Law

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.…

A top criminal lawyer’s guide to cocaine

21 May 2016 9:00 am

Drug-taking is less glamorous when you know how the trade really works

Britain’s fight with European law goes back 750 years

30 April 2016 9:00 am

It is no surprise that the laws imposed on the UK by a European parliament in Brussels should so infuriate…

Take it from a QC – you won’t get away with murder

19 March 2016 9:00 am

Technology has made murderers much easier to catch

What does it take to have someone declared dead? £480, for a start

13 February 2016 9:00 am

Matters of life and death Lord Lucan is now officially presumed dead. How do you have someone declared dead? In…

A Supreme Court justice and the scary plan to outlaw climate change

10 October 2015 9:00 am

How do you make an imaginary problem so painfully real that everyone suffers? It’s an odd question to ask, you…

For me and an increasing number of young people, each abortion is a death

8 August 2015 9:00 am

Young people are becoming more pro-life

The other terrorists we have trouble naming

11 July 2015 9:00 am

Naming terror David Cameron and the BBC argued over what to call the terror group most papers refer to as…

Why lawyers deserve Michael Gove

27 June 2015 9:00 am

A great test of political leadership is how well you deal with vested interests on your own side. In his…

We should celebrate Magna Carta by abolishing the European Arrest Warrant

13 June 2015 9:00 am

The European Arrest Warrant is incompatible with our tradition of justice

Meet the Skype Dads: a new sorrow of divorce in the internet age

11 April 2015 9:00 am

What happens when a divorce court accepts video calls as a substitute for visiting your children

My request to see my medical notes has sparked all-out panic at my GP surgery

28 February 2015 9:00 am

My request to see my medical notes has sparked all-out panic at the GP surgery. ‘What do you mean?’ said…

I don’t know why I’m against tax avoidance (and I bet you don’t either)

21 February 2015 9:00 am

On the face of it, the moral case against tax avoidance seems pretty straightforward. If you’re a UK taxpayer and…

Ched Evans: law vs people power

17 January 2015 9:00 am

‘This was the rule for men that Zeus established: whereas fish, beasts and birds eat each other, since there is…