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Jane Bewsey QC reflects on 'A Year Like No Other'

Jane Bewsey QC reflects on ‘A Year Like No Other’

Jane Bewsey QC offered a Chambers perspective reflecting on the last 12 months during the Covid crisis. Writing for New Law Journal, she commented: "When we surveyed our members during lockdown, the thing that was mentioned most often by those of every age was that they missed social interaction—not the ...
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UNFORGOTTEN: TRUE TO LIFE?

UNFORGOTTEN: TRUE TO LIFE?

Whether it be Sherlock Holmes, Miss Marple, Hercule Poirot, Father Brown or something more recent such as Line of Duty everybody loves a good murder mystery. And of recent television series, one of the most successful and popular is Unforgotten, with its atmospheric opening theme (All We Do by Oh ...
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RLC Door Tenant Professor Susan Edwards and Professor Kris Gledhill write for Counsel Magazine

RLC Door Tenant Professor Susan Edwards and Professor Kris Gledhill write for Counsel Magazine

"The issues considered in New Zealand’s Kempson v R echo calls for urgent law reform in England and Wales through the Domestic Abuse Bill and a standalone strangulation offence." Read the full piece here: [Counsel Magazine] Professor Susan Edwards Susan Edwards is Professor in Law Emerita Buckingham and door tenant ...
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Faye Rolfe examines the long-awaited judgement in the case between KBR Inc. and the SFO

Faye Rolfe examines the long-awaited judgement in the case between KBR Inc. and the SFO

R (on the application of KBR, Inc) (Appellant) v Director of the Serious Fraud Office (Respondent) [2021] UKSC 2 On appeal from R (on the application of KBR Inc.) v Director of the SFO [2018] EWHC 2368 (Admin) Introduction The 5th February 2021 saw publication of the long-awaited judgement in ...
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Zoe Chapman writes for the Middle Temple Student's Association Blog.

Zoe Chapman writes for the Middle Temple Student’s Association Blog.

Zoe Chapman talks about her experiences, personal reflections and journey to the Bar for the Middle Temple Student's Association Blog. She says: "if you are from a diverse background you should consider yourself and your experiences not just welcome but valuable and necessary. They are certainly not something you need ...
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Nicholas Hall expunges historic convictions of victim of modern slavery

Nicholas Hall expunges historic convictions of victim of modern slavery

Nicholas Hall, working alongside Hogan Lovells Pro-Bono, has successfully removed the previous convictions of a victim of human-trafficking (‘AB’) from her record. At Thames Magistrates’ Court it was ruled that it was in the interests of justice for AB’s convictions of prostitution to be reopened because she was a victim ...
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SFO v Barclays: Elusive corporate criminal liability in the UK

SFO v Barclays: Elusive corporate criminal liability in the UK

By Helena Spector [1] In December 2018 the attempt by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) to prosecute the Barclays companies[2] for crimes of corporate dishonesty failed in limine because the courts held that the dishonest conduct it alleged could not be attributed to the companies.[3] This article discusses the implications ...
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Bar Council Annual and Young Bar Conference 2020 Review by Zoë Chapman

Bar Council Annual and Young Bar Conference 2020 Review by Zoë Chapman

This year’s Bar Council Annual Bar and Young Bar Conference was, for the first time, entirely virtual. Held over four days (18-21 November), the Conference was a mirror, thematically, to what has been a strange and eventful year: Covid; a government breaching international law, seeking to limit JR, and pushing ...
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Sailesh Mehta writes for Eastern Eye Newspaper

Sailesh Mehta writes for Eastern Eye Newspaper

"If we choose our judges from a range of backgrounds, then collectively, we are more likely to have an impartial judiciary. A judiciary which reflects the society it serves is more likely to earn its trust and respect." Sailesh Mehta writes for Eastern Eye on the importance of Judicial Diversity ...
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RLConsultant Mark Guthrie and RLC member Sailesh Mehta write Opinion piece for Counsel Magazine

RLConsultant Mark Guthrie and RLC member Sailesh Mehta write Opinion piece for Counsel Magazine

RLConsultant Mark Guthrie and RLC member Sailesh Mehta have written an Opinion piece for Counsel Magazine entitled 'Promoting and protecting judicial independence'. They argue that 'No jurisdiction can afford to be complacent' whilst examining the circumstances around President Trump’s latest nomination to the Supreme Court, Boris Johnson and Priti Patel's ...
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Simon Spence QC analyses the custody situation that led to the loss of Sgt. Ratana on 25 September

Simon Spence QC analyses the custody situation that led to the loss of Sgt. Ratana on 25 September

"The death of any police officer, killed in the course of their duty, is a tragedy. When it happens in a custody suite itself, it adds a further dimension and inevitably raises the question, ‘How could this happen?’, a question many people and the family of Sgt. Ratana in particular ...
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Kate Bex QC and Tim Kiely writing for The Times examine Government's White Paper on Sentencing Reforms

Kate Bex QC and Tim Kiely writing for The Times examine Government’s White Paper on Sentencing Reforms

"If one of the purposes of sentencing is to protect the public from the effects of crime, this cannot mean just locking offenders away for as long as possible. It must mean that serving their sentence, whether in custody or the community, should rehabilitate them so that they do not ...
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