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ANNOUNCEMENT – NEW PRACTICE MANAGER APPOINTED

I am honoured and delighted to announce the appointment of Tracey McIver as Practice Manager. Tracey has worked in the legal profession for over 30 years and will prove invaluable as the Chambers expands. Tracey says: "I have worked exclusively in the legal profession for over 30 years focusing on Debt Collection and enforcement including insolvency. My experience includes heading…

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IN DEFENCE OF THE MARKET PLACE OF IDEAS

The metaphor of ‘the market-place of ideas’, refers to the notion that no idea should be suppressed, but instead should be free to enter the ‘market-place’, where, to continue the metaphor, it can be bought or rejected. Whilst he did not use the expression, John Stuart Mill sought to justify the marketplace of ideas, in Chapter two of his book’…

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TWITTER ISSUES LAWSUIT AGAINST THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF TEXAS

Twitter has begun a lawsuit to stop an investigation by the Attorney General of Texas, Ken Paxton, into its moderation practices, see HERE. Twitter claims the lawsuit is an attempt to: …intimidate, harass, and target Twitter in retaliation for Twitter’s exercise of its First Amendment rights” Twitter further claims that the investigation amounts to a retaliation against them for the…

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CHANGES TO PART 36 OFFERS

The Civil Procedure Amendment Rules (2021), which come into force on 6th April 2021, introduce a significant change to the Part 36 regime. The basic premise of the part 36 regime is that if an offer is made which the other party rejects and fails to beat, e.g. the Claimant offers to settle for £30,000.00 and obtains a judgment at…

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Will the COVID-19 Vaccination be mandatory? The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe passes Resolution 2361 which states no one is to be discriminated against for not taking up the Covid-19 vaccine: By Abigail Lenart

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe have passed Resolution 2361 entitled ‘Covid-19 vaccines: ethical, legal and practical considerations’ following an Assembly debate on 27th January 2021. The Resolution briefly outlines the health and economic issues that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused and the resulting unemployment, economic decline and poverty. It is alleged that there is an air of…

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IN DEFENCE OF CAPITAL PUNISHMENT

PREFACE There has been recent speculation about whether the Home Secretary wished to commission a policy paper on the restoration of the death penalty.  The Home Office have denied this claim; they appear to have reacted with some indignation rather than merely giving a straightforward denial; see HERE. The episode prompted me to think again about the philosophical arguments for…

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