Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill (Sixth sitting) At the Bill’s sixth sitting amendments were raised on the non-suspicion part of the new powers as well as on the right to access to a lawyer. The Law Society’s evidence was referenced nine times during the session including on three occasions by the Minister of State for Security. The transcript of the session can be found here and a summary is included below: Non-suspicion power • Nick Thomas- Symonds MP tabled am
Counter Terrorism and Border Security Bill: Committee Stage The Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill has its fifth sitting at Public Bill Committee stage. Richard Atkinson, Co-Chair of the Law Society’s Criminal Law Committee previously gave evidence to the Committee and our evidence was referenced twice during the session. Amendments relating to the retention of biometric data were discussed as was the Prevent strategy and terrorism reinsurance arrangements. The sessio
Update from Council Meeting 4th & 5th July.
Following the most recent Council meeting you can find a copy of a summary of the meeting and the Chief Executive’s report of council. If there are any matters within either document that you would like to ask me about please do not hesitate to contact me. Council Summary 4th & 5th July CEO Report to Council Richard Atkinson
On Tuesday 26th June Richard Atkinson, Co-chair of the Law Society’s Criminal Law Committee presented oral evidence to the Public Bill Committee on the Counter Terrorism and Border Security Bill. In the session Richard shared insight and concerns on the following subjects:
Legal Professional Privilege – the bill as drafted includes provisions for detainees to consult a solicitor only in the sight and hearing of a qualified officer which contradicts code H of Police and Crim