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For the love of lockdown

In this guest blog, Sophie Warren shares her thoughts on self-development for aspiring solicitors during lockdown. With experience of being a paralegal, blogger, Instagram influencer, as well as a keen runner, she has lots of experience and advice to share.

Time to go home: BP v Surrey County Council and RP

This case is of importance not only because it was likely to arise in other cases in the UK context of the coronavirus, but because Article 15 considerations arise in cases of grave importance, such as national security cases.

Cyprus: Predictability of criminal liability in relation to restrictions of movements due to Covid-9

The prohibition of unnecessary movements was implemented from the 24th of March, in accordance with the provisions of the Regulatory Administrative Act 117/2020. Subsequently, with the coming into force of the Regulatory Administrative Act 152/2020, from 13 April until 4 May, at 5:59 a.m., citizens without permission to commute due to work were only permitted one movement by exception, after following the SMS process, or the handwritten completion of Form B for persons above 65 years of age.

Digital media and the right to be forgotten

The “right to be forgotten”, which has become a trending right in the internet and digital media where even legal distribution and accure content of the information about individuals constitutes a violation of human rights, is of great importance especially for the dignity of these individuals, for independent development of their personalities and full authority over his/her personal data.


Testing times for the Revenue

A test case to be heard in April in the Chancery Division will turn on whether the Inland Revenue has taken the correct view on Inheritance Tax (IHT) legislation cases where appointments are made within three months of the testator’s death. Beneficiaries under wills can group together and rearrange the dispositions made in the will. […]

A question of space and time

WRITS A recent ruling in the Appeal Court has added a new twist to the law over rateable occupation, particularly in respect of warehouses. It is a recognised principle that premises possession does not necessarily constitute occupation for business rates. But warehouses can remain empty while occupiers are sought and are treated as occupied for […]

In brief: Industrial action hampers CFO payouts

Court Funds Office payments under court orders to litigants are suffering regular delays as a result of one-week-a-month strikes by Court Service staff. Backlogs of payments ranging from suitors’ cash to monies for the mentally incapable build up during each five-day walkout, then recede until the next month’s action. Julia Lomas, chief executive of the […]

Inn with the in-crowd

What do Gazza and Terry Venables, Asil Nadir and the Maxwell brothers, George Michael and Pavarotti have in common? They have all litigated in the Chancery Division. This is the introduction to the booklet produced by the Chancery Bar Association (CBA) in conjunction with the Northern Chancery Bar Association and the Bristol and Cardiff Bar […]

Stuck in the Euro-rut

The European Commission is currently investigating a complaint about restrictive practices at the Bar. This is no surprise: the commission has frequently turned its attention to the legal professions in recent years. When it looked at the rights of establishment issue, the matter was kept running five years longer than necessary. As a result, the […]

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