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Proposed Amendments to the Drink-driving Limit

A parliamentary group has recently proposed stricter limits to the current law on drink-driving in order to decrease alcohol-related accidents and crime. Georgia Mitchell discusses whether this proposal is fair, and whether there are alternative factors that can be addressed to have the same effect.

12:41, 26th September 2014
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Revisiting 'Debt Relief Orders'

Debt Relief Orders (DROs) are a relatively new concept of helping individuals in dire financial states, without resulting in bankruptcy. Yasmin Daswani discusses the effectiveness of DROs in comparison to the drastic measure of being declared bankrupt, and how DROs should have increased application.

12:05, 25th September 2014
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Time for a New Perspective on the Dangerous Dogs Act

Legislation that attempts to prevent and prohibit instances of dog attacks has recently been reformed in order to provide greater punishment of owners of the attacking dog, yet, as Amy Ling analyses, there still remains unfair legislation prohibiting the keeping of specific dog breed types.

12:30, 23rd September 2014
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Employees Clashing over Commuting

Recent developments in employment law concerning an employer's right to relocate a work place have solidified the courts' approach to determining the constructive dismissal of employees when their workplace has been sufficiently relocated. Jade Rigby presents an analysis of this approach.

12:10, 22nd September 2014
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Redefining the Determination of 'Theft'

The use of objective and subjective tests in the determination of whether an individual is guilty of 'theft' is a debated issue. Should one's actions be looked at in comparison to an expected standard, or should one's actions be considered from their point of view? Helen Pearson attempts to clarify.

12:15, 19th September 2014
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Freehold Covenants: A Radical New Approach Needed

Difficulties arise when determining whether the benefit or burden of a freehold covenants will pass to an assignee. The Law Commission has tried to reform this unnecessarily complex area several times, yet the government has not acted. Ryan Turner presents why reform is necessary in the near future.

12:20, 18th September 2014
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How ‘Seriously’ was your Reputation Harmed?

Requiring 'serious harm' to be suffered by a party subject to defamatory comments had yet to be interpreted greatly following enactment of the Defamation Act 2013, that is until a recent decision of the High Court. Emily Clements comments on the decision and the impact of this requirement.

12:20, 17th September 2014
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Domestic abuse law: helping or hindering victims?

The legislature has attempted to create sufficient legal protection for those subject to domestic abuse. However, the complexities and variations of abuse have proved the difficulty of the legislature's endeavour. Sophie Cole-Hamilton explores current legal protections, highlighting their lacunae.

12:10, 16th September 2014
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Johnson’s presumption of guilt is no solution to Jihad John

Atrocities being committed by Islamic State apparently involving English nationals have made many demand prosecutions and justice. In light of such events and demands, some politicians have been positing drastic ideas, including, as Chris Sykes discusses, the removal of the presumption of innocence.

12:30, 15th September 2014
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How Long Until Privacy Prevails?

Last month, Lord Neuberger gave a speech concerning the need for privacy law reform. As consumers, we are increasingly giving more and more personal information to second and third parties. Chris Bridges presents some ideas for heightened data regulation to protect this valuable information.

12:15, 13th September 2014
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The Pistorius Verdict Explained

Oscar Pistorius has been found guilty of culpable homicide and one firearms offence. The former Olympic athlete now faces a prison sentence of up to 15 years. Joseph Switalski explores how Judge Masipa reached her verdict by careful examination of the unusual facts of Reeva Steenkamp's death.

14:11, 12th September 2014
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Prisoners’ Voting Rights: Addressing the Unaddressed

Prisoners’ voting rights are frequently debated, clearly representing an area of law ripe for reform. Joseph Switalski discusses the rationale that underpins why prisoners are denied the right to vote and how that policy is reconciled within the wider aims of the criminal justice system.

12:15, 11th September 2014
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Sufferers of work-related stress: doubly neglected

Work-related stress (WRS) proved to be a hot topic at last month's XX World Congress on Safety and Health at Work 2014. Hannah Larsen discusses how the courts determine the liability of employers when their employees suffer from WRS as a result of their working lifestyle and the remedies available.

12:30, 9th September 2014
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A Redefined Equitable Remedy

If you have placed somebody in a position of responsibility whereby they are to act on your behalf for your benefit, assuming a fiduciary position, should a bribe they receive in breach of their duties be a proprietary interest of yours? According to the UKSC, it should. Equity is marching onwards.

12:00, 8th September 2014
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