Marriage in hope and expectation - but maybe not in law

One of the things I rather enjoy doing as part of my day job is fossicking about among the older law reports in ICLR’s collection and tidying up their subject matter classification. I need to do this... Read more

Women in law: a century of change

On 23 December 2019 the legal world celebrated the centenary of the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919, which first allowed women to enter the legal professions. Celebrations have already... Read more

The tale of a transcript, and a triumph for transparency

Previously on this blog, we had tea at the Ritz (as in: justice is open to all, just like the…). It was quite a treat, finding out all about court fees and costs. The tea wasn’t bad either, with a... Read more

How To Set Up Your Ecommerce Business As A Legal Entity

Distance selling through online stores has long-since changed the retail industry irrevocably. For the most part, it’s more convenient for buyers — order at any time from a huge selection, then... Read more

Transparency: an open and shut case — or be careful what you wish for?

Three recent blog posts have engaged with the pressing issue of transparency in the family courts, and the gap between our expectations of fair and accurate legal coverage and the sometimes harsh... Read more

From Mystery to Transparency

In a post derived from his recent participation in the 2019 Putney Debates, Paul Magrath of ICLR explains the various ways in which judges promote public understanding and respect for what they... Read more

On a wig and a prayer: the pros and cons of courtly costume

Now that courts are becoming more transparent and even allowing in the TV cameras, how important is it that all the barristers in open court should ‘look the part’ by wearing wigs and gowns? Read more

Bang to rites: everything you ever wanted to know about gavels but were afraid to ask

‘Sharp is the moment in which the head of the gavel strikes against the wooden surface and generates the sound of division between past and future…’ Read more

Cameras in court – transparency in the eye of a lens?

From TV documentary to feature film, courtroom drama has been flavour of the season. But how effective is the camera lens in promoting transparency and public legal education? The Lord Chief Justice... Read more

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