Owning a Business: Things you need to Know

A short book of mentoring suggestions by Richard Eaton. As a business mentor, I find that I am repeatedly being asked the same questions. Where can I find finance for my business? How can I best make use of social media for advertising my business? Where do I look for business support services? What steps can I take regarding cyber-security? Should I form a Company or work as a sole trader? What...
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Does The European Court of Human Rights defend Democracy?

The relationship between the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), the UK Parliament and our national courts is complex and problematic. The 2012 Brighton Declaration called for ‘information, proposals and views’ on reforming the Strasbourg court. Subsequently, in 2014, The Council of Europe identified weaknesses at the ECHR including a backlog of cases, an inadequate level of resources and...
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What Price Justice?

In the recent Court of Appeal (CA) case of Lindner v. Rawlins, reported in the Times Law Reports on 7th April 2015 and for which judgment was given on 10th February 2015, three CA judges heard the appeal of a litigant in person from whom legal aid had been withdrawn. As the case involved issues of legal complexity that the litigant could not be expected to deal with and as he was not...
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Who Guards the Guardians?

Is a proposed increase in surveillance by the state a necessary security precaution or an unnecessary breach of civil liberty? Many would argue that the UK has one of the most liberal societies in the world and that the challenge is to keep it that way. The government has proposed, in the draft Communications Data Bill, that information about internet use should be kept by internet service...
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European law & UK Sovereignty

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg has a backlog of about 150,000 cases and some believe it has become too powerful, that it is unaccountable and that it has discredited the concept of Human Rights as it fails to permit the UK government  flexibility in implementing the Convention (called “The margin of appreciation”) and also fails to accept the authority of  the UK...
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Freedom, the Law & the Individual

Part 1: Protesters at St Pauls Cathedral, London. Aspects of the current state of the law relating to public protest and demonstration were considered in the recent high-profile case of The Mayor, Commonality and Citizens of the City of London v. Tammy Samede & Others. The Court of Appeal confirmed that possession orders and injunctions removing demonstrators from the site outside St Pauls...
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