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Vicarious Liability: Clarifying A "Close Connection"

Two recent Supreme Court cases have reviewed and updated the case law on vicarious liability. WM Morrison Supermarkets v Various Claimants clarifies the controversial Mohamud case and what exactly constitutes a "close connection" in vicarious liability.

11:00, 23rd June 2020
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Vicarious Liability: Re-Examining the "Akin to Employment" Test

Two recent Supreme Court cases have reviewed and updated the case law on vicarious liability. Barclays Bank v Various Claimants explores the first step of the vicarious liability test, controversial recent case law, and the traditional divide between employees and contractors.

11:00, 16th June 2020
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The Biggest Challenges Facing the Legal Profession in 2020

"Commercial awareness" is perhaps the most overused and least understood phrase in the industry. Our look at the year ahead takes a broad approach to the topic, from Brexit and the criminal justice system to mental health and cybersecurity.

12:00, 14th January 2020
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Sentencing Reform: Should We Scrap Short Sentences?

British prisons are increasingly overcrowded and underfunded. Senior figures at the Ministry of Justice have suggested a reform of sentencing laws might help to ease overcrowding and better rehabilitate prisoners by restricting short prison sentences - but would it actually work?

11:00, 10th September 2019
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Grenfell Tower Fire: A Turning Point for Corporate Manslaughter?

The Grenfell tower fire in June 2017 proved to be the largest loss of life in London since World War Two. Due to its seriousness, the tragedy could set yet another milestone in the shape of sculpting the law surrounding the recently created 'corporate manslaughter' offence.

12:00, 20th November 2018
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Commissioner v DSD: Sending Police Liability into Uncharted Waters

A recent Supreme Court judgment represents a major expansion in the extent of police liability under the Human Rights Act 1998. Though the decision on the facts was unanimous, disputes between the judges as to the correct size of the expansion raises concerns over the impact of the decision.

11:00, 27th March 2018
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Noel Conway's Case: New Developments in the Right to Die Debate

The debate on assisted suicide has refused to go away. Several challenges to current legislation have been heard by the courts in recent years, each unsuccessfully attacking the law from a new angle. In keeping with this, Noel Conway's case represents the latest chapter in this long-running story.

12:00, 27th February 2018
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Love v United States of America: A Victory for Justice?

The High Court's decision to block the extradition of Lauri Love - an alleged computer hacker - to the USA has attracted significant media coverage: many have treated it as a referendum on a number of causes. Yet, in actual fact, the decision is far narrower than such coverage has made out.

19:00, 11th February 2018
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Farewell to Arms? The Legality of Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia

The UK's arms sales to Saudi Arabia are heavily controversial, such that a legal challenge was brought against them by campaigners. The High Court's decision offered a fascinating example of how the courts are reluctant to cross fairly conservative boundaries between the executive and judiciary.

12:00, 5th December 2017
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Easy as A, B, C: Three Problems with UK Drug Law

The UK's current provisions on drug laws suffer from three main problems: one technical, one legal, and one practical. Taken together, they highlight the problems that come when the law is thought of in a narrow sense, and not appreciated in its wider context.

12:00, 3rd November 2017
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