Defending the undefendable?



A question that is commonly asked to criminal defence practitioners is, ‘how can you defend a murderer?’ In the light of the murder of Lee Rigby, and the huge criticism of the defence barristers, this article will explain why nobody is undefendable and how everybody should be defended in the same way, no matter what.

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Cuts to Legal aid: What will they mean for me?


It would seem one motive for the Government’s desire to make cuts to legal aid would appear to be the fact that they think they can get away with it without losing many votes; other than a minority of lawyers, nobody else seems to really know about the cuts let alone realise how they may be affected. Continue reading

The irony of injunctions to prevent nuisance and annoyance


An IPNA; an injunction to prevent nuisance and annoyance. Not yet law but something in which the government is set on implementing in the Antisocial Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill. The IPNA is set to replace the pre-existing ASBO (Anti-social behaviour order); however, in doing so the goalposts are being immeasurably widened. Continue reading

Juxtaposing secret courts and the rule of law


On the 25th April 2013 The Justice and Security Act 2013 introduced so-called “secret courts” (Closed Material Procedures) into ordinary civil cases in Britain for the first time.

Closed Material Procedures (or “CMPs”) mean that one party is not able to take part in either part or the whole of a trial. This party will almost always be a party who is bringing a claim against a government agency. In such a case the government and its lawyers will be present during the CMP, however, Continue reading

A blog about Urban Lawyers


Many of you may have already come across some previous Urban Lawyers blog posts. Some of you may be avid followers of the Urban Lawyers blogs and always patiently anticipate the next. However, how many of you could describe what Urban Lawyers do? As a result, the purpose of this blog post is to not only explain what Urban Lawyers do, but to provoke discussion based around the challenges which are faced by such an organisation.

Urban Lawyers has grown into a multipurpose organisation over the last 24 months Continue reading

The Rule of Law



A topic which has been mentioned in previous blog posts has been that of the rule of law. The rule of law is a concept difficult of a single definition. It is however, a key component in any civilised and democratic society. The easiest way, and that in which many would describe the rule of law, is by saying it is the principle in which nobody is above the law. This definition unfortunately does not go anywhere near encompassing what the rule of law is or is made up of. The concept of the rule of Continue reading

Judicial Review



Background to Judicial Review

For the benefit of the lay reader it may be best to give a brief outline of areas surrounding judicial review before diving straight into the matter itself.

In The U.K. we have a tripartite system. The Executive, made up of the government; the Legislature, made up of Parliament and the Judiciary, made up of the courts. Parliament is the supreme law making body and any Act of Parliament can override any other body. It is the role of the Judiciary to enforce the law and in doing so it often has to interpret it. A vast amount of law however, has not been made through an Act of Parliament. It comes from common law, i.e. case law that has Continue reading