UK 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...

Watching Porn In Public - A Modern Form Of Street Harassment?

Clare McGlynn | Posted 19.01.2017 | UK
Clare McGlynn

But just because the criminal law has little role does not mean viewing porn in public is ok. It's yet another commonplace form of street harassment, of sexual harassment, like having to put up with wolf-whistling. People viewing porn in public know they are making others uncomfortable, or worse.

The Lost Billions: The Massive Cost Of Small Business Debt

Andrew Brown | Posted 19.01.2017 | UK
Andrew Brown

Access to justice shouldn't just be for those who can afford it. The FSB's findings show that - with a little help and a focus on driving innovative solutions - small businesses in the UK could unlock a wealth of debt, helping them to grow exponentially.

The Government's Campaign Against Online Piracy Has Begun In The Most British Way Possible

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK Tech

The government’s latest campaign against online piracy will begin today (17 Jan) in the most British way possible – with hundreds of politely word...

Post-truth: What Are The Legal Implications?

Robert Conway | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK Politics
Robert Conway

In December 2016, the Met's anti-cyber crime unit arrested a 55 year-old man on suspicion of "racially aggravated malicious communications" aimed at G...

Violent Partners Cross Examining Their Victims In Court - The Final Blow?

Natasha Phillips | Posted 12.01.2017 | UK
Natasha Phillips

Plans to change the law are wonderful and welcome, but drafting and passing legislation takes time. The Family Court could help victims of abuse today just by ensuring that every Family Court and judge knows about Practice Direction 12J and uses it every time a vulnerable partner or parent risks being cross examined by an abuser.

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.

Robbie Williams’ Management Team Accused Of Selling Tour Tickets On Resale Sites At Inflated Prices

The Huffington Post | Matt Bagwell | Posted 11.01.2017 | UK Entertainment

Robbie Williams’ management have been placing tickets for his forthcoming tour on re-sale sites at inflated prices, according to an investigation by...

Justice In 2017 - Nice If You Can Afford It

Justin Madders | Posted 10.01.2017 | UK Politics
Justin Madders

During the referendum campaign, we saw that telling someone on a zero-hours contract or in agency work that there is a risk to their job from Brexit was futile. Until we begin to address these issues and reinstate the concept of secure employment, we will stand no chance of rebuilding our fractured society.

Razer's Glorious CES Prototypes Have Been Stolen

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 09.01.2017 | UK Tech

Last week, Razer unveiled its prototype triple-monitor gaming laptop at CES. It was ludicrous, and the tech press loved it. Now it appears someone’s...

This Amazing Gadget Will Tell You If You're Too Drunk To Drive

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 30.12.2016 | UK Tech

Despite the number of drink driving deaths falling dramatically in the UK over the last three decades, hundreds of people are still killed each year a...

The Most-Edited Wikipedia Pages Of 2016 Have Been Revealed

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK Tech

Wikipedia has revealed the most-edited pages of 2016 with both Donald Trump and the US election taking many of the top spots. The list was compiled by...

Why Top University Leavers Could Be Paid £20,000 To Lead A Life Behind Bars

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 21.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education

Failing prisons are trying to tackle soaring levels of violence, self-harm and reoffending by training top university leavers to become prison officer...

G4S Faces Huge Bill After Birmingham Prison Riot

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 17.12.2016 | UK

The private security company which runs HMP Birmingham will pay to repair damage caused by up to 600 prisoners who “took control” of two wings and...

Fishing Ports That Voted For Brexit Told They Need Single Market To Survive

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 17.12.2016 | UK

Britain’s fishing industry will need continued access to European markets if it is to thrive after Brexit, a parliamentary report has warned. With 6...

Three Person Babies: Who Do We Recognise As Parents And Why?

Lisa Webley | Posted 16.12.2016 | UK Parents
Lisa Webley

English law provides that the person who gives birth to the child is automatically the legal mother, and the man who undergoes fertility treatment with that woman is the legal father regardless of whether it was his sperm that was used to create the child.

Cans Of Worms And The Constitution? - The Supreme Court And The Miller Case

Dr Peter Paul Catterall | Posted 15.12.2016 | UK Politics
Dr Peter Paul Catterall

On 3 November 2016 in the High Court the Lord Chief Justice, the Master of the Rolls and Lord Justice Sales delivered the most important legal decisio...

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.

Drink Driving At Christmas - A Paramedic's View

Maz Deo | Posted 14.12.2016 | UK
Maz Deo

The warm pubs, the parties, the bottle of wine before going to bed... they all translate to more alcohol, and more peril on our roads at Christmas. According to figures released under the Freedom of Information act in a piece of research commissioned by Jennings Motor Group there is generally a rise in drink-driving of around the festive period.

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.

A Trumpian Deal, And The Path To The Next Financial Crisis

Dr Ioannis Glinavos | Posted 24.11.2016 | UK Politics
Dr Ioannis Glinavos

American voters, by electing Donald Trump, thought they were voting for more protection, stricter controls, a harder attitude towards Wall Street and more emphasis on the 'real' economy. Trump's transition plans will deliver precisely the opposite.

No Protection For Disabled Employers

Emma Vogelmann | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK
Emma Vogelmann

I'm trying to start a campaign to get better support for disabled employers but in order to do this I need your help! I'm looking for people to share their experiences of problems with carers hired through a budget of any kind and how you went about dealing with it. I want to know if you had support or if you didn't, what support you would have found helpful. You will be kept anonymous if you prefer.

Privacy, The Law And Press Behaviour

Jenny Afia | Posted 18.11.2016 | UK
Jenny Afia

My favourite reaction to Prince Harry's recent complaint about press treatment of his girlfriend came from comedian Katherine Ryan: "#SoRelatable when...

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...