Category Archives: Law

The language of the law: Legal systems rather than legal solutions cause difficulties for business

Posted by on Thursday, November 10, 2011

I have recently returned from Hong Kong where I co-arranged and attended the International Conference on Access to non-judicial Justice. Presentations from over a dozen countries concentrated on how disputes can be solved without the need to go to court.  Going to court seems to be regarded as just as uncertain, costly, nerve-wracking and lengthy… Read More »

The Bribery Act: At what point does being part of a six figure corporate package look like being a bribe?

Posted by on Wednesday, April 6, 2011

The Bribery Act 2010 describes itself as ‘An Act to make provision about offences relating to bribery; and for connected purposes’ – nothing too controversial there you would think. The Act is due to come into force on 1 July following recently published guidance from the Government to give firms a better understanding of where… Read More »

Votes for prisoners: Is it one rule for governments and nations and another for businesses?

Posted by on Tuesday, February 22, 2011

MPs have voted overwhelmingly to continue denying prisoners the right to vote. Apparently, prisoners have ‘broken their contact with society’ and this entitles society to further isolate prisoners, most of whom would probably not seek to exercise a right to vote even if they had it.  Most will also be released back into the community… Read More »

Another one bites the dust: Are football clubs playing the game when it comes to employee contracts?

Posted by on Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Despite being regarded by all commentators as a nice man and by most as a good football manager, Roy Hodgson’s departure from Liverpool ‘by mutual consent’ is the third Premier League manager to leave his job in the current season –which is only just over half way finished!  This, together with the constant press coverage… Read More »

Sporting Integrity: What Counts As Cheating?

Posted by on Monday, December 13, 2010

We are told a lot about ‘cheating’ and ‘corruption’ in sport but there is no real definition.  Do we mean something which goes over the criminal offence boundary (clearly) and/or something which is unacceptable on another, even moral level? Is it something to be judged ‘in its time’? 1. What is cheating in sport? I… Read More »

Cyberlaw competition project

Posted by on Thursday, November 25, 2010

Cyber-attacks are among the most serious threats to the UK’s future security, a review of defence strategy has warned.  The 2010 National Security Strategy (NSS) can be viewed as a statement that sets out the threats Britain will face in the next 5 to 20 years. The Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) will line… Read More »

Solicitors & barristers – and law students: isn’t it time they met?

Posted by on Thursday, September 16, 2010

There is no reason why a law student need ever come into contact with a solicitor or barrister at any point in their academic career. As Head of Bradford University Law School, I find this an interesting conundrum. A recent chance conversation about how involved medical practitioners were in the training of students from an… Read More »