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An Introduction to the Assisted Dying Bill 2014

Lord Falconer’s Assisted Dying Bill 2014 passed its second reading in the House of Lords on the 18th July 2014. Amy Ling analyses how the private members bill aims to balance the arguments for and against assisted suicide whilst focusing upon the direct needs of those it will be applicable to.

12:00, 28th August 2014
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When is enough, enough? Balancing the rights of consumers and advisers

The law imposes time limits on when individuals can bring claims to court based upon when the offence or disputed action occurred. Nevertheless, recent claims against financial advisers are demonstrating that their are methods of circumventing the ordinary limitation periods. Is this practice fair?

12:00, 26th August 2014
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Judge’s Remark Sparks Uproar over Victim Personal Statements

Judge White was recently overheard commenting on the inadequacies of Victim Personal Statements (VPSs), which describe the impact of an offender's crime upon the victim and are made before sentencing or at an offender's parole hearing. Christopher Sykes discusses the effectiveness and value of VPSs.

12:00, 25th August 2014
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Anonymity of Rape Defendants

Allegations of sexual assaults can have drastic consequences, often causing many to forget the truism: 'innocent until proven guilty'. In light of this year's allegations against the Oxford Union president, Ben Sullivan, Yasmin Daswani discusses the possibility of anonymity for those accused.

12:00, 23rd August 2014
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Would it be right for the UK to leave the ECHR?

Following recent ministerial dismissals, Conservative policy demonstrating progression towards an exit from the European Convention on Human Rights and/or the European Union appears to be gathering momentum within the party. Emily Clements examines these developments and their possible consequences.

12:00, 22nd August 2014
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Online Gambling: A Jurisdictional Nightmare

Companies operating online bookmakers and casinos have been able to dodge their tax bills, and avoid UK regulation, by relocating abroad, in particular to the Isle of Man, Guernsey, and Gibraltar. However, this is all about to change, with incoming game-changing licensing and tax regulations.

12:00, 21st August 2014
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Is the criminal records scheme compatible with Article 8 ECHR?

The application of the government’s criminal records scheme has lately been subject to extensive litigation. Specifically, questions have been raised about whether the scheme in its entirety is compatible with Article 8 ECHR. Georgia Mitchell provides an analysis of several of these decided cases.

12:00, 20th August 2014
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Employment Tribunal Fees: the Fight for Justice

The recent changes made to fees payable for Employment Tribunals has resulted in a significant decrease in the amount of claims being made by employees. Sophie Cole-Hamilton presents what changes were implemented and discusses the mounting legal challenges that are fighting for employees' justice.

12:00, 14th August 2014
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The Validity of E-signatures

Globalisation has had a huge impact upon the way businesses function. One notable impact has been the increased use of confirming transactions by way of contracts that are signed electronically. E-signatures are recognised internationally, yet, as Maxi Kussatz discusses, not homogeneously.

12:00, 12th August 2014
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Blurred Boundaries: have politics become an unwelcome influence upon the Lord Chancellor?

Our Lord Chancellor, Chris Grayling, has been exposed to criticism during his tenure. Yet should we have some sympathy for this position that goes in the face of the separation of powers and is becoming increasingly politicised? Christopher Sykes discusses how this conundrum is being approached.

12:00, 7th August 2014
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From DRIP to an ocean of trouble for the UK Legislature

The introduction of the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act in response to the ECJ's judgment in April, amongst other considerations, has demonstrated a blatant disregard for the protection of fundamental rights. Thomas Horton provides a comprehensive analysis of DRIPA and its likely fate.

12:00, 6th August 2014
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The Apparent Inadequacy of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Law

Last week's 'Girl Summit 2014' saw a gathering of world leaders and international campaigners to discuss solutions to preventing FGM. In light of this, Jessica Johnson presents analysis of the UK's old and new laws that aim to prevent FGM to demonstrate the progress made in eradicating the practice.

12:00, 1st August 2014
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Has the Law on Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) Orders been Clarified?

The Court of Appeal recently held that there is a legal duty upon medical practitioners to involve and consult patients when placing a DNR order on their medical files; a failure to do so could breach patients' human rights. Helen Morse discusses the impact of this decision upon medical procedures.

12:00, 31st July 2014
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The Paralegal Enquiry

Jade Rigby discusses The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives' (CILEx) recently launched 'Paralegal Enquiry' to determine the position of paralegals in the developing legal market and the advantages that becoming a paralegal can have for those looking for a route to a professional legal career.

12:00, 28th July 2014
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