Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton
Published by Tony Hughes
New note, this blog is about making the law accessible in a more user-friendly way.
Just a little about my background, I have a law degree which I gained in 1995, I am a barrister and I'm no longer practising law, I have had to retire because of ill health.
As a lawyer, I specialised in employment law advising both companies and individuals about employment law. I have a PGCE from Edgehill University which I gained recently. Before 1995 I was a Policeman in Liverpool during the 80's and 90's, yep I am old.
Other than that I have worked as head of employment law at several regional Solicitors, I have represented both employees and employers at approximately 1000 Tribunal cases since 1997.
I've written a book which is available on Amazon which explains How to Make a Claim in the Employment Tribunal and the process and Tactics when doing so. The book is called how to make a claim at the Employment Tribunal, I am in the process of writing a second book explaining employees rights and how to enforce those rights at the Employment Tribunal.
The blog will not just be about employment law, it will be about discussing and explaining what an individual's rights are against the state and how to enforce those rights;
In addition, I will deal with other remedies such as making complaints to an ombudsman, the organisation or any quango set up to deal with complaints. This blog should be useful to those studying law, criminology.
I will be going back to take a historical perspective on how things are the way they are. I think it helps to understand the vagaries of our Legal and Government system.
I don't want the blog to be a series of lectures like I'm some sort of know it all. So I would welcome comment and criticism from anyone.
I am a liberal, I am white, and I am middle class.
I was working class, I do know what poverty is, my Dad was unable to work and died when I was 13.
I recall queuing up to get free school dinners, school uniforms from the state and having to wear school clothes and shoes when the school was on holidays.
I do have some disabilities but inevitably my views will be a product of my socialisation. I, therefore, may unintentionally display gender bias, racial bias or a lack of sensitivity to a minority group in our Society.
I will, however, endeavour two correct any prejudice, or false perceptions if feedback suggests I need to do so. In other words, I want the blog to be inclusive, and informative.
I will draw pictures, use photographs video, do animations, mind mapping, conduct surveys, write articles or notes in order to communicate my message.
My mission statement is very simple I am concerned that Society is becoming more authoritarian, undemocratic and intolerant of opposition, criticism or protest. I think this is apparent in our
legislation, are policing, and the way the state monitors us.
I will know doubt ramble, but I will tell stories give examples and try to explain some of the complexity of the society we live in, anyway I would be grateful for any feedback please comment as you see fit if you hate it say so.
Positive feedback is also useful.
My sources for material for this blog will be from the internet, together with all my experience as a lawyer and retired police officer.
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