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Droning on: The legalities of drone-ership

From a niche hobby to a piece of tech known by just about anybody in the UK, drones have taken the market, and now our airports, by storm. But while an SUA (small unmanned aircraft) might just seem like a great way to catch that perfect video, what exactly can (and can’t) you do with this type of technology if you own your very own drone? We found out from Len South, drone owner and Academic Manager at ULaw, what you should be aware of as a drone owner or user.

Boycotting

To buy or not to buy: Does boycotting really work?

We’ve all seen groups calling for a boycott of a company, organisation or even a country on the grounds of a moral standing. From Amazon’s tax avoidance to the involvement of Mauritius and Air France in providing monkeys to labs across Europe, there are a huge array of active boycotts going on right now. But how effective is boycotting at getting companies to do what the consumer wants? And what kind of impact does it have on the boycotted?

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Business and Valentine’s Day

Whether you are a romantic who indulges in the traditional of gift giving on Valentine’s Day or you are a realist who doesn’t see the romance in a Hallmark holiday, you can’t deny that Valentine’s Day is big business. But how and why has it changed?

Did Banksy break the law?

Banksy’s audacious stunt made headlines around the world. But did the famous street artist break the law?

Ethical business models: BOGO

Ethical products are more popular than ever but there’s one business model that takes this idea a step further. You may be familiar with the buy one get one free (BOGOF) offers that you see in supermarkets but the internet is now home to a wealth of BOGO (buy one, give one)  businesses. BOGO (sometimes known as one-for-one giving) sees businesses donate one product for every one sold. 


2019

Droning on: The legalities of drone-ership

From a niche hobby to a piece of tech known by just about anybody in the UK, drones have taken the market, and now our airports, by storm. But while an SUA (small unmanned aircraft) might just seem like a great way to catch that perfect video, what exactly can (and can’t) you do with this type of technology if you own your very own drone? We found out from Len South, drone owner and Academic Manager at ULaw, what you should be aware of as a drone owner or user.

To buy or not to buy: Does boycotting really work?

We’ve all seen groups calling for a boycott of a company, organisation or even a country on the grounds of a moral standing. From Amazon’s tax avoidance to the involvement of Mauritius and Air France in providing monkeys to labs across Europe, there are a huge array of active boycotts going on right now. But how effective is boycotting at getting companies to do what the consumer wants? And what kind of impact does it have on the boycotted?

Business and Valentine’s Day

Whether you are a romantic who indulges in the traditional of gift giving on Valentine’s Day or you are a realist who doesn’t see the romance in a Hallmark holiday, you can’t deny that Valentine’s Day is big business. But how and why has it changed?

Did Banksy break the law?

Banksy’s audacious stunt made headlines around the world. But did the famous street artist break the law?

Ethical business models: BOGO

Ethical products are more popular than ever but there’s one business model that takes this idea a step further. You may be familiar with the buy one get one free (BOGOF) offers that you see in supermarkets but the internet is now home to a wealth of BOGO (buy one, give one)  businesses. BOGO (sometimes known as one-for-one giving) sees businesses donate one product for every one sold. 

Taking up Space: An Interview with Chelsea Kwakye

Cambridge graduate Chelsea Kwakye is currently studying the GDL at our Moorgate Campus but it’s not just Chelsea’s education that makes her future so bright. As the only black girl in her history cohort she fought imposter syndrome to become Vice President of the African-Caribbean Society, Captain of Homerton Ladies Football team and the BME Officer for Homerton Union of Students. Now she’s studying law, has a training contract confirmed and is writing her first book under Stormzy’s #Merky publishing imprint. With so much to talk about let’s dive right in…

2018

The Untraditional Lawyer: Miriam Gonzalez Durantez

Miriam González Durántez is known for her marriage to Nick Clegg, the former Deputy Prime Minister.  However, she’s had a formidable career in foreign affairs and is now a partner at Dechert, where she advises on Brexit and EU law. Miriam wants to see more women at the top with her.

ULaw hosts Miranda Brawn Diversity Lecture

We had the pleasure of hosting The Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Annual Lecture at our Moorgate campus last month. This is the third year we have been involved in, and this year’s lecture theme was 'Together we can make a positive change to the world and workplace’.

Mocha mogul: An interview with Ben Lion, co-founder of Crude

As part of Entrepreneurship Week, The University of Law Business School is hosting a series of events including a Setting Up Your Own Business panel. One of our guest speakers is Ben Lion, who will be talking about his experience of co-founding Crude, a coffee company with a difference… and a conscience.

Top Business Podcasts

Listening to podcasts is one of the best ways to learn on the move but with so many shows available it can be hard to know where to start. Here at The University of Law Business School we have put together a list of our favourite business podcasts that make perfect listening for aspiring business students or anyone with an interest in entrepreneurship. If you’re ready to listen, learn and be inspired, plug in your headphones and subscribe to these top business podcasts.

Working in-house versus in private practice

Is the way to wealth private practice, or does in-house life offer similar rewards?

Halloween Laws

The UK is all too used to reports of teenagers being banned from buying eggs and the occasional creepy clown story hitting the headlines around the Halloween season.  Apart from laws to protect residents from antisocial behaviour, the UK doesn’t legally restrict festivities. However, the same can’t be said for the rest of the world. To celebrate Halloween we take a look at Halloween related laws across the world.

A world of opportunity: An interview with international alumni ambassador for Cyprus, Christos Heracleous

Christos Heracleous had dreams of working in law with international clientele in his home country of Cyprus. To gain the experience required to achieve his goals he joined ULaw as an international student. Christos signed up to the Legal Practice Course in 2014 at our London Bloomsbury Campus and is now our International Alumni Ambassador for Cyprus. We caught up with him to ask how studying at ULaw has helped shape his career.

Everyday mental health tips for students

The importance of mental health is more widely understood than ever before and 10 October celebrates World Mental Health Day, an initiative from the World Federation for Mental Health, to spread awareness even further. This year their campaign concentrates on Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World. We wanted to share a handful of ways that students can take positive steps to look after their mental health.

Is social media the new law specialism?

The first recorded use of the phrase “social media” by an English court was by the Lord Chief Justice, who was responding to an appeal by two men convicted of stirring up some of the 2011 London riots via Facebook.

Gina Miller: My Battle Against Brexit

Despite having to drop out of her law degree, Gina Miller made history by taking her Brexit case to the Supreme Court.

In Your Defence: An interview with Sarah Langford

Sarah Langford has been a practising barrister in criminal and family law since 2006. She studied the GDL at The University of Law Guildford campus and was awarded a scholarship from Gray's Inn of Court. After practising law for nearly a decade Sarah took parental leave to start a family and also used her time-off to write about her experiences as a barrister. In Your Defence: Stories of Life and Law has been published to rave reviews from the likes of Helena Kennedy QC and the Secret Barrister, it has also been optioned for TV by the British production company Working Title. We caught up with Sarah to talk about her time at ULaw and the inspiration behind her new book.

Lead the way: What's your leadership style?

From small business ventures to mighty empires, success depends on having a great leadership style. But more than that, it depends on having the right leadership style.

The Future of Business: Glass Box Culture

In the current age of transparency, a positive internal culture of business is vital for growth and positive public image.

#CareersInCharity: An Interview with Kate Billingham Wilson, Head of Partnerships at ABF The Soldiers' Charity

Kate BIllingham Wilson has worked in the charity sector for 20 years at a wide variety of organisations including museums, cancer research, medical research and addiction. Her career in fundraising started at a military museum in Wales as a sole fundraiser, after which she moved to London to work for a grant making trust focused on supporting charities in Eastern Europe.

The Rise of Lawyer Robots

From start-ups to in-house investments in research and development, tech disruption is on the up across the legal industry.

As interest and funding in tech continues to rise, will lawyers be replaced by tech altogether, or will tech merely shift the lawyer’s focus?

Top Legal Podcasts

It’s easier than ever to find, subscribe and listen to podcasts, filling your ears with any subject you find interesting. One of the key benefits of listening to podcasts is maximising your spare time, allowing you to learn and develop while you’re walking, driving, commuting or even just getting chores done around the house.

Money, money, money

Good news – many firms have upped their associate pay in the last 12 months. By how much they’ve increased their salaries, however, differs from practice to practice.

Is Sexism Stifling Startups?

According to a new study, almost half of startups believe there is a gender bias problem, with 4 in 10 female founders frequently encountering discrimination. The Unilever Foundry, a platform for start-ups and innovators, surveyed 685 founders from global startups to discover 39% of female founders frequently encountered sexism. Previous research has shown that female entrepreneurs are fighting an unconscious bias when it comes to the pitching room.

How to make it in law and politics

The two professions demand similar skills, but what does it really take to succeed in these high-powered worlds?

Clearing Dos and Don'ts

Huge numbers of students have come through Clearing and gone on to create successful academic and professional careers. That’s the message from Claire Latham, Undergraduate Admissions Manager at The University of Law.

Technological Disruption in the Business World

Syed Muhammad is a senior lecturer at The University of Law Business School. His own career running a consultancy business makes his teaching highly relevant and practical. Here Syed reveals how technological disruption is changing the business world.

The Stowe Family Law Award, Manchester

April 2018 saw Stowe Family Law’s Manchester office and ULaw Manchester come together to present an award to inspire the next generation of legal post graduates, as well as giving high achieving students’ recognition and improved prospects of finding a training contract at a reputable firm.

Set for Success: Karen Betts

Karen Betts studied the CPE and the LPC at our Guildford campus, graduating in 1997. Karen is now the Chief Executive of the Scotch Whisky Association, the first woman in the organisation's 105-year history to take on the role. Karen told us more about her career and how a background in law has helped her succeed.

History Maker: James Libson

James Libson is an alumnus of The University of Law who graduated in 1991 and has since gone on to be involved in some of the most relevant cases of our recent history. Most notably, James formed part of the defence team supporting Deborah Lipstadt during the Holocaust libel case of the 1990s...

2017

Set for Success: Shami Chakrabarti

Baroness Shami Chakrabarti, is a member of the House of Lords, Labour politician, barrister and former director of the human rights group Liberty. She is also an Honorary Doctor of The University of Law. Shami was the keynote speaker at our BPTC 20th anniversary event in June 2017, where she spoke passionately about the rule of law and the role of lawyers in maintaining it. Before delivering her speech, she spoke to us about her career successes.

Understanding CMI: An interview with CEO Ann Francke

With all of The University of Law Business School’s postgraduate qualifying degrees accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), you can be sure that you’re working towards a prestigious qualification. But what exactly is CMI, and what do they do? To find out, we asked CEO Ann Francke to give us an insight into CMI’s objectives, and get a few tips from the top on how to succeed.