“Justice must be seen to be done”- the effects of the New Civil Procedure Rules on public hearings

The new Civil Procedure Rules might increase litigants’ visibility during court proceedings and cause reputation damage. The principle of open justice is that ‘justice should not only be done but should manifestly and undoubtedly be seen to be done’. However, even if the principle in itself is clear, in practice it is hard to understand […]

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Can potentially embarrassing judgments be taken down from the official online Register of Employment Tribunal decisions?

A recent decision by the Employment Appeal Tribunal gave a clear and important answer to this question. The claimant had been working as a senior manager at PwC for more than four years. She brought four claims before the Employment Tribunal against her employer for discrimination. In the first preliminary hearing which occurred in January  …

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Fashion faux pas: How Weibo tripped up a leading luxury brand in France

On 25th April 2018, a Chinese customer who was queuing outside the Balenciaga concession in the famous Parisian retailer Le Printemps complained about people jumping the queue. Her son, who came to her defence, was allegedly violently struck to the ground by security guards. Shortly after, Chinese witnesses to the incident were asked to leave by  …

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