Responding to Cyber-Hate

This article will be critiquing the notion that because regulation by law is deemed infeasible, over-restrictive or simply not appropriate, the alternative is non-regulation or some form of self-regulation. The emphasis will be on hate material on the Internet. It has been argued that it is infeasible or inappropriate to regulate the Internet because cyberspace…Continue Reading

Bar Standards Board (BSB) entity regulation in practice

BSB entity clearly creates opportunities for barristers to practise in new and innovative ways, but there are many issues which need to be considered before going down this route One of the many issues occupying minds at the Bar at present is the question of entity regulation. Take-up has been relatively modest to date. As…Continue Reading

When their rights are violated, citizens lose faith in the administration of justice and the rule of law. It is the role of lawyers in society to uphold and defend the rule of law for citizens

When I was appointed Secretary-General of the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe in March of this year, I felt privileged to have been entrusted with the representation of the legal profession by delegations from forty-five European countries. My role is to manage the 9-strong team at our office in Brussels; prepare the…Continue Reading

Paperless Trials – a perspective from the witness box

Appearing at Southwark Crown Court as the Crown’s Forensic Accounting expert in the three-month fraud trial of Crown Currency before Judge Michael Gledhill QC, I was faced with the prospect of having to give evidence on some very complex financial matters without the comfort of my ‘experts bundle’. The Crown Currency case is the first…Continue Reading

The “conduct of litigation”: defining the parameters

  Barristers had been instructed directly by litigants in person without solicitors since the Lord Chancellor approved the Bar’s public access arrangements in 2004, but this had not put barristers on an equal footing with solicitors. The blurred definition of the “conduct of litigation” has long presented risks for self-employed barristers as flexible litigation arrangements…Continue Reading

Barristers and Data Protection, The Stuff of Nightmares?

  Why Is Data Protection Such A Big Deal? A helpful starting point in learning about your obligations as a barrister is to consider data protection from a personal perspective. MOMENTARILY FORGET THAT YOU ARE A BARRISTER. THINK OF YOURSELF AS AN INDIVIDUAL. You, as an individual, have a right to privacy. For example, you…Continue Reading

Can we trust Cryptocurrencies?

  It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a currency system seeking successful adoption must be in want of trust. Trust that a representation of value, such as a paper note, is backed by real value or a genuine obligation to repay; trust that those representations will be accepted by others as such; and trust…Continue Reading

Access to Justice 

Curbing expenditure through ‘modernisation’ is not a novel concept; however the present climate, is extraordinary. Conflict has emerged between facilitating justice and belt tightening. It is said that access to justice is the prerequisite of a society wishing to establish and instill the rule of law. According to Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury, President of the…Continue Reading

The Voices the Global Law Summit Shouldn’t Have Missed

For the bargain (reduced) price of £999, the Global Law Summit invites legal, academic and business minds to indulge in a 3 day event discussing “the Rule of Law as the foundation of the best commercial environment for business growth and for fair societal development”; shrouded in a guise of the celebration of 800th anniversary…Continue Reading

Where has my data gone?

There are many challenges in keeping track of data for barristers.  Firstly, you are free (quite rightly) to manage your electronic content in the way that you see fit.  Secondly, you often store personal content – files, personal email, pictures, music – on the same portable or desktop device that you use for day to…Continue Reading

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