UK Law

The Investigatory Powers Act, And Why Confidentiality Matters

Robert Bourns | Posted 02.12.2016 | UK Politics
Robert Bourns

On this issue it is not the Bill that the solicitor profession would have written, but it is a significant improvement on where we began. In the ever-evolving national and international debate on surveillance, privacy, and the powers of the State, the Law Society will continue to advocate passionately to ensure everyone retains the right to speak in safety with their lawyer.

A Trumpian Deal, And The Path To The Next Financial Crisis

Dr Ioannis Glinavos | Posted 24.11.2016 | UK Politics
Dr Ioannis Glinavos

American voters, by electing Donald Trump, thought they were voting for more protection, stricter controls, a harder attitude towards Wall Street and more emphasis on the 'real' economy. Trump's transition plans will deliver precisely the opposite.

No Protection For Disabled Employers

Emma Vogelmann | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK
Emma Vogelmann

I'm trying to start a campaign to get better support for disabled employers but in order to do this I need your help! I'm looking for people to share their experiences of problems with carers hired through a budget of any kind and how you went about dealing with it. I want to know if you had support or if you didn't, what support you would have found helpful. You will be kept anonymous if you prefer.

Privacy, The Law And Press Behaviour

Jenny Afia | Posted 18.11.2016 | UK
Jenny Afia

My favourite reaction to Prince Harry's recent complaint about press treatment of his girlfriend came from comedian Katherine Ryan: "#SoRelatable when...

Lauri Love Forced To Point Out 'Prejudicial Questions' During Awkward BBC Interview

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 15.11.2016 | UK

A BBC presenter has been criticised for her line of questioning with an autistic British man who is to be extradited over accusations of hacking the c...

BNP And EDL To March With Nigel Farage In Supreme Court Protest

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 14.11.2016 | UK Politics

A host of far-right groups are set to join Nigel Farage in a march on the Supreme Court. Britain First, The British National Party (BNP) and English ...

Every Victim Of Abuse Deserves An Apology

Zahra Awaiz-Bilal | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK
Zahra Awaiz-Bilal

The Assistant Chief Constable of West Midlands Police has apologised to the victims of serial paedophile Allan Richards this month, for letting them d...

Four Myths Surrounding The High Court Judgement

Banseka Kayembe | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Banseka Kayembe

"The judges were clearly politically motivated in the decision they came to and are trying to undermine our democracy". No. No, no, no, a million times no. The judgement was made on a point of pure UK constitutional law. Not their opinions.

Lord Chancellor Breaks Silence As People Ask 'Where's Liz Truss' Over Brexit Ruling Backlash

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 05.11.2016 | UK

Lord chancellor and justice secretary Liz Truss has broken her silence on the issue of attacks on the judiciary over Thursday’s Article 50 ruling af...

What Now For The Unaccompanied Calais 'Jungle' Children Arriving In The UK?

Sarah Richardson | Posted 03.11.2016 | UK
Sarah Richardson

Surely we have not become so desensitised to the images of war and displaced children on our TV screens that we cannot extend compassion to children so much less fortunate than our own. If the boot was on the other foot how would we feel if these were our children needing to be looked after?

What's In A Name? Recent IP Disputes Setting The Legal World Alight

Wayne Beynon | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK Tech
Wayne Beynon

Have you got Iceland (the frozen food supermarket) confused with Iceland (the country) before? Granted it's not an everyday issue for most of us, but there are occasions when some conversational confusion may take place.

Why The Ashers Bakery 'Gay Cake' Ruling Was Reasonable

Stephen Evans | Posted 01.11.2016 | UK
Stephen Evans

Recent decades have seen great strides in equality and anti-discrimination legislation. Perhaps the most regrettable outcome of this ruling is that it will be used as a rallying cry for religious exemptions and the rolling back of equality law. Britain is better for our equality laws, it's imperative that we defend them.

Artificial Intelligence Predicts Outcomes Of Human Rights Trials, Study

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 24.10.2016 | UK Tech

An artificial intelligence (AI) system can predict the outcomes of cases at the European Court of Human Rights to a 79% accuracy, a study found. It’...

Can Bodycams Completely Prevent Unjustified Police Killings?

Paul McNeil | Posted 20.10.2016 | UK
Paul McNeil

If the public is paying the police to protect them, and also paying for such technological tools to help police enhance their safety and security, they should enjoy the right to have access to all the necessary information at such critical times of decision making.

Are UK Universities Scuppering Our Chances Of Creating The Next Zuckerberg?

Joe Sekhon | Posted 18.10.2016 | UK Tech
Joe Sekhon

So what's the solution? How can we compete with the US? For me, it's simple enough: UK universities have to put IP education at the top of their enterprise agenda. One way to do this potentially, is to establish a network of IP advice/information centres at each university delivering a nationwide service with uniform standards across the UK.

Sexual History Is Not Circumstantial Evidence

Caitlin Doherty | Posted 17.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Caitlin Doherty

Sexual history apparently constitutes circumstantial evidence in a court of law. Are women now legally bound by the expectation to behave in exactly the same way with any man that they have done with any man previously in the entirety of their romantic lives?

Dead Graffiti Artist's Estate Sues McDonald's For 'Brazen' Copyright Infringement

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 07.10.2016 | UK

Lawyers for the estate of a deceased graffiti artist are suing McDonald’s, saying the fast food chain stole his distinctive tag for an “exciting a...

It's Time To Take AI Seriously

Christopher Markou | Posted 02.10.2016 | UK Tech
Christopher Markou

Self-driving cars share our roads; smartphones manage our lives; facial recognition systems help catch bad guys and sophisticated algorithms dethrone our Jeopardy and Go champions. Developing these technologies could obviously benefit humanity. But, then--don't most dystopian sci-fi stories start out this way?

Within A Generation Or By 2069? Getting Rid Of The Gender Pay Gap Poses Difficult Questions

Amanda Jones | Posted 29.09.2016 | UK
Amanda Jones

t surely is possible to close the pay gap within a generation, but it means making fundamental changes. We have to reassess how we view the relative contribution of men and women, both in sports and in work. That means asking ourselves some difficult questions, stating with: what are we willing to do about it?

Cyclist And Motorist Rules: Spot The Difference

Salome Verrell | Posted 27.09.2016 | UK
Salome Verrell

There is also no requirement for cyclists to be registered anywhere in the same way that motorists have to register with the DVLA, so there is no way of really knowing if after a collision with a cyclist they really are who they say they are, unlike a motorist whose registration number would provide a lot of details even if they didn't.

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.