Carl Gardner

What should Sarah Wollaston have done?

April 17, 2014

Sarah Wollaston MP has come in for some criticism over how she dealt with two men who told her, last year, that they’d been in one case sexually assaulted, and in another case raped, by Nigel Evans MP. He was acquitted of rape and a number of sexual assault charges last week, and is not […]

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What should Sarah Wollaston have done? Twitter debate with Dan Hodges and others

April 16, 2014

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Employers’ religion versus workers’ contraception in the US Supreme Court

April 15, 2014

I’ve not seen much coverage over here of an important case, Sebelius v Hobby Lobby Stores, heard by the United States Supreme Court three weeks ago. The opinion is expected in June. It’s a case of what in the past I’ve called religitigation – people using litigation to assert their religious beliefs – but whereas in […]

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Dodgy drafting, No. 1

April 14, 2014

You know when something doesn’t quite mean what it’s supposed to mean? At least not when it’s read in a lawyerly way? I may post some examples as I come across them – but thought I really had to begin with what may be the all-time classic, from London Underground. What if you’ve got no […]

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Nigel Evans MP: justice has been done

April 11, 2014

Nigel Evans is not guilty of the offences he was charged with. I’m pleased for him. I also feel deeply sorry for him: this last year must have been hell, and having been tried and acquitted, he not only faces a big legal bill: he has lost an important job that must have meant a […]

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Gemma Burns: It means injustice for all

March 9, 2014

Outside the Ministry of Justice on “Grayling Day” on Friday, I spoke to Gemma Burns of Thomas Bingham Chambers, who feels “absolutely passionately” about opposing the government’s legal aid policy, because it means injustice for all. She told me that if people can’t afford to pay for themselves, and there’s no access to properly qualified […]

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Hannah Evans: I might not be able to do the job I love

March 9, 2014

Hannah Evans was recently made a tenant at her chambers, 23 Essex Street. But, she told Friday’s “Grayling Day” demonstration on Friday, clouding the entire experience was the knowledge that I might not be able to do the job I love for very long at all. She expressed her concern about the diversity of the […]

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Laura Janes: Children will not get out of jail

March 9, 2014

Laura Janes of the Howard League for Penal Reform spoke at London’s “Grayling Day” demonstration on Friday, about cuts to prison legal aid specifically. Mr Grayling has removed most prison law work from legal aid entirely she said. That means mothers cannot get legal help to remain with their babies inside prison; that means that […]

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Nigel Lithman QC: The whole system is in revolt

March 9, 2014

At Friday’s “Grayling Day” demonstration in London, chairman of the Criminal Bar Association Nigel Lithman QC told the audience that an indispensable part of our democracy is the criminal justice system. It’s taken centuries to build; it is taking this government a blink of an eye to demolish. It’s difficult, he said, to imagine how […]

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Russell Fraser: It’s not about fees

March 9, 2014

Outside the Ministry of Justice on “Grayling Day” on Friday I spoke to Russell Fraser, a third six pupil at 1 Pump Court, about why he’s opposed to the government’s legal aid policy. He mentioned what he called the discriminatory and arbitrary residence test for civil legal aid, which he said must be looked at […]

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