23rd September - Law News

Edition 3558: 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:  MPs have launched a blistering attack on the social media giant Google for failing to tackle online fraud. A member of the Treasury Select Committee accused Google of profiting from advertising fraud. Google says it's doing everything it can to stem the problems. But today the banking industry warned fraud was a threat to national security.  

Focus of the Day Story:  Probate practitioners have called for legislative change to help families access the 'digital assets' of relatives who have died. A study by STEP – a professional body for inheritance planning advisers – and Queen Mary University of London found that there is a lack of clarity around property rights relating to digital assets. Full story - The Law Society Gazette
Saturday Conversations on Law
  • Fragomen launches immigration programme for Scottish students - Scottish Legal News
  • Analysis: Age discrimination payout against nursing home a warning for employers | Irish Legal News 
  • ‘Check your clients’ - Insurer’s plea to PI lawyers after fraudster jailed | Law Gazette 
  • Ministers urged to stop ‘hiding from scrutiny’ by blocking FoI requests. Six departments spent total of at least £500k in four years trying to block requests, openDemocracy finds
  • Scottish Land Commission invites Orkney residents to online public meeting - Scottish Legal News S
  • The family of a primary school teacher who was killed in a south-east London park say they have been left "devastated" by her death. The body of Sabina Nessa was found by a member of the public in Cator Park, Kidbrooke, on Saturday
  • Mishcon joins forces with top-200 firm to create innovation business | News | Law Gazette
  • Reform law on 'digital assets', probate lawyers urge | Law Gazette
  • Greenwashing: CMA puts businesses on notice - Scottish Legal News 
  • Gregor Sim joins Mackinnons LLP - Scottish Legal News
  • Treasury 'could save £4bn next year' supporting free legal advice | Law Gazette
  • Armstrong Solicitors hires chief operating officer while eyeing growth | Irish Legal News
  • Barrister waived privilege in document by showing it to opposing counsel - Legal Futures
  • Northern Ireland to pilot programme looking at role of masculinity in offending | Irish Legal News
  • NI victims’ commissioner to be established on non-statutory basis | Irish Legal News
  • Solicitor claims discrimination against SRA over epic 15-year dispute | Law Gazette 
  • SRA board to shrink to just nine members - Legal Futures
  • Dmitry Dedov, Russia’s judge at the European Court of Human Rights, gave a partly dissenting opinion in today’s long-awaited judgment in the case brought by the widow of Alexander Litvinenko against the Russian state - Scottish Legal News
  • Tribunal declines to strike out pupillage discrimination claim - Legal Futures 
  • Killamarsh deaths: Man charged with murders of three children and woman
  • A court injunction has been granted to National Highways against protesters targeting the M25, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said
  • Environmental activists face prison for further efforts to block M25
  • Ashurst and DLA Piper among Ireland’s latest LLPs - Scottish Legal News
  • To protect the #US supreme court’s legitimacy, a conservative justice should step down
  • Lady Hale appears on Desert Island Discs - Scottish Legal News
  • Three law firm leaders cash in minority stake to share £7m windfall | Law Gazette
  • The parents of Harry Dunn have reached a "resolution" in a civil claim for damages with the woman alleged to have killed him, the family's spokesman has said


22nd September - Law News

Edition 3557: 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:  A third Russian man has been charged with alleged involvement in the Novichok nerve agent poisonings in Salisbury, England in 2018, which left one woman dead and three people critically ill.  Security sources say Denis Sergeev led the team on the ground, when the nerve agent was used against the former Russian spy Sergei Scripal.  
Focus of the Day Story:  The old ‘tap on the shoulder’ system of appointing judges would have yielded better diversity for ethnic minority lawyers than the current system, Labour MP David Lammy has claimed. Full story - Legal Futures
Saturday Conversations on Law
  • Covid-19 – when is it automatically unfair to dismiss for health and safety reasons? - Scottish Legal News
  • Vos: Lawyers like remote hearings because they earn more | Law Gazette 
  • EU rules on ‘transparent and predictable’ working conditions to be transposed into Irish law | Irish Legal News
  • Court rules claimant was exaggerating but not fundamentally dishonest | Law Gazette
  • Judge ‘uneasy’ about gardaí speeding to and from court hearings | Irish Legal News
  • Firms offered lower PII premiums for security tech | Law Gazette
  • Tribunal fines solicitor convicted of dangerous driving - Legal Futures 
  • Owners could be forced to sell as council approves empty housing policy - Scottish Legal News 
  • Multi-disciplinary ABS aims to buy professional services firms - Legal Futures
  • Lawyers have paid tribute to a ‘dear and brilliant’ human rights barrister, Jonathan Cooper OBEL, who died suddenly whilst walking in Scotland at the weekend | Law Gazette
  • Lammy: 'Tap on the shoulder' better for judicial diversity than JAC - Legal Futures
  • Instagram dodges photographers' copyright lawsuit over embedding feature #US
  • Older people need better safeguards against predatory marriage
  • Mishcon de Reya ups innovation focus with Taylor Vinters deal - Legal Futures
  • Images that show border agents on horseback driving migrants back to a river like cattle have sparked an investigation in the #US
  • Professor Martin Hogg appointed head of NUI Galway School of Law | Irish Legal News 
  • A third #Russian faces charges over his alleged involvement in the 2018 Salisbury poisonings, which left three people critically ill and one dead. Security sources believe Denis Sergeev was the on-the-ground commander in the Novichok attack
  • #Russia was responsible for the killing of Alexander Litvinenko, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has found. Litvinenko, a former Russian spy who became a British citizen, was fatally poisoned with radioactive polonium-210 in London in 2006 
  • UK staff to gain right to request flexible working from day one
  • My legal life: Imogen Hamblin, Thrive Law - Profile | Law Gazette 
  • Strathclyde to lead new study into quality of sentencing data - Scottish Legal News 
  • Climate crisis leaving ‘millions at risk of trafficking and slavery’
  • Trainee solicitor banned by SRA after tampering with email dates | Law Gazette
  • India’s most senior judge has said that the use of English in courts should be abandoned and that the wearing of colonial court dress should be discarded - Scottish Legal News
  • Hong Kong, gender identity and Lord Reed | Law Gazette 
  • #Russia Shooting: Gunman, purported to be a Law student, Kills at Least Six at University
  • Deported by U.S., #Haitians Are in Shock: ‘I Don’t Know This Country’ 
  • Windrush victims launch legal action over compensation delays - Henry Vaughan and Fitzroy Maynard sue Home Office, saying delays have caused them years of stress
  • HMP Styal: My baby died due to errors in prison, says former inmate 
  • Professor Martin Hogg appointed head of NUI Galway School of Law - Scottish Legal News 
  • Welsh government launches smacking ban ad campaign before law change | The Guardian
  • News focus: Data protection reform - a bonfire, or building back better? | Law Gazette
  • Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has launched an investigation into a data breach involving the email addresses of dozens of Afghan interpreters who worked for British forces
  • Macfadyen Lecture 2021: Judicial independence and the rule of law - Scottish Legal News
  • Access to justice and digitalisation in universal credit | Law Gazette 
  • #Poland vows to keep coalmine open despite €500,000-a-day ECJ fine | The Guardian
  • Law Society sets €300,000 target for 23rd annual Calcutta Run | Irish Legal News 
  • Best of the blogs - 18 September 2021 | Law Gazette Sep 21, 2021
  • Tughans grows with double director appointment and new NQs | Irish Legal News


21st September - Law News

Edition 3556: 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:  The SRA have worked with the Bar Standards Board and CILEx Regulation to develop competences, resources and videos for lawyers who practise in inquests. Dealing effectively with vulnerability is an important part of the competences. In this video, Emma Norton, Director of the Centre for Military Justice, shares her tips for communicating and engaging effectively with vulnerable people in an inquest.
Focus of the Day Story:  Cambridge University Foundation NHS v AH and others (by her Litigation Friend and the Official Solicitor. These are the words that Hayden J, Vice President of the Court of Protection, used to describe AH, the applicant in this case. The Official Solicitor identified it as “the most troubling and tragic of cases of this kind” with which she has been involved. Full story - UK Human Rights Blog
Saturday Conversations on Law
  • Registrations are open for the October Legal Cheek UK Virtual Law Fair - Legal Cheek
  • The Boutique Lawyer Show: Tax law is ‘a way of giving back’ - Lawyers Weekly #Australia
  • [Vidhispeaks] Certainty of Tax Legislation in India | Bar & Bench #India
  • Macquarie Asset Management advised on Lawson Grains sale - Lawyers Weekly #Australia
  • The US is easing its coronavirus travel restrictions, re-opening to passengers from the UK, EU and other nations
  • Unspoken rules: "This weekend on twitter, Rhys Taylor sparked a discussion about the rules that barristers are supposed to adhere to, and how they have changed." / Pink Tape
  • Pinsent Masons appoints Scots experts to climate change team - Scottish Legal News
  • Is Kathleen Folbigg innocent? New evidence suggests she is - Lawyers Weekly #Australia
  • Hearings in Scottish Hospitals Inquiry commence - Scottish Legal News 
  • Take steps to bring down dog population at IIT campus: Madras High Court | Bar & Bench #India 
  • Why are gas prices going up and what if my energy supplier goes bust? 
  • Cumbernauld man loses High Court appeal against shop knife assault conviction - Scottish Legal News
  • The first ‘super courtroom’―part of HM Courts & Tribunals Service’s strategy to tackle the backlog of cases―has opened | NLJ
  • Folic acid is to be added to UK flour to help prevent spinal birth defects in babies, the government will announce. Women are advised to take the B vitamin - which can guard against spina bifida in unborn babies - before and during pregnancy
  • Paul Rusesabagina, who was portrayed in a film as a life-saving hero during the Rwandan genocide has been convicted of terrorism by a court in #Rwanda
  • Ambitious football agent Aidy Ward broke rules by targeting minors 
  • My life as a digital rights and assets lawyer - Legal Cheek 
  • Green contract project targets in-house lawyers - Legal Futures 
  • Is enforcement of the Certificate of Genuine Effort what’s needed? - Lawyers Weekly #Australia 
  • Claimant who exaggerated impact of injury not fundamentally dishonest - Legal Futures
  • A fearless, down-to-earth Judge: Tribute paid to Late Justice MM Shantanagoudar | Bar & Bench #India 
  • Solicitor sanctioned for ignoring anti-money laundering duties - Legal Futures
  • Suspension for barrister who groped female chambers clerk and trainee solicitor during night out - Legal Cheek 
  • Childhood injuries, parental conduct and the law - Lawyers Weekly #Australia
  • Claimant who exaggerated impact of injury not fundamentally dishonest - Legal Futures
  • A murder investigation has been launched after four people were found dead at a house in Derbyshire. Officers were called to a property in Chandos Crescent, Killamarsh on Sunday
  • Susskind: Remote hearings have "opened door slightly" to courts revolution - Legal Futures 
  • MP Rosie Duffield says public women always thinking about security 
  • A body matching the description of missing woman Gabby Petito has been found by crews searching a national park in the US state of Wyoming #US
  • The government is considering offering emergency state-backed loans to energy companies as firms battle to stay afloat amid surging gas prices
  • From picnics to kebabs: lawyers car eating habits revealed in new research - Legal Cheek 
  • From trainee to private equity partner at a magic circle law firm - Legal Cheek
  • Debevoise follows MoFo with London office vaccine mandate - Legal Cheek
  • Hogan Lovells posts 92% trainee retention rate - Legal Cheek 
  • ‘There is clearly a problem with women getting into and staying in senior positions’ - Lawyers Weekly
  • Our legal system is colonial, not suited for Indian population: CJI NV Ramana | Bar & Bench #India 
  • Former City lawyer jailed over £600k frauds - Legal Cheek 
  • Lawyers issue open letter to NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian - Lawyers Weekly #Australia


20th September - Law News

Edition 3555: 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:  Nominations for candidates to be elected to the 2022 Bar Council of England and Wales are now open. Successful candidates will join from 1 January 2022 for a three-year term (except where otherwise indicated). Why join the Bar Council? Find out from Tim Devlin why it is worth joining and getting your voice heard.

Focus of the Day Story:  The Communications and Digital Committee has launched an inquiry into digital regulation. Currently, more than 12 regulators have a remit governing the digital world, and the committee has previously recommended a central regulator be established, with a horizon-scanning role to assess gaps and make recommendations. Full story - New Law Journal
Saturday Conversations on Law


19th September - Law News

Edition 3554: 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:  General Frank McKenzie, the head of the US Central Command, acknowledged that a US drone strike in Kabul late in August killed 10 civilians. McKenzie said on Friday that it was “unlikely” that those killed were associated with the Islamic State in Khorasan Province, ISKP (ISIS-K), as originally claimed by the US military.

Saturday Conversations on Law
  • Boxer Amir Khan removed from US flight - Mr Khan, 34, said he had been taken off the American Airlines plane along with a colleague by police when someone complained his friend's mask "was not high enough"
  • English Court of Appeal rules polygamous second wife of deceased Pakistani man not entitled to bereavement benefits - Scottish Legal News
  • New ministerial team named at MoJ |Law Gazette
  • Time bar decision tough on claimants - Scottish Legal News
  • Solicitor fined for sending offensive tweets to MPs | Law Gazette
  • Ireland fined over €15m due to failure to comply with EU law - Scottish Legal News 
  • Judgment reserved in solicitor-judge disability discrimination case | Law Gazette
  • Suella Braverman QC has returned to the position of Attorney General following her maternity leave | NLJ
  • The surge in ‘buy now pay later’ – and why we should be worried
  • Cyclist run over by partially sighted motorist still battling with insurers - Joanna Davies was dragged along the road for 20 metres but has been offered less than half the £11,000 she has claimed
  • CMS Future of Renewables event - Scottish Legal News
  • Hotel owners have defended introducing a £200 membership fee after being overrun by people taking sunset snaps for social media from its clifftop bar. The Druidstone Hotel, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, has been criticised as "elitist"
  • SRA wins more government lawtech cash | Law Gazette
  • Wednesday’s Employment Law Conference to tackle back to work issues - Scottish Legal News
  • Asylum seeker given £100,000 hospital bill after suffering stroke - Simba Mujakachi says government’s ‘hostile environment’ policies deterred him from taking medication
  • The family of a #US man whose fiancée disappeared during a road trip say he is now missing too. Brian Laundrie, 23, is a person of interest in the case but police say he is not wanted for any crime
  • Covid passes for nightclubs and large events in Wales have split opinion, with a few saying they are reassured by the rules while many are concerned
  • A small gin-maker threatened with legal action by global energy drinks firm Red Bull over the use of the word 'bull' in its name says it will fight the case 
  • Prince Philip's will to be sealed for 90 years, family court rules after secret hearing | Law Gazette
  • Teletext Holidays could face legal action over package holiday refunds - Scottish Legal News 
  • Landmark LGBT+ survey reveals workplace challenges | Law Gazette 
  • MSPs to examine Scotland’s overseas relationship - Scottish Legal News
  • For weeks, lawyers acting for a woman who alleges she was sexually abused by Prince Andrew have been trying to alert him to their plans
  • Government plans bonfire of retained EU law | Law Gazette
  • The #US has admitted that a drone strike in Kabul days before its military pullout killed 10 innocent people
  • #US real estate heir Robert Durst, subject of HBO crime documentary The Jinx, has been convicted of killing his best friend Susan Berman. Durst was found guilty of killing Ms Berman in 2000 to stop her talking to police about his wife's disappearance
  • Australia: Queensland legalises euthanasia - Scottish Legal News
  • Court rejects Slater and Gordon bid to end costs recovery cases | Law Gazette
  • Raab’s task is simple: just fix a justice system in crisis | Law Gazette


18th September - Law News

Edition 3553: 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:  In another new record in terms of filling up vacancies in the judiciary, a three-member India Supreme Court collegium led by Chief Justice of India NV Ramana has recommended the elevation of eight judges as Chief Justices of various High Courts at one go, according to sources.

Saturday Conversations on Law
  • Academic reports examine police use of pandemic powers - Scottish Legal News
  • ‘Brexit hasn’t happened yet’ for law firms, says Society | Law Gazette
  • The Scottish Climate Emergency Legal Network is running a climate conference entitled Using the Law to Tackle the Climate Emergency on Thursday 21 October 2021 at Blythswood Hall, Glasgow - Scottish Legal News
  • The international travel traffic light system is being simplified in England with a single red list, as part of an overhaul of the rules from 4 October
  • Georgian chess icon Nona Gaprindashvili has filed a defamation lawsuit against Netflix, saying she was incorrectly portrayed in the hit series The Queen's Gambit
  • Calls to 'socialise' unique property reference numbers | Law Gazette
  • Supportive teacher relationships reduce crime later in pupils’ lives - Scottish Legal News
  • Registration opens for Ireland’s only law graduate mentorship programme | Irish Legal News
  • New breed firm doubles profits during first half of 2021 | Law Gazette 
  • Under-16s can take puberty blockers without parental consent, the Court of Appeal has ruled. The appeal was brought by the Tavistock Trust, which runs the UK's only youth gender identity clinic 
  • NI High Court: Decade-long ‘doomed to fail’ dispute over Belfast land sale dismissed | Irish Legal News
  • Shares in thriving listed law firm reach all-time high - Legal Futures 
  • KPMG: Major Scottish cities could see employment rise by 5-7 per cent in wake of pandemic - Scottish Legal News 
  • First sale to use "gamechanger" e-signature completes - Legal Futures 
  • Yorkshire firm swoops to take 11-strong team from rivals | Law Gazette 
  • Revenue up as Co-op Legal Services expands reach - Legal Futures
  • People in Wales will need to show a pass proving they have been fully vaccinated or had a negative Covid test to attend clubs and large-scale events. The new rules begin on 11 October
  • Funding for criminal justice in Holyrood spotlight - Scottish Legal News
  • Shamima Begum, regardless of her new image, remains the UK's responsibility 
  • UK scientist warns over relaxation of Covid travel rules
  • Slater & Gordon fails in "full frontal" court attack on Checkmylegalfees - Legal Futures
  • Prince Andrew may challenge High Court ruling in US sexual assault case - Using the Hague Service Convention, lawyers for Virginia Giuffre, Prince Andrew's accuser, asked the court to serve the duke with papers informing him of the civil case in New York
  • Top sports lawyer denies central role in football transfer payments | Law Gazette
  • HMP Bronzefield inmates Mia and Lorraine speak about their education in prison which has allowed them to move forward
  • Two men have been charged with the murder of journalist Lyra McKee. Ms McKee, 29, was shot dead while observing rioting in Londonderry's Creggan estate in April 2019
  • Tackling violence against women and girls should be as much of a priority as countering terrorism, a police watchdog has said. It has identified major inconsistencies between police forces in how they tackle the issue 
  • Ireland fined over €15m due to failure to comply with EU law | Irish Legal News Sep
  • A key aspect of the Law Society’s work is to engage and consult with its communities and maintain a dialogue with the profession to understand areas of concern, as well as acknowledging the key successes, within the sector | Law Gazette
  • Inner House rejects appeal against refusal of permission for North Lanarkshire energy-from-waste development - Scottish Legal News
  • Rules on GM farming and cars to be top of UK bonfire of EU laws: Minister reveals plans to change laws inherited from EU, with rules on medical devices also in crosshairs S
  • Faculty supports Bloody Scotland festival - Scottish Legal News
  • Dominic Raab replaces Robert Buckland as justice secretary - Scottish Legal News
  • Law Society of Scotland shortlisted for UK Covid Response Award - Scottish Legal News
  • French woman held by Home Office officials at Gatwick for eight hours. Tessa Stines, who has EU settlement claim in progress, detained by Border Force despite rule change 
  • Five senior counsels to be appointed to High Court | Irish Legal News


17th September - Law News

Edition 3552: 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:  Amid those ongoing concerns about cladding, a recent tower block fire in Milan has raised fresh concern about unsafe buildings. The fire at the 18-storey block has been likened to Grenfell by the city's mayor. We travelled to Milan with some of those who lost loved ones in the Grenfell fire - and while we were there we also took a look at a more unusual building that could offer an idea for a memorial.

Focus of the Day Story: More than 100 law firms clear Mansfield Rule certification with D&I efforts. Early adopters of the scheme have been shown to diversify management committees by more than 30 times the rate of non-Mansfield firms.
Full story - The Global Legal Post
Saturday Conversations on Law
  • New plan aims to improve racial equality - Scottish Legal News
  • #US man files $1m lawsuit after Michigan teacher cuts child's hair
  • SRA under pressure to demand more price transparency | Law Gazette
  • CMS advises on £175m placing for Smart Metering Systems plc - Scottish Legal News
  • The Duke of Edinburgh's will is to remain secret for at least 90 years to protect the "dignity and standing" of the Queen, the High Court has ruled
  • MP proposes law to stop employers hiding behind gagging orders
  • Half-year profits soar 279% at RBG | Law Gazette
  • Sheriffs made no recommendations in hundreds of FAIs into deaths in custody - Scottish Legal News
  • Chambers obtains final injunction after cyber-attack - Legal Futures
  • Dealing with volatile materials costs in construction tenders - Scottish Legal News
  • Trainee solicitor banned for lying about work done for colleague - Legal Futures
  • Swansea man jailed after CCTV operator witnessed rape - Turkey Al-Turkey, 26, of Cwm Level Road in Brynhyfryd, Swansea, attacked the woman outside the city's Civic Centre on 18 July
  • ICC authorises full inquiry into Rodrigo Duterte’s ‘war on drugs’ #Philippines
  • Legal regulators secure government cash for innovation projects - Legal Futures
  • Qualified solicitor Raab replaces Buckland as lord chancellor | News | Law Gazette
  • Robert Buckland's plea for investment as he departs Ministry of Justice - Legal Futures
  • High Court battle over the regulation of a landfill site accused of emitting noxious gases: Lawyers representing Mathew Richards say hydrogen sulphide (H2S) gas from Walleys Quarry, in Staffordshire, has worsened his underlying health issues
  • Shepherd and Wedderburn advises on ‘green’ redevelopment of iconic Hunterston Parc - Scottish Legal News
  • Solicitor-judge's disability struggles 'prevented career development' | Law Gazette
  • Police say that prominent South Carolina lawyer Alex Murdaugh ordered a hit on himself so that his son could collect $10m (£7.24m) in life insurance
  • Guideline on sentencing of young people emphasises rehabilitation - Scottish Legal News
  • Law centre assists complaints over exclusion of under-18 from Northern Ireland voucher scheme | Irish Legal News
  • A publication of statistics on the number of suspected drug deaths during the first half of 2021 shows a small decrease (one per cent) on the same period last year - Scottish Legal News
  • 'Thank you HMCTS': positive feedback over financial remedies | Law Gazette
  • The Scottish Climate Emergency Legal Network (SCELN) has had success in its “Seventh Gas Campaign”, after the UK government recently pledged to bring forward amendments to the UK’s Climate Change Act 2008 - Scottish Legal News
  • ‘Unconscionable’ universal credit cut breaks human rights law, says UN envoy - Poverty rapporteur says removal of £20 a week uplift based on ‘very ill-informed understanding’ of impact
  • Bruce Lehrmann to plead not guilty to alleged sexual assault of Brittany Higgins - The case is to be brought to the ACT supreme court in October, with the accused, a former Liberal government staffer, pleading not guilty #Australia
  • Microsoft's passwordless plans lets users switch to app-based login
  • As a new report claims dilapidated housing is "killing some of the most vulnerable people", a 22-year-old student has become an unlikely champion for social housing tenants, shaming Clarion, Europe's biggest housing association, into action
  • Supreme Court: Appeal dismissed for family seeking inquiry into death of Seamus Ludlow | Irish Legal News
  • The UK, US and Australia have announced a historic security pact in the Asia-Pacific (Aukus), in what's seen as an effort to counter China
  • 'Women-sufficiency' may be the funnel performance metrics contributor in the coming Cycle of Economy and demography | Esther Ochoga 
  • Mishcon gave ‘element of trust’ to murky football transfers, tribunal hears | Law Gazette
  • City council grant of planning permission for e-bike station declared ultra vires by Outer House - Scottish Legal News
  • What happens when the robots go rogue? | Law Gazette
  • Solid legal basis for NSW vaccine mandates to enter businesses, expert says #Australia 
  • Alison McKay joins Lindsays in Glasgow - Scottish Legal News Sep 16, 2021 
  • Eversheds Sutherland appoints Liam Boyle as head of company secretarial | Irish Legal News
  • Banking lawyer Nichola Coghlan joins TLT in Belfast | Irish Legal News
  • Lawyers secure legal aid for asylum seekers facing eviction by Home Office - Scottish Legal News 
  • Daphne Franks: the woman who lost her much-loved mother to a predatory marriage


16th September - Law News

Edition 3551: 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:  An 89-year-old woman who died after complications from a broken hip had accused a fellow resident of her Canberra aged care home of pushing her over, the ACT Supreme Court has heard. Mario Amato, 61, went on trial today in the ACT Supreme Court, after he pleaded not guilty to the manslaughter of Sheila Marie Capper, who died in December 2018. Today the court was shown video footage taken within the Campbell nursing home of Mrs Capper being propelled through the doorway of a laundry, onto the floor.

Focus of the Day Story: General counsel and a City firm have come under repeated criticism in a damning report into governance issues at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. An independent report by Alison Levitt QC found that the outcome of an internal governance review conducted in 2019 had already been decided before it was commissioned. Levitt concluded that the RICS general counsel, who was unnamed, had wrongly outsourced the review to Fieldfisher LLP, where she used to work, and that the firm took a ‘partisan approach’ against four non-executive members of the RICS board without any objective analysis.
Full story - The Law Society Gazette
Saturday Conversations on Law
  • Barrister suspended for groping women on night out | Law Gazette
  • Report raises data protection concerns over Covid-19 measures | Irish Legal News
  • The main defendant in the November 2015 Paris attacks trial has sought to justify the murder of 130 people as retaliation for #French military action against Islamic State (IS) jihadists 
  • Manchester Arena Inquiry told police failed in response to bombing
  • Paralegal banned for logging calls she hadn’t made | Law Gazette
  • In whose interests is the creation of a judicial register? - Scottish Legal News
  • Raft of promotions at Anderson Strathern - Scottish Legal News 
  • Shamima Begum, who left the UK for Syria as a teenager, says she will regret joining the Islamic State group for the rest of her life and has offered to help the UK fight terrorism
  • Facebook-owned Instagram has been criticised for keeping secret its internal research into the effect social media had on teenager users
  • Two-day conference to guide Chief Justice’s working group on access to justice | Irish Legal News
  • In-house lawyers “more trusting of automation” after pandemic - Legal Futures
  • Small firms weather pandemic with confidence | Law Gazette
  • Michael Gove criticised over racist and homophobic language in student speeches - He used a racial slur to refer to black people and made derogatory comments about gay people
  • The High Court in London will formally contact the Duke of York about allegations of sexual assault filed in a US court. Lawyers for Virginia Giuffre requested the High Court contact the prince about the civil case launched in New York
  • LSB demands regulators deliver “real change in outcomes for consumers” - Legal Futures 
  • Scottish Land Court rules in favour of Space Hub Sutherland - Scottish Legal News
  • Profits soar as listed legal business benefits from litigation investment - Legal Futures
  • Aberdeen Law Project’s Katy Smith secures £2,000 for discrimination victim - Scottish Legal News
  • NDAs “cannot be controlled by professional regulators” - Legal Futures 
  • Police have made 71 arrests as climate change protesters caused fresh disruption on the M25, blocking roundabouts and the motorway itself 
  • Why unifying the Land Court and Lands Tribunal makes sense - Scottish Legal News
  • ‘Every man was drinking’: how much do bans on alcohol help women in India? Women’s protests led to prohibition in Bihar but can alcohol bans end domestic abuse and harassment? 
  • Allaying confusion over duty of confidentiality - Scottish Legal News 
  • Campaign aims to outlaw ‘toxic’ NDAs hiding misconduct | Law Gazette
  • Christian Porter reveals part of legal fees paid by blind trust with funds from unknown source #Australia
  • Firm remains instructed to challenge 'temporary operating arrangements' | Law Gazette 
  • Sheriff finds death of chronically ill prisoner at HMP Addiewell could have been avoided - Scottish Legal News 
  • Covid: Can England avoid 'lockdown lite' this winter?
  • The crisis of citizenship and the rise of cultural rights | Yves Guermond 
  • Chambers mourns death of 'trailblazer' barrister: Red Lion Chambers said it learned on Friday that Georgia Lassoff, born in 1987, had unexpectedly passed away | Law Gazette
  • Long-delayed review into care of vulnerable Northern Ireland prisoners completed | Irish Legal News 
  • New associates at Balfour and Manson - Scottish Legal News 
  • Court rules against woman who became face of #China’s #MeToo movement. Zhou Xiaoxuan, who accused CCTV host of sexual harassment, vows to appeal ‘unfair treatment’
  • Medics urged to drop opposition to assisted dying before crucial vote 
  • The BMA must change its stance on assisted dying
  • MEPs condemn failure to respect rights of same-sex partners in EU. European parliament resolution criticises bloc’s patchwork policy, as some countries ignore recent rulings
  • Braverman reappointed attorney general following maternity leave | Law Gazette