Articles in the Blog Category
By Dan Bunting
British (or English and Welsh) justice is, we are told, the best in the world. It is not hyperbole to say that this is currently under threat and there is a real risk that this will no longer ring true in a few years’ time.
If there’s one figure that sums up the issues criminal lawyers face it is this – the average profit margin for a solicitors firm is 6.3%. On 20 March this year the income to a solicitors firm will be cut by 8.75%. How can that …
By Michelle Heeley
Abortion is an emotive subject, regardless of political persuasion. It is one of the few issues that genuinely has the ability to polarise opinion, with neither side likely to be persuaded to the other’s point of view.
Fortunately this country has not yet gone down the American route with abortion being played out as a party political issue. Generally, MPs are given a free vote on topics surrounding the issue with party leaders recognising that the whip could be difficult to enforce on an area dominated by personal views.
By Robert Bryan
The Child Maltreatment Bill has barely progressed towards the statute book – and perhaps with good reason.
This Private Member’s Bill, presented to the House on the 19th June 2013, is due for its second reading in the House of Commons on the 28th February 2014.
It is being brought in an attempt to change perceived “outdated” child neglect laws to include emotional and psychological abuse. The Bill professes to, “make provision about the physical and emotional welfare of children”. It does so by amendment and substitution of new ss …
By Oliver Kirk
In the current moral panic about neknominate and people dropping dead after drinking two pints of gin, the “something must be done brigade” are suggesting that one of the things that might be done is to hold neknominators criminally responsible for their actions and the deaths of their neknominees.
Whilst it is certainly true that any neknominator whose neknominee dies after drinking too much too fast would have some uncomfortable questions to answer from friends and family and a Coroners Officer, is it really the case that an arrest …
By Elaine Freer
Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale were convicted of murdering Fusilier Lee Rigby last year. Sentencing was adjourned, however, until such time as the domestic courts had ruled on the legality of the whole life tariff following the Strasbourg ruling in Vinter v UK.
The ECtHR held in Vinter that to impose a whole life tariff period with no prospect of review, and thus no hope of release, was incompatible with the Human Rights Act. Last week the Court of Appeal nonetheless upheld the whole life tariff in the cases …