23rd October - Law News

Edition 3587: 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:  Whistleblower Sophie Zhang alleges "Facebook took selective action against fake accounts" in India. She further adds, "only AAP, Congress linked accounts were taken down by Facebook, accounts tied to ruling BJP MP not removed".

Focus of the Day Story: US law firm leasing activity rebounds to highest level since onset of pandemic. Long-term leases and relocations have fuelled a resurgence in leasing activity in Q3, new report shows. Full story - The Global Legal Post
Saturday Conversations on Law
  • Most Britons want assisted dying legalised. Why are MPs too cowardly to do it?
  • Scottish courts used to conduct politics in Article 50 case, says Attorney General - Scottish Legal News 
  • Assad regime ‘siphons millions in aid’ by manipulating #Syria’s currency - Government pocketed half of donations in 2020 as central bank forced UN agencies to use lower exchange rate
  • Dunoon man arrested for assault following petition for warrant refused suspension order by High Court - Scottish Legal News 
  • Two men arrested in Nottingham spiking investigation
  • Gateway open for British tourists injured abroad to sue through UK courts | Irish Legal News 
  • Five police officers are facing misconduct proceedings over messages sent about Sarah Everard's killer Wayne Couzens. The police watchdog said it had carried out two investigations into messages sent on WhatsApp and Signal
  • Widow wins right to sue Cairo hotel in English courts | Law Gazette
  • The man accused of killing the MP David Amess will face trial next year. Ali Harbi Ali, 25, is charged with murder and the preparation of terrorist acts, following the attack a week ago
  • Having lawyer parents boosts job prospects, salaries for law grads
  • Failings by NHS 111 contributed to the death of an autistic teenager, a coroner has ruled. Hannah Royle, 16, suffered a cardiac arrest as she was driven to hospital by her parents after a 111 algorithm failed to notice she was seriously ill
  • St. James’s Place named Law Society of Scotland strategic partner - Scottish Legal News
  • Victims to get more time to report domestic abuse in England and Wales
  • Luxembourg first in Europe to legalise growing and using cannabis - Relaxation is part of government rethink designed to keep users away from illegal market and raise valuable tax revenue
  • New Zealand deal will 'drive collaboration' between regulators | Law Gazette
  • #Bangladesh High Court asks e-commerce platform Evaly customers not to insist for refund in six months
  • SRA leads Agile Nations project to create global legal services market - Legal Futures
  • Police Scotland has been urged by a watchdog to take a “strong and bold” position on equality and diversity - Scottish Legal News
  • Ex-Hong Kong leader calls for China-wide ban of global law firm in statue row - Legal Futures
  • The weekly Law Society Gazette magazine is to go fully digital from 2022. The final print version will be published on 13 December – 119 years on from the magazine’s foundation
  • Delays in bringing whiplash claims "may be tactical, not technical" - Legal Futures
  • Proficiency in English, anger management and other tips by Fali Nariman to become a good lawyer | Bar & Bench #India Oct
  • England and Wales court backlog crisis ‘to go on for several years’. Report says MoJ and and HM Courts and Tribunals Service ‘not yet working towards shared objectives’
  • Retired solicitor struck off for falsifying letter in bid to explain rule breach - Legal Futures
  • Fertility treatment and the legal workplace | Law Gazette 
  • Government will take 18 years to reach rape charges target, data shows - Analysis reveals that at current pace ministers will fall far short of increase promised in England and Wales
  • A woman has died and a man has been injured after actor Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun on a New Mexico film set. Police in the #US state said Mr Baldwin discharged the weapon during filming for the 19th Century western Rust
  • Most whiplash claimants still relying on lawyer for portal | Law Gazette 
  • Wilson Nesbitt announces key promotions | Irish Legal News
  • ‘School-to-prison pipeline’: youth justice services failing black boys - Probation inspectorate finds lack of curiosity behind inaction on youth offending disparities across England
  • Pioneering female barrister Helena Normanton became the 976th recipient of an English Heritage blue plaque at a ceremony in London's Bloomsbury | Law Gazette
  • ECtHR: Bulgaria violated rights of top judge who criticised government - Scottish Legal News
  • 'Claims R Us' portal could transform civil justice, says master of the rolls | Law Gazette 
  • The #US House of Representatives has voted to hold ex-Trump adviser Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress, opening him up to a potential prosecution


22nd October - Law News

Edition 3586: 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:  “I feel violated, I don't understand why they did this” - the words of a young woman who believes she was injected with a date rape drug. Several police forces are investigating similar reports from women. Home Secretary Priti Patel has now asked all forces for an update on the issue, and students have launched an online campaign, Girls Night In, to boycott venues until more measures are put in place to protect people against spiking.

Focus of the Day Story: US law firm leasing activity rebounds to highest level since onset of pandemic. Long-term leases and relocations have fuelled a resurgence in leasing activity in Q3, new report shows. Full story - The Global Legal Post
Saturday Conversations on Law
  • Poland may be deprived of Covid funds over rule of law dispute with EU - Scottish Legal News
  • After two successive landslides killed dozens of people in the northern #Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, people are still reeling from the shock: 'Human greed causing death and destruction in the Himalayas'
  • Sailing in the good ship Law Society | Law Gazette
  • Northern Ireland’s PPS defend Hutchings prosecution - Scottish Legal News
  • Court of Appeal: County council not liable for €113,000 injury due to non-feasance rule for highway authorities | Irish Legal News
  • Russia introduces ‘Orwellian’ metro payment system - Scottish Legal News
  • Megachurch buys Golders Green Hippodrome after mosque plan blocked: Hillsong plans to hold Sunday services at Grade II-listed former theatre after locals objected to Islamic centre
  • Court rejects £150,000 costs cap that would have killed off claims | Law Gazette
  • A British-built robot that uses cameras and a robotic arm to create abstract art has been released after #Egyptian authorities detained it at customs
  • Thorntons welcomes five new solicitors - Scottish Legal News
  • Ali Harbi Ali has been charged with murder and the preparation of terrorist acts after the fatal stabbing of MP David Amess
  • Conservative MPs don't need to wear masks during debates because they know each other, Jacob Rees-Mogg has claimed
  • Bar to clamp down on chambers that keep quiet about fees | Law Gazette 
  • The hot graphic design trends in the legal sector - Legal Futures
  • Germany: Secretary of Stutthof goes on trial for complicity in murder of 11,000 people - Scottish Legal News
  • 'House of brands' group makes first non-legal acquisition - Legal Futures
  • Fraud prosecutors concealed misconduct files in bribery inquiry, court hears
  • Directors and staff at Gateley rake in £11m from share sale - Legal Futures
  • Burness Paull becomes first law firm to use Pawprint for Business - Scottish Legal News
  • Court throws out claim over law firm’s “trivial” data breach - Legal Futures
  • Unfair proceedings ruling over advocate ‘with soft voice and hand in pocket’ | Law Gazette
  • Aryan Khan drug case: Why did Mumbai Sessions Court refuse bail? [READ ORDER] | Bar & Bench #India 
  • The great betrayal: how the Hillsborough families were failed by the justice system
  • ‘Huge win’ for charities as Coalition declines to appeal landmark case - Decision gives sector greater freedom to engage with the political process without threat to funding, advocates say #Australia
  • A 14-year-old boy has been charged with murdering a five-year-old boy who was found dead in a river. Logan Mwangi, also known as Logan Williamson, was discovered in the River Ogmore, Bridgend county, on 31 July
  • Major tax evasion and avoidance schemes have cost governments an estimated €150bn (£127bn) in lost revenues, research shows 
  • SRA needs "radical rethink" to change disproportionate focus on BAME solicitors - Legal Futures
  • Gore & Grimes Solicitors LLP welcomes four new associates | Irish Legal News 
  • The UN Ban on child labour jeopardises right to survive
  • Female #Afghan Judges and Lawyers Now Fear For Their Lives 
  • Consumer panel speaks out over ‘woeful decline’ in justice spending | Law Gazette 
  • A police force is investigating 12 reports of spiking where the victims believe they were injected with a needle. Nottinghamshire Police said victims reported effects that were "consistent with a substance being administered"
  • COP26: Document leak reveals nations lobbying to change key climate report - The leak reveals Saudi Arabia, Japan and Australia are among countries asking the UN to play down the need to move rapidly away from fossil fuels
  • Woman wins right to sue Egyptian hotel in English courts over husband’s death - Lawyers hail judgment as landmark case for English nationals injured or killed abroad
  • Nearly 1,500 arrests in county lines drug dealing crackdown
  • Gateley staff in line for windfall as share scheme matures | Law Gazette 
  • #Egypt detains artist robot Ai-Da before historic pyramid show 
  • NI: 500 local solicitors attend Online Conveyancing Conference 2021 | Irish Legal News
  • Netizens wonder whether Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari and her daughter Imaan actually talk at home #Pakistan 
  • Green signal for railway group action | Law Gazette 
  • Human remains found in search for Gabby Petito fiance Brian Laundrie #US
  • Government tight-lipped on legal aid reforms despite inquiry report | Law Gazette
  • Government taskforce to tackle sharp rise in scams during pandemic - Ofcom research finds 45m people received at least one fraudulent message in last three months


21st October - Law News

Edition 3585: 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:  In Brazil, a congressional inquiry has reportedly recommended President Jair Bolsonaro be charged with crimes against humanity over the handling of the pandemic. The report is the culmination of six months of hearings that have revealed a series of scandals and corruption schemes within the government and the errors that led to hundreds of thousands of deaths.

Focus of the Day Story: An independent legal aid fee review panel, publicly funded training grants and developing robust mechanisms to measure legal need to inform the commissioning of services are just a few of the detailed recommendations made by a cross-party group of MPs following what is believed to be the biggest legal aid inquiry ever conducted. Full story - The Law Society Gazette
Saturday Conversations on Law
  • UK competition watchdog has music streaming in its sights
  • Legal academics defend Professor Kathleen Stock - Scottish Legal News
  • A protester has been arrested for a public order offence after a mock gallows was erected outside Parliament. The action was part of a small anti-vaccine protest
  • A former English National Ballet principal dancer who used his "fame and prestige" to sexually assault his students has been jailed. Yat-Sen Chang, 50, attacked girls and women
  • Terror threat against MPs raised to substantial - home secretary Patel
  • #Morocco bans UK flights due to Covid cases rising
  • Insulate Britain: Injunction banning protests on London's roads extended 
  • New digital platform to be introduced for evidence - Scottish Legal News 
  • European lawmakers and competition authorities focus on tech transactions
  • Court orders that SRA be given access to shut down firm’s files | Law Gazette
  • Facebook and Instagram remove 'magician' who incited murder
  • Woman stabs husband and tells police ‘I admit it all’, footage shows - Penelope Jackson, 66, said she hoped ‘bully’ David Jackson, 78, could not be saved, in video shown to Bristol crown court
  • Lawyers must defend judiciary, senior American judge tells Edinburgh audience - Scottish Legal News
  • Trump files lawsuit to block release of Capitol attack records #US
  • Simpson & Marwick’s David Coutts has become dual accredited in both family and child law by the Law Society of Scotland - Scottish Legal News
  • ‘My friends called him PC Perv’: the police officers who prey on crime victims for sex
  • In the first eight months of 2021, at least 79 girls with disabilities have been subjected to rape in the country, according to a recent report by the National Girl Child Advocacy Forum #Bangladesh
  • Purported assignee of standard security relying on redacted document ruled to have no title to enforce by Glasgow sheriff - Scottish Legal News
  • Soft Law and Externalisation of European Border Management: between Political Effectivity and Legal Validity | Martino Reviglio
  • Rebranded council ABS 'not trying to compete with private practice' | Law Gazette
  • Plain-clothes officers in London will video call a uniformed colleague to confirm their identity when stopping a lone woman, the new system would be introduced after Sarah Everard was murdered by a serving officer who faked an arrest in order to kidnap her 
  • Metaverse “could help law firms with remote working” - Legal Futures 
  • Fleeing Taliban rule, Kabul's last Jew divorces wife over Zoom to be allowed into #Israel
  • Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has gone on trial in #France accused of complicity in an attempt to blackmail fellow footballer Mathieu Valbuena over a sex tape found on his phone
  • Disappointment after government confirmed it would reject almost all the changes made to the Environment Bill by the House of Lords. The changes included a legal duty on water companies to reduce sewage damage to rivers & protection of ancient woodlands 
  • Largest ever legal aid inquiry calls for independent fee review | Law Gazette 
  • MPs and peers urge 25% pay rise for legal aid lawyers - Legal Futures 
  • Two former #German soldiers have been arrested on suspicion of trying to form a terrorist mercenary force to fight in Yemen's civil war, prosecutors say. Arend-Adolf G and Achim A face terrorism charges after police raids in southern Germany on Wednesday 
  • Last week, an #Indian man was given a rare double-life sentence for killing his wife by making a cobra bite her. Soutik Biswas and Ashraf Padanna piece together the events leading to the grisly murder 
  • [Shahjahanpur lawyer murder] UP Bar Council asks Bar Associations to abstain from judicial work on Wednesday | Bar & Bench #India
  • BSB signals tougher approach to transparency rules compliance - Legal Futures
  • #US lawmakers investigating the 6 January Capitol riot have unanimously supported holding top aide of ex-President Donald Trump, Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress
  • Ex-stripper drops ET claim after being refused right to anonymity | Law Gazette
  • A man is being treated in hospital with life-threatening injuries after being stabbed on a night bus in east London. The victim was found just before 01:00 BST on Wednesday, suffering stab wounds on board a Route N25 bus outside Mile End Tube station
  • The Nationality and Borders Bill threatens to create a two-tier asylum system which could result in more unsafe and perilous journeys, according to the Law Society of Scotland - Scottish Legal News
  • Submarine Spy Case: Couple Stewed Over Money and Politics - Jonathan and Diana Toebbe, charged with trying to sell classified nuclear secrets to a foreign power, struggled with finances, family and the state of #America 
  • Dozens of Afghan families staying in hotels as part of a scheme to resettle them are declaring themselves homeless. More than 200 families have asked councils in London for emergency accommodation
  • The NHS Confederation said a back-up Covid strategy, or Plan B, which includes mandatory face coverings in crowded and enclosed spaces, should be implemented if England is to avoid "stumbling into a winter crisis"
  • Cancel Culture Is Not the Problem - It’s time to stop litigating whether these punishments are fair and to start thinking about why some behaviors seemed OK in the first place
  • 'Huge increase in political litigation': Braverman defends JR reforms | Law Gazette
  • With the business use of artificial intelligence (AI) on the rise, there are key legal and contractual risks that businesses using, or supplying, AI need to consider - Scottish Legal News
  • Janner child abuse claims: police guilty of failing to investigate, report finds. Independent inquiry into child sexual abuse criticises ‘culture of disbelief’ at Leicestershire police in 2002
  • 'Tick box’ AML regime isn’t working, Society tells Treasury | Law Gazette
  • Charge President Bolsonaro with murder over Covid toll, draft #Brazil senate report says
  • Arran Kaur, a Coventry University solicitor named Coventry & Warwickshire First’s Young Professional of the Year says she wants to continue to help inspire more young people to pursue a career in law
  • Why State and Local Law Enforcement Needs Legal Authority from Congress to Counteract Dangerous Drones #US 
  • Sheriff solemn cases at 102 per cent of pre-Covid average - Scottish Legal News
  • Drop Chinese investments, MPs and peers tell parliament’s pension fund - letter from 137 lawmakers urges fund to drop stakes in firms accused of human rights violations or linked to Chinese state
  • England: Elderly man subjected to Kafkaesque trial in magistrates’ court - Scottish Legal News