31st July - Law News

Edition 3504: 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:
Education at all levels has been ravaged by COVID-19. The digital divide in India means that a huge number of children are nowhere close to being able to afford a data connection or a smart phone to get an online education. For the students who are attending online classes, the mental impact is immense. This brings us to the big question on the Big Fight - is it time to reopen schools now, and should vaccines for kids be a prerequisite to reopening schools?

Saturday Conversations on Law
  • Divorce applications rise by a third after legislation changes - Irish Legal News 
  • MPs rebuke police for ‘systemic failure’ to improve record on race - Failings have led to ‘unjustified inequalities’, says landmark report that finds little progress in 22 years since Macpherson 
  • Dianne Millen joins Watermans Legal as head of family law - Scottish Legal News
  • BTAS Sanctions Guidance Review Response to first consultation
  • Campaigners have won a court battle to prevent the "scandalous" construction of a road tunnel near Stonehenge. The £1.7bn Highways England project aimed to reduce A303 congestion but campaigners said it would detrimentally affect the world heritage site 
  • A Wembley steward has admitted trying to sell security wristbands and lanyards to ticketless fans for the Euro 2020 final. Yusaf Amin, 18, of Clifford Road, Newham, pleaded guilty to theft at Willesden Magistrates' Court
  • New fathers to receive 26 weeks paid leave at City firm | Law Gazette 
  • Douglas Chrismas, Gallery Owner, Arrested on Embezzlement Charge - The Los Angeles art dealer Douglas Chrismas has surrendered to the F.B.I. and a trial date has been set for September #US
  • Human rights commission and media company reach agreement over property adverts - Irish Legal News
  • UK waste firm fined £1.5m for exporting household waste - Biffa convicted of exporting filthy rubbish marked as waste paper for recycling in India and Indonesia in breach of ban
  • #Australian court finds AI systems can be recognised under patent law - Federal court judge says allowing artificial intelligence systems, as well as humans, to be inventors is ‘consistent with promoting innovation’
  • Home Office failed to put in place system to protect detainees with HIV - High court judge issues ruling after man was denied antiretroviral medication for four days
  • FLAC joined by 42 signatories in letter to Justice Minister over civil legal aid review - Irish Legal News
  • Law Society: Solicitors must not use AI without clients' consent - Legal Futures 
  • Lewis Hughes, 24, from Romford, east London, admitted one charge of assault by beating Prof Whitty in St James's Park on 27 June
  • Labour MP Apsana Begum has been cleared in court of making fraudulent housing claims. She represents the constituency of Poplar and Limehouse, and was accused of three counts of making dishonest applications
  • Solicitor rebuked for losing unencrypted USB stick | Law Gazette
  • Conditions that led to 2011 riots still exist today, experts warn - Data analysis finds large-scale cuts to youth services and increase in racial disparity 10 years on
  • Legal actions against Department of Education more than doubled last year - Irish Legal News
  • More than 1,300 people died of drug misuse in Scotland last year, with the country seeing a record number of deaths for the seventh year in a row. The annual figures showed that there were 1,339 drug deaths last year - an increase of 75
  • A security guard has been jailed for more than five years for stabbing 16 cats in a series of night-time attacks. Steven Bouquet killed nine cats around Brighton between October 2018 and June 2019. Seven more were injured
  • High Court warns uncooperative parties against "litigation warfare" - Legal Futures 
  • Scottish government acquiesced to Queen’s request for exemption from carbon initiative - Scottish Legal News 
  • #US Federal prosecutors charged Trevor Milton with misleading investors about the technology for battery- and hydrogen-powered vehicles Nikola had hoped to make 
  • A 29-year-old woman has appeared in court charged with the murder of a baby boy in Ardoyne, north Belfast, on Tuesday. Raluca Tagani appeared at Belfast Magistrates' Court charged with the murder of baby Liam O'Keefe
  • New changes to the Highway Code will give pedestrians greater priority over cars at junctions and crossings, the transport secretary has announced. Under the current code, motorists only have to give way when pedestrians step onto a crossing
  • #Japan is extending a state of emergency in Tokyo and expanding it to new regions as the Olympic Games host faces a surge in Covid-19 cases
  • New disclosure rules for ‘less complex claims’ below £500,000 | Law Gazette
  • Fee-share law firm eyes major domestic and international expansion - Legal Futures
  • Pandemic caused significant drop in cases heard by Irish courts - Irish Legal News
  • Who wants to be a millionaire? - Scottish Legal News
  • England: Ageing bar poses access to justice threat - Scottish Legal News 
  • Jeffrey Smith, a police officer who confronted a mob in the Capitol, later shot himself. His widow blames the riot, and is asking for full death benefits #US
  • Faculty condemns prime minister’s anti-lawyer comments - Scottish Legal News
  • Theodore McCarrick, Former Archbishop of Washington, Charged With Sexual Assault #US
  • Aid workers say the #Ethiopian government has effectively cut off the lone route into the conflict-torn region of Tigray, leading to a risk of mass starvation
  • #Philippine President Warns of Home Detainment for Vaccine Refusers
  • Mishcon to face SDT over client account transactions | Law Gazette 
  • CMS advises on investment in space technology start-up - Scottish Legal News
  • Man loses appeal against conviction over IRA membership identified by bugging - Irish Legal News
  • Former patients and children of a #Canadian fertility doctor who used his own or unknown sperm to impregnate patients have been offered a C$13m ($10m, £7m) settlement agreement
  • David McNaughtan and Craig Murray appointed crown counsel - Scottish Legal News
  • Pregnant woman who robbed from man withdrawing cash from ATM is jailed - Irish Legal News
  • Upfront property information – our digital objectives | Law Gazette
  • High Court: Refusal of visa extension quashed for inadequate reasoning - Irish Legal News 
  • Grampian sheriff finds death of north-east prisoner from drug-related complications not reasonably preventable - Scottish Legal News
  • A British man who went to Syria to join the Islamic State (IS) group has admitted sharing beheading videos. Stefan Aristidou, 27, entered guilty pleas to four terrorism offences at the Old Bailey
  • ‘Stop patronising me and give me an interview’: the female journalists speaking up for #India’s poor
  • Mishcon de Reya and former partner face prosecution by solicitors regulator
  • Boyd Legal makes double appointment - Scottish Legal News 
  • Hollywood star Scarlett Johansson is suing Disney for breach of contract for streaming her film Black Widow at the same time as its cinema release #US 
  • Nightclubs start asking for NHS Covid pass in England