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Book Review: 'Beyond Reasonable Doubt' by Gary Bell QC

'Beyond Reasonable Doubt' by Gary Bell QC doubles both as an exhilarating legal thriller and a persuasive commentary on the modern legal system in England & Wales.

12:00, 12th June 2019
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The Woolcock Case: Prison for Failing to Pay Council Tax?

Council tax serves a vital function in requiring citizens to assist in funding necessary local services, such as schools and social care. However, should non-payment of council tax - a civil debt - result in imprisonment?

12:00, 4th June 2019
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Book Review: ‘Doing Justice’ by Preet Bharara

Preet Bharara, the former US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, published his first book, 'Doing Justice: A Prosecutor's Thoughts on Crime, Punishment, and the Rule of Law'. The book is a must-read for anyone interested in the law, politics, and anything in between.

12:00, 9th April 2019
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Hooding the Horrible? Spit Hoods, Reasonable Force and Human Rights

It was recently announced that spit hoods - meshed sacks placed over the heads of people that have spat at police officers - will be issued to frontline police officers. However, these hoods have important human rights implications and potentially deadly consequences.

12:00, 26th March 2019
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Domestic Abuse Bill: Migrants Falling Through the Cracks

The recently proposed Domestic Abuse Bill represents a great step towards protecting vulnerable persons that would otherwise continue to face life-threatening danger every day of their lives. However, it doesn't go far enough - specifically, migrants and minorities fall through its cracks.

12:00, 15th March 2019
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'In Your Defence: Stories of Life and Law': An Interview with Sarah Langford

'In Your Defence' follows the the stories of eleven individuals, the details drawn from multiple real-life cases. In conversation with Keep Calm Talk Law, barrister and author Sarah Langford discusses life at the bar for women, motivations for writing and the crumbling criminal justice system.

12:00, 5th March 2019
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Assaults on Emergency Workers: Protecting the Protectors or an Empty Promise?

Parliament recently passed the Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Act 2018 in an attempt to 'protect the protectors' by ensuring those that assault emergency workers receive double sentences. However, does this actually make any difference or is it simply a hollow policy?

12:00, 29th January 2019
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Self-Defence: More Complicated Than It Seems?

The complexity surrounding the concept of ‘self-defence’ is often underestimated. The expectation that a defendant will be acquitted of a crime because they acted to protect themselves or someone else paints a deceptively simplistic picture of what is, in reality, a difficult defence.

12:00, 14th December 2018
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Grenfell Tower Fire: A Turning Point for Corporate Manslaughter?

The Grenfell tower fire in June 2017 proved to be the largest loss of life in London since World War Two. Due to its seriousness, the tragedy could set yet another milestone in the shape of sculpting the law surrounding the recently created 'corporate manslaughter' offence.

12:00, 20th November 2018
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Sadomasochism following R v Brown: Domestic Violence or Sexual Autonomy?

The issue of whether consent can be a defence to sadomasochist sexual activity is applied inconsistently by the courts. The decisions are influenced by a number of biases - especially attitudes towards homosexuality and marriage. This article considers the implications for personal autonomy.

12:00, 12th October 2018
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'Under the Wig': An Interview with William Clegg QC

In a interview to mark the release of his book - Under the Wig: A Lawyer’s Stories of Murder, Guilt and Innocence - William Clegg QC, one of the country's most respected criminal barristers, talks to Keep Calm Talk Law about his book, cuts to legal aid, diversity at the Bar and much more.

12:00, 5th October 2018
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Book Review: 'Under the Wig' by William Clegg QC

'Under the Wig' is an autobiography by one of England's top criminal barristers. William Clegg QC - head of 2 Bedford Row - writes about his life and some of his most significant cases. The book is entertaining and engaging, but its greatest strength is its accessibility.

12:00, 2nd October 2018
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Placing Secure Schools on Unsecure Footing: The Case Against Privatisation

The introduction of Secure Schools to deal with youth offenders is a welcome development. However, the government's proposal to outsource the provision of these schools undermines their benefits.

12:00, 28th September 2018
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R v MK: Clarifying the Defence in Section 45 of the Modern Slavery Act

Under Section 45 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, victims of trafficking have a defence when charged with certain criminal offences. In a recent decision the Court of Appeal was asked to decide on whom the burden of proof lies; in a welcome decision it restored the orthodoxy.

12:00, 7th September 2018
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