UK Law

Shining a Light on Child Sexual Abuse

Nick Lowles | Posted 28.08.2014 | UK
Nick Lowles

Rotherham is sadly just the latest in a long, and growing, list of British towns and cities which has experienced grooming by Pakistani/Kashmiri gangs. So, if it is right to call on public institutions like the BBC and the NHS to review procedures and the Catholic Church to address abuse by its clergy, we should not shy away from dealing with the problem within specific communities.

Spy Benefits?

Vicky Frankland | Posted 26.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Vicky Frankland

One day you meet someone. They are interested in getting to know you, interested in your job; your hobbies; what your pastimes are. You take a liking to them and them to you and gradually, you end up forming a relationship.

The Death Penalty Should Stay Dead

Chris Whiting | Posted 21.08.2014 | UK Politics
Chris Whiting

The death penalty is not even a sufficient deterrent of crime. The UK's homicide rate is 18 times lower than the United States, where they do utilise execution.

So Why Is It Hard To Prosecute Emotional Abuse ?

Carla Cretan | Posted 20.08.2014 | UK
Carla Cretan

Emotional abuse is regarded as different from imaginary hypochondria and other mental stress ills because it brings an erosion of personality characterised by real post traumatic syndrome, severe withdrawal and mistrust in the world and its values.

Why I Am Taking Legal Action Against Google

Max Mosley | Posted 08.08.2014 | UK Tech
Max Mosley

The High Court has ruled the pictures illegal. Google refuses to take straightforward technical measures to stop them being displayed on its search engine. In a society with respect for the rule of law, that is clearly wrong. The point is a straightforward one: should Google be allowed to refuse to take measures to stop illegal images being displayed? Or should they have to respect the law and the courts as is the norm in all civilised societies? I believe that it's time for Google to learn that with great power and wealth comes great responsibility, not immunity from the rule of law.

Companies, Charities, Co-operatives - Three Legs of the Economic Stool

Ed Mayo | Posted 04.08.2014 | UK
Ed Mayo

The new century has seen two great reforms of organizational life in the UK, in the form of new Acts of Parliament that review and consolidate all the relevant existing legislation. The first was the Companies Act 2006, which followed a lengthy Company Law Review. The second was the Charities Act 2011.

The Government Should Abandon Its Unlawful Legal Aid Residence Test Plan

Anita Hurrell | Posted 04.08.2014 | UK Politics
Anita Hurrell

On 4 August 2014 a 'residence test' for legal aid was to be implemented by the government. If this policy had come into force, we would have had to ask that child to produce documentation to prove that she was a lawful resident in the UK... She may not have been able to do so, through no fault of her own.

An 'Unreasonable and Irresponsible' Plan - The House of Lords Slams Government Plans for Children's Super-Prisons

Paola Uccellari | Posted 01.08.2014 | UK Politics
Paola Uccellari

Last week the House of Lords considered the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill as it makes its way through parliament. There are a number of controversial aspects of this Bill - mandatory prison sentences for knife crimes have caught the public's attention. Plans to change the rules on judicial review have got Peers, lawyers and children's charities very worried.

Rosia Montana: Learning From the EU on Legal Frameworks for Mining and Minerals

Catalin Hosu | Posted 29.07.2014 | UK
Catalin Hosu

Few journals noticed the importance of the 2014 Raw Materials Conference held in Athens, Greece, in June; especially for countries like Romania, barin...

Modern Slavery. It's Time to Act.

Emily Campbell | Posted 18.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Emily Campbell

People are being bought and sold... Something of an epidemic, there are alarmingly many more human persons subject to slavery today, right now and in this moment than there ever was during the entire history of the slave trade.

Never Before Will Law Enforcement Agencies Have Been So Well Equipped to Prevent Child Abuse

Mike Penning | Posted 18.07.2014 | UK Politics
Mike Penning

There are very few crimes which provoke such powerful emotions as child sexual abuse. The predatory paedophiles who commit these vile and abhorrent offences destroy the lives of their vulnerable victims for their own depraved gratification. It is a stain on civilised society, and one this government is absolutely determined to remove.

Choosing Choice: Abortion

Emily Hay | Posted 16.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Emily Hay

Choice - it's the very basis of our humanity... but in some places we are being denied that right to choice. In countries where abortion is illegal thousands of women every year are denied their human rights and forced into motherhood... lack of access to abortions doesn't save lives, it ruins them.

Understanding the Importance of Interpreters Through 'Game of Thrones'

Neil Payne | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Neil Payne

Perhaps the most enlightening bit of action we see in GoT that truly exemplifies the challenges of being an interpreter is when for Daenerys Targaryen faces the Good Masters of Astapor.

If I'd Known Then What I Know Now - Four Essential Considerations for Any Aspiring Law Student

Simon Cairns | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Simon Cairns

Be warned. If you're considering a legal career, make sure you've thought it through carefully... Today, law firms and chambers are expecting more from potential trainees and pupils than ever before. Before embarking on this major journey, start to think about what it is you really want to do and what will make you happy.

Time to End Compulsory Worship In Schools

Stephen Evans | Posted 10.07.2014 | UK
Stephen Evans

Removing the collective worship requirement is not a call to jettison all trace of religion from schools... Legally imposing a daily act of worship, in which pupils by law are required to "take part", goes beyond the legitimate function of the state and violates the human right of freedom of belief for children and young people.

Child Abuse, Cover-Ups and Public Schools

Jon Snow | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK
Jon Snow

I well remember my first days in my boarding school - the wolf whistles from the prefects' open windows as we passed in and out of our boarding quarters. Prettier boys were openly rated as desirable. It was in my second term, when I was 13 years old, that I first received a note from a 17-year-old in the school rugby team asking would I meet him for a smoke. This was a euphemism for intended sexual contact.

Justice Delayed

Richard Bentwood | Posted 04.07.2014 | UK
Richard Bentwood

What should concern us all though, is a new class of injustice creeping into the system and one which not only can the Courts not deal with, but is one which is created by the Courts themselves. The problem is one of listing.

There's Nothing New About Flexible Working - Common Sense Companies Have Been Doing It For Years!

Charlie Mullins | Posted 30.08.2014 | UK
Charlie Mullins

Businesses that refuse reasonable flexible working time requests from loyal employees are cutting their own throats; this has always been the case, and new laws giving all workers the right to ask for altered hours change nothing. Any employer with half a brain will treat such a request the same this week as they would any time in the past. To do anything else would be idiocy - it's just common sense.

Putin's Bad Language

Cathal Sheerin | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK Politics
Cathal Sheerin

President Putin's confident geopolitical swagger seems at odds with Russia's recent, petty moves to choke the life out of language...

A Rare Prosecution, But Not the First

Steve Kuncewicz | Posted 25.06.2014 | UK
Steve Kuncewicz

This trial was the eye of a perfect storm in that was a very high-profile case and a much more far-reaching prosecution in terms of punishment and implication than we saw in 2006... Whether or not the law around phone hacking is changed or new offences created will probably depend on the public reaction to Coulson's sentence.

How Mediation Can Help Resolve a Technology Dispute

Andrew Tibber | Posted 22.08.2014 | UK Tech
Andrew Tibber

Commercial conflict is an unpleasant fact of business life. Previously secure relationships can break down when commercial interests start to diverge. Relationships may end amid mutual recriminations. Competitors may raise claims of intellectual property rights infringement or other unlawful interference with their contractual relations.

Tackling Anti-Muslim Hate Must Not Be an Afterthought

Fiyaz Mughal | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK
Fiyaz Mughal

As we move forward, we call for Police and Crime Commissioners and police forces across the country to place anti-Muslim hate at the heart of their hate crime strategies. No longer can tackling anti-Muslim hate be an appendage or an after-thought on hate crime strategies and it must be placed front and centre with other protected strands so that citizens of our country, who happen to be Muslim, can live their lives free from bigotry

Do We Need New Disablism Laws?

Simon Stevens | Posted 17.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

No law alone can make one person change their opinion of another person, and just adding law after law to try to will not help anyone, and may actually cause harm and resentment. Instead, we need to get our hands dirty and actually step by step, person by person, create better understanding and behaviour, that could result in better attitudes if we play our cards right.

A System Which Causes Undue Harm to Victims of Rape

Alex Feis-Bryce | Posted 10.08.2014 | UK
Alex Feis-Bryce

If Blackstone's Formulation is based on the principle that the state should not cause undue or mistaken harm then we need to seriously consider the harm to victims of rape and sexual assault who are subjected to an horrendous ordeal and then tragically failed by a system which allows them to be discredited and humiliated in the name of justice and all too often their courage in coming forward turns out to be in vain.

Guantanamo: The First Postmodern Institution

Tom Johnson | Posted 09.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Tom Johnson

Future horizons shine flecked with gold and freedom in the American dream. The continued existence of Guantanamo tarnishes it with blood.