Weekly Notes: legal news from ICLR – 29 May 2015

This week’s big news at home was the Queen’s Speech, with its promise of laws to come, while abroad the biggest event was the dawn raid detention of seven Fifa executives on an alleged corruption rap. Plus other legal news and events.


Human Rights are Left (for the moment) So will British Bill just Peter out?

It was all going to be so exciting. The Common Sense Revolution. The Hundred Days of solid gold achievement. Out …

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Case Law On Trial: 1971 to 1995

Find out which cases have been getting the most votes for inclusion in our special Anniversary Edition, to celebrate ICLR’s sesquicentenary. We’ve been reporting cases for 150 years and now we’re putting them all on trial. Which cases made the biggest difference in the development of the common law? Which are the landmarks that really stand out? We need you to give us your verdict.


This fourth voting period, 1971 to 1995, saw a rapid growth in the development of judicial …

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We walked the walk! Please help support legal advice

The ICLR team walked the London Legal Walk. Here are some pictures.










Our team was:-

Georgina Orde, Susanne Rook, Celia Fox, Scott McGlinchey, Matthew Brotherton


We were walking with the Lord Chief Justice and thousands of lawyers to raise funds for the London Legal Support Trust …

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Weekly Notes: legal news from ICLR – 22 May 2015

This week’s conversazione in the salon of law and justice includes a ministerial dressing up, an unmade cake that made the law, a turn of the rainbow tide in the Emerald Isle and a bit of a hoo-hah over who does what, in court or out, and whether they should have or not.



Installing the new Gove-rnor This week our new Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, Michael Gove, was sworn into office, …

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Chancery, chess and chicanery: “And is there Honey Still for Tea?” by Peter Murphy

Book review by Paul Magrath It is the mid-1960s and Ben Shroeder is a young barrister struggling to establish his career in the snobbish and prejudiced world of the English Bar. This is the third novel in a series which began with A Higher Duty, in which he served pupillage in the set of chambers which in the end was persuaded, against the odds, to accept him as a junior tenant; and continued with A Matter for the …

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Coda: Spirit of Led Zeppelin (between rock and a hard case)

Is Taurus claim all bull?

Side one:

Whole Lotta Law D’yer mak’er (copy of someone else’s song)? The Song Remains the Same (or does it?) Going to California (to file proceedings in the district court of LA)

Side two:

The Twelve Writs of Dr (not very) Sardonicus (Randy) California Dreaming Law has Found a Way Why Can’t I Be Free (but my songs paid for)?


All right that’s enough spoof song titles. Now for the lyrics.

There’s a lady …

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Weekly Notes: legal news from ICLR – 15 May 2015

Weekly Notes: legal news from ICLR – 15 May 2015

This week’s conglomeration of legalities includes a sheaf of Bills, some more slicing and dicing of Legal Aid, and a call to arms from the CBA. Counter-Extremism Bill Passive tolerance under threat

One extremism deserves another, so religious extremism (which can lead to terrorism) is to be countered by a sort of digital extremism, from which “if you have done nothing wrong, you have nothing to fear”. Although some people seem to think you do, actually, because it’s unnecessary, disproportionate, and …

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We’re walking the walk! Sponsorship welcome

An ICLR team will be walking the London Legal Walk on 18 May 2015 to help raise funds for  free legal advice centres in and around London.

This is the 11th annual London Legal Walk and is the largest gathering of legal professionals in the UK all walking with friends and colleagues supporting access to justice.

We are walking with the Lord Chief Justice and thousands of lawyers to raise funds for the London Legal Support Trust which …

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Weekly Notes: legal news from ICLR – 8 May 2015

Weekly Notes: legal news from ICLR – 8 May 2015

This week’s roundup of legal news and events concentrates initially on the General Election, just in case you’ve not read anything about it anywhere else. Having regard to the Conservatives’ unexpected victory, what might it mean for law and justice? And we extend a nervous welcome to our new Lord Chancellor, Michael Gove. But first…

… this picture is the winner of the Magistrates Court Mock Trial – Court Artist Competition 2914-15, by Zoe Wright from Sir John Lawes School. It …

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Rolling review – What a Fix-Up!: The Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 by Carl Gardner

What a Fix-Up!: The Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 was published (as a Kindle download) on 5 May, just two days before the 2015 General Election. Its author, Garl Gardner, is a barrister who worked for 12 years as a lawyer in government service and currently writes the Head of Legal blog. He also teaches law and writes law reports for ICLR.

Given its immediate relevance to current events, and the pressure of time, I propose to review this book in stages, …

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