Legal Advice Centre

Our legal blog

In January 2019, we launched our new legal blog with student authors. Our student authors work together on current affairs topics of their choice, drawing out and articulating associated legal issues.


A picture of right-wing activist and politician Tommy Robinsonstanding amongst a crowd of people, many of whom are using their phones to film/take pictures of him ‘Dehumanising language and calls for violence': Right-wing activist kicked off social media
24 May 2019

Far-right agitator Tommy Robinson has a talent for making headlines—and probably nothing else. Whether he is harassing journalists, disclosing sensitive court materials, advising the leader of UKIP, or running for election as an MEP, it is hard to avoid his presence in news media.

A close up of a person's blue eye with a Wonga logo reflected in it Collapse of Britain’s biggest payday lender!
12 March 2019

The payday lender giant is on the verge of shutdown. It has stopped accepting new loan applications, and is fighting off a swamping amount of compensation claims from its customers.

A female police officer stands at a police cordon set up on a street. There is a man standing on the other side of the cordon opposite her with his back to the camera. In the distance there is a police van and beyond that a police car. How Do We Address Our Knife Crime Crisis?
3 March 2019

Recent reporting has highlighted a disheartening rise in the number of knife crimes, particularly in England and Wales. Cuts to police numbers, higher secondary school exclusion rates and the increase of drug dealing operations are likely among the contributory causes.

Four young black men sit together on a bench. They are dressed casually wearing tracksuits, hoodies and wool hats. One of the men wears sunglasses. One man stands at the back wearing a silver mask. Banning drill: Deprivation, violence, and a failure of engagement
28 February 2019

Earlier this year, the Metropolitan Police secured two suspended nine-month prison sentences for 21-year-old drill rappers Skengdo and AM, after they breached a gang injunction banning them from performing a song.

Mexican drug lord El Chapo being escorted by authorities. He is handcuffed. Will El Chapo ever be stopped?
28 February 2019

Sixty-one-year-old Mexican drug lord Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán has been found guilty of multiple drug-related offences and sentenced to life imprisonment at a New York federal court after an eleven-week trial.

Two images shown side by side that are examples of blackface now and then. On the left a young white model wearing a black polo neck pulled up over her chin and nose, her lips are visible through a gap in the fabric which is lined by a red lip print. On the right is a picture of a white man in blackface from a poster advertising a minstrel show in late 1800s - early 1900s. Gucci CEO faces blackface backlash: ‘We made a mistake, a Big One’.
25 February 2019

Gucci has been one of the latest fashion brands to have issued an apology after social media users pointed out its latest sweater’s resemblance to blackface.

A picture of the exterior of HMP Wandsworth prison, London. It is a large brick building with a huge wooden door. Youth Injustice: More than half of young people in prison are of BAME background
15 February 2019

Jails in England and Wales contain a disproportionate number of youths from BAME backgrounds. This is the result of flaws in the justice system that urgently need to be addressed.

A close-up image of a hand holding a white Apple mobile phone. The Instagram login screen is displayed on the phone. Instagram bans graphic self-harm images
12 February 2019

The father of Molly Russell, a teenager who took her own life after being exposed to self-harm images shared on Instagram, has argued that the popular social media platform 'helped kill’ his daughter. Instagram have since taken steps to reduce graphic content on their platform.

The Universal Credit logo Universal Credit: ‘not fit for purpose’?
1 February 2019

Universal credit has proven highly controversial, with reports of astronomical overspending, administrative problems, and ministers ‘in denial’.

The front of a Lloyds bank branch. A person stands outside the doors under an umbrella. Overdraft fees: A broken system—and hopes of reform
30 January 2019

Earlier this year, headlines were made when it was announced that Lloyds Banking Group, which controls around a quarter of all current accounts, has introduced new charges on overdrafts. This would leave anyone borrowing less than £4,100 worse off and make borrowing more complicated.

A McDonald's shopfront with colourful yellow awning McDonald’s Big Mac trade mark revoked
28 January 2019

McDonald’s has been deprived of the ‘Big Mac’ trade mark in a ruling of the European Union Intellectual Property Office earlier this year. The American giant was challenged by Irish fast food chain Supermac’s. The company sued McDonald’s on the grounds that the patented use of terms ‘Mc’ and ‘Big Mac’ is hindering its expansion across Europe.