17th January - Law News

Edition 3674: 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: Thousands of protesters from the ‘Kill the Bill’ and Youth Climate Action movements took to the Bristol streets to demonstrate against two equally controversial bills – the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, and the Nationality and Borders Bill – that are being debated in the House of Lords.

 Focus of the Day Article: Sole practitioners are swapping private practice for consultancy at larger firms in increasing numbers due to rising professional indemnity insurance (PII) premiums, research shows. Full story - New Law Journal

Saturday Conversations on Law

  • Concern for UK security as anti-vaxxer groups evolve towards US-style militias - Counter-terrorism officials are monitoring movement amid military-style training and lurch towards violent extremism
  • Liverpool John Moores law grad jailed over £1 million drugs trafficking conspiracy - Legal Cheek
  • POCSO Act: Supreme Court issues notice on schoolteacher's plea challenging Madras High Court conviction 
  • The Criminal Bar Association (CBA) is polling its members on taking direct action or ‘as a minimum’ adopting a no returns policy should ministers fail to commit to increase fees | NLJ
  • The Weekly Round-Up: Colston Four acquitted, the new offence of breastfeeding voyeurism, and the Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme - UK Human Rights Blog J
  • GDL providers take different approaches to exams in response to Omicron spread - Legal Cheek
  • "In these stones horizons sing"
  • The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is delighted to share with you that the next CPS Legal Trainee Scheme (LTS) is open for applications | NLJ
  • Best of Law Pod UK 2021 - UK Human Rights Blog 
  • MI5 issues warning about SRA-regulated solicitor working as 'agent' for Chinese Communist Party - Legal Cheek
  • Nextbike resumes in Cardiff after vandalism and thefts - Stations have been closed in Cardiff at Brachdy Road, Stacey Road, Newport Road, and Star Hub, Splott
  • The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is delighted to share with you that the next CPS Legal Trainee Scheme (LTS) is open for applications | NLJ
  • [COVID-19] Kerala High Court decides to revert to online hearing from January 17 | Bar & Bench #India 
  • PIL filed before Bombay High Court to implement e-stamping in Maharashtra | Bar & Bench #India 
  • BBC licence fee to be abolished in 2027 and funding frozen: Government announcement will force broadcaster to close services and make further redundancies 
  • ‘Dismay’ at Cambridge University decision to axe prisoner scheme after terror attack - Penal reformers and ex-offenders criticise decision to halt programme in wake of Fishmongers’ Hall deaths
  • The best legal work and study set-ups from across social media - Legal Cheek
  • What is Operation Red Meat? Boris Johnson’s plan to rescue his premiership explained 
  • A hostage taker who detained four people at a synagogue in a suburb of Dallas, Texas, was a British citizen, reports say. The man interrupted a morning service in Colleyville on Saturday and has since died
  • Linklaters narrows gender pay gap - Legal Cheek 
  • ‘Minimal’ activity such as offering subscriptions in the UK is enough to make a US online magazine subject to the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), the Court of Appeal has held in a landmark case | NLJ 
  • British man made stateless by Home Office has citizenship reinstated: The plight of the father of three, stranded in Bangladesh since 2017, foreshadows the dangers of the nationality bill now before parliament 
  • Langwith Junction, murder probe after woman, 88, found in house - Officers were called by paramedics at 09:30 GMT on Saturday to a house in Station Road, Langwith Junction, and found the couple
  • ‘There is so much we can do that is not necessarily taught at law school’ - Lawyers Weekly
  • Novak Djokovic is set to be deported from #Australia after losing a last-ditch court bid to stay in the country. Judges rejected his challenge to the government's decision to cancel the unvaccinated player's visa on "health and good order" grounds
  • 'When is the best time to specify my preferred NQ department?' - Legal Cheek 
  • Sole practitioners are swapping private practice for consultancy at larger firms in increasing numbers due to rising professional indemnity insurance (PII) premiums, research shows | NLJ
  • Jamaican authorities have arrested a former #Haitian senator who is a prime suspect in the murder of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse. John Joel Joseph was arrested on Friday, Jamaica Constabulary Force spokesman Dennis Brooks said
  • Virtual student event NEXT WEEK: How to secure pupillage - with Gatehouse Chambers, Henderson Chambers and Radcliffe Chambers - Legal Cheek 
  • Prince Harry is seeking a judicial review against the refusal of the Home Office to allow him to personally pay for police protection when in the UK. The Duke of Sussex says his private security team does not have adequate jurisdiction abroad
  • Meet the ULaw student sharing his hilarious law school struggles on TikTok - Legal Cheek 
  • Prince Andrew will no longer be ‘HRH’ – and that is now the least of his worries
  • Get to grips with crypto and blockchain, top judge tells lawyers - Legal Cheek 
  • Police in the #US state of Texas are negotiating with a man who has taken several hostages at a synagogue in the town of Colleyville. One hostage was freed late on Saturday, police said. He was unharmed and no other injuries have been reported 
  • How #Lebanon’s antiquated citizenship laws deny stateless people and their children basic rights and welfare J
  • Beauchamps appoints five new partners | Irish Legal News 
  • [BREAKING] Alapan Bandyopadhyay moves Delhi High Court challenging CAT principal Bench order | Bar & Bench #India


16th January - Law News

Edition 3673: 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: Tennis star Novak Djokovic faces deportation after Australia cancels visa for second time. Australian government says Djokovic may pose public health risk because he is unvaccinated. Australian immigration minister says it is in the public interest to cancel his visa. An Australian court quashed an earlier attempt by Canberra to revoke the tennis star's visa. Novak Djokovic arrived in Melbourne last week to defend his Australian open title.

Saturday Conversations on Law

  • Court of Appeal overturns 'Traveller injunctions' ruling | Law Gazette
  • Lindsay Montgomery appointed lay member of Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland | Scottish Legal News
  • The man who received the world's first pig heart transplant once stabbed a man seven times leaving him paralysed, his victim's family have revealed. David Bennett, 57, was convicted of the 1988 stabbing of Edward Shumaker
  • Weightmans and RadcliffesLeBrasseur reveal advanced merger talks | Law Gazette
  • Lewis Silkin appoints associates in Dublin and Belfast | Irish Legal News 
  • Novak Djokovic's chances of winning a record 21 Grand Slams hinge on an imminent decision by a court in #Australia. The Federal Court will hear his appeal after the government cancelled his visa for the second time this month on grounds of public interest 
  • A barrister who lied about his earnings to reduce the amount of tax he paid has been jailed for 21 months after HMRC investigators compared his VAT declarations with those of his chambers | Law Gazette
  • Nadine Martin made legal director at Gibson Kerr Solicitors | Scottish Legal News
  • Crypto: Let’s party like it’s 1996 | Law Gazette
  • Police Ombudsman identifies ‘collusive behaviours’ in RUC handling of UDA/UFF attacks | Irish Legal News
  • Landmark ‘secondary victims’ cases heading for Supreme Court | Law Gazette
  • A couple who were fined £70 for visiting Asda twice on the same day have issued a stark warning to other shoppers. They were accused of staying in Asda's car park for nearly six hours after a camera error
  • Law firm launches collective action against Facebook on behalf of 44m users - Legal Futures
  • Firm’s £3m claim against former client reduced to £21,000 | Law Gazette 
  • Former World Seniors champion Peter Lines has been fined £2,500 after accusing Xiao Guodong of cheating and challenging him to a fight. Lines was angered by an incident in his 4-3 loss to China's Xiao in a qualifier for the 2021 Northern Ireland Open
  • Callan Tansey expands into Limerick | Irish Legal News
  • Los Angeles railway littered with thousands of parcels stolen from trains #US
  • Lawyers for the woman accusing Prince Andrew of sexual assault are seeking testimony from two people in the UK, according to court documents. Virginia Giuffre's legal team want Robert Olney, the prince's former assistant, to provide a statement
  • Putting health and wellbeing first at a time of seismic change | Law Gazette
  • Clinical negligence, a changing market - part 1 - Legal Futures
  • Solicitor’s latest attempt to be restored to the roll rejected by SDT | Law Gazette 
  • Labour peers to oppose amendments to police and crime bill - Move means late changes focusing on powers to control protests could be voted down in House of Lords 
  • Professor Jo Shaw appointed head of Edinburgh Law School | Scottish Legal News
  • Unsealed claim forms were not good service, Court of Appeal rules | Law Gazette
  • Pearson and CILEX to begin work on creating legal services T-Level - Legal Futures
  • Former Syrian official jailed for life for crimes against humanity | Scottish Legal News
  • Struck-off solicitor accuses SDT of Islamophobia in bid to return to profession - Legal Futures
  • CPS proposes new guidance on 'mercy killings' | Law Gazette
  • England: Prosecutors less likely to pursue mercy killings under proposed guidance | Scottish Legal News 
  • Solicitor named in Westminster ‘influence buying’ alert | Law Gazette 
  • An American fugitive believed to have faked his own death is facing extradition after being arrested in hospital in Glasgow. Nicholas Rossi, 34, was wanted by Interpol and faces a charge of rape in Utah in the #US


15th January - Law News

Edition 3672: 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: A court in Kerala on Friday acquitted Roman Catholic Bishop Franco Mulakkal of the charges of raping a nun in a convent in the southern state, triggering emotional reactions from nuns who support the survivor, while the jubilant priest urged followers to "praise the lord and be happy".

Saturday Conversations on Law

  • Investors sue Kim Kardashian and Floyd Mayweather Jr over crypto scheme - Class action lawsuit alleges celebrities and EthereumMax executives made ‘false and misleading statements’
  • How will the police and crime bill limit the right to protest? - Priti Patel says changes in protest tactics mean new measures are needed but critics says plans are ‘oppressive and wrong’
  • Philip Lee promotes Inez Cullen to corporate partner | Irish Legal News
  • Linklaters narrows gender and ethnicity pay gaps | Law Gazette
  • Squalor of Sheffield autistic man's attic 'prison' revealed in picture - Matthew Langley, 22, was left "close to death" after being locked in the attic room for seven months
  • Increased repression and violence a sign of weakness, says Human Rights Watch 
  • A former Covid taskforce chief hosted leaving drinks in the Cabinet Office in December 2020, it has emerged. Kate Josephs worked for the unit, responsible for drawing up coronavirus restrictions, before she became chief executive of Sheffield City Council 
  • Jailing of Syrian intelligence officer ‘step towards justice’, say former detainees - Anwar Raslan’s conviction in Germany sends signal that Assad regime systematically uses torture, say detention system survivors
  • Law firm worker was not entitled to his offered bonus, tribunal rules | Law Gazette
  • MBM Commercial advises on management buy out for Highland Forestry | Scottish Legal News
  • Extinction Rebellion activists cleared over London rush hour disruption: Jury decision over 2019 action is the latest acquittal involving a high-profile protest 
  • Next cuts sick pay for unvaccinated staff who are self-isolating
  • Windrush descendants lose high court fight to expand scheme: Court rejects case brought by four people who arrived in UK as adults to join family members
  • High Court dismisses JR over immigration detainees’ legal advice | Law Gazette 
  • More than a dozen #Ukrainian government websites went down on Friday, in a cyber-attack that also targeted embassies. The foreign and education ministries were among those hit, along with embassies in the UK, US and Sweden. Russia is yet to comment
  • Suspicion of opening foreign bank account, investing in foreign company not grounds to stop person from travelling abroad: Delhi High Court | Bar & Bench #India 
  • Vigils are to be held across the island of #Ireland on Friday in memory of murdered teacher Ashling Murphy. The 23-year-old was attacked on the banks of the Grand Canal outside Tullamore, County Offaly, on Wednesday afternoon and died at the scene 
  • Landmark legislation which would establish a new watchdog to regulate online services has been published by the government | Irish Legal News
  • Downing Street has apologised to Buckingham Palace for two staff parties in No 10 the night before Prince Philip's funeral. The gatherings, first reported by The Telegraph, took place on 16 April 2021 and went on until the early hours
  • Next week's court appearance of Anne Sacoolas over the death of motorcyclist Harry Dunn has been postponed. Mr Dunn, 19, died in a crash with a car near RAF Croughton, Northamptonshire, on 27 August 2019
  • Farmers given right to buy tenancies in Crown Estate pilot | Scottish Legal News
  • Firm fined for dumping 1,200 unallocated payments into holding account | Law Gazette
  • #Australia has revoked tennis star Novak Djokovic's visa for a second time in a row over his right to remain in the country unvaccinated. The decision on "health and good order" grounds means he could be deported and get a three-year visa ban
  • Legislation putting the Construction Industry Register Ireland (CIRI) on a statutory footing and requiring builders to register with it has been published | Irish Legal News
  • Litigation funder went under owing £43m to its backer, administrator reveals | Law Gazette
  • Dawn Robertson joins BTO in Edinburgh | Scottish Legal News 
  • #German court jails former Syrian intelligence officer for life - Anwar Raslan found to have overseen murder of at least 27 people and torture of at least 4,000 at Damascus prison
  • Legal rights group FLAC has reported a “significant increase” in family law queries to its helpline since Christmas | Irish Legal News
  • Two men have been charged in connection with the death of a girl after a boat crashed during a sightseeing trip. Emily Lewis, 15, was fatally injured in the excursion, off Southampton, on 22 August 2020
  • Londoners told to reduce physical activity on Friday due to pollution: Government advises older people and those with lung or heart issues to avoid strenuous activity altogether
  • A young teacher, Ashling Murphy, who was murdered in Tullamore, County Offaly, is not believed to have known her killer, gardaí (Irish police) have said #Ireland
  • #US supreme court blocks Biden’s workplace vaccine-or-test rules
  • Weightmans LLP and RadcliffesLeBrasseur LLP to merge | Scottish Legal News
  • Prince Andrew: Why the military titles and royal patronages meant so much
  • Failure to prosecute over boy’s drowning in Welsh river ‘irrational’, court told - Mother of 13-year-old Christopher Kapessa, who died in 2019, mounts judicial review against DPP decision
  • The #Netherlands' King Willem-Alexander has announced that Dutch royals will cease using a historic golden carriage amid a debate over slavery links, the horse-drawn carriage, called De Gouden Koets, is decorated with an image that glorifies colonialism
  • Now we know No 10 broke the rules, Britain needs an amnesty on Covid fines
  • In pictures… New trainees at Balfour and Manson | Scottish Legal News