PHIL SHINER ADMITS HE SHOULD BE STRUCK OFF

Further to previous posts on this story, in the context of proceedings within the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, Phil Shiner has admitted some of the allegations against him and accepted that he should be struck off the Roll of Solicitors.  See below: https://www.lawgazette.co.uk/practice/phil-shiner-faces-strike-off-as-he-admits-recklessness-and-lack-of-integrity/5059109.article However he denies being dishonest.  Mr Shiner had sought to keep the proceedings private on the grounds that he…

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Jeff Sessions to become US Attorney General

President Elect Donald Trump, has chosen Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions to serve as Attorney General in his administration. Sessions stance on immigration is consistent with the promises made by Donald Trump during his election campaign; see here. Sessions was denied admission to the federal bench in 1986, after the Senate Judiciary Committee heard disputed and unproven allegations of racism against him.…

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Brexit Judgment Delivered

On the 3rd November 2016, the High Court ruled that the Government cannot trigger article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty without a further vote in Parliament, despite the passing of the European Union Referendum Act 2015 ("EUR").  The relief obtained was declaratory as injunctive relief cannot be obtained against the Crown. The full judgment can be read below: https://www.judiciary.gov.uk/judgments/r-miller-v-secretary-of-state-for-exiting-the-european-union/ The…

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Tony Blair allegedly uses RPM unlawfully

"RPM" above, refers to the Royal Prerogative of Mercy, which allows the Government, in exceptional cases to negate or commute the sentence of a person convicted of a crime.  It does not so far as the writer is aware, allow an individual to be granted immunity from prosecution as this would undermine the rule of law.  Furthermore by convention the…

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“Lawyers – hands off our democracy”

http://www.legalcheek.com/2016/10/there-is-no-going-back-lord-pannick-qc-kicks-off-brexit-legal-challenge The above title appeared on placards outside the RCJ, which were being displayed by demonstrators protesting against the Brexit judicial review - see the above article/link. The judicial review was opened last Thursday by Blackstone's Silk, David Pannick.  The hearing is expected to conclude on Tuesday and be leapfrogged to the Supreme Court in the event of an appeal.…

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UK JUDICIARY ‘MORE MALE’ THAN EUROPEAN COUNTERPARTS

http://www.lawgazette.co.uk/news/uk-judges-better-paid-and-more-male-than-europe-norm/5058119. A Council of Europe report found that the UK judiciary was better paid and contained a greater proportion of male judges than their European counterparts - see the above link.  The topic of the report is the efficacy of justice, although it is not clear how the gender composition of the judiciary is relevant to this. One commentator to the…

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Shami Chakrabarti appointed Shadow Attorney General

Shami Chakrabarti pictured above has recently been appointed shadow Attorney General by Jeremy Corbyn.  She caused controversy at the recent Labour Party conference in Liverpool by asking Jews not to desert the party and leave her with 'Essex man'.  She is reported to have apologised for the remark which was supposed to be a joke. Chakrabarti (now a Baroness) became…

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GOVERNMENT PUBLISHES DEFENCE TO BREXIT CHALLENGE

https://www.scribd.com/document/325800037/#fullscreen&from_embed The government has been forced to publish its defence to the Brexit legal challenge - see the above link. In summary it is argued that: It was always made clear that the result of the referendum would be implemented That treaty making/withdrawl is a prerogative power. There is nothing in the European Communities Act 1972 which fetters the Government's…

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UNMARRIED PARTNER DENIED COMPENSATION

An unmarried woman, whose partner of 16 years died as a result of medical negligence, was denied compensation by the High Court because she was not married to the deceased - see below http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lancashire-37490223. Mr Justice Edis stated that he was powerless to award her compensation under the present law and recommended that Parliament reconsider the same.  The Claimant argued…

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ANALYSIS OF GUN LAWS

In an article for Legal Cheek - see http://www.legalcheek.com/legal-cheek-journal/ Tom English criticises the current state of the UK firearms legislation. The article demonstrates some ambiguities and inconsistencies in the law as well as acknowledging that the overall effect of the legislation is to make if difficult for law abiding citizens to obtain guns rather than criminals.  Despite this the article presupposes,…

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