This week’s roundup of legal news and commentary includes privacy and the press, crime and punishment, human rights, public order and recent case law.

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Media law

Private correspondence, sent by the Duchess of Sussex to her father, should not have been published in the Mail on Sunday. The Court of Appeal in HRH Duchess of Sussex v Associated Newspapers Ltd [2021] EWCA Civ 1810; [2021] WLR(D) 610, upheld the decision of Warby J [2021] EWHC 273…

This week’s roundup of legal news and comment includes the refugee crisis, new (but not new) pet theft and homicide laws, domestic abuse guidance, intellectual property star wars, omicronic covid regs, plus recent case law.


The failure of the government’s post-Brexit border control and its policy in respect of immigration and asylum became horribly apparent in a week in which a boat full of refugees capsized in the English channel with the loss of most of those attempting to make the dangerous crossing in it…

This week’s roundup focuses on this year’s Bar Conference, plus other legal news and commentary including a new inquiry into the Novichok affair, a curb on juvenile nuptials, and some recent cases.

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Legal professions

This year’s conference took place remotely on 17 to 19 November, and in person (with live streaming) at…

This week’s roundup of legal news and commentary includes climate justice and diplomacy, public inquiries, judicial discipline, courts and recent case commentary.

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The COP 26 global summit on climate change in Glasgow ended with some notable achievements and some notable disappointments. Among the latter category the downgrading of the commitment…

This week’s roundup of legal news and commentary includes a pong from Parliament, too much hot air in Glasgow, a scandal in the post office, a green new prison, and international human rights; plus recent cases and commentary.

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The original Great Stink occurred in 1858 when the stench of sewage and effluent in the River Thames grew so insufferable that sittings in the expensive newly-built Houses of Parliament had to be suspended. According to one report at the time, “With ‘speeches shortened, threatened opposition withdrawn, bills discharged,’ the…

This week’s roundup of legal news and commentary includes legislation on assisted dying and the environment, judicial review under review, legal aid and support, and some recent case law. Meanwhile, back at HQ, we’re tremulously excited about the forthcoming launch of ICLR.4 in less than a week’s time.

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The House of Lords has been debating the Assisted Dying Bill at its second reading. The bill has been introduced by Baroness Meacher, a cross-bench peer, and would apply only to the jurisdiction of England and Wales. According to the British Medical Journal (BMJ) “assisted dying” was defined by proponents…

This week’s roundup of legal news and commentary includes politics, human rights, courts, and legal history. Please recent case law and commentary.

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Human Rights

As we noted in a previous roundup, the new Lord Chancellor Dominic Raab MP is keen to “overhaul” the Human Rights Act 1998, and over the weekend he…

This week’s roundup of legal news and commentary includes the police and crime, family law, and the greening of the courts. Plus some exciting news about ICLR.

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The Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Cressida Dick announced last week that there would be an independent review into the Met Police’s “standards and culture”…

Welcome back to our roundup of legal news and commentary, published weekly during the legal terms. And a big welcome to all new law students, for whom we have just one piece of advice: read the cases!


Another new term… another new Lord Chancellor … Out goes Robert Buckland QC, rejoining the back benches like some leftovers put in the fridge. In comes Dominic Raab, fresh from the sea (which was closed) and a holiday interrupted by the Afghanistan crisis. The Foreign Office’s loss will be the…


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