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It has been a politically turbulent few months for the United States of America in the lead up to the presidential election. We have already witnessed many twists and turns which are almost certainly set to continue.
When the ongoing Grenfell Inquiry was last covered as part of Thompsons’ blog series back in February 2020 (The Grenfell Tower Inquiry: who will take responsibility?), Phase 2 hearings had only recently begun. The Phase 1 report had been published in October 2019 and contained a description of the events of 14th June 2017, including a detailed account of that night, conclusions regarding how the fire broke out, and the actions of emergency responders.
The call has been put out for volunteers aged 18-30 to take part in Government backed human challenge trials (HCT) in the ongoing fight against COVID-19. There is a four stage process to assess whether a drug can be considered for licence. A challenge trial involves giving a number of volunteers a vaccine and then purposely exposing them to the virus in a controlled environment to assess how effective the vaccine is. Success with a trial of this nature would lead to bypassing the normal Stage III in the research process, which in turn would lead to a vaccine being licenced more quickly. There are ethical considerations that people should consider and be aware of before they make the decision to take part.
Recently the Home Secretary Priti Patel used her platform at the Conservative Party Conference to criticise (you could go so far as to say attack) those within the legal profession who defend migrants.
Chris is an Australian-trained lawyer who has recently made the move to Thompsons Glasgow office where he is presently re-training in Scots Law.Scotland and Australia, tragically, are both historic world leaders in exposure to asbestos. The positive side is that both are also world leaders in justice for those with asbestos illnesses – but there is a lot the two countries could learn from each other.
Every day, courts around the world determine cases on a variety of issues, from contractual disputes to complex negligence claims and everything in between. From time to time, the questions put to judges can be bizarre and seem more suited to a pub quiz or an episode of QI than to a courtroom. While seemingly trivial in nature, the classification of food and other products can have a significant financial impact because of the tax implications. Below are some of the best known examples of the real but strange questions decided by the courts.
On 31 January 2020 the Withdrawal Agreement confirming the UK’s exit from the EU came into effect. Following this, in order to ensure trade between the four nations making up the UK after the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020, the Internal Market Bill was drawn up.Trade laws between the UK’s nations had existed before entry into the European Economic Community in the 1970s, when they were replaced by European laws. The subsequent devolution of powers to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland occurred while the UK had EU membership, and so European trade laws required to be followed. The Internal Market Bill seeks to maintain a market and set standards and rules between the nations which replace European trade laws, thus ensuring the same standards are held throughout each nation.
It goes without saying that the last six months have seen a significant change in the way all of us have lived. The pandemic has reached every corner of society. We have all adapted and found new ways of being, which also includes the criminals of society. Police Scotland have now reported a significant reduction in road traffic accidents, violent crimes and robberies since lockdown, but crime has indeed adapted. Online and telephone fraud and the more silent crimes like domestic violence and online sexual abuse incidents have increased.