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Cliff Richard and the police tip-off - privacy law implications

Did you, as I did, succumb to the temptation of searching Cliff Richard's name on Twitter following the news that his Berkshire home had been "raided" by the police? If you did, you will have seen that many appear to be in no doubt as to his guilt.

20 Aug 2014 | 12:21


inner image Julian Assange: do recent changes to extradition law make any difference?

In a press conference this morning, Julian Assange told reporters a Wikleaks spokesman could confirm that: "I am leaving the embassy soon", and the Ecuadorian Foreign Minister, according to The Guardian: "referred to recent changes to the extradition ...

18 Aug 2014 | 14:55

inner image Is posting videos of Premier League goals online a breach of copyright?

This morning BBC Newsbeat reported an interesting piece of news: the Football Association Premier League (FAPL), which runs the Premier League, ie the leading professional football league competition for football clubs in England, has said that it is ...

15 Aug 2014 | 14:38

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The iniquity exception - legal privilege and the long-running Ablyazov litigation

What you say to your lawyers is truly confidential; no-one, not even a regulator or prosecutor can see it. This is protected by the right to privacy under Article 8, and the right to a fair trial under Article 6 (which includes the right to access to ...

13 Aug 2014 | 11:26

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Coming clean - the argument for cooperating with the SFO on corporate crime

There is an overwhelming imperative on executives who suspect corruption in their organisation to speak up, argues the SFO's Ben Morgan

13 Aug 2014 | 10:49

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The Sun just keeps getting it wrong on human rights

With the May 2015 general election looming, the battle for the future of human rights in the UK is hotting up. The Prime Minister has just sacked his longstanding Attorney General apparently because he disagreed with a mooted Tory manifesto policy whi...

05 Aug 2014 | 15:05

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'An unprincipled mess' - time for a rethink on social media and the law?

Dan Bunting looks at the current state of play with regards to social media and the law...

05 Aug 2014 | 14:08

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Russia under sanctions: no longer business as usual

These are dark days for businesses - and their lawyers - who have been working for many years to develop trade and investment flows between Russia and other countries, as Morgan Lewis Moscow chief Brian Zimbler reports

01 Aug 2014 | 11:13

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Sleeping is the enemy - what BNP Paribas' $8.9bn fine tells us about lawyer ethics

An article by Susan Beck in the New York Law Journal takes a look at the role of lawyers in the events leading to BNP Paribas's $8.9bn settlement with the US Department of Justice (DoJ).

03 Jul 2014 | 10:46

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The Defamation Act, six months on - has it been a success?

The Defamation Act 2013 came into force on 1 January 2014, billed as providing enhanced protection for publishers and website operators, and with measures to curb trivial claims and 'libel tourism'. Has it been a success?

02 Jul 2014 | 16:51

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Legal IT: lions led by donkeys?

Almost a year ago, I wrote about my reflections as a guest speaker at Legal Week's annual Strategic Technology Forum, held in the hills of rural Italy, around an hour from Rome. A tough job, but somebody had to do it, so I gathered my postage stamp's ...

01 Jul 2014 | 14:30

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The payday loan firm and the fake law firms - has Wonga commited a criminal offence?

You may know Wonga from their cheery TV ads featuring knitted OAPs. Hopefully you don’t know them from borrowing money off them, given that their APR gets up to 5853%. They offer payday loans at huge interest rates. While it may not be part of their...

27 Jun 2014 | 15:30

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Phone-hacking trial: the final application, some revelations and a CPS statement

The phone-hacking trial of originally eight and finally seven defendants finally concluded yesterday (25 June) having begun on 28 October 2013. It ended with a verdict of guilty on count 1, conspiracy to intercept voicemails, against former News of th...

26 Jun 2014 | 11:56

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The debate over British values and human rights - whose Magna Carta is it anyway?

This Monday (16 June) was Magna Carta Day. It is now less than a year until the 800th anniversary of the sealing of England’s oldest charter of rights, and one of the world’s most influential legal documents...

18 Jun 2014 | 11:15

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The secret trial controversy - how open will this newly opened justice be?

As the dust settles after last week's Court of Appeal decision on whether a terrorism trial can be held in secret, there continue to be more questions than answers about what we know and what we will know.

16 Jun 2014 | 14:35