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Family law no island: Statutory charge or Pyrrhic damages

Points of Law

Continuing his series discussing the impact on family law and practice of legal developments in other areas, David Burrows considers the origins of the legal aid statutory charge in an old common law remedy developed in cases by reference to which the statutory provisions should still be construed.

Human Rights Act 1998 damages and legal aid

It is often said the old jokes are the best. So it is of case law; but only occasionally of wine. Of the legal aid statutory …

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Weekly Notes: legal news from ICLR — 20 March 2017

This week’s roundup of legal news and commentary covers everything from politics to war and a bit of law in between. Some lighter notes amid the gloom, but mostly they’re laughter in the dark.

 

Brexit & Breakup To lose one union may be regarded as a misfortune. To lose two looks like carelessness.

Parliament having finally voted to give the government power to issue notification under article 50 of the EU Treaty of …

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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.

 

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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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Weekly Notes: legal news from ICLR — 27 February 2017

The theme of this week’s roundup of legal news and commentary is the Law and the Press, but we’ve included some other topical material, including important new draft legislation, and the quest for a new Lord Chief Justice.

Press regulation HC Culture, Media & Sport committee slams press over regulatory failure IPSO granted year-long extension to comply with Leveson Report — yet another last chance saloon?

Wander into the long grass these …

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Justice Online: just as good? Joshua Rozenberg on the online court

Giving the first of three annual talks on the creation of the online court, Joshua Rozenberg painted an optimistic vision of a future in which civil litigation would become fast, efficient and affordable to all. Surveying the chequered history of courts modernisation over the last 30 years, he explained why it was hoped this particular government IT project would succeed where so many others seemed to have failed. The talk was largely drawn from Joshua’s recent e-book, The Online …

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Weekly Notes: legal news from ICLR — 20 February 2017

This week’s roundup of legal news and commentary features several items about the judiciary and two presidents, good and bad. There’s an interview with one of the ultimate (perhaps even supreme) guardians of the rule of law, and a call by another retired judge for the American president’s “Trumpeachment”. But we’re taking a break from Brexit this week, so you can come out from behind the sofa.

Judiciary On air

Anticipating his retirement later this year, on Thursday morning …

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