RICHARD PAGE CASE UNDERWAY

Following my previous article on the Employment claim of Mr Richard Page, the trial of his claim began this week.  The representative for Kent & Medway Trust accused Richard Page of mounting a publicity campaign without having regard to his position with the Trust, see here. Richard Page pointed out that he had worked with numerous homosexuals during his time…

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EMPLOYMENT LAW: MAN DISMISSED FOR OPPOSITION TO SAME SEX ADOPTION

The case of Richard Page is due to be heard in the Employment Tribunal in Croydon next week; see here. Mr Page is a Christian and an ex Magistrate who was dismissed from his position as a Non-Executive Director of Kent & Medway NHS & Social Care Trust (“KMPT”) for expressing the opinion that heterosexual couples make better parents than…

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ECJ NEWS: MIGRATION, ASYLUM & THE VISEGRAD NATIONS

On the 26th July 2017, Advocate General Bot delivered his opinion (see here) to the European Court of Justice on the challenge made by Slovakia and Hungary against the provisional mechanism for the relocation of asylum seekers. The provisional mechanism was a measure taken by the Council of the European Union. The opinion recommends that the Court dismiss the challenge.…

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BREXIT NEWS

Lord Neuberger & Lord Thomas, addressing the Australian Bar Association, sought to allay concerns that Brexit would undermine the status of the City of London as a major international centre for Dispute Resolution; see here. Lord Chief Justice Thomas even described the suggestion that London would cease to be a safe international centre for Dispute Resolution as a “lie”, perpetrated…

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The Cab Rank Rule

The Bar Standards Board is expected to recommend that the cab rank rule is not extended to public access work see here; it has not so far been extended to direct access work since the relatively recent inception of direct access work. Direct access, refers to the fact that if a barrister is not authorised by the Bar Standards Board…

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CANADA AMENDS ‘HATE SPEECH LAWS TO INCLUDE ‘TRANSGENDER’ PEOPLE

Canada is due to amend its hate speech legislation to cover speech that promotes hatred on the basis of “gender identity” or “gender expression”. See here for an article that has links to the bill, the recent speech by the Canadian Premier Justin Trudeau, legal commentary and Supreme Court decisions. Whilst it easy to ridicule such a development, based on…

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Abortion Status Quo Upheld

The recent case of A and B v Secretary of State for Health, concerned women from Ulster seeking abortions in England (see here for the full judgment, dated 14th June 2017).  Presently such women are not permitted to have abortions in England on the NHS. They can have them in Ulster if they meet certain conditions which are stricter than…

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Labour Manifesto On No Fault Divorce & Other Issues

See my earlier post on the this blog concerning no fault divorce and the case of Owens v Owens.  The Labour Manifesto states that: "Labour will introduce a new fault divorce procedure". That is it, no more detail is provided.  There is already a no fault divorce procedure in England & Wales governed by the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 and…

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ONLINE CENSORSHIP PROPOSED IN TORY PARTY MANIFESTO

The Conservative Party manifesto, see here, proposes to establish a commission to combat 'extremism' (see page 54). The manifesto states that a Conservative government will consider enacting new laws to tackle extremism.  'Extremism' is not defined.  In practice this tends to be a platitudinous term used to denounce certain views, without debate or analysis. The manifesto further proposes to regulate online…

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Utilitarianism Part II

This is part II of an article on Utilitarianism, which focuses on Utilitarian jurisprudence as opposed to the general philosophy of Utilitarianism which is discussed in part I.  Part I is the last but one entry on this blog. The current notion of Parliamentary Sovereignty, accepted by the vast majority of the legal profession, states that any law passed by…

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