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Carbolic smoke bongs! A revealing post from BabyBarista

Carbolic smoke bongs! A revealing post from BabyBarista

Regrets? We’ve all had a few. Especially in our misspent youths. But as the latest post from the BabyBarista blog shows, there are some quite simple steps you can take to remedy even the most embarrassing (professionally speaking) lapses in your past.

Chambers were discussing one of the candidates for a third six pupillage today. “He’s by far and away the best-qualified of the applicants,” said OldSmoothie. “I completely agree,” said UpTights. “But we do have one …

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Practice makes perfect: a good argument deserves the best citation

Practice makes perfect: a good argument deserves the best citation

Some authorities are better than others; and some reports of those authorities are better than others. Don’t take our word for it: the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Judge has just issued a new practice direction on the matter.

It reiterates what a previous Lord Chief Justice, Lord Woolf, said a little over a decade ago in Practice Direction (Judgments: Form and Citation) [2001] 1 WLR 194, namely that where a case has been reported in the official Law Reports …

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Open justice – or least said soonest mended?

Open justice – or least said soonest mended?

We expect our judges to state their opinions in public – when giving judgment in open court. But in a week in which two senior judges have spoken outside court about the dangers of, er, judges speaking outside court, we should perhaps reflect on the other side of the same coin: the dangers of not being heard, in full, inside the court.

As you will no doubt be aware, if you visit our home page, ICLR publishes a daily …

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Children in need

Children in need

This month’s edition of PTSR includes a trilogy of Court of Appeal decisions concerning various aspects of a local authority’s duties under the Children Act 1989 to children in need. All in the Public and Third Sector Law Reports, providing the best coverage of charity and public law cases.

R (O) v East Riding of Yorkshire Council (Secretary of State for education intervening) [2012] PTSR 328 “raises an interesting and important question about the relationship of the 1989 …

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Libel reform: freedom, censorship and debate

Libel reform: freedom, censorship and debate

The stories that matter are the ones that go unheard. The threat of censorship is nothing new, but if we think that by living in a free country, with the right of free speech guaranteed by the article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights, we don’t need to worry about censorship, then we should think again, argues Nick Cohen in You Can’t Read This Book.

Subtitled “Censorship in an Age of Freedom”, Cohen’s book analyses a number …

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Avoid the imposter syndrome with the ICLR online

Avoid the imposter syndrome with the ICLR online

You’re a pupil, about to embark on your second six months. You’ve finally earned the right to appear in court on behalf of a client. You’ve got your first brief. Nervous? You should be.

“The problem is,” as one of the pupils depicted in the latest BabyBarista blog puts it, “that I’ll feel like a complete fraud. I mean, people have this image of barristers being all so well-qualified and everything and in actual fact I’ll have absolutely no …

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