BBC law programme online

The BBC has just started a new series of its legal programme called Law in Action. The first programme was broadcast on May 28th at 16.00 BST and it can be heard again here. Here’s the page with information on the contents of the programme. Topics are barristers’ fees in Very High Cost Criminal Cases, police cooperation with the DPP, sharia courts in England, and cohabitation:

bq. Earlier this week, it was reported that Elayne Oxley had been awarded a £100,000 share of her former partner’s home, even though the couple were not married and she made no financial contribution to the mortgage. The press heralded it as a landmark case – but was it? We take a closer look.

There is more information on the programme on the BBC website, and even an RSS newsfeed for information about it.

You can normally listen again to a BBC radio programme within seven days, but I noticed with some Radio 4 programmes I sometimes listen to there are now more earlier programmes available. So you should always look at the web page of a particular programme to see if there are earlier programmes available.

(The BBC website is very slow now, so I will close here).

2 thoughts on “BBC law programme online

  1. Oxley v. Hiscock may look like a ‘landmark’ case, but is right in line with the way constructive trusts have been moving in Eng. equity since Lord Denning’s seminal cases towards a US-style legal remedy – and not just a declaratory mechanism.

    Anti-equity Scots lawyers will no doubt claim the complicated Anglo-Am. trust concept isn’t needed at all in such live-in partner cases that could also be looked at as a straight personal or commercial ‘contract’.

  2. The website does indicate that it isn’t a landmark case, even if it has been reported as such. In the programme, they say that it was just a slightly more generous approach than previously: the woman contributed to the purchase price of the house, but not 40%, although she was awarded 40% at the end of the day. A person who hadn’t contributed to the house but had paid for other things might go emptyhanded.

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