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Costs, Sanctions and Confusion

In a post-Jackson Reform world, good organisation of costs budgets are vital for those involved in litigation. The 'Mitchell decision' left the legal profession in a state of flux as to the application of rules governing costs. Ryan Turner discusses how clarification has recently been provided.

12:00, 25th July 2014
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The Burqa Ban: a Step Backwards in the Fight for Rights

The European Court of Human Rights recently upheld the French ban on the wearing of clothing designed to conceal one's face in public. Ivonna Beeches discusses the problems of a statute which is discriminatory in fact yet is still permissible as long as its wording provides an acceptable frontage.

12:00, 23rd July 2014
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Forcing Through the Criminalisation of Forced Marriages?

The high prevalence of instances of forced marriages in the United Kingdom have brought around the criminal sanctions that will be imposed upon those found guilty of forcing someone into marriage. Emily Clements discusses whether criminalisation is the best means of tackling this growing problem.

12:00, 21st July 2014
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Is there still a bar to diversity?

Baroness Hale recently presented a lecture on the importance of equal gender representation amongst the judiciary. Georgia Mitchell expands upon the points raised in Baroness Hale's speech to present the problems the Bar is facing in its attempts to ensure equal representation across the profession.

12:00, 16th July 2014
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Is 'Rent Convergence' Ripe for Judicial Review?

A proposed end to 'rent convergence' could cost millions of pounds to housing associations. There are calls from within the industry for providers to seek judicial review should the proposal be implemented following a recent consultation. Amy Ling discusses the possibility of this judicial review.

12:00, 14th July 2014
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Is it Possible to Trademark a Colour?

Louboutin's red soles and Cadbury's purple wrappers: two iconic colours which make the respective companies' products immediately recognisable. Is it possible that a company can trademark such colours? Maxi Kussatz explores UK, EU and US case law to discuss the challenges of trademarking a colour.

12:00, 11th July 2014
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Preventing Cyber-bullying: New Zealand Leading the Way?

There is international concern of the growing problem of cyber-bullying. The advancements in social media provide a faceless platform for bullies to carry out their demeaning actions. Yasmin Daswani analyses legal developments made in New Zealand that seek to prevent and punish cyber-bullying.

12:00, 9th July 2014
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ECJ and the UK - Surrogacy Arrangements

A judgment of the European Court of Justice has considered whether a commissioning mother from a surrogacy agreement is to be given similar flexibility from her employer as a mother who gives birth by the traditional method. Emily Clements analyses the ECJ's decision and the UK's relative position.

12:00, 7th July 2014
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Associative Discrimination: Equal Treatment?

Should measures preventing discrimination be extended to protect those who are associated with a disabled person? Guest author, Hannah Larsen discusses recent judgments from the Court of Justice of the European Union and the UK's Court of Appeal to determine the UK's position to this question.

12:00, 4th July 2014
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UK Counts Itself Out of European Account Preservation Order

The European Account Preservation Order (EAPO) has received backing from the European Parliament and looks set to take legal effect this month. The Order will prevent companies diverting funds to secure them from creditors. Edmund Day discusses the Order and why the UK has decided to opt-out.

11:57, 3rd July 2014
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The Social Action, Responsibility and Heroism Bill - Is it Needed?

In the Queen's Speech last month, the Social Action, Responsibility and Heroism (SARAH) Bill was announced in an attempt to prevent claimants from recovering damages in negligence if the harm was the result of an action of social responsibility. Ryan Turner analyses the Bill's necessity.

14:14, 1st July 2014
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‘One punch’ Manslaughter: One Dissatisfied Public

'One punch' manslaughter has received public attention recently due to the lenient prison sentences that have been imposed upon those guilty of the offence. Jessica Johnson presents an analysis of the sentences imposed, and discusses whether stricter sentences should be imposed for this offence.

12:00, 27th June 2014
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Hoarding: Possession for Possessions?

Several documentaries have recently highlighted the significant problems thats can be created from having a "hoarding disorder". Amy Ling presents the problems that hoarding creates for landlords when their tenants are subject to this disorder and discusses preventative solutions to these problems.

12:00, 25th June 2014
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A Gilded Cage is Still a Cage

A recent decision of the UK Supreme Court has demonstrated how protection of human rights is provided to everyone regardless of any disability. Jade Rigby discusses how the the Supreme Court's decision will ensure the protection and recognition of the rights of those that require care from others.

12:00, 23rd June 2014
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