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Square Pegs and Round Holes: Is Trade Mark Law Out of Shape?

At present, the law applies strict limits to when a particular shape can be registered as a trade mark. Recently, this has denied protection to the shape of the London Taxi and Nespresso coffee capsules. This appears to disregard the important role played by a product's aesthetic for many companies.

12:00, 16th January 2018

The Armed Forces Compensation Scheme: A Case for Reform

The Armed Forces Compensation Scheme, which provides injured veterans with compensation, has a number of well-documented flaws that have the effect of denying justice to deserving claimants. A number of different reforms to the way in which the system operates would therefore be welcome.

12:00, 12th January 2018

Harkins v UK: Highlighting the Importance for Discourse on Extradition

A mammoth legal battle concerning the USA's attempts to extradite alleged murderer Philip Harkins came to an end last year, when the European Court of Human Rights rejected Harkins' final attempt to remain in the UK. The saga highlights how human rights and extradition have the potential to clash.

12:00, 9th January 2018

Inked: Should Doctors Honour a Patient's DNR Tattoo?

The case of an unidentified patient in a Miami hospital has sparked debate upon medical lawyers and practitioners about how doctors should treat 'Do Not Resuscitate' tattoos. In the USA, the doctors showed a willingness to honour the tattoo; would and should English doctors follow suit?

12:00, 5th January 2018

The Biggest Challenges Facing the Legal Profession in 2018

Showing an understanding of the challenges facing the legal profession is vital for demonstrating commercial awareness to recruiters. Thus, it is important to examine how issues like Brexit, cyber security, fixed costs and online courts could cause problems for lawyers in the coming year.

12:00, 2nd January 2018

A Question of Recognition: A Potential Avenue for Catalonian Independence?

The debate on whether Catalonia may be able to secure independence has largely focused on the right to self-determination. However, another potential avenue to independence is worth exploring: whether Catalonia might be able to gain statehood following recognition from other states across the world.

12:00, 29th December 2017

Blurred Lines? Preserving the Distinction between Leases and Licences

Recent case law has left the distinction between leases and licences somewhat blurred; according to some, the concepts can no longer be considered disparate. However, if a non-conventional approach to defining 'property' is applied to the authorities, the lease-licence dichotomy can remain true.

12:00, 26th December 2017

A Damaging Disclosure Culture? Lessons from the Allan Case

Recent official reports have exposed a crisis in disclosure which threatens a fair trial and risks miscarriages of justice. This crisis made headlines this week, as the case of Liam Allan highlighted disturbing failures in the prosecuting authorities’ approach to disclosure. So, what is to be done?

12:00, 24th December 2017

Gilham v Ministry of Justice: Are Whistleblowing Judges Sufficiently Protected?

The act of whistleblowing can be of vital public importance: when undertaken by judges, it can shed light on practices that are causing manifest injustice. Yesterday's decision by the Court of Appeal represents another episode of one whistleblowing judge's attempts to secure greater protection.

12:00, 22nd December 2017

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