1st December - Law News

Edition 3627: 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: Barbados has become the world's newest republic, officially removing Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state. In an overnight ceremony in the capital, Bridgetown, Dame Sandra Mason was sworn in as president.

Focus of the Day Story: Women, ethnic and other minorities and young people in the legal profession are most likely to suffer from depression, showing a link between wellbeing and issues of equality, diversity and inclusion, according to a high-level report.  Full story - Legal Futures 

Saturday Conversations on Law

  • Sir Declan Morgan to deliver lecture on Northern Ireland’s chief justices | Irish Legal News
  • Some supermarkets will not enforce mask wearing - most unwilling to police mask wearing
  • My legal life: Liam Symonds, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer - Profile | Law Gazette
  • Draconian border security doesn’t work and costs lives. Why is Britain pushing it? Our politicians say they want to stop smuggling. What they mean is they want to stop migration
  • The law is the boss, Sir Stephen | Law Gazette 
  • Brigid Napier elected president of Law Society of Northern Ireland | Irish Legal News
  • Greece is to make Covid vaccinations mandatory for people aged 60 and over. Fines of €100 (£85) will be imposed at monthly intervals from mid-January on those who refuse, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said
  • Commercial property expert steps down after 48 years | Law Gazette 
  • Scottish Legal Complaints Commission reports strong performance - Scottish Legal News
  • #Dutch Covid case: Carolina Pimenta tested positive for Covid-19 after landing at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport on a flight from South Africa on Friday. She was arrested by military police on Sunday night on a plane about to take off for Spain
  • News focus: Efforts to curb ‘SLAPPs’ gaining momentum | Law Gazette 
  • The co-founder of a neo-Nazi group has been found guilty of being a member of a banned terrorist organisation. Ben Raymond, 32, from Swindon, was part of National Action, a group which wanted to wage a "white Jihad" and race war in Britain
  • Whistleblower tells inquiry of ‘shocking’ abuse at immigration detention centre - Former officer who filmed undercover footage at Brook House, says managers were complicit
  • Official judgment portal set to go live | Law Gazette
  • Facebook's parent company, Meta, has been ordered to sell Giphy by the UK's Competition and Markets Authority. The company, then known simply as Facebook, bought the Gif-sharing search engine last year for a reported $315m (£236m)
  • Kirsty Yuill: Upcoming changes to the Highway Code - Scottish Legal News
  • Child abusers in England and Wales could face life in jail under tougher sentencing plans unveiled by ministers. It follows a campaign for Tony's Law by the adoptive family of seven-year-old Tony Hudgell, who had both legs amputated following abuse
  • Mystery surrounds solicitor's case five days after arrest warrant | Law Gazette
  • MASI wins Bar of Ireland’s annual human rights award | Irish Legal News
  • Blueprint for family court monitoring mechanism unveiled - Profile | Law Gazette
  • Call for sentencing guidelines for child sex offenders | Irish Legal News 
  • MI6 chief Richard Moore has warned of China's "debt traps and data traps" in his first live broadcast interview. Mr Moore - known as "C" - also denied the fall of Afghan capital Kabul was an intelligence failure
  • US organisation seeking unexplained wealth order for Donald Trump’s Scottish properties has petition refused by Outer House - Scottish Legal News
  • Ex-barrister who harassed former lover has life sentence quashed | Law Gazette
  • Covid dents world trade hopes | Law Gazette 
  • Susan Neill-Fraser loses latest appeal against murder conviction - Two out of three judges concluded evidence presented was ‘not fresh, not compelling’ #Australia 
  • Regulators and younger investors shift City priorities | Law Gazette 
  • #Argentina court to investigate Myanmar war crimes against Rohingya Muslims 
  • Lawyer in the news: Shirin Marker, Bindmans, London - Profile | Law Gazette
  • Labour picks non-lawyer as shadow justice secretary | Law Gazette 
  • Mask rules 'ignored' at Cardiff's Wales Millennium Centre, claims medic - The consultant, who does not wish to be named, said he left a show at the Wales Millennium Centre, after about 80% of audience took off their masks with many coughing 
  • An undercover reporter has told a public inquiry into the mistreatment of detainees at the Brook House immigration removal centre where staff mocked and humiliated a naked man


30th November - Law News

Edition 3626: 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: Anti-money laundering for compliance professionals (Compliance Officers Conference 2021), an online edition.

Focus of the Day Story: Mandatory vaccination for care home workers not unlawful nor in breach of ECHR. Peters & Anor, R (On the application of) the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care & Anor [2021] EWHC 3182 (Admin), 2 November 2021. This was a renewed application by the claimants for permission to proceed with a judicial review challenge to the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2021, which requires a registered person who runs a regulated activity in a care home to ensure that any person entering the premises has been vaccinated, unless for clinical reasons that person is exempt.  Full story - UK Human Rights Blog 

Saturday Conversations on Law

  • RPC offers £100k in free legal advice to ESG start-ups - Legal Cheek 
  • History will not judge us by our highways, but how well we preserve the Constitutional idea of India: Justice Gautam Patel | Bar & Bench #India 
  • Australian firm which claims to have a database of more than 10 billion facial images is facing a potential £17m fine over its handling of personal data in the UK 
  • Former Thomson Reuters vice president takes top role at BARBRI - Legal Cheek 
  • Drivers warned they can be fined £5,000 for wearing boots, winter coats, Christmas jumpers and sparkles 
  • Since Independence we have travelled to Mars, but legal system remains the same: Justice AM Khanwilkar | Bar & Bench #India 
  • Was transfer of 34 Judges in September necessary? Retd Justice Madan Lokur asks | Bar & Bench #India 
  • Covid booster jabs are to be offered to all over-18s to help stop a potential wave driven by the new variant Omicron 
  • Authorities in China recaptured a #NorthKorean man, identified by his Chinese name Zhu Xianjian, after a 40 day manhunt 
  • The role energy lawyers play in the push towards a greener planet - Legal Cheek 
  • Was transfer of 34 Judges in September necessary? Retd Justice Madan Lokur asks | Bar & Bench #India 
  • Allahabad High Court grants bail to Sharjeel Imam in sedition case filed in Aligarh | Bar & Bench #India 
  • Barristers anger at Justice Sec’s selfie with roller-skating Xmas pud - Legal Cheek 
  • MPs should be banned from providing paid parliamentary advice or consultancy services, a report from the MPs' standards committee has proposed. It comes after the case of former MP Owen Paterson triggered concern about MPs lobbying or holding second jobs
  • UK’s ‘double talk’ on Channel crisis must stop, says French interior minister: Gérald Darmanin says UK ministers must stop saying one thing in private while insulting his country in public
  • Since Independence we have travelled to Mars, but legal system remains the same: Justice AM Khanwilkar | Bar & Bench #India 
  • Online legal services pioneer LandLord Law celebrates landmark anniversary - Legal Futures 
  • English universities risk breaking law over offer withdrawals, say ministers: Regulators push universities to remove oversubscription loopholes after surge in higher A-level grades
  • Fried Frank ups trainee pay to £55-£60k - Legal Cheek 
  • Ex-barrister wins appeal over first-ever life sentence for perverting justice - Legal Futures 
  • Victims of sexual violence let down by UK asylum system, report says: Study calls on Home Office to integrate gender and trauma sensitivity into asylum system 
  • Protégé: What it takes for new lawyers to make it into criminal law - Lawyers Weekly #Australia
  • Lawyers turn to romcoms in fight for rule of law in #Poland - Instead of drafting legal papers, award-winning group make short films intended to explain assault on judiciary 
  • Law firm and lawyer fined over schemes that avoided £3m in SDLT - Legal Futures 
  • How will #Barbados move on as the Queen is removed as head of state? 
  • Stratage Law Partners' Amit Manubarwala joins Vertices Partners as senior member and Partner | Bar & Bench #India
  • IBA report links wellbeing to equality and diversity - Legal Futures 
  • #Dutch police say they have detained a couple who escaped from a Covid-quarantine hotel. The arrests were made on a plane in Amsterdam's Schiphol airport just before it departed to Spain on Sunday 
  • Six cases of the new Covid Omicron variant have been identified in Scotland. Some of the people identified have no travel history and have caught the virus variant in the community
  • Channel disaster: The last time Rizgar Hussein spoke to his daughter Hadia it was late on Tuesday night in Iraq. She called him from northern France to say she was about to board a boat with her mother, sister and brother
  • British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell is due to go on trial in New York City on sex trafficking and other charges. She is expected to challenge claims she groomed underage girls for convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein for sexual abuse 
  • Whose Book is it Anyway? A View from Elsewhere on Publishing, Copyright and Creativity | Dr M E E Swijghuisen Reigersberg
  • Freshfields launches fintech-focused virtual work experience programme - Legal Cheek
  • A ‘new era’ for litigators? - Lawyers Weekly #Australia
  • Gujarat High Court issues notice in plea challenging 50 years minimum age for NCLT technical members | Bar & Bench #India
  • What the City of London has to offer trainee solicitors - Legal Cheek 
  • BCLP expands solicitor apprenticeship offering to Southampton - Legal Cheek
  • Michael Cohen: prosecutors could ‘indict Trump tomorrow’ if they wanted - New York investigation of Trump Organization is one of a number of sources of legal jeopardy for the former president #US
  • Deepcut deaths: army ‘treating victims’ families with contempt’: Pte Sean Benton’s sister says MoD failed to honour pledge to tackle bullying at barracks 
  • Sentences must be decided by the judges 
  • Boy, 14, charged with murder of Ava White in Liverpool - The 12-year-old suffered ‘catastrophic injuries’ after attending city’s Christmas lights switch-on on Thursday


29th November - Law News

Edition 3625: 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:
Scuffles broke out as opposition supporters rallied in the streets of Lima, Peru to demand President José Pedro Castillo be impeached. Peru’s former-schoolteacher leader, known as El Profe, has been in his post for only 100 days, but is facing a motion claiming he has demonstrated ‘moral incapacity.’
Focus of the Day Story: A shortage of lawyers and judges, and the poor condition of cold, leaky court buildings, are holding back efforts to reduce the backlog, the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Burnett has warned  Full story - New Law Journal 

Saturday Conversations on Law
  • LawTech Talks: Technology for barristers - Lawyers Weekly #Australia
  • Relocating hen harrier chicks to spare grouse for the gun - UK Human Rights Blog
  • Private firms working for UK government ‘should be subject to FOI rules’: Information commissioner Elizabeth Denham says existing transparency law is no longer fit for purpose 
  • #SouthAfrica's president has condemned travel bans enacted against his country and its neighbours over the new coronavirus variant Omicron. Cyril Ramaphosa said he was "deeply disappointed" by the action 
  • Legal profession excels in latest social mobility rankings - Legal Cheek 
  • The Boutique Lawyer Show: Intersectionality is critical to legal service delivery - Lawyers Weekly #Australia
  • Allahabad High Court Grants Bail To Sharjeel Imam In Sedition Case Filed Over His Speech At AMU #India
  • "Autonomy does not evaporate with loss of capacity": Court of Protection - UK Human Rights Blog
  • Macfarlanes boosts NQ lawyer pay to £100k - Legal Cheek
  • Conservative MP Caroline Nokes has criticised Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries after she dismissed Ms Nokes' claim she was groped by the prime minister's father, Stanley Johnson
  • The Corporate Counsel Show: ACC chair Mike Madden on elevating the GC role - Lawyers Weekly #Australia
  • Detention of a minor for his own protection – round two - UK Human Rights Blog
  • UCL beats Harvard in top 10 world rankings for law - Legal Cheek
  • On Monday, MPs will see proposals from the Commons Standards Committee to change their code of conduct - including on the jobs they are allowed to do on top of their work in Parliament
  • ‘The Golden Age of the Office’ - Lawyers Weekly #Australia
  • Capacity to engage in sexual relations: the relevance of the partner's consent - UK Human Rights Blog
  • British Airways has suspended flights to Hong Kong amid reports more of its crew members have been forced to quarantine in a government centre. BA confirmed it has temporarily stopped flights "while we review operational requirements for this route"
  • ‘Will a 52 in contract prevent me securing a City training contract?’ - Legal Cheek
  • Two British film-makers have shone a light on a campaigning lawyer and her clients in an expose of misogyny and dangerous politics in #Turkey
  • Workers’ comp claims expected to cost government $638m - Lawyers Weekly
  • #Australian government’s ‘anti-troll’ legislation would allow social media users to sue bullies, but experts say its focus on defamation will not help curb the rates of online bullying or cyberhate
  • A 16-year-old boy who was fatally stabbed in west London has been named. Rishmeet Singh was attacked in Raleigh Road, Southall, just after 21:00 GMT on Wednesday. Emergency services attended however he died at the scene 
  • Health Secretary Sajid Javid has said face masks will be compulsory in shops and on public transport in England from Tuesday in response to the new Omicron variant
  • Mandatory vaccination for care home workers not unlawful nor in breach of ECHR - UK Human Rights Blog
  • #Israel is to ban foreigners from entering the country for 14 days and use surveillance to halt the spread of the new Covid strain
  • Tighter restrictions have come into force in the #Netherlands, amid record Covid cases and concerns over the new Omicron variant
  • Migrant crisis: confrontational UK home secretary Priti Patel with a history of anti-refugee posture not included in Calais meeting
  • 25 Bedford Row barristers to star in new Channel 4 documentary - Legal Cheek 
  • ‘Alarming provisions’ in Religious Discrimination Bill: HLRC - Lawyers Weekly #Australia
  • Heard, convicted and sentenced in a day: Special POCSO Judge convicts man for rape of 8-year-old | Bar & Bench #India
  • Five types of lawyer you’ve met this year - Legal Cheek
  • Judges must maintain absolute discretion in courtrooms: President Ram Nath Kovind | Bar & Bench #India
  • A not so magical Xmas: Linklaters and Slaughter and May cancel festive parties for second year - Legal Cheek
  • [COVID-19] Supreme Court issues notice in plea for National Plan for rehabilitation of families affected by pandemic | Bar & Bench #India
  • What are the rules and guidance for face masks and coverings?