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Social Media & Contempt of Court

The Contempt of Court Act 1981 has long restricted comment that could be seen as prejudicial to a court case, or those involved. Traditionally, this only concerned the media. However, social media has opened publication to the masses, leaving users in precarious positions, without guidance.

14:26, 18th January 2014
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Legal Aid: The Day of Action – What Next?

On 6th January, criminal lawyers took a very drastic step and staged a half day protest against the proposed cuts to the legal aid budget. Ryan Turner examines possible outcomes. Were these protests just? Will participating barristers efforts be rendered fruitless? Where next?

12:04, 16th January 2014
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Defamation Dragged into the 21st Century?

Until recently the UK's claimant-friendly defamation law has dampened free speech and attracted libel tourists. The Defamation Act 2013 came into force on 1st January 2014 and hopes to change this, but does it do so successfully?

12:21, 14th January 2014
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The Land Registration Act 2002 – Some Problems Remain

When the land registration act 2002 was introduced one of its key aims was to provide for an efficient conveyancing procedure. Almost twelve years on, it is however apparent that there are hindrances to the Act's intended efficiency.

12:03, 12th January 2014
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Countdown to zero – reform looms for the zero-hour contract

Following Georgia Mitchell’s article last month, Edmund Day provides further insight into what form impeding reforms may take. An outright statutory ban on the malpractices, an obligation to provide advanced notification of full time positions, or a duty to fully inform the employee?

15:03, 7th January 2014
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Commercial Litigation: Frightening fee rises proposed

The Ministry of Justice have expressed concern that under the current court fee scheme the full costs of litigation are not being covered, creating a deficit. They have therefore proposed reforms to court fees, with commercial cases shouldering a great deal of the burden through 'enhanced fees'.

12:15, 3rd January 2014
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Whistleblowing: Lawyers call for further reform

The law on whistleblowing has recently been reformed by The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013. However many lawyers are not happy with these reforms, and are call for further reform in order to simplify the law. The government however believes it is too early to review their reforms.

12:35, 1st January 2014
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Punishing your Child - Time for an Abolition of Reasonable Chastisement?

The law of the UK still allows for the reasonable chastisement of children by their parents, or person in locus parentis. Maggie Atkinson, the Children's Commissioner has called for this defence to child punishment to be removed.

13:53, 29th December 2013
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Pottering About on Garden Leave

What are the requirements for an employer to impose gardening leaving, and in what circumstances might it exceed six months in length? A brief overview of the present law on gardening leave following recent developments in J M Finn & Co Limited v Thomas Brook Holliday.

13:18, 24th December 2013
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Unavoidable Protection of Human Rights from Europe

With recent consideration of leaving the European Convention on Human Rights, Thomas Horton provides a systematic view of the UK's legal obligations as a member of the EU, demonstrating that the ECHR can still be applicable in light of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.

12:08, 22nd December 2013
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Bitcoins: A Triumph or Disaster of the Modern Age?

The Bitcoin has recently had a surge of interest from speculators and the media alike. Some see the Bitcoin as the currency of the future. Others see the Bitcoin as a tool of criminality and tax evasion. The US Senate recently praised virtual currency, whilst China seeks to ban it.

12:29, 21st December 2013
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Will the criminalisation of medical negligence be a help or hindrance?

Jeremy Hunt has unveiled plans to legislate a new criminal offence governing medical negligence; ‘wilful neglect or mistreatment.’ Medical practitioners found guilty of such a crime could face either a hefty fine, or alternatively, up to five years in prison. Is this really desirable?

12:04, 19th December 2013
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The Sharia Law Debate – what's next?

The Arbitration Act 1996 provides an infrastructure for faith-based arbitration, despite principally being designed for commercial disputes. This has allowed Sharia law to be enforced within the UK, some of which is controversial on grounds of gender equality. Should this be reformed, and if so how?

12:11, 18th December 2013
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Book Review: 'Tomorrow’s Lawyers' by Richard Susskind

Chris Bridges reviews Richard Susskind's latest book, 'Tomorrow's Lawyers' which puts forward a compelling and eye opening argument on what legal services of the future will look like. An absolute must read for all aspiring lawyers, especially those preparing for law firm interviews.

12:22, 15th December 2013
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