13th January - Law News

Edition 3304: 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: A devout Christian, Jerry Givens was US state of Virginia’s chief executioner, before he became an advocate of abolishing the death penalty.

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 Focus of the Day Article: Solicitors have voted in favour of changes to the make-up of Law Society council and limits on how long members can sit on it, although only 6% of the profession took part in the ballot. The votes followed a divided Law Society AGM in October, at which both motions were approved, but opponents only needed 20 solicitors present to call for postal ballots. Full story - Legal Futures 

Saturday Conversations on Law
  • Whiplash reforms: Detail, not delay, is what lawyers need | Law Gazette
  • Firm abandons traditional home for ‘agile’ alliance | Law Gazette
  • Mohamud Mohammed Hassan killing: Hundreds march over alleged police brutality in Cardiff
  • Four arrested over 'public nuisance' at Redditch and Birmingham hospitals
  • City elite slash office space | Law Gazette 
  • Panasonic backs startup’s early warning dispute tech | Law Gazette
  • ‘Widen Domestic Abuse Bill powers’ says Law Society | Law Gazette 
  • Jurisdiction in the UK in divorce and cohabitation cases post-Brexit - Scottish Legal News
  • Scotland’s top judges to sit in Supreme Court and JCPC - Scottish Legal News
  • Sheriff grants division and sale of Bearsden home jointly owned by feuding ex-sisters-in-law  - Scottish Legal News
  • Home Office under pressure to reveal JR response | Law Gazette 
  • News focus: 21 things for solicitors to look out for in 2021 | Law Gazette 
  • Paralegal accused of hiding cheques was unfairly dismissed | Law Gazette
  • What powers do police have if people break Covid rules?
  • Covid in Scotland: Lockdown lifting 'unlikely' as deaths pass 5,000
  • Tesco, Asda and Waitrose ban shoppers without face masks
  • Quinn Emanuel posts bumper London results | Law Gazette
  • Whiplash reforms delayed another month | Law Gazette
  • How I survived a #Chinese 're-education' camp for Uighurs
  • Labour facing another split over police immunity in 'spy cops' bill - Shami Chakrabarti warns of ‘grave risk’ of human rights abuses if bill passes without amendment
  • The father of one of three men murdered in a park terror attack has called on the home secretary to "tell us why" the killer was deemed safe to be free
  • A deal has been agreed in principle for the sale of Edinburgh Woollen Mill, Ponden Homes and Bonmarché chains, which are on the brink of closure
  • Government urged to redraft 'watered down' evictions ban | Law Gazette 
  • Profession backs reforms to Law Society council - Legal Futures
  • Solicitors vote to overhaul Law Society governance | Law Gazette
  • Solicitor fined for role in £29m off-plan development schemes - Legal Futures
  • QC and accountant set up ABS regulated by SRA - Legal Futures
  • Downing Street has defended Boris Johnson for riding his bicycle seven miles from home, saying he complied with Covid rules during his trip
  • Lisa Montgomery: #US judge has granted a stay of execution to Lisa Montgomery - just hours before the only woman on America's federal death row was due to be given a lethal injection
  • Lockdown rule-breakers are more likely to be fined as Covid laws will be enforced "more quickly", the UK's most senior police officer has said
  • HMCTS boosts messaging as court concerns grow | Law Gazette
  • High Court grants barrister her “dying wish” and halves suspension - Legal Futures
  • THE INSTRUMENTS OF PRE-BORDER CONTROL IN THE EU A NEW SOURCE OF VULNERABILITY FOR ASYLUM SEEKERS | Paix et Sécurité Internationales Journal of International Law and International Relations
  • Wales: Prisons should offer free cannabis to drug-dependent prisoners to determine whether it could stem overdose deaths and reduce violence, a police and crime commissioner has said - Scottish Legal News
  • #US Congressional committee orders publication of report on UFOs - Scottish Legal News
  • #SouthKorea court orders Japan to compensate wartime sex slaves - Scottish Legal News
  • Scottish Young Lawyers’ Association (SYLA) will host a conference on ethics over three virtual sessions in the coming weeks - Scottish Legal News
  • Terra Firma Sponsors STEP Scotland Discussion Forum - Scottish Legal News
  • England: Family judges urged to challenge lawyers emailing outside acceptable hours - Scottish Legal News
  • Render unto Cesar… Ground-breaking decision ‘highlights inadequate protection for PRS tenants’ - Scottish Legal News
  • Lynn Melville has joined Blackadders as a partner; an accomplished lawyer in the private client field, will be based in the Dundee and Perth office - Scottish Legal News
  • Employment lawyer Hayley Johnson has joined Morton Fraser as an associate - Scottish Legal News
  • A #US Capitol police officer, African-American Eugene Goodman, is being called a hero for singlehandedly steering a mob away from the Senate chambers during the deadly riots
  • Henry Hendron to appear before disciplinary tribunal - again - Legal Cheek
  • Police are investigating 24 year old's death hours after his release from custody where he allegedly received severe bruising. Mohamud Mohammed Hassan was arrested at his Cardiff home on suspicion of breach of the peace
  • All over-50s and everyone who is at greater risk from Covid will be offered a vaccine by spring, under new Welsh Government plans
  • Parler social network, popular with Trump supporters and conspiracy theorists, sues Amazon for pulling support
  • #UAE dropped from UK travel corridor list
  • UK residents can apply for a Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) to access emergency medical care in the EU when their current EHIC card runs out
  • A Dutch TV network has filmed border officials confiscating ham sandwiches and other foods from drivers arriving in the Netherlands from the UK, under post-Brexit rules
  • An eye health charity is recommending people learn the "20-20-20" rule to protect their sight, as lockdown has increased people's time using screens
  • Two women who were fined £200 each when they drove five miles for a walk have had the penalties withdrawn. Jessica Allen and Eliza Moore were walking at Foremark Reservoir, Derbyshire, when they were "surrounded" by officers
  • Trials delayed endlessly due to deliberate absence of Investigating Officers, such officers ridicule justice delivery system: Kerala HC #India | Bar & Bench