UK Law

Diplomacy Is Key in Animal Welfare

Julia de Cadenet | Posted 28.04.2015 | UK
Julia de Cadenet

Without animal welfare laws in place the situation is still extremely uncertain for rescuers and the animals alike. Cats are officially not classed as food in China which means they should not be subject to any seizure and quarantine inspections. The constant uphill task which we will all continue to approach diplomatically is how to explain this.

Ten Things You Need to Know Before You Marginalise Paedophiles

Suzi Godson | Posted 19.04.2015 | UK
Suzi Godson

In order to stop this perpetual cycle of abuse... we need to make it easier and more acceptable for people with paedophile tendencies to get treatment. More research also needs to be carried out to help identify the 30% of children who have been abused and who are at risk of growing up to become abusers themselves.

Seven Tips to Reduce the Stress of Divorce

Lauren Riley | Posted 07.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Lauren Riley

As a divorce lawyer I am often asked what my general advice is for people contemplating or going through divorce. I thought it might be helpful for me to provide a brief summary via my blog in the hope it will prove helpful for people in this situation.

As a Barrister It's Puzzling to Hear the Human Rights Act Cause Anger

Rachel Logan | Posted 06.04.2015 | UK
Rachel Logan

When you've worked more or less full time as a barrister specialising in human rights law, it's often rather puzzling to hear that the HRA seems to cause so much anger. It's not unlike the puzzlement I feel when I hear some Americans ranting against the idea of free healthcare for all.

Calling for the Abolishment of Inheritance Tax

Lewis Worrow | Posted 02.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Lewis Worrow

Though left wing supporters commonly advocate the Inheritance Tax, most strongly to those who support Marxist values, they ignore the fact that there is no moral ground supporting that it's morally acceptable. The highest earners are already taxed on their income as all earners are.

Katie Hopkins: What Can We Do - Now That "Just Ignore Her" Is No Longer an Option?

Rob Atkinson | Posted 31.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Rob Atkinson

So what can we do about Katie? Katie the failed "Apprentice", Katie the Met Office drop-out, Katie the shameless 'media-tart' - loathe her or hate her, you cannot deny that she is an assiduous placer of irons in her own particular fire.

Does Questioning the Police Use of Intrusive Stop Search Powers Mean You're 'Anti-Police'

Nick Glynn | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK
Nick Glynn

What makes them 'anti-police' (apparently) is that they challenge the misuse of those powers, sometimes emotionally, sometimes robustly, often persistently because they see that things haven't changed or they're not changing quickly enough. They're not waiting 30 years, they're raising it now, because it is happening now. If that's what makes someone anti-police then I, like 'them', am guilty as charged.

Legal Tips for Bloggers

Stefan R M Lancy | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Stefan R M Lancy

As a law student I often get asked by friends and friends of friends who have online blogs such as this, small online stores or who use Wordpress or similar website development programs, how they can protect their work online and when they might fall foul of copyright laws...

Were the Three Porn Viewing Judges Rightly Sacked?

Matthew Scott | Posted 19.03.2015 | UK
Matthew Scott

The disgraced threesome may have every reason to feel somewhat aggrieved at their treatment. If it is "excusable" for a judge to fall asleep - or appear to do so - during a child's evidence in a rape trial, why should the legal and harmless sexual activities of judges in the privacy of their chambers be "inexcusable"?

Can I Get Access to My Software Supplier's Source Code if They Go Bust?

Andrew Tibber | Posted 17.03.2015 | UK Tech
Andrew Tibber

The common solution to this is to require your supplier to enter into a so-called "escrow agreement" and to deposit the source code with a third-party agent such as NCC or Iron Mountain, who will release it to you on the occurrence of certain specified trigger events.

Why Law Firms Need to Move with the Times

Lauren Riley | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK
Lauren Riley

I recently attended The Modern Law conference and was positively encouraged by the number of senior lawyers encouraging the widespread adoption of technology in the legal sector.

Harmondsworth Detainees: "We Were Punished for Channel 4 Documentary"

Maya Esslemont | Posted 13.03.2015 | UK Politics
Maya Esslemont

Harmondsworth detainees claim that staff members restricted their access to water on Tuesday, as "punishment" for aiding a Channel 4 investigation into the treatment of asylum seekers.

What Constitutes Drug Driving?

Salome Verrell | Posted 11.03.2015 | UK
Salome Verrell

I am already sensing an even heavier caseload for the courts as a result of this new offence and the ramifications and time that it will take to fully prepare a case where the defendant pleads not guilty.

Gender Equality and Maintenance Payments in Divorce Cases

Judith Fitton | Posted 08.03.2015 | UK
Judith Fitton

If we want gender equality then this is the reality and women must be prepared for independence.

Child Sexual Exploitation: Time to Take Action

Adam Simmonds | Posted 06.03.2015 | UK
Adam Simmonds

As the Police and Crime Commissioner for Northamptonshire, I am utilising my position as leader in the local area to take action against child sexual exploitation.

10 Things You Need To Know Before You Use Legal Solutions To Solve Emotional Problems

Suzi Godson | Posted 05.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Suzi Godson

Law practitioners who were interviewed for the study also reported that dominant characters, usually professional men, often deliberately chose mediation because they believed that they would be able to control their partners best in this process.

Asylum-Seeker Can't Be A Lesbian Because She's Got Children, Home Office Claims

Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 05.03.2015 | UK

One of the UK’s most influential lesbian campaigners has launched a last-ditch legal bid to thwart her deportation. Aderonke Apata is fighting to...

Cannabis Species Are Not Created Equal

Dr Christopher Muller Pollard | Posted 04.03.2015 | UK
Dr Christopher Muller Pollard

The most recent Lancet study on 410 patients in South London with first episode psychosis compares individuals who smoked skunk-like cannabis to never-smokers. It demonstrated that smoking skunk once a week increases your risk of psychosis by two, more than once a week by almost 3 and more than five times a week by more than five times

Three in Four Prisons Are Overcrowded - Ministers Must Recognise There Is a Problem

Frances Crook | Posted 02.03.2015 | UK Politics
Frances Crook

Three quarters of prisons that hold adult men - some as young as 18 or 19 - are overcrowded... If the problem is going to be solved it requires a mature attitude by ministers and a recognition that there is indeed a problem.

Autonomous Vehicles - Driving a Revolution

Andrew Masterson | Posted 27.02.2015 | UK Tech
Andrew Masterson

Drink-driving should become a thing of the past, and self driving cars will no doubt have a radical effect on the level of employment provided by the taxi industry. One can readily see that driverless cars married up with cashless payment systems could easily decimate the jobs of cabbies.

The Religious Right to Blaspheme

Jonathan Romain | Posted 27.02.2015 | UK
Jonathan Romain

Religious satire causes offence, but it is one person's right to express their view and another person's right to express that they are offended. Sadly, there are plenty of religious targets that are worth hitting - from paedophile priests to bloodthirsty imams to rogue rabbis.

A Labour Government Will Deliver the Changes Our Criminal Justice System So Desperately Needs

Sadiq Khan | Posted 27.04.2015 | UK Politics
Sadiq Khan

For some time now, it's been clear that our criminal justice system is not up to scratch in the way it treats victims and witnesses. The very people it is designed to serve and protect have been ignored and mistreated. In some cases, victims have themselves been treated as criminals... While the current Victim's Code of Conduct is an improvement on its predecessor, it is still too easily dismissed by those working in the justice system. It is toothless, and the time has come to give it teeth. Putting it into law would strengthen victims' rights in a whole raft of areas.

Video Interview: Getting into Law

Lauren Riley | Posted 26.04.2015 | UK
Lauren Riley

I'm quite content in my current career and am not planning on branching out further just yet but when I was asked to talk about my journey as a lawyer, I was happy to share my story in the hope of helping others.

Legalese Being Lost In Translation

Camilla Khawaja | Posted 23.04.2015 | UK
Camilla Khawaja

Whilst I appreciate the law need be as authoritative as possible thereby requiring the use of ritualistic formal and even archaic language, we must find a way of simplifying matters such that those whom can't afford lawyers but need the support of the law and access to justice, find a way to it without becoming lost in translation.

Are These Really Laws?

Conor Gearty | Posted 25.04.2015 | UK
Conor Gearty

On the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, it's timely to look at the anachronistic laws and rulings from across the centuries which are still (technically) enshrined in British law today. Or are they? There are a lot of 'laws' doing the rounds that don't actually hold up to scrutiny.