UK Law

The Ongoing Need for Military Commissions

Robin Simcox | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK Politics
Robin Simcox

Do not be fooled by the conviction of Suleiman Abu Ghaith, al-Qaeda spokesman and Osama bin Laden's son in law. His successful prosecution in a civilian court does not mean all terrorists can be tried in this way. Military commissions such as those in Guantanamo Bay will continue to play a vital role.

An EU Referendum Would Be Unconstitutional and Undemocratic

Sam Fowles | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK Politics
Sam Fowles

By now tens of thousands of words have been written about the Nick Clegg vs Nigel Farage debates but I think you can sum them up in just three: They were rubbish. While no one was expecting either man to be an Obama (or even a Romney) we deserved a higher standard than what was essentially a playground spat.

Time to Bid Farewell to the Cowboy Bailiffs

Chris Grayling | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK Politics
Chris Grayling

New laws introduced this weekend will outlaw the frankly disgraceful behaviour we've seen from some of the dubious characters who have gathered in this industry. We're ending the situation where any old thug can turn up and work as a bailiff. From now on everyone working in the industry will have to be properly trained and certificated before they get started - and if they break our tough new rules they will have that certification taken away. All of this will clean up the industry and protect people from aggression and exploitation.

Guide Dogs Call for New Law to Make Streets Safer

Emily Davison | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Emily Davison

Leading UK Charity Guide Dogs for the Blind Association UK founded in 1934, providing mobility and support for sight impaired and severely sight impaired people; have recently been working towards creating new laws and legislations that enable citizens with sight loss and mobility needs to live independent lives.

Only Labour Can Deliver a Justice System Fit for Victims and Witnesses

Sadiq Khan | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Politics
Sadiq Khan

We believe that things have got to change if we are to restore the public's faith. And that's why Ed Miliband and I have set up the Victims' Taskforce with the precise remit to come forward with a Victims' Law and other recommendations of what needs to change in our justice system. And the Taskforce is already hard at work.

Caring for Elderly Relatives

Susan Eskinazi | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK
Susan Eskinazi

Caring for elderly relatives is not easy, but don't forget that it's a generous and fulfilling thing to do. Your loved one may not be able to express it but they'll undoubtedly be grateful to have someone who is willing to care for them in their vulnerable years.

Emotional Abuse Cannot Be Ignored - and Now Children Have the Law on Their Side

Sir Tony Hawkhead | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK
Sir Tony Hawkhead

At Action for Children, we have reached a huge milestone - following our three-year campaign and thanks to the Ministry of Justice, the legal definition of child cruelty will include emotional as well as physical harm. This new law will change lives. I've met children and young people who have suffered intolerable emotional abuse at the hands of people who are supposed to love them most.

Businesses Could Face Prosecution If They Fail To Cater To Gay Weddings

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.03.2014 | UK

Businesses risk breaking the law if they refuse to offer their services to gay couples getting married, the government's equality watchdog has said. ...

Executions Make a Mockery of Any Justice System

Sherif Elsayed-Ali | Posted 27.03.2014 | UK
Sherif Elsayed-Ali

One of the biggest justifications for the death penalty is that it supposedly acts as a deterrent against committing the most serious crimes. But let's call this argument what it really is: wishful thinking. There is simply no convincing evidence that the death penalty deters from crime more than other forms of punishments. In fact, there is evidence to the contrary.

Importance of Trial by Jury

Jonathan Grimes | Posted 16.03.2014 | UK
Jonathan Grimes

It was not the first time, and will not be the last time, that this proposal - or a variation of it - has been or will be proposed. Juries are hard to manage, unpredictable, and disrupt the trial process. So is Lord Thomas right to suggest their role should be diminished further?

This Lawyer Thought We Should Have 'Islamic Airports'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.03.2014 | UK

A partner at a prominent law firm who used Twitter to call for segregated "Islamic airports" is to leave his job, it has emerged. Clarke Wilmott ha...

First Same-Sex Weddings Take Place This Month: Six Things Every Couple Should Know

Richard Adams | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Richard Adams

After the long battle to get same-sex marriage introduced in law in England and Wales, this month will see couples celebrate throughout the country as the first same-sex weddings in England and Wales take place on 29 March, 2014. Here's what all same-sex couples intending to marry need to know...

Forget The BBC TV Licence - What About the Detector Vans?

Paul Blanchard | Posted 10.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Paul Blanchard

As an institution, the BBC is not very popular. Over the last decade it has been involved in so many scandals that it's difficult to know where to start. The announcement that the government is looking to decriminalise non-payment of the TV licence fee is not such a big surprise. The government have been talking about it for so long, and it would be such a popular move, that it's very likely to go through.

We Need to Save Independent Midwifery as the NHS Does Not Always Meet the Needs of Mothers

Angela Horler | Posted 10.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Angela Horler

Many of my clients are traumatised by their previous experiences of birth and will not return to the NHS. Some of my clients have 'risk factors' that other midwives insurances would not allow them to provide care. Some of my clients would choose to birth alone if they could not have a midwife who was able to support them.

10 Things You Need to Know Before You Support the Swedish Model of Sex Work

Suzi Godson | Posted 09.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Suzi Godson

Whether we like it or not, criminalising the buying and selling of sex is an attempt to legislate morality and exercise control over private sexual behaviour. Sex workers are human beings and selling sex is their business. Sex workers must be entitled to the same labour rights as other workers and the same human rights as other people.

Tripping Up Trunki - What Every Design-Focussed Business Should Know

Ilya Kazi | Posted 06.03.2014 | UK
Ilya Kazi

Having taken on the 'Dragon's Den', been sent away penniless, and gone on to develop a multi-million pound internationally-successful business, there are few that would begrudge the Trunki suitcase inventor Rob Law his success.

Fewer Young Marriages Are Breaking Down, But the Millions Who Choose Not to Marry Are a Cause for Concern

James R Brown | Posted 04.03.2014 | UK
James R Brown

It's time for the government to acknowledge the reality of modern relationships and ensure the law keeps pace, otherwise we risk returning to the bad old days when lower-earning partners in a failing relationship were terrified to leave for fear of the life they would face on their own.

Televising High Profile Cases Would Be to Everyone's Benefit

David Lammy | Posted 04.03.2014 | UK Politics
David Lammy

Why is it that in Britain our criminal courts remain untelevised? Why is it that high profile cases - like the current phone hacking trials in the Old Bailey, which has huge repercussions for our democracy and will be closely followed around the world - can only be conveyed to us as second-hand information?

The Cruel and Unusual Punishment of Life Imprisonment

Clive Stafford Smith | Posted 03.03.2014 | UK
Clive Stafford Smith

Kris Maharaj has been in prison for 27 years. Setting his innocence aside for a moment, he is no better off now than when he joined Thomas Knight on Florida's death row. He was 75 years old in January. Recently, the Florida Parole Commission sent him a letter scheduling his "initial parole interview": it will be held, they say, in April 2042. By then, Kris will be 103 years old. Perhaps more accurately, he will be dead.

Contracts, Calculators and Common Sense: The Law Commission and the Future of Divorce

Andrew Newbury | Posted 28.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Andrew Newbury

The breakdown of any romantic relationship is seldom free from emotion. When that relationship is a legal partnership, such as marriage, the need to factor finance and possible family into the equation can make for an incredibly fraught time for all concerned. That is why I believe that recommendations just published by the Law Commission are so welcome.

Yesterday's Outcome on Prostitution Was a Victory for Genuine Choice

Mary Honeyball | Posted 27.02.2014 | UK Politics
Mary Honeyball

My view on this is clear. I simply do not believe that any more than an eccentric few go into prostitution through genuine preference. Prostitutes tend to enter the job young and to come from deprived backgrounds. Many have histories of abuse and addiction.

The Swedish Model Criminalising the Purchase of Sex Is Dangerous: The European Parliament Should Have Rejected It

Ruth Jacobs | Posted 28.02.2014 | UK Politics
Ruth Jacobs

The sex purchase ban does not work in Sweden. But even if it did work there, in a wealthy country with a small population and a small number of people in prostitution, it will not work here in the UK. There are 80,000 people in prostitution here, mostly in poverty and 70% single mothers.

Kent Police 'Safe Exit' Scheme Claiming to Help Women in Prostitution Instead Caused Them Harm

Ruth Jacobs | Posted 21.02.2014 | UK
Ruth Jacobs

This was not a scheme concerned with helping a group of vulnerable women. It was a scheme concerned with gentrification. The award Safe Exit received from Police and Crime Commissioner, Ann Barnes, was for 'cleaning up the streets' and not for any help given to women leaving the sex trade.

Congo Court Finds Briton Guilty of Killing Friend

Simon J Clark | Posted 21.04.2014 | UK
Simon J Clark

A joint British-Norwegian citizen was found guilty of killing his friend and cellmate in the Democratic Republic of Congo even though there was expert evidence to suggest he was innocent.

The Story of a Boy Who Nearly Wasn't

Mik Scarlet | Posted 20.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mik Scarlet

After a short stay in hospital, to allow Joyce to recover from the delivery, mother and son came home. Waiting for the boy was a tiny Luton Town football strip, and a house full of love. However baby Michael, for it had been decided to name the new born after his father, would not stop crying.