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A former Met Police officer who sued the force for wrongly using its powers to investigate her has won a case over a breach of human rights and misuse of private information. The case arose after Andrea Brown, a detective constable, was quizzed after going on holiday with her daughter while on sick... ... read more
August 26th, 2016
Any direct access-qualified barrister who wishes to take advantage of the free 3-month trial offer at my Barrister must sign up before 1st September 2016, after which the free trial will no longer be available ... read more
August 25th, 2016
Nearly six in 10 adults have committed an offence in the past year, a new survey has revealed, as reported in The Times. Top of the league of common crimes are motoring offences, including driving over the speed limit (35 per cent), eating or drinking at the wheel (21 per cent) and using a mobile... ... read more
August 25th, 2016
Robert De Niro, the Oscar-winning actor, has been granted planning permission for an 83-bedroom boutique hotel in Covent Garden, central London. Mr De Niro will be joint operator of the luxury Wellington hotel, which will be housed in six Victorian and early 20th-century buildings. ... read more
August 23rd, 2016
Taxi-hailing app Uber has launched a legal action to stop Transport for London (TfL) compelling its drivers to take a written English test, as reported in myBarrister. ... read more
August 22nd, 2016
The UK’s Intellectual Property Office has approved the optician chain, Specsavers’, application to trademark the terms “should’ve” and the grammatically incorrect “shouldve” to protect its well-known catchphrase. The high street opticians made the application in July a bid to safeguard its slogan “... ... read more
August 19th, 2016
Under a radical new scheme law firms will be hired by the police to use civil law remedies to seize illegally gained assets of business criminals, according to a report in today’s The Guardian. ... read more
August 17th, 2016
Because of trusts set up in the 1950s, no death duties arose on the death of the Duke of Westminster earlier this week, saving the estate an estimated £3bn. According to an expert quoted in The Daily Telegraph, the trustees are not beneficial owners, which is why the estate does not have to pay... ... read more
August 16th, 2016
The fast-expanding private car hire app Uber has urged Transport for London (TfL) to abandon a requirement for drivers to pass a written English exam. However, TfL has responded by saying the changes are being introduced to “raise standards in London’s private hire industry, improving safety and... ... read more
August 12th, 2016
 “I have used myBarrister since the start of 2015 and can honestly say it is one of the best professional decisions I ever made.  A few of the best aspects are, in my view, as follows: ... read more
August 12th, 2016

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A breakthrough study by a group of British scientists says that artificial intelligence (AI) could be used to predict the outcome of trials. The research was published in PeerJ Computer Science. posted on October 25th, 2016
Direct access is taking up an increasing proportion of instructions for the Civil, Family and Crime Chambers, 5 Pump Court. Receipts for direct access work increased by 300 per cent in 2015 compared to 2014, as the Chambers’ senior clerk, Tim Markham, writes in an article for the Solicitors Journal. posted on March 8th, 2016
Under a radical new scheme law firms will be hired by the police to use civil law remedies to seize illegally gained assets of business criminals, according to a report in today’s The Guardian. posted on August 17th, 2016