October 1, 2017

In recent years, the legal system has become more aware of domestic violence issues. In 2015, the Serious Crime Act introduced a law regarding controlling and coercive behaviour, making such mental abuse illegal in intimate or family relationships. It seems the legal system is finally attempting to step up when it comes to tackling the domestic abuse epidemic in the UK. But is there room for improvement within the existing laws?

Clare’s law, also known as The Domestic Abuse Disclosu...

September 10, 2017

Described as “The Most Robust, Yet Dynamic, Set of Data Laws in the World”, the UK’s Data Protection Act has remained unchanged for nearly 20 years, while technology and the use of data continue to advance every day. Data is everywhere – industries are reliant on it, the use of smart technology is built around it, and we constantly share our information both willingly and unknowingly through online services and smartphone apps. Unfortunately, an increase in data also means an incre...

September 5, 2017

As we’re drawing closer to the season of law firm applications, including first year schemes, vacation schemes and training contracts, I thought this would be the perfect time to discuss rejections. I think rejection is an inevitable phase of life and while some people may be lucky to achieve their goals much more easily, others may have to go through a series of rejection before they achieve that one goal. So, I’m here to tell you how to cope when you keep getting those inevitable...

August 29, 2017

When proposals were put forward in March 2016, and confirmed in May 2017, for a replacement for the Legal Practice Course (LPC) and Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) known as the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) to be introduced in 2020, it caused much speculation with future and aspiring lawyers, qualified lawyers in relation to the credibility of the qualifying Law Degree. What has not been considered yet, however, is whether the introduction of the SQE will bring equality int...

July 23, 2017

On the 7th June, I had the great pleasure of attending the Corporate Crime and Corporate Social Responsibility conference held at Canterbury Christ Church University. All of the speakers were incredible; however, three presentations struck a chord with me. These were: Master Desiree Artesi (Inner Temple); Dr Alison Lui (Liverpool John Moores University), and; John Christensen (Tax Justice Network). All three talks took very different approaches to a wider and somewhat troubling top...

July 16, 2017

The British are famous for many things: tea, the weather and, of course, biscuits. Every year we eat an exponential amount of shortbread, digestives and other baked snacks. But what is a biscuit? And, more importantly, do Jaffa Cakes fall into this category, contrary to their name?

In 1991, McVite’s famously appealed a decision to categorise Jaffa Cakes as biscuits in a VAT tribunal, which had required the company to pay higher VAT rates. In order to do this they baked a giant Jaffa...

July 9, 2017

My first year is finally over and I’m currently sat behind my laptop wondering where all the time flew to. It’s been an amazing year packed with a fair share of struggles, so, I think it’s safe to say that valuable lessons were learned.  Here are a few of them:

Good friends will come by: At university, especially in first year, most of us are desperate to make new friends so that we are not lonely or, at the very least, so that we have someone to sit with in lectures. The truth is t...

June 30, 2017

As we have seen recently, mergers between law firms are on the increase. There have been over 70 significant law firm mergers in the last five years.

New firms that have pursued this route include SNR Denton, Hogan Lovells and Squire Sanders Hammonds – and those are just a few of the largest examples. This topic was revisited again in 2015 and firms such as Baker Mckenzie, King & Wood Mallesons, Bond Dickinson, Herbert Smith Freehills, Ashurst and Bird & Bird have all been added to...

June 16, 2017

Inflation is one of those words that we hear in the news all too frequently. If nothing else, you’ve probably complained about the rising prices of beer at Wetherspoons. A simple way to define inflation is ‘as prices rise, your money becomes less valuable’. It doesn’t seem like this has a huge impact on your life if your pint rises by a few pence a year, but over a long period of time the effect of even low rates of inflation can be huge. In the UK, £10 from 1967 had the equivalent...

June 9, 2017

The Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (PACE) was introduced to balance the powers of the police and the rights of the individual. PACE is segmented into codes of practice, codes A-H, which give a number of statutory rights to police officers from pre-arrest stop and search to the treatment of suspects when in detention and questioning.

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Police officers must use PACE in conjunction with the Human Rights Act 1998 whilst also being in accordance with the European Convent...

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