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.

Legal Advice Centre Reception What I learnt from my time as a Student Adviser at the LAC
16 September 2020

I sought some practical legal experience that could complement my studies. Of course, the typical approach would be to intern with a law firm but for obvious reasons, that is not viable during term-time. I found the solution to that in the award-winning Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre (LAC).

Police officer standing with their back to the camera in a hi-viz jacket with the word police on the back. There is a football pitch and crowd in the background Football Banning Orders: the unknown dangers
13 July 2020

A lot is known of the ‘football hooligan’ - a person intent on causing disorder at football matches; but little is perhaps known of Football Banning Orders (FBOs) which were introduced to tackle the problem of violence at football matches

A CCTV operator in front of a series of screens monitoring Birmingham city centre Football supporters recognising the dangers of facial recognition
2 June 2020

Facial recognition technology has been rolled out twice this season by South Wales Police for fixtures between Cardiff and Swansea, leading to anger and protest from supporters and civil liberty groups.

EU Flag blowing in the wind against a blue sky Post-Brexit Concerns on the Other Side of the Channel
19 March 2020

Will the European Union cope with the recent tensions it is facing?

Harvey Weinstein in Paris at the César Awards ceremony by Georges Biard The Weinstein Trial: Success or Hinderance for UK Victims?
10 March 2020

As the Harvey Weinstein trial came to a close, mixed views exist on how its outcome might affect UK victims bringing similar charges against their perpetrators

A person in glasses putting on a face-mask Coronavirus and the Legality of Quarantine
18 February 2020

The UK is strengthening its quarantine protocols as spreading coronavirus becomes an increasing public health concern

A teenage girl enjoying her Juul drives The people vs Juul: Are harsher regulations the remedy for the vaping epidemic?
7 February 2020

Whether you are a smoker or non-smoker, whether you are a teenager or adult, you will most definitely have heard about Juul and juuling. Juuling seems to be everywhere.  On the streets, on the news, and on social media. But how did Juul become so popular only four years after launching?

A doctor standing with cross armed in a theatre wearing scrubs and a sergical hat Huge Negligence Fees Cause Gaping Wound in NHS’s Money Bag
3 February 2020

A Freedom of Information request has unveiled the enormous fees facing the NHS as a result of medical negligence claims, prompting the government to explore potential solutions

Front of a Tesco Superstore with man walking with a shopping bag through the car park A Potentially Huge Payout for Tesco staff
30 January 2020

Tesco Action Group, a group which consist of more than 80,000 current and former Tesco employees, are bringing an equal pay claim against the UK’s largest retailer and supermarket Tesco. The claim relies on the pay differences of £3 per hour between in-store workers, who are mostly women; and warehouse workers, the majority of whom are men.

A woman prisoner with olive skin and shoulder-length wavy dark brown hair, wearing an orange overall sits on a bed in a small prison cell. Alone in her cell: Pregnant inside the UK’s prison system
16 December 2019

Following 27 September 2019, several investigations have been launched into the death of a newborn child after its mother gave birth entirely alone inside her cell at HMP Bronzefield, Britain’s largest women’s prison. 

People board a Thomas Cook aeroplane from the tarmac at Jardines del Rey Airport, Cayo Coco, Cuba. IMG: CWhatPhotos Thomas Cook, another one bites the dust
9 December 2019

The bankruptcy of travel-colossus Thomas Cook earlier this year left behind ruins, perils, and questions. With 9,000 UK jobs thrown out of the window and 150,000 British citizens abroad, we consider the profound legal implications of this headline news.

A picture of a Forever 21 shop front. IMG: Phillip Pessar Copy and paste: Ariana Grande sues Forever 21 for $10m in copyright storm
9 December 2019

Earlier this year, Ariana Grande’s legal entourage filed an action against Forever 21 after the clothing giant failed to secure her consent to use her image. Forever 21 have been seen to disregard copy right laws completely and as a result, are now likely to end up footing a bill worth £ 8.2 million.

Image: S Pakhrin S.60 in action at Notting Hill
29 November 2019

On 26 August 2019, we attended Notting Hill Carnival for the first time. Having existed since 1966, Notting Hill Carnival remains a spectacular celebration of Caribbean culture and is among the UK's most significant public events. Notting Hill Carnival is a cultural event unlike any other in the UK. The streets teem with over 1-million people, decorated with amazing outfits, food, music, parades, and (usually) sun. In some ways, Notting Hill Carnival is akin to Glastonbury Festival - great food, music, outfits, and (usually) sun.

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.