Book Review: Kid Gloves, by Adam Mars-Jones

In a blend of biography, memoir and a certain amount of amateur legal analysis, Adam Mars-Jones discusses his sometimes difficult relationship with his father, the High Court judge Sir William Mars-Jones, whom he cared for in his declining years and now recalls both as a private man with his family and as a public figure in the law. Paul Magrath reviews Kid Gloves: A Voyage Round My Father.

Sir William Mars-Jones was a High Court judge …

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Weekly Notes: legal news from ICLR – 22 January 2016

The week’s roundup of legal news and comment includes the Miranda case on the use of anti-terror law against journalists, calls for change in the law on sexual offences, a discussion of the pros and cons of print and digital media and of printing on vellum or paper, and, in our international section, some egregious disappearances from Hong Kong.

Miranda case Legality of stop and search and the meaning of terrorism

On 19 January the Court of Appeal ruled …

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Case Note: R (Miranda) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2016] EWCA Civ 6

Case Note: R (Miranda) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2016] EWCA Civ 6

A transcript of the Court of Appeal’s judgment in R (Miranda) v SSHD [2016] EWCA Civ 6 can be found here. [Hat tip to @RichGreenhill for nudging me that the transcript was available on BAILII].


David Miranda was stopped and detained by police at Heathrow airport in August 2013 under para 2(1) of Schedule 7 to the Terrorism Act 2000.

Paragraph 2(1) provides:

(1) An examining officer may question a person to whom this paragraph …

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Annual Notes 2015: review of the year

Annual Notes 2015: review of the year

A survey of themes and variations in the major legal news and developments of the past twelve months, including the anniversaries of Magna Carta and the ICLR, the general election, the legal implications of the war on terror, and some of the year’s more newsworthy cases.

Paris attacks and the “terror dividend”

The year was bookended by horrific terror attacks in Paris. On 7 January gunmen broke into the offices of the French satirical comic, Charlie …

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Criminal Law – 2015 Case Law Review

Law Reporting

Introduction to the Review

The purpose of this Review is to pull together the most significant criminal cases decided in 2015 into one place and to provide a short “snippet” on each that e ncapsulates the principle of law for which they stand as authority.

There are many superior alternatives to this sort of “updater” available and by no means does this Review purport to be exhaustive or definitive. On the other hand, this Review is made available free of …

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Book review: Jeremy Hutchinson’s Case Histories

Jeremy Hutchinson, who later became Lord Hutchinson of Lullington QC, was a leading criminal defence advocate, involved in many of the most important cases of the 1960s and 70s, particularly those involving espionage, official secrecy and various forms of censorship. Paul Magrath reviews a celebration of Hutchinson’s most interesting cases, written up by fellow barrister Thomas Grant.

Let’s begin with ABC

I first came across Jeremy Hutchinson when researching, as a student, an article on the Official Secrets …

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