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Oral justice questions and Brexit

12 December 2017

Last week saw the Lord Chancellor and his ministerial team face questions in the House of Commons on a range of issues. Early legal advice was raised numerous times during the session following the launch in October 2017 of the Law Society’s campaign to restore legal aid for early advice in housing and family cases.

There was a debate in Westminster Hall about the provision of legal aid

05 December 2017

Last week the government launched its new Industrial Strategy White Paper, a long-term vision which aims “to create an economy that boosts productivity and earning power throughout the country.” The Industrial Strategy noted professional services as one of the strongest UK economy sectors. 

Budget and Brexit related bills continue through Parliament

28 November 2017

Last week the Chancellor of the Exchequer delivered the first Budget of the current Parliament. It focused on addressing the UK’s investment in research and development and announced a number of measures aimed at addressing ‘inter-generational unfairness’ for young people – including changes to stamp duty land tax aimed at helping people on to the housing ladder.

Autumn budget 2017 summary

23 November 2017

The Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond delivered his first Budget of the parliament, which replaced the Spring Budget. He focused his statement on addressing ‘inter-generational unfairness’ and boosting the UK’s comparative research and investment public funding. 

Withdrawal Bill begins Committee Stage and Law Society gives evidence on AI

22 November 2017

Last week the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union announced that Parliament will get to vote on a final trade deal with the European Union, should the government be successful in negotiating one. He also delivered a speech on the EU negotiations where he highlighted the importance of our legal system and protecting the mobility of professionals.

The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill will go through Committee stage on 14-15 November

14 November 2017

This week MPs and peers return to parliament from a short recess. The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill will go through Committee stage on 14-15 November in the House of Commons. This will be the first of eight days scheduled for committee stage.

Parliament continued to take evidence on Brexit: deal or no deal from groups

09 November 2017

The groups included the Confederation of British Industries and Trade Union Congress. The Law Society submitted written evidence to this inquiry last week. 

Our parliamentary briefing to MPs ahead of Committee Stage of the EU (Withdrawal) Bill

09 November 2017

Ahead of the EU (Withdrawal) Bill going through Committee Stage of the House of Commons, the Law Society has briefed MPs on key aspects of the Bill. 

Lord Chancellor gives evidence on LASPO review and small claims limit

31 October 2017

This week parliament continues to hold evidence sessions on the impact of Brexit and the EU (Withdrawal) Bill, including the Secretary of State for Exiting the EU giving evidence to the EU Lords Committee on the impact of a no deal. Oral Justice Questions and Exiting the EU Questions will also take place on Tuesday and Thursday respectively.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill passed Second Reading

26 September 2017

This week, party conference season has begun with the Liberal Democrat conference in Bournemouth (16-19 September). It continues with Labour (Brighton, 24 – 27 September) and Conservative (Manchester, 1 – 4 October). The public affairs team is attending these conferences and running a comprehensive programme of activities.

Party conference season begins

19 September 2017

This week, party conference season has begun with the Liberal Democrat conference in Bournemouth (16-19 September). It continues with Labour (Brighton, 24 – 27 September) and Conservative (Manchester, 1 – 4 October). The public affairs team is attending these conferences and running a comprehensive programme of activities.

Second Reading and vote of EU (Withdrawal) Bill

12 September 2017

Parliament is back from recess for seven sitting days. This week the Second Reading of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill will resume. The Labour party has put forward a reasoned amendment expressing concerns about the Bill. These type of amendments do not seek to change the content of the Bill but are motions opposing the Bill, giving reasons why it should not become law. However, even if the amendment passes, the Bill can continue its passage through the House and reach Committee Stage where

Government publishes five Brexit papers including the civil justice co-operation paper

31 August 2017

Last week the UK Government published five papers detailing its position on Brexit. These papers include provisions which may have an impact on the legal profession or the justice system. 

Parliament in recess until September

25 July 2017

Both houses of parliament are now in recess on Thursday. They will return on Tuesday 5 September.

Repeal Bill and Taylor Review published last week

17 July 2017

This week both houses will rise for summer recess. They will return on Tuesday 5 September until 14 September, when recess for party conferences season starts.

Repeal Bill to be introduced to parliament this week

10 July 2017

The Taylor review on modern employment practices will be published on Tuesday. The Law Society contributed to the review with a set of recommendations to ensure that employment law help create better workplaces. The Prime Minister is expected to give a speech.

Debates and vote on the Queen's Speech

04 July 2017

This week there will be a number of debates on Brexit, particularly in the House of Lords, with a focus on acquired rights and consumer protection rights.

New lord chancellor sworn in and Queen's speech analysis

26 June 2017

The new lord chancellor, the Rt Hon David Lidington MP, was sworn in on Monday 19 June. President of the Law Society, Robert Bourns, attended and spoke. Read the President's speech.

General election 2017: new lord chancellor and results analysis

13 June 2017

Prime Minister Theresa May has reshuffled a number of Cabinet posts, including the lord chancellor, and her two most senior advisors – Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill – have resigned.

Party manifestos analysed for the 2017 general election

22 May 2017

Our priorities for the election were set out in Our vision of law and justice. They included to maintain the integrity of the jurisdiction, remove barriers to justice and uphold the rule of law. A number of our calls were adopted by the different parties in their manifestos following our campaigning and we will continue to engage with the parties to make sure that these commitments, and our wider priorities, are reflected by the next government.

Final bills of this parliament gain Royal Assent

02 May 2017

As Parliament finishes business ahead of the dissolution of parliament on 3 May, the Intellectual Property (Unjustified Threats) Act and Criminal Finances Act received Royal Assent

Prisons and Courts Bill falls

24 April 2017

Last Tuesday, the prime minister announced that she will be asking Parliament to vote for a general election on 8 June. On Wednesday, the House of Commons surpassed the two thirds majority needed to approve the motion by 522 to 13.

Brexit Motions and EU Human Rights

10 April 2017

The House of Commons and House of Lords are both on recess. The House of Commons will return on Tuesday 18 April. The House of Lords will return on Monday 24 April.

Article 50 is triggered and the Law Society gave evidence to Prisons and Courts Bill

03 April 2017

This week the House of Commons will begin its Easter recess and will return on Monday 18 April. The House of Lords will continue to sit with a number of motions on Brexit and evidence sessions on co-operation with the EU on criminal justice and security.

Committee stage of the Prisons and Courts Bill and Article 50 to be triggered

27 March 2017

This week the Prisons and Courts Bill will return to the House of Commons to undertake Committee Stage and our Head of Justice will be giving evidence to the Committee on Tuesday.

Article 50 likely to be triggered this week

13 March 2017

The prime minister is expected to trigger Article 50 by her 31 March deadline.

Article 50 bill amended in the House of Lords

07 March 2017

The European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill is amended and the discount rate to personal injury compensation payments is lowered.

Article 50 bill discussed in the House of Lords and Prisons and Courts Bill published

01 March 2017

The European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill is debated and the government publishes the Prisons and Courts Bill.

Brexit white paper published and Justice Select Committee hearing on soft tissue claims

07 February 2017

Alexandra Cardenas looks at the progression of the Brexit bill and the government’s consultation on soft tissue injury claims.

Supreme Court judgment handed down and Brexit bill introduced

30 January 2017

The Supreme Court hands down judgment in the article 50 case, the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill is introduced, and Mikaël Laurens gives evidence to the International Trade Select Committee.

More detail on Brexit and LASPO review announced

23 January 2017

The prime minister rules out continued membership of the single market, the LASPO Post-Implementation Review is announced and the Law Society anticipates the Supreme Court judgement on Article 50.

Law Society gives evidence on Brexit and MPs discuss access to justice

17 January 2017

Alexandra Cardenas discusses Brexit, briefing parliamentarians and the Law Society's work on small claims.

Brexit secretary commits to publishing plan in New Year

19 December 2016

Alexandra Cardenas looks at ongoing Brexit discussions in her latest report.

UK's withdrawal from the EU, and legal aid deserts

28 November 2016

Alexandra Cardenas discusses the latest Brexit developments and looks at legal aid for housing.

Autumn statement and Government's reversal of immigration and asylum fees

28 November 2016

Alexandra Cardenas discusses the Autumn statement and the government's reversal of immigration and asylum fees.

Article 50 and women in the law

14 November 2016

Alexandra Cardenas discusses the government's reaction to the article 50 ruling and diversity in law.

Vexatious claims and Brexit debates

31 October 2016

Alexandra Cardenas takes a look at the discussions in parliament focusing debates on Brexit and legislative scrutiny of bills in both houses.

Investigatory Powers Bill debated

24 October 2016

Alexandra Cardenas takes a look at the report stage debates on the Investigatory Powers Bill.

Conservative Party Conference

07 October 2016

Alexandra Cardenas provides an overview of the topics discussed at the Conservative Party Conference.

Labour Party Conference

30 September 2016

Alexandra Cardenas provides an overview of the topics discussed at the Labour Party Conference.

Liberal Democrat Conference

23 September 2016

Alexandra Cardenas provides an overview of the Law Society's activities at the Liberal Democrat Conference.

Transforming our justice system

16 September 2016

Alexandra Cardenas discusses new proposals to reform the courts system and the government's plan for the renegotiation of a deal with the EU.

New priorities for justice

09 September 2016

Alexandra Cardenas provides an overview of the lord chancellor's first session of Justice Oral Questions and looks at priorities for her department.

Swearing in of the lord chancellor

22 July 2016

Alexandra Cardenas details the swearing in of Liz Truss, the first female lord chancellor, and highlights other new legal ministerial briefs.

Brexit: political turmoil

15 July 2016

Alexandra Cardenas considers the new prime minister's key ministerial appointments following the EU referendum and Conservative party reshuffle. 

Brexit fallout and Conservative party leadership contest

08 July 2016

Alexandra Cardenas discusses the fallout from the Brexit result on the EU referendum, and the resulting Conservative Party leadership contest. 

Brexit: a traumatic and turbulent week

01 July 2016

Alexandra Cardenas considers how and when the next prime minister will start the official proceedings of Britain's withdrawal from the EU, and reports on the second reading of the Investigatory Powers Bill. 

Brexit: no need for haste

24 June 2016

Alexandra Cardenas discusses the outcomes of the EU referendum.

Policing and Crime Bill moves to House of Lords

17 June 2016

Alexandra Cardenas discusses the Policing and Crime Bill and considers a question around the independence of the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

Investigatory Powers Bill debate continues during purdah

10 June 2016

While many government departments languish in purdah, the parliamentary debate around the Investigatory Powers Bill continues. Alexandra Cardenas considers the issues.

Brexit marches closer

27 May 2016

Alexandra Cardenas considers the intensification of EU referendum and discusses the Treasury's apparent efforts to avert it.

Queen's Speech: reactions

20 May 2016

Alexandra Cardenas considers reactions to the Queen's Speech, and outlines the main points of interest to the legal profession.

Restoring credibility to human rights

13 May 2016

Alexandra Cardenas considers the parliamentary debate on the European Convention of Human Rights and discusses the Anti-Corruption Summit.

Leading by example

06 May 2016

Alexandra Cardenas discusses the Anti-Corruption Summit 2016, where MPs stated that the UK needs to lead by example to drive out corruption.

Brexit: a shift in policy?

29 April 2016

Alexandra Cardenas discusses the home secretary's speech on Brexit and considers questions over legal aid and clinical negligence.

Frictions over legal aid

22 April 2016

Alexandra Cardenas discusses the legal aid residence test and the judicial review challenge to domestic violence evidence requirements.

Taxing times: Panama Papers

15 April 2016

Alexandra Cardenas considers the events around the Panama Papers and provides an update on European Referendum debate.

Changes to domestic violence evidence requirements

08 April 2016

Alexandra Cardenas discusses the changes to the evidence requirements for victims of domestic violence and provides an update on the Investigatory Powers Bill.

Implementation of court closures gets underway

04 April 2016

With parliament in recess, Alexandra Cardenas highlights the latest legal aid statistics and provides an update on court closures.

Resignation surprises

24 March 2016

Alexandra Cardenas considers Iain Duncan Smith's surprise resignation and the subsequent mini reshuffle.

Budget 2016: not exactly a cocktail of risks

18 March 2016

Alexandra Cardenas outlines the topline figures from the Budget announcement and provides an update on the Investigatory Powers Bill.

Is Gove for Brexit?

11 March 2016

Alexandra Cardenas considers the rumours that Michael Gove may become the lead campaigner for the 'Leave' campaign in the EU referendum. 

Investigatory Powers Bill is finally published

07 March 2016

Alexandra Cardenas discusses the Home Office's newly-published Investigatory Powers Bill and the Cabinet Office's report on potential post-Brexit EU relationship models.

EU referendum highlights party divisions

29 February 2016

Richard Messingham considers the latest political manoeuvrings following the Prime Minister's EU negotiations.

EU deal twitchiness

19 February 2016

Richard Messingham discusses the EU renegotiations and looks ahead to the next European Council summit.

Furore over court closures

12 February 2016

Alexandra Cardenas discusses the much-opposed proposed court closures and considers the issue of court fees.

British Bill of Rights faces legislative hurdles

05 February 2016

Richard Messingham outlines the hurdles faced by the government over the British Bill of Rights and considers speculation that it is being delayed by the wait for clarity on the EU renegotiations.

Duty contracts: a change of heart

29 January 2016

Richard Messingham considers the scrapping of the controversial duty contracts scheme for criminal legal aid.

Labour launches access to justice commission

22 January 2016

Richard Messingham considers Labour's latest initiative and outlines the details of a Westminster Hall debate on access to justice for vulnerable people.

Labour's reshuffle reignited

15 January 2016

Richard Messingham considers Catherine McKinnell MP's resignation, and the continuing campaign to leave the EU.

First week back: Labour reshuffle and EU referendum

08 January 2016

Richard Messingham reflects on the reshuffle within the Labour party and the divisive issue of the EU referendum.

EU continues to dominate at Christmas break

18 December 2015

Richard Messingham reflects on prime minister David Cameron's negotiations over the UK's membership of the EU.

Issues around the EU Referendum Bill

11 December 2015

Richard Messingham discusses the government's problems around the EU Referendum Bill, and also provides a summary of the activity on International Human Rights Day.

Gove shows he is not wedded to the past

04 December 2015

Richard Messingham provides an overview of the activity around the Syria debate and the lord chancellor's announcements this week. 

Excitement over the Autumn Statement

27 November 2015

Richard Messingham provides an overview of the activity around the Autumn Statement, and also looks at legal aid, court closures and the Investigatory Powers Bill.

Security concerns following the Paris attacks

20 November 2015

Richard Messingham discusses the possibility of the government fast tracking the draft Investigatory Powers Bill into law.

Osborne juggles spending review

13 November 2015

Richard Messingham considers the difficult choices ahead for both George Osborne and David Cameron.

The spectre of May vs. Osborne

06 November 2015

Richard Messingham reflects on a week when the home secretary Theresa May managed to steer clear of significant controversy when she introduced some long awaited changes to the law on investigatory powers.

Tax credit squabbles

30 October 2015

Richard Messingham reflects on a busy week in parliament, with discussion on various pieces of legislation including tax credits, the British Bill of Rights and the Immigration Bill.

The Investigatory Powers Bill and Brexit

23 October 2015

Richard Messingham looks ahead to the release of the Investigatory Powers Bill, and considers the issues it brings up around legal professional privilege.

New policy developments come thick and fast

16 October 2015

Richard Messingham anticipates a highly active legislative period between now and Christmas now that parliament has returned, and provides an overview of the activity around the Immigration Bill.

Conference season ends and parliament returns

09 October 2015

Richard Messingham considers the end of the party conference season and looks ahead to the return of parliament.

Party conference season continues

02 October 2015

Richard Messingham outlines the Law Society's activity at the Conservative party conference, and provides an overview of the key policy debates, developments and announcements.

Reflections from a political road trip

25 September 2015

Richard Messingham provides an update of the Law Society's undertakings at the Lib Dem and UKIP party conferences, as well as a more detailed review of the day-to-day activity.

Party conference season begins

18 September 2015

Richard Messingham reflects on the new Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, and provides a précis of the Law Society's party conference activity.

Westminster weekly update: welcome to our new blog

11 September 2015

Richard Messingham introduces the first of a series of blogs focusing on political updates, parliamentary briefings, and what's going on in Westminster.

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