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Blog 21st March 2023
Imogen Robins

International Women’s Day 2023

On International Women’s Day this year, a group of lawyers from the regions solicitors’ firms and barristers’ chambers, along with professionals from allied industries gathered to celebrate. This year’s theme being “embrace equity”. It was the launch of “Legally Flushed” the brainchild of Imogen Robins a barrister at Pump Court Chambers. The event was held […]

Blog 9th March 2023

Should those convicted of serious offences be compelled to face their victim’s family?

The current Justice Secretary Dominic Raab thinks so. The recent, tragic murders of Sabina Nessa and Zara Aleena have prompted Mr Raab to consider new legislation which will see those convicted of serious offences compelled to attend court and face the families of those they have harmed. Both convicted murderers Jordan McSweeney and Koci Selamaj […]

Blog 9th March 2023
Domestic Abuse during COVID-19

Research Demonstrates Juries Convict In 58% Of Rape Cases, On Average

Over the period 2007 to 2021, the jury conviction rate for all rape charges stood at an average of 58%, with a high of 75% in 2021, according to new research published in the Criminal Law Review[1]. In 2007, the jury conviction rate was 55%. This research was commissioned by senior judiciary following public concerns […]

Blog 9th March 2023
Domestic Abuse during COVID-19

The Not-so-Beautiful Game

In February 2023, BBC Radio 5 Live released the results of a questionnaire canvassing the experiences of 927 grassroots referees. The statistics make for grim reading, although will come as little surprise to anyone who has played Sunday league football. Amongst the most notable figures are the following: 375 of respondents had received abuse pertaining […]

Blog 2nd February 2023

Mixed Injuries post Whiplash Reforms – Where are we now?

The much awaited judgment in the mixed injury test cases of Rabot v Hassam and Briggs v Laditan [2023] EWCA Civ 19 was handed down by the Court of Appeal on 20 January 2023. However, the divided judgment in these leap frog appeals is likely to raise as many questions as it answers and will […]

News, Blog 30th December 2022
Mark Ruffell

Senior Traffic Commissioner clarifies the relationship between the number of vehicles specified on an Operator’s Licence and the number of vehicles held and used

On 12 December 2022, The Senior Traffic Commissioner published important proposed changes to the Statutory Guidance. The changes are currently out for consultation, and the consultation itself closes on 16 January 2023. Of significance are the proposals to amend Statutory Document No. 0, ‘Introduction to Operating Licensing’ and Statutory Document No. 4, which covers Operating […]

Blog 25th July 2022
Imogen Robins

Inflation and the Gender Pension Gap

Albert Einstein once said “Compound interest is the eighth wonder of the world. He who understands it, earns it; he who doesn’t, pays it”. Whether the above quote can be attributed to Einstein is questionable, but there can be no disputing the power of compound interest. The June 2022 Office of National Statistics, Consumer Prices Index […]

Blog 13th June 2022
Tim Akers

Loneliness and the Bar

A barrister’s working style can create prime field conditions for the fog of loneliness to descend, so here’s a look ahead to Loneliness Awareness Week (with the apt acronym LAW!) and how we can better support ourselves and each other. Loneliness at the Bar by Tim Akers was first featured in the June edition of […]

Blog 10th May 2022
Hester Calder

The Whole Life Order: Have the Floodgates been Opened?

Events that occurred in March 2021 instituted a widespread heated debate both domestically and internationally as a consequence of the murder of Sarah Everard at the hands of police officer Wayne Couzens. It sparked a global women’s safety movement and erosion of public confidence in police protection, alongside sparking conversations around inequality, misogyny and victim-blaming. […]

Blog 28th April 2022
Ruba Huleihel

‘Controlling or coercive behaviour’: Is the law fit for purpose?

About seven years ago, section 76 of the Serious Crime Act 2015 created an offence of ‘controlling or coercive behaviour’. The purpose of the legislation was to offer a further layer of protection for victims of domestic abuse by criminalising conduct that causes harm. As per the Statutory Guidance, the offence “closes a gap in […]

Blog 21st April 2022

Can you sack someone in order to avoid paying them the National Minimum Wage?

Can you sack someone in order to avoid paying them the National Minimum Wage? Perhaps unsurprisingly, the answer is a straightforward “no”. Suppose that I employ a number of individuals, all of whom are entitled to receive the National Minimum Wage. Business has been hard during the pandemic, and so I want to make costs savings. Staff […]

Blog 1st April 2022

Jurisdiction & Divorce: Timing and Staying to secure a UK Divorce

So if there was any doubt, a stayed application is still alive, and for the purposes of jurisdiction, such an application can be deemed the 1st in time, if so issued before a competing foreign application, or can become 1st in time and so obtain priority status, if the 1st in time (non-UK) application later […]

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