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THE NEED FOR DIGITAL RIGHTS PROTECTIONS  IN UPCOMING EU COMPETITION LAW CONSULTATIONS

25th June 2020

By Paul Keller.

DROP JURIES FOR LESS SERIOUS CRIMES IN ENGLAND & WALES, JUDGES SAY

16th June 2020

Proposal for judges to hear cases alone could help cut 41,000-case backlog

SHOULD I PLAY OR SHOULD I GO? VARIATION OF PLAYER CONTRACTS AND REPUDIATORY BREACH IN THE CONTEXT OF COVID-19

June 2020

David Reade QC, Joseph Bryan and Stuart Sanders, of the Littleton Sports Law Group, discuss the practical consequences of attempts to vary contractual terms in professional sports contracts during the Covid-19 crisis

MICHAEL FORD QC CONTRIBUTES ON PREGNANT WOMEN’S RIGHTS DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC - MATERNITY ACTION

June 2020

Maternity Action obtained formal legal advice from Michael Ford QC, Old Square Chambers, and Karon Monaghan QC, Matrix Chambers, about the treatment of pregnant women under the Statutory Sick Pay regulations and the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

FEMTECH: A BRIGHT FUTURE AHEAD

16th June 2020

By Emma Haywood.

THE HACKING OF ENCROCHAT AND THE ADMISSIBILITY OF EVIDENCE IN LEGAL PROCEEDINGS

3rd July 2020

The hacking of Encrochat, one of the world’s most secure communication networks, has caused people to question whether information obtained can be used in legal proceedings in England and Wales.

OUTLOOK (JUNE 2020): A ROUNDUP OF NEWS AND VIEWS FROM THE 39 ESSEX COMMERCIAL AND CONSTRUCTION GROUP

30th June 2020

"Outlook", a roundup of news and views from the 39 Essex Commercial and Construction Group.

ENKA V CHUBB: EXPEDITED APPEAL TO SUPREME COURT

26 June 2020

In an important case for English arbitration law, the Supreme Court will hear an expedited appeal at the end of July 2020 against the recent judgment of the Court of Appeal in Enka v Chubb [2020] EWCA Civ 574.

THE IMPLIED TERM OF TRUST AND CONFIDENCE & THE CORONAVIRUS JOB 

RETENTION SCHEME

June 2020

Stuart Brittenden examines a potential solution to the structural defect identified by Professors Michael Ford QC & Alan Bogg in respect of agency workers and those engaged on zero hours contracts.

PUPILLAGE TOP TEN: FROM PAPER TO FIRST ROUND

20th December 2019

Advice by Joel Semakula,
Pupil Barrister at Landmark Chambers
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WHAT IT'S LIKE BEING A BLACK LAWYER WORKING IN THE UK'S CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM IN 2020

5th June 2020

Abimbola Johnson is a Black criminal defence barrister, whose experience of the justice system in the UK brings recent events in the US even closer to home

CHILDREN: PUBLIC LAW UPDATE

June 2020

John Tughan QC of 4 Paper Buildings reviews recent important public law cases concerning children.

CORONA CRIME - 25 BEDFORD ROW

May 2020

CORONA CRIME: With plans across the world to gradually lift some lockdown restrictions we can expect to uncover a new wave of corporate criminal activity and organised crime at home and abroad. Criminal defence specialists Simon Pentol QC and Duncan Jones of 25 Bedford Row examine the likely trends and the focus of investigation by the authorities.

RESUMPTION OF JURY TRIALS: AN OPEN JUSTICE “TOOLKIT”

18 May 2020

A piece by Clare Duffy of Doughty St Chambers

39ESSEX OUTLOOK: UPDATES IN COMMERCIAL AND CONSTRUCTION LAW

11th May 2020

May 2020 edition of Outlook, a roundup of news and views from the 39 Essex Commercial and Construction Group. Readers will not be surprised to learn that the impact of the current global health emergency remains the primary focus for the C&C Group’s practitioners.

 

DID DOMINIC CUMMINGS ACT "RESPONSIBLY AND LEGALLY"?

24th May 2020

A fantastic piece on the legality of Dominic Cummings' actions by Kirsty Brimelow QC, from Doughty Street Chambers.

HAS CORONAVIRUS CHANGED THE UK JUSTICE SYSTEM FOR EVER?

24th May 2020

"The pandemic has led to big changes in trials, many of of which are likely to be permanent."

ENGLAND AND WALES FACE BACKLOG OF 40,000 CRIMINAL CASES DUE TO CORONAVIRUS

24th May 2020

"Criminal Bar Association warns of scale of challenge posed by pandemic as virtual hearings trigger fears about fairness"

 

WHY COVID-19 IS A CRISIS FOR DIGITAL RIGHTS - NANI JANSEN REVENTLOW

16th April 2020

"The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered an equally urgent digital rights crisis.
New measures being hurried in to curb the spread of the virus, from “biosurveillance” and online tracking to censorship, are potentially as world-changing as the disease itself. These changes aren’t necessarily temporary, either: once in place, many of them can’t be undone.
That’s why activists, civil society and the courts must carefully scrutinise questionable new measures, and make sure that – even amid a global panic – states are complying with international human rights law."

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CHAIR’S SECOND BRIEING PAPER ON THE LOCKDOWN REGULATIONS

20th May, 2020

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulation 2020 and their counterparts in the other UK jurisdictions give legal effect to the “lockdown”, the most significant and blanket interference with individual liberty in modern times.

GOOD FAITH: IS ENGLISH LAW SWIMMING AGAINST THE INTERNATIONAL TIDE?

May, 2020

Vasanti Selvaratnam QC debates the 'Good Faith" principle in contract law, with a comparative analysis to other jurisdictions.

 

(ONE ESSEX COURT) FORCE MAJEURE CLAUSES AND COVID-19

May, 2020

Jamie Goldsmith QC, James Fox and Ben Zelenka Martin have written a note about the operation of force majeure clauses in the context of COVID-19. It explores: (i) the circumstances in which a party might be able to rely on a force majeure provision; (ii) the impact of COVID-induced supply constraints; and (iii) whether deposits and advance payments would have to be repaid in the event of force majeure.

REMOTE HEARINGS, ADJOURNMENTS AND THE CHALLENGES OF COVID-19

May, 2020

Wei Jian Chan: Webinar on "Remote Hearings, Adjournments and the Challenges of COVID-19" with Jeremy Brier on 1 May 2020.

ADVICE FOR PUPILLAGE APPLICATIONS

May, 2020

Alexandra Wilson, also known as the "Essex Barrister", shares her notes from her panel discussion.

 

BEHIND THE SCENES AT FAKE STREET CHAMBERS' PUPILLAGE INTERVIEWS

FAKE STREET CHAMBERS PUPILLAGE INTERVIEWS PART 1: THE INTERVIEW

29th April 2020

The panel of ‘Fake Street Chambers’ conducted and filmed a full pupillage interview. Viewers can listen to and understand how a panel might evaluate the candidate, their performance and apply chambers’ marking criteria, as well as compare them to another applicant. 

Panelists include: Paul Cavin QC, James Pereira QC, Frances Lawley, Ruth Reid, Laura Paisley, Natasha Shotunde, and Sahar Farooqi.

FAKE STREET CHAMBERS PUPILLAGE INTERVIEWS PART 2: THE PANEL'S DELIBERATIONS

30th April 2020

The Panel's response to his interview.

FAKE STREET CHAMBERS PUPILLAGE INTERVIEWS PART 3

1st May 2020

General advice and guidance.

 

MOCK INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITY AND COVID-19 UPDATES

CV REVIEW AND MOCK INTERVIEWS

1st June 2020

The Commercial Bar Association, Chancery Bar Association and TECBAR have offered this fantastic opportunity to support students - who are considering a pupillage at the commercial or chancery bar - by conducting online mock interviews and CV reviews with a commercial/chancery barrister.
There will be barristers from many outstanding sets on top of the ones mentioned below. This is a incredible initiative so don't miss out!

HAS THE GOVERNMENT BROKEN THE LAW BY PUTTING NHS STAFF IN HARM'S WAY?

25th April 2020

If there have been systemic flaws over PPE, could ministers be in breach of the European convention on human rights? Check out the link for the Guardian Article below.

COVID: LORD CHANCELLOR SAYS COURTS 'MUST GO ON SITTING'

18th March 2020

Lord Chancellor Robert Buckland QC today insisted that courts across England and Wales have a critical role to play and must go on sitting.
In his first official statement since prime minister Boris Johnson stepped up advice for people to work remotely and avoid unnecessary travel, Buckland said it was 'essential' that courts continued to administer justice.

 

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