UK Law

Paupers and Princes Alike: The Changing Face of Litigation Funding

Andrew Brown | Posted 05.02.2016 | UK
Andrew Brown

Litigation funding has been around for a long time, and the face of it is changing. Where it was once seen as a distress purchase, for businesses without the necessary capital to fund costly litigation procedures, it is now being utilised by financially healthy organisations, who would rather avoid risk, choosing instead to use their capital elsewhere.

How to Prosecute on the Ever-Changing Rulebook That Is Coercive Control

Kylie Barton | Posted 04.02.2016 | UK
Kylie Barton

It is just a shame that with this new law, the government did not provide new pots of funding to increase the knowledge base on the subject, and how to use the new powers.

Is the UK Government About to U-Turn on 'X' Passports?

Christie Elan-Cane | Posted 29.01.2016 | UK
Christie Elan-Cane

I was often critical of the former Equalities Minister over what happened on her watch. That Maria Miller has emerged as an 'X' passports champion is surreal given the history. Did she really not know about the sham policy review?

Michael Gove Reverses *Another* Of Chris Grayling's Policies

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 28.01.2016 | UK Politics

Justice Secretary Michael Gove is to ditch plans to completely overhaul legal aid, reversing yet another policy by his controversial predecessor Chris...

Customer Service and What It Is Important to Leave Your Desk!

Lauren Riley | Posted 27.01.2016 | UK
Lauren Riley

If any of you are following me on social media, you will have no doubt seen that I have been doing a LOT of traveling with my business recently. I tho...

MSPs Forced Into Debating The Legalisation Of Incest - Despite No Public Support

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 26.01.2016 | UK

The Scottish Parliament has been forced to hold one of its most bizarre ever debates after one man put forward a petition to legalise incest. Richa...

Sex Buyers Know How to Make Prostitution Safer

Gabriella Apicella | Posted 25.01.2016 | UK
Gabriella Apicella

Where a Sex Buyer Law has been enforced in Sweden, Norway and Iceland, countries renowned for their exemplary equality laws, this strategy has proven to reduce prostitution. Meanwhile the results of decriminalisation are verging on well-publicised apocalyptic levels of abuse in New Zealand, Nevada in the US, The Netherlands and Germany. We have the answers. Let's use them.

Women in Business Q&A: Heather Lamberg Kafele, Partner, Shearman & Sterling

Laura Dunn | Posted 20.01.2016 | UK
Laura Dunn

Heather Lamberg Kafele is a partner in the Antitrust and Litigation Groups at Shearman & Sterling. She has extensive experience in complex litigation,...

Snooping on Employee's Emails: Don't Believe the Hype

Andrew Cutting | Posted 15.01.2016 | UK Tech
Andrew Cutting

Legislation has not been altered as a result of Tuesday's judgment. In short, not much has changed. On the positive side, perhaps this week's misinformed media storm will help persuade workers and their bosses to clarify exactly where the boundaries lie concerning personal communications at work.

We Need to Talk About Anonymity for People Accused of Rape

Lucy Sherriff | Posted 15.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Lucy Sherriff

In this job climate, it's not far-fetched to think that they might just opt for another applicant, who doesn't happen to have been embroiled in a court case. We need a logical, informed discussion around whether those accused of rape should be granted anonymity.

Don't Routinely Arm Our Police

Bob Morgan | Posted 14.01.2016 | UK
Bob Morgan

Since the announcement the public debate has gone to the extremes of people suggesting all police should be armed - and even that the Army should be on the streets everyday and that civilians should be armed with tazers! Or - at least that was the debate on Radio 5 Live this morning.

Teenage Prison Abuse Exposed

Joe Plomin | Posted 12.01.2016 | UK
Joe Plomin

A young boy - a 14-year-old - lay sobbing in his bed. For eight minutes he had been dragged, marched and restrained across the prison. Worse, as we examined the footage of the restraint we saw the fingers of a duty operations manager - one of the most senior floor staff at the prison - close around the windpipe of a 14-year-old, of a child. The boy was crying out "I can't breathe".

Proposals Allowing Adults to Define Their Own Legal Gender Do Not Go Far Enough

Jess Coal | Posted 04.01.2016 | UK
Jess Coal

As much as self-definition of legal gender is a very welcome step, it absolutely must be done right as otherwise it will likely be another fifteen years to get it fixed. If the government does decide to drastically revamp the Gender Recognition Act, and I sincerely hope that they do, it is imperative that they do it in full, open consultation with trans and non-binary people...

New Year but Is This Really a New Era for Women in Prison?

Helen Crewe | Posted 30.12.2015 | UK
Helen Crewe

Over the past few years it has been widely publicised that imprisonment for women should be the last resort and the criminal justice system is not the place to support women who have complex health, social and welfare needs. What will the New Year, new inspector and new era for women in prison mean?

Prisons: Out of Sight, Out of Mind

Juliet Lyon | Posted 23.12.2015 | UK Politics
Juliet Lyon

Over half of the 50 prisoners interviewed for the study reported three or more mental health problems including anxiety, depression, anger, difficulty in concentration, insomnia, and an increased risk of self-harm. Almost half of the 49 officers interviewed said that they would benefit from more mental health training and that further training should be offered.

Will Faulty Government Software Really Cause Thousands of Divorce Settlements to be Re-Opened?

Richard Adams | Posted 21.12.2015 | UK
Richard Adams

It is therefore likely that it is only those couples who did not use a lawyer to reach a financial settlement on divorce and who relied on the auto-correct function of the Ministry of Justice software who have cause for concern, and the number of cases affected will be significantly lower than the numbers being bandied around within the press.

We Need More Houses - Not to Punish Those Who Have One

Baroness Jones | Posted 15.12.2015 | UK Politics
Baroness Jones

There is certainly a shortage in social housing. Almost 1.9million households are in need of a social home, more than half again of the almost 3.7million socially-rented homes currently occupied. The solution to that is not to threaten people with eviction in an arbitrary amount of time. Nor is it to ban local authorities from granting secure, long-term tenancies for people in social housing where they see they are beneficial.

A Step Change Is Needed on Victims' Rights

Keir Starmer | Posted 15.12.2015 | UK Politics
Keir Starmer

Ultimately, though, we will only see the cultural shift we need on victim's rights when they are enshrined in a Victim's Law. This would be a powerful break with the current piecemeal approach and help tackle one of the most fundamental problems in our criminal justice system: a lack of faith among victims that they will be supported, listened to and treated fairly.

Thinking About Divorce? Here's What You Need to Know Fiirst

Philippa Cunniff | Posted 11.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Philippa Cunniff

What is remarkable is the number of divorce cases which get started after Christmas - for whatever reason, early January is the time when lots of people decide to get started down the path they've probably been considering for a long time.

Five Shocking Facts About the Cost of Private Female Prisons

Helen Crewe | Posted 06.12.2015 | UK
Helen Crewe

HMP Bronzefield and HMP Peterborough were purpose built private prisons and have run according to PFI contracts since 2005. In general PFI contracts have been criticised for not ensuring value for money and in prisons there have been problems such as a high turnover of staff, low pay and in-experienced staff (Prison Reform Trust, 2005).

So What Does This New Domestic Violence Law Really Mean?

Rhea Gargour | Posted 05.12.2015 | UK
Rhea Gargour

What does the law do? The new law criminalises perpetrators who coerce, control and psychologically abuse their victims. In order for the offence to apply, the behaviour would have to pass two main tests.

Women in the City: Changing the Leopard's Spots

Janvi Patel | Posted 05.12.2015 | UK
Janvi Patel

I recently gave the keynote speech at the Women in the City Awards Lunch, an amazing event celebrating the incredible achievements of women and men wh...

Ahmed Mohamed 'Clock Boy' Demands £10m In Damages For Arrest

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 24.11.2015 | UK

Ahmed Mohamed is demanding damages from the city of Irving school district after he was arrested for bringing a homemade clock to school. Lawyers ...

Why the Courts Were Right to Protect the Privacy of Paul Weller's Children

Jenny Afia | Posted 23.11.2015 | UK
Jenny Afia

The Court of Appeal has confirmed the previous ruling was the correct one. There was no public interest in the photos and just because the children's father is well-known, that doesn't mean the children lose any rights of privacy.

Two Hours and 22 Minutes with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor

April Xiaoyi Xu | Posted 18.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
April Xiaoyi Xu

As the first woman of colour to obtain this much coveted position, Justice Sotomayor is an inspiring trailblazer who bridges the gap between the Court and the public by staying connected with her communities: her beloved world.