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Sex, lies and pink tape in the age of scandal: “A Higher Duty” by Peter Murphy

A Higher Duty

In an exclusive gentlemen’s club in London, a group of men are discussing the future of their business. They are barristers and the question they must decide is who to keep – and who to keep out – as fellow tenants of their chambers. Two of them have pupils who would like to join, but one of the pupils is a woman, the other is Jewish. Cogent reasons are offered for preventing each of them joining chambers. For one …

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Least said soonest mended? Secret hearing at the Supreme Court

Lord Neuberger, President of the Supreme Court

Lord Neuberger, President of the Supreme Court, made the following statement in open court in the course of hearing an appeal from the Court of Appeal’s majority decision in Bank Mellat v HM Treasury (No 2) [2011] EWCA Civ 1

[2012] QB 101 [2011] 3 WLR 714 on appeal from Mitting J [2010] EWHC 1332 (QB) [2010] WLR (D) 148.

“Yesterday morning, having heard full argument on the issue the …

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Contumelious: the order of the day

Case Comment

If a party is charged with drawing up an order it is the duty of its solicitors and counsel to produce a draft that fairly reflects what they think the judge decided or directed. Thus spake Edwards-Stuart J on 14 March 2013 giving judgment in Webb Resolutions Ltd v JV Ltd (trading as Shepherd Chartered Surveyors) [2013] EWHC 509 (TCC) at para 19. So far, so uncontroversial. But he went on to say:

Save for the most complicated …

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Introducing His Honour Judge Pennyweather and the cab rank rule

J Penny Weather

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Let me introduce you to a new character in the BabyBarista fold: His Honour Judge Pennyweather who sits as a circuit judge outside London. He’s grumbly, eccentric, crusty and seemingly older than his 68 years would suggest. The first part of his name brings to mind a penny for your thoughts which seem to leak out from one orifice with the same incontinence from …

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Marital coercion: the ruling in R v Pryce

Sweeney J

Although it may only be of persuasive authority, the ruling on the defence of marital coercion raised in the trial of Vicky Pryce is of interest to criminal practitioners and, thanks to the invaluable Crimeline Updater, and the judge having withdrawn reporting restrictions, is now available online here. Ms Pryce was unanimously found guilty by the jury of the offence of perverting the course of justice when falsely accepting, on her husband Chris Huhne’s behalf, responsibility for a speeding offence …

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Banksy under the hammer: graffiti and the law

The news that a piece of London street art attributed to Banksy was to be auctioned in Miami has thrown up all sorts of interesting legal issues, as highlighted in a recent episode of Law in Action.

According to the Guardian report of the proposed sale,

“Unknown hands prised the artwork, entitled Slave Labour and showing a small barefooted boy making Union Jack bunting in a sewing machine, from the wall of a Poundland shop in Wood …

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