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Weekly Notes: legal news from ICLR — 13 March 2017

This week’s roundup of legal news and commentary features the Lord Chancellor, a crisis in the judiciary, libellous tweets, and the Lords and Knights of Brexit. In short, another mixed bag of goodies (and baddies).

Policy Lord Chancellor interviewed, wriggles a bit, slips off hook

Last week’s BBC Radio 4 Law in Action programme was wholly taken up with an unintentionally revealing interview of the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, …

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ICLR Open University Law Society Mooting Competition 2017

The Grand Final of the ICLR Open University Law Society Mooting Competition 2017 was held in the main courtroom at the UK Supreme Court, before Baroness Hale of Richmond DPSC. Paul Magrath was there.  Drawings by Isobel Williams.

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“Setting a precedent” – what does it actually mean? (Transparency Project)

In this guest post from the Transparency Project, barrister Lucy Reed explains the doctrine of precedent and how it works in practice, correcting a mistake made by more than one newspaper recently in reporting the financial dispute arising out of a divorce.

 

On 27 February 2017 The Telegraph reported on an ongoing appeal in the Court of Appeal by a wealthy wife (Mrs Sharp) in respect of the financial order made following her divorce. Continue Reading

Weekly Notes: legal news from ICLR — 6 March 2017

This week’s roundup of legal news and commentary deals with snooping, whistleblowing and journalism as well as judicial appointments and legal aid fees. Stormy political weather continues across the pond.

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Guilty until proven innocent? — Lecture by Professor Jo Delahunty QC

Giving the second of a series of lectures at Gresham College on the difference between crime and family law proceedings, Jo Delahunty QC spoke about the use of expert medical evidence in cases concerning the death or serious injury of a child. She explored, by way of example, one of her own most challenging cases, that of baby Jayden Wray, in which severe rickets and vitamin D deficiency could have accounted for what at first seemed a case of gross …

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