Parliament; an unlikely suspect of our acid attack frenzy

In Hobbes’ Leviathan, three principal causes of violence were identified: competition, diffidence and glory. The logic of the Leviathan is that a monopoly of violence by the nation state reduces the incentive to be violent. As Steven Pinker famously argues in A Better Angels of Our Nature, this was one of the five historical forces that led to the decline of violence over the centuries. Even if we accept that homicide rates, cruel and unusual punishments and superstitious killings are lower than before, we struggle to fit this narrative around acid attacks. Continue reading


Are you ready for the Fintech revolution?


The future’s bright…the future’s ‘fintech’. This phrase is radically changing the way we do business in the 21st century. The traditional model of going to a bank for financial services is being replaced by a new breed of third party financial service providers that aim to disrupt the status quo and radically change the way we pay for goods and services.
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President Trump, Rule of Law and the Separation of Powers



Donald Trump has been all over headlines since the moment he began holding the office of POTUS (and before that even). There has been concern that President Trump could really implement some of the more controversial policies he professed during his campaign. Looking towards his executive orders, that concern seems justified, but just how bad can President Trump be? He does seem to be spearheading a challenge against abstract rights, but does he have the legal right to implement such policies? Even if he does, would a President Trump be practically/politically be able to implement some of his more controversial policies?
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Age is no barrier to work or success



For some of us a birthday can be a reminder of another year passed and our career goals yet to be achieved. The subject of age can also be a sensitive topic in the workplace and in everyday life. I have sometimes found when going to open evenings at law firms or researching into law firms that there is a slight preference for younger graduates as trainees who will be easier to mould into the image of the firm. I should say this is not indicative of all law firms and many recognise the contribution and experience that older trainees can bring. Continue reading

Brexit: What’s Next?



In the space of five days England has voted to leave the European Union and crashed out of the European Football Championship; David Cameron and Roy Hodgson have both walked out the door; and despite everything, at the time of writing, Jeremy Corbyn still remains in post. This blog will consider the next steps and implications of the former Brexit; the football to be put down as a usual England performance that will be forgotten about in another five days.
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