UK Law

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 25.02.2015 | 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 25.02.2015 | 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 24.02.2015 | 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 24.02.2015 | 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.

Working Together in Europe to Fight Terrorism

Vĕra Jourová | Posted 23.02.2015 | UK Politics
Vĕra Jourová

The recent attacks in Paris and Copenhagen, and the London and Madrid bombings ten years ago, were an attack on our core values: respect for life, freedom and tolerance. We must stand up to protect these fundamental principles and values.

The Law Says Obesity is a Disability - The Scales of Justice?

Rob Blakeman | Posted 20.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Rob Blakeman

Bodybuilding at its highest level is very spiritual and scientific. It requires a Spartan routine that cleanses and detoxifies like nothing else. It is fundamentally stripping away life's inessentials. No manufactured foods. No sugar or sauces, no dessert or snacking on crisps.

Not Tesco Law But Law In Tesco

Camilla Khawaja | Posted 18.02.2015 | UK
Camilla Khawaja

It is crucially important to me the shrouds of mystery which surround the legal system are broken down; it is my opinion the law need be far more accessible, clearer in language and style, ultimately more user friendly.

Plan Your Marriage Before Your Wedding

Philippa Cunniff | Posted 17.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Philippa Cunniff

If you were one of the lucky couples to get engaged over Valentine's Day weekend, congratulations! This is a special and exciting time, and no doubt thoughts of engagement parties and wedding preparations are already providing hours of anticipation and joy.

Terrorising of Muslims: The Ignored Epidemic

Shohana Khan | Posted 16.02.2015 | UK
Shohana Khan

The idea that the entire Muslim community should be watched for signs of adherence to Islam, which will then lead to potential criminal activity, underpins Prevent and the CTS Act. It would be expected that with such policies and matching rhetoric, the public would begin to see the Muslim community living by Islam as a problem, criminal community that should be ostracised.

Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill: Britain Must Not Give Terrorists This Victory

Rabah Kherbane | Posted 13.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Rabah Kherbane

Detaining foreigners without trial was thus held to be incompatible with fundamental human rights. As a result, section 23 was later repealed. 11 years on, we once more face a threat to the life of our nation..

Why the Doctor Was Acquitted in the UK's First FGM Trial

Felicity Gerry | Posted 10.02.2015 | UK
Felicity Gerry

The UK must empower women and girls to be free from the harmful effects of female genital mutilation (FGM) by ending this global practice. Prosecuting criminal cases must be seen as part of the package of effort necessary to achieve this...

Why I Hope This Week Marks a Turning Point for Women in Northern Ireland

Dawn Purvis | Posted 02.02.2015 | UK
Dawn Purvis

We're so grateful for her call and all those like it. But this week, I have reason to hope that 'those at the top' in Northern Ireland may be compelled to think again when it comes to their stance on abortion.

Netflix, What Next for the King of Streaming?

Wayne Beynon | Posted 28.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
Wayne Beynon

Netflix has been at the forefront of this shift in the way we interact with our televisions, offering viewers an unprecedented quantity of content from one source, much of which had previously only been available by purchasing expensive movies from the likes of Sky or Virgin, or enjoying an old school DVD boxset.

The Death of Free Speech

Adam Hamdy | Posted 28.01.2015 | UK Politics
Adam Hamdy

Many posed the question; how can we have free speech in a tolerant, multi-cultural society? It is precisely because we want a tolerant, multi-cultural society that the right to free speech must be absolute.

If You're on the Wrong Path, Find Another One

Suzanne Hoare | Posted 23.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Suzanne Hoare

When considering my 16 year old self, I see a naïve, but ambitious, girl who wants to make her parents proud. At 18, she knows she is good at Law - her exam results say so - and she can't think of anything she would rather do at university. So, that's the path she chooses.

Why I Think Kim Kardashian Is a Genius

Lauren Riley | Posted 23.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
Lauren Riley

Did she cure an unknown disease? No. Did she take a stand against one of the many social issues that affect women? No. Maybe she voiced an opinion about the current global warming debate... nope, wrong again. Other than being an overrated clothes horse, it's hard to see the value added when it comes to Kim K. However despite all the arguments against the all-encompassing Kardashian brand, you can't help but secretly admire her business acumen.

Legal Aid Access 'Worse Than 1949'

Maya Esslemont | Posted 22.01.2015 | UK Politics
Maya Esslemont

Access to legal advice is scarcer now than it was in 1949, a damning report by the General Bar Council has claimed. The study, published by the regulatory body last year, claims that cuts to legal aid have left "devastating" implications for those hoping for a fair trial within Britain's criminal justice system.

The Law's Reverse Discrimination Against Celebrities

Ben Rose | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK
Ben Rose

Some suggest fame puts you above the law but in fact the reverse is increasingly true. On top of the ordeal of fighting a criminal charge, celebrities become involuntary participants in a very stressful reality show. At times it can look like the criminal justice system too is becoming a branch of showbiz.

Battle for Air Passenger Rights Continues Despite Multiple Court Rulings

Jakub Kotan | Posted 13.01.2015 | UK
Jakub Kotan

Celebrating air passengers flooded internet forums at the end of October 2014. The Supreme Court confirmed an earlier decision of the Court of Appeal in Huzar v Jet2.com regarding passenger rights to monetary compensation. English law now gives passengers the right to compensation for a delay greater than 3 hours, if caused by a faulty aircraft.

We Are Not All 'Charlie Hebdo', But We Are All Afraid

Adam Wagner | Posted 08.01.2015 | UK
Adam Wagner

It is legitimate to ask why none of the mainstream UK press decided to print those images on their covers, unlike for example the Belgian and German press. Instead, there was much carping about attacks on freedom and a number of photographs of a dying French policeman... Why the mass self-censorship? I think it was two kinds of fear.

Theresa May's New Domestic Coercion Laws May Not Work

Bob Morgan | Posted 25.02.2015 | UK Politics
Bob Morgan

The government is planning new laws against coercive and controlling behavior within relationships - this could include financial control - preventing a partner seeing friends and things like setting oppressive house 'rules'.

The 'I Know How Much I Can Handle' Attitude Needs to Stop

Karl Young | Posted 21.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Karl Young

There may not be a sign of snow, but this Christmas is still set to be a special one for me. I am now a dad, and with fatherhood comes a new outlook on the festive season. Yes it's fun to wail to Wizzard with a whiskey in hand, but above all, I want it to be a magical time for my son. It's this new responsibility that makes me feel obliged to remind the nation about the dangers of a drink too many.