4th February - Law News

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 Focus of the Day Article: The Legal Ombudsman (LeO) is “setting itself up to fail” by proposing to give itself more work than it can cope with and asking for an “extraordinary high” budget increase of 19%, the Bar Council has warned. The Bar Council said that while there was a need for staff to take time off at a “challenging time”, it was “alarming” to learn that 1,250 staff hours were lost at LeO in a single month by people taking special leave. Full story - Legal Futures

Saturday Conversations on Law
  • Solicitor with money laundering convictions restored to roll | Law Gazette
  • Losing claimants to pay £8m interim costs for Brazil dam litigation | Law Gazette
  • Russia and Turkey dominate ECtHR workload | Law Gazette
  • New rules promise clarity on issue of interest in Part 36 offers | Law Gazette
  • Deloitte Legal doubles UK headcount | Law Gazette
  • Police filmed carrying asylum seeker into Kent barracks against his will - Legal experts question officers’ authority to return man to site government says is not a detention centre
  • Sir Elton John has had "very positive" talks with Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden about EU travel for UK musicians, but said visa-free touring is not currently "on the cards"
  • Solicitor blamed paralegal as immigration client misled for years | Law Gazette
  • ICC ready to rule on ex-child soldier accused of war crimes | International criminal court - Dominic Ongwen was abducted by #Uganda’s Lord’s Resistance Army aged 10 before rising to high rank
  • Former trade union strikers challenge convictions at appeal court - Actor Ricky Tomlinson among 14 people seeking to overturn 1972 convictions
  • Fears rise that #Polish libel trial could threaten future Holocaust research - Case brought in wake of rightwing government criminalising blame of Polish nation for Nazi crimes could have implications for further research
  • Asylum seekers deserve far better
  • A woman has been fined £10,000 for a "blatant breach" of Covid restrictions after a birthday party attended by more than 30 people was broken up by police
  • Latest house price index shows 8.5 per cent rise last November - Scottish Legal News
  • Law Society sets out priorities ahead of Scottish elections - Scottish Legal News
  • Cumbernauld man who stabbed upstairs neighbour in doorway loses appeal against attempted murder conviction - Scottish Legal News
  • No need to read emails past 6pm, barristers told | Law Gazette
  • Yorkshire have threatened a lifetime ban for anyone found to have made threats against Azeem Rafiq or his family and legal team. The former Yorkshire spinner, 29, has filed a legal claim over allegations he suffered racist abuse when at the club
  • An Irish teenager who admitted sending racist abuse to former England footballer Ian Wright has not been given a criminal conviction. Patrick O'Brien, 18, sent 20 messages on Instagram after losing a Fifa video game on PlayStation in May 2019
  • Conspiracy theorist woman barred from hospitals after filming
  • No-fault compensation for clin neg on ministers' agenda | Law Gazette 
  • Bitcoin and Bandwagons - Scottish Legal News
  • Shepherd and Wedderburn trainee Emma Hendrie kicks off the firm’s celebration of LGBT History Month with a look at the history of the month itself - Scottish Legal News
  • Inner House New Lanark cases illuminates charities’ ‘public benefit test’ - Scottish Legal News
  • UK asks EU for Brexit grace period extension to 2023, BBC reports
  • Mariah Carey's sister is suing the #US singer for $1.2m (£875,000) for "immense emotional distress" she says was caused by remarks in her memoir
  • SLAS calls for change in law to prevent SLCC from approving its own budget - Scottish Legal News
  • Scotland records 275 deals worth £4.9 billion in 2020 - Scottish Legal News
  • Author Meena Harris lends support to farmers' protest, says 'Militant nationalism is just as potent a force in US politics as it is in India or anyplace else,' #India
  • PM Boris Johnson has encouraged members of the public to clap for Captain Sir Tom Moore at 18:00 GMT on Wednesday. The 100-year-old, who raised almost £33m for NHS charities by walking laps of his garden
  • Faryma Bahrami has returned to full-time practice at Terra Firma Chambers, having spent three years working as an investment professional at Baillie Gifford - Scottish Legal News
  • Dentons’ 20-strong private client team joins Shepherd and Wedderburn - Scottish Legal News
  • Filters should not be applied to social media adverts if they exaggerate the effect of the product, the Advertising Standards Authority has ruled
  • From Turkey to Libya: The EU Migration Partnership from Bad to Worse | Mariagiulia Giuffré
  • Ditching office space is a costly business - Legal Futures
  • LeO “setting itself up to fail” with budget plans - Legal Futures
  • MPs warn of dangers of stamp duty “cliff edge” - Legal Futures
  • Conveyancer blamed secretary to “cover up lack of progress” - Legal Futures
  • Police in #Myanmar have filed several charges against the elected civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi following Monday's military coup
  • #India has accused "foreign individuals" and celebrities of "sensationalism" after a tweet by pop superstar Rihanna, extending support to protesting farmers, drew global attention to it's hard-right government's policy
  • Kameel Ahmady, British academic facing jail escapes #Iran over mountains
  • Ex-sheriff says ‘Rangers case’ has eroded respect for Scottish lawyers - Scottish Legal News
  • Prisoner serving life sentence fails to obtain judicial review of decision not to move him to lower security prison - Scottish Legal News
  • Misconduct at the Bar; Missing the Mark? – Crime Girl's Blog
  • NI: Solicitors appointed to leadership of UK-wide environmental protection office - Irish Legal News
  • NI: Rights groups welcome reinstatement of abortion services - Irish Legal News
  • New website explores use of restorative justice in Ireland - Irish Legal News
  • NI: Long-delayed review into support for vulnerable prisoners to be completed by summer - Irish Legal News
  • ByrneWallace appoints William Johnston as banking consultant - Irish Legal News
  • The Conservative peer who is the government's preferred choice to chair the Office for Students (OfS) watchdog has suggested he could continue taking his party's whip at the same time as being an independent regulator
  • DLA Piper makes double appointment in Dublin - Irish Legal News 
  • Court of Appeal: €65,000 award upheld for laceration injuries sustained by child while ice-skating - Irish Legal News
  • Lords defeats government over UK courts' role in genocide rulings - Peers vote for second time to amend trade bill and take a tougher stance on China’s human rights record
  • New claims of migrant abuse in the #US as Ice defies President Biden to continue deportations - Ice condemned as ‘rogue agency’ after rights groups allege torture by agents and man deported to Haiti who had never been there 
  • Lawyer in the news: Richard Leedham, Mishcon de Reya - Profile | Law Gazette
  • 'Their goal is to destroy everyone': Uighur camp detainees allege systematic rape #China