30th November - Law News

Edition 3262: LawNewsIndex is a UK based topical legal news archive on Law, Lawyers, Law Firms, Justice, Jurisprudence, Legislation, Litigation, Legal Ethics & Human Rights since 2011.   


Focus of the Day Legal Article: The risk of cyber fraud is a constant worry for law firms, particularly with so many people working from home. However, many firms miss the number one cause of cyber crime―human error. Full story - New Law Journal
Today's Highlighted Video Story: In Poland, there have been protests against legislation passed to ban abortion. A mass rally was held over the weekend. 

Saturday Conversations on Law
  • Advocacy lawyers join Victorian Law Reform Commission - Lawyers Weekly
  • Legal profession making ‘significant progress’ on diversity - but top roles remain a problem - Legal Cheek
  • SRA rebukes Reed Smith over rule breach - Legal Cheek 
  • The latest TheLawMap Wig!
  • Mairead Philpott jailed for killing her six children in Derby blaze released
  • Lack of definite surnames among Keralites: Kerala High Court asks CBSE to consider grievance about board exam application forms #India | Bar & Bench
  • A couple travelling from Essex to deliver Christmas presents to family were among those stopped for breaking coronavirus laws in Cardiff
  • The Boutique Lawyer Show: The transition from sole practitioner to employer - Lawyers Weekly
  • Does the government's COVID-19 response comply with the rule of law? - Legal Cheek
  • PPolice stormed into a church broadcast and incorrectly told a minister he was to be prosecuted for breaking Covid regulations
  • Nottingham student halls party with 200 irresponsible revellers broken up by police
  • Why Formula 1 and intellectual property don't mix - Legal Cheek
  • Father has a greater obligation to maintain his family than mother: Jammu & Kashmir District court #India | Bar & Bench
  • UK marriage legislation | Law & Religion UK
  • Police in #Argentina have searched the house and private clinic of Leopoldo Luque, the doctor of football legend Diego Maradona who died four days ago
  • Treasury gives money for cases backlog - The justice system received a boost of about £500m in the Treasury Spending Review | NLJ
  • Almost 8 in 10 firms had stable or rising profits in FY20 - Lawyers Weekly
  • A year after Wuhan alarm, #China seeks to change Covid origin story - Reports in state media signal an intensifying propaganda effort to place the birth of the virus in other countries
  • London Bridge attack, one year on: ‘Jack's story jolted people – we have to keep that going' | London Bridge terror attack 2019
  • Virtual student event NEXT WEEK: The future of work — with Shoosmiths - Legal Cheek
  • England could face a third wave of coronavirus if ministers do not "get the balance right" with restrictions, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab says
  • #Canada: Vancouver to decriminalise drugs after record overdoses - Irish Legal News
  • New rules for visits to pubs and restaurants in England are being introduced, when lockdown ends on 2 December
  • At least 43 killed in what the #Nigerian president has described as an "insane" attack in the north-east; attackers tied up agricultural labourers working in rice fields and slit their throats near Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state
  • Sir Philip Green and his family must plug a £350m hole in the pension fund of their retail giant Arcadia, the Work and Pensions Committee chair has said
  • England's new Covid tier system has a "sunset" expiry date of 3 February, Boris Johnson has told MPs in a bid to prevent a Commons rebellion
  • Consultation launched on Ireland's implementation of Aarhus Convention - Irish Legal News
  • Law and religion round-up – 29th November | Law & Religion UK
  • Ethical perceptions of lawyers in 2020 - Lawyers Weekly
  • NI: DWF welcomes newly-qualified solicitors and trainees in Belfast - Irish Legal News
  • The scandal surrounding the writer Gabriel Matzneff was not limited to his pedophilia. It also opened a window on the entrenched and clubby nature of many of #France’s elite institutions
  • #Mexico is set to shatter another murder record, but that grim reality is nowhere to be seen on the TikTok videos that go viral by showcasing drug cartel culture
  • Defensive justice minister promises judicial appointments reform bill soon - Irish Legal News
  • The latest TheLawMap Wig!
  • NI: High Court: Judicial review of decision not to prosecute sharing of sexual images denied - Irish Legal News 
  • Addressing gender based violence | Law Gazette
  • SRA chair: Going back to old ways of working would be a ‘travesty’ | Law Gazette
  • Sole practitioner ordered to pay damages for unlawful wage deductions | Law Gazette
  • Bullish Gateley shrugs off Covid as profits climb | Law Gazette
  • Eleventh-hour plea on Lugano pact | Law Gazette
  • Web giants get their own regulator | Law Gazette
  • London Bridge victim Saskia Jones's family in security law call
  • Deepwater ruling clarifies law on arbitrator bias | Law Gazette


29th November - Law News

Edition 3261: LawNewsIndex is a UK based topical legal news archive on Law, Lawyers, Law Firms, Justice, Jurisprudence, Legislation, Litigation, Legal Ethics & Human Rights since 2011.   

Today's Highlighted Video Story: Washington has condemned the conviction of six US oil executives in Venezuela on corruption charges. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is calling for their immediate return to the United States. The men were arrested in 2017 while working for the US-based refining company Citgo, which is owned by Venezuela's state oil firm.

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28th November - Law News

Edition 3260: LawNewsIndex is a UK based topical legal news archive on Law, Lawyers, Law Firms, Justice, Jurisprudence, Legislation, Litigation, Legal Ethics & Human Rights since 2011.   

Today's Highlighted Video Story: At -7.5 per cent, the gross domestic product (GDP) rebounds, but India is now in technical recession with two successive quarters of shrinking output, due to the lingering effects of lockdowns to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. Economists are optimistic the slump in the second quarter of current financial year will not be as harsh as the record 23.9 per cent crash in the April-June period.

Saturday Conversations on Law
  • The new Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal has been brought into effect with the appointment of its 33 members - Irish Legal News
  • High Court: Patent case joinder of additional parties permitted - Irish Legal News
  • #US election: Appeal court dismisses Trump camp's lawsuit in Pennsylvania
  • Whisper it quietly, but law firms have done well in lockdown | Law Gazette
  • SRA chief: Misconduct reports must be more than office gossip | Law Gazette
  • Judge's decision to free teenager due to Covid backlog overruled - Release of defendant held beyond custody time limits ‘was not open’ to Judge Keith Raynor, says high court 
  • City law firm partner overturns £35,000 fine over 'sexual encounter' - High court criticises professional regulators for delving too far into Ryan Beckwith’s private life 
  • EU to use Magnitsky-style law to impose sanctions on human rights abusers - Provisionally approved act will allow EU to freeze assets and impose travel bans
  • Covid: People in tier two 'will have to leave pub after meal'
  • PC had sex with woman in Launceston police station toilet - PC Christopher Wilson, 43, invited the woman to the toilet via text on 2 December, Exeter Crown Court was told
  • An escort accused of helping burglars steal property worth £26m from celebrities was only in the UK for a client, a court has heard 
  • The latest TheLawMap Wig! 
  • Legal PA placed in redundancy ‘pool of one’ loses dismissal claim | Law Gazette
  • Buckland assures City of post-Brexit opportunities | Law Gazette
  • City firm embraces remote working and reverses pay cuts | Law Gazette
  • Free legal advice centres receive £11.5m in emergency funding | Law Gazette
  • City celebrates ‘golden decade’ – but impact of pandemic remains unclear | Law Gazette
  • Nuremberg landmark stirs memory of Faculty great - Scottish Legal News
  • German court rules against Yemeni plaintiffs in lethal drone strike case - Scottish Legal News
  • High Court rules on equalising historical transfers for the effect of unequal GMPs - Scottish Legal News
  • Anger over funeral home photos with legend's open coffin - Maradona's agent and lawyer, Matías Morla, vowed to take legal action against the "scoundrel" responsible for the photos
  • Covid in Wales: Greater restrictions for pubs ahead of Christmas
  • David Adams of Compass Chambers has joined the Session Cases team for 2021 - Scottish Legal News
  • Pig guts were thrown and scuffles broke out in #Taiwan's parliament over the easing of US pork imports. The government have been criticised for a recent decision to allow pork containing ractopamine in to the country
  • A west Belfast man found guilty of murdering Adrian Ismay, a prison officer, who died 11 days after a bomb exploded under his van, has been given a minimum jail term of 22 years
  • Chambers "expected" to commit to race audits and 'positive action' - Legal Futures
  • Report casts doubt on UK pledge to prevent low-quality food imports - Ministers have refused to sign safeguards, potentially spelling disaster for farmers after Brexit
  • The Republic of Ireland’s single regulator for the legal profession has decided that it would be “premature” to abolish the distinction between solicitors and barristers - Legal Futures
  • British-only passport holders barred from playing Prince William in new film due to brexit regulations, only EU passport holders can apply 
  • Five British MPs escaped terror plot at Paris rally in 2018, Iranian diplomat allegedly behind plan to bomb Free Iran event attended by thousands #France
  • New UK tech regulator to limit power of Google and Facebook
  • Two roles at Dentons in Scotland are at risk of being lost, as the firm begins a UK-wide redundancy consultation - Scottish Legal News
  • The UK's asylum system has become mired in delay during the lockdown, with tens of thousands of people still waiting for their cases to be determined
  • Controversial 'virginity tests' sold by UK clinics
  • The government has asked the regulator to assess the Oxford/AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine, bringing the UK a step closer to a possible rollout
  • The Unilever of law? Shakespeare Martineau's big ambitions - Legal Futures 
  • The independent public inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the death of Sheku Bayoh in police custody will begin next Monday - Scottish Legal News
  • Criminal Bar diversity will be hit by debt, low fees and pandemic, young barrister warns Criminal Bar diversity will be hit by debt, low fees and pandemic, young barrister warns
  • The latest TheLawMap Wig!
  • Victorian government hires barrister who trashed Christian Porter #Australia
  • The EU Court of Justice Deems CBD Ban in France Illegal
  • DR Congo: War crimes conviction 'an important victory' for justice – UN envoy #DRC
  • Justice in crisis: Rishi Sunak urged to fully fund the courts amidst growing backlog Justice in crisis: Rishi Sunak urged to fully fund the courts amidst growing backlog 
  • High Court confirms position on implied retainers and duties of solicitors
  • Getting the Best Out of Your Solicitor – Tips for Business Owners
  • Right to redundancy law suspended until March - Irish Legal News
  • NI: Consultation seeks views on continued use of non-jury trials - Irish Legal News
  • Dominic Raab says legislation is needed to cut UK aid spending - Foreign secretary says it is not known when 0.7% target, set in law, will be restored
  • Scottish court urged to use diaries to uphold Lockerbie bomb case - Scottish government lawyer says appeal judges should use evidence from second Libyan suspect
  • Family of man killed by convicted terrorist sue UK government - Jack Merritt, 25, was stabbed by Usman Khan last November while he was out on licence


27th November - Law News

Edition 3259: LawNewsIndex is a UK based topical legal news archive on Law, Lawyers, Law Firms, Justice, Jurisprudence, Legislation, Litigation, Legal Ethics & Human Rights since 2011.   


Focus of the Day Legal Article: Law firms should guard against trying to 'fix femaleness', report warns. Study says flexible working is key diversity weapon, but women-only networks may be counter-productive. Full story - The Global Legal Post
Today's Highlighted Video Story: A Sydney school is under investigation for locking up an autistic child. Concerns were raised by the mother of the 7-year-old boy after another parent observed him being locked in a small room. 

Saturday Conversations on Law
  • #French authorities have suspended three police officers after they were seen on video beating up a black music producer in central Paris
  • Solicitors welcome announcement of Epilim inquiry - Irish Legal News
  • A police officer accused of trying to buy a £9.95 box of doughnuts for seven pence by sticking on a cheaper barcode has been sacked for gross misconduct
  • Sharing of intimate images without consent to be criminalised - Irish Legal News
  • The latest TheLawMap Wig!
  • Court of Appeal: High Court reporting restriction overturned - Irish Legal News
  • Client account outsourcing fails to take off | Law Gazette
  • IBA 2020: Virtual reality provides 'immersive' sexual harassment training | Law Gazette
  • Consumer need still unmet a decade after Legal Services Act, says LSB | Law Gazette
  • Scottish government defies court order to hand over documents to Salmond inquiry - Scottish Legal News 
  • Sotoudeh film opens in UK next week | Law Gazette
  • Four legal academics at Dundee University’s School of Law have been promoted - Sarah King, Yvonne Evans, Dr Thomas Giddens and Dr Luca Siliquini-Cinelli have all been made senior lecturers - Scottish Legal News
  • A repentant American tourist has returned a block of ancient marble stolen during a trip to Rome. The fragment was delivered to Italy's National Roman Museum, with "To Sam, love Jess, Rome 2017" inscribed on it
  • The #US Supreme Court has temporarily blocked New York from enforcing attendance limits at places of worship in areas hit hard by coronavirus
  • Dentons starts redundancy consultation as part of remote working push | Law Gazette
  • Former company director found to have misappropriated business opportunities loses expenses appeal - Scottish Legal News
  • Spending review: Sunak pledges millions to tackle courts backlog | Law Gazette
  • Should we tax people working from home? - Legal Futures
  • Most of England will be in the two toughest levels of measures when lockdown ends next week
  • Online fashion retailer Boohoo appoints former judge Sir Brian Leveson to probe company's ethics
  • “Usura rusteth the chisel/It rusteth the craft and the craftsman”, wrote Ezra Pound. Benjamin Bestgen this week explains the practice of usury - Scottish Legal News
  • Profession welcomes Sunak's justice system cash injection - Legal Futures
  • SLAS sounds note of caution over telephone hearings - Scottish Legal News
  • Partners saw £100m pass through client account from car park scheme - Legal Futures
  • Medical staff urge Priti Patel to close barracks housing asylum seekers
  • Reality of law firms’ approach to AML not living up to their policies - Legal Futures
  • Good Law Project’s judicial reviews proceed - Scottish Legal News
  • Coronavirus and gender: More chores for women set back gains in equality
  • Christmas "bubbles" of three households in Scotland should contain no more than eight people, the Scottish government has said
  • Hate crime probe launched into Telford school attack
  • Ex-Great Ormond Street porter Paul Farrell, 55, faces sex charges
  • Domestic abuse: Six women murdered after reporting partner
  • Manchester Arena Inquiry: Prisoner in touch with bomber to be released
  • A 14-year-old transgender boy is starting legal proceedings against NHS England over delays to gender reassignment treatment
  • Thorley Stephenson welcomes new trainee Nicola Hadden - Scottish Legal News
  • Additional remote jury centres to open in cinemas - Scottish Legal News
  • The latest TheLawMap Wig!
  • Home Office’s ‘hostile environment’ broke equality law - Scottish Legal News
  • Further amendments to Hate Crime Bill welcomed - Scottish Legal News
  • Barrister appointed to lead working group on offence of misogynistic harassment in Scots law - Scottish Legal News
  • NI: Properties seized by paramilitary crime task force under Proceeds of Crime Act - Irish Legal News
  • Senator Ivana Bacik: Children who are born in Ireland belong here - Irish Legal News
  • Dáil expected to overwhelmingly reject removal of Mr Justice Woulfe - Irish Legal News
  • Plan to retrospectively tax Covid PUP could be unconstitutional - Irish Legal News
  • Oireachtas justice committee to review judicial appointments process - Irish Legal News
  • NI: Judge Stephen Fowler appointed Recorder of Belfast - Irish Legal News
  • Richard Huckle: A psychopathic prisoner who murdered paedophile Richard Huckle in an act of "poetic justice" has been sentenced to a minimum of 34 years in jail
  • Bar Council challenges withdrawal of Covid grants from barristers - Irish Legal News


26th November - Law News

Edition 3258: LawNewsIndex is a UK based topical legal news archive on Law, Lawyers, Law Firms, Justice, Jurisprudence, Legislation, Litigation, Legal Ethics & Human Rights since 2011.   


Focus of the Day Legal Article: The Bar Council has urged the government to invest in local court systems ahead of tomorrow's spending review, arguing that people in the Midlands and the North are in ‘dire need of early legal advice’. Full story - The Law Society Gazette
Today's Highlighted Video Story: The battle for control of the US Senate is still on, and it all comes down to Georgia. In his latest episode of The Point on YouTube, CNN’s Chris Cillizza explains how on January 5, the Peach State will decide which party controls the world’s greatest deliberative body for the next two years. 

Saturday Conversations on Law
  • Cork solicitor launches new technology-focused firm - Irish Legal News
  • High Court: Solicitor struck off - Irish Legal News
  • #US President Donald Trump has pardoned his former top security adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI
  • Johnny Depp libel case appeal bid turned down
  • Has bargain BAILII had its day? | Law Gazette
  • The latest TheLawMap Wig!
  • Intelligence firm Black Cube ordered to pay £350,000 to #Israeli TV show
  • The hostile environment is indefensible. Now we know it's unlawful too
  • UK immigration officials accused of using coercive tactics to access homes - Officers allegedly bypassing need for search warrants by demanding entry to homes
  • Celtic supporters who wore IRA shirts to match win appeal against breach of the peace conviction - Scottish Legal News
  • Murdo Fraser: Rangers case ‘stinks of ineptitude and corruption’ - Scottish Legal News
  • Scottish government refuses increase in legal aid fees but promises traineeship subsidy - Scottish Legal News
  • Spending review: Families face 'agonising uncertainty' over benefits decision 
  • Police have given "suitable advice" to the producers of I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! following complaints about the use of non-native bugs 
  • Eton teacher Matthew Mowbray guilty of sexually assaulting pupils
  • Kylie Moore-Gilbert: Lecturer 'released by #Iran' in prisoner swap
  • Upskirting barrister suspended for six months | Law Gazette
  • Global bar body condemns ‘lefty lawyers’ comments | Law Gazette
  • Cyber criminals make £2.5m raid on law firms in lockdown | Law Gazette
  • Corner-cutting boss told absent staff to ‘witness’ 33 wills | Law Gazette
  • Keep Welsh JRs in Wales, Faulks review told | Law Gazette
  • First approval given for Legal Ombudsman's in-year budget increase - Legal Futures
  • Coronavirus: Domestic abuse offences increased during pandemic
  • Bar Council demands regional court investment ahead of spending review | Law Gazette
  • 'Upskirting' Brexit barrister banned for six months - Legal Futures
  • Firm fined £14,000 after missing ‘red flags’ on property work | Law Gazette
  • Berlin's rent cap offers a new way of thinking about Britain's housing crisis - This should be an important first step in a conversation about how speculative finance has affected the right to a home
  • #NewZealand couple shuns developers to give 900 hectares of land to nation - Dick and Jillian Jardine said it was ‘the right thing’ to hand beautiful plot in Remarkables to national trust for conservation
  • Investment schemes causing “huge number” of claims - Legal Futures
  • Our Legal Heritage: Henry Dundas – no statute of limitation on the limitation of statues - Scottish Legal News
  • Legal Services Act a decade on: Much to celebrate but much to do - Legal Futures
  • Just Employment Law raises over £30,000 for Pancreatic Cancer Action Scotland - Scottish Legal News
  • Covid: Call for UK-wide rules after Christmas
  • Windrush generation: UK 'unlawfully ignored' immigration rules warnings
  • An advertisement for London black cabs exaggerated how much the vehicles could reduce the spread of Covid-19, a watchdog has found
  • Covid Christmas rules: Caution urged over household mixing 
  • Scotland’s sheriff civil courts are now able to conduct proofs, debates, evidential and fatal accident inquiry (FAI) hearings virtually - Scottish Legal News 
  • Devolved nations call on UK government to ‘respect devolution’ - Scottish Legal News
  • The latest TheLawMap Wig!
  • Welsh commissioner offers funding to help staff leave abusive relationships - Pioneering scheme will provide grants or loans to help pay for relocation or essential supplies
  • Home Office broke equalities law with hostile environment measures: EHRC found negative consequences of Conservative policy were ‘repeatedly ignored’
  • Domestic abuse victims with 'trapped capital' should not be denied legal aid, court rules
  • Javid advised of 'hostile public sentiment' to Shamima Begum, court told
  • Tory MPs rebuked over letter to judge in Charlie Elphicke references case - Private secretary to lord chief justice says it was ‘improper’ to seek to influence decision 
  • Deportation of man with children in UK was 'disproportionate', court rules - European court of human rights finds removal of Nigerian Charles Unuane violated his right to family life
  • Gearóid Corrigan: Changes afoot in the solicitors' professional indemnity insurance market - Irish Legal News
  • Irish solicitor in Canada joins Ireland-Canada Chamber of Commerce Vancouver - Irish Legal News 
  • #France will begin to ease its strict coronavirus restrictions this weekend, allowing non-essential shops to reopen, President Emmanuel Macron has said
  • A woman has been arrested in the southern #Swiss city of Lugano after allegedly injuring two other women in a suspected terror attack at a store 
  • Solicitor Harry Fehily elected chairman of University of Limerick Foundation - Irish Legal News


25th November - Law News

Edition 3257: LawNewsIndex is a UK based topical legal news archive on Law, Lawyers, Law Firms, Justice, Jurisprudence, Legislation, Litigation, Legal Ethics & Human Rights since 2011.   


Focus of the Day Legal Article: Ministers remain “determined” to implement the whiplash reforms next April, a top Ministry of Justice (MoJ) official confirmed yesterday, although it is still not certain when the rules governing the process will be published.’ Full story - Legal Futures
Today's Highlighted Video Story: On the anniversary of the start of the Nuremberg trials, 90-year-old Colette Marin-Catherine confronts her past by visiting the German concentration camp Mittelbau-Dora where her brother was killed. As a young girl, she fought Hitler's Nazis as a member of the French Resistance. For 74 years, she has refused to step foot in Germany, but that changes when a young history student named Lucie enters her life. Prepared to re-open old wounds and revisit the terrors of that time, Marin-Catherine offers important lessons for us all. 

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