UK Law

Netflix, What Next for the King of Streaming?

Wayne Beynon | Posted 28.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
Wayne Beynon

Netflix has been at the forefront of this shift in the way we interact with our televisions, offering viewers an unprecedented quantity of content from one source, much of which had previously only been available by purchasing expensive movies from the likes of Sky or Virgin, or enjoying an old school DVD boxset.

The Death of Free Speech

Adam Hamdy | Posted 28.01.2015 | UK Politics
Adam Hamdy

Many posed the question; how can we have free speech in a tolerant, multi-cultural society? It is precisely because we want a tolerant, multi-cultural society that the right to free speech must be absolute.

If You're on the Wrong Path, Find Another One

Suzanne Hoare | Posted 23.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Suzanne Hoare

When considering my 16 year old self, I see a naïve, but ambitious, girl who wants to make her parents proud. At 18, she knows she is good at Law - her exam results say so - and she can't think of anything she would rather do at university. So, that's the path she chooses.

Why I Think Kim Kardashian Is a Genius

Lauren Riley | Posted 23.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
Lauren Riley

Did she cure an unknown disease? No. Did she take a stand against one of the many social issues that affect women? No. Maybe she voiced an opinion about the current global warming debate... nope, wrong again. Other than being an overrated clothes horse, it's hard to see the value added when it comes to Kim K. However despite all the arguments against the all-encompassing Kardashian brand, you can't help but secretly admire her business acumen.

Legal Aid Access 'Worse Than 1949'

Maya Esslemont | Posted 22.01.2015 | UK Politics
Maya Esslemont

Access to legal advice is scarcer now than it was in 1949, a damning report by the General Bar Council has claimed. The study, published by the regulatory body last year, claims that cuts to legal aid have left "devastating" implications for those hoping for a fair trial within Britain's criminal justice system.

The Law's Reverse Discrimination Against Celebrities

Ben Rose | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK
Ben Rose

Some suggest fame puts you above the law but in fact the reverse is increasingly true. On top of the ordeal of fighting a criminal charge, celebrities become involuntary participants in a very stressful reality show. At times it can look like the criminal justice system too is becoming a branch of showbiz.

Battle for Air Passenger Rights Continues Despite Multiple Court Rulings

Jakub Kotan | Posted 13.01.2015 | UK
Jakub Kotan

Celebrating air passengers flooded internet forums at the end of October 2014. The Supreme Court confirmed an earlier decision of the Court of Appeal in Huzar v Jet2.com regarding passenger rights to monetary compensation. English law now gives passengers the right to compensation for a delay greater than 3 hours, if caused by a faulty aircraft.

We Are Not All 'Charlie Hebdo', But We Are All Afraid

Adam Wagner | Posted 08.01.2015 | UK
Adam Wagner

It is legitimate to ask why none of the mainstream UK press decided to print those images on their covers, unlike for example the Belgian and German press. Instead, there was much carping about attacks on freedom and a number of photographs of a dying French policeman... Why the mass self-censorship? I think it was two kinds of fear.

Theresa May's New Domestic Coercion Laws May Not Work

Bob Morgan | Posted 26.12.2014 | UK Politics
Bob Morgan

The government is planning new laws against coercive and controlling behavior within relationships - this could include financial control - preventing a partner seeing friends and things like setting oppressive house 'rules'.

The 'I Know How Much I Can Handle' Attitude Needs to Stop

Karl Young | Posted 23.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Karl Young

There may not be a sign of snow, but this Christmas is still set to be a special one for me. I am now a dad, and with fatherhood comes a new outlook on the festive season. Yes it's fun to wail to Wizzard with a whiskey in hand, but above all, I want it to be a magical time for my son. It's this new responsibility that makes me feel obliged to remind the nation about the dangers of a drink too many.

Now the Law CAN Protect Victims of Domestic Violence

Rhea Gargour | Posted 06.01.2015 | UK
Rhea Gargour

Today, our legal system is one step closer to being able to hold domestic violence perpetrators accountable for their crimes. It is one step closer to being able to accurately depict the true nature of domestic violence within the courtroom and further protect victims of domestic violence and their children.

The More Effective Torture Is, the More Important It Is That It Should Be Banned

Matthew Scott | Posted 17.12.2014 | UK
Matthew Scott

If torture worked, the need to criminalise it would be even more imperative than if it were ineffective because the temptation to use it would then be even greater. If torture did not work there would be no need to use it. It was largely because the CIA believed, or persuaded itself, that it did work that it became such a widespread practice.

No Face Veils in Court

Felicity Gerry | Posted 14.12.2014 | UK
Felicity Gerry

For many the face veil is a symbol of the oppression of women, for others it is a question of religious observance. In court however the question is fairly straight forward: How to achieve a fair trial for both the prosecution and the defence? Judges have to enable witnesses to give their best evidence and juries need to be able to assess those witnesses properly, not from behind fabric.

Women Accessing Abortions Must be Protected From Religious Extremists

Pavan Dhaliwal | Posted 14.12.2014 | UK
Pavan Dhaliwal

This must not be mischaracterised as an issue of freedom of speech. The right to free speech must be balanced with the right for women to seek advice and treatment in confidence and free from intimidation. Anti-choice campaigners are free to protest in public spaces, but it is unacceptable for them to be positioned outside clinics where women are trying to enter. These are not political protests. The campaigners' tactic is now to make women feel so scared, ashamed and insecure that they refrain from accessing a service they are perfectly entitled to.

Ten Things You Need to Know Before You Censor Porn

Suzi Godson | Posted 14.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Suzi Godson

It seems incredibly naïve of the BBFC not to recognise the inherent sexism in that decision. Their argument was that female ejaculation was too close to water sports, but discriminating against a sexual emission on the basis of it's consistency is surely the ultimate prejudice.

Shrien Dewani - Why There Was No Case to Answer

Felicity Gerry | Posted 09.12.2014 | UK
Felicity Gerry

It seems there was a prima facie case on paper to enable his extradition but, at trial, the case collapsed on the basis that the alleged co-conspirators were dishonest witnesses who had negotiated plea bargains by implicating Dewani.

Ten Reasons Why the House of Lords Should Oppose Grayling's Flawed Secure College Plans

Dan Jarvis | Posted 09.12.2014 | UK Politics
Dan Jarvis

Earlier this year the Government unveiled plans for one of the most ill-thought through policies of this Parliament. It's called the Secure College - a new Titan prison for young offenders. It sounds good in theory. It's supposed to be a new institution that will 'transform youth custody' by prioritising learning. In reality it's a flawed, expensive and potentially dangerous idea.

'Foreign Fighters': Different European Responses to the Same Threat

Tanya Silverman | Posted 06.12.2014 | UK Politics
Tanya Silverman

Many communities that foreign fighters come from have a troubled relationship with the police and a mistrust of the government. In response to this there have also been a number of civil society-led hotlines to report prospective travellers without the need to involve law enforcement.

My Son Is Not a Terrorist But He Was Terrorised

Ashfaq Ahmad | Posted 05.12.2014 | UK
Ashfaq Ahmad

This week marked the 11th anniversary of the day that changed our lives forever. On 2 December 2003, my son Babar Ahmad was accused by the Metropolitan Police of being an al-Qaeda terrorist, an allegation made after officers brutally assaulted him and mocked his religion.

Pre-Charge Police Bail: An Assault on Liberty

Peter G Tatchell | Posted 03.12.2014 | UK
Peter G Tatchell

70,000 people are languishing in a form of legal limbo in England, Wales and Northern Ireland - neither charged nor free. More than 5,000 of these people have been on police bail for more than six months. Indeed, some entirely innocent people have been left on pre-charge bail for years before their cases have been dropped or thrown out of court.

Female Ejaculation Is Now Banned From UK Porn (But Male Ejaculation Is Not)

The Huffington Post UK | Chris York | Posted 17.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Legislation introduced on Monday means that porn produced in the UK is now banned from showing a long list of sex acts. The move, which was discree...

Overfishing Threatens Our Oceans - Again

James Thornton | Posted 02.12.2014 | UK
James Thornton

The fishing industry has been gearing up for the landing obligation, and progress is being made. New nets with larger holes mean smaller fish, doomed to be thrown back dead under the old law, are allowed to swim free.

British Comedy Gets the Last Laugh Following Parody Law Reform

Wayne Beynon | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK Comedy
Wayne Beynon

The new Intellectual Property Act 2014 which came into effect last month has effectively legalised the art of parody, a comedic genre which, believe it or not, has until now been classed as illegal.

MP Falters at Victim-led Justice

Felicity Gerry | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK
Felicity Gerry

Surprising stuff at the IARS Victim conference last week as a UK Government Minister appeared to falter over victim led justice by suggesting that the EU Victim Directive 2012/29/EU ("The Victim Directive") required new domestic law and would need further consultation before implementation on the meaning of "victim".

It's Not About 'Bullying Husbands', It's About Domestic Violence

Rhea Gargour | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK
Rhea Gargour

On Sunday, many news outlets were reporting that psychological abuse and coercive control were going to be criminalised. Some articles used sensational headlines to grab attention, leading to comments that complained of a "nanny state", arguing that such a law was unenforceable.