UK Law

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 ...

Vote Leave: To Enrich the Lawyers

John Hayes | Posted 23.06.2016 | UK Politics
John Hayes

Brexit may well produce a nasty recession. There may well be years of legal and constitutional uncertainty. But rest easy, the lawyers will be OK.

The UK Modern Slavery Act: The Bottom Line for Business

Cherie Blair | Posted 17.06.2016 | UK
Cherie Blair

While businesses are starting to wake up to this challenge, it is clear from looking at the first of the statements to be published that there remains a long, long way to go. There is no one-size-fits-all easy fix. But some major companies are beginning to give a lead in implementing proportionate, practical policies. Others cannot afford to get left behind, and the latest decision from the High Court again highlights the risk. The human cost is simply too great. Plus, with the added legal, financial and reputational risks - and the spectre of new sanctions if companies do not act themselves - the business case for taking action is now compelling and urgent.

If We Leave Europe, It Will Be Young People Who Suffer the Most

Jack Colyer | Posted 15.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Jack Colyer

The fact is, I need the EU to keep my government in check, I need the EU to control the financial sector that is tearing Britain into unequal chunks of extreme wealth and poverty, but most of all, I need the EU so the British government does not continue to benefit for my generations political apathy, implementing laws that take advantage of our alienation.

The Robot Lawyer Will See You Now

Christopher Markou | Posted 06.06.2016 | UK Tech
Christopher Markou

Last month one the largest American law firms, BakerHostetler, announced it had 'hired' a robot lawyer to assist in bankruptcy cases. The robot in question is named ROSS and is marketed as 'the world's first artificially intelligent attorney'.

The Psychoactive Substances Act Means to Benefit Public Health, But Street Dealers and Organised Criminals Will Benefit Most

George Murkin | Posted 26.05.2016 | UK
George Murkin

The fact that the law on new drugs is less bad than our utterly disastrous laws on more well-established drugs isn't a cause for celebration. The government had an opportunity to take control of a risky trade in need of regulation - instead, it's pushed it further underground.

Mystery Celebrity Who 'Harassed Hairdresser' Revealed By US Media

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 25.05.2016 | UK

A world-famous singer who allegedly sexually harassed his hairdresser will reportedly be named in the US today, but the British press is gagged once a...

Virtual Reality Goes to Court

Christopher Markou | Posted 23.05.2016 | UK Tech
Christopher Markou

2016 is the year that virtual reality goes mainstream. Facebook's Oculus Rift and HTC's Vive headset have rolled out to rave reviews, and just this week Google has announced its Daydream VR platform. Virtual reality has arrived, and is likely here to stay. But beyond appealing to gamers, what other horizons might there be for VR?

Midwife Slams 'Gruesome' Call To Scrap Time Limit For Abortions

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 22.05.2016 | UK

A midwife who was at the centre of a high-profile court case has called on colleagues to "forcefully refuse" to back the "horror" position adopted by ...