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Strategic Environmental Assessments: Decision-making all at SEA

The Supreme Court recently held that a European Directive applicable to plans that have a significant environmental impact is not applicable to the government's HS2 project. Is this lawful, and what lessons can be learnt for the future?

12:21, 1st March 2014
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Press Enemy #1: Lay off the Guardian, Cameron.

Last week, seven leading international press organisations addressed a public letter asking David Cameron to lay off The Guardian which is currently under investigation for the role it played in the publishing of leaked NSA secrets. How should press freedom and national security be balanced?

12:13, 27th February 2014
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Equity in the UKSC Determines just rectification of registration

The UK Supreme Court applied the equitable doctrine of laches to determine that the lapse of time between registering a village green and the objection to that registration was not unjust. The UKSC's decision provides a modern example of property rights being amended by equitable principles.

11:35, 16th February 2014
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The Leveson Inquiry: The Media & Data Protection

The Information Commissioners Office has recently provided some draft guidance to media organisations on the applicability of the Data Protection Act 1998 to journalists. However this guidance highlights a strong difference in opinion between the ICO and the Leveson Inquiry, which should prevail?

13:21, 15th February 2014
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A complicated relationship: The ECtHR, media, privacy & freedom of expression

Hugh Tomlinson QC, a well-regarded media and privacy law expert, has recently criticised the ECtHR for blurring the boundaries between privacy and defamation cases. Chris Bridges provides a brief history of privacy law, highlights how this blurring has come about, and why it is important.

12:40, 9th February 2014
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Judgement Day for Payday Lenders Approaches

We have all seen the laughable interest rates advertised by many payday lenders over the last few years, but for many, including some of the leading figures in politics, this situation is no laughing matter. Reform looms, but how desirable is reform, and to what extent should it go?

12:34, 6th February 2014
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No Win, No Other Choice: An Evaluation of the Conditional Fee Arrangement

It is impossible to imagine daytime television without the endless ‘No Win, No Fee’ advertisements gracing the screen. These fee arrangements were introduced to relieve the burden on civil aid and increase justice. However, are these arrangements always fair on the consumer in the current market?

12:42, 2nd February 2014
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Football Transfers - The Responsibilities of Footballers’ Agents

Transfer deadline has just passed so Thomas Horton takes a look at the logistics behind the signings your teams have recently made. Who determines the wages, the length of the contract, incentives for player achievements, or add-on fees being paid to the transferor club?

12:34, 1st February 2014
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Google to get a slap on the wrist for ‘stalking adverts’?

Last Thursday (16th January) the High court handed down judgement in Vidal -Hall & Ors v Google Inc, with an outcome Google will surely be dismayed by. Google are to be sued here in the UK for breach of privacy, potentially under an entirely new tort of misuse of private information.

13:10, 25th January 2014
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What’s the Fracking Problem?

The Government’s plans to permit fracking within the UK have faced a great deal of publicly scrutiny. An analysis of the problems that fracking could cause under land law further demonstrates some criticisms the controversial process could encounter.

13:01, 20th 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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