So what’s the real threat to our democracy?

ALEX KAVANAGH, EXHIBITION OFFICER, POLISHES A PAINTING OF KING JOHN. PART OF THE BRITISH LIBRARY'S MAGNA CARTA: LAW, LIBERTY,LECACY EXHIBITION OPENING ON MARCH 13TH. PHOTO BY CLARE KENDALL. FOR FURTHER INFO CONTACT PRESS OFFICE 02074127110
ALEX KAVANAGH, EXHIBITION OFFICER, POLISHES A PAINTING OF KING JOHN. PART OF THE BRITISH LIBRARY’S MAGNA CARTA: LAW, LIBERTY,LECACY EXHIBITION OPENING ON MARCH 13TH. PHOTO BY CLARE KENDALL. FOR FURTHER INFO CONTACT PRESS OFFICE 02074127110

I have written an article for The Justice Gap in response to the Prime Minister’s announcement that the Government will ‘clamp down’ on ‘spurious’ legal claims. You can read the piece HERE.

Saluting the Survivors of The Rivonia Trial

RivoniaI visited the Guardian Newspaper’s offices for the first time last night to listen to former ANC leader Denis Goldberg and Denis’ and Nelson Mandela’s Rivonia Trial lawyer Joel Joffe in conversation with former British High Court judge Nick Stadlen.

The event was held for Guardian newspaper members, as the men are in London to receive the freedom of the City of London from UK Prime Minister David Cameron. Continue reading “Saluting the Survivors of The Rivonia Trial”

Nine Lives (& Sir Ian McKellen!)

Nine-Lives-1-463x650Congratulations to everyone at the West Yorkshire Playhouse for producing the brilliant ‘Nine Lives’ play, which I attended at Dalston’s Arcola Theatre last night, in order to support the work of the UK Lesbian & Gay Immigration Group (UKLGIG). Formidable Hackney Community Law Centre trustee Paul Dillane is UKLGIG’s Director.

Nine Lives focuses on the story of Ismail, a young gay man from Zimbabwe who fled the country after being persecuted because of his sexuality. Continue reading “Nine Lives (& Sir Ian McKellen!)”

Putting judicial review to the test

The most senior judge in the Court of Appeal, Master of the Rolls Lord John Dyson, gave his views on ‘Is Judicial Review a Threat to Democracy?’ at the 29th Sultan Azlan Shah Law lecture in November 2015. I’ve commented on the speech and the wider developments in the judicial review area for Lexis Nexis PSL. You can read the piece HERE.