6th September- Law News

Edition 3176: LawNewsIndex is a UK based legal news & articles archive since 2011 on Law, Lawyers, Law Firms, Justice, Legislation, Litigation, Legal Ethics, Human Rights & Social Justice.


Today's Highlighted Video Story:  A community of forest dwellers in Kenya is struggling to survive after being evicted from its ancestral land. The Ogiek people say they were given the legal right to live in the forest in court. But the government says they are destroying parts of a fragile ecosystem.

Saturday Conversations on Law
  • The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is recruiting four new Board members as two lay and two solicitor members reach the end of their terms. The Board oversees the work of the SRA in regulating solicitors and firms | NLJ
  • The final two of the ten Nightingale courts promised by the government have opened, in Leeds’ Cloth Hall Court and Peterborough Cathedral | NLJ
  • Couples would be able to marry wherever they want, including outdoors, under sweeping reforms proposed by the Law Commission | NLJ
  • The latest TheLawMap Wig!
  • Sentence length, protecting yourself against a burglar in your own home and the cost of the legal aid system are among the most misreported areas of the law by the media, according to research commissioned by The Secret Barrister | NLJ
  • The High Court has refused permission for a mother to bring a judicial review against a Parole Board decision to release her daughter’s murderer even though he still refuses to reveal where he hid her body | NLJ
  • Protesters opposed to Covid-19 restrictions have gathered in Edinburgh as figures showed the highest weekly rise in cases since May
  • Plans to bring Britain’s spy laws up to date, as recommended by the Russia Report, have been laid in Parliament | NLJ
  • The Legal Services Board (LSB) is asking for feedback on its plans to change the rules on practising certificate fees | NLJ
  • Some 71% of law firms made use of the government’s furlough scheme, less than the 81% average for professions, according to independent research commissioned in July by Braemar Finance | NLJ
  • A widow is calling on the UK government to act to allow thousands of victims of a share scandal to finally receive tax-free compensation
  • Facebook blocks incurably ill man Alain Cocq from livestreaming death
  • Police and anti-immigration protesters have clashed outside the entrance to Dover harbour
  • Young people in Leeds are being urged to take responsibility for controlling the spread of coronavirus following an increase in house parties in the city
  • Inquests and inquiries into catastrophic events are beset with costly delay & duplication, pay insufficient heed to the requirements of those affected and often leave bereaved people and survivors feeling ‘confused, betrayed and re-traumatised’ | NLJ
  • #Australian police have made dozens of arrests amid anti-lockdown protests attended by hundreds nationwide
  • A bar has been ordered to shut for "blatantly disregarding" social distancing measures - Wolverhampton City Council said Blossoms in the city centre "regularly failed to identify and implement adequate control measures"
  • A police investigation is under way after a car belonging to Rangers player Allan McGregor was deliberately set on fire in the driveway outside his home
  • A leading epidemiologist has warned the country is at a "critical moment" in the coronavirus pandemic, as students prepare to return to universities
  • The Legal Aid Agency (LAA) has extended criminal legal aid contracts by one year | NLJ
  • Lord Justice Stephens has been appointed to the Supreme Court | NLJ
  • Human Rights Watch mourns the passing of the philanthropist Ali Ghandour, whose support was critical to building our organization’s role in promoting and protecting human rights in #Lebanon
  • The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has updated its Handbook to reflect its greater regulatory independence | NLJ
  • A dozen law firms have signed up to the Race Fairness Commitment (RFC), adding to the 17 Magic Circle and City law firm signatories who signed the pledge in July | NLJ
  • Wannabe barrister compels 16 chambers to hand over their interview notes on him | RollOnFriday
  • Senior barrister Peter Coll to lead independent probe into council's handling of Storey funeral
  • Extinction Rebellion (XR) activists have delayed the distribution of several national newspapers after blocking access to three printing presses owned by Rupert Murdoch
  • Many killed in #Bangladesh mosque gas pipeline blast: At least 13 worshippers killed during Friday night prayers when a blast sent flames raging through the mosque
  • The latest TheLawMap Wig!
  • A short survey to find out from practitioners in England and Wales what impact the Pension Advisory Group report has had on their practice | NLJ
  • The Chase viewers stunned after barrister Shaun Wallace gets law question wrong
  • Squire Patton Boggs moves to new office – and announces home working test | Law Gazette
  • SRA costs slashed as tribunal fumes at hourly rates and lack of detail | Law Gazette
  • Legal Ombudsman backs firm reviews - when it has the money | Law Gazette
  • Portuguese children sue 33 countries over climate ‘failures’ |Law Gazette
  • Firm reveals its profits swallowed by failed £3m business venture | Law Gazette
  • Hogan Lovells to reverse salary cuts and bring back pay reviews | Law Gazette
  • SRA was right to prosecute cleared Baker executives - tribunal | Law Gazette
  • The Margaret Taylor Interview: Amanda Millar on rising to the challenge of the new normal - Scottish Legal News
  • Donald Trump campaign repeatedly doctoring videos for social media ads #US
  • Teachers tell parents in England to ignore 'baseless' letters on face masks: Templates on social media warn of legal action against schools and are ‘threatening’
  • #Portugal quarantine rules come into force
  • UK tribunal led by Barrister Geoffrey Nice to probe Uighur ‘genocide’ claims #China
  • Heat Networks Bill – will housebuilders warm up to it? - Scottish Legal News