The Rule of Law. Like democracy, the phrase is much used by politicians when they are trying to assume the role of a statesman rather than just being a mouthpiece of their party: they hope that it somehow elevates them to a higher philosophical plane. But practising lawyers know its true meaning: they live by […]
English criminal law has recently been working overtime. As Extinction Rebellion protests have disrupted everyday life at multiple locations, well over 1000 people have been arrested in Central London. Dame Emma Thompson grabbed the headlines, jetting in from Los Angeles in support of the movement, saying that she wanted to be arrested. After her day […]
It is more than ten years since Richard Susskind completed his provocative work, The End of Lawyers? He was right to end the title with a question mark. The book was written in the immediate aftermath of the financial crisis, just as the first real impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) was beginning to make itself […]
Commercial disputes arise as an inevitable consequence of globalisation. Internationally, they have continued to grow in number as a direct result of increased cross-border activity. Those affected are resolving their disputes in all the major dispute resolution centres: London, New York, Singapore, Hong Kong, Paris. And so on.
It is thirty years since my first visit to Singapore. At the time, I had no idea that within a decade I would be managing a legal publishing and conference business based in Hong Kong that covered the Asia Pacific region. From a satellite office in Singapore, the company also published the Law Gazette, the […]
The ongoing globalization of markets and the ease to reach consumers online, has resulted in more and more trademarks being filed to take advantage of commercial opportunities. Today, there are more trademarks than ever before and according to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the number of trademark application filings is rising exponentially . With […]
Sir David Green is an honourable man. That much was confirmed last December when the former Director of the Serious Fraud Office was knighted by the Duke of Cambridge at Buckingham Palace. But less than 24 hours before the royal sword was placed gently on his shoulders, the retrial of two former Tesco executives collapsed: […]
The link between crime and poverty, particularly urban poverty, was established long ago. Anxious about the impact of a ‘criminal class’, the Victorians set about examining the detail of where and how they lived.
Every summer, the American Lawyer publishes a Diversity Scorecard “to provide a snapshot of where the industry is headed.” It records the number of full-time minority attorneys—Asian-American, African- American, Latino or Hispanic, Native American and self-described multiracial attorneys—at Am Law 200 and National Law Journal 250 law firms.
By convention, judges very rarely give interviews and never make political comment. Even in our all pervasive media age, they still follow the dictum of Lord Justice MacKinnon, who wrote in 1940: “He is the best judge whose name is known to the fewest readers of the Daily Mail.” In November 2016, the Daily Mail […]