26th November - Law News

Edition 3258: LawNewsIndex is a UK based topical legal news archive on Law, Lawyers, Law Firms, Justice, Jurisprudence, Legislation, Litigation, Legal Ethics & Human Rights since 2011.   


Focus of the Day Legal Article: The Bar Council has urged the government to invest in local court systems ahead of tomorrow's spending review, arguing that people in the Midlands and the North are in ‘dire need of early legal advice’. Full story - The Law Society Gazette
Today's Highlighted Video Story: The battle for control of the US Senate is still on, and it all comes down to Georgia. In his latest episode of The Point on YouTube, CNN’s Chris Cillizza explains how on January 5, the Peach State will decide which party controls the world’s greatest deliberative body for the next two years. 

Saturday Conversations on Law
  • Cork solicitor launches new technology-focused firm - Irish Legal News
  • High Court: Solicitor struck off - Irish Legal News
  • #US President Donald Trump has pardoned his former top security adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI
  • Johnny Depp libel case appeal bid turned down
  • Has bargain BAILII had its day? | Law Gazette
  • The latest TheLawMap Wig!
  • Intelligence firm Black Cube ordered to pay £350,000 to #Israeli TV show
  • The hostile environment is indefensible. Now we know it's unlawful too
  • UK immigration officials accused of using coercive tactics to access homes - Officers allegedly bypassing need for search warrants by demanding entry to homes
  • Celtic supporters who wore IRA shirts to match win appeal against breach of the peace conviction - Scottish Legal News
  • Murdo Fraser: Rangers case ‘stinks of ineptitude and corruption’ - Scottish Legal News
  • Scottish government refuses increase in legal aid fees but promises traineeship subsidy - Scottish Legal News
  • Spending review: Families face 'agonising uncertainty' over benefits decision 
  • Police have given "suitable advice" to the producers of I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! following complaints about the use of non-native bugs 
  • Eton teacher Matthew Mowbray guilty of sexually assaulting pupils
  • Kylie Moore-Gilbert: Lecturer 'released by #Iran' in prisoner swap
  • Upskirting barrister suspended for six months | Law Gazette
  • Global bar body condemns ‘lefty lawyers’ comments | Law Gazette
  • Cyber criminals make £2.5m raid on law firms in lockdown | Law Gazette
  • Corner-cutting boss told absent staff to ‘witness’ 33 wills | Law Gazette
  • Keep Welsh JRs in Wales, Faulks review told | Law Gazette
  • First approval given for Legal Ombudsman's in-year budget increase - Legal Futures
  • Coronavirus: Domestic abuse offences increased during pandemic
  • Bar Council demands regional court investment ahead of spending review | Law Gazette
  • 'Upskirting' Brexit barrister banned for six months - Legal Futures
  • Firm fined £14,000 after missing ‘red flags’ on property work | Law Gazette
  • Berlin's rent cap offers a new way of thinking about Britain's housing crisis - This should be an important first step in a conversation about how speculative finance has affected the right to a home
  • #NewZealand couple shuns developers to give 900 hectares of land to nation - Dick and Jillian Jardine said it was ‘the right thing’ to hand beautiful plot in Remarkables to national trust for conservation
  • Investment schemes causing “huge number” of claims - Legal Futures
  • Our Legal Heritage: Henry Dundas – no statute of limitation on the limitation of statues - Scottish Legal News
  • Legal Services Act a decade on: Much to celebrate but much to do - Legal Futures
  • Just Employment Law raises over £30,000 for Pancreatic Cancer Action Scotland - Scottish Legal News
  • Covid: Call for UK-wide rules after Christmas
  • Windrush generation: UK 'unlawfully ignored' immigration rules warnings
  • An advertisement for London black cabs exaggerated how much the vehicles could reduce the spread of Covid-19, a watchdog has found
  • Covid Christmas rules: Caution urged over household mixing 
  • Scotland’s sheriff civil courts are now able to conduct proofs, debates, evidential and fatal accident inquiry (FAI) hearings virtually - Scottish Legal News 
  • Devolved nations call on UK government to ‘respect devolution’ - Scottish Legal News
  • The latest TheLawMap Wig!
  • Welsh commissioner offers funding to help staff leave abusive relationships - Pioneering scheme will provide grants or loans to help pay for relocation or essential supplies
  • Home Office broke equalities law with hostile environment measures: EHRC found negative consequences of Conservative policy were ‘repeatedly ignored’
  • Domestic abuse victims with 'trapped capital' should not be denied legal aid, court rules
  • Javid advised of 'hostile public sentiment' to Shamima Begum, court told
  • Tory MPs rebuked over letter to judge in Charlie Elphicke references case - Private secretary to lord chief justice says it was ‘improper’ to seek to influence decision 
  • Deportation of man with children in UK was 'disproportionate', court rules - European court of human rights finds removal of Nigerian Charles Unuane violated his right to family life
  • Gearóid Corrigan: Changes afoot in the solicitors' professional indemnity insurance market - Irish Legal News
  • Irish solicitor in Canada joins Ireland-Canada Chamber of Commerce Vancouver - Irish Legal News 
  • #France will begin to ease its strict coronavirus restrictions this weekend, allowing non-essential shops to reopen, President Emmanuel Macron has said
  • A woman has been arrested in the southern #Swiss city of Lugano after allegedly injuring two other women in a suspected terror attack at a store 
  • Solicitor Harry Fehily elected chairman of University of Limerick Foundation - Irish Legal News


25th November - Law News

Edition 3257: LawNewsIndex is a UK based topical legal news archive on Law, Lawyers, Law Firms, Justice, Jurisprudence, Legislation, Litigation, Legal Ethics & Human Rights since 2011.   


Focus of the Day Legal Article: Ministers remain “determined” to implement the whiplash reforms next April, a top Ministry of Justice (MoJ) official confirmed yesterday, although it is still not certain when the rules governing the process will be published.’ Full story - Legal Futures
Today's Highlighted Video Story: On the anniversary of the start of the Nuremberg trials, 90-year-old Colette Marin-Catherine confronts her past by visiting the German concentration camp Mittelbau-Dora where her brother was killed. As a young girl, she fought Hitler's Nazis as a member of the French Resistance. For 74 years, she has refused to step foot in Germany, but that changes when a young history student named Lucie enters her life. Prepared to re-open old wounds and revisit the terrors of that time, Marin-Catherine offers important lessons for us all. 

Saturday Conversations on Law


24th November - Law News

Edition 3256: LawNewsIndex is a UK based legal news & articles archive. Since 2011, it has been collating articles on Law, Lawyers, Law Firms, Justice, Jurisprudence, Legislation, Litigation, Legal Ethics, Human Rights & Social Justice.   


Focus of the Day Legal Article: The High Court of Justiciary has refused to order the recovery of two protectively marked documents (PMDs) by the legal team appealing the conviction of the late Abdelbaset al-Megrahi following a recommendation by the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission.’ Full story - Scottish Legal News
Today's Highlighted Video Story: The lockdown in England will end on 2nd December and there will be a return to the 3 Tier system of restrictions - but with tougher rules for many people. Full details are to be announced soon but there's already a warning that more areas will find themselves in the highest tier. The prime minister Boris Johnson said that in all parts of England the Rule of 6 will return, with up to 6 people able to meet outdoors. All shops, gyms, swimming pools and hairdressers will be able to reopen. 

Saturday Conversations on Law
  • The law and a culture of sexual harassment: How the profession’s leaders are addressing misconduct at all levels #Australia - Lawyers Weekly
  • Facebook's encryption plans could help child abusers escape justice, NCA warns - Warning comes as man admits using Messenger to coerce children into sending explicit pictures
  • #Myanmar's genocide against Rohingya not over, says rights group - Lawyers and activists say persecution of Muslims is continuing despite UN action
  • Shamima Begum still a national security threat, UK supreme court told - MI5 assessments read out at start of appeal over revoking of Isis recruit’s citizenship
  • Australia is reckoning with its war crimes allegations. Now the UK must step up
  • Nicolas Sarkozy corruption trial: co-defendant wants Covid postponement - Former #French president is accused of corruption and influence peddling
  • ‘He was nine’: The #Saudi minors still on death row despite royal decree - Saudi Arabia announced it would end capital punishment for juvenile crimes, but campaigners fear at least 10 prisoners could be executed at any time
  • Family who fear daughter was killed sue Leeds NHS trust after body decomposes
  • The latest TheLawMap Wig!
  • Maughan: Suicide and Unlawful Killing Conclusions in Inquests | UK Human Rights Blog
  • Article 2 and the provision of healthcare — Part 1 | UK Human Rights Blog
  • The assassination of a ‘Brave Journalist of #Afghanistan’ - The night before he died, Aliyas Dayee was up late working. This was not unusual for Dayee, who didn't mind going to bed late or getting up early for a story
  • Covid in Scotland: Relaxing of rules 'not expected' at Hogmanay
  • ‘Landmark’ clinical and medical research facility sold #Australia - Lawyers Weekly
  • What the Bofors case signifies in terms of solidarity within the Bar: Retired Justice Madan Lokur recounts #India | Bar & Bench
  • Meet Australia’s new High Court judges #Australia - Lawyers Weekly
  • Liam Allan and Hannah Arkwright have set up a charity aimed at helping those who become entangled in the criminal justice system through no fault of their own
  • Scottish Conservatives vow to scrap ‘not proven’ verdicts - Scottish Legal News
  • 'Oh Lords, take a leaf from the lawyers’ standards' - Legal Cheek
  • Scots in thrall to nationalist elite, new book argues - Scottish Legal News
  • Lockerbie appeal: High Court refuses to order recovery of secure documents - Scottish Legal News
  • Fans at sporting events: Maximum of 4,000 set to be allowed in England
  • Cornwall cooker deaths: 'Serious failings' by Beko
  • Masks compulsory in Welsh schools communal areas
  • Covid rules 'disregarded' as Swale becomes worst-hit area
  • Moray & Agnew welcomes new workplace relations lawyer #Australia - Lawyers Weekly
  • London law schools team up with Clifford Chance and Macfarlanes to launch refugee law clinic - Legal Cheek
  • Future-Reliance v Amazon: Arguments before Delhi High Court #India | Bar & Bench
  • Attitudes to technology in access to justice might beneficially follow the trajectory of the earlier debate about the best way to deliver legal aid services - Legal Futures
  • Modern slavery to be tackled through digital supply chain assessment #Australia - Lawyers Weekly
  • Comedians, Courts and the Constitution #India | Bar & Bench
  • “Massively busy” ABS plans further growth - Legal Futures
  • Solicitor ordered to repay small part of legal aid fraud proceeds - Legal Futures
  • PII market "only getting harder" after 17% premium increase - Legal Futures
  • Lost wills: What to do when the original will cannot be found - Legal Futures
  • Commercial property solicitor's "outrageous failure" leads to strike-off - Legal Futures
  • Trial of ex-president Sarkozy a landmark for #France
  • Cheaper covid-19 Oxford University made vaccine is highly effective - overall results showed 70% protection, but the researchers say the figure may be as high as 90% by tweaking the dose
  • CyberUp, a group of campaigners who want to reform the Computer Misuse Act, finds 80% of security professionals are concerned that they may be prosecuted just for doing their jobs
  • Advocates and lawyers at odds over consent law reform recommendations #Australia - Lawyers Weekly
  • The latest TheLawMap Wig!
  • Law firm opens virtual boozer featuring pool tables, beer garden and DJ booth - Legal Cheek
  • How my STEM degree kickstarted my career as a magic circle lawyer - Legal Cheek
  • Orissa High Court refuses to quash criminal proceedings against Odisha Infratech #India | Bar & Bench
  • Gilchrist Connell makes new senior appointments #Australia - Lawyers Weekly
  • Kerala Governor signs off on ordinance amending Kerala Police Act to combat defamation, communication of abusive material #India | Bar & Bench
  • BBC calls on Lord Dyson to oversee Princess Diana interview investigation - Legal Cheek
  • Is there any scope of settlement?: New Judge hearing MJ Akbar's defamation case against Priya Ramani asks #India | Bar & Bench
  • Judges star in COVID-inspired Hamilton music video - Legal Cheek
  • Shamima Begum: she ran away to Syria as a 15-year-old to join the self-proclaimed Islamic State. But when the terror group was defeated, she ended up in a refugee camp in Syria
  • Virtual courtroom in a mobile van: Moving India towards Design Innovation in Law #India | Bar & Bench
  • Christmas tree sellers allowed to reopen in England despite lockdown
  • Mass Covid-19 testing to start in England to head off Tory revolt - Proposals include plans to limit self-isolation and to allow household mixing at Christmas
  • Trump faces pressure from Republicans to drop 'corrosive' fight to overturn election #US
  • Ministers take swipe again at lawyers with accusation of ‘playing politics’ - the immigration minister, Chris Philp, condemned lawyers for challenges to the deportations of asylum seekers
  • #Australian war crimes allegations: defence chief says commanders will be held accountable 'case by case'
  • ‘I don't like acts of dishonesty by the state’: Jolyon Maugham QC on Covid cronyism
  • ‘Let us disobey’: Churches defy lockdown with secret meetings
  • PM's defence of Priti Patel sparked Home Office fury, union says - Civil servants angry at ‘double standards applied to home secretary over bullying report’
  • Nicolas Sarkozy in dock as ‘historic trial’ over corruption finally begins #France
  • G20 leaders promise fair access to coronavirus vaccines
  • More than 200 arrested in renewed #Belarus protests: Rights group


23rd November - Law News

Edition 3255: LawNewsIndex is a UK based legal news & articles archive. Since 2011, it has been collating articles on Law, Lawyers, Law Firms, Justice, Jurisprudence, Legislation, Litigation, Legal Ethics, Human Rights & Social Justice.   


Focus of the Day Legal Article: Non-custody cases are now being listed towards the end of 2022 in many parts of the country, the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Burnett has told barristers. This ‘is worrying’, he said in his speech to the Annual Bar and Young Bar Conference this week, as the longer it takes for a case to come to trial the more likely it is that something will go wrong with it. Moreover, it was ‘simply not acceptable to keep all those involved in a Crown Court trial waiting for longer than is reasonably necessary.’ Full story - New Law Journal
Today's Highlighted Video Story: New era of peace should start with Israel establishing Palestinians’ rights - KSA ambassador to UN. 

Saturday Conversations on Law
  • Gyms and all shops to reopen after English lockdown
  • Can first cousins be in a live-in relationship? Punjab & Haryana High Court asked #India | Bar & Bench
  • Appeal court dismisses student’s discrimination claim against ULaw - Legal Cheek
  • Regulatory Capital – UK Authorities Jointly Publish Statement on New UK Prudential Rules
  • The latest TheLawMap Wig!
  • The UK's four nations have backed plans to allow some household mixing "for a small number of days" over Christmas
  • STEM Future Lawyers and BPP announce 2021 law conversion scholarship - Legal Cheek 
  • Employment Partner Jennifer Millins examines the legal issues surrounding dismissals concerning the use of social media outside work
  • Five cases on personal liberty decided by Justice DY Chandrachud #India | Bar & Bench 
  • The rise and (minor) fall of litigation funding in #Australia - Lawyers Weekly
  • Domestic violence reforms protect victim-survivors from traumatic trials #Australia - Lawyers Weekly
  • What it takes to be an antitrust lawyer - Legal Cheek
  • All shopping to be allowed ‘regardless of tier’ in run up to Christmas
  • Judicial Q&A: What judges want from young barristers in the courtroom #Australia - Lawyers Weekly
  • Justice SA Bobde completes a year as CJI: Five Highlights from his tenure #India | Bar & Bench
  • Some of the UK's biggest food companies have attacked a plan that could see all online junk food advertising banned to tackle childhood obesity 
  • The Legal Implications Of Mobile Health Advancements
  • Top judge’s daughter who’s now a judge herself fronts judicial diversity campaign - Legal Cheek
  • Slaughter and May partner leaves firm following internal probe - Legal Cheek
  • Trials and triumphs for Mildura barrister Megan Tittensor #Australia
  • No place for competition in firms’ pro bono efforts #Australia - Lawyers Weekly 
  • False allegation of impotency against husband is cruelty under the Hindu Marriage Act: Delhi High Court #India | Bar & Bench
  • Serial conman posed as jet-setting surgeon and barrister to swindle women on Tinder and Bumble
  • The role lawyers play in the rise of renewable energy - Legal Cheek
  • Serial killer Stephen Port: Detective seeks inquest legal representation
  • Six people are in hospital following a large scale "violent disturbance" in Cardiff city centre. Police and ambulance crews were called to an area of Queen Street at about 21:50 GMT on Saturday
  • Magic circle partner gives 'child-friendly' insight into life as a tax lawyer - Legal Cheek
  • The Weekly Round-up: Workers’ Rights and Personal Protective Equipment | UK Human Rights Blog
  • #Irish justice minister proposes new laws to tackle 'revenge porn'
  • 9 TikToks to celebrate Legally Blonde 3 release date - Legal Cheek
  • Covid: Call to expand £500 grant for Covid self-isolaters
  • A #US judge in Pennsylvania has dismissed a lawsuit from the Trump campaign that sought to invalidate millions of mail-in votes in the battleground state
  • Do cop shows like ‘Chicago P.D.’ reinforce misperceptions about race and criminal justice? A new study says yes
  • The latest TheLawMap Wig!
  • #Germany agrees to mandatory quota for female executives
  • Solicitor who caused £885,000 client account shortfall struck off | Law Gazette
  • JR has improved consumer rights, Which? tells Faulks review | Law Gazette
  • Bar chair Amanda Pinto QC has criticised ‘shocking discrepancies in pay between male and female barristers’ revealed in Bar Mutual data for the year ending 2019 | NLJ
  • President's guidance for immigration appeals during Covid-19 'unlawful' | aw Gazette
  • McFarlane alarmed by weekend demand for skeleton arguments | Law Gazette
  • IBA 2020: Litigation funding could create conflicts of interest | Law Gazette
  • Slaughter and May bolsters investigations team with rare London partner hire - The Global Legal Post
  • California's Covid curfew to begin, as #US cases hit 12-million mark
  • Human rights must not be 'trampled' in global rush for PPE, say MPs
  • Force investigates after woman mauled by police dog at illegal rave
  • Boris Johnson ‘acted illegally’ over jobs for top anti-Covid staff - Legal action targets appointments of Dido Harding, Kate Bingham and Mike Coupe
  • Covid-19 disruption bites as SEC actions against public companies fall by a third - The Global Legal Post


22nd November - Law News

Edition 3254: LawNewsIndex is a UK based legal news & articles archive. Since 2011, it has been collating articles on Law, Lawyers, Law Firms, Justice, Jurisprudence, Legislation, Litigation, Legal Ethics, Human Rights & Social Justice.   

Today's Highlighted Video Story: Human rights groups in Peru say there have been cases of police brutality during recent protests. Demonstrations have been taking place since former President Martin Vizcarra was impeached earlier this month. A United Nations human rights mission is now in Peru talking to families of victims and investigating whether human rights were violated. Amnesty International says police fired deadly ammunition and beat protesters unnecessarily. Police deny they used excessive force or shot metal pellets at protesters, but doctors say otherwise.

Saturday Conversations on Law
  • England: Criminal justice system being brought ‘to its knees’ - Scottish Legal News
  • Covid-19: Strengthened tier system for England after lockdown
  • PII: Now is the time to act for spring renewals | Law Gazette
  • A consultation on amending the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 has been launched by the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government | NLJ
  • The latest TheLawMap Wig!
  • Eversheds Sutherland climate risk report ‘highlights need for change’ - Scottish Legal News
  • Officials ‘blocked access to witness’ in Priti Patel inquiry: Sir Alex Allan made repeated attempts to interview former top Home Office civil servant Sir Philip Rutnam, but was stymied
  • Safety checks that left thousands of people unable to sell their flats after the Grenfell disaster are being eased
  • Not enough black men doing family legal aid, Westminster inquiry hears | Law Gazette
  • Freshfields expands national security practice in Washington - The Global Legal Post
  • Philip Rodney takes the chair at LAR Housing Trust - Scottish Legal News
  • New master of the rolls promises civil justice shake-up | Law Gazette
  • A driver crashed into a house and then carried on driving with the front door in the car's windscreen and roof. The 18-year-old motorist was taken to hospital with head injuries after the crash in Ashworth Road, Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, on Friday night
  • Hogan Lovells and Fieldfisher advise pro bono on food redistribution deal - The Global Legal Post
  • A #Dutch journalist managed to gatecrash a confidential video conference of EU defence ministers. Daniel Verlaan of RTL Nieuws joined the meeting after the Dutch defence minister accidentally posted some of the login details on Twitter
  • Boris Johnson has ordered Tory MPs to "form a square around the prittster" in a steadfast defence of bully Priti Patel as pressure mounts on the Home Secretary after an official report concluded she had sworn and shouted at senior civil servants
  • The government has not done enough to protect gig economy and precarious workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, the High Court has held in a landmark judgment | NLJ
  • A car sales business owner says he is taking legal action against Google over a series of fake and damaging reviews
  • The Guardian view on the ‘spy cops’ inquiry: secrets and liars | Editorial - The undercover policing inquiry was on shaky ground before it started, and victims are right to be concerned
  • #Lebanon inmates break doors and die in car crash after jail-break
  • Donald Trump has had a fresh setback in his bid to overturn his loss in the #US election as Michigan lawmakers indicated they would not seek to undo Joe Biden's projected win in the state 
  • Nuremberg Trials remembered 75 years on - Scottish Legal News
  • Greenberg Traurig steps up European expansion with Dutch real estate team hire - The Global Legal Post 
  • Penalties for Enablers of Defeated Tax Avoidance – an ETN & CIOT Webinar - Scottish Legal News
  • Sirimavo Bandaranaike was elected the modern world's first female head of government in 1960 when she became prime minister of #SriLanka, or Ceylon as it was known then.
  • Boris Johnson is facing questions about whether he tried to tone down an independent report which said Home Secretary Priti Patel broke the ministerial code by bullying staff 
  • Claims company takeover talks extended into December | Law Gazette
  • The latest TheLawMap Wig!
  • Clifford Chance's senior partner to lead firmwide sustainability taskforce - The Global Legal Post 
  • The charity, Just for Kids Law (JFKL) is collating examples from barristers of cases involving children affected by the extension to custody time limits in September | NLJ
  • The Law Society of Ireland is to cease issuing practising certificates to members based outside the Republic, in a major blow for solicitors in England and Wales | NLJ
  • An astonishing 40% of separating parents take the issue of their children’s care to the Family Court, a report by the Family Solutions Group (FSG) has found | NLJ
  • Dublin Book Festival to discuss life and work of Kevin Boyle - Irish Legal News
  • Report urges gardaí to continue crackdown on sex buyers - Irish Legal News
  • UK: Hope prevails as peers rebel against government over Internal Market Bill - Irish Legal News
  • Paltry number of lawyers engage with review into unification of legal professions - Irish Legal News
  • Woman guilty of fake cancer GoFundMe fundraising fraud 
  • NI: Domestic abuse victims to gain greater access to legal aid in family law cases - Irish Legal News