After the government enacted the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 it considered abolishing or phasing out civil partnerships altogether. Instead, it will now extend them to heterosexual couples, as Paul Magrath explains.
The final report of the Lammy Review, published in September 2017, highlighted a number of concerns over the treatment of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) individuals by the criminal justice system. It made numerous recommendations, some of them radical. A year later on, Paul Magrath looks at what effect it has had.
Two recent cases in the UK Supreme Court have highlighted problems in the existing divorce laws. Meanwhile, two private members’ bills have been launched in the House of Lords aiming to provide solutions, as Paul Magrath explains.
Employment law is a popular qualification choice for many trainee solicitors, however newly qualified solicitor roles are few and far between and this was the case even before the (now abolished) employment tribunal fees were introduced. If you are seeking a career as an employment solicitor then you should bear the following in mind. Firms […]
The recent decision of the High Court awarding the popular entertainer Sir Cliff Richard substantial damages against the BBC for breach of privacy in reporting a raid on his home by South Yorkshire Police has raised issues about the limits of media coverage of police investigations, as Paul Magrath explains.
What’s the litigation sector all about? The litigation department at Mayer Brown now covers a huge variety of practices and industries. We act for employers, contractors, consultants and insurers in complex construction disputes on a range of projects from hospitals to defence facilities. These matters often have an international element, for example, I’ve had the opportunity to work on […]
At the recent Lord Mayor’s Dinner for Her Majesty’s Judges, the Lord Chief Justice spoke enthusiastically about the establishment of a ‘bespoke financial and business court for the 21st century’ in the City of London and the progress being made in the current courts and tribunals modernisation programme. But, asks Paul Magrath, after the closure of more than 230 local courts around the country since 2010, and with many others struggling to cope with even basic technology, how easy will it be for ordinary people to get justice?
After a private members bill was sensationally blocked by a maverick MP from its own benches, the government has brought forward its own legislation to punish the voyeuristic practice of ‘upskirting’, as Paul Magrath explains.
With major supermarkets pledging to reduce their use of plastics in packaging and pledges from some multi-national companies we might think that our problems with plastics are soon to be over. Before we get too excited though, other recent news stories include major soil pollution by plastic and videos showing divers swimming under islands of […]