4th May - Law News

Edition 3416: 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:
Glasgow is due to host the COP26 climate talks in 2021. It's a crucial meeting on the future of the planet involving leaders from all over the world. Their aim is to agree on the latest coordinated round of measures to tackle climate change. But the challenges are huge.

  Focus of the Day Article:
Proposals to reform the Mental Health Act (MHA) make ‘arbitrary distinctions between patients who have capacity and those who lack capacity and those who are and are not in the criminal justice system’, the Law Society has warned. Full story - New Law Journal
Saturday Conversations on Law
  • Shoosmiths launches Belfast training contract - Legal Cheek https://t.co/RD1MPdTWIl 
  • Stella Creasy launches campaign to change law after a boy took pictures of her feeding her baby on a train https://t.co/4qXSATAPhi 
  • President Joe Biden has lifted the #US annual refugee cap, bowing to outrage from his party after he initially opted to stick by the Trump-era figure. The Democratic president is raising the cap from 15,000 to 62,500 https://t.co/qmejnXSE6O 
  • Guilty parties remain free in ‘chilling’ Witness K prosecution - Lawyers Weekly #Australia https://t.co/BpxstuO0DY 
  • Vaccine hesitancy and the Court of Protection: who decides? - UK Human Rights Blog https://t.co/ElyUGQoHcF
  • Why can't Google get a grip on rip-off ads? https://t.co/ArqVIlhFnj
  • A #PuertoRican boxer who fought in London's 2012 Olympics has been charged with abducting and killing his pregnant lover. Félix Verdejo is accused of attacking Keishla Rodríguez and then throwing her body off a bridge https://t.co/A04yYuxvKf 
  • A police officer was dragged and kicked and another suffered a fractured eye socket in clashes with protesters at Manchester United's ground on Sunday, Greater Manchester Police have said https://t.co/hq4QTqiYDq 
  • Proposals to reform the Mental Health Act (MHA) make ‘arbitrary distinctions between patients who have capacity and those who lack capacity and those who are and are not in the criminal justice system’, the Law Society has warned | NLJ https://t.co/f675uyhlbJ
  • Free will debate rages on, or is it all an illusion? https://t.co/Rp8PbZ6DNY
  • Asian hate crime in UK increases during pandemic. As footballers boycott social media over hate crimes, the abuse directed at Spurs star Son Heung-Min has focused attention on racism suffered by people of Asian background https://t.co/MtD4SzFcG4 
  • Grieving relatives despair at months of waiting for probate https://t.co/Nkn0yF4Nh9 
  • Ofcom gets court threat from Alex Salmond's Alba Party which demands review over BBC bias https://t.co/LtTVa4F5A9 
  • Prime Minister Boris Johnson has indicated there will be some "opening up" of foreign travel on 17 May - but said it was important to be cautious https://t.co/NRyyDx5Iv2 
  • German police have arrested three men and a fourth is being held in Paraguay for allegedly running one of the world's biggest online networks for sharing images of child sex abuse https://t.co/X4XUGkybDE
  • The Premier League is to bring in a new owners' charter to stop future attempts to join a breakaway Super League https://t.co/R6j5lFTyex 
  • The UK and Iran are in discussions over a £400m debt that the UK owes, foreign office minister James Cleverly has said - but the talks are not linked to the detention of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe https://t.co/bAIjhrjFYc
  • The Weekly Round-up: Home Office deaths and Post Office “thefts” - UK Human Rights Blog https://t.co/vGyIXAGKMT 
  • KFC’s top lawyer swaps fried chicken for pizza - Legal Cheek https://t.co/1a8g8rYn5z 
  • #German judge investigated by police after ruling compulsory mask-wearing in schools unconstitutional - UK Human Rights Blog https://t.co/RaZWvEZVV4
  • Pupillage seekers jump by 50% during pandemic - Legal Cheek https://t.co/enqpNcudaq 
  • Signal’s hack of surveillance tech used by police could undermine #Australian criminal cases https://t.co/0R4cdqizC4
  • Junior lawyer awarded $157k in backpay from small firm - Lawyers Weekly #Australia https://t.co/qqobnOLUEj 
  • Choose 'where and when you work', Irwin Mitchell tells lawyers - Legal Cheek https://t.co/aT4DA7m4jX
  • The missing Rule 35 mechanism for immigration detention in prison - UK Human Rights Blog https://t.co/L8vXRKr6WM
  • London funder first to be allowed to finance Australian class actions - Lawyers Weekly https://t.co/gZBXwt9PW5
  • Recruitment has picked up among 100 global and top 50 UK firms | NLJ https://t.co/oHBEHhvdc6 
  • Lawyers are ‘way too nice’ with fees and billing - Lawyers Weekly #Australia https://t.co/mhKlPk45a2 
  • ‘Complex identities’ of Northern Ireland being undermined, says ex-official - Ciaran Martin criticises post-Brexit attempts to ‘redesign’ UK based on old notion of English sovereignty https://t.co/2ohRLBnRLm
  • The Commons Select Committee on Justice has launched an inquiry, Women in Prison | NLJ https://t.co/qSc6Ezo2PM
  • Human rights lawyers slam Australian government for separating families - Lawyers Weekly https://t.co/xvgOvAVCs5 
  • Victims renew calls for justice as El Mozote trial moves ahead - Recent hearings reveal new details about 1981 massacre of civilians in northeast #ElSalvador during country’s civil war https://t.co/UPJ1Ua7e0g 
  • PM Modi’s ruling BJP loses crucial West Bengal state election, the first defeat for ultra-rightwing politics in contemporary #India https://t.co/kSBvws5AaO
  • Children who ate ‘cannabis sweets’ risked serious harm, say Surrey police - Investigation begins after two boys, 12 and 13, and a girl, 12, were taken to hospital after falling unconscious https://t.co/X7IYw0mkBT 
  • Sorcery-related violence should be thought of as profoundly modern #PNG https://t.co/NupoXX24nM 
  • Why are Apple and Epic going to court over Fortnite currency? https://t.co/hprsilqyF7 
  • NHS England has urged Instagram to clamp down on accounts selling an unlicensed, "dangerous" drug mainly targeted at younger women and girls. The sale of Apetamin is illegal in the UK https://t.co/o62hW31h7Q
  • Families and friends will be able to mourn their loved ones in unlimited numbers at funerals in England from 17 May, under new plans https://t.co/HXddxoJGYj 
  • Some families and friends will be able to hug for the first time in months and fitness fans can get back to gyms as lockdown restrictions ease in Wales https://t.co/A69uxNGejU