Mrs Owens: a divorce in 2017

The concept of “no fault divorce” has gained traction in recent years, but the recent case of Owens v Owens and the image it conjures up of a wife trapped in a loveless marriage has concentrated people’s minds on the issue. As the case heads towards a further appeal hearing in the Supreme Court, David Burrows comments on the prospects for reforming a law to meet its legislators’ true intentions nearly half a …

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ICLR Busfield Prize: 2017 Winner announced

ICLR is pleased to announce that the winner of the ICLR Busfield Prize 2017 is Ms Sophie Clayton.

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Family Law No Island: Legal professional privilege and family law

Continuing his series discussing the impact on family law and practice of legal developments in other areas, David Burrows considers the effect of legal professional privilege in the context of advice given by lawyers to those engaged in family law disputes and the circumstances in which the right to confidentiality of such advice may be lifted.

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Weekly Notes: legal news from ICLR — 31 July 2017

This is our last round up of recent legal news and commentary for this Trinity law term, with updates on access to justice, Brexit, corporate manslaughter and presidential tweetering on the brink of chaos. The next Weekly Notes won’t be until the beginning of the Hilary Term in October, but we’ll continue posting case notes, reviews and occasional points of law over the vacation.

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Weekly Notes: legal news from ICLR — 17 July 2017

Powers old, new, borrowed and blue are contained in the Lesser (or Not Quite So Great) Repeal Bill announced this week as our legislative rocket ejector seat for Brexit. This and other news in a roundup that struggles in vain to cope with all the legal stuff going on right now. Sigh.

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#AALL17 – Austin, here we come!

Team ICLR is in Austin, Texas for the 110th Annual Meeting & Conference of the American Association of Law Libraries. The theme this year is “Forego the status quo”, which is something we all seem to be having to do anyway these days, in the political sphere. But in the legal sphere, maybe the big changes are yet to come.


In the words of its promoters, this conference is our opportunity as a supplier …

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Book review: The Supreme Court — A Guide for Bears, by Isobel Williams

The UK Supreme Court welcomes visitors from all over the world. But, says the blurb on the back of this delightful book by artist and blogger Isobel Williams, one important audience has been overlooked: bears. So they have produced their own guide, which is reviewed here by Paul Magrath.

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Weekly Notes: legal news from ICLR — 10 July 2017

This week’s roundup of legal news and commentary includes digital justice and the online courts hackathon, gripes about the Grenfell inquiry, a new guide for families caught up in the courts, and the G20 summit of world leaders (and a fringe summit of anti-globalisation protesters) in Germany. But first, here’s a photograph to mark the Law Society’s support for #LegalPride this weekend. (Updated 11 July with extra links.)


Courts Back to the future

Plans for …

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Book review: Calling down the storm, by Peter Murphy

“Judge not, lest ye be judged” goes the Biblical saying. But what happens when the judge himself is under suspicion? This is the awful prospect facing a recently appointed High Court judge in Peter Murphy’s absorbing new courtroom thriller, Calling Down the Storm.

In the pages of this novel, notorious historical figures like Lord Lucan rub shoulders with the complex characters of Murphy’s fictional legal world: the clients and lawyers, the police and expert witnesses, and above …

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Weekly Notes: legal news from ICLR — 3 July 2017

This week’s roundup of legal news and commentary ranges from the wheels of justice to the deals of politics, with appointments and disappointments on the way. It’s Dup Dup Go! for Theresa May, and less is more for Moore-Bick’s show. The new Lord Chancellor was sworn in under heavy robes on a sweltering day and still heavier obligations (for as long as he shall stay). Plus good news and bad from other jurisdictions.UPDATED 5 July.

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