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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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Book Review: 'Under the Wig' by William Clegg QC

'Under the Wig' is an autobiography by one of England's top criminal barristers. William Clegg QC - head of 2 Bedford Row - writes about his life and some of his most significant cases. The book is entertaining and engaging, but its greatest strength is its accessibility.

11:00, 2nd October 2018
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R v MK: Clarifying the Defence in Section 45 of the Modern Slavery Act

Under Section 45 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, victims of trafficking have a defence when charged with certain criminal offences. In a recent decision the Court of Appeal was asked to decide on whom the burden of proof lies; in a welcome decision it restored the orthodoxy.

11:00, 7th 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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The Abortion Act 1967: Out of Date and Out of Time?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.

11:00, 31st July 2018
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The Fight for LGBT Rights in the Commonwealth Pt I: Tracing Historical Origins

One of the major legal legacies of the British Empire is the criminalisation of homosexuality, which still exists across most Commonwealth states. In the first of a two-part series, Alasdair Maher tracks the historical origins of anti-LGBT laws and how this has influenced their continued existence.

11:00, 22nd June 2018
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Consenting to Serious Violence in R v BM: An Update to R v Brown?

The infamous case of R v Brown [1994] set down the rule that a person cannot generally consent to serious harm. Though controversial, this appears settled law. However, it was law that was tested in a recent case before the Court of Appeal involving a body modification artist... and a snake tongue.

11:00, 8th May 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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Affray Outside Off-Stump: Explaining Ben Stokes’ Charges

England cricketer Ben Stokes was charged earlier this week with the offence of affray following an incident that occurred outside a Bristol nightclub in September 2017. This article explains what exactly he is being charged with, what the prosecution must prove and what defences might be used.

12:00, 16th March 2018
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Innocent Fun or Underage Gambling? Loot Boxes in Video Games

Many video games offer players the chance to purchase 'loot boxes' that aid their progress in the game by rewarding the player with random in-game items. Questions can be raised about the extent to which this can, and should, be considered as falling under the legal definition of gambling.

12:00, 20th February 2018
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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
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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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Saving the Unsaveable? Reforming the Cartel Offence

The cartel offence was intended to add bite to English competition law. However, since its introduction, it has been beset by enforcement problems, triggering attempted reform. Yet these problems will persist, as Parliament overlooked a potentially fatal flaw that will plague the use of the offence.

11:00, 3rd October 2017
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Do New Evidence Proposals for Rape Cases Strike a Fair Balance?

New evidence proposals have been given wide coverage in the media. While they may seem ideologically sound, does a close examination of their practicalities lead to questions about whether these reforms could be quite damaging to an area already struggling to strike an intricate balance?

11:00, 7th July 2017
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