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Walking for justice. The ICLR at the London Legal Walk

London Legal Walk - We Will BE Walking 2013

A team from ICLR will be walking the walk, literally, and with as much sponsorship as we can muster from all our generous supporters, to raise money for the very good cause of providing legal advice to those who really need it at a time when public legal funding is being savagely cut.

The walk has been organised to benefit the London Legal Support Trust, which was established in 2004 as an independent charity to raise funds for …

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Nothing new under the sun: prolix pleaders then and now

Case Comment

In a recent Commercial case Standard Bank plc v Via Mat International Ltd [2013] EWCA Civ 490 the Court of Appeal drew attention to Khader v Aziz (Note) [2010] 1 WLR 2673, reiterated its warning against the unnecessary length of skeleton arguments and reminded parties of the possibility of the sanction of adverse costs orders.

Aikens LJ recognised that the problem was not new. He said, at paras 29-30:

In a reported case, Mylward v Weldon (1596) …

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CALL 2013 Montreal – Amongst friends

CALL 2013 Montreal stand

At the annual gathering of the Canadian Association of Law Librarians (CALL) 5-8 May 2013, sponsored in part by ICLR. 

Conference Diary by Rebecca Herle, Head of Marketing and Operations.

After an eventful entrance to the city I refer to as Belle Ville, Montreal, a few bags searched and a less than legal taxi journey, the ICLR team arrived safely at the Sheraton downtown. We decamped for a quick beer only to be swamped by a mass of Red: the …

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HHJ Pennyweather, the legal arms race and grumpy old judge syndrome

J Penny Weather

Sometimes I really think that the supposedly cleverest people in the world are in fact the most stupid. A case which came before me last week illustrates this point perfectly. It started life as an uncomplicated personal injury matter which should have settled out of court many years ago. But instead what happened was that the solicitor in his wisdom passed the case to a barrister for advice. All well and good except that this clever young and earnest …

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Modern marriage defined: a spectrum that includes many shades of grey? A very Jamesian problem

Modern marriage defined

At a time when Parliament is considering whether to legalise same-sex marriage, and when modern medicine has severed the links between sex and procreation, Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division, giving the latest ICLR Annual Lecture, pointed to the “immense gulf” which separates our world from that of the Victorians, and asked how much of the traditional legal definition of marriage still survives today?

A few days later, in the ICLR Annual Mooting competition finals, the problem …

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