15th February - Law News

Edition 3338: 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: Tokyo's Burmese community marched in their dozens through the streets of Japan's capital to protest the recent military coup in Myanmar, holding images of detained State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi.

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 Focus of the Day Article:  On 8 February 2020, small but significant changes were made to the Part 3 (Case Management) of the Criminal Procedure Rules and Practice Directions 2020 (“CrimPR”).  These changes remove the requirement that defendants in criminal trials provide their nationality to the court at preliminary hearings. The question is now to be asked only where a court passes an immediate or suspended custodial sentence. Full story - UK Human Rights Blog

Saturday Conversations on Law
  • Paths to becoming a lawyer: Your official roadmap to the legal profession goes live - Legal Cheek
  • Justice Pushpa Ganediwala takes oath as additional judge of Bombay High Court #India | Bar & Bench
  • It will come as a surprise to some, but even Meghan has a right to her privacy
  • Radical change needed in handling of rape cases, says England and Wales police lead - NPCC lead for rape says specialist capability was damaged during austerity years
  • The University of Law (ULaw) has announced the launch of a range of courses for law students preparing for the new Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) | New Law Journal
  • Freshfields targets social mobility ‘cold spots’ with sixth form mentoring scheme - Legal Cheek
  • What makes this firm Victoria’s most sought after? I 2021 there’s more emphasis on being a great place to work than ever before #Australia - Lawyers Weekly 
  • Inclusion of a question on gender for the first time in the UK census has been welcomed as a "good first step" by some in the transgender community
  • Litigation law firm drops Hamilton-inspired BigLaw diss track - Legal Cheek
  • Gambling law experts debut accreditation program #Australia - Lawyers Weekly 
  • [Behind the Bar interview series] Episode 1: Soli Sorabjee #INdia | Bar & Bench
  • A member of the World Health Organization (WHO) team investigating the origins of Covid-19 has defended the credibility of its work amid mounting criticism
  • Supreme Court to begin hybrid mode hearings; Lawyers will have option to appear either physically or virtually in physical courts #India | Bar & Bench
  • Lord Justice Floyd retires from the Court of Appeal. Called to the Bar in 1975, Sir Christopher David Floyd was appointed a deputy High Court judge of the Patents Court in 1998, a Recorder in 2000, and a High Court judge of the Chancery Division in 2007
  • Legal experts highlight need for reform as Queen’s ‘anti-democratic’ vetting powers come to light - Legal Cheek
  • "Abuse of law:" Jammu & Kashmir High Court quashes sedition case against Ladakh councillor for comments on #Indian Army after Galwan clash | Bar & Bench
  • Eco-barrister to face contempt of court proceedings for leaking Supreme Court Heathrow judgment - Legal Cheek
  • Legal tech provider InfoTrack has announced the launch of electronic client onboarding solution eCOS | New Law Journal
  • Universal Credit childcare payment system indirectly discriminates against women - UK Human Rights Blog
  • A woman who made sexual assault allegations against Alex Salmond has claimed the Holyrood inquiry into the saga has been more traumatic for her in many ways than the trial was
  • Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has rejected calls from Conservative MPs to put a date on when lockdown measures will be eased, saying the government will be "cautious and careful"
  • Vaccination and public/private coercion - UK Human Rights Blog
  • #NewZealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has ordered the country's biggest city Auckland to go into lockdown after the discovery of three new local cases of Covid-19
  • Accused Ghosn accomplices lose high court bid to avoid extradition to #Japan - Authorities say Michael and Peter Taylor helped former Nissan boss flee the country tucked in a box on a private jet
  • CILEx shakes up legal market with solicitor-equivalent CPQ - Institute to offer solicitor-equivalent qualification for a third of the price | New Law Journal 
  • Slaughter and May ups NQ solicitor salaries to £90.5k - but rises fall short of pre-pandemic pay levels - Legal Cheek
  • Defendants no longer required to state nationality at the start of criminal cases - UK Human Rights Blog
  • London office of US law firm seeks newly qualified solicitor... to work as a paralegal - Legal Cheek
  • Lawyers and regulators need to consult more with consumers about LawTech, the Association of Consumer Support Associations (ACSO) has urged | New Law Journal 
  • When can we go away? - UK Human Rights Blog
  • Virtual student event on MONDAY: Secrets to Success London - with Akin Gump, Debevoise & Plimpton, Vinson & Elkins and ULaw - Legal Cheek
  • SARS is no more, but #Nigerians say police abuse still here
  • New York Trump investigation looks at $280m in loans – Wall Street Journal says prosecutors interested in loans relating to four Manhattan properties #US
  • Fury at ‘do not resuscitate’ notices given to Covid patients with learning disabilities
  • Cladding fund leaves lawyers unimpressed | New Law Journal
  • Would you date a law student? Our readers have their say - Legal Cheek