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The Woolcock Case: Prison for Failing to Pay Council Tax?

Council tax serves a vital function in requiring citizens to assist in funding necessary local services, such as schools and social care. However, should non-payment of council tax - a civil debt - result in imprisonment?

12:00, 4th June 2019
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The Shabby State of Surrogacy Laws in the UK

Surrogacy laws, in their current state, have many unacceptable gaps. This has led to the judiciary having to creatively interpret the law, leading to a haphazard band-aid fix that doesn't match up with the clear language of the legislation. Reform by Parliament is needed.

12:00, 28th May 2019
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Nationality in Sport: Nailing your Colours to the Mast?

A person's nationality can be an emotive thing. Stringent rules often operate regarding whether one can become a national of another country. These rules, however, are somewhat short-circuited by an alternate procedure in sporting law. Can they co-exist, and what will be the position after Brexit?

12:00, 21st May 2019
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Impossible to Bank on it: Vicarious Liability on the Move

The imposition of vicarious liability in the recent high-profile Barclays Bank plc v Various Claimants [2018] case seems to be influenced particularly by the vulnerability of the claimant victims. This is unjustified and risks blurring vicarious liability with non-delegable duty liability.

12:00, 14th May 2019
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Taming the Retail Giants: The Impact of Mergers & Acquisitions on Competition

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) recently decided to block the proposed merger between J Sainsbury's plc and Asda Group Limited. Such a merger would have had disastrous impacts on competition in the industry. However, further difficulties await the CMA, including e-commerce and Brexit.

12:00, 7th May 2019
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The Shamima Begum Case: A Just Decision?

It is hard to empathise with Shamima Begum, the 19-year old girl that wishes to return to the UK after fleeing to join ISIS four years ago. However, the UK Government's reaction represents an unacceptable knee-jerk decision that can have dangerous consequences down the line.

12:00, 30th April 2019
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What is Happening to Defamation Law?

England was once known as the 'centre for libel tourism'. Since the introduction of the Defamation Act 2013, however, the number of defamation claims brought to court in England and Wales has steadily dropped. What has happened to kill this area of law?

12:00, 23rd April 2019
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Pharmaceutical Transparency under the EU's Clinical Trial Regulation

The EU's proposed Clinical Trial Regulation represents an innovative, much-needed step in ensuring greater transparency of the results of trials conducted on forthcoming medicines. Its effectiveness, however, is limited by its proposed exemptions, most notably that protecting 'commercial interests'.

12:00, 16th April 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.

12:00, 9th April 2019
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Hooding the Horrible? Spit Hoods, Reasonable Force and Human Rights

It was recently announced that spit hoods - meshed sacks placed over the heads of people that have spat at police officers - will be issued to frontline police officers. However, these hoods have important human rights implications and potentially deadly consequences.

12:00, 26th March 2019
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Film Review: On the Basis of Sex

Ruth Bader Ginsburg has become a household name due to her pioneering legal career, particularly as a woman challenging the norms of a previously male-dominated industry. 'On the Basis of Sex', however, is ultimately a lacklustre depiction of a woman deserving of greater complexity.

12:00, 22nd March 2019
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Investigating Facebook: Competition Law vs Data Protection

The lines between data protection and competition law are blurring. The German National Competition Authority's investigation into Facebook is the first attempt to tackle data protection with the tools of competition law. Can, or should, the EU follow suit?

12:00, 19th March 2019
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Domestic Abuse Bill: Migrants Falling Through the Cracks

The recently proposed Domestic Abuse Bill represents a great step towards protecting vulnerable persons that would otherwise continue to face life-threatening danger every day of their lives. However, it doesn't go far enough - specifically, migrants and minorities fall through its cracks.

12:00, 15th March 2019
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'In Your Defence: Stories of Life and Law': An Interview with Sarah Langford

'In Your Defence' follows the the stories of eleven individuals, the details drawn from multiple real-life cases. In conversation with Keep Calm Talk Law, barrister and author Sarah Langford discusses life at the bar for women, motivations for writing and the crumbling criminal justice system.

12:00, 5th March 2019
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