Law for fun

Law For Fun group members seem to have found the topic of Undercover Policing interesting.

This link takes you to the home page of the Mitting Inquiry.

The Inquiry will take three years or more.

It may be of interest to members not just because of the subject matter but because of the fact that it examines social and political history via a unique prism.

Law For Fun Zoom Presentation

The Law for Fun Group broke new ground on 4th June when 23 members joined in the first online presentation from John Dilworth. The topic for the meeting was ‘Unused Material’ relating to criminal prosecutions, and the role that this has played in several high profile ‘miscarriage of justice’ cases that have been heard in the higher courts. John was able to give us an insight into the measures that are in place to prevent wrongful prosecutions and, as a result, the high volume of work that this places on the Crown Prosecution Service. The detail that he was able to provide us with cast a whole new light on the reasons why criminal proceedings can otherwise be thought of by the public as taking far too long to come to a conclusion. John went on to test the attention span of his audience by presenting various scenarios and inviting members to give their verdict as to what, in each case, should be the correct verdict on whether or not a prosecution could reasonably be justified.

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Law for fun

Dear Law for Fun members (and non group members who may be interested).

In these troubled times many of us have holidays and such like booked which we cannot take because of COVID.

Those of you who attended my session on contract will recall that I covered frustrated contracts. These are prime examples of frustrated contracts ( ie they cannot be performed for reasons beyond the control of each party). In such circumstances, subject to the deduction of reasonable expenses and payments, (the consideration) should be refunded.

Further indemnity can be found in section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act 1974 ( if you paid by credit card; you should always pay by credit card).

What do you do if the deposit has been paid and the full payment is due?

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Law for fun – news

Dear Law for Fun group member ( and for others who may be interested (particularly the philosophy group)).   Earlier this year I went through the process of assessing damages for tortious liability in cases involving a fatality ( multiplicands and multipliers, remember)

Here is a Radio 4 program which explores the issues involved. It focuses on the USA but is nonetheless relevant. It is called “The Price of Life”.

This program may also be of interest to members of the Philosophy Group who I was due to speak to prior to the lockdown on the issue of Sanctity of Life.

Hopefully we can revisit these issues after the lockdown whenever that may be!

Stay safe all! – John Dilworth

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Dear Law for Fun Group members ( and non group members who may be interested)

Prior to the lockdown I had proposed to talk to you about how prosecutors wrestle with their responsibilities in relation to disclosure in criminal proceedings. To whet your appetite for when we return to normality I attach two links to radio programmes that may be of interest.

The first, Law in Action,  includes a perspective from a former Director of Public Prosecutions, Alison Saunders ( my old boss)!

The second is a programme entitled “Second Class Citizen” which highlights the wrongful conviction of a number of sub post masters and mistresses.

When I present my talk on disclosure I will highlight these cases as an example of what can go wrong when disclosure is not properly addressed in a criminal trial.

On a lighter note I have also attached an episode of “Fair Cop”, presented by Alfie Moore a former Humberside police officer. The topic of the programme is informants,  which you will recall from one of my earlier talks are “Covert Human Intelligence Sources (CHIS)”.

If you want to listen to more episodes of either Law in Action or Fair Cop you can get them via the BBC Sounds App.

Take care and stay safe – John Dilworth

Law for Fun

Just a quick reminder that the Law for Fun group will meet next on 19th March, 2 pm at the usual location. I will open the meeting as previously by reviewing legal developments in the preceding month.

I will then move on to outline the challenges faced by the police and prosecutors in discharging their legal duties in relation to disclosure with the aim of ensuring a fair trial.

As ever I will illustrate how the system works with some “head scratching” scenarios!

John Dilworth

Law for Fun

Just a quick reminder that the Law for Fun group meets next on 20th February 2020 at 2pm at the usual location. After outlining some of the legal headlines since we last met I will be taking you through the main provisions of the Theft Acts of 1968 and 1978 and explaining how it is impossible to rob a bank!

Law for Fun

i just wanted to wish all Law for Fun group members a Merry Christmas
and a Happy New Year. Thank you all for your support in 2019.

The next date for your diary is 20th Feb. 2020, same time, same place. I will be taking you through the main provisions of the Theft Act 1968 and explaining why it is impossible to rob a bank!

John Dilworth


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Thanks to everyone who attended the Law for Fun session on 17th October. When reflecting on recent legal developments I mentioned that the WASPI women had lost their case in the High Court .  I further indicated that permission had been given for an appeal. Given the widespread interest in this topic I agreed to post the judgment which I now do.

John Dilworth