Law

‘For 30 years, Richard Susskind has been predicting how the legal profession will be changed by technology. He has been proved right’

‘Although anyone can set up shop as a mediator, the process depends hugely on the skills of the person conveying offers from one side to the other’

Britain’s arcane and illogical libel laws, litigious oligarchs and oil sheikhs have made it almost impossible to report the truth

Couples likely to end up before the divorce courts should password-protect their computer data. That’s the lesson to be drawn from a ruling at the end of last month by Mr Justice Eady in the High Court.

Mr Justice Eady was overturned by the Court of Appeal on two occasions while trying the libel case brought by the newspaper proprietor Richard Desmond against Tom Bower, the author. The written judgment in the first of these appeals is now available, thanks to the efforts of the splendid BAILII website.

Standpoint readers may not know of my concerns about the International Criminal Court. Established by the Rome Treaty 11 years ago, the ICC has yet to conclude its first trial.  Worse than that, the court is at risk of being politicised by a prosecutor who is entirely unsuited to the job.

The Government’s Constitutional Reform and Governance Bill, published yesterday, will allow the House of Lords to suspend or expel a peer if it thinks that “the House is in disrepute because of conduct of the person”. This seems a strange criterion.

Nobody was surprised when Lord Judge complained at the Lord Mayor’s dinner last Tuesday that the Government was passing too many laws. But his complaint about being suffocated by too many cases received far less attention.

Jailing the three Islamists who tried to burn down the home of Martyn Rinyja, the owner of publisher Gibson Square, the judge reminded them that there is no such thing in this country as ‘a la carte’ citizenship or obedience to the law of the land.