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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

'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

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

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

Britain: A Tax Haven After Brexit?

The EU has expressed concern that the UK will embrace the opportunity afforded through the loosening of regulations post-Brexit to become more competitive by significantly lowering taxes, thereby becoming a tax haven. An investigation must be made into whether this should or could happen.

12:00, 21st September 2018

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

TV Review: Does ITV's 'Inside the Court of Appeal' do the Court Justice?

'Inside the Court of Appeal' was a documentary broadcast on ITV One that followed three criminal appeals. Although it provided a rare and invaluable insight into the workings of the Court of Appeal, it could be argued that it will not help secure public confidence in the criminal justice system.

12:00, 31st August 2018

How the Home Office Misused Anti-Terror Legislation Against Skilled Migrants

Paragraph 322(5) of the Immigration Rules provides the Home Office with a broad power to refuse immigration applications. One of the grounds of refusal is 'undesirable conduct'; recently, the Home Office has misused this ground to target skilled migrants who make minor tax mistakes.

12:00, 17th August 2018

Tommy Robinson's Conviction and Appeal: Considering Contempt of Court

The recent Tommy Robinson saga - which saw his conviction, imprisonment and (temporary) release all occur in a matter of weeks - captured global media attention. The elusive legal concept of contempt of court underpinned the whole story. How exactly does it work?

19:00, 5th August 2018

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