Intellectual Property | Intellectual Property Bill To Be Debated In Lords

A line-by-line examination of the Intellectual Property (IP) Bill is scheduled to take place in the House of Lords on 23rd July 2013. This examination is known as the report stage, and gives members of the House of Lords an opportunity to critically examine and make further amendments to the IP Bill. Continue reading

Criminal Law | Fewer Police Officers But Crime Figures Down

Crime has fallen in England and Wales, according to official data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW).

According to the ONS, the police recorded 3.7 million offences in the year ending March 2013, a drop of 7 per cent on the year before and the lowest level since 2002/03, when the last major change in police recording practice was introduced.

Meanwhile, separate data from the CSEW, which is based on people’s experience of crime and includes offences that may not have been reported, showed that the number of crimes had fallen by 9 per cent since a year ago. Continue reading