Hot Topics

From human rights to AI to Brexit, TSL writers give their views on the news stories everybody’s talking about.

Sign up to the TSL Newsletter to get our Commercial Awareness and Future Lawyer briefings delivered to your inbox every week.

Once you’ve read the latest articles, test your knowledge in the monthly Commercial Awareness Quiz.

Interested in writing for The Student Lawyer?  Find out more here.

UK Political Updates Series: New Speaker of the House of Commons

Article by Eliza Liddicott As promised last week, the following article provides an insight into this overwhelming political period, making up the second of three updates. In […]

Thomas Cook Collapse: A look into the firm’s insolvency procedure

In September 2019, Thomas Cook entered into Compulsory Liquidation. The events that led to the decision and the legal explanation of what Compulsory Liquidation is can be found in this article.

UK Political Updates Series: General election 2019

The first episode of our three-part UK Political Updates Series is here. In the first update, you can find an overview of the pledges of the parties and the Brexit considerations, which play an indispensable role in this year’s election. Next article will answer the question: Who is the Speaker of the House?

Kashmir: Disputed territory or helpless mistake?

The Kashmir region has been the subject of dispute between India and Pakistan for decades. In August 2019, Article 370 of the Constitution of India was repealed, starting even more significant controversies. The details and the, somewhat underwhelming, international reaction are all summarised in this article.

The Repeal of The Human Rights Act 1998

The impact of Brexit on international politics and the economy has been speculated by many, resulting in countless attempts to predict the outcomes. The effect on the protection of human rights has not received the same recognition. What are the threats to the safeguarding of human rights arising from leaving the Union?

ExxonMobil and the Rise of Climate Litigation

The case of ExxonMobil has been filling the news lately due to its role in acknowledgement of climate change litigation. The role of environmental protection is increasing and threatening irresponsibly-ran corporations. In this article, you will find both the overview of the case and the broader context of the area of law as a whole.

The Fall of WeWork and the Mechanics of Public Offerings

This article covers the attempt of WeWork to become a publicly-traded company. The case study is followed by a summary of how initial public offerings works and the related legislation, to give you an overview of the challenges such strategies may pose.

The ‘Big 4’ Entry into Legal Services Industry: Threat or opportunity?

Oluwabunmi Adaramola reports on the expansion of consulting firms into legal services and the challenges this creates for traditional law firms. Such increasing liberalisation of the sector can be attributed to the Legal Services Act 2007. This article aims to examine the threats and opportunities of the trend.

Activism in the Modern Era: The success of the new up-skirting legislation

The world seemed to be on a trajectory towards becoming a more just and equal place. For a long time, people’s activism was the force pushing […]

Long Live the Lockstep

Article by Mustaqim Mohammad Iqbal  Historically, law firms around the world, whether in London, New York or elsewhere, have adopted the model of the traditional ‘lockstep’ partnership. […]

The Trump Impeachment: A brief summary

Article by Eliza Liddicott In conjunction with the UK, the US political world is in an unprecedented state, with unknown and unforeseen developments occurring almost every […]

Reforming the Law: An update on the rules of Surrogacy

Article by Eliza Liddicott Some laws feel impersonal; they are rules set by a distant legislative body and are unlikely to impact on our lives. Other […]

Brexit Insight: A No-Deal Brexit and the Rollercoaster UK Economy

Article by Oluwabunmi Adaramola After three long years of Brexit looming over the UK, it appears a deadline for the UK to leave the EU has […]

Overview of Socio-political Disruptions in China in 2019

Article by Mustaqim Mohammad Iqbal Over the past several decades, China has grown into an economic and financial superpower that only the USA, with all of […]

Mental Health Amongst University Students

Many new and returning students are moving away from home, their networks of friends and having to adopt to the cultural shock of a new area […]

Innovation in Law: There is no time like the present to observe the disruption

Innovation has recently become a buzzword across industries. Yet, the legal sector has been resisting the pressure. The main reason for the reluctance is the conservative […]

Behind Closed doors: the landmark Domestic Abuse Bill 2019

Domestic abuse is a criminal offence, first defined in 1973 by Jack Astley. Domestic abuse is recently defined as an incident of controlling, coercive or threatening […]

10 Good Trademark Opportunities For People and Brands

It’s not something many business owners think about when they start, but your trademark is a valuable asset of your business. That’s why it’s crucial to […]

A Detailed Overview of the Medicine-Law Conflict: DNR, Euthanasia and the Law

It is often said that a thin line exists between Law, Morality and Ethics. This thin line sits in the idea of conflict of interests, where […]

Introduction to Privacy for Law Students (Part III)

From the hallmark case of Campbell and the development of breach of privacy as an action, it is clear that the integration of privacy as a concept […]

Everything you need to know about the parliamentary process and Brexit

The news in the UK over the past week has left most of us confused as to what on earth is going on in Westminster. These […]

Introduction to Privacy for Law Students (Part II)

In Part II of this introduction to privacy, we consider the legislative framework under English law which enshrined privacy and the recent development of the action […]

Introduction to Privacy for Law Students (Part I)

Many doctrines under English law form due to common law, also known as judge-made or case law, where a series of legal cases create and form […]

No Fault Divorce: ending the battle of the blame

Revolutionary changes are occurring in UK divorce law, with the current provisions under review after controversial court cases and public challenges. Evidently, this will be an […]

Facebook’s Proposed Cryptocurrency, ‘Libra’: A New Money Laundering Tool?

In the second half of 2019, Facebook revealed concrete plans on its intention to extend its operation and services and embark on a project to produce […]

The War on Single Use Plastics

War on Single Use plastic InterContinental Hotels Group have announced the removal of plastic miniature toiletries from all 5,000+ of its hotels for environmental concerns. This […]

One year of GDPR: the key cases so far – who has suffered and who has had a lucky escape? (Part 2)

This article will examine the case law surrounding the General Data Protection Regulation that came into effect on 25th May 2018. It is part of a […]

One Year of GDPR: how did we get here? The cases that helped create GDPR (Part 1)

This article will examine the case law that concerns personal data rights and how they both highlighted the necessity for such protection that is now better […]

An Introduction to International Jurisdictional Structures

First of all, it goes without saying that the Jurisdictional Organization of each country has its own way of doing legislate things. This adds an additional […]

Regulatory Changes That Enabled the Rise of Challenger Banks

There is an old paradox of banking being one of the most regulated sectors, yet probably the most distrusted business area. The financial industry has undergone […]

The Student Lawyer’s Introduction to Sanctions

As prospective lawyers looking to stay commercially aware, you will no doubt be used to seeing the topic of sanctions appearing in the news, often in […]

Class Actions in England and Wales: Right around the Corner?

Class actions have long been a feature of the US litigation landscape.  They can be an effective tool for justice where a claimant’s individual claim is […]

The True Story of a Man who Pioneered the Science of Profiling Serial Killers

Review on Mindhunter – An Original Netflix Series adapted from the book “Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit” by John E. Douglas. A look at the origin of the series Mindhunter […]

The Debate on Euthanasia and its Legal Progress Around the World

Life expectancy has dramatically increased in industrialised countries, meaning that euthanasia is now a subject that both a very protected and a sensitive.

The Current Law on Intermediary Liability in Light of the EU GDPR

Even before opening a newspaper, you know that you can expect to see the following on the front page; inappropriate behaviour of politicians, Brexit and the […]

The Conjunction Junction: A Question of Citizenship

Remi Alli provides us with this fascinating and informative interview with J. Daniel Jung, Esq., Director at Abraham Lincoln University School of Law. He delves into what he sees students and graduates doing wrong when trying to seek further legal employment.

The Kavanaugh confirmation hearing; beyond the allegations

The impartiality of the Supreme Court has been questioned, particularly following the recent hearing for the now confirmed Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh.

Exploring the Impacts of LASPO

With both campaigners and professionals critiques becoming ever louder, have these aims been met and how has LASPO impacted the justice system?

How to Make the Most of Your Summer as an Aspiring Lawyer

As summer approaches law students all across the country are emerging from libraries and packing up their belongings to head back home for three months of well deserved rest. The Great British Summer awaits, so here are a few productive ways to spend your summer as an aspiring lawyer.

Homelessness in the UK Reaches Record High

There has been a 169% increase in homelessness since 2010. This  issue is no longer confined to big cities, with three quarters of homeless people living […]

Vulture Capitalism: Playing by The Market’s Rules

Law v Fairness: The relationship in this area of international finance is increasingly under the spotlight in terms of improvements needed in legal clarity and regulation.

What is a Leapfrog Appeal?

A leapfrog appeal is where there is an exclusion clause bypassing the procedure of a case going to the Court of Appeal and enables it to […]

Virtual Currencies: A Legal Weakness?

Juliana Ruseva explores the field of digital currencies and the legal framework behind them.

Crowdfunding – The Way Forward For Funding Public Law Cases?

Adam Hughes takes a look at the fast growing way of funding legal cases and how they are helping to break down barriers to justice.

Infrastructure Act: Attack on Private Ownership Rights: Part 2

In Part 2, the impact of the Infrastructure Act on the treatment of land and the Acts impact on proprietary rights is compared with foreign legal systems.

Infrastructure Act: Attack on Private Ownership Rights: Part 1

The passing of the Infrastructure Act may benefit energy companies, but this may come at a cost and threaten the long held rights of land owners.

Sanctions Against Russia: Binding In Law But Not In Fact?

Elliot Glover writes on the Sanctions against Russia, exploring the ways in which they could affect the global marketplace.

The Cab-Rank Rule – Time For Reform?

“The Cab-Rank rule” is something deeply embedded in to the Bar’s culture. It defines profession’s instinctive commitment to provide access to justice. Under this rule barristers […]

Factors affecting the fight for Human Rights

Given the more liberal society of today’s world, the topic of human rights is gaining much more attention than it was ever before. Teoh Soo Shin discusses the factors that can compromise one’s human rights through case studies and examples covered by the media, such as Malala Yousafzai.

Misrepresentation: Pre and Post 1967

The Changes Brought by the Misrepresentation Act 1967 Before discussing the changes brought by the Misrepresentation Act 1967, it is necessary to understand common law misrepresentation. […]

The Pros and Cons of Studying Law at A-level

If you have come to the end of your GCSEs and you are considering studying Law at A-level but want to know the pros and cons first, […]

The Volker Rule: An Overview of Issues

Yousif Al-Dujaili discusses the Volker Rule, the different approaches to banking regulation in the US and the UK, and the effect on law firms.

IP: Can You Copyright an Idea?

Tessa Craythorne takes a look at the interesting debate surrounding the protection of mere ideas, specifically in the context of TV shows.

Can Computer Software be Classed as Goods?

Valentina Georgieva discusses the case law in which the definition of software has been considered, and asks whether software falls within the definition of ‘goods’ under the Sale of Goods Act 1979.

Third-party interveners in judicial reviews

Matthew Ahiuwalia discusses how an organisation intervenes, as a third party in judicial review proceedings. With particular reference to considerations that need to be dealt with and the implications. Additionally he includes examples of past cases.

Selfies & the Law: Who really owns your face?

Article by Giovanni Parcou Following the advent of the term ‘selfie’ making it into the English Oxford Dictionary, it is important that people are made aware […]

Inspirational Women in Law

It is a statistical and historical fact that there are still few women at the top of the legal ladder, despite diversity within the legal area, […]

What is an Obscene Publication?

Rebecca Broadbent looks at what is actually classified by statute as an obscene publication, and what can actually be prosecuted under this statute in a society where media and publications are more readily accessible than ever before. Her analysis also considers how far the law goes in controlling this area, especially in light of the Convention on Human Rights.

Globalisation and the Effects on the Legal Profession

Bethany Bradley takes an interesting look at the recent phenomenon of Globalisation and how it effects law firms around the world, while giving examples of how they have combated it.

Legalising Same Sex Marriages

On 29 March 2013, gay couples were allowed to tie the knot for the first time in Britain. There are not many countries across the world […]

The Mystery Behind Fully Secret Trusts

Ornela Markaj takes a look at the mystery behind fully secret trusts, an area that seems to puzzle judges and academics alike.

What is Equity?

Rosie Penny tries to concretely explain the mysterious concept of equity, delving into what underpins this doctrine that runs parallel to the law.

The UK and The CISG

Rosie Penny looks at the general concerns with the Vienna convention on the CISG and the legal difficulties it faces. Additionally the fears the UK has about it.

The Internet: Human Right or Privilege?

Maud Kadye examines the declaration that access to the internet is a basic human right and evaluates the opposing position that it is, or should be, a privilege.

Understanding Passing Off

Tessa Craythorne provides an overview into the common law remedy of ‘passing off’, discussing the three core elements of the action.

Trusts: The Beneficiary Principle and Perpetuity

Charlotte Burmby continues her series on the essential rules in Equity and Trusts law. This week she explains the beneficiary principle and perpetuity – two rules that must be satisfied if a trust is to be created.

Life Sentences Explained

Rebecca Broadbent discusses the different types of life sentences, and explains the difference between life sentences and licences, along with a look at the standard conditions that are attached to life licences.

Judicial Review: Protective Costs Orders

Protective Costs Orders (PCO) are an interesting anomaly in the usually fantastically mundane world of litigation costs. Such an order will provide protection against the potentially […]

War Crime: Why Did Idi Amin Never Face Trial?

General Idi Amin Dada has been commonly ranked as one of the world’s most evil men along with Adolf Hitler, Osama bin Laden and others. He […]

Alternative Dispute Resolution vs Litigation

Emily Townsend looks at litigation and the different methods of alternative dispute resolution and considers whether or not litigation is the only way to resolve a dispute, or whether there are other methods available.

POCA: The Proceeds of Crime Act Explained

Rebecca Broadbent takes a detailed look at the contents of the Proceeds of Crime Act and its powers, including confiscation orders. Her explanation looks at when a defendant is liable for a confiscation order and the necessary procedures.

Jurisprudence: Unlocking Global Justice Theories

Global justice theories are those which argue that the world is unjust and requires changing. In this article, three main schools of thought, and their prominent […]

Dishonesty and Theft: Time for Change?

Faizan Sadiq provides an analysis of the concept of ‘dishonesty’ in the context of the Theft Act 1968 and R v Ghosh, as well as an overview of proposed reforms in this area.

Cracking the Whip on BDSM

BDSM has become more visible and arguably more acceptable in modern society in recent years. The extent to which BDSM has become saturated in the modern […]

Defamation Act 2013 – What’s Changed?

Faizan Sadiq explains the changes the Defamation Act 2013 has made to the existing law.

How Does the EU Affect Our Everyday Life?

Zaakirah Amodine explains how the rules of the EU affect our everyday lives, from the marketing on cigarette packaging to piracy.

The ‘Best Interest’ of a Child in Immigration Decisions

The concept of the ‘best interest’ of a child lies at the core of immigration decisions which involve children. The best interest of a child is […]

Does Life Mean Life? Life Sentences in England and Wales

The complexity of life sentencing in England and Wales is partly due to the range of different sentences currently available. The fact that Parliament sometimes changes […]

When Does Bullying Become Harassment?

Rebecca Broadbent examines criminal and civil liability for acts of harassment and considers whether bullying can come within the definition of harassment.

EU Competition Law: Article 101 of the TFEU

Zaakirah Amodine explains the content of Article 101 TFEU – one of the main regulations of cartels in EU competition law.

Property Rights in the Human Body

Fiona Todd examines the legal status of the human body and considers whether the ‘no property’ rule is appropriate to the rapidly developing environment of modern science and medicine.

The Use of Hypnosis in Criminal Investigations

Rebecca Broadbent explains the somewhat surprising use of hypnosis by the police in the course of their investigation into a crime.

The Scottish Legal System in a Nutshell

Fiona Todd provides an overview of the Scottish legal system for those who wonder how it differs from the English system.

Who is the Undisclosed Principal in Contract Law?

Cristine Christodoulou discusses whether the doctrine of undisclosed principal can be justified on the grounds of commercial convenience or is it truly an anomaly to the principle of privity of contract.

Appealing to the High Court by Case Stated

Rebecca Broadbent explains the procedure for appealing to the High Court on a point of law, known as ‘by way of case stated’.

Is Trial by Jury Outdated?

Rebecca Broadbent discusses the pros and cons of a trial by jury and the validity of the possible alternatives.

The Right of Sovereign Equality

Cristine Christodoulou discusses the importance of a recognised sovereign state and the privileged principle of sovereign equality.

Judicial Precedent in Judicial Practice

Mahesh Nanwani explains the doctrine of precedent and looks at the methods by which judges can make and amend the law.

The New Civil Procedure Rules Explained

On 1 April 2013, significant changes were implemented to the civil law of England and Wales in the form of legislation regarding the Civil Procedure Rules […]

Malicious Prosecutions

Rebecca Broadbent discusses the tort of malicious prosecution relating to the deliberate misuse of power by the police.

Article 267 TFEU and the Overwhelming of the CJEU

Valentina Georgieva discusses the impact of the preliminary rulings procedure and its problems.

Third Party Pregnancy Rights

Liam Draper examines what rights, if any, a would be father has in the decision making process prior to an abortion.

Is Accepting Less Ever Desirable?

All men of business, whether merchants or tradesmen, do every day recognise and act on the ground that prompt payment of a part of their demand […]

Relationship Between Domestic and International Law: Part 2

George Korchev continues his exploration of the relationship between international and municipal law.

The Relationship Between Domestic and International Law: Part 1

George Korchev examines the relationship between international and municipal law.

Facebook and the Younger Generation

Lauren Perkins considers the Facebook policies surrounding age and their proper enforcement. For many years, people have criticised the use of social networking sites, classifying them […]

Friends and Facebook

Social media have a great potential to complement one’s life by making new acquaintances and friends. Through Facebook, Twitter, blogs and other social media you can […]

The Student Lawyer has assembled a team of qualified lawyers to provide careers assistance to law students applying for training contracts and vacation schemes.     

CV & Cover Letter Reviews

Application Form Reviews

Practice

Interviews

Assessment

Day Workshops