What does it take to have someone declared dead? £480, for a start

13 February 2016 9:00 am

Matters of life and death Lord Lucan is now officially presumed dead. How do you have someone declared dead? In…

A Supreme Court justice and the scary plan to outlaw climate change

10 October 2015 9:00 am

How do you make an imaginary problem so painfully real that everyone suffers? It’s an odd question to ask, you…

For me and an increasing number of young people, each abortion is a death

8 August 2015 9:00 am

Young people are becoming more pro-life

The other terrorists we have trouble naming

11 July 2015 9:00 am

Naming terror David Cameron and the BBC argued over what to call the terror group most papers refer to as…

Why lawyers deserve Michael Gove

27 June 2015 9:00 am

A great test of political leadership is how well you deal with vested interests on your own side. In his…

We should celebrate Magna Carta by abolishing the European Arrest Warrant

13 June 2015 9:00 am

The European Arrest Warrant is incompatible with our tradition of justice

Meet the Skype Dads: a new sorrow of divorce in the internet age

11 April 2015 9:00 am

What happens when a divorce court accepts video calls as a substitute for visiting your children

My request to see my medical notes has sparked all-out panic at my GP surgery

28 February 2015 9:00 am

My request to see my medical notes has sparked all-out panic at the GP surgery. ‘What do you mean?’ said…

I don’t know why I’m against tax avoidance (and I bet you don’t either)

21 February 2015 9:00 am

On the face of it, the moral case against tax avoidance seems pretty straightforward. If you’re a UK taxpayer and…

Ched Evans: law vs people power

17 January 2015 9:00 am

‘This was the rule for men that Zeus established: whereas fish, beasts and birds eat each other, since there is…

The Krays, Dennis Nilsen – and Chris Grayling: a conversation with Sir Ivan Lawrence QC

10 January 2015 9:00 am

Sir Ivan Lawrence QC on the Krays, Dennis Nilsen – and Chris Grayling

Fort Lauderdale’s law against feeding the homeless still isn’t America’s dumbest

15 November 2014 9:00 am

States of criminality A 90-year-old Florida man feeding the homeless was arrested under a Fort Lauderdale law which makes it…

If you thought this World Cup was weird, take a look at Brazil 1950

14 June 2014 8:00 am

Old world Brazil has struggled to get ready for the World Cup, even though it hosted it before, in 1950.…

The starchy, conservative lawyer who freed every slave in England

14 June 2014 8:00 am

Slavery was ended in England not through blood and glory, but by the common law

Being assaulted nearly put me on trial

25 January 2014 9:00 am

Way back in the late 1990s, I spent a lot of time in court. What happened, see, was that in…

Ancient and modern: Cicero on tax havens

29 June 2013 9:00 am

David Cameron wants the international community to do something about big business avoiding paying tax. If only it were as…

Take it from a former barrister: Chris Grayling is right to reform legal aid

8 June 2013 9:00 am

There’s only one problem with Chris Grayling’s legal reforms – they don’t go far enough

How social media helps authoritarians

8 June 2013 9:00 am

Rumour-mongering and censorship in the age of Twitter

Theatre review: Below par Mamet is still more fun than a personal-best performance from a second-rater

8 June 2013 9:00 am

Mamet is back. His 2009 play Race is an offbeat courtroom drama set entirely in a lawyers’ office before the…

The Queen’s speech can’t repeal the Law of Unintended Consequences

11 May 2013 9:00 am

When will our legislators realise that they can’t repeal the Law of Unintended Consequences?

Holy law

21 January 2012 10:00 am

In the autumn of 1347, the Black Death arrived in Egypt. In the 18 months that followed, mosques turned into…

Weighed in the balance

10 February 2010 12:00 am

We sanctify some expressions, and in the process empty them of meaning.

All the trimmings

30 September 2009 12:00 am

The cover of this collection boasts a striking claim by P. D. James: ‘Rumpole, like Jeeves and Sherlock Holmes, is immortal.’ But will Rumpole’s world endure with Baker Street and Totleigh Towers?

One to admire

9 September 2009 12:00 am

The English Bar is no longer immune to the celebrity culture.

Wit and wisdom

11 March 2009 12:00 am

The Last Political Law Lord: Lord Sumner, 1859-1934, by Anthony Lentin