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HUMAN RIGHTS OVER 50 YEARS: PROGRESS, STAGNATION OR REGRESSION? Vannin Capital Human Rights! A political hot potato if ever there was one. A favourite target of the Right if you analyse British politics today. Only last month appeared the headline “Human Rights and an Affront to Justice” in Mail Online, to be followed by an […]

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(Photocredit Banksy) Perhaps a rather unusual title for a blog post – but this is Blawg Review after all, and I am more than happy to fit in with the style for the Blawg Reviews celebrating Ed’s life.  Ed (Ed – short for Editor), sadly, died last week. 11 bloggers are writing final Blawg Reviews. […]

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Compensation and the Importance of a Personal Injury Trust Serious Injury Law LLP At the end of the litigation process for a serious injury claim, compensation may be arrived at when the court orders a suitable damages award, or alternatively where both sides reach an agreement in an out of court settlement. Either way, there […]

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Quote du Jour “I’ll deny having said this, but it’s a bribe … the sort of thing I can say to these guys … you put that question down now, I thought you were interested in Fiji, would you like to come down to it, you know, I believe it’s quite nice … I can […]

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Pic from a Buzzfeed article – amused me. HT @ChristianUncut One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got into my pajamas I’ll never know. Groucho Marx  Communication has been occupying my mind for a few days.  This morning on BBC Breakfast they were taxing their minds with ‘spelling’ and one of […]

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The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place. George Bernard Shaw  Law blogging, despite the predictions of the gurus and prognosticators, continues to thrive.  Whether law blogs influence opinion is not of particular concern to me (nor, I suspect for  many law bloggers), for I blog for pleasure – […]

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McAlpine v. Bercow and a New Era of ‘Twitter Chill’ Antonin I. Pribetic, B.A. (Hons.), J.D., LL.M., FCIArb. Litigation Counsel Steinberg Morton Hope & Israel LLP, Canada Author:  the Trial Warrior blog The decision of Mr Justice Tugendhat in McAlpine v Bercow [2013] EWHC 1342 (QB) (24 May 2013) [“McAlpine”]  is a stern admonition to Twitter users about the […]

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On April 1 cuts of £350 million from the legal aid budget of £2.1 billion came into effect. As of now, there is no free legal advice for employment cases, non-asylum immigration cases, consumer rights and, most perniciously, welfare benefits. Those needing welfare benefits advice are, obviously, the poorest in our society. The Department for […]

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It is ‘unfortunate’ that we need secret organisations like Special Branch, MI5 and  MI6. But because of the needs of our country over the past 150 years or more, specifically, and the way our governments have directed the affairs of our country and waged wars recently, we do.  That is the reality.  That is Real […]

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The Partners of Muttley Dastardly LLP meet in closed session each Friday at 10.00 am.  Following the unfortunate departure from the firm of managing partner Matt Muttley in the summer of 2011, Dr Erasmus Strangelove has taken over the leadership of the firm as CEO and Senior Partner. A transcript of Dr Strangelove’s speech follows…. […]

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An interesting article in the Indies ‘i’ paper this morning  drew attention to s. 79 Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 See: article by Andreas Whittham-Smith 79 Criminal liability of directors etc. (1) Where an offence under any provision of this Act other than a provision of Part III is committed by a body corporate […]

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I commented on The Heresiarch blog…. as always, a very interesting and thoughtful blog….. When is an execution not an execution? My comment is repeated here… Given interdiction and killing on foreign sovereign territory, the territory of an ally, and the apparent nature of the ‘shoot to kill’ instruction – although this was later tempered […]

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I received the Census 2011 form through the post last week. Rather than waste even more time on this I decided to use the online form – which was extremely quick and far easier than faffing with the paper version which newspapers were reporting this morning had baffled 61% of the population. Relying on the […]

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Time for a quick look at some of the law blogs… Simon Myerson QC, writing in his Pupillage and How to Get it blog considers Diversity… Counsel Magazine has an interesting article by Andrew Neish QC, dealing with the lack of diversity at the so called ‘magic-circle’ sets. I’d like to link to it but […]

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MEMORANDUM To: All Associates From: Dr Erasmus Strangelove, Partner and Director of Education, Strategy and Psyops RE: VULTURES IN TOGAS Obiter, writing in  in The Law Society Gazette, refers to a speech by the Master of The Rolls, Lord Neuberger, where he considers, inter alia, the topic of why lawyers are so unpopular. Lord Neuberger […]

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Here is a hat…or..to be more accurate…half a hat: It is carefully crafted by me, now an ‘expert certified pundit milliner’,  to allow the pundit, anti-European specialist, Tory led Coalitionist etc etc etc….  to talk about prisoner votes and any other decision we don’t like from the European Court of Human Rights through the top […]

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The UKSC blog addresses the issue of responsible reporting which I commented on the other day.  It is a cause for concern. The UKSC Blog: Coverage of Yemshaw judgment raises questions of responsible legal reporting MPs want to ban the naming of suspects to avoid media feeding frenzies The Guardian: Bad press behaviour leads inevitably […]

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TOP SECRET / PARTNERS ONLY BRIEFING PAPER From: Dr Erasmus Strangelove, Partner, Director of Education, Strategy and Psyops RE: OPERATION PHARAOH – POSITIONING LEGAL SERVICES IN THE NEW EGYPT 1.  In the wake of events unfolding in Egypt in the last week, from intelligence received from the many, varied and newly minted Egyptologists now broadcasting […]

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Royal Family granted new right of secrecy Independent: Special exemptions to be written into Freedom of Information Act While I can understand a politically neutral Monarchy should enjoy the same rights to privacy enjoyed by private individuals in relation to  private family matters, the latest reform to FOI, which may have been influenced by Prince […]

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I write from The Staterooms in #ICEAGE Battersea Square…. A glacier is moving slowly down Vicarage Crescent towards The Square and I have not seen snow like this since the early 1960s when I was a kid. The snow is white, cold and it has a satisfying feel to it when rolled into a ball […]

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