Where Crime and Commerce Collide

Every year, thousands of victims are targeted by sophisticated career criminals often using advanced technology to promote fraudulent financial schemes to the estimated value of about £500m. On average, an innocent victim loses about £20,000 although one of the largest individual losses amounted to £6m. The National Fraud Authority, the Financial Services Authority, the City of London’s Economic...
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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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