Category: Law

Justice for the rich, McJustice for the poor.

This is the speech I made to the #Just4Justice Legal Aid protest on 7 March 2014. As you probably know, we’re going to be hearing a lot over the next year about the Magna Carta, because in 2015 it will be 800 years old. It’s going to be a big deal – there are going […]

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Human Rights, Human Wrongs

It is 20 years ago today that the first Human Rights Day celebrated the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. A huge amount has been achieved since then in many countries around the world, but not everything has changed for the better. The 20th year of Human Rights Day is also […]

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Computer Crime, Good News and Bad News

By all accounts, May seems to have been a terrible month for the security of government computer systems. First the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) announced that they were taking their website offline, after an attack claimed by a hacker group. Then in an interview with the Guardian, Major General Jonathan Shaw, who has spent […]

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Out with the old laws, in with a thousand new ones

Last week the Law Commission published new proposals for the repeal of a few hundred old laws, leading to a few hundred newspaper articles poking gentle fun at ancient road tolls and bizarre gemstone lotteries. Some writers complained about the cull, arguing that to get rid of this legal archaeology makes life bland. Quirky old […]

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In yet another vindication of my decision to train as a lawyer, it turns out that in 2008 the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) paid their lawyers more than $16 million to sue alleged filesharers, but only recovered $391,000. The numbers in 2007 were even more extreme – $21 million was spent to recover […]

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The scandal of the MMR vaccine / autism scare is a story of greed, ignorance, gullibility, and the willingness of certain newspapers to print anything to shift copies. The shoddy doctor at the centre of the scam Andrew Wakefield seems finally to be getting his just deserts. Here is the story in full, beautifully illustrated […]

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Last night the Government rushed the Digital Economy Bill through Parliament without proper scrutiny in what is known as the ‘wash up’ procedure. This procedure is designed to allow the government of the day to pass uncontroversial bills once an election has been called, to prevent the country grinding to a halt. However, the Digital […]

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