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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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Zero hour contracts: Zero hope?

‘Zero hour’ contracts are becoming an increasingly popular form of employment. In what circumstances should they be used, and should the government reform the law on these potentially exploitative contracts? Or instead of reform, should the government seek to better educate people?

13:01, 14th December 2013
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The ‘crab walk’ towards justice: discretionary leave provision in extradition appeals

The Antisocial Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill, which is expected to receive royal assent by spring 2014, seeks to further limit the opportunity of a defendant to appeal against an extradition decision. Is this limitation warranted?

12:28, 12th December 2013
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The Parent-Subsidiary Directive: Closing the Loophole

The tax avoidance of companies such as Google, Amazon and Starbucks brought to light in the last year show how these vast companies are able to exploit their transnational status to reduce their tax liabilities. However the EU has recently attempted to close an increasingly popular loophole.

12:47, 10th December 2013
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Legitimate forms of protest in the 21st Century

We live in an age of rapid change, in which technological progress is exponential. However not everything is changing so quickly. Whilst certain forms of protest, such as discrimination, are no longer acceptable, society is failing to accept new forms of protest that our technological age needs.

13:50, 8th December 2013
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A step away from the ECHR

A couple who ran a hotel have recently had a decision go against them in the UK Supreme Court after turning away a homosexual couple who were in a civil partnership. What are the implications of this decision with regards to the ECHR?

15:03, 7th December 2013
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Should Contract Law be used to Enforce Surrogacy Arrangements?

As it stands UK legislation is forcing many families abroad to find a surrogate mother for their child due to limitations on what can be paid to a surrogate mother. However by travelling abroad the resultant baby may be left in legal limbo - a citizen in neither state. But what is the solution?

13:20, 5th December 2013
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Can it ever really be in your ‘best interests’ to be left by doctors to die?

When can it be in the best interests of a living patient to withhold treatment from him that would keep him alive? The Supreme Court has recently asked a different question that must be asked where a patient lacks capacity: Is it in the best interests of the patient to give the treatment?

12:02, 3rd December 2013
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Freedom of Design: Should 'simplicity' be protected?

Last week some finality was finally brought to the first round of the Apple v Samsung disputes when a US court handed down final judgement on the amount of damages due to Apple for the breach of numerous patents. However, should these damages have been awarded, can Apple really protect simplicity?

13:08, 1st December 2013
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Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership - Realistic?

Last week was the second round of talks between the European Union and the United States to try to create a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), in an attempt to reduce trade barriers between the two major markets. However is the removal of trade barriers realistic?

14:02, 30th November 2013
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CILEx: An Alternative Route to Legal Qualification

When posed the question ‘how do you qualify as a lawyer?’ most aspiring lawyers will cite the processes required to qualify as a barrister or a solicitor. However these are not the only ways. Few know there is a much cheaper way, which does not require a training contract or pupillage...

12:10, 28th November 2013
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The Consumer Rights Bill: Progression or Regression?

The Consumer Rights Bill: A piece of legislation which aims to modernise and simplify consumer protection law whilst clarifying consumer rights. However are the proposed changes effective in achieving these aims, and have consumers rights been fairly balanced with those of industry?

12:40, 27th November 2013
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