UK Law

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’...

Can Bodycams Completely Prevent Unjustified Police Killings?

Paul McNeil | Posted 20.10.2016 | UK
Paul McNeil

If the public is paying the police to protect them, and also paying for such technological tools to help police enhance their safety and security, they should enjoy the right to have access to all the necessary information at such critical times of decision making.

Are UK Universities Scuppering Our Chances Of Creating The Next Zuckerberg?

Joe Sekhon | Posted 18.10.2016 | UK Tech
Joe Sekhon

So what's the solution? How can we compete with the US? For me, it's simple enough: UK universities have to put IP education at the top of their enterprise agenda. One way to do this potentially, is to establish a network of IP advice/information centres at each university delivering a nationwide service with uniform standards across the UK.

Sexual History Is Not Circumstantial Evidence

Caitlin Doherty | Posted 17.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Caitlin Doherty

Sexual history apparently constitutes circumstantial evidence in a court of law. Are women now legally bound by the expectation to behave in exactly the same way with any man that they have done with any man previously in the entirety of their romantic lives?

Dead Graffiti Artist's Estate Sues McDonald's For 'Brazen' Copyright Infringement

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 07.10.2016 | UK

Lawyers for the estate of a deceased graffiti artist are suing McDonald’s, saying the fast food chain stole his distinctive tag for an “exciting a...

It's Time To Take AI Seriously

Christopher Markou | Posted 02.10.2016 | UK Tech
Christopher Markou

Self-driving cars share our roads; smartphones manage our lives; facial recognition systems help catch bad guys and sophisticated algorithms dethrone our Jeopardy and Go champions. Developing these technologies could obviously benefit humanity. But, then--don't most dystopian sci-fi stories start out this way?

Within A Generation Or By 2069? Getting Rid Of The Gender Pay Gap Poses Difficult Questions

Amanda Jones | Posted 29.09.2016 | UK
Amanda Jones

t surely is possible to close the pay gap within a generation, but it means making fundamental changes. We have to reassess how we view the relative contribution of men and women, both in sports and in work. That means asking ourselves some difficult questions, stating with: what are we willing to do about it?

Cyclist And Motorist Rules: Spot The Difference

Salome Verrell | Posted 27.09.2016 | UK
Salome Verrell

There is also no requirement for cyclists to be registered anywhere in the same way that motorists have to register with the DVLA, so there is no way of really knowing if after a collision with a cyclist they really are who they say they are, unlike a motorist whose registration number would provide a lot of details even if they didn't.

English Law on Euthanasia Needs Clarifying

Nick Cartwright | Posted 26.09.2016 | UK
Nick Cartwright

I am not, on this occasion, calling for the legalisation of physician assisted dying. The point I am trying to make is that English law is a mess which leads to secretive practices and a lack of clarity. Wherever the law decides to draw the line between what is lawful and what isn't that line should be clearly drawn so we all know with certainty what our rights are.

A Text Could Cost Your Licence As Punishments For Phone Use While Driving Double

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 17.09.2016 | UK

Ministers want to double the punishment for illegal mobile phone use while driving, Government sources said. Motorists caught using a handheld phone...

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...

An Australian-Style Points-Based System? If It Isn't The Answer, We Need To Know What Is - And Soon

Ian Robinson | Posted 08.09.2016 | UK Politics
Ian Robinson

Brexit was always going to create uncertainty, but that uncertainty will not help businesses who need to plan and nor will it shut up the Brexiteers who will continue to insist that an Australian points-based system is the only answer.

How The Battle Of Campaign Strategy Gave Us Brexit

Abbas Farshori | Posted 30.08.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Abbas Farshori

It has been two months since the Battle of brexit was decided, and finally there is enough distance from its hysteria for fresh reflection. The question as to why the British public leant toward the Leave campaign, and didn't wish to Remain, requires evaluating which strategies worked - and which failed.

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.

Why We Shouldn't Mourn Gawker, But Use It To Make The Internet A Safer Tomorrow

Jenny Afia | Posted 26.08.2016 | UK Tech
Jenny Afia

The internet, like any publishing format, shouldn't be the Wild West of unsubstantiated gossip, with limited recourse from injured parties, especially when the people running sites like Gawker are making money.

The Schools Consent Project

Emily McFadden | Posted 18.08.2016 | UK
Emily McFadden

I attended training recently with The Schools Consent Project. I'll be going into schools as a volunteer lawyer to present workshops on the issue of c...

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...

Italy's Threat to Vegan Parents Is an Attack on Human Rights

Elena Orde | Posted 12.08.2016 | UK
Elena Orde

Vegans are used to having their beliefs challenged, to having to work harder to get other people and institutions to accept their child's needs. As it is this needs to change, but threatening parents who are trying to give their children the best start in life with imprisonment is unacceptable.

The Daily Mirror Sues a Source From Whom It Stole a Story

Jonathan Coad | Posted 27.07.2016 | UK
Jonathan Coad

The Court of Appeal gave judgment today in a case which the Mirror is suing a young single mother called Stephanie Ward from which whom it stole a story which the paper then published as an "exclusive" on its front page. The judgment re-instated the Mirror's defence that a judge had struck out, and opens the way for a trial at which the MGN will seek an order that Stephanie Ward will pay the legal costs that it has incurred defending the claim, and any damages that it is ordered to pay.

Brexit: What Now for Intellectual Property?

Wayne Beynon | Posted 27.07.2016 | UK
Wayne Beynon

Along with workers' rights, economic concerns and international trade agreements, one important consideration for businesses in the UK - particularly for small to medium enterprises - is how Brexit will affect an organisation's protection of their intellectual property. While potentially compromised intellectual property rights may not dominate the scare-mongering headlines, the implications for British SMEs are worth noting.

Why We Need 'Helen's Law' - A 'No Body, No Parole' Rule for Murderers

Conor McGinn | Posted 25.07.2016 | UK Politics
Conor McGinn

For almost three decades, Simms has tormented Marie McCourt, now 72, by refusing to reveal what happened to her daughter's body. Despite this brutal act of callousness and lack of remorse, Simms could soon be released from jail. This is a horrible injustice. Killers who visit this kind of suffering on their victims' families should not be released on parole.

Protect Your Business: Lobby Against the Government's Plans to Ban Non-Competes

John Hayes | Posted 14.07.2016 | UK
John Hayes

Some people assert that during May, June and July 2016 one or two things have happened in the political and legal world which may impact on business. ...

1,000 Barristers Call For Brexit To Be Voted On In Parliament

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 11.07.2016 | UK

More than 1,000 barristers have claimed last month’s vote for Brexit is not legally binding and blamed the “narrow” victory on Leave campaigners...

The Trials of Concentration Camp Guards Should Be Consigned to the Past

Jacob Furedi | Posted 28.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Jacob Furedi

The best way to combat contemporary anti-Semitism isn't to rely on the cobwebs of the past. Rather, we need to dedicate our resolve into focusing on the present and targeting its contemporary manifestations head-on.

The Implications of Leave for the UK Workplace

John Hayes | Posted 24.06.2016 | UK
John Hayes

This morning, Britain has voted to Leave the European Union. What does this mean for the UK workplace in terms of workplace rights? In short, Britain ...