Criminal law updates – May round-up

woolwich murder

By Lyndon Harris Legal Aid demo Chris Grayling and his Ministry of Justice colleagues are plotting to decimate legal aid and generally destroy the criminal justice system. Unsurprisingly, the legal profession are not taking this lying down. Here are some blogs exploring the issues, and (should you need convincing) explaining why you should care about […]

Leveson report: law on libel and the Press Complaints Commission

Leveson report

By Elaine Freer It was perhaps timely, following so soon as it did in the wake of the Leveson Report, that an Australian radio station telephoned the private hospital where the Duchess of Cambridge was being treated for acute morning sickness, and pretended to be the Queen. Whilst it was amusing that the presenters, who […]

Press regulations and prank calls: Rumpole and the Regulator

Press regulations

By Felicity Gerry This week headlines have been dominated by the recommendations from the Leveson Inquiry; and the two Australian DJs, whose prank call to the hospital treating the Duchess of Cambridge led to the nurse who took the call taking her own life. Yet again, we are asking questions about press freedom and whether […]

e-G8: the battle lines are forming


By Simon Hetherington Internet regulation has been on the front-burner at the e-G8 summit this week – a technology-meets-government curtain-raiser to the full G8 meeting; and it’s clear the predictable and obvious battle lines are forming. First: the pro-regulators. Governments, for example, most of whom would adopt to some degree President Sarkozy’s view that the […]