Extend right to manage to all leaseholders, says Law Society

Moves to make it easier for leaseholders to take control of their freeholds through Right to Manage have been broadly welcomed by the Law Society of England and Wales, in response to the Law Commission consultation today. The government asked the Law Commission to review right to manage ('RTM') legislation to make it simpler, quicker and more accessible for … Continue reading Extend right to manage to all leaseholders, says Law Society

Left-behind communities out in the cold without publicly funded housing legal advice

More than half local authorities in England and Wales have no publicly funded legal advice for housing, the Law Society said as it published analysis revealing catastrophic ‘legal aid deserts’ across the country. A new interactive map shows the vanishing number of providers in each local authority area - 184 have no such service and … Continue reading Left-behind communities out in the cold without publicly funded housing legal advice

Right to challenge state decisions must be meaningful

The rule of law requires that a person must be able to challenge decisions made about them by the state, the Law Society of England and Wales said following news of legal aid awarded for Shamima Begum to challenge the home secretary’s decision to strip her of her citizenship. “The award of legal aid in … Continue reading Right to challenge state decisions must be meaningful

EU adjusts copyright rules to the digital age

The EU is amending its legal framework on copyright to make it fit-for-purpose in today's digital environment. The Council today adopted a directive that modernises existing EU copyright law to pave the way towards a true digital single market. The new rules ensure adequate protection for authors and artists, while opening up new possibilities for … Continue reading EU adjusts copyright rules to the digital age

Visa free travel after Brexit: European Council adopts regulation

The Council today adopted a regulation setting out that, following Brexit, UK citizens coming to the Schengen area for a short stay (90 days in any 180 days) will be granted visa free travel. The next step will be for the text to be signed by the European Parliament and the Council and published in … Continue reading Visa free travel after Brexit: European Council adopts regulation

The European Commission opens a debate to strengthen the rule of law in the EU

The European Commission is launching a reflection process on the rule of law in the European Union and setting out possible avenues for future action. The Communication presented today takes stock of the available tools to monitor, assess, and protect the rule of law in the Union. It also looks back at the experience of … Continue reading The European Commission opens a debate to strengthen the rule of law in the EU

European Union launches WTO cases on ICT and pharmaceuticals

Today, the EU has brought two disputes in the World Trade Organisation (WTO) against India and Turkey, respectively targeting unlawful import duties on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) products and unlawful measures on pharmaceuticals. In both cases, there are significant economic interests and important legal principles at stake for the EU. The total value of … Continue reading European Union launches WTO cases on ICT and pharmaceuticals