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Jury Confidentiality Rules: Protector of Honesty or Enabler of Injustice?

Jury confidentiality rules, preventing the disclosure or solicitation of details of jury deliberations in any criminal trial, achieve many legitimate purposes. However, many judges have had to ignore glaring accusations of jury misconduct as a result, risking serious miscarriages of justice.

11:00, 30th July 2019
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Book Review: 'Beyond Reasonable Doubt' by Gary Bell QC

'Beyond Reasonable Doubt' by Gary Bell QC doubles both as an exhilarating legal thriller and a persuasive commentary on the modern legal system in England & Wales.

11:00, 12th June 2019
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Book Review: ‘Doing Justice’ by Preet Bharara

Preet Bharara, the former US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, published his first book, 'Doing Justice: A Prosecutor's Thoughts on Crime, Punishment, and the Rule of Law'. The book is a must-read for anyone interested in the law, politics, and anything in between.

11:00, 9th April 2019
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The Biggest Challenges Facing the Legal Profession in 2019

Showing an understanding of the challenges facing the legal profession is vital for demonstrating awareness to recruiters. Thus, it is important to examine how internal changes to law firms, SRA deregulation, the crumbling criminal justice system and gender equality will be the big stories of 2019.

12:00, 11th January 2019
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Self-Defence: More Complicated Than It Seems?

The complexity surrounding the concept of ‘self-defence’ is often underestimated. The expectation that a defendant will be acquitted of a crime because they acted to protect themselves or someone else paints a deceptively simplistic picture of what is, in reality, a difficult defence.

12:00, 14th December 2018
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The Gay Cake Case: Lee v Ashers Baking Company

For the past four years, fierce debate has surrounded whether a Christian couple could legally refuse to serve a cake adorned with the message 'Support Gay Marriage'. The Supreme Court recently considered whether this was lawful freedom of expression or bigoted discrimination.

11:00, 23rd October 2018
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The Defamatory Paedophile Detector: Roy Moore v Sacha Baron Cohen

Sacha Baron Cohen, creator of household characters 'Borat', 'Ali G' and 'Bruno', has been sued by controversial American politician Roy Moore over a recent episode of Cohen's show 'Who Is America?'. While the lawsuit is filed in America, it raises interesting questions about comedy and defamation.

11:00, 11th September 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?

18:00, 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.

11:00, 3rd August 2018
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Commercial Awareness: The Sainsbury's/Asda Merger vs Competition Law

The proposed merger of two of the UK's biggest supermarkets, Sainsbury's and Asda, raises important questions that are often tackled by M & A lawyers: how and when will competition law operate to prevent or limit a deal because it poses too big a threat to market competition.

11:00, 29th June 2018
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NT1 & NT2 v Google Pt II: Hiding Criminal Convictions

Expanding on the first article on NT1 & NT2 v Google [2018], consideration is given to the significant Google Spain [2014] decision, over which a fundamental balancing exercise was undertaken by Warby J.

11:00, 12th June 2018
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NT1 & NT2 v Google Pt I: The Right to be Forgotten

The right to be forgotten received considerable attention following the ECJ's judgment in Google Spain [2014]. Warby J recently expanded the legal mechanism in NT1 & NT2 v Google [2018] when assessing whether it permits the hiding of information about the past criminal convictions of data subjects.

11:00, 8th June 2018
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Offensive Jokes Becoming Criminal? Count Dankula's Conviction

The recent conviction of Mark Meechan, otherwise known as Count Dankula, for uploading a controversial video on YouTube sets a worrying precedent for freedom of expression. Of most concern is the fact that context is given only a secondary role when considering whether a joke is grossly offensive.

11:00, 20th April 2018
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Book Review: 'Stories of the Law and How It's Broken' by the Secret Barrister

'Stories of the Law and How It's Broken', written by anonymous barrister 'The Secret Barrister', takes a sobering look at the realities of the crumbling English and Welsh criminal legal system. A definite must-read, it is hoped the book's success will help save a system on the brink of collapse.

23:37, 1st April 2018
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