8th November - Law News

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Today's Highlighted Video Story: Joe Biden is now projected to have 290 Electoral College votes, the Associated Press (AP) news agency said on Saturday, above the threshold needed to clinch the hard-fought United States presidential election. The president-elect was projected to have surpassed the 270 electoral vote threshold after the AP called Pennsylvania in his favour. Shortly after that, AP also called Nevada for Biden.

Saturday Conversations on Law
  • Report recommends fee guidelines to bring down cost of litigation - Irish Legal News 
  • Greater flexibility of working achieved during the pandemic could enhance access to the profession for disabled lawyers, a survey of more than 100 disabled lawyers has found | NLJ
  • Stop-and-search plans risk 'perpetually criminalising' people, say UK rights groups - Letter to home secretary says widening police powers increases racial disparities 
  • Mr Justice Woulfe finally meets Chief Justice over golfgate - Irish Legal News
  • A man has been fined £10,000 after about 60 people turned up at a party in a two-bedroom flat in Manchester
  • Legal aid services are on the brink of collapse, CILEx (the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives) has warned | NLJ 
  • Supreme Court: High Court and Court of Appeal overturned in catastrophic injuries at birth case - Irish Legal News
  • The latest TheLawMap Wig!
  • The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Burnett, has called for ‘realistic’ funding for the courts and tribunals, in his annual report | NLJ
  • Lockdown II: Law firm offices allowed to open and clients can visit | Law Gazette
  • The criminal and civil courts will stay open through the second lockdown, the government has said | NLJ
  • The shrinking pool of family experts could be addressed by providing clinical and social work professionals with online training courses, paying judges to provide training and amending legal aid guidance on payment provision | NLJ 
  • White male barristers earn more – even within same practice area | Law Gazette 
  • Five law firms and recruitment firm Rare have launched an initiative to give black and ethnic minority candidates the same opportunities as their white counterparts when competing for roles | NLJ 
  • Cherie Blair QC has received a Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s Inspirational Women in Law Awards | NLJ
  • Solicitor called dishonest by judge over inflated costs is struck off | Law Gazette 
  • The Supreme Court has clarified the illegality defence, in a landmark case: The court unanimously dismissed Ecila Henderson’s appeal, confirming the illegality defence applied, in Henderson v Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust | NLJ
  • The charity behind the London Legal Walk is making a direct appeal to lawyers for help during London Legal Giving Week, 24 November-1 December | NLJ
  • IBA 2020: Lawyers will become more like Uber drivers, panel predicts | Law Gazette 
  • #US Federal Election Commission official: "There really has been no evidence of fraud"
  • Joe Biden has won the race to become the next #US president, defeating Donald Trump following a cliff-hanger vote count after Tuesday's election. Lawsuits related to personal business matters is expected to follow Trump once out of office
  • #Indian actor and model Milind Soman has been charged by police after he shared a naked picture of himself on Instagram 
  • Freshfields' first female senior partner overwhelmed by support | Law Gazette 
  • Expect no relaxation in AML regime, solicitors warned | Law Gazette 
  • Insurers face costs bill for Swift v Carpenter fight | Law Gazette 
  • Lawyers and insurers extend pandemic pact to cooperate | Law Gazette 
  • Jobs at risk as Law Society modernises member services | Law Gazette 
  • UK bans Denmark visitors over mink Covid-19 fears 
  • 'I was refused a home Covid test after credit check'
  • Judicial induction training to tackle 'implicit bias' | Law Gazette 
  • Minority female barristers lowest earners, report finds - Scottish Legal News
  • Inverness Justice Centre given ‘Most Considerate Site’ award - Scottish Legal News 
  • The latest TheLawMap Wig!
  • Lawyers of Tomorrow – Liam McCreath - Scottish Legal News
  • Clyde & Co successfully defends First Group on injury claim - Scottish Legal News
  • Judicial review sought over Sutherland spaceport decision - Scottish Legal News 
  • Defamation bill passes stage one at Holyrood - Scottish Legal News 
  • Data Protection Commission finds prison security system in breach of GDPR - Irish Legal News 
  • Scotland becomes first part of UK to ban smacking 
  • #US election 2020: How a misleading post went from the fringes to Trump’s Twitter 
  • #Kosovo’s president resigns to face war crimes charges in The Hague - Hashim Tha├ži was guerrilla leader during 1990s war for independence from Serbia 
  • Small law firms are at risk as the pandemic continues to bite. But others are planning for a bright future, using lessons they have learned in lockdown | Law Gazette
  • Activists hail bill to make violence against LGBT people a hate crime in #Italy
  • Women lawyers’ forum planning to approach the cyber cell after misogynistic elements disrupt webinar #India