Law

Sex, trans rights and the Scottish census

22 January 2022 2:20 am

It takes some doing to make a census interesting. So congratulations to the National Records of Scotland (NRS). NRS, which administers…

Have we reached peak human rights?

7 January 2022 2:30 am

After the Colston debacle, you might be forgiven for having missed the other legal story that broke this week. The…

The Colston verdict is the triumph of values, not law

6 January 2022 8:43 am

The verdict is in on the case of the Colston statue in Bristol. Not guilty. Every one of the accused…

Parliament, not judges, should decide our laws

8 December 2021 2:40 am

The British commentariat has not covered itself in glory in its reaction to Dominic Raab’s proposed reforms to judicial review.…

Insulate Britain are not martyrs

18 November 2021 9:28 am

Throughout the Insulate Britain protests there was a suspicion that the group was deliberately trying to get its members behind…

The Supreme Court’s shameful statement on Hong Kong

27 August 2021 6:07 pm

In a statement which will doubtless surprise the scores of lawyers, democratic politicians and human rights activists who are currently…

Does a man have a right to pay for sex?

1 August 2021 4:41 pm

A case heard in the Court of Appeal today will decide whether or not carers should be expected to indulge…

There was no Hillsborough ‘cover-up’

5 June 2021 9:00 am

There was no Hillsborough cover-up

Models of obedience: how to make people obey the law

10 April 2021 9:00 am

Protests are being staged against the proposed bill to change the laws on protest. But there is a bigger issue…

The ancient Greek approach to mediation

3 April 2021 9:00 am

Divorcing couples are being given vouchers worth £500 to settle their problems by mediation rather than going to court. It…

The truth about statues and the law

23 March 2021 2:33 am

There is a proposal to change how we criminalise people who damage statues. This proposed change is set out in…

Denmark is creating a roadmap for mandatory vaccination

18 November 2020 4:43 am

Could British residents be forced to have a Covid-19 vaccine? Yesterday Health Secretary Matt Hancock refused to rule out mandatory…

Could possession of the Bible become an offence in Scotland?

8 August 2020 9:00 am

Scotland’s new Hate Crime Bill will make criminals of comedians

The Begum Appeal is a fundamental error of logic

19 July 2020 9:08 pm

There has been an emotional response to the case of Shamima Begum, quite rightly. It is not clear to me…

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The rule of law is collapsing

24 June 2020 11:12 pm

It is the law that makes us ‘the best of animals.’ So saying, Aristotle had a very specific conception of…

Hate legislation is blasphemy law by another name

2 May 2020 9:00 am

Hate legislation is blasphemy law by another name

Could a sex-strike solve Brexit?

2 November 2019 9:00 am

Last week the Lawyers Group of the charity Classics for All held its fifth moot (cf. ‘meet’) in the Supreme…

The unparalleled entertainment – and heartbreaking reality – of watching a court hearing

7 September 2019 9:00 am

‘Barristers’ speeches vanish quicker than Chinese dinners, and even the greatest victory in court rarely survives longer than the next…

How verbal and physical abuse drove me out of the police

24 August 2019 9:00 am

The past decade has not been kind to those we entrust, in the words of Sir Robert Peel, ‘to give…

Boris Johnson may have found an advocate in ancient Greece

8 June 2019 9:00 am

Boris Johnson is to be tried at the Crown Court on the grounds that, during the 2016 Brexit referendum campaign,…

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Forget the The Reith Lectures. To understand the world listen to George the Poet

25 May 2019 9:00 am

At last a podcast that takes the medium to its limit, created by someone who loves listening, understands how it…

As a QC, I believe the time has come to legalise drugs

4 May 2019 9:00 am

I have been a defence lawyer for more than 25 years. I have defended clients charged with almost every crime…

Crackles with nylon, self-regard and unearned privilege: On the Basis of Sex reviewed

23 February 2019 9:00 am

Ruth Bader Ginsburg is too ill to sit on the Supreme Court. When she saw On the Basis of Sex,…

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Why former prisoners make the best lawyers

12 January 2019 9:00 am

Kampala   I am terrified of being with former death-row prisoner Susan Kigula. This is because she qualified for her…

Victims of crime should not decide justice

13 January 2018 9:00 am

Hard cases make bad law. The release on parole of the ‘black cab rapist’, John Worboys, is a hard case.…