‘To no one will we sell, to no one will we deny, or delay right or justice’ Magna Carta

By Phillip and Elizabeth Taylor, Richmond Green Chambers, reviews editors of the barrister magazine The Terror of Tyrants through the Ages, Magna Carta is Reassessed 800 years on by Elizabeth…

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Chambers constitutional arrangements

By David Webster, Partner in the Corporate & Commercial Team at Russell-Cooke LLP.

Despite recent regulatory changes and innovations, most Chambers still operate as a group of self-employed, independent, barristers joined together as an unincorporated association. The constitutional arrangements of these unincorporated associations vary in type and complexity, but will invariably deal with common themes, including crucially: (more…)

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Acquiring Chambers Premises

By Scott Leonard, partner in the Corporate and Commercial team at Russell-Cooke LLP

Sets are also increasingly recognising that their premises can play an important role in their branding and many see modern, high specification meeting rooms and other client facilities as essential in this context. (more…)

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Rationing Forensic Science

By Jo Millington BSc (Hons) MSc PGCert MIABPA, Senior Forensic Scientist, Manlove Forensics Ltd

Impartiality, independence and integrity are the foundations of forensic science. As a forensic scientist, they are qualities that evolve during our formative training in science and we arguably donate them to our profession for free.  It is our personal responsibility to nurture and sustain them and we entrust them to a system which we hope will protect and develop them. (more…)

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Achieving gender equality in the workplace

The achievement of gender equality at the highest levels of British business and government has been a much debated issue for some time. However, the publication of Lord Davies’ first Women on Boards Report 2011 and the subsequent 2015 target of 25% board representation has resulted in a more intense degree of scrutiny and media interest – as well as much debate. (more…)

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Budget constraints in the legal system reduces the quality of evidence that appears before the courts

By Matthew Jackson, Director, Senior Forensic Consultant and Expert Witness at Athena Forensics.

Almost monthly the news includes a press release from CEOP or the National Crime Agency relating to unlawful images and the individuals attempting to find such material. The Government has also recently publicised a policy in which Service Providers automatically block the ability for the user to access pornographic websites under the proviso that, rightly or wrongly, this will prevent children from accessing such material and will prevent adults, if they were so inclined, from accessing unlawful material. (more…)

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Unconscious Bias at Play behind Closed Doors

By Snéha Khilay, Professional Development Consultant Blue Tulip Training

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse, and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.” Desmond Tutu  (more…)

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Implications of developments in entity regulation

By David Webster, Partner in the corporate team at Russell-Cooke

Introduction

For some time the possibility of barristers practising through incorporated entities has existed, but only if that entity was regulated by an approved regulator such as the SRA, rather than the BSB. Although some barristers have forged ahead by innovating and adopting new methods of service provision, the general impression is that take up of these opportunities has been fairly limited. (more…)

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The Ballad of Reading (in) Gaol: Injecting Legal Analysis into the “Book Ban” Debate

By Maleha Khan Creative Copywriter, Justis Publishing Limited.

“Books were the great saviour inside, and I sincerely believe books and education are the great rehabilitators.” This, from a prisoner who over the course of three decades was contained in over 30 different prisons.

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Failing to prevent economic crime – a new offence?

By Kim Green, Solicitor at Corker Binning

The Attorney General Jeremy Wright QC MP recently told an audience at the Cambridge International Symposium on Economic Crime that “officials are considering proposals for the creation of an offence of a corporate failure to report economic crime, modelled on the section 7 Bribery Act offence”.

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