Weekly Notes: legal news from ICLR – 27 May 2016

This week’s roundup of legal news and comment deals with crime, sentencing and legal services, among other matters. Best enjoyed over a cup of tea or coffee.

Sentencing Law Com paper on transition to New Sentencing Code

The Law Commission this month published their report, A New Sentencing Code for England and Wales: Transition – Final Report and Recommendations (Law Com No 365). It’s part of an ambitious but long overdue project to codify …

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#barristerpoetry – a blossoming of talent in the timeline

Over the last couple of weeks a Twitter hashtag started by an employment law barrister has taken flight and prompted a stream of witty contributions. As the gardens of the Inns of Court bloomed in the glorious sunshine outside, barristers chafing indoors at their desks in chambers or waiting for their case to come on at court idled away the time by giving a legal twist to their favourite lines of verse. In this post we collect some of …

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Weekly Notes: legal news from ICLR – 20 May 2016

This week’s roundup of legal news and commentary includes smoke’n’mirrors, smoke without fire (or the absence thereof), smoke in plain packaging, and a trade mark relating in a roundabout way to smoke on the water. Plus a veritable Queen’s peach of a legislative programme and other offerings from the fruitbowl of news. Best enjoyed with coffee or tea and a sense of humour.


Queen’s Speech 2016


Highlights and commentary

This week the Queen’s officially opened the new …

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We walked the walk! Please help support legal advice in 2016

The ICLR team walked the London Legal Walk. Our team of law reporters and editors included Celia Fox, Isobel Collins, Scott McGlinchey, Georgina Orde, Susanne Rook and Tom Barnes. Here are some photographs taken along the way.




We were walking with the Lord Chief Justice and thousands of lawyers to raise funds for the London Legal Support Trust which funds Law Centres and pro bono agencies in and around London. We know that these agencies do a fantastic …

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Weekly Notes: legal news from ICLR – 13 May 2016

This week’s scenic tour of legal news and comment includes human rights legislation, the employment law of footwear, protection of intellectual property and a plea for students to slough off their intellectual bubblewrap.

Human Rights HL report coldwaters Bill of Rights proposal

Repealing the Human Rights Act 1998 would, said the House of Lords EU Justice sub-committee in a report published on 9 May, damage the UK’s standing within the Council of Europe and the …

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ICLR at CALL 2016 – Competences, Challenges, Connections

COMPETENCIES, CHALLENGES, CONNECTIONS is the theme for the Canadian Association of Law Libraries/L’Association canadienne des bibliothèques de droit annual Conference 2016, which is being held at Vancouver, British Columbia.

The Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL) is dedicated to promoting the networking, professional development and career growth of all law librarians in Canada, no matter where they work. This year’s annual conference takes place at the Westin Bayshore Hotel in Vancouver, British Columbia, between 15 …

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Weekly Notes: legal news from ICLR – 6 May 2016

This week’s roundup of legal news and commentary includes press freedom (or lack of it), probation services, undercover anonymity, copyright infringement, and pupillage. Enjoy!

Human Rights World Press Freedom Day

On 3 May each year we celebrate World Press Freedom Day, which was first proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 1993, following a recommendation adopted at UNESCO’s General Conference in 1991. You can read more about it on the website of IFEX (an international …

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Weekly Notes: legal news from ICLR – 29 April 2016

This week’s dance round the legal maypole includes news and commentary about the historic fresh inquest verdicts from Hillsborough, a Home Secretarial salvo against Strasbourg, three tiers of judicial recruitment, and problems with fair trials.



Hillsborough verdicts

A second set of inquests into the deaths of 96 football fans killed at the Hillsborough football stadium in April 1989 has concluded, after hearings lasting two years, that the deceased were unlawfully killed. Under the …

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