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In brief for week ending 6 January 2016

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Adult social services:

 Children’s services:

  • The either-way criminal offence under section 76 of the Serious Crime Act 2015 of controlling or coercive behaviour in an intimate or family relationship has come into force. The maximum sentence on indictment is five years’ imprisonment or a fine, or both.

Civil litigation:

  • The High Court has considered a defendant’s application to exclude “corroborative” witness statements and hearsay evidence (Kimathi and others v Foreign and Commonwealth Office).
  • The TCC has considered an application to set aside judgment in default of failure to file an acknowledgment of service (Tideland Ltd v Westminster City Council).
  • The President of the Queen’s Bench Division has released the fourth edition of the Queen’s Bench Guide, which is effective from 1 January 2016.




  • The High Court has:
  • Defra has published:
    • amended Environmental Permitting guidance for waste incineration plants; and
    • a consultation on the government’s impact assessment of its reforms, since May 2013, of environmental guidance and environmental information and data requests.
  • The DCLG has published the government response to its consultation on further amendments to permitted development rights for petroleum exploration site investigation and monitoring.


  • The House of Commons Library has published a briefing paper on the progress of the Housing and Planning Bill 2015-16 in the Public Bill Committee.

Property and planning:

  • The DCLG has published land value estimates for the purposes of policy appraisal, including agricultural land value estimates for England.
  • The House of Commons Library has published a briefing paper on green belt land.

 Public procurement:

  • European Commission Implementing Regulation 2016/7 establishing the standard form for the European Single Procurement Document has been published in the Official Journal.
  • The European Commission has announced that it has, in accordance with Article 59(2) of Directive 2014/24, adopted the new European Single Procurement Document.

Regulation and enforcement:

  • The new Better Case Management System will be implemented in all Crown Courts from 5 January 2016.
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