18th July - Law News

Edition 3491: 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:
Thailand has issued a new coronavirus decree, giving the government sweeping powers to suppress news that it sees as causing fear or panic. But the opposition is accusing the government of trying to obscure its handling of the pandemic.

Saturday Conversations on Law
  • The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), Prudential Regulation Authority and Bank of England published a discussion paper last week on diversity monitoring and reporting at financial services firms, ‘Diversity and inclusion in the financial sector’ | NLJ
  • CJEU rules hijab can be banned at work - Scottish Legal News
  • Scotland's health secretary has ordered a review of the case of an expat woman pleading to be reunited with her terminally-ill father
  • Unknown blogger liable for £70,000 over #MeToo posts | Law Gazette 
  • CAFCASS has reached the upper limit of its capacity to take on cases, according to Sir Andrew McFarlane, President of the Family Division | NLJ
  • Profit up more than a third at Simmons & Simmons | Law Gazette
  • A culture-change in litigation could be on the cards following a Civil Justice Council (CJC) decision that compulsory alternative dispute resolution (ADR) is lawful and should be encouraged | NLJ
  • Minority ethnic grads half as likely to get pupillage | Law Gazette
  • A solicitor’s plea for help: What’s a clearance certificate when it’s at home? - Scottish Legal News 
  • Claims boss banned for overseeing holiday sickness racket | Law Gazette
  • A major trial concerning liability for oil pollution in the Niger Delta is to go ahead in the High Court after Royal Dutch Shell and its Nigerian subsidiary SPDC confirmed it would not contest jurisdictional issues | NLJ
  • Six Extinction Rebellion protesters found guilty of blocking news printers - Judge says demonstration was ‘peaceful’ but impacted Murdoch, Mail, Telegraph and Standard titles
  • Russian billionaire settles with ex-wife five years after £450m payout ruling - Farkhad Akhmedov had contested 2017 decision but has now reached an agreement over divorce
  • Offender-Centric Policing in Cases of Rape | Phil Rumney
  • Impact of pandemic on gender pay gap reporting in construction - Scottish Legal News
  • A former police officer has pleaded guilty to stalking a woman after their relationship ended. Stephen Green, who was based at Shrewsbury Police Station, admitted one count of stalking involving serious alarm or distress
  • Police and CPS criticised for cautious approach to rape cases | Law Gazette
  • Probate fees could be hiked to as much as £273 from their current level of £155 (for applications from legal professionals) and £215 (for non-professionals), under Ministry of Justice (MoJ) proposals | NLJ
  • The migrants hunger-striking for legal status in Belgium - More than 400 undocumented migrants are on hunger strike in the #Belgian capital Brussels
  • 'Hollywood Ripper' Michael Gargiulo sentenced to death for murders #US
  • Fully jabbed travellers returning to England and Wales from France will still have to quarantine from Monday. From 19 July, adults who have been double jabbed in the UK arriving from amber list countries will not need to isolate for 10 days
  • Criminal Populism and Solidarity in Recent #Italy's Migration Policies: A EU Law Perspective | Martino Reviglio
  • DACA Ruled Unlawful by Federal Judge, Who Suspends Applications - The judge said President Barack Obama exceeded his authority when he created the program, but for now people protected under it will retain the ability to stay and work in the #US
  • A man has been charged with racially abusing football pundit and former England player Rio Ferdinand. Jamie Arnold is accused of using racist words and gestures 
  • ‘Rogue’ U.S. Agency Used Racial Profiling to Investigate Commerce Dept. Employees, Report Says #US
  • National firm announces family-friendly pay policies | Law Gazette
  • Legal expenses insurance is rarely used by consumers and should be more widely promoted as a solution to unmet legal needs, the Legal Services Board (LSB) has said | NLJ
  • Six people can meet in private homes and a law restricting the number people meeting outside is scrapped on Saturday as Welsh lockdown rules ease further
  • CMA finds drug companies overcharged NHS - Scottish Legal News
  • EU launches legal action against Hungary and Poland over LGBT+ rights violations - Scottish Legal News
  • Annual figures lay bare ombudsman’s nightmare lockdown year | Law Gazette
  • The mother of a 17-year-old girl who was killed in 2019 has filed a lawsuit accusing officials of sharing sex and murder videos with the media. The death of Bianca Devins prompted widespread media attention when images posted by her murderer went viral 
  • Outer House judge reduces Police Scotland decision to hold separate hearings for three officers accused of similar misconduct - Scottish Legal News 
  • The police officer who murdered Sarah Everard has been dismissed from the Metropolitan Police, a week after admitting the crime 
  • OnlyFans, best known for the explicit, boomed during the pandemic. But from receiving terrorism videos to racial abuse and rape threats, investigation based on the experiences of dozens of women reveals concerns about how the British-run site is managed
  • DocuSign, the electronic signature specialists, is running a webinar on the latest guidance on witnessing electronic signatures in Land Registration deeds, and related topics (3pm on 27 July 2021) | NLJ