7th May - Law News

Edition 3419: 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: Police have arrested a truck driver over a serious crash in Melbourne's Southbank, where five pedestrians were hit. All were taken to hospital, with two in critical conditions.

  Focus of the Day Article:
Bar Council says there is “no evidence” for Lord Chancellor’s claim that courts are overreaching. Full story - The Barrister Mag
Saturday Conversations on Law
  • John Maillie re-elected location head for DAC Beachcroft in Scotland - Scottish Legal News 
  • Nicola Sturgeon was involved in a tense confrontation with a far-right candidate as she campaigned near a polling station in Glasgow. The SNP leader was praised on social media for how she handled an approach from a former deputy leader of Britain First
  • Andy Knox appointed national legal services manager at Shelter Scotland - Scottish Legal News
  • TLT announces promotions in Scotland - Scottish Legal News
  • Lord Justice Treacy has been appointed to the Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission (NIJAC) for a five-year term - Irish Legal News
  • War averted, UK ships prepare to leave Jersey after dispute over fishing rights
  • A witness has told a trial she feared ex-footballer Dalian Atkinson had died after a police officer repeatedly "stamped" on his head. The former Aston Villa star died in 2016 after a stand-off with police outside his father's home in Telford
  • A 16-year-old boy has been charged with the murder of a father of four who was stabbed to death while he was believed to be helping another man. James Gibbons, 34, was attacked at Iris Mews, Laindon, near Basildon in Essex
  • Childish Gambino is being sued for copyright infringement over his Grammy Award-winning rap song This Is America. Emelike Nwosuocha, a rapper who performs as Kidd Wes, claims the song copied his track Made In America, which was released two years earlier 
  • #Germany has voiced opposition to a US-backed proposal to waive patents on Covid-19 vaccines, saying they were not hindering production of the jabs
  • NI: New chairperson and four new members for Labour Relations Agency - Irish Legal News
  • MHC: Businesses most concerned about staff as source of data breaches - Irish Legal News
  • Lorna Hale, an associate at Drummond Miller LLP: Reflections on lockdown – A new mum’s perspective - Scottish Legal News
  • Brian Moore named head of Dentons’ corporate law division - Scottish Legal News
  • Family lawyers have welcomed moves towards clearing the backlog of judicial separation and divorce cases in Dublin - Irish Legal News 
  • FREE: Human rights and the environment – new online course for legal professionals - Scottish Legal News
  • Retired civil servant who tripped on ramp outside Edinburgh supermarket wins over £11,000 in damages - Scottish Legal News
  • McCann FitzGerald names six new partners - Irish Legal News
  • Byron burger death: No damages payout for Owen Carey's family
  • Lisa Broderick re-elected as head of DAC Beachcroft in Ireland - Irish Legal News
  • Trial set for "most serious allegations" made against solicitors in civil courts - Legal Futures
  • CLT’s Employment Conference tackles return to work issues - Scottish Legal News 
  • Mayra Zulfiqar shooting: London woman killed in #Pakistan had warned police in Lahore her life was in danger less than two weeks before her murder
  • EAT upholds ‘worker’ status for barrister tribunal chair - Legal Futures 
  • Supreme Court: Admissibility of surveillance audio recordings upheld against convicted IRA members - Irish Legal News
  • The NHS is revising the booking system for Covid-19 jabs in England after complaints that it could reveal individuals' vaccination status
  • Linklaters to elect its first female leader | Law Gazette
  • Latest deal for law firm consolidator as M&A rumbles on - Legal Futures
  • Armagh solicitor Kieran J. Morgan has passed away, less than two years after his retirement from private practice - Irish Legal News
  • Relatives of a woman caught up in the Windrush scandal can apply for permission to live in Britain without paying thousands of pounds in fees, the High Court has ruled
  • How is your internal weather today? - Legal Futures
  • Sir Frederick Barclay ordered to pay estranged wife £100m. Daily Telegraph owner criticised by high court judge for ‘reprehensible’ behaviour during divorce battle 
  • Supreme Court Requests View of Solicitor General in American Axle v. Neapco | McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP #US
  • NI: Consultation opens on funding mediation through legal aid in non-family civil cases - Irish Legal News
  • Law firm gunnercooke launches in Scotland - Scottish Legal News 
  • NI: Solicitor Dr Muiris Ó Céidigh appointed to Mutual Energy - Irish Legal News
  • 'Insane delusions': bitter wills dispute adjourned by court | Law Gazette 
  • Prime Minister Boris Johnson is planning to amend the U.K.’s treason laws to prosecute citizens who travel abroad to join terrorist groups such as Daes
  • #Australian man launches legal challenge to India travel ban, as number of vulnerable citizens rises
  • Bill Gates hires Warren Buffett adviser’s legal team in ‘no pre-nup’ divorce from wife Melinda 
  • Former Lord Advocate Dame Elish Angiolini has been appointed as the new chair of Reprieve’s board of trustees - Scottish Legal News
  • Lawyer Puwayi Chiutsi is facing de-registration on the recommendation of the Law Society of #Zimbabwe after a disciplinary tribunal found he abused trust funds amounting to US$70 000 and sold an immovable property under judicial attachment
  • Thousands battle against homes plan on Derby's green belt - Residents opposing the scheme have fundraised to hire legal services to help fight their cause
  • Scandinavia reviews our legal market | Law Gazette
  • More trafficking victims facing forcible removal from UK under rule change. Rights groups warn many more survivors face being locked up after MPs back Home Office change 
  • Firms rebound after market shrinks by 4% | Law Gazette
  • Moir and Sweeney Litigation to represent CRER in Sheku Bayoh Inquiry - Scottish Legal News
  • Court to hear challenge to UK’s Down syndrome abortion law in July 
  • City firm loses cyber-snooping appeal | Law Gazette
  • International network buys stake in second UK law firm | Law Gazette 
  • Alan Rusbridger is a member of Facebook’s oversight board. He reveals the inside story of how the board reached the Facebook-Trump verdict
  • Courts attrition crisis as £17,000-a-year ushers shun service | Law Gazette
  • UN raises serious human rights concerns over #Australia’s India travel ban
  • Former Irwin Mitchell duo fly solo | Law Gazette
  • Julie Harris of Allan McDougall Solicitors explains the details of a liability case in the All-Scotland Sheriff Personal Injury Court - Scottish Legal News
  • Hundreds of Windrush victi ms waiting over a year for compensation | Law Gazette
  • Human rights to gain place in #Japan's corporate governance code
  • European Commission deals blow to UK's Lugano hopes | Law Gazette 
  • The #US has thrown its support behind an initiative at the World Trade Organization (WTO) to waive intellectual property protections for coronavirus vaccines
  • Human rights panel to weigh transboundary mining concerns in Alaska, #US 
  • #Pakistan police search for two men suspected of killing UK law graduate. Mayra Zulfiquar, 24, from London, found dead in rented flat in Lahore



6th May - Law News

Edition 3418: 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:
This story, split between Guatemala and Florida, offers a firsthand look at the continuing trauma of the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” separation policy.

  Focus of the Day Article:
UK solicitors based in Paris can continue advising on English and international law in the wake of Brexit, the French authorities have confirmed. After several months of negotiation, the National Council of French Bar Associations (Conseil National des Barreaux) and the French government have concluded that the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement – ratified by members of the European Parliament last week – enables UK lawyers to register as 'foreign legal consultants'. Full story - The Law Society Gazette
Saturday Conversations on Law
  • Kim Kardashian, reality TV star named in US court papers over relic bought in her name and sought by #Italian authorities
  • Four bars warn against widespread use of remote hearings after Covid - Irish Legal News
  • Session Cases At 200: Lord Ericht reflects on the significance of the cases that topped the Session Cases poll - Scottish Legal News
  • Former Arsenal and #Germany keeper Jens Lehmann has been sacked from his role on Hertha Berlin's board after sending a Whatsapp message to pundit Dennis Aogo calling him a "quota black guy"
  • Manchester City and England forward Raheem Sterling has received racist abuse on social media. It comes two days after English football's four-day boycott of social media, in response to ongoing online abuse, came to an end
  • Environmental campaigners suspect a #Liechtenstein prince shot dead probably the biggest bear alive in the EU on a hunting expedition in Romania in March. They say Prince Emanuel von und zu Liechtenstein had been granted a permit to shoot a female bear
  • UK travellers returning from "red list" countries are flying home via Turkey to avoid hefty hotel quarantine fees. Passengers are breaking their journey in Istanbul, and staying in hotels there for a fraction of the cost they would have to pay in Britain 
  • Stephen O’Rourke QC: The importance of the Advocates Library - Scottish Legal News
  • Donoghue v Stevenson has been voted the top Session Case in a poll by the Scottish Council of Law Reporting to mark the bicentenary of the UK’s oldest law reports - Scottish Legal News
  • Anti-money laundering and white collar crime bills clear Oireachtas - Irish Legal News
  • Publishing company defrauded of over £193,000 fail to appeal decision that ex-employee was not liable for damages - Scottish Legal News
  • Peloton, which had ramped up his advertising campaign over lockdown, has recalled treadmills in the US and UK over a series of safety issues following investigations by a US watchdog
  • Dalian Atkinson: Two police officers "colluded" in their account of what happened after the death of the former Aston Villa footballer, a court has heard
  • Donald Trump's ban from Facebook and Instagram has been upheld by Facebook's Oversight Board. But it criticised the permanent nature of the ban as beyond the scope of Facebook's normal penalties
  • Northern Ireland: Working group to consider how to reduce number of non-jury trials - Scottish Legal News
  • #Australian government urged to press Saudis to reveal whereabouts of extradited citizen
  • My legal life: Mark Blois, Browne Jacobson - Profile | Law Gazette
  • Barristers and retired judge back new online commercial arbitration service - Irish Legal News
  • Male employee’s shared parental leave not comparable to female adoption leave - Scottish Legal News 
  • How will we persuade the politicians of the future to fund the justice system properly? Start teaching law to schoolchildren, new Law Society president I. Stephanie Boyce tells us
  • Investors back start-up that turns collaborating lawyers into virtual firm - Legal Futures
  • France allows UK lawyers to keep practising post-Brexit | Law Gazette 
  • Entrepreneur with “strong views on breastfeeding” unfairly dismissed lawyer - Legal Futures
  • Quarter of Scottish businesses expect to reduce office footprint - Scottish Legal News
  • A Catalan separatist leader, Jordi Cuixart, is serving a nine-year prison sentence for supporting a failed independence bid in his #Spanish region. His supporters say he should not be in prison at all
  • Global network targets London with second UK law firm acquisition - Legal Futures
  • 'Markedly inferior': Bar councils warn against virtual justice | Law Gazette
  • Nearly 40 UK food businesses have threatened to stop sourcing products from Brazil over proposed land reforms
  • High Court: Refusal of protection for applicants claiming political violence quashed due to being 'marred by unreasonableness' - Irish Legal News
  • Immigration and civil litigation hit hardest by Covid-19 - Legal Futures 
  • Woman loses nearly £113k in dating site romance fraud
  • Several employees of a pharmaceutical company have been arrested in #Indonesia for allegedly washing and reselling used Covid nasal swab test kits
  • Right to work – right to change policy now? - Scottish Legal News
  • Pressure Mounts to Lift Patent Protections on Coronavirus Vaccines #US
  • Home support providers to be required to hold a license - Irish Legal News
  • Listed firm adds 138 fee earners with £11.5m acquisition | Law Gazette 
  • New drive to liberalise India’s legal market | Law Gazette
  • Lawyer of the Month: Janys Scott QC - Scottish Legal News
  • Joe O'Malley takes up leadership of Hayes Solicitors - Irish Legal News 
  • European Commission deals blow to UK's Lugano hopes | Law Gazette 
  • The rights of care home residents to have visits from loved ones must be "underpinned" by law, according to a new report by cross-party MPs
  • Former #Australian cricketer Stuart MacGill was abducted and released in a kidnapping in Sydney last month. Four people have been arrested in connection
  • Community Law & Mediation to launch employment and equality guides - Irish Legal News
  • He was convicted of murder 20 years ago – but could new evidence give an alibi for Omar? Despite being convicted and jailed almost 20 years ago, Omar Benguit has always said he's not guilty of murder. Could new evidence provide him with an alibi?
  • George Floyd killer Derek Chauvin asks for new trial #US
  • Gary Baines made partner at MacRoberts - Scottish Legal News
  • Child marriage ‘thriving in UK’ due to legal loophole, warn rights groups
  • NI: Shoosmiths launches traineeship programme in Northern Ireland - Irish Legal News
  • #Kenya's police watchdog has begun an investigation into reports that a baby died after officers on curfew duty refused to let a taxi go to hospital


5th May - Law News

Edition 3417: 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:
Republican pollster Frank Luntz discusses how to convince skeptical Trump voters to get vaccinated.

  Focus of the Day Article:
Immigration and civil litigation were the two areas of legal practice hit hardest by the pandemic last year, with private client and family law “insulated” from the impact, new research has found. Demand for immigration work declined by 47%, while criminal litigation held up much better than civil – with demand falling by 7% compared to 35% for civil. Full story - Legal Futures
Saturday Conversations on Law
  • Plea in Sikkim High Court seeks ED probe, audit into conduct of lotteries in Sikkim | Bar & Bench #India 
  • Three Colorado Officers Resign After Arrest of Woman With Dementia #US
  • #Mexican authorities have promised a full investigation into the collapse of a metro overpass in Mexico City, as questions mount over the line's safety 
  • Bar Council reaction to court sitting days boost – The Barrister Magazine 
  • Post Office Horizon scandal - Where weren’t the lawyers? | Law Gazette
  • The French government has voiced anger over what it calls new UK fishing rules in the Channel and warns it could cut electricity to Jersey in response
  • A man has been charged over a protest against Manchester United's owners, which took place outside a hotel where the team's players were staying
  • Charities including Barnardo's claim Under-18 marriages contribute to sexual violence and domestic abuse, and want to ban under-18s marrying in England and Wales
  • Secret #Australian prosecution ‘unprecedented’ and must never happen again, watchdog told
  • Nine-partner boost for Brodies - Scottish Legal News
  • Bar Council ‘disappointed’ at lack of action on legal help for domestic abuse cases – The Barrister Magazine 
  • Four bars warn against widespread use of remote hearings after Covid - Scottish Legal News 
  • Bar Council backs Charter for Black Talent – The Barrister Magazine 
  • Independence campaigner loses appeal on Scottish Parliament’s competence to independently legislate for indyref2 - Scottish Legal News 
  • As Body Cameras Become Commonplace, a Debate Over When to Release the Footage #US
  • A farmer in #Belgium has caused a stir after inadvertently redrawing the country's border with France. A local history enthusiast was walking in the forest when he noticed the stone marking the boundary between the two countries had moved 2.29m (7.5ft)
  • A police officer Tasered an ex-footballer for six times longer than is standard before kicking him twice in the head, a jury has heard. PC Benjamin Monk is charged with the murder of Dalian Atkinson during an altercation in Shropshire in 2016 
  • Actor Adam Deacon says he was the accused director Noel Clarke's 'victim' - Deacon claimed to have been Clarke's "victim" for 15 years and said his mental health had suffered as a result 
  • Two former paratroopers accused of the murder of an Official IRA man in 1972 have been formally acquitted after their trial collapsed. Joe McCann, 24, was shot in disputed circumstances in Joy Street in the Markets area of Belfast in April 1972 
  • Retired solicitors bond amid SIF closure fears | Law Gazette 
  • S&G lawyer wins unfair dismissal claim - but no damages - Legal Futures 
  • UK likely to give green light for travel to fewer than 10 EU countries 
  • Knights enters Sheffield in deal number 13 for listed consolidator - Legal Futures
  • Bar Council: Reform of Mental Health Act is chance to enshrine equality – The Barrister Magazine
  • Barrister fined for submitting misleading witness statement - Legal Futures
  • Schillings dives into ‘deep web’ with US tech startup | Law Gazette 
  • Concerns mount over use of review websites to judge quality of lawyers - Legal Futures 
  • Prosecutors will consider whether to charge a man arrested on suspicion of murdering a guest at entertainer Michael Barrymore's home in 2001. Stuart Lubbock, 31, died in hospital after being found unconscious in the TV presenter's pool
  • Plea filed in Delhi High Court to stop all IPL matches, use Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium as COVID care centres | Bar & Bench #India
  • EAC Constitutional Experts Interface with Judiciary Chiefs #Uganda 
  • Gender recognition certificate fee cut from £140 to £5
  • Leading chambers back on board with leading software – The Barrister Magazine
  • That is a loophole the government is apparently planning to fill. A bill to be announced next week will make it easier for the UK to expel undeclared ‘illegals | Law Gazette
  • News of death not negative: Delhi High Court dismisses PIL to regulate "negativity" due to COVID-19 reporting | Bar & Bench #India
  • Pub and restaurant bosses lose legal fight over England Covid closures - High court judge dismisses attempt to bring forward indoor reopenings
  • The judiciary is not the UK government’s enemy
  • Disaster Management Act, Epidemic Diseases Act cannot be used to regulate economic aspects of private contracts: Supreme Court | Bar & Bench #India
  • Business and Property Courts in Liverpool gear up for growth – The Barrister Magazine
  • Office of Judiciary calls for legal action against Redem protesters #THailand
  • How a Miami School Became a Beacon for Anti-Vaxxers #US 
  • Armagh man who made false report of being stabbed by wife fined £200 for wasting police time – Defence told court that last week his client was handed a suspended sentence for offences including assault on police
  • Barrister dug up ‘bottles’ in his garden to find they were live WW2 grenades 
  • Young woman spat in police officer's face after they tried to check on her wellbeing
  • Nicola Gillett, an employee at Warwick solicitors celebrates 45 years at firm - and looks back at how things have changed over the years 
  • TurgenSec finds 345,000 files from #Filipino solicitor-general's office were breached