legal Services Board

“The LSB is today launching a new discussion paper setting out its approach to ensuring standards of regulation in the legal services sector.”

Full story

Legal Services Board, 26th April 2011

Source: www.legalservicesboard.org.uk

Law Commissions call for new law to be written to give consumers right to compensation – OUT-LAW.com

“A new law should be created giving consumers the right to take misleading and aggressive businesses to court, the Law Commission and Scottish Law Commission have said.”

Full story

OUT-LAW.com, 18th April 2011

Source: www.out-law.com

Royal succession reform is being discussed, Clegg says – BBC News

“The government is consulting Commonwealth countries about changing the laws on royal succession, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has said.”

Full story

BBC News, 16th April 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Environmental campaigners angry as green laws labelled as red tape – The Guardian

“Environmental campaigners have condemned the coalition’s inclusion of all of Britain’s 278 environmental laws in a list of ‘red tape’ regulations considered by the public for the axe.”

Full story

The Guardian, 17th April 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Consumer Redress for Misleading and Aggressive Practices – Law Commission

“The consultation invites views on reforming the law for consumers on redress for misleading and aggressive commercial practices.”

Full story

Law Commission, 12th April 2011

Source: www.justice.gov.uk/lawcommission

Law Commission proposes new ‘Consumer Act’ – Law Society’s Gazette

“Consumers are finding it too hard to win compensation for misleading and aggressive trading practices and the law must be reviewed, the Law Commission said today.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 12th April 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Government needs more costs information for online content storage plans – OUT-LAW.com

“The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) had consulted with publishers and legal deposit libraries (LDLs) over plans for libraries to have access to online, as well as printed, content.”

Full story

OUT-LAW.com, 12th April 2011

Source: www.out-law.com

Clarke announces major overhaul of civil justice – Ministry of Justice

“The first major overhaul of the civil justice system in 15 years and reform of controversial ‘no win no fee’ deals were announced by Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke today.”

Full press release

Ministry of Justice, 29th March 2011

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Adult Social Care – Final Report Page – Law Commission

“On 31 March 2011, we published the Consultation Analysis, which is an analysis of the responses received to our consultation paper.  It summarises the views of consultees in relation to the 57 provisional proposals and 25 consultation questions put forward.”

Full analysis

Law Commission, 31st March 2011

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk

Update from the Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Bar Council – The Bar Council

“None of us, at the self-employed or employed Bar, has escaped the consequences of the coalition Government’s measures to reduce the national deficit. But the publicly funded Bar is bearing the brunt of cuts in public expenditure. This follows the cuts in legal aid announced by the last Government and the proposals for radical change in the publicly funded legal services market, the subject of recent consultation by the Ministry of Justice. We wanted to give you a short update on developments which affect so many practitioners and indeed the future of the Bar as a whole.”

Full press release

The Bar Council, 29th March 2011

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Sentencing for drugs offences – public consultation launched on new guideline for judges – Sentencing Council

“Today, the Sentencing Council is launching a three-month public consultation on its proposals to introduce a new guideline for judges and magistrates for the sentencing of drugs offenders.”

Full story

Sentencing Council, 28th March 2011

Source: www.sentencingcouncil.org.uk

Major reforms to Equality and Human Rights Commission – Home Office

“Consultation launches to make the organisation a stronger, focused and more efficient, Theresa May said today.”

Full story

Home Office, 21st March 2011

Source: www.homeoffice.gov.uk

Bar Council survey of chambers managers – The Bar Council

“The Bar Council has developed a working group to consider whether it is desirable for clerks and chambers managers to be integrated more formally into the representative work of the Bar Council, and if it is desirable, how this should be implemented. We are therefore interested to learn more about chambers employees, particularly those with responsibility for chambers management, including clerks and practice managers.”

Full story

The Bar Council, 16th March 2011

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Family lawyers face up to challenges ahead – Law Society’s Gazette

“Family law is facing an unprecedented year of change, with practitioners under intense pressure to be innovative if they want to maintain the viability of their practices. Some family law departments are already downsizing, or are being closed, as experienced practitioners move firms or set up their own niche practices. However, others are embracing change and are among their firms’ top teams in terms of fee income and profitability.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 17th March 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Merger of Competition Commission and OFT meets with muted response – The Lawyer

“Competition lawyers have offered a lukewarm response to Government proposals to streamline and improve the UK’s competition regime.”

Full story

The Lawyer, 16th March 2011

Source: www.thelawyer.com

Assault definitive guideline – Sentencing Council

“Following a 12 week consultation the Sentencing Council is publishing its new definitive guideline on assault offences, which has been issued in accordance with section 120 (4) of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009.”

Full story

Sentencing Council, 16th March 2011

Source: www.sentencingcouncil.org.uk

Libel reform: government’s proposals – The Guardian

Read the draft defamation bill and consultation in full

The Guardian, 15th March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Claes v Landsbanki Luxembourg SA (in liquidation) – WLR Daily

Claes v Landsbanki Luxembourg SA (in liquidation) (Joined Cases C-235/10–239/10); [2011] WLR (D) 74

“Articles 1 and 3 of Council Directive 98/59/EC, concerning the procedure to be adopted upon collective redundancies, applied to the termination of the activities of an employing establishment as a result of a judicial winding up on grounds of insolvency, even where, in the event of such a termination, national legislation provided for the termination of employment contracts with immediate effect. Until the legal personality of an establishment whose dissolution and winding up had been ordered had ceased to exist, the obligations under article 2 and 3 of the Directive, concerning consultation of employees and notification of public authorities, had to be fulfilled.”

WLR Daily, 9th March 2011

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note that once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

New camera commissioner could cause confusion, says privacy watchdog – OUT-LAW.com

“The Information Commissioner has warned that new plans for a Surveillance Camera Commissioner could result in confusion and conflicting regulation.”

Full story

OUT-LAW.com, 3rd March 2011

Source: www.out-law.com

War of the words: how the government controls the debate with its lexicon – Law Society’s Gazette

“Ministers in the coalition government don’t talk about ‘fat cat lawyers’.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 3rd March 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Judges slam legal aid cuts and lawyers who bring ‘unmeritorious’ claims – Law Society’s Gazette

“Judges have slammed government plans to cut legal aid, but also criticised publicly funded lawyers who bring ‘unmeritorious’ public law claims, and proposed limiting legal aid in judicial review cases.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 28th February 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Proposals for the Reform of Legal Aid in England and Wales – Judiciary of England and Wales

“The judiciary’s co-ordinated response to the Government’s legal aid consultation paper is published today. It was drawn up by a sub-committee of the Judges’ Council (the body which represents all levels of the judiciary, and is chaired by the Lord Chief Justice).”

Full story

Judiciary of England and Wales, 24th February 2011

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Regulation of healthcare professionals – Law Commission

“The Law Commission has accepted a referral from the Department of Health to review the regulation of health and social care professionals.”

Full press release

Law Commission, 16th February 2011

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk

Retracting rape and domestic violence allegations: CPS launches public consultation – Crown Prosecution Service

“Individuals who retract truthful allegations of rape or domestic violence out of fear are less likely to be prosecuted under proposed new guidance for prosecutors on the offence of perverting the course of justice, the Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer QC, said today. But individuals who make malicious false allegations should know they risk prosecution, he said.”

Full story

Crown Prosecution Service, 10th February 2011

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Retracting rape and domestic violence allegations: CPS launches public consultation – Crown Prosecution Service

“Individuals who retract truthful allegations of rape or domestic violence out of fear are less likely to be prosecuted under proposed new guidance for prosecutors on the offence of perverting the course of justice, the Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer QC, said today. But individuals who make malicious false allegations should know they risk prosecution, he said.”

Full press release

Crown Prosecution Service, 10th February 2011

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Response to Ministry of Justice Consultation as to reform of Legal Aid in England and Wales on behalf of Inner Temple Bar Liaison Committee – The Inner Temple

“This response is made by the Inner Temple Bar Liaison Committee which is the representative body for practitioner members of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple, one of the four Inns of Court to which all barristers must belong. The committee represents 3,275 barrister practitioners.”

Full story

The Inner Temple, 9th February 2011

Source: www.innertemple.org.uk

The Twitter era of court reporting is here, despite the risk of prejudice – The Guardian

“Is there a legitimate demand for the use of live, text-based communications from the courtroom? That’s one of the questions that the Judicial Office for England and Wales is asking in a new consultation paper.”

Full story

The Guardian, 9th February 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Give your views on sentencing – Ministry of Justice

“There’s just 23 days left to respond to the Government’s Green Paper on sentencing and rehabilitation of offenders and to give your views on how justice should be delivered.”

Full story

Ministry of Justice, 9th February 2011

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Consultation on Live, Text-Based Communications from Court – Judiciary of England and Wales

“On behalf of the Lord Chief Justice, the Judicial Office for England and Wales has issued a consultation paper on the use of live, text-based communications from court for the purposes of fair and accurate reporting.”

Full story

Judiciary of England and Wales, 7th February 2010

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Joint Advocacy Group analysis of QAA consultation response – Bar Standards Board

“Analysis of responses to the Joint Advocacy Group consultation paper on proposals for a quality assurance scheme for criminal advocates, is now available to view and download.”

Full story

Bar Standards Board, 4th February 2011

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Bar Council Calls for Restraint on EU Contract Plans – The Bar Council

“The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, has urged the European Commission to show restraint in considering new proposals on European contract law.”

Full story

The Bar Council, 1st February 2011

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Proposals for reform of civil litigation funding and costs in England and Wales: Lord Justice Jackson response – Judiciary of England and Wales

“Lord Justice Jackson has sent the Lord Chancellor his response to the Ministry of Justice consultation paper on civil litigation funding and costs. The consultation closes on 14 February 2011.”

Full response

Judiciary of England & Wales, 20th January 2011

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Marital property agreements (pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements) – Law Commission

“On 11 January 2011 we published a consultation paper. This reviews the current law of marital property agreements, discusses options for reform and puts forward questions for consultees. The consultation closes on 11 April 2011.”

Full story

Law Commission, 11th January 2011

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk

Law Commission consults on pre-nuptial agreements – Law Society’s Gazette

“The Law Commission has today published a consultation on the future of pre-nuptial agreements, seeking views on whether couples should be able to make binding agreements governing financial arrangements if their relationships end.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 11th January 2011

Source: www.gazette.co.uk

Clampdown on claims marketing – Ministry of Justice

“Firms that offer cash incentives to attract people to make compensation claims through them – including for personal injuries – will be stopped under new proposals.”

Full press release

Ministry of Justice, 6th January 2011

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Parliament’s expenses watchdog launches review – BBC News

“Parliament’s expenses watchdog is launching a public consultation after criticism over the way it is run.”

Full story

BBC News, 5th January 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Home Office mulls data law change – BBC News

“The Home Office has agreed to meet civil liberties groups as part of a consultation it is conducting into UK interception laws.”

Full story

BBC News, 30th November 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Reforming insurance contract law – latest news – Law Commission

“We have published a summary of the responses to our Issues Paper 6 (Damages for Late Payment and the Insurer’s Duty of Good Faith).”

Full story

Law Commission, 18th November 2010

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk

Respond to our equality and diversity consultation – Bar Standards Board

“The Bar Standards Board has issued a consultation on the revision of its equality and diversity rules.”

Full consultation

Bar Standards Board, 18th November 2010

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Making criminal justice statistics more transparent – Ministry of Justice

“Making criminal justice statistics more transparent and user friendly is the aim of a consultation launched today (17 November).”

Full story

Ministry of Justice, 17th November 2010

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Bar Council Says That the Time Is Right to Consult on Legal Aid and Civil Justice, but Warns of Need for Safeguards to Protect Vulnerable – The Bar Council

“The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, has said that the launch of Government consultations on reform of the legal aid system and on civil litigation is necessary but the impact of the proposals on the most vulnerable must be considered very carefully.”

Full story

The Bar Council, 15th November 2010

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Government consults on case value ceiling for Patents County Court – OUT-LAW.com

“The Government has published a proposal to limit the value of cases that can be heard by the Patents County Court (PCC) to £500,000. It hopes that the move will reduce the cost of intellectual property (IP) litigation for most companies.”

Full story

OUT-LAW.com, 1st November 2010

Source: www.out-law.com

Respond to our consultation: Regulating entities – Bar Standards Board

“Do you think we should regulate businesses as well as individuals? Let us know by responding to our latest consultation.”

Regulating entities homepage

Bar Standards Board, 27th September 2010

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Bar Council Chair to Call for Considered Approach to Lawmaking – The Bar Council

“Nicholas Green QC, the Chairman of the Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, will call on the Government to take a more considered approach to lawmaking.”

Full press release

The Bar Council, 19th September 2010

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Call for Evidence – Family Justice Review – Ministry of Justice

“The Call for Evidence for the Family Justice Review closes on 30 September – so just a few days left for people to provide feedback about the way the system can be improved.”

Full story

Ministry of Justice, 22nd September 2010

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Benevolent Institutions: Repeals Consultation – Law Commission

“In our consultation we have identified some 73 obsolete Acts relating to a variety of benevolent institutions.  Many of these institutions are, or were, charitable bodies such as schools, hospitals and almshouses which were established in the 18th or 19th centuries to meet the needs of the poor, sick or elderly.”

Full consultation

Law Commission, 16th September 2010

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk

Government consults on anti-bribery guidance – OUT-LAW.com

“The Government has published the six principles that will be used to determine whether or not a company is responsible for bribery offences committed by its employees or agents under new anti-corruption laws.”

Full story

OUT.LAW.com, 16th September 2010

Source: www.out-law.com

Bribery Act consultation launched – Ministry of Justice

“The Ministry of Justice is set to consult with UK companies about the new UK Bribery Act, which will come into force in April 2011”

Full press release

Ministry of Justice, 14th September 2010

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Law Reform Committee Web Survey – We are Seeking Your Views – The Bar Council

“The Bar Council’s Law Reform Committee is seeking the views of the Bar on areas of law reform which it could usefully proactively consider and is asking members of the Bar to complete a short web survey to let us know areas of law reforms which you would like the LRC to consider on behalf of the Bar.”

Full press release

The Bar Council, 7th September 2010

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Public Services Ombudsmen – Law Commission

“The Law Commission is conducting a review of the law relating to the public services ombudsmen. On 2 September 2010, we published a consultation paper, which contains our detailed provisional proposals for reform.”

Full story

Law Commission, 2nd September 2010

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk

Law Commission calls for greater use of civil penalties – Law Society’s Gazette

“The Law Commission has proposed a cut in the number of criminal offences for regulatory breaches.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 2nd September 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Dangerous dogs laws ‘inadequate’ – BBC News

“Laws on dog ownership must be improved, according to a coalition of animal charities, unions and law enforcement agencies.”

Full story

BBC News, 24th August 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk


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