We’ve gone monthly.
Welcome to the May edition of What’s New. We have now moved to a monthly newsletter so that we keep you abreast of all the activity at Westlaw UK.
In this month’s newsletter we cover Westlaw UK Insight, looking at our recent usability sessions as well as the latest articles added. We cover the new linking of cases between Practical Law and Westlaw UK, as well as bring you up to speed with some security enhancements we will be making in the coming months.
Five new Books & Looseleafs have gone live and we also list those launching soon. We draw your attention to the eLearning Modules available on the website and highlight the next Sweet & Maxwell Professional Development conference coming up in June.
Our current awareness section is also packed again this month, keeping you in the know on what’s happening in the legal industry.
As always, you can read more about all the enhancements and news for this month, below.
The Westlaw UK team
THE MAY EDITION
For joint Westlaw UK and Practical Law subscribers, we’re happy to announce that the linking from Practical Law through to Westlaw UK has been extended to case law, adding to the legislation links already in place.
This means you can now link directly from Practical Law’s Case Reports through to Westlaw UK’s Case Analysis documents to continue your research.
It’s just another way we’re making your research more efficient, enabling you to move flexibly between Practical Law and Westlaw UK, depending upon your requirements.
ENSURING YOUR SECURITY
Over the next few months Westlaw UK will begin to run a series of security checks across all customer login details on our system. Your security is extremely important to us, and we want to provide you with the highest standard possible. If your login details don’t meet the security standard set by our system, you may see a pop-up box upon logging in, asking you to enter new log in details.
As you enter new details, our system will let you know whether or not they meet the criteria, via a green tick or red cross (see screenshot below). It should take less than a minute to complete and you can then relax in the knowledge that you are researching on Westlaw UK with the highest security possible.
Below are a set screenshots of the upcoming security update, if you do not see a pop-up box when you log in, then your details already meet the standard and therefore do not need to be updated.
IP authentication users will not be affected.
USABILITY & ARTICLES
It’s been a busy month for Westlaw UK Insight. We recently held a series of usability testing days, where we invited customers to our Canary Wharf office and, using some fancy technology, monitored how they use Westlaw UK and Insight during their daily researching. We got some fantastic feedback from all who completed the testing, which helped us identify areas of our service which we can improve and enhance to make your life easier.Our contributors have also been busy with over 100 articles published since our last update in April. They include:
- Access to justice
- Advancement (succession)
- Aggravated trespass
- Alcohol licensing: Interim steps
- Alcohol licensing: relaxation of opening hours
- Arbitrators: appointment
- Bona vacantia
- Breach of trust: dishonest assistance
- Carriage of passengers by sea
- Charitable unincorporated associations
- Classes of charity
- Common law spouse (cohabitation)
- Company communications
- Company management
- Company objects
- Company takeovers
- Compellability of witnesses (criminal)
- Computer misuse offences
- Contracts of employment: overview
- Criminal Procedure Rules
- Derivative actions
- Divorce (miscellaneous issues)
- Divorce: maintenance
- Divorce: maintenance agreements
- Divorce: property overview
- Double insurance
- Employees: restraint of trade
- Employment discrimination: part-time workers
- Extradition: consent
- Extradition: human rights
- Extradition: warrants
- Family proceedings: findings of fact
- Fiduciary duties: fraud
- Good faith
- Government procurement: remedies regime
- Horserace betting: inside information
- Immigration control: temporary admission
- Immigration control: travel documents
- Indirect discrimination
- Insurance claims: late payments
- Interception of communications: overview
- Judges: right to change mind
- Judicial review
- Judicial separation
- Legal system: miscellaneous issues
- Limited liability
- Local government complaints
- Local government elections
- Management of taxes
- Maternity leave
- Maternity pay
- Medical negligence: causation
- Miscellaneous torts
- Passing off
- Passing off actions and trade marks
- Passing off: damage
- Passing off: goodwill
- Personal injuries: falls and trips
- Personal injuries: fraudulent claims
- Personal injuries: occupational stress
- Personal injuries: psychiatric harm
- Personal injuries: road traffic accidents
- Perverting the course of justice
- Planning inquiries
- Police Appeals Tribunals
- Presumption of innocence
- Public inquiries
- Public inquiries: introduction and overview
- Public order
- Quiet enjoyment
- Registrar of trade marks
- Sale of goods: acceptance
- Sale of goods: return of goods
- Sex cinemas
- Sex encounter establishments
- Sex establishments
- Sex shops
- Sexual entertainment venues
- Sexual offences
- Statutory nuisance
- Statutory residence test (tax)
- Trade libel
- Trade mark registration proceedings
- Trade mark registration: classification
- Trade mark registration: procedure
- Welsh devolution
- Work-life balance
WE’VE HIT 500,000
We are proud to announce that we recently hit a major milestone for our legislation service. During May we made our 500,000th amendment to legislation on Westlaw UK . This a great achievement for the team, and an indicator of just how much work has gone into keeping Westlaw UK’s legislation up to date over the last 14 years.
Other legislation news:
- Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act published – all amendment information recorded within a week of publication on legislation.gov.uk
- New provisions which are prospectively inserted by new Acts have been created as future versions on Westlaw UK
- All 43 Acts of 2013 are now fully Annotated on Westlaw UK
- We also update our Annotations to reflect recent amendments to the law – around 1,000 such updates were processed in May 2013
FIVE GONE LIVE
Throughout May, we launched another five titles* online, all available for you to add on to your subscription, as well as new editions and supplements.
NEW LIVE TITLES:
- Aldridge Leasehold Law – More Information
- Practical Trust Precedents – More Information
- Practical Intellectual Property Precedents – More Information
- Practical Will Precedents – More Information
- Sweet & Maxwell’s Encyclopedia of Employment Law – More Information
- Sealy & Milman: Annotated Guide to Insolvency Legislation
- Banks On Sentence
- Bhala: Modern GATT Law
- Parliament House Book
- Mitchell, Taylor and Talbot on Confiscation and the Proceeds of Crime
*Books and Looseleafs are available as add-ons to Westlaw UK. Speak to your Account Manager to discuss subscription options.
ANNOTATIONS FOR MAY
Over the last few weeks, we’ve seen 14 Bills receive Royal Assent. All these new Acts can be found on Westlaw UK, fully annotated. They are:
- Crime and Courts Act 2013
- Defamation Act 2013
- Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013
- Groceries Code Adjudicator Act 2013
- Growth and Infrastructure Act 2013
- Justice and Security Act 2013
- Marine Navigation Act 2013
- Public Service Pensions Act 2013
- Succession to the Crown Act 2013
- Criminal Justice Act (Northern Ireland) 2013
- Water and Sewerage Services (Amendment) Act (Northern Ireland 2013)
*Please note the Annotated Statutes service is available as an add-on to a current Westlaw UK subscription.
WESTLAW UK eLEARNING MODULES
Westlaw UK now has 16 interactive eLearning Modules available for you to use via our Learning and Support pages. Each eLearning Module is interactive and lets you brush up on your research skills wherever or whenever you like. The modules cover a wide range of topics including:
- Westlaw UK eLearning Module Lesson 1: Getting started
- Westlaw UK eLearning Module Lesson 2: Insight
- Westlaw UK eLearning Module Lesson 3: Case law
- Westlaw UK eLearning Module Lesson 4: Legislation
- Westlaw UK eLearning Module Lesson 5: Journals
- Westlaw UK eLearning Module Lesson 6: Current awareness
- Westlaw UK eLearning Module Lesson 7: EU materials
- Westlaw UK eLearning Module Lesson 8: News
- Westlaw UK eLearning Module Lesson 9: Alerts and RSS feeds
- Westlaw UK eLearning Module Lesson 10: Using folders
- Westlaw UK eLearning Module Lesson 11: The White Book
- Westlaw UK eLearning Module Lesson 12: Chitty and the Common Law Library titles
- Westlaw UK eLearning Module Lesson 13: IDS Employment Law Brief
- Westlaw UK eLearning Module Lesson 14: Family Law Hub
- Westlaw UK eLearning Module Lesson 15: Tax, Wills and Trusts
- Westlaw UK eLearning Module Lesson 16: Using Archbold & Criminal Law Week on Westlaw UK Crime
Click on any of the above to begin an eLearning Module.
SWEET & MAXWELL’S 2013 TRADE MARK CONFERENCE
Be sure to join us for our inaugural 2013 Trade Mark Conference on Tuesday 4 June by registering today.
This is an important conference for any IP professional ,dealing with trade mark issues, that wants to stay ahead of the game in this ever-changing practice area. Join our chair Tibor Gold MBE, Consultant, TZ Gold & Co who will be guiding you through an essential programme, including a keynote from Catherine Wolfe, President, ITMA; Partner, Boult Wade Tennant that will set the scene of the current landscape and future trends.
- CARERS TO RECIEVE LEGAL RIGHTS UNDER NEW LAWS
Hundreds of thousands of people who care for elderly or disabled relations will be given new rights to state support for the first time, Norman Lamb, the Care and Support Minister, says. The so-called “Sandwich Generation” who juggle work and family life with caring for their own frail parents will receive an entitlement to help, such as respite holidays, and training in care techniques. Under new laws to be announced in Wednesday’s Queen’s Speech, councils will have to assess what support carers need to manage their own lives and provide services to those who need them.
Although financial assistance will be means-tested, other help with advice and guidance will be offered to all for the first time
- QUEEN’S SPEECH REVEALS NATIONAL INSURANCE REFORMS FOR LLPs
Law firms which have converted to LLP status could find themselves saddled with a much larger national insurance bill under measures announced in the Queen’s Speech.
Among the legislative measures announced in the speech, the National Insurance Contributions Bill – aimed at reducing the costs of employment while fighting tax avoidance – will remove the presumption for self-employment for LLP members.
Currently, salaried partners who are members of an LLP are generally assumed to be self-employed, even if their contract makes them technically employees, meaning their firms escape having to pay national insurance contributions for them.
The measure was originally heralded in the Budget in March, when lawyers said the proposals were unsurprising.
Addleshaw Goddard professional practices head William Wastie said then that law firms with properly-drafted partnership agreements were likely to be compliant with any changes.
CMS Cameron McKenna employment partner Sarah Ozanne added that the rules could open the way for confusion.
“If HMRC categorises an LLP member as employed, that might open the door for the member to argue that he should be entitled to employment rights more generally,” she said. “The test of employment status under employment law is much more sophisticated than one factor – and is different from the approach taken by HMRC – but such an element could form part of a wider assessment, depending on the final form of the legislation.”
However the move could be a boon for small businesses, including small firms, as the bill also proposes giving every business and charity a £2,000 ‘employment allowance’. Businesses whose national insurance contributions are less than £2,000 would therefore avoid having to pay any more.
- WHIPLASH CLAIMS AT FIVE-YEAR LOW, OFFICIAL FIGURE REVEAL
The number of whiplash claims has fallen by almost 60,000 in the past year, according to the government’s own figures.
A freedom of information request to the Department for Work and Pensions’ compensation recovery unit has revealed there were 488,281 whiplash claims in Great Britain in 2012/13. That compared with 547,405 in 2011/12, and was the lowest since 2008/09.
- POLICE MUST TREAT 17-YEAR-OLDS IN CUSTODY AS CHILDREN, COURT RULES
In a test case brought by teenager Hughes Cousins-Chang, arrested in April 2012 and held for more than 11 hours in custody without parental contact, the High Court has ruled that seventeen-year-olds must be treated as children when held in police custody. The decision, which will transform the way older teenagers are handled when arrested, will require the code governing detention of teenagers under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act to be redrafted.
- GRAYLING SAYS NO TO REGULATING WILL-WRITING
Justice secretary Chris Grayling has rebuffed a recommendation from super-regulator the Legal Services Board that will-writing should be regulated.
In a Ministry of Justice statement, he said that an LSB report claiming that there is ‘consumer detriment’ in the will-writing market did not adequately demonstrate that bringing will-writing activities within the definition of reserved legal activities is the ‘best solution’.
Grayling added: ‘To ensure that the costs/burdens of increased regulation are not imposed unnecessarily, further efforts should be made to see if [alternative] measures can be made more effective before resorting to reservation.’
He suggested more targeted guidance for the legal profession and the strengthening of existing regulation of authorised persons, combined with voluntary regulation schemes and codes of practice for non-authorised providers. He also called for better consumer education and greater use of existing consumer protections.
The LSB recommended in February that will-writing activities, but not estate administration, should be regulated – the first time it has recommended bringing new activities within the scope of the Legal Services Act.
The Law Society, which originally lobbied for the ‘holy trinity’ of wills, estate administration and power of attorney to be regulated, reacted to today’s decision with dismay.
Desmond Hudson, chief executive, said: ‘Consumers have been let down by this deeply disappointing decision. We provided plenty of evidence to the LSB, demonstrating that consumers are at real risk from certain unregulated will-writers who can be incompetent, untrained and uninsured.
‘Thanks to the government’s decision today, unregulated providers can carry on writing wholly unsuitable wills, leaving consumers without any recourse when things go wrong as a result.
‘Until the government changes its minds on this, the only sensible choice for consumers is to have a solicitor to write your will, and to ensure a solicitor is chosen to administer the estate of your loved one. A solicitor is qualified and brings the comfort of an unrivalled regulatory and compensation system to put right any errors.’
Client watchdog the Legal Services Consumer Panel also condemned the decision. Chair Elisabeth Davies said: ‘This decision is extremely disappointing news for consumers and makes no sense given the sheer weight of evidence of consumer detriment and the wide consensus backing regulation.
- TURNING THE TIDE ON COMPENSATION CULTURE
From May 1, 2013, the fees lawyers can make from processing basic, uncontested claims for compensation for minor injuries suffered in road accidents will be reduced from GBP 1,200 to GBP 500. The change will not affect the amount of compensation victims will receive for genuine claims, but will reduce unnecessary additional bills faced by insurers.
- NEW BILL PROPOSES REFORMED INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAWS IN THE UK
Intellectual Property Minister Lord Younger has tabled the Intellectual Property Bill, which proposes changes that would help businesses to better understand what is protected under the law, reduce the need for litigation and provide greater certainty for investors in new designs and technologies. Key elements of the Bill include: new powers to enable the UK to implement the Unitary Patent Court Agreement; and the introduction of criminal penalties for copying UK registered designs.
- MINOR TRAFFIC OFFENCES TO BE HEARD BY NEW COURTS IN ENGLAND AND WALES
Dedicated traffic courts are to be set up in England and Wales to prosecute minor motoring offences following a pilot scheme in nine areas.
The move is part of a drive to cut delays in the criminal justice system and free up magistrates’ courts to deal with more serious cases.
Each year, 500,000 minor motoring offences go through the courts.
- DANGEROUS DOGS LAW CHANGES, COVER ATTACKS ON PRIVATE PROPERTY
The draft Dangerous Dogs (Amendment) Bill will make it an offence for a dog to be dangerously out of control in any place, including all private property. Attacks on guide dogs and other assistance dogs will also be explicitly covered by dangerous dogs legislation for the first time.
- THE DEFAMATION BILL
The Defamation Bill gained Royal Assent on April 25, 2013, and includes measures which aim to offer: clearer, better protection for individuals, members of the press, scientists and academics who wish to publish information and views without the threat of libel action; and also to give legal recourse and protection to those who are genuinely defamed. The Act will be brought into force later in 2013.
- THE CRIME AND COURTS ACT
The Crime and Courts Act came into effect on April 25, 2013, under which anyone who is confronted by a burglar and has reason to fear for their safety, or the safety of their family, and in the heat of the moment uses force that is reasonable in the circumstances but in the cold light of day seems disproportionate, will not be guilty of an offence. Force which is “grossly” disproportionate will still not be permitted.
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