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The attack on human rights protection is relentless. The Daily Mail and The Telegraph this week reported that judges in Strasbourg have handed criminals taxpayer-funded payouts of £4.4m - an average of £22,000 a head. Recipients since 1998 include t...
10 Oct 2013 | 10:29
"It is apparent to me that the in-house legal community has upped its game significantly over the last decade. Ten years ago, a panel session on 'developing your legal team' might have revealed some game-changing information. In 2013, it acts as a us...
03 Oct 2013 | 11:44
The media have been riveted in recent days by a drama in Blackfriars Crown Court, where a defendant charged with intimidating a witness refused to remove her full-face veil or 'niqab'. The defendant is a convert to Islam, who cannot be named for "l...
19 Sep 2013 | 11:59
In a world where you can use your watch to make phonecalls and browse the internet, it is not surprising that the global village continues to shrink, creating many challenges for HR teams called on to advise across multiple jurisdictions for a range o...
19 Sep 2013 | 11:41
In some ways this week, with the recall of Parliament and the UK’s tabling a UN resolution, seems like a fast replay of the run up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Many people’s attitudes to what’s happening are informed by the experience of Iraq, ...
29 Aug 2013 | 09:35
"Great article. Ignoring the legal, and even historical bits, from a populist and logical point of view, why Leicester, or indeed, even York? Surely the modern day burial of a monarch would be better understood by the public if it takes place at West...
29 Aug 2013 | 09:22
The move to ban referral fees within personal injury (PI) claims may not have been popular with some at the time, but as the dust settles on the changes, there is a growing feeling in the PI sector that they will ultimately succeed in driving quality....
28 Aug 2013 | 15:25
The week begun with disturbing news of the use of Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act. The Guardian tells the story of how David Miranda, the partner of journalist Glenn Greenwald, was detained for nine hours at Heathrow Airport without access to either a...
20 Aug 2013 | 10:49
"Entertaining stuff! Though your piece confuses a brand (values, reputation etc) with a name. Slaughter and May has a terrible name (suggesting being somewhat argumentative and possibly indecisive?) but a great brand..."
16 Aug 2013 | 13:06
On Monday 5 August, Neil Wilson, 41, was sentenced by the Crown Court sitting at Snaresbrook. It is reported that Wilson admitted two counts of making extreme pornographic images and one count of sexual activity with a child. When sentencing Wilson...
08 Aug 2013 | 14:01
Melbourne, ahead of the second test. My wife, Ali, arrived a day or so before the match, which meant a few hours for me away from the testosterone-fuelled tour party, and a chance to catch up with her, see some old mates and visit some of our favourit...
11 Jul 2013 | 15:02
The run-up to the first test in Brisbane was fascinating. There was the usual speculation as to who was going to make selection. And then when the match squad was announced (we were told 24 hours in advance of the public announcement), and those who w...
01 Jul 2013 | 16:43
So the first round of the Legal Education and Training Review is complete. Julian Webb et al's report is out, and the dust can begin to settle. The research phase faced a number of problems. There are four I would emphasise:
27 Jun 2013 | 13:57
After two full days in solitary confinement in a Brisbane hotel room around the time of the Lions v Queensland Reds match, I was starting to get agitated. My vomiting had not subsided and I remained a risk of infection to the rest of the tour party, b...
19 Jun 2013 | 16:44
12 June 2013 may go down in legal history. For it was the first time a national newspaper’s main headline was about the launch of a legal textbook. In a paradoxical explosion of free publicity for said book, the Daily Express reportedthat a new onli...
13 Jun 2013 | 15:53
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