26th June - Law News

Edition 3834: 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: Ethiopia is one of the most ethnically-diverese nations in Africa. It also has the second largest population of the continent. But it has struggled with rising ethnic-based violence and tension in recent years. Hundreds of civilians were targeted by armed men in the Gimbi district of Ethiopia’s Oromia region, in an attack that began last Saturday. Witnesses said most of the victims belonged to the Amhara ethnic group.

Saturday Conversations on Law

  • Silks accuse LCJ of 'intimidating' lawyers over court walkouts | Law Gazette
  • Gateley director banned for accepting £2,500 ‘gift’ | Law Gazette
  • Low-value commercial cases – an achievable challenge for ATE insurers - Legal Futures
  • Top Indian judge hails court’s constitutional role | Law Gazette
  • Does copyrighted work prevent others from turning an image into a tattoo? A question set to be decided by a jury in California federal court, where the case of photographer Jeffrey B. Sedlik versus celebrity tattoo artist Kat Von D is due to go to trial 
  • Commission probes law on remotely driven cars | Law Gazette
  • Firms that embrace innovation will be organic growth winners - Legal Futures 
  • Women lawyers pessimistic about pay equality | Law Gazette 
  • BSB prosecutions of striking barristers "unlikely to succeed" - Legal Futures
  • Court rejects claim that instructions of counsel create conflict | Law Gazette 
  • A row is building up over Marks & Spencer's plans to demolish and rebuild its flagship London store. Minister Michael Gove had already ordered a review into the idea due to concerns over carbon emissions from bulldozing the building
  • Eighteen migrants have died and others were injured when a huge crowd tried to cross into #Spain's North African enclave of Melilla, officials from neighbouring Morocco say. Reports say some of those who died had fallen from the top of a border fence
  • Two people have been shot dead and 21 injured in a shooting at a nightclub and nearby streets in the centre of the #Norwegian capital, Oslo, police say. The shootings are being investigated as a terrorist act 
  • Traditional partnerships dying out as ABSs top 1,000 - Legal Futures 
  • Senior met officer ‘left out evidence’ in UK holidaymaker murder investigation
  • Kennedys posts record global revenue | Law Gazette
  • Australian law firm targets UK SMEs with unlimited subscription service - Legal Futures 
  • Mother in law: Brain fog | Law Gazette
  • Rikki Neave murder: James Watson jailed for 15 years - The killer of the six-year-old schoolboy who evaded justice for nearly three decades has been jailed for a minimum of 15 years


25th June - Law News

Edition 3833: 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 Supreme Court rejected an appeal against exoneration of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a 2002 Gujarat riots case. The appeal by Zakia Jafri, wife of Congress MP Ehsan Jafri who was killed in the violence, was "devoid of merits", the court said.

Saturday Conversations on Law

  • Damning verdict on Raab’s Bill of Rights | Law Gazette
  • A criminal record should not be a life sentence 
  • Insolvency funder blames Covid measures for profit slump | Law Gazette 
  • More women than men have been appointed senior counsel this year in a legal first. Twenty-eight barristers and six solicitors have been made senior counsel – 20 of whom are female and 14 male | Irish Legal News
  • Law firms making ‘wildly inflated’ costs claims, standards body finds | Law Gazette
  • Costs lawyers urged to play bigger role in "out of control" market - Legal Futures
  • Mishcon awarded interim £1.9m after ‘negligence’ win | Law Gazette
  • #Saudis free youngest prisoner who faced execution - Murtaja Qureiris had once been facing the death penalty, although he was finally sentenced to a prison term 
  • #Japanese man loses USB stick with entire city's personal details - the man, said to be in his 40s, works for a company tasked with providing benefits to tax-exempt households
  • Millions of women in the #US will lose the legal right to abortion, after the Supreme Court overturned a 50-year-old ruling that legalised it nationwide 
  • #US Supreme court decision to overturn New York gun law met with outrage
  • Former Dechert client drops defence over ex-partner’s conduct | Law Gazette 
  • Disabled swimmer loses legal challenge over London bathing pond ticket prices - Christina Efthimiou claimed price increase at Kenwood ladies’ bathing pond had unfair impact on people with disabilities 
  • Law Society announces winners of Justice Media Awards 2022 | Irish Legal News
  • Dramatic fall in successful high court challenges to government policy 
  • GLD publicly fires back at 'derogatory' article | Law Gazette
  • SRA seeks whistleblowing role as part of SLAPPs action - Legal Futures
  • #US government lawyers threatened to quit en masse as then-President Donald Trump hounded them almost daily to help overturn his 2020 election defeat, a congressional inquiry has heard
  • England: Lord Chief Justice says striking barristers should be reported to regulators | Irish Legal News
  • SRA delves once again into race disparity in investigations | Law Gazette 
  • Kennedys reports uptick in UK revenue | Irish Legal News 
  • Motor industry giant Toyota is recalling 2,700 of its first mass-produced all-electric vehicles over concerns their wheels may fall off - the bolts on the bZ4X's wheels "can loosen to the point where the wheel can detach from the vehicle" 
  • The #US Senate has passed a gun control bill - the most significant firearms legislation in nearly 30 years. Fifteen Republicans joined Democrats in the upper chamber of Congress to approve the measure by 65 votes to 33 
  • The bodies of UK journalist Dom Phillips and indigenous expert Bruno Pereira have been handed over to their families in Brazil, according to local media 
  • SRA fining power increase should not be conflated with sanctions regime | Law Gazette 
  • Lord Chief Justice and BSB warn striking barristers of disciplinary risks - Legal Futures 
  • #US supreme court overturns New York handgun law in bitter blow to gun-control push 
  • ‘False narrative’: campaigners say British bill of rights could undermine free speech
  • SRA reports £161m of suspect transactions by law firms to NCA - Legal Futures
  • Ministers press on with ‘cynical’ plan to let agency staff replace striking workers
  • Lasting powers of attorney are taking nearly three months to register – double the Office of the Public Guardian’s target, the government has revealed | Law Gazette 
  • One of the UK's biggest cheddar cheese suppliers has been fined more than £1.5m after admitting a host of pollution and odour charges. The Dairy Crest Ltd plant at Davidstow, Cornwall, polluted the local area over a five year period up to 2021
  • Veteran barrister’s sexist language was misconduct, High Court rules | Law Gazette


24th June - Law News

Edition 3832: 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: Afghanistan's devastating earthquake will be a major test for the Taliban-led government, since they took over the country less than six months ago. Sanctions imposed by the international community mean the nation has been cut off from receiving much overseas assistance. Longtime Afghanistan reporter Lynne O'Donnell tells The World has called it "a desperate situation".

Focus of the Day Article: The High Court has ordered that a law firm should be paid for months of work it carried out on a bond issue despite the transaction eventually being aborted. In Blacklion Law LLP v Amira Nature Foods Ltd & Anor His Honour Judge Paul Matthews ruled that central London firm Blacklion completed more than 90% of the work that would be needed for the transaction and should received the agreed £300,000 fixed fee. Full story - Law Society Gazette

Saturday Conversations on Law

  • Surrogate girl, 6, loses battle to list her father on UK birth certificate - Child’s case argued that practice of naming surrogate mother’s husband breached her human rights
  • Profits soar by 25% at Weightmans | Law Gazette
  • The Guardian view on Raab’s bill of rights: liberty bent to prejudice | Editorial
  • Solicitor who let one mistake "snowball" fined by tribunal - Legal Futures
  • The #US is banning the sale of all products sold by Juul, one of the country's top e-cigarette companies. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said it did not have enough data to be sure that marketing the firm's products was "appropriate 
  • Three years after an artwork by graffiti artist Banksy was stolen from a door at the Bataclan music hall in Paris, eight people have been convicted of theft or handling stolen goods #France
  • #Ukraine and #Moldova have both been granted EU candidate status, President of the European Council Charles Michel has announced
  • Greens MP calls for inquiry into botched NSW police operation against Blockade #Australia
  • Bill of Rights: Raab pledges ‘fundamental commitment’ to ECHR | Law Gazette
  • Lawyers who break AML rules face bigger, more public fines - Legal Futures
  • Environmental concerns remain as Toyota files appeal against class action ruling over diesel filters #Australia
  • The provisions so far announced for the government's Bill of Rights will put the UK on a collision course with the rule of law, the Law Society said | Law Gazette
  • Court says widower can use embryo made with late wife - Ted Jennings, 38, has argued he has the blessing of Fern-Marie Choya, who died, aged 40, in 2019, while pregnant with their twins 
  • The #US Supreme Court has struck down a New York law restricting gun carrying rights. The law required residents who want a licence to prove "proper cause" to carry concealed weapons
  • Two people have been charged with conspiring to transport a child into the UK in order to harvest organs. Beatrice Nwanneka Ekweremadu, 55, and Ike Ekweremadu, 60, both Nigerian nationals, will appear at Uxbridge Magistrates' Court later 
  • Value of medico-legal market slumps by further 5% - Legal Futures
  • A British bill of rights? This draconian plan is a rights removal bill
  • 11-year old Raheem Bailey, a pupil at Abertillery Learning Community in Blaenau Gwent, caught his finger climbing a fence trying to escape racist bullies 
  • Met to be re-investigated over serial killer - Stephen Port, 47, is serving a whole-life term for the murders of Anthony Walgate, Gabriel Kovari, Daniel Whitworth and Jack Taylor in Barking, East London
  • Young people go to European court to stop treaty that aids fossil fuel investors - Five claimants aged 17-31 want their governments to exit the energy charter treaty, which compensates oil and gas firms
  • Widower wins right to have baby using embryo created with his late wife - ‘False narrative’: campaigners say British bill of rights could undermine free speech
  • Family specialists choose employee ownership over acquisition - Legal Futures 
  • The Guardian view on criminal record checks: the case for second chances
  • Barristers participating in court walkouts over the government’s legal aid reforms could face wasted costs and disciplinary proceedings, the lord chief justice warned | Law Gazette
  • Refugees previously despatched to Rwanda now in Europe - as recently as 2017, refugees despatched there by Israel were rapidly deported and are now in Europe 
  • Three fishing crew died off north Wales because their boat was unstable and heavily loaded, a report has found. Ross Ballantine, 39, Alan Minard, 20, and skipper Carl McGrath, 34, all died when their boat, the Nicola Faith, sank
  • The days of spending paper banknotes in the shops are numbered: 100 days, to be exact - so start hunting at home. Remaining paper £20 or £50 notes should be spent or deposited by the end of September, the Bank of England said
  • Heavy rain, threadbare resources and rugged terrain are hampering rescuers in south-east #Afghanistan, where a powerful earthquake is reported to have killed more than 1,000 people
  • 8 medical personnel to stand trial accused of criminal negligence in the death #Argentinian Diego Maradona. A judge has ordered a culpable homicide trial after a medical panel found Maradona's treatment was rife with "deficiencies and irregularities"
  • Glencore pleads guilty to bribery related to African oil operations - SFO says subsidiary of commodity trading company will be sentenced in November
  • Lawyers who break AML rules face bigger, more public fines - Legal Futures
  • The master of the rolls Sir Geoffrey Vos, in his recent speech on the future of disputes, predicted that most personal injury and medical negligence disputes ‘will be resolved very quickly’ by artificial intelligence | Law Gazette 
  • A pregnant woman has recounted the "horrendous" conditions she endured as a modern slavery victim. Maros Tancos tricked the victim and numerous other vulnerable Slovaks into coming to the UK with the promise of a better life
  • Solicitor struck off for blue badge misuse fails in High Court appeal - Legal Futures
  • The head of the International Energy Agency has warned that #Russia may stop supplying gas to Europe this winter 
  • Legal profession finding new ways to treat trauma | Law Gazette