19th February - Law News

Edition 3342: 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: First, the Australian government proposed bringing in a law to make tech giants pay for content from news organisations. Then Facebook and Google fought back claiming it was unfair and "fundamentally misunderstands" how social media platforms publish news. But while Google backed down and signed a multi-year deal with News Corp, Facebook last night blocked news reaching its Australian users. Now Australia's prime minister has attacked the social media platform, branding it "arrogant" and said his government won't be intimidated into abandoning the law.

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 Focus of the Day Article: 'Too many lists and brochures' - law firms urged to reset relationship between lawyers and BD teams. Video Q&A hears call for leaders to recognise and accommodate the complexity of the sales process. Full story - The Global Legal Post

Saturday Conversations on Law
  • Claimant cleared of dishonesty despite 'wholly unreliable' evidence | Law Gazette
  • #US state of Texas Senator Ted Cruz flew to Mexico with his family for a holiday amid a winter weather crisis that has left millions in his state without power
  • Facebook's decision to block news content from its platform in #Australia was "bullying" and "staggeringly irresponsible", the chairman of the Commons media committee has said
  • ‘Levelling up law’: City joins forces with former education secretary | Law Gazette
  • No pay rises for judges this year | Law Gazette
  • Views sought on blockchain dispute resolution rules | Law Gazette
  • Crime contract extension could delay legal aid review benefits | Law Gazette
  • #Turkey human rights lawyer Eren Keskin has been sentenced to more than six years’ imprisonment for terror offences - Scottish Legal News
  • LGBT+ History Month: Supporting LGBT+ clients | Law Gazette
  • A technical manager at the maker of the Grenfell Tower cladding told colleagues poor fire test results on the product needed to be kept "very confidential"
  • Lockdown restrictions in Northern Ireland will be extended until 1 April, the Stormont Executive has agreed. But children in primary 1 to primary 3 (aged four to seven) will go back to school in Northern Ireland on 8 March
  • Children’s Commissioner to deliver inaugural Law and the Common Good lecture - Scottish Legal News
  • ‘Supercourt’ unveiled for Manchester alongside host of new Nightingale sites | Law Gazette 
  • Lawyers and profanity - Scottish Legal News
  • Forget being hard or soft on crime – be smart instead - Scottish Legal News
  • Calls for compensation scheme for UK frontline workers with long Covid
  • Angry protests as #Spanish riot police arrest rapper at centre of free-speech debate
  • National Theatre to halt Europe tours over Brexit rules; EU work permit regulations could scupper productions like The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
  • In dark Netflix thriller I Care a Lot, a predatory court appointed guardian wreaks havoc, a story that’s far closer to reality than one would expect
  • Minister accused of backtracking on military rape trials pledge: Women accuse Johnny Mercer of backtracking on promise made to campaigners in parliamentary debate 
  • It may be legal for companies to insist that new staff be vaccinated as a condition of their employment. Justice Secretary Robert Buckland said it was unlikely bosses would be able to make existing workers have vaccines under their contracts
  • Petitions at lowest level in nine months - Scottish Legal News
  • The Margaret Taylor Interview: Gerry Sinclair looks back on a career at the SCCRC - Scottish Legal News
  • Thinking about selling your law firm? This is how you do it - Legal Futures
  • Huge growth in alternative legal services provider market - Legal Futures 
  • Solicitor fell in love with architect of translation fraud - Legal Futures 
  • Service provider hack sees 100GB of data stolen from top law firm - Legal Futures
  • Barrister asks Shariah law specialist to stop quoting Quran on LinkedIn - Legal Futures
  • Black and LGBT Edinburgh University students attacked in Zoom meeting
  • Jury trials return to Aberdeen with Vue cinema conversion - Scottish Legal News
  • Barclays has reported a big drop in annual profits, having set aside billions of pounds for loans expected to turn sour due to the pandemic. The bank reported a 30% fall in pre-tax profits to £3.1bn for 2020, down from £4.3bn in 2019
  • European Commission expected to approve UK-EU data transfers - Scottish Legal News
  • Omegle: Children expose themselves on video chat site
  • Frenzied trading of GameStop shares: Keith Gill, known as 'Roaring Kitty' on YouTube, allegedly duped retail investors into buying inflated stocks while hiding his sophisticated financial background
  • Multilevel inter-regional governance of mobility between Africa and Europe: Towards a deeper and broader externalisation | Lorenzo Gabrielli
  • ECHR tells #Russia to free Alexei Navalny on safety grounds
  • Senior UK fraud prosecutor unfairly sacked after US sabotage, tribunal finds
  • Litigants baffled as civil procedure rules move to new site | Law Gazette
  • #Jamaica should repeal homophobic laws, rights tribunal rules
  • Ryanair to challenge EU court ruling on French and Swedish state aid - #Irish airline to appeal after losing first round of legal battle over Covid bailouts for rival carriers
  • DPP reveals concerns over age of criminal responsibility | Law Gazette 
  • Solicitor on Kids Company board cleared of wrongdoing by court | Law Gazette
  • Eviction ban extended until end of March | Law Gazette
  • Injury firm goes countrywide with new office opening | Law Gazette
  • BBC under fire over 'strikingly hostile' interview of Muslim Council of Britain head - 100 public figures sign letter criticising Radio 4 Woman’s Hour segment with Zara Mohammed