31st July - Law News

3139th Edition: LawNewsIndex is a UK based legal news & articles archive since 2011 focusing on Law, Lawyers, Law Firms, Justice, Legislation, Litigation, Legal Ethics, Human Rights & Social Justice issues.

Today's Video Focus:  It is one of the grimmest of crimes - its victims among the most vulnerable, but often seen as criminals themselves.  Exclusive figures seen give a sense of the scale of the devastation caused by criminal exploitation: 47 children killed or seriously harmed in two years.

Focus of the Day Article:  The police could be sued over tactics deployed during protests supporting the Black Lives Matters movement. The Black Protest Legal Support group was set up to provide free advice and representation to activists and protesters. Committee member Danielle Manson, a barrister at Garden Court Chambers, told a Public Law Project conference this week to ‘watch this space’ over the possibility of legal action. Full story - The Law Society Gazette

Saturday Conversations on Law
  • Coronavirus in Wales: Up to 30 can meet outdoors from Monday
  • Separate households will not be able to meet indoors from Friday in Greater Manchester, East Lancashire and parts of West Yorkshire, the government says
  • Coronavirus second wave risk is 'absolutely real' - Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford
  • Jet2 tells some holidaymakers in Spain to come home early
  • Top Republicans have rejected Donald Trump's suggestion that November's presidential election should be delayed over alleged fraud concerns #US
  • The latest TheLawMap Wig!
  • British trafficking victim sues Priti Patel alleging abuse of personal data: Lawyers argue human rights of ‘extremely vulnerable’ woman were breached by Home Office access to personal and confidential details
  • What challenges do rape victims face in getting cases to court?
  • 'State-sanctioned gaslighting': a rape survivor recalls her CPS ordeal
  • The Guardian view on falling rape prosecutions: women’s rights are regressing | Editorial 
  • Justice is not about numbers, but some numbers cannot be ignored | Law Gazette
  • Profit drops by 8% at Herbert Smith Freehills | Law Gazette
  • ‘Overwhelmed’ junior struck off after concealing court orders | Law Gazette
  • Summer spike in judicial sanctions | Law Gazette 
  • Pre-Covid remote hearings worked well, study finds | Law Gazette
  • Solicitor super-exam to cost £3,980 | Law Gazette
  • Court closures 'hard to justify now', say MPs | Law Gazette
  • Charlie Elphicke: Why did it take so long to bring ex-MP to justice?
  • A young NHS worker who was seriously injured by a car in a racially-aggravated attack says he is "glad he is still here breathing"
  • Nominations open for Law Society's 2020 Rising Star Award - Scottish Legal News
  • British Nationality for EU Citizens: a Citizens Rights Project webinar - Scottish Legal News
  • Police were justified in using PAVA spray on woman 'acting violently' - Scottish Legal News
  • Spain quarantine rules and employment law - Scottish Legal News
  • Blog: Good news for claimants in construction adjudication - Scottish Legal News
  • Harper Macleod solicitor tops the class in STEP Awards - Scottish Legal News
  • Charlie Elphicke trial: former Conservative MP has been found guilty of sexually assaulting two women
  • Holocaust survivor launches legal claim against #German railway
  • Serious Fraud Office prosecutes Airbus subsidiary over alleged corruption
  • Legal & General's new leasing model 'potentially game-changing' - Scottish Legal News
  • New law to ensure furloughed employees receive full redundancy payments - Scottish Legal News 
  • English child care judge found to have potential bias after leaving remote link open - Scottish Legal News
  • Judges reject terror offender's challenge of early release ban: An attempt by terrorism offender Mohammed Zahir Khan to overturn a ban on early release from prison has been thrown out by the High Court 
  • UK lockdown solidarity 'starting to fray'
  • England had the highest levels of excess deaths in Europe between the end of February to the middle of June, official analysis shows
  • The latest TheLawMap Wig!
  • Revealed: Most barristers failing to comply with transparency rules - Legal Futures
  • Assistant turned senior partner let struck-off solicitor maintain control - Legal Futures
  • Justice committee launches inquiry into court backlog - Legal Futures
  • My lockdown legacy – what will yours be? - Legal Futures
  • The Trump administration is planning to withdraw some federal security forces from Portland, Oregon, after weeks of clashes with protesters #US
  • The length of time people with coronavirus symptoms will have to self-isolate for is expected to be increased from seven to 10 days in England 
  • Australia's virus-hit state of #Victoria has reported its worst death toll and case rise - prompting fears that a six-week lockdown of state capital Melbourne is not working
  • Domino's #NewZealand drops 'free pizza for Karen' offer after backlash over white middle-aged women who are perceived to be obnoxious or racist called Karen J
  • Rape convictions fall to record low in England and Wales


30th July - Law News

3138th Edition: LawNewsIndex is a UK based legal news & articles archive since 2011 focusing on Law, Lawyers, Law Firms, Justice, Legislation, Litigation, Legal Ethics, Human Rights & Social Justice issues.

Today's Video Focus:  Three police officers caught on video bashing a man during a welfare check in 2017 have escaped conviction, instead facing fines for the attack on the man at his home in Preston. Officers John Edney, 30, Florian Hilgart, 42, and Brad McLeod, 35, were found guilty of assault last week and have each agreed to a good behaviour bond for 12 months.

Focus of the Day Article:  'We are the A&E of law': the first UK law centre for poor people turns 50. Austerity cuts to legal aid may have restricted North Kensington’s resources, but they haven’t crushed its spirit. Full story - Guardian Law

Saturday Conversations on Law


29th July - Law News

3137th Edition: LawNewsIndex is a UK based legal news & articles archive since 2011 focusing on Law, Lawyers, Law Firms, Justice, Legislation, Litigation, Legal Ethics, Human Rights & Social Justice issues.

Today's Video Focus:  Watch US Attorney General Bill Barr's complete opening statements before the House Judiciary Committee.

Focus of the Day Article:  The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is to end the practice of allowing trainee solicitors to obtain higher rights of audience (HRA) but has reversed course on its proposed approach to advocacy in the youth courts. Full story - Legal Futures

Saturday Conversations on Law


28th July - Law News

3136th Edition: LawNewsIndex is a UK based legal news & articles archive since 2011 focusing on Law, Lawyers, Law Firms, Justice, Legislation, Litigation, Legal Ethics, Human Rights & Social Justice issues.

Today's Video Focus:  Brazil is suffering the impact of coronavirus infections more than almost any other country. Health workers there have called on the International Criminal Court to investigate President Bolsanaro’s government. They accuse it of crimes against humanity over its mishandling of the pandemic, which they say has led to thousands of unnecessary deaths.

Focus of the Day Article:  Over the past three months, independent charity Crimestoppers has received a record number of reports from the public across Scotland on domestic abuse, drug dealing and child harm and neglect. In response to lockdown across Scotland, the charity ran a series of public awareness campaigns to highlight the increased risk of harm and abuse some people would experience. Full story - Scottish Legal News

Saturday Conversations on Law
  • BBC Panorama Investigation Into Labour Antisemitism Omitted Key Evidence and Parts of Labour’s Response
  • 'Fix your bike' vouchers launch, as doctors to prescribe bikes on NHS 
  • Revealed: NHS could take over social care, swelling budget to £150bn 
  • An indictment of how we treat young offenders
  • The latest TheLawMap Wig!
  • A law requiring people in Wales to work from home where they can has been scrapped by the Welsh Government. It means it is no longer a criminal offence for individuals not to do so
  • The UK has updated its advice against all non-essential travel to Spain to include the Balearic and Canary Islands following a rise in coronavirus cases
  • Lawyer in the news: ​Kate Hammond, Miles & Partners - Profile | Law Gazette
  • My legal life: Naveen Garg, Garg Solicitors - Profile | Law Gazette
  • Best of the blogs - 25 July 2020 | Law Gazette
  • EU’s soft power will still govern data transfer | Law Gazette
  • Magic circle profits hit by Covid uncertainty | Law Gazette
  • SRA probes firms over wellbeing of junior staff | Law Gazette
  • News focus: 'Reinvigorating' commonhold | Law Gazette
  • Pupillages will be withdrawn, regulator warns | Law Gazette
  • Judge replaced after private comments overheard on Zoom chat | Law Gazette
  • Limitation changes 'not an attack on veterans', says forces minister | Law Gazette
  • Land Registry confirms electronic signature arrangements | Law Gazette
  • Land Registry confirms electronic signature arrangements | Law Gazette
  • Video wills 'risky and unnecessary', solicitors claim | Law Gazette
  • Top marks for Blackadders' Rachael Delaney and Robyn Lee - Scottish Legal News
  • Homelessness & Judicial Review: A Missed Opportunity for Reform - Scottish Legal News
  • Gillespie Macandrew secures over £2m of emergency business loans for clients in July - Scottish Legal News
  • Top graduate seeks new opportunities - Scottish Legal News
  • Brian McConnachie QC hails success of first Glasgow jury trial - Scottish Legal News
  • Reports to Crimestoppers hit record high during lockdown - Scottish Legal News
  • Demand for Scottish commercial property remains 'robust' - Scottish Legal News
  • The transport secretary decided he had to remain in Spain and observe quarantine restrictions in the UK to avoid a possible public backlash, it is understood
  • Cardiff barking dog row attacker Raymond Burrell guilty of murder
  • Rishi Sunak could levy online sales tax to protect high streets: Chancellor considers tax in England and Wales as potential replacement for business rates
  • #US attorney general may be using Assange case for political ends, court told
  • Plaintiff lawyers allege #US foreign influence in Australian class action crackdown
  • #Australian states agree to overhaul of 'outdated' defamation laws
  • Youth Justice Board chair aims to tackle racial disparities in criminal justice system in England and Wales
  • Law change to better protect consumers in event of insolvencies
  • It is regrettable that judges believe that silencing criticism will harbour respect for the judiciary #India
  • RPC is Latest to Announce Drop in PEP
  • UK PM Johnson set to overhaul Britain's treason laws
  • A pet cat has tested positive in the UK for the strain of coronavirus that is causing the current pandemic
  • #France to ban heated terraces in cafes and bars
  • Manchester stabbing: Boy, 17, dead and four injured
  • EU Annual Report on Human Rights and Democracy
  • National Human Rights Commission urges government to save the lives of youths staging hunger-strike #Nepal
  • Legal experts describe framing people under Section 399/402 as ‘human rights violation’ #India
  • Italian Marines Case: #India Entitled to Compensation, Rules International Tribunal, But No Criminal Prosecution in India
  • #Kuwait sovereign wealth fund fights court battle with fired executives
  • National Green Tribunal directs Indian Oil's Panipat refinery to pay Rs 25 crore #India
  • Ethical Representation in the Entertainment Industry: Can a Lawyer Wear Two Hats?
  • Lawyer who helps wealthy families get secondary citizenships says business is great in 2020 [Video]
  • Prominent Melbourne lawyer Pat Lennon accused in court of pressuring a witness, threatening the man's elderly mother in profane text messages that have been referred to police and the Legal Services Commissioner following a complaint #Australia
  • Uttar Pradesh lawyer Dharmendra Chaudhary goes missing, family suspects abduction #India
  • Misogynistic lawyer who killed judge’s son had list of possible targets #US
  • A church volunteer has admitted starting a fire that devastated the cathedral in the French city of Nantes last week, his lawyer has said #France
  • Lack of clarity in Hate Crime Bill could threaten freedom of expression - Scottish Legal News
  • Sudden death over the weekend of Sheriff Richard Davidson, 72, served as Sheriff in Dundee for almost 20 years up to 2016 - Scottish Legal News
  • Edinburgh coffee shop owner fails to challenge reduction in COVID-19 grant for multiple premises - Scottish Legal News
  • The man suspected of being #NorthKorea's first confirmed Covid-19 patient did not have the virus, South Korea says
  • "Buy one get one free" deals on unhealthy food will be banned as part of the government's bid to tackle obesity in England
  • Inside the Violent and Misogynistic World of Roy Den Hollander, known for frivolous lawsuits #US
  • Galvanized in part by the deployment of federal agents in Portland, Ore., protesters have returned to the streets in Oakland, Seattle and elsewhere #US
  • The UK economy could take until 2024 to return to the size it was before the coronavirus lockdown, according to analysis from the EY Item Club
  • Chinese students in #Australia targeted in virtual kidnapping scam
  • A Scottish pilot, who spent more than two months on a ventilator in #Vietnam, has warned Britons "not to be blasé about coronavirus" as lockdown eases
  • #Spain is fighting to save its embattled tourism industry after the UK government imposed a 14-day quarantine on all arrivals from the country
  • The government had to act "rapidly and decisively" to impose a quarantine on people arriving in the UK from #Spain, a minister has said
  • Beauty salons and tattooists in Wales are allowed to reopen for the first time since lockdown
  • Firms with more female executives 'perform better'
  • Circuit poll: Barristers set to quit if court hours are extended - Legal Futures
  • High Court judge's private comments caught on Zoom - Legal Futures
  • MoJ to allow and backdate remote will witnessing - Legal Futures
  • Diversity without inclusivity is mere tokenism - Legal Futures
  • The latest TheLawMap Wig!
  • #China and the Uighurs: At last the world is beginning to react to the mounting evidence of horrific human rights abuses in Xinjiang
  • UK could impose more 'handbrake restrictions' on arrivals beyond Spain
  • Debenhams up for sale in last-ditch bid to avoid liquidation
  • Tom Cotton calls slavery 'necessary evil' in attack on New York Times' 1619 Project #US
  • Web ads for junk food could be banned under UK government plans


27th July - Law News

3135th Edition: LawNewsIndex is a UK based legal news & articles archive since 2011 focusing on Law, Lawyers, Law Firms, Justice, Legislation, Litigation, Legal Ethics, Human Rights & Social Justice issues.

Today's Video Focus:  Opernplatz in Frankfurt, Germany witnessed a massive police presence as the city enforced a recently imposed curfew on Fridays and Saturdays from 1am. The move comes a week after a massive brawl reportedly broke out among revelers, resulting in 39 people being detained.

Focus of the Day Article: The economic crime levy to be imposed on law firms and other anti-money laundering regulated businesses will be calculated according to revenue, with a threshold to exempt small businesses, the Treasury has said. Full story - New Law Journal

Saturday Conversations on Law
  • The latest TheLawMap Wig!
  • #Spain says outbreaks under control after UK orders quarantine
  • The home secretary has demanded a "full explanation" from Twitter and Instagram on why anti-Semitic posts by rapper Wiley were not removed more quickly
  • Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has been caught up in his own department's rule change while on holiday in Spain 
  • More motorcyclists could be seriously injured on Welsh roads as people avoid public transport, experts have warned
  • Risk of ‘unrest’ if civil servants are forced into hasty return to office
  • Harry Dunn's parents drop legal claim against police force
  • Car drives through Black Lives Matter protest in Aurora, Colorado: A man was also shot during the Aurora march, as rival militias demonstrated in Kentucky #US
  • 49% of voters believe Kremlin interfered in Brexit referendum: Opinium poll for the Observer also reveals 47% of public think Putin’s government affected UK’s 2019 general election
  • The fight to clear Johnny Depp’s name exposes an altogether nastier agenda
  • Ted Yoho: Christian group obtains resignation over Ocasio-Cortez attack: Nonpartisan organisation Bread for the World says Yoho agreed to step down following incident with congresswoman #US 
  • As working from home becomes the new normal … know your rights: Many staff won’t be going back into the office until next year. Here we answer the important questions employers and employees face
  • Mum given just 26p more per day to feed her child during lockdown
  • Detective jailed for harassing solicitor sees appeal denied: Eve Doherty’s harassment of state solicitor Elizabeth Howlin included putting up leaflets in her neighbourhood #Ireland
  • Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen released after 'retaliatory' prison stay over tell-all book #US
  • ‘The System Killed Him’—Jailed #Kyrgyz Journalist Azimjon Askarov Dies in Prison
  • Roy Den Hollander, Who Killed Judge’s Son, Had List of Possible Targets #US
  • Freeths partner fined £4,000 for asking derogatory question to gay trainee - Legal Cheek
  • Ropes & Gray bans TikTok on work devices following privacy concerns - Legal Cheek
  • Tributes pour in for LSE law graduate who fell from bridge while escaping burning car - Legal Cheek
  • Johnny Depp trial: 10 top advocacy tips we've learned so far... - Legal Cheek 
  • Allen & Overy posts 93% autumn retention score - Legal Cheek
  • Ashurst keeps profit per equity partner above £900k and holds NQ pay steady despite COVID-19 disruption - Legal Cheek
  • Average partner earnings at Clifford Chance hit £1.69 million - Legal Cheek
  • What Mediaeval animal trials can teach us about AI and the law - Legal Cheek
  • Future City trainee goes public with concerns about doing training contract remotely - Legal Cheek
  • Lord Sumption admits breaking ‘absurd’ lockdown laws - Legal Cheek
  • US firms hold the MoneyLaw line - Legal Cheek
  • Prison for Anglia Ruskin law student found with heroin and cocaine worth £4,000 at uni halls - Legal Cheek
  • A group of anonymous BPP students have published an open letter complaining about LPC lockdown 'failures' - Legal Cheek
  • Partner profits at Freshfields dip to £1.82 million as revenue creeps up 3% - Legal Cheek 
  • BPTC student raises bias and privacy concerns over exam proctoring - Legal Cheek
  • Uber in the Supreme Court: The case so far - Legal Cheek
  • Irwin Mitchell retains 47 out of 52 autumn NQ solicitors - Legal Cheek
  • ‘Kirkland & End It’ is the latest corporate law meme account poking fun at the profession - Legal Cheek 
  • ‘I'm torn between two magic circle TC offers in the Middle East' - Legal Cheek 
  • Coronavirus: 'Devastated' travellers react to Spain quarantine rules
  • The week in radio and podcasts: The Punch; Future Prison – review
  • John Roberts sides with supreme court liberals over Nevada church Covid opening: In a 5-4 ruling the court denied a church’s request to strike down 50-person cap on services due to pandemic
  • Judge removed from child welfare case over 'pejorative' remarks about mother: Mrs Justice Judd’s comments about woman pretending to have a cough were accidentally heard by high court 
  • #Poland is to withdraw from a European treaty aimed at preventing violence against women, the country's justice minister announced on Saturday
  • Far-right protesters in #France held a racist protest outside the office of black politician Sira Sylla
  • Why won't #India admit how Covid-19 is spreading?
  • Viewpoint from #Sudan - where black people are called slaves
  • FBI links 'anti-feminist' lawyer suspected of murder to separate killing of colleague #US
  • Roy Den Hollander was entrenched in 'anti-feminist' male supremacy movement #US 
  • Video-witnessed wills to be legalised under temporary SI | Law Gazette