Stefan R M Lancy

Entries by Stefan R M Lancy

Class Actions, Litigation Funding and the Law

(0) Comments | Posted 31 May 2016 | (00:13)

Class actions, or 'representative proceedings' as they're more formally known, have emerged from being a little used legal mechanism to a significant and growing area of litigation. The procedure itself has existed in English court rules since 1883(1) and emerged in their current form in Australia in 1992 at the...

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Hide and Seek: The Right to Privacy

(0) Comments | Posted 12 September 2015 | (04:10)

Following on from my previous post on the right to be forgotten, a related and ever expanding area of law is that of the right to privacy. It's a controversial area that pits citizens against governments, large multinational corporations and each other. With the advent of big data and the...

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Forget Me Not: The Legal Right to Be Forgotten

(0) Comments | Posted 20 April 2015 | (07:51)

Do you fancy your grandchildren being able to see that Saturday night pic from your student days in thirty years time? Your great-grandchildren or even their friends? What do you think happens to all these texts, Facebook posts, tweets and Instagram photos as you age and move through the different...

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Legal Tips for Bloggers

(0) Comments | Posted 19 March 2015 | (01:01)

As a law student I often get asked by friends and friends of friends who have online blogs such as this, small online stores or who use Wordpress or similar website development programs, how they can protect their work online and when they might fall foul of copyright laws. Sometimes...

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Introduction to Hedge Funds

(1) Comments | Posted 29 December 2014 | (01:08)

Hedge funds and private equity funds are subject to constant speculation and media interest. They're complicated, challenging and highly specialized investments vehicles that aren't always easily understood. Recently they've been popping up in the news ranging from train fare evading hedge fund managers in the City of London to New...

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Student Finance 101

(0) Comments | Posted 31 July 2014 | (09:34)

The mere mention of 'student finance' amongst my friends usually results in about a 75-15% split between gnashing of teeth and head-hanging or a carefree, Quixotic rallying cry of 'it's an adventure, don't stress!' and 'buy now, pay much later'. I'm somewhere in the middle and try not to lose...

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Don't Look Back (Too Much)

(0) Comments | Posted 26 May 2014 | (09:22)

Brace yourselves, this may come as something of a surprise. I've dropped out of Oxford. Yes, I know. It's something of an about face considering my previous posts but hear me out. I left, not due to egregious academic incompetence, lewd or licentious behaviour beneath hall tables or even to...

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Exodus: University Style

(0) Comments | Posted 21 December 2013 | (14:21)

The start of December marks a mass exodus of students from university. We are flung to various outposts, some local and some rather exotic as our colleges send us packing; eagerly anticipating the lucrative conference and holiday crowds. Save for a few hangers-on who volunteer to assist the doe-eyed, nervous...

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Surviving Career Fairs

(0) Comments | Posted 7 November 2013 | (07:35)

There is a curious phenomenon not at all restricted to my university known as the Careers Fair. Here, barely a day goes by where there is not some new fair rolling into town. Today was the Internship Fair. The last one was the somewhat dry and strangely indefinable occupation known...

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Third Week Jitters

(0) Comments | Posted 31 October 2013 | (08:59)

The third week of teaching has almost ended and already there are secretive, hushed meeting between freshers about our place here. Why are we here and What are we doing? Dare we even voice such questions? However, with the not so recent proposal by our Vice Chancellor to raise our...

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Coming Up to Oxford

(0) Comments | Posted 28 October 2013 | (17:29)

I arrived in the City of Dreaming Spires aboard the dimly lit 5am bus from Heathrow on the 7th October. I remember it precisely because I had been awake for the past twenty of twenty-four hours on a flight from Australia. Needless to say, I was not quite starry-eyed, more...

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