Category Archives: News

EHRC submission on UK religious discrimination laws

You can now download the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s submission to the European Court of Human Rights on the four UK cases relating to religious discrimination. It is 19 pages long, but to summarise it in a non-specific, over … Continue reading

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Have you been injured in a space debris accident that wasn’t your fault?

If so, you may be eligible for a cash settlement.  Just call 0800-555-2368 in confidence and start feeling better – today! NASA has moved to reassure people that the risk to (human) life from the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS) … Continue reading

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Obama to veto UN membership for Palestine

Far be it from me to disagree with Barack Obama.  Far be it from me to stray into areas of law I know nothing about – like International Law.  Far be it from me to comment on an area which … Continue reading

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Simon Collins QC appointed as part-time Sheriff

Congratulations to Simon Collins QC, for whom 2011 has been a very big year.  Elevated to Queen’s Counsel only a matter of weeks ago, Simon has now been appointed to the office of part-time Sheriff. A former law centre solicitor, … Continue reading

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Conflict of Interests

Interesting.  So, Rangers FC have lodged a complaint with the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission about an alleged conflict of interest in Levy & McRae (who once acted for them) acting for former Chief Executive Martin Bain in suing them.  The … Continue reading

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Equality Commission intervenes to defend religious liberty from UK judges

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has announced that it intends to intervene in four cases of alleged religious discrimination involving Christians in the UK (cf. Commission proposes ‘reasonable accommodation’ for religion or belief is needed – 11 July 2011).  … Continue reading

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As ithers see us …

So, Basshunter has been cleared of charges of sexual assault at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court.  Which is fine, but what interested me was the way in which it was reported in some online news media. In particular, I was amused by … Continue reading

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Law (with honours)

Among those honoured in the Queen’s birthday honours list were the following from the fields of law and justice: Elish Angiolini, QC (DBE) “for services to the Administration of Justice in Scotland” David McKenna (OBE) Victim Support Scotland “for services … Continue reading

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House of Lords Reform Bill

“It so happens that if there is an institution in Great Britain which is not susceptible of any improvement at all, it is the House of Peers!” So says Lord Mountararat in Gilbert & Sullivan‘s classic light opera, “Iolanthe”.  But … Continue reading

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Law sucks!

In a recent edition of The Lawyer, reporting on Irwin Mitchell‘s plans to float and take on the mid-tier (whatever that means), managing partner John Pickering is quoted as saying: “It’s about deconstruction of the law, like [consultants] Stephen Mayson … Continue reading

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