UK Law

As Solicitor General, Tackling And Ending Hate Crime Is My Priority

Robert Buckland | Posted 18.08.2017 | UK Politics
Robert Buckland

What we now consider to be hate crime is a subject that has long concerned me, both as a lawyer and as an MP. It has absolutely no place in our society and since being appointed Solicitor General I have made tackling hate crime one of my priorities.

Why Police Using A Convicted Child Rapist As An Informant Raises Legitimate Concerns And Questions

Jim Gamble | Posted 10.08.2017 | UK
Jim Gamble

In my former roles as Head of Counter Terrorism in Belfast and Deputy Director General of the UK National Crime Squad I have authorised the use of many informants, recognise their worth and understand the benefits that they can bring... I have found myself being asked many times since the news of Operation Sanctuary broke, whether I would have authorised the informant known as XY. My answer is easy: no.

ET Go Home - Trade Unions, Workers Rights And The Modern Economy

Joe Dromey | Posted 27.07.2017 | UK Politics
Joe Dromey

If the decline in union membership and collective bargaining has been in part due to government action, then the solution to addressing and reversing the decline must also - in part - lie in government action.

Bringing An End To Unfair Tribunal Fees Is An Historic Victory For Workers' Rights

Dave Prentis | Posted 27.07.2017 | UK Politics
Dave Prentis

The Supreme Court's decision is one of the most important victories in UNISON's history. It's also the most significant judicial intervention in the history of British employment and constitutional law. But for many thousands of exploited low-paid staff, it is also the difference between being able to seek justice, or having to put up with exploitation and ill-treatment, even having to find another job elsewhere.

Ending Tribunal Fees Is A Victory For Workers - But For Thousands It Comes Too Late

Ellie Reeves | Posted 26.07.2017 | UK Politics
Ellie Reeves

After the birth of my son, and before entering Parliament, I set up my own business advising women in relation to maternity discrimination. One of the hardest things I had to do was explain to women who had been subject to terrible discrimination, the money they would need to pay to the Tribunal if they wanted to pursue justice. For many it was just too much.

Our Criminal Justice System Must Reform And Put Victims First, Fast

Nazir Afzal | Posted 20.07.2017 | UK
Nazir Afzal

There are, I'm afraid to say, miscarriages of justice in our courts. Both convictions of the innocent and acquittals of the guilty. How many? I don't know, but each one is shameful. Yes, fewer of these bad prosecutions and more appropriate guilty pleas would unburden the court lists a bit. I believe, though, that the only way to change this failing culture is to shine a harsh light on it.

I Met The Men Who Killed My Son

Sandra Poole | Posted 21.06.2017 | UK
Sandra Poole

life less ordinary banner Initially the lads blamed one another - eventually they were charged with murder and when the case reached Crown Court they changed their pleas to manslaughter. I felt cheated of the chance to hear them answer publicly for their actions. I was able to read my Victim Impact Statement to the court in full and I could see in the faces of the two men the dawning realisation, as they slid back in their chairs, of the real impact of their actions.

Not For Wimps: The Pragmatic Case For Human Rights

David Anderson QC | Posted 07.06.2017 | UK
David Anderson QC

Human rights are not the preserve of the faint-hearted. Rather, they legitimise and strengthen both the fight against terrorism and the defence of democracy.

Could Virtual Reality Stress Training Help The NHS?

Sarah Stanton | Posted 07.04.2017 | UK Tech
Sarah Stanton

Prior virtual reality stress training might well have helped staff in that case. Every day, NHS workers face rapidly-evolving situations requiring split-second decision-making. It is no wonder so many television dramas are set in hospitals; A&E wards and mental health units, as they are by their very nature, sites of drama, tension and urgency.

Too Many Prisoners, Too Few Staff - Why Our Prisons Are In Crisis

Lord Marks | Posted 17.03.2017 | UK Politics
Lord Marks

Unless the Government gets prisoner numbers down and devotes the resources necessary to getting staffing levels up, building a renewed prison estate and providing effective education, training and other purposeful activity in every prison, all they will be doing is trying to use small sticking plasters to staunch gaping wounds.

Self-Harm And Suicide In Prison Is Out Of Control - The Government Needs A Plan Of Action

Luciana Berger | Posted 01.03.2017 | UK Politics
Luciana Berger

Today the minister must set out a concrete plan of action to ensure that no prisoner pays the penalty of their life. It is deeds, not words, which are now needed. We can't turn back the clock for those who have already been let down by our criminal justice system, but the Government has the power to banish this pitiful period to the history books.

Britain's Most Senior Judge Accuses Press Of Undermining Rule Of Law On Brexit Case

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 16.02.2017 | UK

The president of the Supreme Court has issued a veiled warning to the Daily Mail and other media which he said risked “undermining the rule of law...

Oxford University To Face Landmark Trial Over 'Appallingly Bad' Teaching Allegations

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 23.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education

Oxford University has been ordered to face a landmark trial after a graduate filed a £1 million lawsuit claiming “appallingly bad” and “boring...

The Tories Are Failing Victims Of Crime

Diane Abbott | Posted 12.01.2017 | UK Politics
Diane Abbott

The Tory government is breaking one if its key manifesto pledges and is completely failing to increase support for victims of crime. Parliament is currently deliberating the Policing and Crime Bill. Colleagues in both the Lords and the Commons have put forward a series of amendments which would increase the rights of victims and make the public sector more responsive to their needs. The government rejected them all.

Is The Government Getting It Right On Youth Justice? It Remains To Be Seen

Richard Burgon | Posted 15.12.2016 | UK Politics
Richard Burgon

On Monday, as the Charlie Taylor report into youth justice was published, I was pleased to visit Hillside Secure Children's Home in Neath in Wales. Hillside is an example of a small, well-run home with excellent staff that provides a welcoming, productive environment which helps children turn around their lives.

Can Your Employer Force You To Take Southern Rail Strike Days As Annual Leave?

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 13.12.2016 | UK

Thousands of employees face huge disruption as a result of widespread strike action on Southern Rail this week. But with the delays and cancellations ...

The Investigatory Powers Act, And Why Confidentiality Matters

Robert Bourns | Posted 02.12.2016 | UK Politics
Robert Bourns

On this issue it is not the Bill that the solicitor profession would have written, but it is a significant improvement on where we began. In the ever-evolving national and international debate on surveillance, privacy, and the powers of the State, the Law Society will continue to advocate passionately to ensure everyone retains the right to speak in safety with their lawyer.

Lauri Love Forced To Point Out 'Prejudicial Questions' During Awkward BBC Interview

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 15.11.2016 | UK

A BBC presenter has been criticised for her line of questioning with an autistic British man who is to be extradited over accusations of hacking the c...

BNP And EDL To March With Nigel Farage In Supreme Court Protest

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 14.11.2016 | UK Politics

A host of far-right groups are set to join Nigel Farage in a march on the Supreme Court. Britain First, The British National Party (BNP) and English ...

Lord Chancellor Breaks Silence As People Ask 'Where's Liz Truss' Over Brexit Ruling Backlash

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 05.11.2016 | UK

Lord chancellor and justice secretary Liz Truss has broken her silence on the issue of attacks on the judiciary over Thursday’s Article 50 ruling af...

Why The Ashers Bakery 'Gay Cake' Ruling Was Reasonable

Stephen Evans | Posted 01.11.2016 | UK
Stephen Evans

Recent decades have seen great strides in equality and anti-discrimination legislation. Perhaps the most regrettable outcome of this ruling is that it will be used as a rallying cry for religious exemptions and the rolling back of equality law. Britain is better for our equality laws, it's imperative that we defend them.

Artificial Intelligence Predicts Outcomes Of Human Rights Trials, Study

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 24.10.2016 | UK Tech

An artificial intelligence (AI) system can predict the outcomes of cases at the European Court of Human Rights to a 79% accuracy, a study found. It’...

Take Our Quiz To See Which Of These Bizarre British Laws You've Broken

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 15.09.2016 | UK

Many people got themselves in a tizz claiming Piers Morgan broke the law earlier this week when he tore a new £5 note in half with his teeth - but it...

Victory For Good Guy Paul McKenna In His Legal Battle With Clare Staples

Jonathan Coad | Posted 31.08.2016 | UK Entertainment
Jonathan Coad

An even more remarkable set of documents then to emerged. In her own handwriting, Clare confessed to living as a parasite, liar, thief and drug user in documents which also recorded how she had slept with numerous A List celebrities in her quest for fame.

Tony Blair Hasn't Escaped Threat Of Prosecution Thanks To Crowd-Funded Campaign

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 17.08.2016 | UK

Tony Blair is being targeted by at least half a dozen lawyers who are combing the recently-released Chilcot report to find new grounds to prosecute hi...