Learn for Free: Law Courses & Lectures Online

Posted August 9th, 2018 in news by sally

We have curated a list of over 250 free legal education resources, including MOOCs, courseware, lecture collections and podcasts, covering a range of topics and jurisdictions.

We are still adding to this list. If you have any suggestions for inclusion please contact smclaren@innertemple.org.uk

Judge calls airport’s drop-off charge a “disgrace” as teacher avoids jail for driving into worker – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 24th, 2018 in airports, dangerous driving, guilty pleas, news, sentencing, suspended sentences by sally

‘A teacher who drove into an airport worker following a row over a new £3 drop-off charge has been spared jail after a judge said he agreed the levy was an “absolute disgrace”.’

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Daily Telegraph, 21st September 2018

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

How familial DNA trapped a murderer for the first time – BBC News

Posted September 24th, 2018 in DNA, forensic science, murder, news by sally

‘The pioneering technique used to identify a British widow’s sadistic killer has led to hundreds of crimes being solved around the world. How was familial DNA searching used to catch a murderer for the first time, 15 years ago, and more recently the suspected Golden State Killer?’

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BBC News, 23rd September 2018

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

NHS sued for failure to help transgender patients with fertility – The Guardian

Posted September 24th, 2018 in assisted reproduction, news, transgender persons by sally

‘NHS England is to be taken to court by the UK’s equality watchdog for failing to offer fertility services to transgender patients.’

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The Guardian 22nd, September 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

NHS wins legal battle against drugs giants over saving millions with cheaper medicine – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 24th, 2018 in judicial review, medicines, news by sally

‘The NHS has won a landmark battle against drug giants paving the way for the health service to save millions by prescribing cheaper medicine.’

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Daily Telegraph, 21st September 2018

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Heat rising over SRA plan for solicitors in unregulated firms – Legal Futures

Posted September 24th, 2018 in law firms, legal services, Legal Services Board, news, solicitors by sally

‘The Legal Services Board (LSB) has received unprecedented lobbying against the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s (SRA) plans to allow solicitors to practise from unregulated businesses.’

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Legal Futures, 24th September 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Revealed: less than a third of young men prosecuted for rape are convicted – The Guardian

Posted September 24th, 2018 in news, prosecutions, rape, statistics, young persons by sally

‘The crisis engulfing the criminal justice system over its approach to rape cases is revealed by startling figures that show less than a third of prosecutions brought against young men result in a conviction.’

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The Guardian, 23rd September 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

Contaminated blood scandal: Inquiry ‘must uncover truth’ – BBC News

Posted September 24th, 2018 in blood products, HIV, hospitals, inquiries, news by sally

‘Campaigners say it is time to find out the truth about the contaminated blood scandal that left nearly 3,000 people dead, as a public inquiry begins.’

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BBC News, 24th September 2018

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

BAILII: Recent Decisions

Posted September 21st, 2018 in law reports by tracey

Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

Browne v The Parole Board of England & Wales [2018] EWCA Civ 2024 (20 September 2018)

B-P (Children : adoption Or Fostering) [2018] EWCA Civ 2042 (20 September 2018)

Pham v The Secretary of State for the Home Department [2018] EWCA Civ 2064 (20 September 2018)

High Court (Chancery Division)

Matchroom Boxing Ltd & Anor v British Telecommunications Plc & Ors [2018] EWHC 2443 (Ch) (20 September 2018)

Source: www.bailii.org

Property guardians and ‘non-domestic rates’ – Nearly legal

Posted September 21st, 2018 in landlord & tenant, news, rates, tribunals, valuation by tracey

‘This is an interesting decision of the Valuation Tribunal on the effect of the occupation by property guardians of a commercial building. Some (though not all) property guardian companies have made a sales feature of the alleged freedom from non-domestic (commercial) rates for a building occupied by guardians, on the basis that it is occupied for residential use. This Valuation Tribunal decision rather dents that position, as well as illustrating the complications that arise when you operate on the edges of landlord and tenant law.’

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Nearly legal, 20th September 2018

Source: nearlylegal.co.uk

Head of Legal loses employment tribunal claim against local authority – Local Government Lawyer

‘A council head of legal services has lost an employment tribunal case against the authority for which she previously worked.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 20th September 2018

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

First ever convicted cross-border sex-trafficker has sentence increased – Attorney General’s Office

Posted September 21st, 2018 in appeals, news, prostitution, sentencing, trafficking in human beings by tracey

‘The first person to be convicted under the Modern Slavery Act for human trafficking outside the UK has today had her sentence increased after the Solicitor General, Robert Buckland QC MP, personally argued that her sentence was too low in the Court of Appeal.’

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Attorney General's Office, 20th September 2018

Source: www.gov.uk

Consent Orders: Triumph or Disaster? Working towards best practice in reaching consent orders – Family Law Week

Posted September 21st, 2018 in consent orders, families, family courts, news by tracey

‘Following a multi-professional seminar, David Pitcher, Family Court Adviser, Cafcass and Carol Mashembo, barrister, Magdalen Chambers, Exeter with Dr Anna Gough and Sarah Evans consider the issues concerning best practice in consent orders in family proceedings.’

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Family Law Week, 11th September 2018

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

Myra Hindley’s private documents reveal graphic details of Ian Brady’s sadistic abuse and violent rapes – The Independent

Posted September 21st, 2018 in child abuse, murder, news, rape, wills by tracey

‘Private documents handed over by Myra Hindley just hours before her death reveal the hatred between her and Ian Brady – as she accused him of drugging, raping and beating her.’

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The Independent, 21st September 2018

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Pheasant shooting to be banned on public land in Wales – The Guardian

Posted September 21st, 2018 in animal cruelty, birds, news, sport, Wales by tracey

‘Pheasant shooting is set to be banned on public land in Wales following sustained campaigning by animal welfare organisations who consider the practice to be cruel.’

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The Guardian, 20th September 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

Three men jailed for this shocking daylight machete fight in a Luton shopping mall – Daily Telegraph

‘Families and young children looked on in horror as teenagers lashed out at each other with blades including a machete and a large serrated hunting knife at a busy shopping mall, a court has heard.’

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Daily Telegraph, 21st september 2018

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Croydon cat killer: Mystery solved by police after three years amid 400 mutilations – The Independent

Posted September 21st, 2018 in animal cruelty, animals, forensic science, news, police by tracey

‘Police have revealed the identity of the so-called Croydon cat killer. Experts ruled foxes or other wildlife were likely behind the mutilations of several hundred cats that died in the south London borough and beyond, the Metropolitan Police said. There is no evidence of human involvement in the grisly incidents, the force said following an investigation lasting nearly three years, adding that it had informed the RSPCA and campaign group South Norwood Animal Rescue and Liberty (Snarl) of its findings.’

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The Independent, 20th September 2018

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Police ‘aware’ undercover officer was in relationship – BBC News

Posted September 21st, 2018 in news, police, spying by tracey

‘Police have admitted for the first time that an undercover officer had a sexual relationship with an environmental activist with the knowledge of bosses.’

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BBC News, 21st September 2018

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

NHS trust’s letter of apology after a patient died from drinking cleaning fluid criticised by senior coroner – The Independent

Posted September 21st, 2018 in elderly, hazardous substances, health & safety, hospitals, inquests, news by tracey

‘The chief nurse at the NHS trust responsible for the hospital where a pensioner died after drinking Flash floor cleaner has apologised after a coroner’s strident criticism of its “serious failings”.’

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The Independent, 21st September 2018

Source: www.independent.co.uk

BAILII: Recent Decisions

Posted September 20th, 2018 in law reports by tracey

High Court (Queen’s Bench Division)

SW v Department for Work And Pensions No 2 [2018] EWHC 2282 (QB) (14 September 2018)

Source: www.bailii.org

Organ preservation, cryonics and charity law: Hipkiss – Law & Religion UK

Posted September 20th, 2018 in charities, human tissue, news, rectification, tribunals by tracey

‘In November 2016, the BBC carried the story Terminally-ill teen won historic ruling to preserve body, following the lifting the territorial reporting restrictions which existed until one month after the death of the teenager concerned, a girl referred to as “JS”: see JS (Disposal of Body), Re [2016] EWCH (Fam). We noted the case here and looked at some of the more general practicalities of regulating cryogenic preservation – the storage of the brains and/or bodies of legally-dead humans at low temperatures. In the aftermath of the ruling in JS, the Charity Commission for England and Wales decided in 2017 to remove the Human Organ Preservation Research Trust (HOPRT) from the Register; and in Hipkiss v Charity Commission for England & Wales [2018] FTT (Charity) CA/2017/0014, Mr Graham Hipkiss, its sole remaining trustee, succeeded in an appeal to the First Tier Charity Tribunal against the order of the Commission.’

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Law & Religion UK, 17th September 2018

Source: www.lawandreligionuk.com