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The Nationality and Borders Bill 2021 – Where is the Tory government’s Moral Compass?

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Once again, the Home Secretary, Priti Patel, is trying to impose another stringent policy which in my opinion is a recipe for disaster. The Nationality and Borders Bill mainly addresses asylum issues, but the new provisions are likely to lead to a lot of uncertainty and litigation for refugees. It has been reported by various …

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Government taken to court over Paying to Pollute

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The Paid to Pollute group formed by climate activists have sued the Government for the public money it wastes on the fossil fuel industry in the North Sea. They have applied for Judicial Review in the High Court, challenging the lawfulness of the UK Oil and Gas Authority’s 2016 Economic Recovery Strategy. According to the …

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The Pressure to get Fully Vaccinated to Enter Crowded Venues

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On Tuesday 20th July 2021 it was declared by the government that people will be required to prove they are fully vaccinated against coronavirus, for them to enter nightclubs and other crowded venues from September. Nadhim Zahawi said a negative coronavirus test would soon “no longer be sufficient” proof that a person was Covid-safe. Although …

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Uber did it, Deliveroo did not

Earlier this year, the UK Supreme Court has ruled that Uber drivers are ‘employees’, eligible to receive minimum wage and holiday pay (further discussed here). And now, Deliveroo riders tried to argue the same, but their ‘self-employed’ status was upheld by the Court of Appeal. Deliveroo riders have been trying since 2017 to unionise and …

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New Protections for Domestic Abuse Victims – is it Enough?

TW: Domestic violence. On 29th April 2021, the long-awaited Domestic Abuse Bill received Royal Assent and was signed into law as the Domestic Abuse Act 2021. It now provides the most overarching legal definition of domestic abuse and also provides a series of legal protections which are available to victims of domestic violence and their …

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Should Museums be Places for Political Dialogue?

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Museums are social hubs. Often, they are filled with people hoping to gain an insight into centuries worth of history and scientific development. To see what they can discover by gawping at the eclectic mix of stuffed animals snuggled next to local archaeological finds. However, despite the quaint perceptions of museums, museums have the potential …

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Virgin & O2: merger provisionally cleared

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Last year in May, O2 and Virgin Media announced their intentions to merge into an entertainment and telecom firm, becoming a rival to BT & Sky. A year later and after a thorough, two-phased investigation, the Competition and Markets Authority has provisionally approved the £31bn merger, stating that it was “unlikely to lead to any …

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Microsoft Sued for Abuse of Dominant Position – Again

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Competition law and Big Tech Competition law has become increasingly important over the years, while regulators have been trying to control the great powers of Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple and Microsoft (GAFAM). The massive expansion of these companies is much quicker than the procedural bureaucracies of regulators and, more often than not, such firms will …

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Google Announces 11 Initiatives to Receive a Share of €10M in its Aim to Build a Greener Europe Alongside EIT Climate-KIC

As part of its Impact Challenge on Climate, Google has invested €10M in the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). This will fund innovative programs and workshops as the tech giant uses technology in a bid to accelerate Europe’s progress towards a greener, more resilient future. The focus will be on renewable energy, natural …

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