Weekly Notes: legal news from ICLR – 31 October 2016

This week’s tricks and treats of legal news and commentary include a rough ride for Uber’s business model, an impressive recognition of a new press regulator, a review of the super-regulator of legal services, and transatlantic trade and data deals under scrutiny. Welcome to Pumpkin Court chambers.


Employment law Uber drivers should get worker protection, says ET

An Employment Tribunal has given a preliminary ruling on the question whether freelance cab drivers hired by Uber, the “disruptive” …

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Weekly Notes: legal news from ICLR – 24 October 2016

This week’s ragbag of legal news and commentary includes a pardon for the gaily innocent and a slap on the wrist for the deeply offensive, a capital anagram for the meaning of Brexit, morale boosting power for the justices, and a trial by battle of criminal textbooks.


Turing’s Law Posthumous pardon for historic homosexual offenders

Thousands of gay and bisexual men convicted of now abolished sexual offences will be posthumously pardoned, Justice Minister Sam Gyimah announced on …

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Regulation roundabout: legal services at a critical turning – where to now?

A number of stories about legal services regulation have surfaced over the last few months, some of them calling into question the future of legal regulation, if not the professions they regulate, and most of them pointing back in some way to the regulators’ regulator, the Legal Services Board (LSB). This roundup covers the most interesting or notorious ones. 


A Vision of the future

The LSB itself published a report Evaluation: Changes in the legal …

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Weekly Notes: legal news from ICLR – 17 October 2016

This week’s roundup of legal news and commentary includes judges speaking on history, law reform, courts modernisation and legal ethics; plus updates on Brexit, hate crime, social media and standards (or their absence) in public life.


Brexit law Brexitigation: hearing proper commences

On Thursday the much anticipated (as well as eagerly awaited) proceedings in the case of Regina (Miller & anr) v Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union (Birnie & ors intervening) (CO/3809/2016; CO/3281/2016) commenced before the The …

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Pupillage advice: words of wisdom for pupils

As she settles into her training for life at the Bar, Sophia Stapleton, winner of the inaugural ICLR Pupillage Award, has been collecting nuggets of advice from barristers and judges on what to expect and how to deal with it. In this post she shares some of those words of wisdom.


Like many other pupils across the country this year, my pupillage began in October. Preparing for pupillage, I was incredibly excited, but also very nervous …

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Old Case Law to Construe a New Rule

Points of Law

Set aside: a new rule for financial relief proceedings

By David Burrows

It cannot often be that you need a seventy-year old case to construe a brand new statutory provision; but the recent addition of rule 9.9A to the Family Procedure Rules 2010 (application to set aside a financial remedy order) makes such a demand: see Peek v Peek [1948] P 46 (pdf); [1947] 2 All ER 578 (PDA Div Ct: Lord Merriman P and Wallington J).

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Weekly Notes: legal news from ICLR – 10 October 2016

This week’s roundup of legal news and commentary covers the start of the new law term and the conclusion of the political conference season, with media, privacy and employment issues also discussed. There’s poetry amidst the pain, and content from home and abroad.

Legal profession Lord Chancellor’s breakfast

Or should that be the new low-budget Lord Chancellor’s coffee morning to promote an increasingly pro bono and make-do-and-mend justice system? But the dressing up box still comes …

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The Criminal Law Update – Autumn 2016

The very fact that criminal cases account for around a quarter of ICLR’s annual coverage is testament to the fact that English criminal law is in a continual state of development and adjustment in the courts. For criminal practitioners, this means continual effort must be applied to keeping track of the ever-changing rules and points of procedure that crop up in practice.


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Pupillage advice: welcome to the rollercoaster ride of a life at the Bar

This first week of the Michaelmas Term is traditionally the time when pupils start their training for life at the Bar. His Honour John Samuels QC,  Chairman of the Lincoln’s Inn Pupillage Scheme has some useful words of advice.

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Weekly Notes: legal news from ICLR – 3 October 2016

Welcome back! In this week’s roundup we catch up with some of the legal news and events that you may have missed over the summer vacation, as well as some more recent stories. as we prepare to get busy with the new legal term. 

Breaking… Brexit latest Government announces “Bill to repeal the European Communities Act 1972 (but retain all the laws enacted or implemented thereunder) (because Brexit) 2016”

The official announcement came from the Department for …

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