E-scooters: getting you up to speed

Last summer the government acted to permit the use of hired e-scooters in pre-approved local authority areas in England & Wales. There are now over 30 trials taking place, with a scheme in London finally taking off this July. Aside from these trials, which are due to run until March 2022, road use of privately-owned scooters remains illegal and while various police forces have run targeted enforcement and seizure campaigns, ever-increasing numbers of the public seem happy to flout the ban (or may not even be aware of it) and ride on the roads and on the pavements.

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Scottish Government commits to establish Scotland-only COVID-19 public inquiry and seek views on draft aims and principles

On 24 August 2021 the First Minister of Scotland committed the Scottish Government to establish a judge-led, Scotland-only, independent public inquiry on COVID-19 by the end of this year. This marks a significant development in the Scottish Government’s position on COVID-19 inquiry matters. Previously, the First Minister had “broadly welcomed” the UK Prime Minister’s commitment to hold a UK-wide, or “four nations” inquiry, although she expected that to begin before the end of 2021 rather than spring 2022 as initially proposed by the Prime Minister.  

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Guideline Hourly Rates: Civil Justice Council recommendations accepted

Yesterday afternoon the Master of the Rolls accepted the recommendations of the Civil Justice Council and agreed that revised hourly rates as suggested by the Civil Justice Council will be implemented from 1 October 2021: https://www.judiciary.uk/publications/master-of-the-rolls-accepts-recommended-changes-to-guideline-hourly-rates/

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