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 £120 for originals and £40 for copies and they can be obtained from this email infoatqccartoondotcom  (infoatqccartoondotcom)  .

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May 25, 2015   Posted in: Cartoons  No Comments

Weekend video: Lee Child: Man of Mystery

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May 23, 2015   Posted in: News  Comments Closed

Book recommendation: The Shepherd’s Life: A Tale of the Lake District by James Rebanks

Some people’s lives are entirely their own creations. James Rebanks’ isn’t. The first son of a shepherd, who was the first son of a shepherd himself, he and his family have lived and worked in and around the Lake District for generations. Their way of life is ordered by the seasons and the work they demand, and has been for hundreds of years. A Viking would understand the work they do: sending the sheep to the fells in the summer and making the hay; the autumn fairs where the flocks are replenished; the gruelling toil of winter when the sheep must be kept alive, and the light-headedness that comes with spring, as the lambs are born and the sheep get ready to return to the fells. These modern dispatches from an ancient landscape tell the story of a deep-rooted attachment to place, describing a way of life that is little noticed and yet has profoundly shaped this landscape. In evocative and lucid prose, James Rebanks takes us through a shepherd’s year, offering a unique account of rural life and a fundamental connection with the land that most of us have lost. It is a story of working lives, the people around him, his childhood, his parents and grandparents, a people who exist and endure even as the world changes around them. Many stories are of people working desperately hard to leave a place. This is the story of someone trying desperately hard to stay. James Rebanks is the Herdwick Shepherd, whose account of shepherding has a strong following on Twitter (@herdyshepherd1). His family has farmed in the same area for more than six hundred years.

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May 20, 2015   Posted in: News  Comments Closed

The Channel Ranger [2014] EWCA Civ 1366

The Channel Ranger (“the Vessel”) was chartered under a voyage charter dated 6 January 2011 for three shipments (“the Charterparty”). The Charterparty contained an exclusive jurisdiction clause in favour of English law and the High Court of England and Wales. A bill of lading was issued at Rotterdam for 39,001.503 mt of cargo (“the Bill”). The Bill stated that freight was payable as per the 6 January 2011 Charterparty. A typed clause on the reverse and on the front of the Bill stated that the “Law and Arbitration Clause” of the Charterparty was incorporated.

After damage to the cargo was discovered, the shipowners commenced a claim in England for a declaration of non-liability. Cargo interests pursued a claim in Morocco for damages. Males J granted shipowners an anti-suit injunction on the grounds that “law and arbitration clause” should be understood as referring to the High Court jurisdiction clause in the Charterparty. The Court of Appeal agreed: the question depended on the same rules as applied to construction of contracts. The court was not precluded from correcting an obvious mistake in the Bill, and the words of Bill had to be looked at as a whole in their context.

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May 19, 2015   Posted in: Case Reports  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 £120 for originals and £40 for copies and they can be obtained from this email infoatqccartoondotcom  (infoatqccartoondotcom)  .

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May 18, 2015   Posted in: Cartoons  Comments Closed

Weekend video: Powers of Ten™ (1977)

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May 16, 2015   Posted in: News  Comments Closed

Book recommendation: Diary of a Lawyer by Goldie Millan

When her beloved father dies under suspicious circumstances, Liberty Deller finds herself the recipient of a host of mysterious objects, as well as a £500,000 inheritance. Viewing it as the perfect opportunity to uncover the truth behind her father’s death, Liberty joins his old firm—and quickly realises that dark secrets abound. As paralegal to the ruthless Lydia Bammona, Liberty receives a crash course in the moral and ethical limbo that exists at the Yorkshire-based law firm that’s funded by a pair of brothers known as the “Yorkshire Terriors.” Recording her thoughts and one-sided conversations with her deceased father in the diary that he left her, Liberty slowly unravels a tangled web of lies that puts her in increasing amounts of danger. As robed men begin to follow her every move, Liberty falls victim to attempted murder, kidnapping, and more. But what do these mysterious stalkers want? With surprising plot twists that include family drama and a touch of romance, Diary of a Lawyer offers up plenty of suspense for lawyers and mystery lovers, alike.

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May 13, 2015   Posted in: News  Comments Closed

Montgomery v Lanarkshire Health Board 11/3/15 (SC)

An adult person of sound mind was entitled to decide which, if any, of the available forms of treatment to undergo, and her consent had to be obtained before treatment interfering with her bodily integrity was undertaken. Doctors were under a duty to take reasonable care to ensure that patients were aware of any material risks involved in any recommended treatment and of any reasonable or variant treatments. The analysis of the law by the majority in Sidaway v Board of Governors of the Bethlem Royal Hospital was unsatisfactory.

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May 12, 2015   Posted in: Case Reports  Comments Closed

Internet Newsletter for Lawyers May/June 2015

We’re pleased to tell you that the latest issue of the Internet Newsletter for Lawyers is now published.

In this issue

• Open Justice – Paul Magrath of ICLR reviews several new sites which bring transparency: promoting public understanding of the law

• Social Media – Bill Jones of JMW Solicitors describes how he manages his LinkedIn group and uses other social media

• Employment Law – Clare Perry of Constantia Associates describes the new emplaw online, now completely updated and relaunched

• Conveyancing – Rob Hailstone of Bold Legal Group asks whether Veyo is the future of conveyancing

• Websites – Richard Best on care needed when allowing users to post comments or content on your website

• Virtual Practice – Christian Browne of Summerfield Browne on setting up a commercial firm on a virtual model

• Internet of Things – Nick Holmes introduces the Internet of Things and the legal issues we will need to consider

• In an online Feature – Paul Magrath on how ICLR and BAILII act as custodians and gatekeepers to public legal information

Access the Newsletter online

Enjoy the Newsletter.

Regards

Nick Holmes and Delia Venables

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May 11, 2015   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 £120 for originals and £40 for copies and they can be obtained from this email infoatqccartoondotcom  (infoatqccartoondotcom)  .

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