Sadiq Khan: let me guide you where I think you’re going

June 4, 2014

Writing in the Telegraph yesterday, Labour’s shadow Justice Secretary Sadiq Khan said that when the Labour government in 1998 brought in a British Bill of Rights – the Human Rights Act – we deliberately drafted the wording to protect British courts. It meant they’d be free to disagree with the European Court of Human Rights […]

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Supreme Court judgment: R (Barkas) v North Yorkshire

May 22, 2014

How can you tell whether you’re doing something as of right, or doing it by right? Yesterday the Supreme Court gave judgment addressing that question in a case about Helredale playing field, in Whitby – and has strengthened the hand of councils and developers against local green space campaigners. The question’s a tricky and quite confusing one, and […]

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Pfizer’s placebo promises

May 19, 2014

In front of the Commons Business committee last week, Ian Read, chairman and chief executive of Pfizer, made two points in relation to Pfizer’s commitments, assuming it succeeds in acquiring the Anglo-Swedish drug manufacturer AstraZeneca. It’s pledged, you may remember, over a minimum period of five years, to: complete the investment in major new Cambridge […]

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Supreme Court judgment: R (George) v Home Secretary

May 14, 2014

If you were given leave to do something, but then an order was made which invalidated it, and now that order itself has been revoked – is the result that you’ve automatically got leave again? Is your original leave “revived” in other words, by the revocation of the order invalidating it? This was the sort of question the Supreme Court decided in […]

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Pfizer’s bid for AstraZeneca: what can the government do?

May 8, 2014

On April 28, Pfizer announced a possible offer to buy AstraZeneca, presumably having thought an announcement was required by rule 2.2 of the Takeover Code. The result is that, under the relatively new “put up or shut up” rule now embodied in rule 2.5 of the Code, Pfizer has until 5 o’clock on May 26 – […]

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R (PressBoF) v Culture Secretary: my tweets from court today

April 30, 2014

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Charlie Klendjian: Mr. President, tear down your sharia guidance now

April 30, 2014

The secretary of the Lawyers’ Secular Society, solicitor Charlie Klendjian, spelled out on Monday what the protest was about: We know the Law Society practice notes don’t change the law. We know that sharia law hasn’t been “enshrined” into English law. Well not yet, anyway. … we know and we accept that people can be […]

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Yasmin Rehman: As a Muslim woman, I do not want this sharia guidance

April 29, 2014

Where did the practice note on sharia succession rules come from, Yasmin Rehman of the Centre for Secular Space (and a fellow of the Muslim Institute) asked protesters outside the Law Society yesterday. What possessed the Law Society to issue this guidance? Muslim women hadn’t asked for it, she told us. And in an interesting passage on […]

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Diana Nammi: I know first hand what sharia law means for women and children

April 29, 2014

Diana Nammi, executive director of the Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation, told yesterday’s protest in Chancery Lane that she lived in Iran when its revolution was “hijacked by fundamentalists”: As a woman, my testimony became worth half that of a man; as a woman, if I were to remarry I would lose my custody of […]

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Abhishek Phadnis: Where’s my bigoted wills folder?

April 29, 2014

Abhishek Phadnis of LSE students’ Atheist, Secularist and Humanist Society gave the funniest speech at yesterday’s “One Law for All” protest outside the Law Society. What’s the world coming to, if a man has to undertake the task of drafting his will without the state holding his hand through the process, guiding him, and helping him be […]

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