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Contract disputes and saving driving licences

I’ve been resolving contract disputes lately – and during the last few weeks, I’ve been dealing with: Whether a “life-time membership” is enforceable against a purchaser of a private gym; The enforceability of  an agreement between non-married parents to send their child to a private school; and I’ve also been assisting a local government councillor… { Read More }

Private Parking fines: Should I pay or fight?

Private Parking fines: Should I pay or fight?

My client was a bit surprised to get this parking fine “Notice” from APCOA in the post.

Why do I have to go to court?

Why do I have to go to court?

The short answer is hearsay. Let me explain.

Freedom of Speech & Celtic FC Palestine Placards

These #Celtic soccer fans broke the rules to show their love for Palestine. — AJ+ (@ajplus) August 18, 2016 Yes, football fans do have an ECHR right to Freedom of Expression, but fans should bear in mind two things:

Making a Murderer Lawyers Interview

Posted on: January 31st, 2016 | in Criminal law, Death Penalty, Miscellany

I’ve only managed to get around to “Making a Murderer” this weekend. It’s astounding to me that guys like Prosecutor Ken Kratz and the profoundly hopeless Ken Kachinsky, for the Defence, exist. Below is a great post-series interview of Ken Kratz and Dean Strang by Megyn Kelly.

Katie Hopkins and the Twitter Pitchforks

Posted on: April 18th, 2015 | in Criminal law, Despicable You, Miscellany, Social Media

Why a little knowledge of the law is, erm, unhelpful and how Alex Andreou’s legal analysis of s18 of the Public Order Act 1986 is flawed: Can @metpoliceuk explain why this by @KTHopkins is not “racial hatred” caught by POA1986, PtIII? @TheSunNewspaper — Alex Andreou (@sturdyAlex) April 17, 2015 @sturdyAlex I’ve written on this… { Read More }

Poor (wo)man’s lawyer Meets 21st Century pro bono

Poor (wo)man’s lawyer Meets 21st Century pro bono

One of the best decisions I ever made was to start volunteering at the Toynbee Hall. I liked its “Poor Man’s Lawyer” roots, the buzz of the Wednesday evening first come, first served, advice free-for-all – and how Jack Profumo found his redemption there. I remember dropping in to the Wednesday evening general advice session… { Read More }

Challenging parking fines

Posted on: November 23rd, 2014 | in Despicable You, DIY Law, Miscellany, Motoring Law, Road Traffic law

Parked on private car park and have a “fine” on your windscreen? The Telegraph reports that Michael Green, a Cambridge law graduate, “is fighting to take every private parking firm in Britain to the High Court”. Mr Green may be on to something.