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

Human Rights

Reform of the Act

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.


Under investigation

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!


Reshuffle / réchauffé

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…

Paul Magrath gets ready to gasp and stretch his eyes as the veteran political commentator takes him on a guided tour of contemporary political mendacity.

“His election as prime minister suggests that British people no longer care about the difference between fact and fiction, or truth and falsehood. What kind of a society have we become?”

This is quite an angry book. As a political commentator Peter Oborne has often expressed himself in trenchant terms…

Every day we add new cases to our database and add new commentary to the index entries in our citator. We normally list the most recent new entries in our Weekly Notes roundup, but as that’s on hold till next term we’re offering them as a mid-vac taster on their own. Enjoy them with your morning coffee or afternoon tea.

Recent case summaries from ICLR

A selection of recently published WLR Daily case summaries from ICLR.3, listed by subject matter (something for everyone):

ADOPTION — Adoption order — Revocation: In re I-A (Children), 10 Aug 2021 [2021] EWCA Civ 1222; [2021] WLR(D) 448, CA

CHILDREN — Orders with respect to children — Jurisdiction: In re…

This week’s roundup includes vacation courts and extended operating hours, a pilot that has finally landed, and some other recent legal news and commentary, as well as the latest reported cases.


Vacation sittings and extended operating hours

Given our 24/7, 365-day working culture, the idea of court sittings being organised into terms seems ever more remote. And given our remote working online culture, even the idea of sitting in court is beginning to seem rather quaint. …

This week’s roundup of legal news and commentary includes new legislation affecting courts, journalists, and judges; internet offences; justice data; failings in the criminal justice system; and some recent case law.


Judicial Review and Courts Bill

The government has been talking about reforming judicial review ever since the idea was flagged up in the Conservative Party manifesto for the last general election, and gave the impression it would go further than the modest recommendations in the report of the Independent Review of Administrative Law (IRAL) chaired…

This week’s roundup of legal news includes the latest relaxation of coronavirus restrictions, annual reports on the courts and judiciary, data protection, plus recent cases and commentary.


Coronavirus regulations

The latest (step 4) relaxation of lockdown restrictions for England came into effect today (19 July: so-called Freedom Day), by virtue of, inter alia, the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Steps etc.) (England) (Revocation and Amendment) Regulations 2021 (SI 2021/848) under which social distancing laws, the lockdown & face covering regulations…

We resume our weekly roundup (after a short half-term holiday) with legal news and commentary on immigration, housing, data protection, courts and legal advice, plus recent case law.


Nationality and Borders Bill

The government launched what it claims will be the cornerstone of its New Plan for Immigration, “delivering the most comprehensive reform in decades to fix the broken asylum system”. One of the ways in which its factsheet says the system is broken is that “the number of people with no…

This week’s roundup of legal news and commentary includes health data, algorithmic transparency, a cabinet resignation, media (un)regulation, a court user satisfaction survey and a bunch of recent cases.

Data protection

Health data

The Department of Health and Social Care published its draft strategy on health data, under the title Data saves lives: reshaping health and social care with data (draft). It sets out the (previous) Secretary of State’s vision for how data will be used to improve the health and care of…


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