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The Gay Cake Case: Lee v Ashers Baking Company

For the past four years, fierce debate has surrounded whether a Christian couple could legally refuse to serve a cake adorned with the message 'Support Gay Marriage'. The Supreme Court recently considered whether this was lawful freedom of expression or bigoted discrimination.

12:00, 23rd October 2018
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Sports Arbitration Revisited Pt II: Mutu and Pechstein v Switzerland

Following the recent case of RFC Seraing and Doyen Sports Company v FIFA and Others [2018], the ECtHR took a look at the concerning world of mandatory arbitration clauses in sports contracts in the hugely important Mutu and Pechstein v Switzerland [2018], handed down last week.

12:00, 16th October 2018
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Sports Arbitration Revisited Pt I: Mutu and Pechstein v Switzerland

Following the recent case of RFC Seraing and Doyen Sports Company v FIFA and Others [2018], the ECtHR took a look at the concerning world of mandatory arbitration clauses in sports contracts in the hugely important Mutu and Pechstein v Switzerland [2018], handed down last week.

12:00, 9th October 2018
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Financial Fair Play in Football: Curbing the Excess or the Enthusiasm?

Football, a favourite pastime of the nation, is also the basis for truly ludicrious levels of investment, winnings and spending. As such, UEFA introduced Financial Fair Play Regulations to discourage football team insolvency. This article assess the compatibility of the Regulations with EU law.

12:00, 25th September 2018
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Forced Arbitration in Sport: A Knock-Out Blow?

Many industries include arbitration clauses in their contracts to steer dispute resolution away from ordinary courts. However, arbitration agreements in sport are forced: the regulations of Sports Governing Bodies are rarely negotiated, so athletes must either accept them or give up their career.

12:00, 14th September 2018
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The Defamatory Paedophile Detector: Roy Moore v Sacha Baron Cohen

Sacha Baron Cohen, creator of household characters 'Borat', 'Ali G' and 'Bruno', has been sued by controversial American politician Roy Moore over a recent episode of Cohen's show 'Who Is America?'. While the lawsuit is filed in America, it raises interesting questions about comedy and defamation.

12:00, 11th September 2018
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Perfecting an Imperfect Gift: Examining Pennington v Waine

The case of Pennington v Waine is infamous for introducing major uncertainty as to one of equity's most fundamental maxims: 'equity will not perfect an imperfect gift'. Regrettably, subsequent attempts by the courts to divert from this precedent and simply the law have just added to the confusion.

12:00, 4th September 2018
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Film Review: 'The Children Act' - Does Justice Care?

The Children Act is the film adaptation of Ian McEwan's novel, the plot of which follows the interactions between a teenage Jehovah's Witness refusing a blood transfusion and the High Court judge tasked with deciding his case. This review considers how the perception of justice compares to reality.

19:00, 2nd September 2018
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Banco Nazionale v Playboy: Raising the Stakes on Negligent Misstatements

Since the seminal case of Hedley Byrne v Heller, there has been persistent judicial disagreement over the role of assuming responsibility for negligent misstatements. The issue recently arose for reconsideration before the Supreme Court - did the court resolve or continue the debate?

12:00, 24th August 2018
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Armes v Nottinghamshire CC: Vicarious Liability Spirals out of Control

The law on vicarious liability has gradually widened in recent years. However, a recent Supreme Court judgment pushed this area of the law too far, opening its applicability up to too many relationships and encouraging companies to contract out their services to avoid liability.

12:00, 21st August 2018
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The Mencap Case: Putting the Sleep-in Shift Issue to Bed?

In a recent decision, the Court of Appeal held that care workers who are contracted to undertake sleep-in shifts are not entitled to the National Minimum Wage for the time they spent asleep. This is a controversial decision that is, quite rightly, set to be heard by the Supreme Court.

12:00, 14th August 2018
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The Battle for Survival: CVAs and their Impact on Landlords

CVAs are mechanisms agreed by companies and their creditors in order to stave off administration; they buy the company time to restructure their debt and business to survive. However, the effect of such arrangements on landlords can be damaging: they need to be aware of the risks.

12:00, 10th August 2018
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Cohabiting Property: Problems and Proposals for Rights of Cohabitees

With more and more couples opting to live together without first getting married, the law is having to try and adapt to this modified approach to cohabitation. It is, at present, failing - particularly where (as is common) the couple has not planned their property rights in the event of a break-up.

12:00, 7th August 2018
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Pimlico Plumbers v Smith: Clearing a Blockage in the Employment Law Pipe?

The Supreme Court's recent judgment in Pimlico Plumbers v Smith [2018] highlighted the difficulties facing employment law that have arisen following dramatic changes in the employment market, but disappointed many employment lawyers through its refusal to be more intrusive in making change.

12:00, 27th July 2018
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