Articles tagged with: Legislation/reform
By Michelle Heeley
Abortion is an emotive subject, regardless of political persuasion. It is one of the few issues that genuinely has the ability to polarise opinion, with neither side likely to be persuaded to the other’s point of view.
Fortunately this country has not yet gone down the American route with abortion being played out as a party political issue. Generally, MPs are given a free vote on topics surrounding the issue with party leaders recognising that the whip could be difficult to enforce on an area dominated by personal views.
By Robert Bryan
The Child Maltreatment Bill has barely progressed towards the statute book – and perhaps with good reason.
This Private Member’s Bill, presented to the House on the 19th June 2013, is due for its second reading in the House of Commons on the 28th February 2014.
It is being brought in an attempt to change perceived “outdated” child neglect laws to include emotional and psychological abuse. The Bill professes to, “make provision about the physical and emotional welfare of children”. It does so by amendment and substitution of new ss …
By Collette Bailey
The law in respect of pre-nuptial agreements is developing rapidly.
Parties have always been free to make their own agreements or arrangements in the past, but it has been an established truth that you cannot oust the jurisdiction of the court.
Many people believe that there should be statutory backing for pre-nuptial agreements. The Law Commission is due to report on this issue on the 27 February and is widely expected to recommend legal endorsement of pre-nups.
Clarification as to the possible change in the law is eagerly awaited.
But, what is …
By Michelle Heeley
MPs were given a free vote last week on whether they wanted to create a law making it illegal to smoke in a car whilst a child is present.
They voted in favour, although it has not yet been decided what the penalty for the offence will be – one Labour MP proposed a £60 fine.
But, is the offence necessary?
Research has shown that smoking in a car is far more harmful to a child (or indeed any person) than second home smoke from around the home. The reason is …
By David Brannan
Recently I have seen an increase in EU nationals enquiring about becoming British. I always ask the client why they feel the need (given the extensive rights that EU law secures) to move between EU states. The invariable answer is a fear that Britain will leave the EU.
With the promise of a referendum on EU membership, renegotiation of the EU’s treaties and increasing hostility amongst mainstream political parties to immigration, it is not surprising that they have such fears. The interesting question is: are they justified?
Rights under EU …