UK Legal

British Comedy Gets the Last Laugh Following Parody Law Reform

Wayne Beynon | Posted 27.11.2014 | UK Comedy
Wayne Beynon

The new Intellectual Property Act 2014 which came into effect last month has effectively legalised the art of parody, a comedic genre which, believe it or not, has until now been classed as illegal.

The Mistrals: An Ill-Wind for EU Arms Transfer Controls

Roy Isbister | Posted 21.11.2014 | UK Politics
Roy Isbister

It is not just France's credibility that's at stake over the way it has handled a sale of two Mistral class assault ships to Russia, but the credibility of the whole EU Common Position on arms transfers.

It's the Next Big Tech Development - Are You Ready for the Internet of Things?

Wayne Beynon | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK Tech
Wayne Beynon

Take a look around you now, how many devices are connected to the Internet? For starters there is the one you're reading this article on, be it a laptop, phone, or tablet computer. But what about the other electrical appliances around your home, such as your oven or your washing machine?

Six Tips for a Simple Divorce

Philippa Cunniff | Posted 28.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Philippa Cunniff

Whatever the trigger for a couple taking such a step, divorce is never an easy or pleasant experience. But there are approaches which can make it more straightforward and somewhat less personally taxing, particularly if there are children involved.

Maybe Ed Miliband Didn't Go Far Enough - Why Not Sue Big Tobacco for Billions?

Paul Tweed | Posted 03.10.2014 | UK Politics
Paul Tweed

In my role as an international lawyer I try not to get involved in, or give away my own, political leanings. Indeed, in representing many leading political figures from across the political divide, it has always been wise to err on the side of political neutrality...

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

Simon Cairns | Posted 09.09.2014 | 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.

Zero Hour Contracts, the Impoverished Elephant in the Room

Tom Johnson | Posted 30.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Tom Johnson

Outlaw zero hours contracts and instead ensure that any individual entering a work contract is given a legal guarantee of the number of the minimum number of hours they should be required to work. It might increase the costs for corporations and may in the short term lead to a rise in unemployment, but if the economy is growing as fabulously as George Osborne announces, then the number of jobs should increase to combat this problem.

Jackson, Mitchell and the New eDisclosure Landscape

Nick Patience | Posted 09.08.2014 | UK Tech
Nick Patience

You have the Jackson reforms coming in last April, tightening controls on costs and procedures, which was then followed up just seven months later by Mitchell. This reinforced the diktat and was taken by some judges as tightening those controls further still.

The Top 5 Worst Airline Excuses - and How You Can Beat Them

Jakub Kotan | Posted 10.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jakub Kotan

Unexpected events happen all the time and even to airlines. However when something goes wrong in the system, air passengers often feel that they have entered a poker game with embarrassingly low hands.

The Art of Being Authentic

Adrian Kirk | Posted 27.05.2014 | UK
Adrian Kirk

When we experience someone being genuine we believe them. Be that a politician, someone asking for help at work, or the member of staff in a store who genuinely seems interested in helping us. We notice when people are being real, when they forget about trying to impress but come from a genuine desire to connect with us in that moment.

Importance of Trial by Jury

Jonathan Grimes | Posted 16.05.2014 | 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?

Compensation for a Delayed Flight - Can I Win Against an Airline?

Jakub Kotan | Posted 10.05.2014 | UK
Jakub Kotan

Our beloved European Union regulates and directs every other step in our life journey. Each reader may add negative or positive connotation to Brussels' reign depending on personal views on EC unification, but nevertheless, some of this regulating actually carries a great deal of European goodness.

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

Ilya Kazi | Posted 05.05.2014 | 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.

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.

Banks Up Their Game in Interest Swap Compensation Saga

Andrew Brown | Posted 29.03.2014 | UK
Andrew Brown

Following on from my most recent two blog posts (here and here) on the subject of the ongoing interest rate swap mis selling compensation scheme, the ...

Nigella Lawson and the Power Battles of Britain

Pavla Kopecna | Posted 09.03.2014 | UK
Pavla Kopecna

Beyond the celebrity titillation, R V Grillo and Grillo captivated the nation, because the socio-economic battle lines drawn between Lawson, Saatchi and the Grillo sisters were universally understood, regardless of station or background.

Doing Business in China: Unlocking the Rewards

Stephen Kon | Posted 02.02.2014 | UK
Stephen Kon

While GSK's recent difficulties in China have once again put the focus on some of the problems associated with doing business in the world's second largest economy, the UK Government is urging British companies to look beyond the perceived barriers and focus instead on the very real opportunities.

Forestry Deal Is Key to Protecting the Planet

Adam Matthews | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Adam Matthews

Over the first week of the UN climate change negotiations in Poland we have seen the alarming results of studies showing increased decline of tropical forests. It is clear from newly available data from satellite monitoring stations that there are now growing areas being deforested as a result of illegal logging, agriculture and mining.

We Cannot Afford to Leave Legal Aid Immune From Budget Savings

Shailesh Vara | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Shailesh Vara

I fully understand why some in the legal profession feel bruised or worry about how our reforms might affect them. However the government and the legal profession must work together to create a legal aid system that protects those who need it most whilst also commanding the confidence of taxpayers who fund it. Put simply, we want to ensure the limited money we have available for legal aid is concentrated on those cases where it is needed most. Our proposals would ensure a system sustainable and affordable for future generations, and it will remain one of the most generous in the world.

What Price Justice?

Isaac Shaffer | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Isaac Shaffer

Legal aid is there to make sure that people can get justice even when they do not have the financial means to pay for it. It is based on the principle that the law should apply to all (and protect all) equally.

British Banks Told They Are Deceiving Themselves Over Interest Rate Swap Compensation

Andrew Brown | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Andrew Brown

British banks have paid out only a fraction of the £3 billion designated to compensate SMEs mis-sold interest rate swaps products, drawing criticism from the business world and the financial watchdog.

Are We Courting a US-Style Appetite for Litigation?

Nick Rowles-Davies | Posted 01.10.2013 | UK
Nick Rowles-Davies

A man called Ernie Chambers once filed a court action against God. His claim against the Almighty was for "widespread death, destruction and terrorisation of millions upon millions of the Earth's inhabitants."

Banks Years Away From Sorting Reputation Deficit

Nick Rowles-Davies | Posted 13.08.2013 | UK
Nick Rowles-Davies

Banks are throwing piles of cash at dealing with the self-made disaster zone that currently trails in their wake. But they are years away from achieving their clear-up goal - and there are various reasons why.

Voucher Codes: The Peaks & the Pitfalls

Richard Stephens | Posted 09.10.2013 | UK
Richard Stephens

As the internet continues its indomitable stomp across the retail landscape, changing the face of high streets and the entire culture of the way we shop, it's a rare breed of retailer that has not added e-tail to its business portfolio.

Condemning The Victims Of Abuse

Bob Morgan | Posted 09.10.2013 | UK
Bob Morgan

The accused man was found guilty, so in terms of the law the matter is clear - the man's act was unlawful. What matters here is the implied moral judgement about the girl. He was not sent to prison and we know that these types of victims often do not get the justice they deserve.