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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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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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