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Archive for January 2011

Law Reform – progress with Law Commission reports

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The Government has just published the first Annual Report giving details of its responses to Law Commission reports. These are made under the Law Commissions Act 2009.

Having been a Law Commissioner I am particularly interested in those reports for which I was responsible. At least 2 – Publication of Local Authority Reports and Housing: Proportionate Dispute Resolution – are not mentioned at all. And a key feature of our work on Housing – that the law affecting all landlords, whether private or public sector, should be unified – is also wholly ignored.

There are an awful lot of other reports which are still in the pending trays in Government. Perhaps it is understandable that at the beginning of a new Parliament with a new Government wanting to deliver lots of new initiatives, detailed matters of law reform are lower on the political agenda.

This will need careful scrutiny to see whether the Law Commission’s impact is what it should be – given the resources devoted to its work.

The report is available at http://www.justice.gov.uk/publications/report-law-commission-proposals-jan-2011.htm

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January 25, 2011 at 1:05 pm

Posted in Chapter 4

Podcast – Interview with Sir Robert Carnwath, Senior President of Tribunals

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In this podcast, Sir Robert reflects on the development of the Tribunals System over the first three years of its existence and looks forward to future changes that will come on stream in the months ahead – including merger of the Courts Service and the Tribunals Service, the expansion of the Tribunals system and new opportunities for Tribunal Judges.
Hear the interview at http://fdslive.oup.com/www.oup.com/orc/resources/law/els/partington13_14/student/podcasts/Carnwath.mp3

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January 1, 2011 at 11:18 am

Happy New Year – welcome to 2011

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Welcome to 2011 – the year when many of the policies outlined by the Coalition Government start to take shape. Among developments to watch will be:
1 Impact of the Legal Services Act 2007 on shaping the legal profession and how they deliver legal services;
2 Sentencing policy – will the plans outlined by the Lord Chancellor survive political pressures within the Government?
3 Legal aid – what will remain of legal aid, particularly civil legal aid and how will legal services to the poor actually be delivered?
I will try to keep you up to date in the blog.
Meantime, have a very happy New Year!

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January 1, 2011 at 11:02 am

Posted in Chapter 4

Podcast – Interview with Michael Napier QC Attorney General’s Pro Bono envoy

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In this podcast I talk to Mike Napier about his work as pro bono envoy. He discusses the importance of lawyers offering pro bono services, from the time they start studying at university through to their work in practice.
Hear the interview at http://fdslive.oup.com/www.oup.com/orc/resources/law/els/partington13_14/student/podcasts/Napier.mp3

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January 1, 2011 at 10:57 am