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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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Cameras in the Courtroom: Justice must be seen to be done

Cameras have recently been introduced to proceedings in the Court of Appeal. Whilst the development is representative of justice being seen to be done, there is a need for open justice to not stretch too far as to undermine justice.

12:44, 25th November 2013
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Judicial Review - The Protector of Those without a Voice

A consultation paper entitled ‘Judicial Review: Proposals for Further Reform’ has recently closed and within is a proposed change to the rules on standing in Judicial Review proceedings. However the changes suggested appear extremely detrimental to the work of Non-Governmental Organisations.

11:18, 24th November 2013
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Recent Decisions Avail to Clarify 'Piercing the Corporate Veil'

The Supreme Court has recently brought some clarification to the corporate veil principle. Lord Sumption suggested in Prest that the veil would only be lifted where separate legal identity has been used for the purpose of fraud.

12:45, 23rd November 2013
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A Bad Time for the Burqa?

Prohibiting face coverings may appear simple, but undermining a religious belief and identity can have severe effects. Britain's proposition on banning the burqa demonstrates the possible dangers of secular laws.

12:03, 20th November 2013
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A Case Study: Are patents a help or hindrance to innovation?

Criticism of patent systems around the world has been rife in the last few years, so much so it is getting to a point where many are beginning to question the benefits patents actually bring to innovation. Whilst patents have in recent years been abused, they do have significant benefits.

12:06, 18th November 2013
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Are We Heading Towards An Olympics of Oppression?

In 1964, racial discrimination in South Africa sparked an Olympic ban of almost thirty years. South Africa was only restored to the games in 1992, following the repeal of all apartheid laws the previous year. Why then are we allowing the Winter Olympics to go ahead in a notoriously homophobic state?

12:28, 17th November 2013
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Are cuts to legal aid impeding the course of justice?

Government austerity measures have taken their toll in many areas, but should justice be one of these? This question has been recently answered by Lord Neuberger in his critical 'Justice in an Age of Austerity' speech, legal aid cuts come at the cost of justice.

11:38, 16th November 2013
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Employee Shareholders - Would You Sell Your Rights?

The John Lewis Model works for John Lewis, but can it work for other employers? On 1st September 2013 s205A Employment Rights Act 1996 came into force in an effort to introduce a new form of employee status. This provision has attracted a great deal of criticism, but why?

12:07, 15th November 2013
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Could Current ASBO Reforms Create a New Brand of Criminal?

Legislative reforms to the existing ASBO are currently going through Parliament. Are these reforms adequate? These reforms may remove the criminal conviction in less serious cases, but could they none-the-less create a new brand of criminal?

11:15, 14th November 2013
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