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Weekly Notes: legal news from ICLR — 25 April 2017

We mark the end of the Easter law vacation and the start of the new term with an update of legal news and commentary including the British and French elections, the fate of pending legislation, legal services regulation and a fatal ruling from SCOTUS.

Legislation The fate — and fatality — of bills

Theresa May’s spectacular u-turn on her earlier oft-repeated declaration that, as Prime Minister, she would not be calling an early election …

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The legacy of LASPO

It is four years since the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 came into effect, on April Fool’s day 2013. The Act itself was passed five years ago. Its effects, as we predicted at the time, have been seismic.

Image: The Manifesto …

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Bad Faith Bunnies — A bitter/sweet Easter Tale

Weekly Notes, the ICLR roundup of recent legal news and commentary, is currently on holiday. We’ll resume publication in the next law term, which begins on Tuesday, 25th April. In the meantime, here’s an Easter-flavoured tale from the archives of the Business Law Reports (Bus LR).

It’s all about that most festive of confections, the chocolate bunny.

Bitter rivalry between Swiss-based Chocoladefabriken …

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Weekly Notes: legal news from ICLR — 10 April 2017

This week’s roundup of legal news and commentary includes some of the sillier aspects of Brexit, along with judges behaving boldly, and a clearer view of transparency in the family courts. As the phoney war cools in Gibraltar the real one hots up in Syria.

Brexit No feel for ‘no deal’

The Exiting the European Union Committee concluded in its report last week that the Government’s assertion that “no deal is better than a bad …

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Restricted and Redacted: Where now for human rights and digital information control?

Last November the Information Law and Policy Centre Annual Lecture and Workshop brought together a wide range of legal academics, lawyers, policy-makers and interested parties to discuss the future of human rights and digital information control. Paul Magrath from ICLR was there. The papers from the workshop have recently been published in a special edition of Communications Law, vol 22.1 (2017).

The following summary of …

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Weekly Notes: legal news from ICLR — 3 April 2017

This week’s roundup of legal news and commentary is mainly about Brexit and what’s been happening – or not happening – in the courts, here and abroad.

Brexit Trigger warning

On 29 March, some 9 months after it had been mandated by the ‘will of the people’ as expressed in the EU referendum, Theresa May sent notification under article 50 of the EU Treaty of the UK’s intention to withdraw from the European Union. …

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Gavels to be used in English courts

Thanks to a controversial amendment to the Prisons and Courts Bill 2017, judges in England and Wales may soon be using gavels just like their American counterparts. The amendment has been put forward by the cross party Legal Heritage Committee of the House of Lords. It is said to be supported by a 2015 academic research paper* which concluded:

“Litigants in civil cases overwhelmingly reported that the decisive …

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