Legal blogs to follow in 2018
27th December 2017
Whether you’re a practising legal professional or seeking your first job as a lawyer, there are a number of useful and fascinating blogs well worth following. Written by barristers, solicitors and expert law correspondents, legal blogs offer an easy way of staying up to date with the latest developments in the industry, as well as insightful commentary from qualified professionals. In this article we look at a selection of the best legal blogs to follow in 2018.
Head of Legal
Qualified barrister Carl Gardner is the brains behind Head of Legal, which provides independent legal comment an analysis. The appeal of Gardner’s blog is that it explains developments in law, though not necessarily to a legal audience, making it more accessible. Having worked as a government lawyer for 12 years, Gardner has extensive experience in his field. He advised ministers and government departments on a complex range of public law issues from terrorism to pensions and tax.
These days he works as a writer, lecturer and consultant. As well as maintaining Head of Legal, Gardner teaches constitutional and EU law to undergraduates at the Open University. Whether you’re an aspiring legal professional seeking their first lawyer job, or a practising lawyer, you’re sure to find Carl Gardner’s blog interesting.
If you’re seeking a more tabloid approach to the latest legal news, look no further than Legal Cheek. Founded in 2011 by Alex Aldridge who formerly worked as a journalist for The Guardian and Legal Week, this website is a favourite among junior lawyers and law students. According to its bio, Legal Cheek has been hailed as “Popbitch for lawyers” by The Sunday Times and an “irreverent, must-read tabloid law website” by The Guardian. The blog covers a multitude of stories related to the legal sector as well as a daily news round-up and careers advice.
The Barrister Blog
Tim Kevan, co-founder of Law Brief Publishing, practised as a barrister in London for 10 years. Now settled in North Devon with his family, Tim maintains his popular blog, The Barrister Blog, which is highly recommended for practising lawyers. A look at some of his most recent posts such as ‘How to find the best lawyer for your case’ and ‘The role of technology in law’ will tell you that Tim covers a broad spectrum of law, keeping his blog current and interesting.
As well as posting regularly on The Barrister Blog, Tim has written a series of novels. He penned Law and Disorder (2009) and Law and Peace (2011), both of which are based on the BabyBarista Blog, a fictional account following the life of a junior barrister, which was featured in The Times online for three years and The Guardian online for two.
Jack of Kent
Blogging about law and policy from a liberal and critical perspective, David Allen Green is the sole writer of Jack of Kent. The blog’s curious name derives from a character in medieval English midlands’ and Welsh folklore, according to Green, associated with stories of getting the better of the Devil by concentrating on what was actually said.
Due to the current political climate, Green’s posts focus on Brexit. However his blog covers a broad range of subjects. He has gained a huge audience, with more than 123,000 followers on Twitter. Green is also a legal commentator at the Financial Times and the former legal correspondent of the New Statesman. With a satirical approach to modern policy issues, you can come to expect critical blog posts with immense detail from David Allen Green. With 2018 set to be a enthralling year for law and politics, it’s well worth following Jack of Kent for the latest insight.
UK Human Rights Blog
The UK Human Rights Blog strives to offer readers a “free, comprehensive and balanced legal update service”. Rather than campaigning on a particular issue, the blog aims to present both sides of the argument on many controversial topics. The widely praised blog is written by members of 1 Crown Office Row Barristers’ Chambers. Also delivering a weekly human rights round-up written by a team of recent law graduates, you’re guaranteed to get updates from a broad spectrum of talented and qualified contributors. It’s easy to sign up to receive email updates from the UK Human Rights Blog.
Anyone with an interest in family law should subscribe to Pink Tape. This well-respected blog comes from family law barrister Lucy Reed, who has been in the field for 15 years. As well as offering a unique insight into family law, Reed writes about her interests including general law and other family-related content. She won the Jordans Family Law Readers Commentary Award for her “entertaining and informative blog” in 2012, and has since been shortlisted for the Family Law Most Innovative Family Lawyer award twice.
Alongside Pink Tape, Reed also writes at The Transparency Project, which aims to help make family law clearer. It explains the processes of family courts in England and Wales, as well as providing insight and helpful resources. Over on Pink Tape, aspiring lawyers may find Reed’s book reviews helpful to find additional reading.
UK Criminal Law Blog
The UK Criminal Law Blog was set up in response to a discussion on Twitter concerning “inaccurate reports of criminal cases in the press, the lack of public understanding of the criminal justice system and the number of unlawful sentences handed out by the courts,” according to its editors. Covering all aspects of criminal law, including high profile cases and expert insights, this is an essential blog to follow for all practising and aspiring lawyers. The blog is updated fairly regularly and is divided into useful sections depending on which specific area you’re interested in. There’s also a section titled ‘A view from…’ which looks at criminal law from the perspective of police officers, solicitors and offenders.
Staying with criminal law, Matthew Scott, also known as the BarristerBlogger, is also worth paying attention to if this is your area of expertise or interest. Scott is a criminal barrister and so the majority of his content is based around this subject. However, as he states on his bio, “If you are a lawyer, I’m afraid this is probably not the place to come for learned updates on recent Supreme Court judgements, or the finer points of obscure legislation. I’ll certainly talk about such things if they’re interesting or controversial, but there are usually more interesting things to read about”. As such, you can expect to read Scott’s commentary on cases he provides particularly intriguing, no matter how serious or trivial. Recent posts look at a broad range of subjects, from drivers who kill and miscarriages of justice, to the killing of Borth Wild Animal Kingdom’s beloved lynx, Lillith.