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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
CORONA CRIME - 25 BEDFORD ROW
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.
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.
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."
JOINT COMMITTEE ON HUMAN RIGHTS
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?
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
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.
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.
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.