18th February - Law News

Edition 3341: 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: Federal Communications Minister Paul Fletcher joins News Breakfast to discuss Facebook's decision to restrict publishers and people in Australia from sharing or viewing Australian and international news content. 

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 Focus of the Day Article: The government has extended the current ban on evictions until the end of March – a decision that has been cautiously welcomed by housing lawyers who remain concerned that tenants can still be made homeless due to Covid-related rent arrears. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government announced over the weekend that the ban on bailiff evictions has been extended until 31 March. Exemptions to the ban include illegal occupation, anti-social behaviour and rent arrears of six months or more. Landlords must give six months’ notice before starting possession proceedings. Full story - The Law Society Gazette

Saturday Conversations on Law
  • Ex-Clifford Chance solicitor charged with fraud and insider dealing | Law Gazett
  • ‘Most diverse’ professional services group buys Leeds firm | Law Gazette
  • Facebook has blocked #Australian users from sharing or viewing news content on the platform amid a dispute on a law. Australia wants tech giants like Facebook and Google to pay for the content reposted from news outlets
  • Quarter of regional trainees paid less than minimum salary | Law Gazette
  • Strasbourg: UK 'failed to protect child trafficking victims' | Law Gazette
  • Three #NorthKoreans have been charged in the US over a scheme to steal and extort more than $1.3bn (£940m) from banks and businesses around the world
  • PR chief sacked after comments about Wales, its language and the UK Celtic nations. Keith Hann was dismissed by frozen food specialists Iceland "with immediate effect" after remarks on Twitter
  • Grenfell cladding firm told 'misleading half-truth' to standards board
  • Eversheds repays staff whose hours were cut | Law Gazette
  • Yorkshire firm closed over director’s suspected dishonesty | Law Gazette mistakes’ from banks during probate - Scottish Legal News
  • Craig Sandison QC, Shona Haldane QC and Martin Richardson QC will take their oaths of office in the First Division Courtroom, Court 1, next Monday - Scottish Legal News
  • Success for Douglas Armstrong QC in planning appeal - Scottish Legal News
  • Law school to offer classes in small talk - Scottish Legal News
  • Barcelona to ban smoking on four of its beaches - Pilot scheme will operate from end of May to mid-September as part of city’s ongoing clean air drive #Spain
  • BLM UK to fund 'people's tribunal' for deaths in custody - United Families and Friends Campaign receives £45,000 in BLM’s first round of funding
  • Why the #Welsh language deserves respect not ridicule
  • Nodeep Kaur: The jailed activist Meena Harris tweeted about #India
  • Stephen O’Rourke QC appointed Keeper of the Library - Scottish Legal News
  • Unsettling judgment threatens real rights - Scottish Legal News
  • Kirkcaldy man loses appeal by stated case against leisure centre car crash conviction  - Scottish Legal News
  • Campaigners challenging the approval of a road tunnel near Stonehenge have been granted a court hearing to allow the decision to be scrutinised 
  • Boris Johnson says it is "absolutely right" to take a "data not dates" approach to leaving lockdown, stressing England will ease measures "cautiously"
  • Landmark court ruling could ‘end impunity’ for Shell and other multinationals - Scottish Legal News
  • Tribunal explains three-month suspension for "sexual touching" barrister - Legal Futures
  • Top 100 firms have "trust issues" because of online failures - Legal Futures
  • Actress Seyi Omooba, sacked over Facebook post attacking homosexuality, had her claim for discrimination, breach of contract and harassment rejected. She had sued Leicester's Curve Theatre & her former agents
  • Princess Latifa: UN to question UAE about #Dubai ruler's daughter
  • Legal Services Board under fire for "neglecting impact of Covid" - Legal Futures
  • Perilous but Profitable Crossing: The Changing Nature of Migrant Smuggling through sub-Saharan Africa to Europe and EU Migration Policy (2012-2015) | European Review of Organised Crime (EROC) and Tuesday Reitano
  • Law firms sign up to social mobility and Black interns initiatives - Legal Futures
  • Solicitors’ firms – affordable, value-for-money services? - Legal Futures 
  • Scotland joins rest of UK in setting tighter labeling rules
  • Scottish solicitors body calls for nationwide high-rise cladding assessment
  • LSB business plan must revitalise the legal sector
  • Leo Varadkar contacts Gardai via solicitors following leak investigation
  • Solicitor's delight in joining Cumbria's Inspira charity board
  • ‘We Can Bring Down the Regime’: Myanmar’s Protesting Workers Are Unbowed
  • Parliament Rape Claim Roils #Australian Government
  • Dr Yvonne Daly promoted to professor of law at DCU - Irish Legal News
  • Suspected terrorist revealed plan to poison royal family with ice cream
  • Hunger forces #Zimbabweans break COVID lockdown rules
  • Irish candidate the runner-up in ICC chief prosecutor race - Irish Legal News
  • Trump and Giuliani sued by Democratic congressman over Capitol riot. Lawsuit brought on by Bennie Thompson and NAACP argues ex-president and lawyer violated law known as Ku Klux Klan Act #US
  • #Dutch court reinstates Covid curfew minutes before its start time - Earlier ruling that emergency powers were wrongly used is overturned, with full hearing due on Friday 
  • Grenfell: Arconic boss says fire safety tests were not his 'priority'
  • Spy pixels in emails 'have become endemic'
  • Louise Carley promoted to partner at ByrneWallace LLP - Irish Legal News 
  • Apology to Una Mc Gurk SC - Irish Legal News