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Greenwich Community Law Centre, R (on the application of) v Greenwich London Borough Council [2012] EWCA Civ 496

Neutral Citation Number: [2012] EWCA Civ 496 Case No: C1/2012/0084/QBACF IN THE COURT OF APPEAL (CIVIL DIVISION) ON APPEAL FROM THE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE (ADMINISTRATIVE COURT) MR JUSTICE CRANSTON CO/10969/2011 Royal Courts of Justice Strand, London, WC2A 2LL 24/04/2012 B e f o r e :LORD JUSTICE WARD LORD JUSTICE ELIAS and LADY JUSTICE […]

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Board calls for industry-wide regulation on will writing

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A call has been made by the Legal Services Board (LSB) that all firms offering will writing and estate administration should be regulated to protect consumers. According to research by the LSB there are systemic problems with will writing and estate administration services which leave customers vulnerable to fraudsters offering badly drafted documents. The Board, […]

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Virtual court goes live

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A new virtual court at Hatfield Remand Court is moving court hearings into a new digital era as part of a wider policy to digitalise, streamline and make the criminal Jjustice system more efficient. Hertfordshire’s first virtual court hopes to make court proceedings more efficient and reduce prisoner movements using the same equipment that has […]

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Scotland: Justice to be served by modernising systems

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A new IT pilot that aims to reduce inefficiency in the criminal justice system is under way. The pilot, in Airdrie, Scotland, ensures that justice is served by seeing that the right people get to court, saving thousands in the process.   The Court Door Listing Pilot will use technology to compare lists of those due […]

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The Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2012 have been published

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By Ruth McNaught, Solicitor, Harper Macleod LLP The Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2012 (the “Regulations”) – which consolidate the Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2006 and all subsequent amendments – have now been published. The Regulations also introduce a number of amendments. For example, the list of criminal offences relevant to the rejection of economic operators […]

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Welsh legal jurisdiction status to be debated

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A public debate on whether Wales should be a separate legal jurisdiction will be launched by the Welsh Government on 28 March. In March 2011, the people of Wales voted “yes” in a referendum on giving the National Assembly for Wales primary law making powers in 20 devolved policy areas. Laws made in Wales, for […]

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Justice reforms move to Third Reading

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Radical reforms to the justice system are making their way towards a Third Reading in the House of Lords after the Lords’ Report Stage of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill was completed. After the Third Reading the Bill will return to the House of Commons for MPs to consider amendments from […]

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Commission acts to ensure implementation of defence procurement Directive

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The European Commission has acted to ensure that two Member States (Bulgaria and Luxembourg) comply with their obligations to implement EU rules on defence procurement. The Commission is concerned that they have failed to fulfil their commitments under the Directive regarding procurement of arms, munitions and war material (and related works and services) for defence […]

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Help for SMEs in procuring government contracts

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By Ruth McNaught, Solicitor at Harper Macleod LLP The UK Government has announced a series of measures intended to make it easier for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to compete for government contracts. The measures include: The elimination of the use of pre-qualification questionnaires (PQQs) for all central government procurements under the thresholds for the […]

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Unison, R (on the application of) & Anor v NHS Shared Business Services Ltd & Anor [2012] EWHC 624 (Admin)

Neutral Citation Number: [2012] EWHC 624 (Admin) Case No: CO/12402/2011 IN THE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE QUEEN’S BENCH DIVISION ADMINISTRATIVE COURT Royal Courts of Justice Strand, London, WC2A 2LL 15 March 2012 B e f o r e :THE HONOURABLE MR JUSTICE EADY ____________________ Between: THE QUEEN on the application of UNISON Claimant – and […]

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