UK Law

Barcelona Terror Attack Could Lead To Extra UK Vehicle Rental Checks

The Huffington Post | Steven Hopkins | Posted 20.08.2017 | UK

British drivers could face extra checks when renting cars and vans to ensure they are not extremists who are hiring vehicles to carry out terror attac...

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.

Japan Further Entrenches On Whaling

Mark Simmonds OBE | Posted 18.08.2017 | UK
Mark Simmonds OBE

Surely there is nothing new to say about Japanese whaling -- they continue to do it and many of us continue to deplore it, right? Well, actually Japa...

Make It Legal

Jenny Afia | Posted 11.08.2017 | UK
Jenny Afia

I know confidence doesn't always come easily. Progress does not have to mean perfection. Believe me, I've had days when I've felt like the dumbest person on a conference call. But I have learned from my less than stellar performances. Most of us are more than 'good enough'. Just making some small behavioural changes, can help us turn a flat lining career path into one that begins to tilt upwards.

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.

Senior Sweethearts: Why Are Marriages And Divorces Soaring Among The Retired?

Philip Way | Posted 03.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Philip Way

For better or for worse, the way we approach marriage and divorce as a society is changing. We're no longer bound together in sickness or in health, and stories of love, marriage and remarriage are flourishing in the twilight years. But if each partner chooses to go their own way, ensuring they have the correct legal protection will help make the silver split as smooth and amicable as possible.

Prisons In Chaos After 'Perverse' Government Reform And 'Toxic Mix' Of Pressures

The Huffington Post | Steven Hopkins | Posted 02.08.2017 | UK

Prisons in England and Wales are in crisis after “perverse” Government reform and a “toxic mix” of pressures, the head of the body representin...

Donald Trump Cheered And Applauded After He Endorses Police Brutality

The Huffington Post | Jack Sommers | Posted 28.07.2017 | UK

President urges officers to commit acts of brutality, officers laugh and cheer wildly. Beginning to think problem isn't a few bad apples. pic.twitter....

Online Mediation - Why I Believe In Face-To-Face Mediation

Mary Banham-Hall | Posted 27.07.2017 | UK
Mary Banham-Hall

We know poor communication is at the heart of misunderstandings and causes conflict. Understanding and managing this conflict is vital to mediation an...

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.

On The 50th Anniversary Of The Sexual Offences Act 1967, Look How Far We've Come

Jennie Rigg | Posted 27.07.2017 | UK Politics
Jennie Rigg

I think today we can all celebrate a more open liberal society, with same-sex couples able to marry and huge steps forward being made for gender recognition, and I further think we Lib Dems have a bit of a right to blow our own trumpet about it. Yes, we are by no means the only party to have furthered LGBT+ rights: but we were, for example, the first party to host a gay rights fringe at party conference.

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.

Employment Tribunal Fees Ruled Illegal By Supreme Court In Blow To Government

The Huffington Post | Ned Simons | Posted 26.07.2017 | UK Politics

The Supreme Court has ruled that fees for bringing employment tribunal cases are unlawful. Under laws brought in by Chris Grayling in 2013, the then j...

Gender Deception - Not As Unusual As You Might Think

Dr Samantha Pegg | Posted 25.07.2017 | UK
Dr Samantha Pegg

Described as a bizarre and astonishing deception the conviction of Gayle Newland has garnered significant public attention. Holding herself out as mal...

Suicide: Bereaved Families Need Legal Support At Inquests

Joy Hibbins | Posted 24.07.2017 | UK
Joy Hibbins

One by one, the solicitors arrived at the coroner's court. They looked confident and prepared. They clearly knew their way around the court. Four diff...

O.J. Simpson To Be Released From Prison After Almost Nine Years In Jail

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 20.07.2017 | UK

O.J. Simpson is to be released from prison and will be a free man in less than three months. The state of Nevada decided on Thursday to grant furthe...

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.

BBC Top Earners Would Face Huge Pay Cut If Jeremy Corbyn Was Prime Minister

The Huffington Post | Owen Bennett | Posted 19.07.2017 | UK Politics

Gary Lineker, Chris Evans and other high earning BBC staff would see their wages slashed dramatically under a Labour government, it was confirmed toda...

Should We Remove Children From Drug Addicted Parents? Watch This BBC Documentary, Then Decide

Natasha Phillips | Posted 18.07.2017 | UK
Natasha Phillips

From the teenage boy who tells his mother not to be so hard on herself for relapsing - he tells her it's perfectly normal and that she should keep going - to the daughter who says to her mother she could do this, and get clean and that she wasn't alone, the wisdom, kindness and compassion the documentary allows us to witness, is a window into some of the greatest moments the human condition has to offer.

Cycling Safety This Summer

Matthew Claxson | Posted 14.07.2017 | UK Sport
Matthew Claxson

The most recent road traffic collision (RTC) figures from April 2017 show that, for several years running, July has been the most dangerous time of year for cyclists, with the summer weather encouraging reluctant cyclists to dust the cobwebs off their bikes and hit the roads.

Are Scottish Victims Of Revenge Porn Better Protected?

Dr Samantha Pegg | Posted 13.07.2017 | UK
Dr Samantha Pegg

As Scotland's 'revenge porn' offence comes into force are Scottish victims of this invasive practice now better protected than those of us south of th...

Immigration Detainees 'Benefit' From Being Paid Just £1 An Hour, Says Tory Minister

The Huffington Post | Ned Simons | Posted 05.07.2017 | UK Politics

The Conservative government has been slammed using immigration detention centres as “virtual sweatshops”, after a minister said detainees “benef...

Why Common Law Marriage Doesn't Exist - And Four Things Unmarried Couples Need To Know Instead

Philip Way | Posted 04.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Philip Way

It's no longer the case that we are vowing to stick together until the bitter end, so let's make sure that doesn't hold for our finances or homes either.

Northern Irish Women Will Get Free Abortions On NHS In Face Of Tory Rebellion

The Huffington Post | Ned Simons | Posted 29.06.2017 | UK Politics

Northern Irish women will have abortions carried out in England on the NHS funded by the UK government, ministers have confirmed in the face of a majo...