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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
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
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.
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  EWCA Civ 574.
THE IMPLIED TERM OF TRUST AND CONFIDENCE & THE CORONAVIRUS JOB
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
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.
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."
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.
FAKE STREET CHAMBERS PUPILLAGE INTERVIEWS PART 2: THE PANEL'S DELIBERATIONS
30th April 2020
The Panel's response to his interview.
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.