18th January - Law News

Edition 3310: LawNewsIndex is a UK based daily legal news archive on Law, Lawyers, Law Firms, Justice, Jurisprudence, Legislation, Litigation, Legal Ethics & Human Rights since 2011.   

 Today's Highlighted Video Story: Russian opposition figure Alexey Navalny has been detained by police at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport after returning from Germany, where he had been recovering following a poisoning attempt last summer. Navalny and his wife Yulia left the plane together on Sunday evening with the rest of the passengers and drove to the terminal in a bus. He was arrested at the immigration desk. Russia’s prison authority has confirmed the detention.
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 Focus of the Day Article:  Lawyers have hailed a Supreme Court judgment on COVID-19 insurance cover, which could save thousands of jobs. The test case, Financial Conduct Authority & Ors v Arch Insurance [2021] UKSC 1, concerned the extent of coverage for business interruption under standard policies. Full story - New Law Journal

Saturday Conversations on Law
  • Law Society to probe historical slave trade links - Legal Cheek
  • A vlogger’s guide to a winter virtual vacation scheme - Legal Cheek 
  • Lord Sumption tells stage 4 cancer patient her life is 'less valuable' - Peer makes remark to woman with bowel cancer during TV debate on Covid lockdowns
  • Alexei Navalny detained at airport on return to Russia - Opposition figure picked up after landing in home country following recovery from poisoning
  • Revealed: Law firms' average work from home start and finish times 2020-21 - Legal Cheek
  • Two women judges working for the #Afghan Supreme Court have been shot dead. They were killed by unidentified gunmen on their way to work on Sunday
  • People who drove more than 200 miles to visit friends in Wales and a group having a party in a garden shed have been caught breaking Covid rules
  • City law firms increase lawyer leave in light of lockdown 3.0 - Legal Cheek 
  • Wetherspoon to remove lockdown sceptic posters - including one featuring Lord Sumption - Legal Cheek
  • The challenges and opportunities for Black lawyers in the COVID-19 era - Legal Cheek
  • Article X: The right to environmental protection? - Legal Cheek
  • Law Society president faces misconduct tribunal after High Court rules he has case to answer - Legal Cheek
  • All adults in UK to be offered Covid vaccine by September, says Raab 
  • Legendary #US music producer Phil Spector has died at the age of 81, while serving a prison sentence for murder
  • From dreaded commutes to ironing shirts: Lawyers reveal what they don’t miss about office life - Legal Cheek
  • ‘Legally Brunette’ TikToker documents life as a UCL law student - Legal Cheek
  • How should non-law students prepare for the SQE? - Legal Cheek
  • Linklaters reports latest gender and ethnicity pay gaps - Legal Cheek
  • #Uganda's main opposition presidential candidate Bobi Wine says his life is being threatened following Thursday's election which saw Yoweri Museveni win a sixth elected term
  • The Tory government is planning new laws to protect statues in England from being removed "on a whim or at the behest of a baying mob", Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick has said
  • Disciplinary case against magic circle partner who worked on Harvey Weinstein NDA halted over health concerns - Legal Cheek
  • Revealed: Tory MPs and commentators who joined banned far-right view dominated app Parler - Nadine Dorries, James Cleverly and Michael Gove joined the platform favoured by Trump supporters
  • Shock Brexit charges are hurting us, say small British businesses - Levies to cover the increase in red tape, VAT and customs declarations are hitting trade to the European Union
  • Arrivals in UK could be asked to stay in quarantine hotels, Raab says 
  • Wilmington 1898: When white supremacists overthrew a #US government
  • Trust is ordered to pay £7500 to man who was not “best fit” for role with young women | The BMJ
  • The Motor Accidents’ Claims Tribunal, Chennai, has cut the compensation awarded to a person injured in a road accident by 40%, after it was found that he did not hold a valid driving licence #India
  • Women selling clothes online are being sent explicit messages, with requests for sex and "worn" garments. Both businesses and private individuals have experienced the problem when advertising on mainstream platforms
  • Top London QC under fire for agreeing to prosecute Hong Kong pro-democracy campaigners - Legal Cheek
  • Allen & Overy kicks off spring retention season with 92% result - Legal Cheek
  • Law student told to stump up £300 a month for ‘paralegal mentorship’ - Legal Cheek
  • Watch now: Travers Smith lawyers on the shift to sustainable capitalism - Legal Cheek 
  • Virtual event NEXT WEEK: How to build an international career at a global law firm in London — with Latham & Watkins, Skadden, Slaughter and May and BARBRI - Legal Cheek
  • New book explores influence of factors beyond the law on judicial decisions - Scottish Legal News
  • DWF announces restructure - with legal one of three new divisions | Law Gazette
  • Civil legal aid 'running on empty', says Bar Council | Law Gazette
  • Police support for virtual remand hearings continues for Covid detainees | Law Gazette
  • Supreme Court backs small business on Covid loss insurance | Law Gazette
  • Society proposes two-week ‘pause’ as court health fears grow | Law Gazette
  • 'Balanced threshold': landlords expected to welcome eviction ban changes | Law Gazette
  • Officers in Washington DC arrested a Virginia man who tried to pass through a Capitol police checkpoint carrying fake inaugural credentials, a loaded handgun and more than 500 rounds of ammunition #US
  • Major NRA donor to challenge gun group's bankruptcy over alleged fraud - Complaint could stop top NRA executives from discharging a substantial portion of the organisation’s debts #US 
  • 'I’m facing a prison sentence': #US Capitol rioters plead with Trump for pardons
  • Calling all billionaires: here’s how to keep your superyacht Covid-free 
  • Firms accused of putting workers’ lives at risk by bending lockdown trading rules
  • 'Law unto themselves': the #Australian battle to curb Facebook and Twitter's power
  • The #French government has imposed a nationwide curfew from 6pm - 6am to fight the surge in cases of coronavirus
  • Norton Rose Fulbright cuts 132 jobs | Law Gazette


17th January - Law News

Edition 3308: LawNewsIndex is a UK based daily legal news archive on Law, Lawyers, Law Firms, Justice, Jurisprudence, Legislation, Litigation, Legal Ethics & Human Rights since 2011.   

 Today's Highlighted Video Story: One week after taking office US President Donald Trump enacted his so-called "Muslim travel ban". The policy barred entry of foreign nationals from Muslim majority countries and led to widespread protests. President-elect Joe Biden has promised to repeal the controversial move, but critics say the damage may take years to repair. 

Saturday Conversations on Law
  • Work to restore hundreds of thousands of fingerprint, DNA and arrest records accidentally wiped from police databases is ongoing, the Home Office has said
  • Union solicitors not negligent over shop steward’s severance | Law Gazette
  • With disruption comes opportunities for canny businesses - Scottish Legal News
  • Panel to 'test and challenge' criminal legal aid recommendations | Law Gazette
  • Covid loss policyholders not out of the woods yet, lawyers warn | Law Gazette
  • Balfour and Manson welcomes new trainees - Scottish Legal News
  • #Russia to Exit Open Skies Treaty, Escalating Military Rivalry With U.S.
  • Lawyers hail 'watershed' appeal court ruling on DBAs | Law Gazette
  • Victim Surcharge Fund open for applications - Scottish Legal News
  • British QC prosecuting activists in #HongKong fought to be allowed to take case - David Perry faces accusations of ‘making the wrong choice’ after applying despite local objections
  • The Impact of Migration Policies on the EU's Image as a Value-Driven Normative Actor by Çiğdem Üstün | Women in Foreign Policy
  • All 50 #US states and the District of Columbia (DC) are on alert for possible violent protests by white supremacist fascists this weekend, ahead of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration on Wednesday 
  • Doctors and nurses need protection from prosecution over Covid-19 treatment decisions made under the pressures of the pandemic, medical bodies have said 
  • Air pollution will lead to mass migration, say experts after landmark ruling
  • Gilson Gray plans expansion of Dundee business - Scottish Legal News 
  • Dustin Higgs, an inmate on death row in Indiana, has died in the final federal execution of the Trump presidency just days before he leaves office #US
  • New tighter Covid restrictions have come into force in Scotland with changes for takeaway outlets and click and collect shopping. Customers buying takeaway food and coffee are no longer allowed inside premises
  • The UK's aviation sector "urgently" needs more government support if it is to survive another long period of travel curbs, industry groups say
  • Lord Advocate reiterates commitment to investigating Lockerbie after al-Megrahi appeal fails - Scottish Legal News
  • For 50 years, zero tolerance to drugs has failed – yet Britain refuses to change - The 1971 Misuse of Drugs Act has needlessly criminalised thousands of people, and done nothing to tackle abuse
  • Early case meetings receive mixed reception in Aberdeen - Scottish Legal News
  • Naomi Cunningham: Measures to increase female representation in Parliament – who can benefit? - Scottish Legal News
  • B&Q employee fails to establish liability after cutting hand with safety knife - Scottish Legal News
  • Cognitive diversity – why it should be top of your list in 2021 - Legal Futures
  • Pandemic “cut legal job vacancies by 60%” - Legal Futures
  • Treasury cool on renewed call to extend SDLT holiday - Legal Futures 
  • High Court rejects “unmeritorious claim” against barrister - Legal Futures
  • Transparency failures put three firms in the dock - Legal Futures
  • Nóra Quoirin: An inquest into the death of a teenager who went missing during a holiday in Malaysia has left several questions unanswered, her family has said 
  • The National Rifle Association of America, the nation's foremost gun lobby, has filed for bankruptcy, according court documents filed Friday in the Northern District of Texas #US
  • Manhattan district attorney's office has expanded its criminal investigation into the Trump Organization's finances to include the family's compound in Westchester County, according to lawyers #US
  • Outrage after #Mexico exonerates ex-defense minister in drug case - Gen Salvador Cienfuegos was arrested last October for allegedly shielding a conspiracy to smuggle drugs into the US
  • Partner of #Norwegian ex-minister jailed over faked attacks on home
  • How many waves will it take for Britain's lockdown sceptics to finally call it a day?
  • An anti-tax group funded primarily by billionaires has emerged as one of the biggest backers of the Republican lawmakers who sought to overturn the #US election results
  • Should you keep using WhatsApp? Plus five tips to start the year with your digital privacy intact
  • #US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says lawmakers who aided in Capitol attack may be prosecuted
  • #Tunisia: Struggle for justice and reparation continues for victims 10 years after the revolution
  • Human rights whistleblower claims UN wants to fire her - Emma Reilly tweets rights body wants her out for saying it shares names with #Chinese officials; UN says claim is 'false'
  • The Daily Telegraph must publish a correction over a "significantly misleading" column written by Toby Young, press regulator Ipso has ruled
  • Police probes compromised after computer records deleted
  • Swedish trial paves the way for accountability for #Iran’s human rights violations


16th January - Law News

Edition 3307: LawNewsIndex is a UK based daily legal news archive on Law, Lawyers, Law Firms, Justice, Jurisprudence, Legislation, Litigation, Legal Ethics & Human Rights since 2011.   

 Today's Highlighted Video Story: Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra today protested outside Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal's official residence today, in solidarity with those farmers who have been protesting against the central government's recently introduced agricultural laws. Representatives of the farmers, who have been protesting against these laws for over 50 days, are today meeting government officials to discuss ways to break the deadlock.

Saturday Conversations on Law
  • UK: Human Rights Act review launches call for evidence - Irish Legal News
  • #US Police officers who were targeted by a pro-Trump mob have been speaking out about the "medieval battle" that unfolded on the steps of the Capitol and inside the halls of American democracy last week
  • The UK is to close all travel corridors from Monday morning to "protect against the risk of as yet unidentified new strains" of Covid, the PM has said
  • Disabled people 'left behind' in Covid-19 planning - Irish Legal News
  • New book explores influence of factors beyond the law on judicial decisions - Irish Legal News
  • NI: Judicial review over hospital waiting lists to go ahead - Irish Legal News
  • NI: Draft strategy aims to pull women and girls away from offending - Irish Legal News 
  • Takeover talks end for claims firm as potential buyer backs out | Law Gazette
  • Linklaters pay gaps widen despite diversity efforts | Law Gazette
  • Barrister ordered to cover 40% of firm’s negligence payout | Law Gazette
  • A man accused of allegedly tricking a 92-year-old woman out of £160 for a fake coronavirus vaccination has been charged with fraud and common assault
  • #Dutch Rutte government resigns over child welfare fraud scandal 
  • Scottish judges have rejected a third appeal on behalf of the Libyan man convicted of the Lockerbie bombing
  • New laws for Welsh shoppers and staff are to be introduced after "significant evidence" coronavirus is being spread in supermarkets, the first minister has said 
  • Plastic surgeons have expressed shock at the stabbing of "one of the most highly regarded and respected surgeons" Graeme Perks, in their profession. He was stabbed in the abdomen and chest during a break-in at his house in Nottinghamshire
  • SRA transparency clampdown begins with action against two firms | Law Gazette
  • Bail reforms expected to reduce number of suspects 'released under investigation' | Law Gazette 
  • Lawyers condemn QC prosecuting pro-democracy activists | Law Gazette
  • SDT drops case against A&O partner due to health fears | Law Gazette 
  • UK action over slavery supply chain must be extended - Scottish Legal News
  • Fake news 'causing UK South Asians to reject Covid jab'
  • Covid: UK's ban on South America and Portugal travellers comes into force
  • Technical issue resolved after '150,000 police records lost'
  • Insurers must pay small firms for Covid lockdown losses - The Supreme Court found in favour of small firms receiving payments from business interruption insurance policies
  • England: Reform of mental health law to give people ‘more control’ over treatment - Scottish Legal News
  • Employers encouraged to act on signs of domestic abuse - Scottish Legal News
  • DWF announces new global operating structure - Scottish Legal News 
  • Government rejects report it will lower workers' rights post-Brexit - Business secretary has denied claims EU-based employment laws such as 48-hour week will be axed 
  • MPs question Tory donor tipped for CPS inspector post - Andrew Cayley defends suitability for role after giving £10,000 during the 2019 general election 
  • The #US Capitol riot risks supercharging a new age of political repression
  • Three victims of trafficking and modern slavery to sue Biffa - The claimants were moved from Poland to the UK and placed in work with waste firm 
  • NI: TLT makes alliance with Belgian law firm GSJ advocaten - Irish Legal News
  • Small businesses are eagerly awaiting a Supreme Court ruling on insurance payouts for those forced to close during the first national lockdown 
  • Sports lawyer Patrick Conliffe to lead Quantum Sport Ireland - Irish Legal News
  • Maples and Calder appoints financial services regulatory partner Lorna Smith - Irish Legal News 
  • There are two justice systems in #America. Ask my nephew, Jacob Blake