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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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A British Bill of Rights Part I: Bringing Rights Home

Part I looks at the introduction of the Human Rights Act 1998, the justifications for it, and the transformative role it has played in the protection of civil liberties. Part II will look at the future for the HRA post-Brexit.

12:00, 12th February 2019
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May's Draft Brexit Deal: A True Challenge to UK Sovereignty?

Following the referendum in June 2016, politics in the UK has been dominated by Brexit negotiations over the past two years. Finally, May has proposed a draft Brexit deal. However, regardless of political leanings, there is one aspect which is wholly unacceptable: the 'joint agreement clause'.

12:00, 27th November 2018
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Parliamentary Privilege: An Outdated Right?

The #metoo campaign briefly stagnated in the UK following the granting of a temporary injunction on the identity of a high-profile allegation of sexual misconduct. However, using 'Parliamentary privilege', Lord Hain controversially revealed the identity of the alleged abuser to be Sir Philip Green.

12:00, 13th November 2018
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The Treatment of Negligent Doctors: Reflections on the Dr Bawa-Garba Case

The case of a junior doctor stripped of her medical licence following the death of a six-year-old triggered mass outcry among medical professionals. In their view, it showed the current law's failure to appreciate how systemic issues in the NHS can lead to human error. Should the law be reformed?

12:00, 24th July 2018
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The Taxman Will See You Now, Doctor: Reforming the Tax Status of NHS Locums

Reforms to IR35 - tax legislation that aims to tackle tax avoidance - caused problems for the NHS: it had to determine whether its temporary doctors and nurses (locums) should fall under its provisions. Both solutions it has tried to implement at various points are beset by serious problems.

12:00, 1st June 2018
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Spanish Rugby in the Dock Pt II: Mitigating Ineligibility

The Spanish rugby team will miss out on qualifying for the Rugby World Cup 2019 after fielding ineligible players. An independent committee confirmed they had breached the laws of the game. However, in the second of a two part series, Ben Cisneros suggests there remains a glimmer of hope for Spain.

19:00, 20th May 2018
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Spanish Rugby in the Dock Pt I: Finding Grounds for Appeal

A Rugby World Cup 2019 qualification match between Belgium and Spain was steeped in controversy. But in a recent decision, an independent committee declined to order a replay. In the first of a two part series, Ben Cisneros looks at how English law might help Spanish Rugby challenge this ruling.

12:00, 18th May 2018
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Taming the Dragon: Keeping Welsh Law Accessible in the Devolution Age

Changes to the devolution arrangement have highlighted an increasing problem for Welsh lawyers: the inaccessibility of Welsh law. As Supreme Court justice Lord Lloyd-Jones explained in a recent speech, there are several ways to resolve this issue. His proposal is preferable, but still has flaws.

12:00, 15th May 2018
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The Public Interest Case: TfL was Correct not to Renew Uber’s Licence

In the second part of Keep Calm Talk Law's debate on TfL's decision not to renew Uber's operating licence, Joseph Mahon argues that, when viewed through a broad lens that accounts for the bigger picture, the decision was a balanced and proportionate response to the company's continued failures.

12:00, 14th November 2017
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Dead on Arrival: The Investigatory Powers Act 2016

The UK's current legislation on the retention of data - nicknamed the Snoopers' Charter - looks set to be scrutinised by the ECJ after many privacy groups have expressed concerns over its compliance with EU law. It is one of the many failures of the UK legislature to draft suitable law in this area.

12:00, 29th September 2017
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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.

12:00, 4th July 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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X v Ofsted: Testing the Law on Gender Discrimination in Schools

A case from late 2016 tested the law on discrimination in a novel way, by asking whether the segregation of pupils was a violation of the Equality Act 2010. Indeed, the decision sheds light on the important role that society's new ideas about discrimination might have in the future.

12:00, 17th January 2017
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