Weekly Notes: legal news from ICLR – 27 November 2015

This week’s autumn review includes a spending spree on the courts, a change of forum shopping habits, a speaker denied a hearing, a monkey pressing his suit, an exemption withdrawn and a gateway moved. Plus the various horrors of injustice in foreign parts.

Autumn statement Chancellor spins on a sixpence

Acting on better than expected forecasts, the Chancellor of the Exchequer in his Autumn Statement and spending review pulled a golden rabbit out of his battered old austerity top …

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PRIME – Opening up the legal profession

What does diversity look like in the legal profession? How can law firms do more to encourage applicants from less privileged backgrounds? Are there relevant differences between law firms and their corporate clients, such as Tesco or the National Grid? Are there regulatory constraints which prevent the professions from opening up different ways in?

These were some of the issues discussed at a conference organised by PRIME and the Legal Social Mobility Partnership (LSMP) and held in the …

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Weekly Notes: legal news from ICLR – 20 November 2015

This week’s roundup of legal news and comment includes information technology in the courts, legal information in the library, a regulatory sandbox for financial product development, and a pair of litigious dogs being hounded out of court.

Civil Litigation Back to the future that never was… will it be now?

At his recent press conference on 17 November, the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, when asked about the problem of access to justice, admitted

“we have …

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Weekly Notes: legal news from ICLR – 13 November 2015

This week’s platinum album of legal news and comment includes lyrical logic and poetic justice, along with a threatened library and a tender-hearted omnishambles.

Prisons “Stone walls do not a prison make…

No indeed. They can just as easily be turned into a luxury town centre hotel or new housing development. Hence the Chancellor’s announcement this week that he would sell off old Victorian jails, which are on prime land for housing development, and replace them with a series …

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British Bill of Rights (Sunday Times edition)

British Bill of Rights (Sunday Times edition)

Last weekend, the Sunday Times obligingly published details of what was described as “a draft of the government’s blueprint to replace the Human Rights Act with a British bill of rights”. However, the details breathlessly disclosed suggested whoever had written or leaked details of the “blueprint” had no idea what they were really talking about.

Indeed, the more one hears about it, the less one really believes the government will actually change anything substantive in the Human Rights Act.

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Weekly Notes: legal news from ICLR – 6 November 2015

This week’s roundup of legal news and events covers Pro Bono week, litigants in person, investigatory powers and freedom of information, plus human rights and inhuman wrongs from around the globe. Pro Bono week Attorney General kicks off annual celebration

The start of the 14th National Pro Bono Week was marked on Monday 2 November  by a speech by Jeremy Wright QC, the Attorney General, who remarked that this important annual national event had first been organised by the Attorney General’s …

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Book Review : Delivering Family Justice in the 21st Century

Reviewed by Sarah Phillimore Delivering Family Justice in the 21st Century (Edited by Mavis Maclean, John Eekelaar & Benoit Bastard, Hart Publishing, 2015)

This is a wide ranging work – there are nineteen Chapters over four separate parts. The first two parts examine law and delivering family justice, examining the role of Judges and the courts in such delivery. Part III looks at the current context of practice and policy and how courts are being bypassed …

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Of Common Law, Statute and things…

Points of Law

Guest post by David Burrows


Common law and statute law: the hierarchy of law-making

English and Welsh law is made up of common law and statute law – what I shall call, together, primary law; and, of the two, statute law will always trump common law. Common law is made for the most part by judges of the High Court, Upper Tribunal, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. Statute law is made by Parliament (strictly speaking by the queen …

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