UK Legal

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

Jakub Kotan | Posted 11.04.2014 | 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 28.03.2014 | 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 16.03.2014 | 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 11.03.2014 | 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 06.03.2014 | 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 20.02.2014 | 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.

Privacy Fit for a Prince?

Amber Melville-Brown | Posted 22.09.2013 | UK
Amber Melville-Brown

Unlike most of the babies born on 22 July 2013, the Prince of Cambridge has been born with a silver spoon in his mouth and with a barrage of cameras in his face. His arrival will be heralded with gun salutes from the Tower of London.

Modern Day Slavery: Guantanamo Bay's Force Feeding Factory - Torture in Iraq

Rima Amin | Posted 09.09.2013 | UK Politics
Rima Amin

A legal filing lodged to the US federal government by lawyers acting on behalf of four detainees refer to procedures at Guantanamo Bay could create a potentially dangerous "force-feeding factory" during Ramadan.

'It's the Legal Economy, Stupid'

Brian John Spencer | Posted 27.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Brian John Spencer

The real world picture of law school as it exists before your face isn't very pretty. The findings are wholly common sense and self-evident to the average observer. And that's not me being harsh, the Sunday Times said the same.

Legal Aid Reform Is Necessary

Lord McNally | Posted 25.06.2013 | UK Politics
Lord McNally

We can't escape the fact that legal aid is taxpayers' money. It's not free and certainly is not a bottomless pot. We need to get the best value from every penny spent and we have made progress already in delivering a more efficient, targeted legal aid system.

Should We Sue the NHS?

Ed Fletcher | Posted 20.06.2013 | UK
Ed Fletcher

Each month we hear of hundreds of new negligence cases. There are countless examples of people who have been denied basic care such as food or water. It's all desperately depressing stuff, but would you deny these people, or their families, the chance to use compensation to rebuild their lives, which have been irrevocably changed forever?

Parental Rights - What Do You Need to Know if Your Child Shops Online?

Jean-Marc Noel | Posted 30.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Jean-Marc Noel

Without awareness, parents could be in for a big shock when they receive the next bank statement if the credit card has been 'borrowed'. Parents must understand the impact online shopping has on their children - then they can learn about their rights and obligations to maintain control.

Law School: The Default Career Choice

Brian John Spencer | Posted 07.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Brian John Spencer

Seven years ago I entered law school and five years later I left law school jobless. I also left law school without a day of practical experience; without an ounce of interview experience or even the faintest idea of what it was actually like to practice law.

New Legal Challenge to End the Detention of Asylum-Seekers

Jerome Phelps | Posted 29.06.2013 | UK Politics
Jerome Phelps

We are in a high security wing of Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre, just outside Heathrow Airport, to run an advice workshop. Often, we find people with urgent needs for advice and advocacy. But today, almost everyone I see is an asylum-seeker on the Detained Fast Track, which means that there is little that we can do to help.