South Africa: Are some politicians scandalising the courts? – Dario Milo

30 07 2015

South-African-Constitutional-CourtIn recent weeks, following the Al-Bashir scandal, some of our most powerful politicians have made provocative statements highly critical of aspects of our judiciary. Read the rest of this entry »

Will the ‘real story’ behind forced adoption please stand up? – Sarah Phillimore

28 07 2015

BAAF-logo-high-qualityI wrote one blog post last week which I thought was about one thing – the irritating promotion of a dangerous untruth that the UK is the ‘only’ country in Europe or even the World that permits ‘forced adoption’. Interestingly, the focus of my concerns soon shifted after it was pointed out to me that the article in the Independent which made much of this ‘fact’ was actually written by Caroline Selkirk, the Chief Executive of the British Association of Adoption and Fostering (BAAF). Read the rest of this entry »

Law and Media Round Up – 27 July 2015

27 07 2015

Round New 2The Sun has been relying on human rights arguments again this week. Despite its long term opposition to the Human Rights Act the newspaper argued, before the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (“IPT”), that the Metropolitan Police had infringed the rights of three of its reporters by accessing their phone records during the Plebgate incident. Read the rest of this entry »

News: UK Supreme Court holds that CFA regime is compatible with Human Rights Convention

22 07 2015

uksccrest2_400x400The UK Supreme Court today handed down judgment in the case of Coventry v Lawrence ([2015] UKSC 50) [pdf]. By a majority of 5:2 the Court held that the conditional fee and after the event insurance regime brought in by the Access to Justice Act 1999 (“the AJA regime”) was compatible with the European Convention on Human Rights. Read the rest of this entry »

Law and Media Round Up – 20 July 2015

20 07 2015

WeeklyNews2On 17 July 2015, the Divisional Court declared that section 1 of the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act 2014 was inconsistent with EU law and made an order for disapplication suspended until 31 March 2016. The Government has indicated its intention to appeal. Read the rest of this entry »

Law and Media Round Up – 13 July 2015 [Updated]

13 07 2015

Weekly Round UPThe most high profile case of the week was the judgment of Nicol J in the case of Starr v Ward ([2015] EWHC 1987 (QB)).  This attracted widespread media comment with a number of newspapers suggesting that Mr Starr now faces a £1 million legal bill.  We had a case comment on this decision. Read the rest of this entry »

Law and Media Round Up – 6 July 2015

6 07 2015

Law and Media UpdateOn 1 July 2015 the jury at the Central Criminal Court returned a verdict of not guilty at the trial of Neil Wallis, former deputy editor of the News of the World, on a charge of conspiracy to intercept mobile telephone voicemail messages. Mr Wallis had told the jury that he had no idea that his fellow News of the World executives were conspiring to hack phones. Read the rest of this entry »


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