Book recommendation: Politics of the Judiciary by J. A. G. Griffith

This classic account of how the judiciary cannot act neutrally, but must act politically, now in its fifth edition. John Griffith’s controversial book has been fully revised and updated to consider the latest developments in relations between politicians and the judiciary: Michael Howard’s conflict with the judges, miscarriages of justice, the Criminal Justice Act, the increased use of Judicial Review, the effects of anti-trade union legislation of the 1980s, and so on.

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July 23, 2014   Posted in: News  No Comments

Monday morning with Alex Williams’ cartoons

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This cartoon is by Alex Williams who draws the Queen’s Counsel cartoons for The Times and in numerous books including The Queen’s Counsel Lawyer’s Omnibus. He offers almost all of his cartoons for sale at ÂŁ120 for originals and ÂŁ40 for copies and they can be obtained from this email infoatqccartoondotcom  (infoatqccartoondotcom)  .

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July 21, 2014   Posted in: Cartoons  Comments Closed

Weekend video: Elizabeth Gilbert: Success, failure and the drive to keep creating

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July 19, 2014   Posted in: News  Comments Closed

Book recommendation: The Cuckoo’s Calling (Cormoran Strike) by Robert Galbraith

When a troubled model falls to her death from a snow-covered Mayfair balcony, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts, and calls in private investigator Cormoran Strike to look into the case. Strike is a war veteran – wounded both physically and psychologically – and his life is in disarray. The case gives him a financial lifeline, but it comes at a personal cost: the more he delves into the young model’s complex world, the darker things get – and the closer he gets to terrible danger . . . A gripping, elegant mystery steeped in the atmosphere of London – from the hushed streets of Mayfair to the backstreet pubs of the East End to the bustle of Soho – The Cuckoo’s Calling is a remarkable book. Introducing Cormoran Strike, this is the acclaimed first crime novel by J.K. Rowling, writing under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

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July 16, 2014   Posted in: News  Comments Closed

Darby & Darby (A Firm) v Joyce (CA) 20/5/14

This is an appeal by a firm of solicitors against damages ordered for professional negligence. It was claimed that the firm had acted negligently in the conduct of a dispute concerning restrictive covenants. It was held unanimously that the cost of injunction proceedings to enforce a cessation of the building work was not attributable to the firm’s negligence.

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July 15, 2014   Posted in: News  Comments Closed

Monday morning with Alex Williams’ cartoons

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This cartoon is by Alex Williams who draws the Queen’s Counsel cartoons for The Times and in numerous books including The Queen’s Counsel Lawyer’s Omnibus. He offers almost all of his cartoons for sale at ÂŁ120 for originals and ÂŁ40 for copies and they can be obtained from this email infoatqccartoondotcom  (infoatqccartoondotcom)  .

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Weekend video: ‘The Good Constitution’: The 2012 Sir David Williams Lecture – Lord Justice Laws

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July 12, 2014   Posted in: News  Comments Closed

Book recommendation: The Business of Judging: Selected Essays and Speeches: 1985-1999 by Tom (later Lord) Lord Bingham

This classic account of how the judiciary cannot act neutrally, but must act politically, now in its fifth edition. John Griffith’s controversial book has been fully revised and updated to consider the latest developments in relations between politicians and the judiciary: Michael Howard’s conflict with the judges, miscarriages of justice, the Criminal Justice Act, the increased use of Judicial Review, the effects of anti-trade union legislation of the 1980s, and so on.

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July 9, 2014   Posted in: News  Comments Closed

R (on the application of Barkas) v Yorkshire County Council and another, [2014] UKSC 31

The Supreme Court simplified the law in relation to the registration of new greens under s.15 Commons Act 2006. The case involved a field which was retained as a recreation ground under s.80(1) Housing Act 1936 (superseded by s.12(1) Housing Act 1985) during a housing development. It was used by locals for over 20 years and an application was made to register it as a new green. The Supreme Court held that use “as of right” under the Commons Act meant without permission but as if such permission had existed. The land was used under the Housing Act, so was used “by right”, not “as of right”. It could not therefore be a new green. The position was very different for a private owner who had no legal duty or statutory power to allocate land for public use and would be expected to protect their legal rights over land.

The decision and reasoning of the House of Lords in R (on the application of Beresford) v Sunderland City Council [2004] 1 All ER 160 was wrong in principle and would no longer be relied on.

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July 8, 2014   Posted in: News  Comments Closed

Monday morning with Alex Williams’ cartoons

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This cartoon is by Alex Williams who draws the Queen’s Counsel cartoons for The Times and in numerous books including The Queen’s Counsel Lawyer’s Omnibus. He offers almost all of his cartoons for sale at ÂŁ120 for originals and ÂŁ40 for copies and they can be obtained from this email infoatqccartoondotcom  (infoatqccartoondotcom)  .

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