Anti-Social media – By Athelstane Aamodt
Athelstane Aamodt examines the new CPS guidance on cases involving communications sent via social media.
The law has long been concerned with what people can and cannot say publicly. As long ago as 130AD a Praetor’s Edict (a proclamation of Roman law) held that shouting at someone contrary to good morals could be punishable. [...]
Drones: flightpath to the future?
Joseph Dalby SC
Joseph Dalby SC and Ruhi Sethi-Smith examine the many legal issues that may flow from increased drone use.
Drones are rapidly being seen as a feature of the near future, because of the dramatic rise in their private use in the UK.
Suddenly, anyone can ‘get into’ aviation, resulting in reported near [...]
Blowing in the wind – Athelstane Aamodt & Michael Paulin
There has been something of a frisson in the world of employment law with the judgment of the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) in the case of Kilraine v London Borough of Wandsworth  UKEAT/0260/15/JOJ (26 January 2016). The judgment of the President of the EAT, Mr Justice Langstaff, analysed what “information” [...]
Non-domestic rate collection: never too late? By Marc Samuels
In the first of his three-part series on debt recovery, Marc Samuels revisits the circumstances in which local authorities can issue late demands for non-domestic business rates.
National non-domestic rating (NNDR) recovery is a chore for local government practitioners for a variety of reasons – pursuit of the often unknown occupant, evidential gaps on [...]
Guide to development consent orders
Brian Hurwitz of the Sharpe Pritchard planning law team, and Phillip Patterson of 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square, look at legal and procedural requirements for obtaining development consent orders (“DCOs”) for a development that is a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (“NSIP”), as dealt with under the Planning Act 2008 (“the 2008 Act”).
4-5 Gray’s Inn Square becomes first chambers to adopt ‘CV-blind’ recruitment
The Lawyer – “4-5 Gray’s Inn Square has become the first chambers to adopt a CV-blind application system for all barristers and staff. The move, which launches today (9 November) means the public and commercial set will view all applications from new members on experience alone, and not be made aware of their gender, [...]
Court of Protection judge hands down key ruling on joining P as party
A Court of Protection judge has handed down the latest major judgment on whether P must be joined as a party to proceedings in deprivation of liberty cases where they are in supported living or their home and so outside the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards regime.
Mr Justice Charles’ ruling comes after the President of the [...]
Insurance Act 2015 – A Guide for Insurers and Insured Parties – By Ruhi Sethi
The Insurance Act 2015 received Royal Assent on 12 February 2015 and comes into force in full on 12 August 2016 after a transitional period of 18 months.
The 2015 Act signifies the greatest statutory change to commercial insurance contract law for over one hundred years. The most notable changes relate to disclosure in [...]
Clear water emerges between Mitchell and Denton – by Phillip Patterson
The recent judgment of the Court of Appeal in Michael Wilson & Partners Ltd v Sinclair  EWCA Civ 774 definitely confirms that Denton v TH White Ltd  1 W.L.R. 3926 marked a departure from the principles set down in Mitchell v News Group Newspapers  1 W.L.R. 795 regarding the circumstances [...]
Joseph Dalby & Ruhi Sethi explore the legal implications of increased drone use
Last week the House of Lords called for an EU-wide register of drone owners, or remotely piloted aircraft systems (which are part of the wider category of unmanned aerial systems/unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)). Last month, drones were spotted over Paris landmarks, at obviously a very sensitive time. In January, Scotland Yard declared central London a [...]
Richard Clayton QC
Clayton and Tomlinson The Law of Human Rights (3rd edn, Oxford University Press, in preparation)
Clayton and Tomlinson (with Nick Bratza) The Law of the European Convention on Human Rights: A Practitioner Text (Oxford University Press, in preparation)
Clayton and Tomlinson Civil Actions against the Police (Sweet & Maxwell), 3rd edn, in preparation)
Clayton and Tomlinson Judicial Review [...]