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Simon McKay is a barrister specialising in criminal, human rights and regulatory law

Righting wrong turns: where next after Jogee?

Righting wrong turns: where next after Jogee?

CS Lewis wrote: ‘We all want progress, but if you’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road. In that case, the…

Investigatory powers bill ‘not fit for purpose’

Investigatory powers bill ‘not fit for purpose’

Chuck Palahniuk in his book Survivor says of the past: ‘If you watch close, history does nothing but repeat itself. What we call chaos is just patterns we haven’t recognized.’…

Levi Bellfield confession: what next?

Levi Bellfield confession: what next?

  ‘A lie is when you say something happened which didn’t happen. But there is only ever one thing which happened at a particular time and a particular place. And…

Covert policing under scrutiny

I described the law relating to covert policing at a recent debate hosted by the Open Rights Group as somewhat of a confidence trick (defined by the Cambridge Dictionary as…

Judicial mischief

There is an unjustifiably little known text book called Miscarriages of Justice: a review of justice in error. Its editors were the esteemed Professor Clive Walker and (then) junior barrister…

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