20 November 2005

Sunday Morning with Chris Laidlaw: Sir Kenneth Keith

So rarely do we hear interviews with our judiciary and eminent legal scholars. It was delightful therefore to hear Sir Ken's candid discussion with Chris Laidlaw on National Radio: National Radio (Sunday Morning): Sir Kenneth Keith [expires 18/12/2005]

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Yes, except that when Sir Ken - yes, candidly - admitted that when his lobby delegation bowled up to one country, and they told him "let's cut to the chase: we have two questions. Are you up to it? Yes, you are. Now, what can you give us for our support?"...Laidlaw somehow managed not to ask him what we offered.

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Lord Justice Lawton in Maxwell v Department of Trade and Industry [1974] 2 All ER 122 said:

"From time to time ... lawyers and judges have tried to define what constitutes fairness. Like defining an elephant, it is not easy to do, although fairness in practice has the elephantine quality of being easy to recognise. As a result of these efforts a word in common usage has acquired the trappings of legalism: 'acting fairly' has become 'acting in accordance with the rules of natural justice', and on occasion has been dressed up with Latin tags. This phrase in my opinion serves no useful purpose and in recent years it has encouraged lawyers to try to put those who hold inquiries into legal straitjackets.... For the purposes of my judgment I intend to ask myself this simple question: did the [decision-maker] act fairly towards the plaintiff?"

This course examines the elephantine concept of fairness in the law, along with other contemporary legal issues.

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