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The politics of political campaigning

It has been dubbed the ‘gagging law’ by charities, but despite many attempts to derail it, the Lobbying Bill will receive Royal Assent sometime in the coming weeks. This bill is sure to have a profound impact on charities and other campaigning NGOs. Is this really a move in the right direction?

12:00, 13th February 2014
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Powering through: High Speed Railway 2

The Judicial Review over the legality of HS2 has recently come to a head in the Supreme Court, with the government coming out on top. In light of this go-ahead for HS2, Holly Abel compares the sufficiency of compensation for compulsory purchase here in the UK to that in Australia.

12:29, 11th February 2014
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Criminal Justice and Courts Bill: the erosion of accountability

On the 4th February the government issued their response to consultation and the controversial Criminal Justice and Courts Bill. Due for first reading on 24th February, this bill threatens to cause serious damage to UK justice, and has attracted widespread criticism.

13:29, 8th 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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The Mesothelioma Bill: A Fraction of the Justice They Deserve?

The malignant nature of Mesothelioma, and the equally unjust legislation underpinning industrial disease liability has left victims welcoming any reform within the sector. However, the 2013 proposals, reviewed last winter, offered little comfort for those in an already uncomfortable position.

12:03, 28th January 2014
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The ‘crab walk’ towards justice: discretionary leave provision in extradition appeals

The Antisocial Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill, which is expected to receive royal assent by spring 2014, seeks to further limit the opportunity of a defendant to appeal against an extradition decision. Is this limitation warranted?

12:28, 12th December 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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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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