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Friday, June 1st, 2012
2:47 pm - a few questions.

Because I've just studied civil procedure and criminal procedure (am a law student in the Philippines), I am curious as to how criminal cases are filed in the United Kingdom (Philippine laws are based largely from Spanish and American law). Are the procedures different in England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland? How different are they? Can anyone explain how it's done? :) 

Thanks everyone! :)

current mood: curious

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Thursday, September 18th, 2008
9:29 pm - new legal website

I am an editor of a fairly new law site www.legalgirl.co.uk  and am looking for people who are interested in writing articles or blogs detailing their own experiences or routes through the legal profession.

We are looking for people from all types of routes, e.g. LLB, GDL, LPC, BVC, paralegal, solicitor ect. Not only will writing for Legalgirl provide great CV padding but will also provide information and guidance for those considering a career in the legal system.

So if you’re interested sign up, leave a comment on the homepage article and one of the Legalgirl team will get back to you.


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Wednesday, May 30th, 2007
1:22 pm - UK law degree

Hi all, I'm an international student who is about to commence my undergraduate law course in the UK this year. I have heard that a UK law degree would enable one to practice in all the Commonwealth countries, provided that one serves his/her pupillage in the UK. I'll be really grateful if anyone has more information on this and/or websites to recommend.

I have a few specific queries, I'm hoping some of you may be able to help me outCollapse )

Thank you very much!

(cross-posted to a few other law communities)

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Saturday, April 28th, 2007
8:14 pm

I am really interested in getting a discussion going here regarding domestic violence. I have read loads of bits in newspapers and magazines recently about it and have decided to look further into it from a criminal point of view rather than a civil one.

From what i have found out labelling the violence as domestic tends to hinder the understanding and the policing of it.  Do you agree or disagree?

I am thinking of doing a project based around this and opinions would be greatly recieved.


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Monday, March 5th, 2007
10:43 am - beneficiaries rights


Im currently writing a trust essay on beneficiaries rights, and whether they have enough. I have all the basic textbook stuff, but want to add something a bit special. The university I attend does not have access to the Trust Journals etc, and so I was wondering if anyone had any ideas on where I could find some interesting articles?

Im hoping to present some sort of argument - outlining that they do have enough rights because....but on the other hand they don't have enough rights because......

As I mentioned, I have read a whole load of textbooks, but want that something extra! If anyone has any ideas, I would be very grateful.

Thanking you

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Wednesday, February 7th, 2007
10:19 pm - R v Blaue [1975]

Has anyone else come across this case?

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Saturday, February 3rd, 2007
5:38 pm - LPC providers

I've received offers for the LPC from Guildford College of Law, Inns of Court School of Law and London BPP. I think I will probably go to Guildford, but was wondering whether anyone had any opinions on the three - experiences/attitudes of employers/etc.

Thanks in advance

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Sunday, January 21st, 2007
2:07 am - Domicile of choice

Sorry to throw a legal question at you, but it's one of those very simple issues that I can't find the answer to, and I can't afford to consult a solicitor apart from a friend of mine who hasn't been able to find the answer yet but says it's more complicated that it looks.

I'm currently making a will (one of those packs from WHSmith), though all I have to bequeath is my flat and my piano. I can't figure out what my domicile is. I was born and brought up in London (English parents, so domicile of origin is England), moved to Edinburgh to study when I was 18, and decided to settle there, eventually buying a flat. I am now 29, so I have lived here for just over 10 years and owned a property for, er, about four I think. I have been continually resident in Edinburgh for all of this time. I'm planning to stay in Edinburgh for the foreseeable future, quite possibly permanently; this could change if, for example, I were to marry (I am currently in a fairly serious relationship with a Scot who would prefer to stay in Scotland, though he may possibly need to move for career reasons), but I am certainly not returning to London (impractical for disability reasons). Has my domicile changed to Scotland, or is it still England? The articles I've been able to find, such as this one, are still leaving the issue unclear. Would there be any advantage or disadvantage to me in having an English or a Scottish domicile, or in changing my domicile vs. retaining my domicile of origin?

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Thursday, January 18th, 2007
11:09 am

Just a quick question for people who are Police Station Accredited. How long did the process take? I'm thinking of becoming accredited after I've done my LPC (after rather than before so that I'm exempt from the paper) since I don't have a training contract. I thought that this would give me something to do and might help me get a training contract since it's an extra area of experience. I just want to know how long it takes and so whether I really need to get a job in the supermarket at the same time!

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Friday, December 15th, 2006
6:17 pm - Anyone want some lovely employment experience?

OK, I've just been emailed by a friend of a friend, who's had an EAT case dragging on for ages. It sounds like a reasonable straightforward unfair dismissal, but has stretched out because the original company tried all sorts of tricks to avoid court - I think they may have declared insolvency and then had the same people start another company. Anyway, she has got a hearing date at last - 10th January in Southampton - but she's now living abroad and she can't come back for the hearing as she has dependants she can't leave. So, she's asked me to turn up for her (the solicitors who did the paperwork won't come as they don't think she'll be likely to get a big enough award to make it worth their time) just so the whole of the last 2 years hasn't been in vain.

Problem is - I've just been offered a new job, which requires a lot of preparation and is likely to start around that time. I don't think they'll appreciate me delaying starting to handle a tribunal case for someone else in another city, so I'm not sure I can help her. I'd do it for free, because I think she was treated really badly, but she has said that, despite not being very well-off, she could probably scrape up a bit of cash if anyone was kind enough just to turn up and represent her. She thinks it would be pretty straightforward.

So - if you're at all interested in employment law (maybe you're thinking of training with FRU?), or you want some court experience, or you'd like to help out a person who was (I feel) very exploited, or maybe you'd just like to turn up and earn a few pounds for doing it - please get in touch with me, she'd be incredibly grateful.

Hey, it all looks good on the CV, doesn't it?

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Tuesday, November 28th, 2006
2:16 pm - What Price Justice?

Please take at look at this and repost or link to this post.

www.whatpricejustice.lawsociety.org uk

Please pass this web address on and use the template letter to write to your local MP.

I work in legal aid because I believe in justice for all.

The Carter Review threatens thousands of independent High Street law firms across the country.

This will leave many vulnerable people at risk of further crime, it will cost the taxpayer more money to implament and people will see a decline in quality of legal services.


June Venters, who recently became the first woman solicitor QC, has slammed the government in a speech critical of the Carter reforms. She declared she will be forced to quit legal aid if they are pushed through in their current form.

Desmond Hudson, Law Society Chief Executive, said: "It is shameful that someone so talented and dedicated to public service as June Venters could be forced out of legal aid work by these plans. This Government is at risk of presiding over the destruction of the legal aid system that its predecessors fought so hard to establish. It will be the parents of children taken into care without good reason who will suffer most when there is no legal aid solicitor to help them."


* Starving legal aid of funds is a false economy as research has shown that failure to access legal advice early enough can result in clusters of social problems such as homelessness, children taken into care and youth crime.

* Such problems increase costs for other government departments as well as having damaging consequences for the individuals involved and society as a whole.

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Thursday, November 9th, 2006
3:47 pm - Help a crippled law student

Well okay I'm not crippled but please help =P

What is the Bankovic case and why is it significant to Article 2? I'm a UK law fresher and this just baffles me.

On behalf of myself and the group at Durham Uni - HELP!!!

Yours in desperation,

Peach x x

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Wednesday, November 8th, 2006
1:31 am

I am a third year student going through the drama of applying for the LPC and training contracts. I just had a couple of questions, and this seemed like a good place to ask!

a) I haven't been successful in getting a training contract. This is partly due to bad planning on my part - I probably didn't do enough applications (I did about 20) and bad interviewing (I completely screwed up my best two chances by giving really bad interviews) - and bad luck. I had interviews at a couple of other firms where I felt the interview had gone well, but was unsuccessful. Nevermind.

I've done a vacation scheme at a magic circle firm and have lots of work experience at small local solicitors. I also have an interview next week for a training contract.

Basically I want to ask, should I be applying for my LPC now, or should I wait until next year on the hope that by then I might have secured a training contract who may be willing to pay for part of the course/wish me to go to a specific course provider (money is quite a big issue here)?

I don't want to pay to do the LPC and then find myself unable to find a job!!

b) Having done a vac scheme at a large corporate firm I know that this is definitely not the area of law that I want to go into. I have really enjoyed my course and have three areas that I am seriously considering going into:

media/IP (specifically music)/defamation (maybe I've been watching too much have i got news for you)
clinical negligence

Does anyone have any experience of working in these areas or of applying to these firms? I have had interviews at clinical negligence firms but no success.

Are there any more communities on here where people know about UK law? There are so many communities on the list when you type in "law" to the interests section, but most of them seem to concern American law!

Thanks very much for any help.

Lizzie xx

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Monday, October 30th, 2006
10:23 pm - Pupillage questions

Hello everyone,

I'm a third year law undergraduate from Singapore and I have a question about serving my pupillage in England.

My questionCollapse )

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Friday, October 27th, 2006
11:40 pm - Cant find this bloody case!

Sancho-Lopez v Fedor Food Corpn 211 NYS2d 953 (1961) (City Court, New York)

Aggghhhh! Why does the interweb suck??

Does anyone know of a datebase that contains this case?

Yours in frustration,

Peach x x x

current mood: sad

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Monday, October 9th, 2006
7:57 pm - Inns of Courts

I am in need of some advice regarding joining an Inn of Court.

So first off what inn of court do you belong too and why did you choose them?

Second do you have to be a member before you can apply for a scholarship from an Inn?

x posted to everywhere legal

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Monday, June 26th, 2006
11:00 pm - The correct essay!

How do you cite cases in your essays?

I'm going into year three now LLB Law, and this is still confusing me, because I tend to write 'In Donaghue v Stephenson(with the rest of the citation in footnotes)...', but I use a comma separating the case name from what I have said, in the exam.

In Q+A books, brackets are used, but this looks clunky and informal. Is this the correct way to reference what you have said?

Also, is anyone interested in Medical Law, or Corporate Crime, and has found any interesting articles online?  Have you come across similar cases and do you find it challenging and interesting?

To everyone, what is your favourite area of law and why?

I'm just curious!

PS. Thanks to all that completed my survey last time i posted on the list, the answers were very helpful and interesting to read through!

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Wednesday, June 14th, 2006
11:01 am - mini pupillage

Ok people I have a mini pupillage coming up and was hoping that some of you could give me some advice or insight into what I can expect and what is expected of me.

x posted to every where

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Tuesday, June 13th, 2006
5:07 pm


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Thursday, June 8th, 2006
8:30 pm - Help, please.

Despite being a law student myself, I thought I should seek a second opinion before confronting the person in question.

On the 23rd May I won an item on eBay, totalling £82.00 plus postage and packing, stated on the item description as being:

£12.00 Royal Mail 1st Class Recorded 1 to 2 working days United Kingdom only

Bringing the total to £94.00. Not having this avaliable in Paypal at that time and wanting payment to reach the seller (an ebay Shop) ASAP I sent a bankers draft by 11am the morning after winning the item and tracked the payment, so I know it reached the seller. I was then charged £12 for the bankers draft, so I know it was cashed. Almost two weeks go by, with me repeatedly asking when and how my item was to be sent and receiving no reply.

I have now received an emaul stating the item must have been lost, very sorry, nothing they would do about it. I have asked for the tracking number to which, after a very long wait, I recieved a reply stating that there was no tracking order as it was not sent Recorded.

Legally, where do I stand? This item is very, very important to me and, as a student, I can't just throw away what amounted to £106.00.

Any advice appreciated.

X-posted to uk_law and lawuk

current mood: frustrated

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