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The Mencap Case: Putting the Sleep-in Shift Issue to Bed?

In a recent decision, the Court of Appeal held that care workers who are contracted to undertake sleep-in shifts are not entitled to the National Minimum Wage for the time they spent asleep. This is a controversial decision that is, quite rightly, set to be heard by the Supreme Court.

12:00, 14th August 2018
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The Battle for Survival: CVAs and their Impact on Landlords

CVAs are mechanisms agreed by companies and their creditors in order to stave off administration; they buy the company time to restructure their debt and business to survive. However, the effect of such arrangements on landlords can be damaging: they need to be aware of the risks.

12:00, 10th August 2018
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Cohabiting Property: Problems and Proposals for Rights of Cohabitees

With more and more couples opting to live together without first getting married, the law is having to try and adapt to this modified approach to cohabitation. It is, at present, failing - particularly where (as is common) the couple has not planned their property rights in the event of a break-up.

12:00, 7th August 2018
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Tommy Robinson's Conviction and Appeal: Considering Contempt of Court

The recent Tommy Robinson saga - which saw his conviction, imprisonment and (temporary) release all occur in a matter of weeks - captured global media attention. The elusive legal concept of contempt of court underpinned the whole story. How exactly does it work?

19:00, 5th August 2018
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Commercial Awareness: Law Firms Floating on the Stock Market

Law firms, which have traditionally operated as limited liability partnerships for centuries, have increasingly begun transitioning to public companies and floating on the stock market. This represents a highly important change in the legal industry that should not be underestimated.

12:00, 3rd August 2018
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The Abortion Act 1967: Out of Date and Out of Time?

The Abortion Act 1967 was, when first adopted, a pioneering piece of legislation. However, in light of medical and societal developments, it has become increasingly anachronistic. Lessons should be taken from Victoria in Australia to ensure the law places power with women, where it should be.

12:00, 31st July 2018
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Pimlico Plumbers v Smith: Clearing a Blockage in the Employment Law Pipe?

The Supreme Court's recent judgment in Pimlico Plumbers v Smith [2018] highlighted the difficulties facing employment law that have arisen following dramatic changes in the employment market, but disappointed many employment lawyers through its refusal to be more intrusive in making change.

12:00, 27th July 2018
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The Treatment of Negligent Doctors: Reflections on the Dr Bawa-Garba Case

The case of a junior doctor stripped of her medical licence following the death of a six-year-old triggered mass outcry among medical professionals. In their view, it showed the current law's failure to appreciate how systemic issues in the NHS can lead to human error. Should the law be reformed?

12:00, 24th July 2018
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No Limits on Ltds: Defending the Right of Corporations to Sue in Defamation

Defamation law has gradually widened throughout the years. However, controversy has arisen over whether or not companies, which grant high value to goodwill, should be able to sue when defamed by an individual. Australia has adopted a approach; should English law consider it?

12:00, 20th July 2018
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Communications Data: A Critical Investigative Tool or a Charter to Snoop?

When granting law enforcement authorities access to communications data, the law must strike a balance between the interests of public protection and the individual right to privacy. The UK's current law in this area appears to be failing in this respect; more must be done to correct the imbalance.

12:00, 17th July 2018
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It's All Just Talk: No Oral Modification Clauses in MWB v Rock

No Oral Modification Clauses purport to block parties to a contract from agreeing to a non-written variation of its terms. For many years, the legal position of such clauses has remained uncertain thanks to conflicting authority. Finally, the Supreme Court has provided guidance.

12:00, 13th July 2018
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Rethinking Foetal Personhood after the Refusal of Medical Treatment

Debates over foetal personhood are often fought in the context of abortion. However, the debate also arises where a mother refuses an emergency C-section. At present, the law here is unsatisfactory; a reform introducing a “best interests” test and extending the principle of necessity is needed.

12:00, 10th July 2018
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The Criminalisation of Homosexuality in the Commonwealth Pt II: Shifting Sands?

The British Empire's legacy of criminalising homosexuality in the Commonwealth has been challenged in the courts. In some countries, the courts have upheld it through decisions that assert sovereignty of democratic institutions; in others, the courts have focused on protecting constitutional rights.

12:00, 6th July 2018
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Can Foreign Investors Sue The UK For Billions Over Brexit?

The UK has signed a number of treaties with other countries that it to protect the interests of foreign investors by keeping its legal framework stable. The potential upheaval that might come after Brexit might see the UK breach these obligations. Investors may thus be able to sue.

12:00, 3rd July 2018
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