May 2016

The Society’s committees have been working on a number of Scottish Parliament and UK Parliament Bills and consultations including the Investigatory Powers Bill, Child Safety Online and the criminal offence of domestic abuse.

Key areas are highlighted below. For more information see the law reform section of the website:

Clandestine Civil Penalty

The Immigration and Asylum Law Committee responded to a UK Government consultation on proposals to improve the UK’s clandestine civil penalty regime to encourage more hauliers to secure their vehicles more effectively.

We believe that strengthening the civil penalty regime on the transportation industry will protect the passage and entry of goods into Britain, but may further prevent genuine refugees entering the UK. We have highlighted the need for the UK to make efforts to ensure that there are safe and accessible ways for individuals to make a claim for asylum with the UK.

We also expressed concerns about the effect that higher penalties could have on smaller transportation businesses and suggested that a system of grants or economic assistance may be necessary to allow small business to invest in new technology to secure their vehicles.

The Law Society’s full consultation response can be found on our website