4th April - Law News

Edition 3386: LawNewsIndex is a UK based daily legal news archive on Law, Lawyers, Law Firms, Justice, Jurisprudence, Legislation, Litigation, Legal Ethics & Human Rights since 2011  

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 Today's Highlighted Video Story:
Officials in Taiwan say the death toll from Friday's train crash could rise, as they search through the wreckage.
Families of some of the 51 people known to have died so far held a vigil at the site.
Prosecutors are now seeking an arrest warrant for a construction site manager whose truck rolled onto the tracks.

Saturday Conversations on Law

  • Freshwater part 1: are the wrong men in jail?
  • Police and crime bill will create toxic legacy, warns Blunkett. Former Labour rightwing UK home secretary says law would drive wedge between officers and the public
  • Entries are now open for the Law Society Awards 2021, with nominations sought in 20 categories covering individuals, teams and firms. | NLJ
  • Return to pre-Covid ways ‘not an option’ in backlogged ET | Law Gazette
  • ‘They Told Us Not to Resist’: Sexual Violence Pervades #Ethiopia’s War
  • India's Khaitan & Co announces 22 new partners in bumper promotions round - The Global Legal Post
  • Rowley Regis dog attack: Woman, 85, killed by dogs that got through fence hole 
  • Good Friday service at a Catholic church in south London was shut down for breaching covid restrictions. Met Police said officers found some worshippers without masks and not socially distancing at Christ the King church on Balham High Road on Friday
  • Teachers face "derogatory sexualised" language as well as violence and threats from pupils in the classroom, a union conference has heard
  • #US Justice Dept. Inquiry Into Matt Gaetz Said to Be Focused on Cash Paid to Women
  • Matheson unveils ESG group on eve of new EU sustainable finance rules - The Global Legal Post
  • The Tribunals Judiciary has published a roadmap to recovery in the employment tribunals, in response to the backlog of more than 51,000 claims | NLJ
  • SLAS welcomes reduction in SLCC levy - Scottish Legal News
  • Did the government set out to cause controversy with an investigation into racial disparity in the UK? Or was the report's release, on Wednesday, mishandled? 
  • Clean up work is under way after huge crowds gathered in Cardiff Bay on Friday evening, despite coronavirus restrictions still being in place
  • Costs lawyers have raised issues with the data used to inform the review of Guideline Hourly Rates (GHR), the guideline figures used by judges to calculate court costs | NLJ
  • Petrol bombs, bricks and bottles were thrown at police during sustained rioting in the Sandy Row area of Belfast on Friday night. The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said eight officers were injured and seven people arrested 
  • Family courts are disturbingly out of touch in dealing with domestic abuse - Regular training sessions for judges and magistrates should be mandatory, as a Lords amendment I helped draft lays out
  • UK Government Launches Single Reporting Portal for Modern Slavery Act Obligations
  • The Changing Dynamics of Cross-border Human Smuggling and Trafficking in the Mediterranean | Ferruccio Pastore and Nourhan Abdel Aziz
  • Police uncover teenage girl ‘suicide’ Instagram group
  • Female staff at Freshfields earning more than men | Law Gazette 
  • #Italy has entered a strict three-day lockdown to try to prevent a surge in Covid-19 cases over Easter. All regions are now in the "red zone" - the highest tier of restrictions - as the country battles a third wave, with about 20,000 new cases a day
  • Care home residents in England will be allowed two regular visitors indoors from 12 April, the government has said 
  • End of an era at Urquharts, Edinburgh law firm’s 145-year connection to its founder is to come to an end - Scottish Legal News 
  • Home Office signs legal agreement to ensure Windrush failures are not repeated 
  • The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has launched an economic crime strategy, including the first economic crime court | NLJ 
  • The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Justice, Lord Wolfson, has approved and signed a temporary Insolvency Practice Direction (TIPD) on behalf of the Lord Chancellor| NLJ
  • Louise Armstrong joins James & George Collie LLP - Scottish Legal News