Should there be a new sexual offence of public place voyeurism?

On 3 August 2017, Rector Martin Thrower was sentenced to four months in prison (suspended for 24 months) for filming a teenager who was using a public toilet in a shopping centre. He had been convicted of voyeurism, contrary to Section 67 of the Sexual Offences Act (the ‘Act’).  This clearly stipulates that the offence…Continue Reading

What next for Public Legal Education?

 New initiatives which more than scratch the surface of PLE  An interview with Tom Tugendhat MBE MP, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Public Legal Education (PLE) “Ignorance of the law is no excuse”.  How often is that phrase thrown at people? Frankly, far too often, as readers of “The Barrister” will probably…Continue Reading

Managing Cyber-Risks

Cyber security and the risk of cyber-attacks are suddenly at the top of every business’s agenda, and particularly those of lawyers. The recent Worldwide “Petya” and “Wannacry” cyber-attacks are focussing attention on the risks of such attacks and how organisations can protect themselves. The phrase “cyber-attack” is used to cover a multitude of sins and…Continue Reading

GDPR – It is not all about IT

  By now, if you have not heard of or seen 1000 references to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), then I can only assume that you either have been hiding under a stone, or have elected to live with your head firmly inserted in sand. There is nothing to fear however. With the right…Continue Reading

Can you trust what you show in Court?

  If you present an object, an image, or a story to a courtroom, you must be able to trust that it is accurate. How then, do you trust an image – a digital photograph, a snapshot in time of an object, a person or a scene? Do you trust what the photographer says? Or…Continue Reading

The future of UK Family Law post-Brexit – What happens next?

There is considerable uncertainty surrounding a number of legal issues in the UK at the moment following the country’s vote to leave the EU, with both sides of the negotiating table keeping their cards very close to their chest. Whilst the majority of people are focused on the economic aspects of the deal, one point…Continue Reading

The continuing global rise of litigation funding

Barely a week goes by without a major announcement from one of the big players in the world of litigation funding. This is a symptom of the industry’s rude health. However, funding isn’t just thriving in the established markets of the UK, US and Australia. This global growth can be attributed to ambitious funders seeking…Continue Reading

Scotland prepares for compensation culture

The Civil Litigation (Expenses and Group Proceedings) (Scotland) Bill is currently before the Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee. The Bill proposes significant changes to the way that personal injury and other litigation is funded and managed in Scotland, with the aim of increasing access to justice, providing equality of arms between claimant and defender in litigation…Continue Reading

The modern era of Judge-led Reform

Most barristers with a passing interest in court reform will have been aware in recent years of a clutch of reform initiatives led by senior judges, which concern the administration of justice. In the last five years for example we have had the benefit of Mr Justice Ryder’s[1] ‘Judicial Proposals for the Modernisation of Family Justice’ (2012);…Continue Reading

The changing role of the clerk in the modern age

 As the recruitment process gets underway for a new Bar Council Chief Executive to replace Stephen Crowne, who is retiring this August, it is an interesting time to take a moment to contemplate how familiar we have all become with the role Chief Executives take at the Bar. At one time it was unthinkable that…Continue Reading

The Importance of Unreported Judgments

 As every barrister knows, precedents matter. To see just how much, you only have to visit the original courtrooms of the Royal Courts of Justice. Next to the bench of each High Court judge, the weighty bound volumes containing the law reports are on full display, adorning the walls, symbolically underpinning the precedents of the…Continue Reading

Current Shortfalls in the Interpretation of DNA Results

Developments in DNA profiling have seen significant increases in the sensitivity and discriminating power of the DNA testing systems used routinely in criminal case work.  This means that DNA profiles can now be generated from the tiniest trace of DNA, and such results can have an almost overpowering numerical strength associated with them. The increase…Continue Reading

How document collaboration could enhance your Chambers

In an evolving and competitive market, forward thinking sets of Chambers are continually looking for ways to become more efficient and effective with a focus on retaining their clients and winning new business. As we all know the legal industry has a large reliance on documentation, traditionally in paper form. There is a shift in…Continue Reading

The winds of change

Chambers has seen many changes over the last number of years yet the last three years the pace of change seems to have increased. The regulatory framework has resulted in barristers and chambers staff battling with the concept of chambers structures even more so than previously. With many chambers having service companies already, ABSs are…Continue Reading

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