7th January - Law News

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 Today's Highlighted Video Story: Prosecutors in the US state of Wisconsin say a policeman who shot and paralysed a black man last August will not face charges. The shooting of Jacob Blake sparked violent street protests in Kenosha and other parts of the country over racial justice -- and there are fears the decision could provoke more unrest.


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Focus of the Day Article: No one should be asked to go to court unless strictly necessary and remote attendance must be the default position, the lord chief justice said today, as England prepares to enter its third national lockdown. Lord Burnett of Maldon said the next few weeks will present difficulties in all jurisdictions but courts and tribunals must continue to function. Full story - The Law Society Gazette  

Saturday Conversations on Law
  • Richard Grogan & Associates appoints Sorcha Finnegan to lead personal injury practice - Irish Legal News 
  • Man viewed extreme Isis content before Reading knife attack, court hears
  • Senior promotions at Thorntons: Gary Mannion from the PI team in Dundee & Lucy Metcalf from the family law team in Edinburgh have both joined the partnership. Janice Napier has been promoted to legal director in business law - Scottish Legal News
  • Lord President’s warning over court safety rules met with contempt - Scottish Legal News
  • English High Court rules South African government does not have immunity from salvage payment action - Scottish Legal News
  • National security law: #HongKong rounds up 53 pro-democracy activists
  • #US Congress in turmoil as violent Trump supporters breach building
  • Dozens of #HongKong pro-democracy figures arrested in sweeping crackdown
  • Judge Merrick Garland is Biden's choice for #US attorney general
  • Distributed law firm launches internship programme for postgrads - Legal Futures
  • UK unexpectedly reduces tax scheme reporting burden on firms - Legal Futures
  • Complaint over law firm's radio advert rejected - Legal Futures
  • Tribunal clears solicitor but refuses to order costs against SRA - Legal Futures
  • Shukri Abdi: family of refugee schoolgirl who drowned sues police
  • Two #US police officers linked to a notorious raid in which young black medic Breonna Taylor was fatally shot have been fired, authorities have said
  • Fake NHS vaccine messages sent in banking fraud scam
  • Doubts emerge in US over future of Assange extradition case
  • The Guardian view on Julian Assange's extradition ruling: relief, not victory
  • Court denies relief for costs default during first lockdown | Law Gazette 
  • Backlash after law school refuses to move exam online | Law Gazette 
  • Royal Mail ordered to pay £230,000 to harassed Hindu ex-worker - Ruling follows Mathan Shunmugaraja telling tribunal he was called ‘sly dog’ and mistaken for a Muslim
  • Wine thieves turn to bottle as French police give chase - Burglars who stole €350,000 of Burgundy hurled bottles at gendarmes during motorway pursuit #France 
  • Lockdown 3: ‘Keep footfall in courts to a minimum’, says lord chief | Law Gazette
  • Milton Keynes house party murders gang jailed for life
  • Julian Assange loses extradition bail bid
  • Lockdown 3: Government urged to extend evictions ban | Law Gazette 
  • Trump administration's Justice Dept. Seeks to Pare Back Civil Rights Protections for Minorities before leaving office #US
  • Lockdown 3: ‘Safety of all court users paramount’, says Law Society | Law Gazette
  • Former Goldman Sachs banker Richard Sharp is set to be named the BBC's next chairman. Sharp spent 23 years working for the banking giant and was Tory Chancellor Rishi Sunak's boss
  • #Iran issues Interpol arrest warrant for outgoing US president Donald Trump over the illegal killing of General Soleimani 
  • Courts stay open as England plunged back into lockdown | Law Gazette 
  • All GCSE, AS and A-level examinations in Northern Ireland will not go ahead this year 
  • An investment firm has bought 50% of the rights to all Neil Young's songs. Hipgnosis Songs Fund spent an estimated $150m (£110m) on 1,180 songs written by the Canadian folk rocker
  • England's third national lockdown has legally come into force, with MPs set to vote retrospectively on it later
  • Questions of Jurisdiction and Attribution in the Context of Multi-Actor Operations in the Mediterranean | Fulvia Staiano
  • A lawyer has been imprisoned after exchanging hundreds of calls and messages with a prisoner via contraband phones smuggled into a jail - Scottish Legal News
  • Drone owners required to register devices under new rules - Scottish Legal News
  • Non-binary person granted asylum in UK in first-of-its-kind ruling - Scottish Legal News
  • Architect who embezzled from charity ordered to pay £700,000 - Scottish Legal News
  • UK ranks second for GDPR fines - Scottish Legal News
  • Top lawyer Iain Smith calls for decriminalisation of drugs - Scottish Legal News
  • Nigel Watson joins Burges Salmon in Edinburgh - Scottish Legal News 
  • Tim Edward joins MBM Commercial - Scottish Legal News 
  • John Burns, a legal messenger known as the world’s most loyal employee, having worked at the same firm for 84 years, has passed away - Scottish Legal News
  • Courts and tribunals to operate during lockdown - Scottish Legal News