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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 […]

A GDL’s Student Feedback

This time last year I had just finished my undergraduate degree and was excited to begin my study of the Graduate Diploma in Law. One year […]

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 […]

Everything You Need to Know about the Changes to Future Bar Training

The next two years will see a major overhaul of the established routes to legal qualification in England and Wales.  For prospective solicitors, the Solicitors Qualification […]

Can Brexit Frustrate a Contract?

This article explores the High Court’s decision in Canary Wharf (BP4) T1 Ltd -v- European Medicines Agency [2019] EWHC 335 (Ch), which found that Brexit could not frustrate a […]

What should I be including in my law graduate CV?

It’s graduate season and you’re almost ready to walk out in to the world of work. But how do you demonstrate the skills and experience you’ve […]

Supreme Court Offers New Guidance on Libel in the Age of Social Media

In 2012, Mrs Stocker wrote a series of Facebook posts to her ex-husband’s new partner, describing Mr Stocker’s history of domestic violence.  In one of these […]

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 […]

UK Signs Free Trade Agreement with South Korea

The Department for International Trade announced on 10 June that the UK had signed a joint statement for trade continuity with South Korea, allowing the UK […]

Boris Johnson Escapes Prosecution for £350 million Brussels Claim

It was one of the images that came to define the 2016 Brexit referendum: a large red bus along the side of which were printed the […]

ICCA Plans Major Overhaul of Barrister Training

Readers of The Student Lawyer will be well aware of the expense and uncertainties surrounding the long road to becoming a barrister.  The fees alone for […]

What is the Legal Practice Course (LPC)?

If your dream is to become an accomplished solicitor, you’ll need to tackle the unavoidable Legal Practice Course (LPC) once you’ve completed university. The LPC is […]

Interview with J. Daniel Jung, Director at Abraham Lincoln University School of Law

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.

Tax Implications of Buying Physical Gold and Silver in the UK

Buying physical gold and silver has never been easier, with the number of online vendors, high street providers and banks still eager to provide the assets […]

Review: Is the Pomodoro Technique Really Helpful for Productivity ?

As a full-organized (future) lawyer, this review of the pomodoro technique could help you to know how to manage your time perfectly, with a new more […]

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.

Choosing Your A-level Subjects

This piece considers four different points that are important when establishing whether a Law degree is right for you, and whether you are right for one.

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 […]

How Medical Negligence Claims Are Changing in the UK

Medical NegligenceAssist.co.uk discuss some of the most recent developments, with regards to current changes in medical negligence claims in the UK.

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.

Thinking About Doing a Degree In Law? The Basics

This piece considers four different points that are important when establishing whether a Law degree is right for you, and whether you are right for one.

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.

What to expect during your first few months as a law student

It’s a lot harder than you’ve experienced previously. It’s a law school cliché, but it’s a cliché for a reason. My first two weeks were relatively tame.

How to be a Memorable Intern

To succeed as an entrepreneur, you need to know a little about everything, having your fingerprints on every business activity, especially at the beginning

Interview with University of London Law Society

What is it about the University of London Law Society that makes it wholesome, inclusive, and a great social place? A system of free membership ensures […]

Insights from the Bright Network First Year Lawyers Top 100 Event, 12th September 2018

The study of Criminal Law within your LLB or GDL can be one of the more interesting topics for students, but it is important to understand the key concepts in order to do well.

Diversity in the English Legal System

A historic case will be brought before the Supreme Court in October 2018. Historic, not because of its content or judgement, but because of who is making the judgement. For the first time in the Supreme Court’s history, a case will be heard by a female majority.

How to get into Law as a non-law graduate

From the practicalities of the course, to getting you ahead of the competition, this article introduces you to important next steps, as a non-law graduate.

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?

The Reasonable Man: Subjective or Objective?

The Student Lawyer discusses the case law surrounding the ‘Reasonable Man’ test. Is this a test that is subjective or objective?

Interview with Luke Peake, CEO of Virtual Internships

Luke Pearce CEO of Virtual Internships sits down with Emma Hamnett to discuss all things about Virtual Internships and what the company is about .

What to Do with Your Law Degree If a Career In Law Doesn’t Appeal

Nelson Mandela, Andrea Bocelli, and Barack Obama are just three famous people who studied law without dedicating themselves to this profession. In the UK, around 17,855 were accepted to Law courses in the 2016-2017 period, with 67.5% of students comprising women and 32.5% men. Far less students are admitted to the roll.

Is it Possible to Work as a Freelance Lawyer?

In the last few years, the number of freelance workers in the UK has grown from 2 million to an impressive 4.8 million. Freelancers of all ages, experience levels, and educational backgrounds are needed across industries. It is clear that the new workplace (for many) will be outside of the standard office cubicle within the coming decades.

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.

Is the Internet killing traditional advertising?

Advancement in technology and the internet has brought us countless wonders. From the creation of a new, low-cost platform for publication (which you are probably reading […]

A Closer Look at Pimlico Plumbers v Smith

A landmark ruling on the subject of employment rights is set to be made soon, following the recent hearing of Pimlico Plumbers v Smith in the […]

Interview with Louis Huglin – Associate in Film, TV & Theatre at Harbottle & Lewis

Louis Huglin is an Associate in Film, TV & Theatre at UK-based law firm Harbottle & Lewis. Our Deputy Editorial Content Manager spoke to Louis about […]

A closer look at Robinson v Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police

Nicolas Price explains the recent decision in Robinson v Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police. He looks into the possible outcomes of a decision that may cause students across the country to go out and buy new textbooks.

Preparing for Assessment centres – where do I start?

The Assessment Centre Now the end of January has passed (finally), and with it the deadline for many vacation schemes and training contracts for City and […]

Skills, Skills, Skills: Demonstrating your Skills in a Job Application

Alongside expressing your enthusiasm and motivation to work for a particular law firm, demonstrating your skills will be just as equally important as your commitment to […]

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 […]

UK Manufacturing Recovery: Highest Output in 10 Years

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has reported that manufacturing in the UK is at its highest since 2008 which is aided by The Financial Times […]

Lights, Camera, Action: M&A to form the world’s second-biggest cinema operator.

Britain’s renowned cinema operator, Cineworld, has agreed to a buy-out of America’s Regal Entertainment for a sum of $5.8 billion. As it stands currently, Regal Entertainment […]

Government Policy Paper on Benefit and Pension Rates: Will We See Any Improvement in the Workplace?

On the 27th November, the government released a new policy paper named “Proposed benefit and pension rates 2018 to 2019”. It includes new statutory rates for […]

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.

Minimum Entry Requirements

Minimum entry requirements (MER) are a common element of law firm application forms, as well as many other corporate and commercial job forms. Whilst most employers […]

New academic year, new applications…

It’s that time of year again – vacation scheme and training contract applications have opened and you’re forcing yourself to sit down to fill in those […]

Thousands Stranded as Monarch Airlines Enter into Administration

Monarch Airlines, the UK’s fifth largest airline, has gone into administration, leaving 110,000 customers stranded overseas.

Fieldfisher Continues To Expand with Italian Merger

Fieldfisher opens fifth office in Italy as the firm merges with Bologna firm Lucchini Gattamorta & Associates (LGA), continuing its global expansion spree for 2016-17. The […]

Insurers Warn Brexit No Deal Is Unacceptable

The head of the UK’s insurance trade body warned that a Brexit with no deal would be “unacceptable” for the industry. Huw Evans, the director general […]

Clifford Chance advises Imagination Technologies as the Apple supplier puts itself up for sale

Clifford Chance advises Imagination Technologies, as the UK chip designer puts itself up for sale in the midst of a dispute with Apple.

Southern Rail Overloaded with Unreliable Infrastructure

A report, commissioned by the Government and delayed for six months, has indicated that Southern Rail has been trying to run too many trains on infrastructure […]

Investment in UK Car Industry Falls Due to Brexit Uncertainty

Investment in the UK car industry has fallen to £322 million in the first half of 2017, signalling that companies are either delaying or cancelling investment […]

Brexit & Its Implications For Law Firms

We were joined by Grad Recruiter, Ed Walker to discuss Brexit & its implications for Law Firms and also how to tackle these key commercial awareness topics in applications and interviews.

LPC: Five Tips for Survival

Sarah Hinton draws on her recent experiences of the LPC to bring us her top tips on how to survive this notoriously difficult course and also how to get the most out of it.

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 […]

How To Stand Out As A Recent Law School Graduate

There seem to be more law school graduates than there are quality job openings. However, it is imperative that you are not allowing this fact to dissuade […]

Berwin Leighton Paisner Launches Manchester Training Contracts

Earlier this month, international law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) announced its decision to commence training contracts in its Manchester office. BLP is an award-winning, leading […]

Slaughter and May’s First Ever London Lateral Hire

Slaughter and May has made its first ever London lateral hire in its 125 year history, recruiting Herbert Smith Freehill’s (HSF) head of pensions, Daniel Schaffer. […]

Clifford Chance and Dechert Advise on $3 Billion Shell Deal

Magic Circle firm Clifford Chance, along with Dechert, White & Case, and Watson Farley & Williams have each won roles on Shell’s $3 billion disposal of […]

Virtual Currencies: A Legal Weakness?

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

Court Ruling Puts Future of the UK’s ‘Snooper’s Charter’ In Doubt

Adam Hughes analyses a ruling made by the European Court of Justice which could challenge the controversial passing of the Investigatory Powers Act

Applying to University to Study a Law Degree

Applying to university can be stressful, but applying to study Law can be particularly difficult as it’s one of the highest ranked degrees in the UK […]

Commercial Awareness – The Elephant in the Room

Written by Shelina Khudurun Commercial Awareness. This is one the most important phrases that you will most definitely hear throughout your legal career. It’s not only […]

Advocacy: What to do to Improve it

  Advocacy is a term that you will find popping up consistently throughout your research and applications to chambers. The main question is: how do I […]

Practising Law as a Global Citizen

On Monday, in partnership with Herbert Smith Freehills and CRCC Asia, we held a Facebook Live Event on Practising Law as a Global Citizen. Our speakers […]

Marshalling – Crucial Experience for the Aspiring Barrister

What is marshalling? Why should I do it? I’m glad you asked… Last August, on a warm summer’s morning I was escorted (of my own volition, […]

A Review of GDL Study Guides

The Graduate Diploma in Law is underway, and students have started making notes to help them achieve the elusive distinction. You may have already seen people consulting various guides and case books, during lectures and tutorials. A quick Google search of ‘GDL revision guides’ throws up a number of different companies, making students spoiled for choice. Therefore, we’ve reviewed the most popular GDL guides currently on the market, in order to make the decision a little easier for you.

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.

10 questions to ask at the end of an interview

With students in first and second year eagerly (or maybe not…) awaiting the arrival of the next round of applications for vacation schemes and training contracts […]

The Psychology of Lawyers Explored

  The Student Lawyer’s Joseph Docherty has been speaking with Edward Walker, former Graduate Recruitment Manager at Pinsent Masons, about his insightful research into the psychology […]

Interview with Andrew Arruda – CEO and Co Founder of ROSS Intelligence

Andrew Arruda is the CEO and Co-Founder of ROSS Intelligence, an artificially intelligent lawyer built on Watson, IBM’s cognitive computer. Commonly referred to as ‘the smartest lawyer’, ROSS is trained to read the law, understand and answer research questions, getting smarter each time.

Since its launch, ROSS has been featured worldwide in magazines and newspapers, such as TechCrunch, Wired, New Scientist, Financial Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Guardian. TSL’s Deputy Editorial Content Manager, spoke to Andrew about ROSS and the impact AI could have on the legal profession.

BPTC Scholarship Interview: What to Expect

I recently attended a dreaded BPTC scholarship interview, and lived to tell the tale! What follows is an outline of my experience at Lincoln’s Inn, whilst I […]

Supreme Court Ruling Changes Joint Enterprise Test

In a land mark ruling yesterday in the case of R v Jogee, the Supreme Court adjusted the threshold required to be held liable through joint […]

Ashurst Relocate London Home After 30 Years

Silver circle firm Ashurst is moving its London office after 30 years of work under its Appold Street roof. Ashurst currently occupies a little over 200,000 […]

Things for Lawyers: The best bag you can buy

In the new Things for Lawyers series, we’ll be exploring some of the best items money can buy to make work easier, more fun or to help you look good while doing it.

Becoming A Paralegal: Advice for Aspiring Graduates

Jodie McMaster provides tips on how to secure a paralegal job, and how it can help aspiring solicitors to secure training contracts. Paralegal positions are often seen as a step forward to securing a training contract. So those, who want to pursue the paralegal career, should be prepared to justify that in the interview.

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 […]

Firms Changing Training Contract Interview Techniques

Law firms are revamping their interview techniques by introducing strength based questioning. Slowly, law firms are shying away from the usual competency based questions such as, […]

How To Write An Awesome Cover Letter

Cover letters exist to provide an opportunity to highlight what is in your CV, furthermore it allows the capability to create a good first impression. It […]

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.

Secret Trials: A More Balanced View

The current furore over the concept of a ‘Secret Trial’ has been recently causing a major stir in various media outlets. Here we try to take a more balanced view and decide whether secret trials are ever acceptable.

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, […]

Explanation on the Existing Contractual Duty to Supply Goods and Services

Teoh Soo Shin summarises the issue of whether the performance of an existing contractual duty to supply goods and services amounts to consideration.

The Five ‘Must Have’ Books for Every Law Student

Aoife takes a look at the top five books that every law student should read. Ranging from Tom Binghams’ The Rule of Law to Michael Sandel’s Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do?, this article is an insightful look at the books and reviews.

Seven Things I’ve Learned Since Starting my GDL

1. Time is precious The GDL is, essentially, a degree crammed into one year’s worth of studying, or, if you’re like me, two years of part […]

Top 10 Universities to Study Law

Deciding, when, whether and where to study Law can be tricky. The options are far reaching and can be complicated to sift through. However, panic not! […]

Current and Future Issues City Firms Face

This question, or versions of it, are notoriously popular on vacation scheme and training contract applications. A full answer requires an in depth understanding of the […]

An overview of Apple’s acquisition of Beats

Outline One recent commercial deal to be aware of is Apple’s acquisition of Beats. The acquisition has cost Apple around $3 billion which makes it Apple’s […]

Online and Assessment Centre Testing for Law Careers

Psychometric testing and assessments for Lawyers and other Legal Positions. Improve your technique now. Practise the most common verbal and logical reasoning tests, along with the […]

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.

‘Magic Circle’ Firms Explained

Kaya Hayward takes a look at the five Magic Circle firms, explaining what they stand for and how they differ

Training Contracts: Tips from a Trainee

Shannon Revel provides us with tips from a recent interview she had with a trainee at a regional firm, these tips mainly focus around how to get that all important training contract and what specifically to put into your applications.

S.13 Sale Of Goods Act 1979, a Myth?

Mahesh Nanwani takes a look at the much discussed S13; Sale by Description provision of the Sale of Goods Act, mainly focussing on the recent decision in Brewer v Mann.

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.

An Essential Guide for Law Firm Applications

With the application opening dates for training contracts and vacation schemes fast approaching (and already underway for some firms!), it seemed apt to discuss the application […]

Blind CVs Open the Eyes of the UK’s Top Firms

Natalie Williams takes a look at the new trend of recruiting through a ‘blind CV’ process, discussing the impact so far.

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.

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, […]

Student Pro Bono: the FRU

Matt Ahluwalia discusses the role of the Free Representation Unit and the benefits that can be gained from volunteering as a legal representative there.

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.

Combining Full-time Work with Part-time Study

With the typical progression of studying, then a full-time job, it can often be forgotten that many people work full time and study part-time. This article […]

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.

A Career in Law: Is it worth it? An insight into the CILEX Route.

Kirsty Anne asks whether a career in law is worth it and looks at the CILEX route, which is becoming more popular as an alternative route into the legal profession.

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 Effect and Scope of s. 33 Companies Act 2006

Ornela Markaj looks at section 33 of the Companies Act 2006, with regards to what contract it creates and who can sue for what. The article looks at cases that date back to 1915.

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 LLB and Dyslexia

The LLB was, is and always will be hard. The study skills and revision techniques you think you have learnt from A-Levels and College do not […]

Open Days at Law Firms – What to Expect

Emily Townsend describes the best way to impress at an open day at a City law firm, including a typical timetable and the best questions to ask their trainees.

Book Review: Know the City

The rewritten up-to-date version, Know the City 2013/14, is heralded a must-read for students considering a career in professional services. Author Chris Stoakes, a lawyer himself, […]

Experiences of a Paralegal

Working as a paralegal is a common job law graduates and those who have qualified as a solicitor/barrister do. Most employers, if not all, would advocate […]

Volunteering with the Citizens Advice Bureau

Laura Pollard looks at the experience and skills which budding lawyers can gain from volunteering at the Citizens Advice Bureau, and the benefits they provide to their bureau and the wider community.

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.

Passing Off in the 21st Century – Character Merchandising and Image Rights

Tessa Craythrone talks about the development of the law on character merchendising and image rights, with particular reference to Eddie Irvine.

Understanding Passing Off

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

Interview: Second Year Trainee

Milly Bygrave interviews Charlotte Allen (trainee at Blake Lapthorn) to gain insight into her career motivation, journey through the application process and her role as a trainee solicitor.

Crime: Liability for Omissions

Charlotte Burmby provides an overview of the criminal law on omissions and the situations in which a crime can be committed by omission.

How to Approach A Law Firm

Emily Townsend provides advice on informally approaching law firms to seek work experience placements, including insight into how to structure a covering letter and what to expect on your placement.

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.

The LPC: An Overview

Kayleigh Williams provides an insight into the Legal Practice Course (LPC) and an overview of practical considerations such as the course providers, funding and study options.

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 […]

Studying Tort Law: A Guide to the Consumer Protection Act 1987

Charlotte Burmby provides a comprehensive guide to the Consumer Protection Act 1987.

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 […]

How to Prepare for a Partly Open Book Exam

Raluca Rosu explains the meaning behind a partly open book exam while also giving us tips on how to best prepare and then succeed in these types of examinations.

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.

Trusts: The Three Certainties

Charlotte Burmby provides an overview of the three certainties (certainty of intention, certainty of subject matter, and certainty of objects) required for an express trust to be valid.

Interview: Associate Head of the School of Law, Accounting and Finance

Gemma Smith interviews Karen Jones, the associate head of the School of Law, Accounting and Finance at the University of South Wales, for an insight into her role which includes the steps she took to get to her current position as well as providing some tips in relation to securing work experience.

An Introduction to Trust Law: Equitable Maxims

Charlotte Burmby provides an introduction to trust law through an exploration of the 14 equitable maxims which are used today.

Interview: Head of the School of Law

Gemma Smith interviews Donna Whitehead for insight into her role as the Head of the School of Law, including the steps she took to reach that position and advice on work experience.

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 […]

Scholarships: How to Apply and Succeed

Shannon Revel gives her opinion on how best to succeed when applying for scholarships, specifically those that cover the costs of the notoriously expensive BPTC, while also giving advice from her past experiences of the application process.

Volunteering with the Witness Service

Alasdair Farrell provides an insight into the work done in the Witness Service branch of Victim Support and the benefits for students contemplating becoming volunteers at the charity.

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 […]

Top 5 Legal TV Shows for the Student Lawyer

Karina Rooney reviews the top five English and American legal TV shows that highlight how the criminal justice system works and how important each role is within the system along with real life accounts into the day to day life of a lawyer.

Judicial Review and Remedies in Public Law

Rebecca Broadbent explains the concept of judicial review and the remedies available to those who have been wronged by governmental bodies.

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.

Preparing for a Career in Family Law

Students who excel at counseling, negotiation, and client care should consider a career in family law. Family law practices mediate, counsel, and litigate a wide variety of domestic matters including estate planning, divorce proceedings, custody cases, and adoption. The field of family law continues to be a growing field as complex family structures create the need for legal support.

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.

Pros and Cons: The Accelerated GDL

If there’s such a thing as the biological education clock, let’s just say it was more than slightly thrown off when I naively strolled into the […]

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.

Law Across the Border: Qualifying in England with a Scots Law Degree

Fiona Todd explains the options which aspiring lawyers with a degree in Scots law have if they would like to qualify in England.

Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person: Where to Now?

Reforming the law on violence against the person is an overwhelming task. The current law is often criticised as archaic, unclear and in much need of […]

The Right of Sovereign Equality

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

Sexual Offences Prevention Orders

Rebecca Broadbent explains the purpose and procedure for Sexual Offences Prevention Orders.

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.

Books Every Lawyer Should Have in Their Library

Given the amount of reading that lawyers do, having a well-stocked library is a must. It is not enough for a lawyer to pack the shelves […]

The Difficulties of Defining Misconduct in Public Office

Misconduct in public office is an offence at common law triable only on indictment. It carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. It is an offence […]

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.

Preparing for the GDL and a Career in Law

So why do you want to practise law? The answer ‘because I did a law degree’ may not be adequate in today’s turbulent recruitment of future […]

Article 267 TFEU and the Overwhelming of the CJEU

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

R v Brown – 20 Years On

Liam Draper discusses R v Brown 20 years on following the acquittal of a man of assault after engaging in Fifty Shades of Grey inspired sex activities.

Surviving Law Fairs

Christopher Crawley talks about Law Fairs, and how to get the most out of them.

BPTC Applications

Emily McQuilkin offers some hard facts before explaining the BPTC application process.

The Catholic Child Welfare Society and Vicarious Liability

Naomi Loomes considers the impact of a recent historical sexual abuse case on the concept of vicarious liability.

Mooting: A Beginner’s Guide

Emily McQuilkin offers a one-stop beginner’s guide to the most common mistakes for first time (or even experienced) mooters.

Mooting – Performance Tips

Liam Draper shares and explains some of his top tips for a successful mooting performance.

Guide to Mooting: Skeleton Arguments

A guide on how to write a skeleton argument for mooting written by The Student Lawyer’s National Mooting Champion Liam Draper.

Letters to a Law Student – Review

Jade-Amanda Laporte reviews Nicholas J. McBride’s advice book, Letters to a Law Student.

Mooting – Scripting

How should students deal with writing a script for mooting written by The Student Lawyer’s National Mooting Champion Liam Draper.

Mooting – A Ten Step Guide

When students first begin to moot, there are quite a few hurdles to overcome. The first hurdle that many students fail to overcome is anxiety. The […]

Come Dine With Me… With a Legal Twist

As any aspiring barrister will know, it is necessary to complete 12 qualifying sessions before you can be called to the Bar. Although there are many […]

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.

Mini-Pupillages: the Advantages and my Experiences

Harry Langford recounts his experiences of mini-pupillage and considers the advantages of undertaking them.

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.

A Critique of the Rule in Clayton’s Case

Kushinder Birdi considers the impact of Clayton’s case on tracing rules.

The Golden Rules of Advocacy – Review

If you are considering a career at the Bar, then there is one thing that you cannot escape. The ‘A’ word: advocacy. Indeed, it is why […]

The Rule of Law – Review

Jade Amanda-Laporte reviews ‘the bible of English law’, The Rule of Law by Tom Bingham.

Understanding Global Law Firms

As a student, it is sometimes hard to identify differences between different City and international firms in the job market. This feature intends to give students […]

A Guide to Mooting Judges

Liam Draper offers an informative guide to mooting judges, including what they’re looking for and how to impress them.

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 […]