21st May - Law News

Edition 3798: 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: Indian Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu today surrendered in a court in Punjab's Patiala, a day after the Supreme Court sentenced him to one year in jail in a road-rage incident in which a man was killed 34 years ago. He had earlier requested a few more weeks to surrender on health grounds.

Saturday Conversations on Law
  • Judicial reviews seen as major obstacle to meeting Ireland’s housing needs | Irish Legal News
  • Equalising goal: Law Society proposes SLAPP curbs | Law Gazette
  • Lawtons choose PracticeEvolve to manage clients more effectively | Irish Legal News 
  • It’s fun to pay… Sidley Austin announces partnership with YMCA | Law Gazette
  • Law firms under pressure to show values in clients they take on - Legal Futures 
  • A university has been told to pay more than £50,000 in damages for discriminating against student Natasha Abrahart, who killed herself in 2018. She was found dead on the day she was due to take part in a group presentation at the University of Bristol
  • A woman who was terrorised and abused by an MI5 agent is taking legal action against the security service. Beth, not her real name, has lodged a formal complaint with the watchdog for the intelligence agencies, the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) 
  • Barrister wins appeal over disbarment for sexual assault | Law Gazette 
  • Five new senators of the College of Justice have been installed at individual ceremonies in Parliament House, Edinburgh | Scottish Legal News 
  • Ex-Labour MP must pay £434k damages to woman he repeatedly assaulted 
  • What did we learn from ‘Wagatha Christie’? No one wins in Britain’s slow and broken courts 
  • Lord Chief warns over lack of Crown Court judges and lawyers - Legal Futures 
  • Russians lead commercial litigant table - for now | Law Gazette 
  • Knights bolsters presence in South-East with £11.5m acquisition - Legal Futures
  • Mason Hayes & Curran appoints 15 new partners | Irish Legal News 
  • National memorial for witchcraft accused to be considered | Scottish Legal News
  • Knights expands south with £11.5m deal to buy rival | Law Gazette 
  • Chancellor Rishi Sunak and his wife Akshata Murty have made the Sunday Times Rich List of the UK's wealthiest 250 people for the first time. Their joint £730m fortune ranks them at 222 of the paper's annual list
  • Friend of Craig McLachlan tells court he feared harassment reports would destroy the actor #Australia
  • Wrong to ignore referee in football injury claim, High Court rules | Law Gazette
  • 'Deal with this problem': lord chief wades into legal aid dispute | Law Gazette 
  • Property search merger “lessens competition”, CMA says - Legal Futures
  • The government's independent adviser on tackling violence against women and girls has suggested her calls for street harassment to be made a crime are being blocked
  • Lord chief calculates the cost of legal aid cuts | Law Gazette
  • A man fascinated with serial killers has been jailed for a minimum of 31 years for murdering an 18-year-old woman he abducted from a bus stop. Bobbi-Anne McLeod's body was found in woodland near Plymouth in November 
  • Jailed solicitor struck off for role in property sales scam | Law Gazette 
  • Canadian distillery drops Scottish sounding products after SWA dispute | Scottish Legal News
  • Cleaver Fulton Rankin shortlisted for responsible business award | Irish Legal News 
  • 'Textbook SLAPP': Oligarch’s libel lawyers reported to SRA | Law Gazette


20th May - Law News

Edition 3797: 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: They are young men, teenagers or barely into their twenties, already serving years in prison for serious violent offences, including murder. But the new governor of HMP Swinfen Hall in Staffordshire is determined they can still change, that the violence which has dominated their lives can end before they go back out into the world. Exclusive access was given to the filmmakers the prison to see its new rehabilitation programme in action and they were able to meet the prisoners trying to face up to the reality of their crimes and a mother, bereaved by knife violence, who's helping them do it

Focus of the Day Article: A law firm owner has been fined by the Solicitors Regulation Authority after repeatedly failing to pay fees owed to a barrister. Ahmed Mohammed Hersi, sole principal of north west London firm Hersi & Co, did not pay an invoice of £29,000 issued to him for counsel fees back in 2017, an SRA decision notice states. He then failed to abide by a county court order made in 2018 to pay these fees, which with interest had increased to £40,000. Full story - The Law Society Gazette

Saturday Conversations on Law
  • Shane Bazzi wins appeal in defamation case over Peter Dutton tweet #Australia 
  • MI5 agent used secret status to terrorise girlfriend - The foreign national cannot be named, despite evidence he is a threat to women, after the government took the BBC to court to block publication 
  • BHL launches legal expenses insurance push with Minster Law - Legal Futures
  • The government faces the threat of further disruption in the courts as dozens of solicitors prepare to join the criminal bar in protest action over the government’s controversial criminal legal aid reforms | Law Gazette
  • City partner put making money before clients, High Court rules - Legal Futures
  • Prejudices that led to witch-hunts still affect women today, says historian 
  • Judicial diversity progress 'better than people might think', says lord chief justice | Law Gazette 
  • John Nimmo joins MBM Commercial | Scottish Legal News
  • A former employee in the residential property department of a stock exchange-listed firm has been banned for posing as someone who could carry out matrimonial work | Law Gazette
  • Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been told he faces no further action after police closed their Partygate investigation, No 10 says 
  • Northern Ireland to allow some new creditors’ bankruptcy petitions from September | Irish Legal News
  • Thomas Ross QC: Does the Faculty of Advocates labour under a culture of misogyny? | Scottish Legal News
  • Solicitor William Nash obituary
  • Solicitor rebuked over referrals from genealogists - Legal Futures
  • HS2 protestor held in contempt told he must face costs penalty | Law Gazette
  • The Law Society of Scotland has congratulated John Scott QC as he today takes the precedent-setting step from solicitor advocate to senator of the College of Justice | Scottish Legal News 
  • Co-op Legal Services eyes £100m turnover in growth push - Legal Futures 
  • William Fry hires Barry Scannell as technology consultant | Irish Legal News
  • 7 criminal barristers have lost a High Court battle with the Legal Aid Agency (LAA) over their fees for a £5m fraud trial in which a five-million page hard drive was served on the defence shortly before trial | Law Gazette
  • Courts crisis - Inspectors demand more resources for defence | Law Gazette
  • ECtHR: Lawyer should not have been fined for telling joke in court | Scottish Legal News
  • Laurence Fox denied first libel jury trial for a decade | Law Gazette 
  • Remote firm brings solicitors and barristers under one banner | Law Gazette 
  • Ben Roberts-Smith’s defamation trial hears conflicting evidence over Afghan deaths #Australia 
  • UN confirms death of one of last #Rwandan genocide fugitives. Phénéas Munyarugarama is second person wanted for their involvement in 1994 mass killings to die 
  • Principal fined for not paying counsel’s £29,000 fees | Law Gazette 
  • Rights watchdog to appear in Supreme Court case concerning surrogacy | Irish Legal News 
  • Trans people ‘not an ideology’, MSPs weighing gender recognition reform told - Director of Stonewall Scotland speaks to parliamentarians as they take evidence on draft bill


19th May - Law News

Edition 3796: 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: The United States Soccer Federation (USSF), the United States Women's National Team Players Association (USWNTPA) and the United States National Soccer Team Players Association (USNSTPA) have agreed to a deal that achieves "equal pay and set the global standard moving forward in international football" 

Focus of the Day Article: Controversial legislation aimed at ending prosecutions for killings during the Troubles will be introduced to Westminster. The Northern Ireland Troubles (Legacy and Reconciliation Bill) will create a new independent body called the Independent Commission for Reconciliation and Information Recovery (ICRIR) and offer immunity from prosecution for individuals who co-operate with it. Full story - Irish Legal News

Saturday Conversations on Law
  • A New York man has a beef to pick with McDonald's and Wendy's: misleading adverts he says make their burgers look much bigger than they actually are #US 
  • #India's Supreme Court has ordered the release of one of the men convicted of involvement in the 1991 murder of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi
  • Alaa Abdel Fattah: UK urged to help jailed British-Egyptian activist #Egypt
  • Former clients hit with indemnity costs for ‘hopeless’ appeal | Law Gazette 
  • World’s highest jailing rate found in Uyghur county of China, data leak suggests #Uyghurs
  • Controversial legacy legislation to be introduced to Westminster today | Irish Legal News
  • Plight of Afghan judges in spotlight as court hears UK asylum challenge - Three judicial reviews of Afghans who face ‘real risk to life’ could force wholesale Home Office rethink
  • Planning your office for the next generation - Legal Futures
  • New firm Power Law LLP to focus on business clients | Irish Legal News
  • A High Court ruling will allow the BBC to publish a story about a man it says exploited his status as an MI5 informant to abuse his partner. The BBC said the decision will allow it to tell a story that is "firmly in the public interest"
  • A hospital trust has been fined more than £1.3m after admitting failures in care that contributed to the deaths of two patients. Mohammed Ismael Zaman, 31, died of severe blood loss while undergoing dialysis at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital in 2019 
  • A 21-year-old #Russian soldier has pleaded guilty to killing an unarmed civilian, in the first war crimes trial in Ukraine since the war started. Vadim Shishimarin admitted shooting a 62-year-old man a few days after the invasion began 
  • Don’t assume litigation lawyers always want their trial payday | Law Gazette
  • Jamie Gray appointed as partner at Burness Paull | Scottish Legal News 
  • Advice deserts? We have a telephone helpline, says minister | Law Gazette
  • Smaller law firms eager to grow as confidence stays high - Legal Futures 
  • McKee Campbell Morrison appoints Michael Flett as associate director | Scottish Legal News 
  • Legal advice clinic for LGBTQ+ issues reaches landmark: Cardiff LGBTQ+ Law Clinic was set up in May 2021 to provide free legal advice for individuals across the country, and is on the verge of passing 100 enquiries in that time | Law Gazette 
  • Listed company's law firm shoots up rankings with £47m turnover - Legal Futures
  • As a high-profile tax dispute regarding film distribution schemes rumbles on, the Court of Appeal could yet be asked to give guidance on a lawyer’s duty of care | Law Gazette
  • Dechert ex-partner ‘disgrace to profession’, court hears | Law Gazette 
  • The Legal Aid Agency has sought to assure anxious criminal legal aid providers that it will try to ensure they do not lose out on work when new contracts begin later this year | Law Gazette 
  • ABS evolves platform model with other lawyers and professionals - Legal Futures
  • Priti Patel lifts restrictions on police stop and search powers: Home secretary announces the end of limitations on use of section 60 powers where serious violence anticipated
  • Lawyer in the news: Stuart Luke, Instalaw Solicitors - Profile | Law Gazette
  • Colleague feared Craig McLachlan could take his own life after articles alleging harassment, court hears #Australia
  • Best of the blogs - 14 May 2022 | Law Gazette 
  • New firm Power Law LLP to focus on business clients | Irish Legal News 
  • Dechert ex-partner leaked to press and ‘plainly lied’ in court – judge | Law Gazette