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A Global Perspective on Anti-Suit Injunctions

Anti-suit injunctions are a key way in which a party to an arbitration agreement can protect their right to bring a claim according to its terms. But the extent to which they are welcomed varies in different jurisdictions, in a way that seems linked to the underlying origins of each legal system.

11:00, 4th July 2017
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Questions Without Answers: The Grenfell Tower Disaster

While the political fallout from the Grenfell Tower fire has been intensely covered by the media, legal questions that examine the effectiveness of the relevant regulations, as well as notions of accountability, have been given less airtime and scrutiny. But is this an oversight?

11:00, 28th June 2017
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Fiscal Privileges for Charitable Trusts: Altruism or Exploitation?

A trust that is considered to be for a charitable purpose is given certain fiscal privileges, but it is debated by legal academics and philosophers alike whether these provisions are necessary to encourage the creation of such trusts or unjustifiably risk potential exploitation.

11:00, 26th June 2017
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Incompetence and Impressionability: The English Jury System

The use of juries dates back to the time of William the Conqueror. Though steeped in history, there is increasing concern that utilisation of the process can lead to erroneous decisions, particularly where the facts of the relevant cases are highly technical. So, have juries had their day in court?

11:00, 31st March 2017
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Lord Lester's 'Five Ideas to Fight For' - And How Brexit Changes Them

Lord Lester QC's book, published in April 2016, outlined the importance of fighting for five key ideals. Almost one year and a Brexit vote later, the protection that these principles are afforded is under threat, and the nature and content of the battle for them has changed.

12:00, 21st March 2017
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Idealism or Progress? Restorative Justice in the Criminal Justice System

The theory of restorative justice has developed thanks to dissatisfaction with the current criminal justice paradigm. Advocating the involvement of stakeholders in the decision-making process, it seeks to put a human face on the handling of crime: but how feasible would its introduction be?

12:00, 21st February 2017
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Briggs v Briggs: Rethinking the Law on Withdrawal of Treatment

In late 2016, the case of Paul Briggs tested the law on the withdrawal of treatment for those in a Minimally Conscious State. With courts invariably receptive to applications on behalf of patients in Persistent Vegetative States, can greater judicial reluctance to cases like Briggs' be justified?

12:00, 17th February 2017
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You’ll Never Walk Alone: How Hillsborough Put Negligence on a Wrong Turn

The impact of the Hillsborough is still being felt right across society and across the law. Indeed, the fallout of the disaster saw the creation of a precedent applied to negligence claims for psychiatric harm. Though of the highest authority, is it time for that decision to be rethought?

12:00, 14th February 2017
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Misuse of Private Information: The Failure to Protect the Right to Privacy

Privacy is under threat. The fight against terrorism and the emergence of social media have meant it is increasingly hard to protect information about our personal lives. And, to compound matters, the current remedies for the infringements of privacy rights we do have are simply not sufficient.

12:00, 10th February 2017
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The Recoverability of Pre-Action Costs: An Unfair Balance

The Jackson Reforms of 2013 introduced an element of fairness into the management of costs in civil litigation. Though largely successful, when combined with the Pre-Action Protocol, it is clear they were not comprehensive enough to afford protection to defendants on the issue of pre-action costs.

12:00, 24th January 2017
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Open Justice: The soul of our legal system

Open justice is an essential element of the English justice system. Court proceedings should, as a general rule, be open to the public either in person or by way of published judgment. However, a recent commercial decision has show how private proceedings can be reconciled with the principle.

12:00, 6th January 2016
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Joint Enterprise: The “Let Him Have It” Principle

Joint enterprise has come under a lot of fire for its perceived injustice; incarcerating those present at a crime even where their culpability falls below that of the person that actually committed the act. What are the specific criticisms, how can then be addressed, and when will they be addressed?

12:00, 25th November 2015
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The Illegality of Guantanamo Bay

The Guantanamo Bay detention camp, a prison where accounts of torture and incarceration without trial have been rife, remains a highly controversial aspect of US foreign and domestic security policy. What are the implications of international law on Guantanamo Bay and why has it not been stopped?

12:00, 30th October 2015
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‘What Price Justice?’ Criminal Court Fees are Punishing the Vulnerable

In April 2015, the former Justice Secretary Chris Grayling announced plans to charge those convicted with criminal court fees, on a sliding scale. Whilst it may seem logical to make criminals pay their way, it has some serious implications for justice; this must be given greater thought.

11:00, 22nd October 2015
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