30th September - Law News

Edition 3565: 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 world's oldest living rainforest has been returned to its custodians in a historic handback ceremony in Far North Queensland. The Eastern Kuku Yalanji people have taken formal ownership of 160,213 hectares of country stretching from Mossman to Cooktown, including the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Daintree National Park.

Focus of the Day Story:  More than two-thirds of lawyers (69%) have experienced mental ill health in the last year, according to a new snapshot of wellbeing in the profession. The survey of around 1,700 legal professionals by legal charity LawCare also found that just 56% of those suffering had discussed their problems at work. Respondents in this group said they had not disclosed their condition for fear of the stigma that would attach, the resulting career implications and the financial and reputational consequences. Full story - The Law Society Gazette
Saturday Conversations on Law
  • Solicitor Karyn Watt among Construction Scotland Innovation Centre appointments - Scottish Legal News
  • BPP finally unveils cost of new SQE courses | Law Gazette
  • Session Cases bicentenary: A conversation with Lord Ericht - Scottish Legal News
  • Three more energy suppliers have gone bust amid the surge in wholesale gas prices, the regulator Ofgem has said. Enstroga, Igloo Energy and Symbio Energy said they would stop trading on Wednesday
  • Police Scotland must be transformed into a 21st century police force after new figures revealed that recorded cyber-crime doubled in the past twelve months - Scottish Legal News
  • Burnt out, sleep deprived and hiding mental illness: lawyers reveal struggles | Law Gazette
  • Loss of Greatness: British motorists driving outside the UK must now remove old-style GB stickers or cover them up
  • A monument to honour Betty Campbell, Wales' first black head teacher and black history campaigner, has been unveiled in Cardiff. It is believed to be the first statue of a named, non-fictional woman in an outdoor public space in Wales
  • Sentence of white supremacist told to read classics referred to court of appeal - England and Wales attorney general says sentencing of Ben John for terror offence appears ‘unduly lenient’
  • High Court witness actions to be listed for physical hearings by default | Irish Legal News
  • Fuel crisis: Judge 'asks for proof' of why counsel can't get to court | Law Gazette
  • NFU’s Director of Policy keynotes CLT Scotland’s Rural Conference - Scottish Legal News
  • British judges hit with pay freeze over pandemic - Scottish Legal News 
  • Labour: Do pro bono work if you want government contracts - Legal Futures
  • #Poland’s justice minister has said that he hopes the country’s Constitutional Tribunal “will behave properly” and confirm that the Polish constitution takes primacy over EU law
  • Police have defended shooting an "out of control" white deer that had been roaming the streets after an angry backlash on social media
  • A man who escaped #Afghanistan to study at a UK university says the Taliban has been threatening his family: 'My young sister will be forced to marry a Taliban fighter'
  • Reality TV star Katie Price has been charged with driving without insurance and while disqualified following a car crash on Tuesday, say police
  • One third of barristers ‘bullied, harassed or discriminated against’ | Law Gazette
  • Rebuke for solicitor whose failures inadvertently facilitated fraud - Legal Futures
  • Barrister disbarred after council tax fraud conviction - Legal Futures 
  • English IP court finds no trade mark infringement in dispute between “archangel” holistic therapists - Scottish Legal News
  • Slower-than-expected rebound in PI claims hits listed business - Legal Futures
  • Solicitor rebuked after failing to check fraudster client | Law Gazette 
  • Personal injury claims expected to fall by 20 per cent | Irish Legal News 
  • Lord Carloway’s optimism for future of criminal justice ‘entirely misplaced’ - Scottish Legal News
  • The government must guard against the new Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill further undermining access to justice for the most vulnerable, the Law Society of England and Wales has warned
  • Labour tells firms to meet pro bono target or lose government contracts | Law Gazette
  • GB stickers ditched for UK marker under new number plate law
  • McKees welcomes three new trainees after record number of applications | Irish Legal News
  • Double appointment at Aberdein Considine - Scottish Legal News
  • Three-quarters of small French boats may be denied fishing in UK waters
  • Professional Liability Online Seminar Series – Solicitors' And Barristers' Negligence (Video) - Litigation, Mediation & Arbitration - UK
  • Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh found guilty of professional misconduct again - Scottish Legal News
  • Comyn Kelleher Tobin appoints Karen Tobin as family law partner | Irish Legal News
  • An award-winning traditional Scots singer says she was offered help to get a festival gig in return for sex. Iona Fyfe, who was named Scots singer of the year in 2018, said she was propositioned by a man from a "really well-known band"


29th September - Law News

Edition 3564: 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:  Anti-money laundering – guidance for trust and company service providers. Hear in more detail which activities fall in scope of this category and work, and what a law firm needs to do if so. The SRA speaks about what areas of trust and company services are a high risk of being targeted by criminals, and how you can mitigate this risk.  

Focus of the Day Story:  Nearly one in three barristers have personal experience of bullying, harassment and/or discrimination (BHD) in the past two years, Bar Council research has revealed. Judges were frequently cited as the source of bullying, which will intensify recent focus on poor judicial conduct. Full story - Legal Futures
Saturday Conversations on Law
  • How Strasbourg protects lawyers’ rights | Law Gazette
  • Home Office planned speedy removal of Vietnamese trafficking victims
  • Petrol crisis fuels concern about lawyers getting to court | Law Gazette
  • #SanMarino to legalise abortion after referendum result - Scottish Legal News
  • A man has been remanded in custody after appearing in court charged with the murder of Sabina Nessa, who was killed as she walked to meet a friend in south-east London
  • What did your parents do? | Law Gazette
  • Comyn Kelleher Tobin appoints Karen Tobin as family law partner | Irish Legal News
  • The High Court has rebuked an expert witness who had ‘no persuasive answer to a number of key questions’, in an unsuccessful claim against a high-profile fashion stylist | Law Gazette
  • Female #Afghan judges hunted by the murderers they convicted
  • CMA cracks down on competition law breaches - Scottish Legal News 
  • Poverty Trap Vs Bad Governance: A Theological Response to Problem of Poverty in Africa | Wole Adegbile
  • Millions deprived of lawyer as vast legal aid deserts revealed | Law Gazette
  • Leaving cryptocurrency in your will - Scottish Legal News 
  • 'Largely overlooked': Law Society posts guidance about disabled staff | Law Gazette
  • Defence lawyers boycott custody court to force government’s hand - Scottish Legal News
  • Research: "Billions could be saved" by funding more legal advice - Legal Futures
  • Poorer junior lawyers being forced to choose City, says top Labour lawyer | Law Gazette
  • Labour MPs attack cost of qualifying as a lawyer - Legal Futures 
  • ICC asked to relaunch inquiry into Taliban and IS ‘war crimes’ 
  • Giving evidence “not a game”, judge tells expert witness - Legal Futures
  • My legal life: Ben Brown, Attorney General’s Chambers. Crown prosecutor on St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha - Profile | Law Gazette
  • Family ‘in tears’ after Cornwall hotel booking swapped for Uxbridge: Booking through online travel agents can have pitfalls – such as arriving for a luxury holiday only to find it doesn’t exist
  • Government to take over Southeastern after ‘serious’ breach of franchise: Department for Transport finds rail operator did not declare more than £25m of historical taxpayer funding
  • Major report: Law's culture has to change to tackle wellbeing crisis - Legal Futures
  • Working from home boosts career progress, say half of women
  • For a Broader Understanding of Corruption as a Cultural Fact, and its Influences in Society | Fernando M Forattini
  • Outer House judge refuses petition for recognition of Singaporean moratoria on insolvent offshore companies - Scottish Legal News
  • Clinical negligence reforms imminent as Hunt lambasts ‘obscene’ costs | Law Gazette 
  • IP lawyer Brian McElligott joins AI firm Altada as chief intellectual property counsel | Irish Legal News
  • Arbroath construction director banned for negligent accounting records - Scottish Legal News
  • Best of the blogs - 25 September 2021 | Law Gazette 
  • Spice Girl among stars to begin phone-hacking claims against Murdoch empire
  • High Court witness actions to be listed for physical hearings by default | Irish Legal News 
  • Levelling up agenda should include legal aid, says Lammy | Law Gazette 
  • Holyrood committee to discuss short-term let licensing proposals - Scottish Legal News


28th September - Law News

Edition 3563: 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:  Join The Bar Council online on 16 October for the Pupillage Fair 2021 to find out everything you need to know about a career at the Bar. Sign up free of charge to get for advice from barristers, discuss your prospects with pupillage providers, and find out how to build your CV and access sources of funding and support. 

Focus of the Day Story:  The murder of Sarah Everard shone a spotlight on a culture of male harassment and violence against women and girls, sparking protests and calls for reform. Now the killing of Sabina Nessa has appalled the nation. Full story - Guardian Law
Saturday Conversations on Law
  • Kerala High Court declines to halt hartal called by CPI(M) in support of farmers protests | Bar & Bench #India 
  • My work as a cyber risk lawyer - Legal Cheek
  • The far-right group Britain First has registered as a political party after its application was approved by the Electoral Commission
  • Foundation of judiciary stronger after Justice NV Ramana took over as CJI, changes palpable: Orissa High Court CJ Dr. S Muralidhar | Bar & Bench #India
  • #US singer R Kelly has been found guilty of running a scheme to exploit his fame to sexually abuse women and children over two decades
  • School leaders have warned about being targeted by hoax Covid vaccine consent letters, which aim to spread anti-vaccine messages to parents in England
  • White & Case records 78% trainee retention rate - Legal Cheek
  • French Court Confirms Dissolution of Anti-Discrimination Group - Decision Likely to Have Chilling Effect on Civil Society in #France and Beyond
  • Government expected to mobilise army 'as a precaution' amid fuel crisis
  • A baffled North Yorkshire homeowner found "keep clear" markings painted on the road outside his home - a converted village school which closed down 18 years ago 
  • Hospitals in England have been given the green light to ease some of the Covid infection-control measures that have been in place during the pandemic
  • The Courts and Tribunals Judiciary has issued updated practical guidance on remote hearings | NLJ
  • Burges boosts Bristol NQ lawyer pay to £60k - Legal Cheek 
  • The Corporate Counsel Show: Improving equitable briefing rates in-house - Lawyers Weekly #Australia
  • "Positive action scheme" bids to improve diversity of Treasury Counsel - Legal Futures
  • Issues facing lawyers with disabilities - Lawyers Weekly #Australia 
  • Ashurst elevates 'New Law' tech roles to careers alongside lawyers - Legal Futures
  • Boris Johnson will meet a campaign group representing families bereaved by Covid on Tuesday, after declining to meet them since last year. The PM will host Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice for a private reception in Downing Street
  • Ban for trainee solicitor who altered emails in attempt to ‘keep up with work’ - Legal Cheek
  • An MP threatened to send naked pictures of a woman to her family because she was jealous of her friendship with her partner, a court has heard. Claudia Webbe, 56, also allegedly used a misogynistic insult against Michelle Merritt
  • Treasury rejects SRA and Law Society pleas over economic crime levy - Legal Futures
  • Our legal system fails to consider social realities: CJI NV Ramana on need to Indianise system | Bar & Bench #India
  • My journey from trainee to commercial real estate partner - Legal Cheek 
  • Jonathan Diba-Musangu, 23, who used to be on Rochdale AFC's books, raped the seven-year-old girl in 2012
  • An inquiry into Imprisonment for Public Protection (IPP) sentences has been launched by a parliamentary committee | NLJ
  • Lawyers from across the UK will be hitting the pedals in the week 11-17 October, for Breast Cancer Now’s annual charity cycle race, Tour de Law
  • File on 4 - Hush Money: the Rise and Fall of an International Fraudster - 
  • The Taliban have banned hairdressers in #Afghanistan's Helmand province from shaving or trimming beards, saying it breaches their fundamentalist interpretation of Islamic law
  • Climate change protesters have defied a court order and have blocked part of the M25 at Heathrow Airport. Insulate Britain said 52 people have blocked the slip road at junction 14
  • Detectives continue to question a man arrested on suspicion of murdering south-east London primary school teacher Sabina Nessa. The 36-year-old man was arrested in East Sussex
  • How to build real connections in a virtual world - a junior lawyer's perspective - Legal Cheek
  • The Cabinet Office has defended the government’s handling of the pandemic, in its response to the Lords' Constitution Committee’s report on coronavirus (COVID-19) and the use and scrutiny of emergency powers | NLJ
  • Magistrate rebuked for calling junior barrister 'huffy' after she was mistaken for defendant three times in one day - Legal Cheek 
  • £6 million up for grabs as Inns open bar scholarship applications - Legal Cheek
  • Extension of limitation period to file cases to end on October 2, 2021: Supreme Court | Bar & Bench #India
  • Call of the wild: planned Dartmoor crackdown ‘will penalise campers’ 
  • Ashurst targets 35% ethnic minority and 13% Black trainees - Legal Cheek


27th September - Law News

Edition 3562: 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:  Three US-based women talk about the seedy world of online sex trafficking, with its secret code words, manipulation, and victims sold to the highest bidder. 

Focus of the Day Story:  The judgment in Forstater v CDG Europe UKEAT/0105/20/JOJ has forced the courts yet again to grapple with the transgender debate. We have already seen the judiciary face up to the challenging issues of whether children with gender dysphoria can consent to receiving puberty blockers (see recent decision in Bell v Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust [2021] EWCA Civ 1363). In the present case, the issue was whether the Claimant’s belief that biological sex is real, important, immutable, and not to be conflated with gender identity was a “philosophical belief” within the meaning of section 10 of Equality Act 2010 (“EqA”). Full story - UK Human Rights Blog
Saturday Conversations on Law
  • A ‘wider range’ of diversity is critical at board level - Lawyers Weekly
  • Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer says it is "not right" to say only women have a cervix amid a row involving one of his MPs
  • The government is to suspend competition law to allow oil firms to target fuel deliveries at petrol stations following recent panic buying
  • What makes a good ESG lawyer? - Legal Cheek
  • Recommendation made to remove solicitor from roll over ‘blatant lies’ to client - Lawyers Weekly #Australia 
  • From part-time retail college job to supporting big retailers on business - Legal Cheek
  • Is an employee backlash for post-pandemic policies coming? - Lawyers Weekly #Australia
  • Slaughter and May appoints first female leader - Legal Cheek
  • Harmonious functioning of legislature, executive, judiciary essential to remove barriers to justice: CJI NV Ramana | Bar & Bench #India
  • Shamima Begum: What price have we paid for national security? - Legal Cheek
  • Energy regulator Ofgem says gas crisis not its fault
  • Court of Appeal rules that artificial intelligence cannot be named as inventor in patent application - Scottish Legal News
  • The Weekly Round-up: Discriminatory policing, online privacy and puberty blockers - UK Human Rights Blog
  • If you’re a conveyancer or solicitor working on property transactions then you have a chance to win £500 in a Global Reviews survey | NLJ
  • Netflix drama to follow hot-shot lawyer's journey on becoming her firm’s first ethnic minority female partner - Legal Cheek 
  • Lawyers take on Kiltwalk in aid of Lawscot Foundation - Scottish Legal News
  • Law and the Culture War - UK Human Rights Blog
  • After the murder of George Floyd, some states looked to independent agencies to examine deaths in police custody. But dozens of cases handled by the Texas Rangers show the approach has flaws #US
  • Child refugees were ‘dumped’ in unsafe hotel, claims Brighton council - Law firm says attempts to evaluate a 15-year-old Afghan held in a hotel had been prevented, breaching the child’s rights
  • Has the Court of Appeal just trapped inventors in 1421? - Legal Cheek 
  • Property Standardisation Group wins Outstanding Achievement Award - Scottish Legal News 
  • Cleary gives lawyers £45 to help them reconnect over lunch - Legal Cheek 
  • LawTech Talks: Getting more women into legal tech leadership - Lawyers Weekly
  • Delhi court grants anticipatory bail to LJP MP Prince Raj | Bar & Bench #India
  • New name, new home: one leading London chambers on its major shake-up - Legal Cheek 
  • Law Society of Scotland achieves AML levy exemption for majority of Scottish law firms - Scottish Legal News
  • Linklaters boosts NQ lawyer pay twice in three months - now £107.5k - Legal Cheek
  • Allegation of bias against judge should not be based on conjectures: Kerala High Court | Bar & Bench #India 
  • Important Licensing Conference less than two weeks away - Scottish Legal News


26th September - Law News

Edition 3561: 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:  There is a little corner of the energy market that gets very little coverage. But after a cold winter in Europe last year, the continent has failed to fill its storage tanks for the next six months. That failure has sent gas prices surging. This is not just a problem for Europe; the rest of the world could go without as rich countries corner the market, in a similar way to vaccines. Simone Tagliapietra, a senior fellow at think-tank Bruegel, explains what is behind the crisis.

Saturday Conversations on Law
  • City firm secures £50m war chest to fund litigation | Law Gazette
  • Some 10,500 lorry drivers and poultry workers are to receive temporary UK visas as the government seeks to limit disruption in the run-up to Christmas 
  • Pacitti Jones acquires Penworth Properties in Kilsyth - Scottish Legal News
  • Criminal legal aid sector continues to shrink | Law Gazette
  • NI Law Society calls on UK government to abandon proposed Troubles amnesty | Irish Legal News
  • Covid-19 communications 'blurred line' between guidance and law | Law Gazette
  • Catalan independence leader Carles Puigdemont arrested in Italy - Scottish Legal News
  • Linklaters boosts NQ pay for third time this year | Law Gazette 
  • Peter Dutton to seek aggravated damages in defamation claim against Shane Bazzi #Australia
  • Firm and its owner fined £27,500 over inadequate client due diligence | Law Gazette
  • Disability discrimination case settled against PSNI and Honeycomb Jobs Ltd for £12,500 | Irish Legal News 
  • Gag warfare: standups in legal row over ‘stolen’ comedy routine 
  • Bar charity hands out £850k in pandemic packages | Law Gazette
  • Law Society of Ireland appoints Mark Garrett as director general | Irish Legal News
  • Posh occupants of 432 Park Avenue are suing its developers for failing to address some1,500 alleged defects. The lawsuit claims that the building's problems have "endangered and inconvenienced" residents and guests
  • Naomi Pryde named lawyer of the year - Scottish Legal News
  • #Afghanistan: Inside the prison staffed by former inmates released by the Taliban
  • #China frees Canadians Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig after Huawei boss released 
  • Law Society demands 'tangible improvements' to probate service | Law Gazette
  • Judge Denis McLoughlin, a District Court judge assigned to Cavan and Monaghan, has passed away suddenly at the age of 62 | Irish Legal News
  • Can Women Be Safe in Britain when the Police Fail to Hold their Own to Account?
  • Raab's late entrance showed the folly of extending court hours | Law Gazette
  • UK government’s Troubles plan ‘incompatible with international obligations’ - Scottish Legal News 
  • Human rights commission calls for transparency on vaccine certificates - Scottish Legal News 
  • 'Restless' Raab sworn in as lord chancellor | Law Gazette
  • Joshua Rozenberg has pointed out that Dominic Raab, who was recently appointed lord chancellor, arrived late to his swearing-in ceremony yesterday. He may have suffered a wardrobe malfunction - Scottish Legal News


25th September - Law News

Edition 3560: 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:  How Can Indian Schools Support Teenagers Facing Gender Identity Issues? According to Charit Jaggi, Founder and Director, We The Young, an online platform for the youth to share their stories, when a child faces any challenge, help must come from multiple stakeholders including parents, teachers, school and counsellor. He stressed that schools should have gender diverse people in the teaching and non-teaching staff.

Saturday Conversations on Law
  • Government taking EU criticism over number of judges ‘very seriously’ | Irish Legal News 
  • Slaughters appoints first managing partner in boardroom shakeup | Law Gazette
  • Tax clinic at Edinburgh Law School first in Scotland - Scottish Legal News
  • Barristers clash over disclosure of document in waiting area | Law Gazette
  • Campbell Riddell Breeze Paterson LLP becomes part of Holmes Mackillop Limited - Scottish Legal News 
  • The Taliban's notorious former head of religious police has said extreme punishments such as executions and amputations will resume in #Afghanistan
  • Economic crime levy ‘penalises profession’, says Law Society | Law Gazette
  • Major Tory donor’s oil firm admits employees paid bribes to get contracts: Petrofac made admission as part of deal to end four-year corruption investigation by Serious Fraud Office
  • Supply chain crisis: Tories poised to U-turn on foreign worker visas: Boris Johnson believed to have overruled ministers unwilling to compromise on post-Brexit immigration as forecourt queues mount
  • Three teenagers who killed a 13-year-old boy over a social media row have been sentenced to custody in young offenders institutions. A girl lured Olly Stephens to a field in Reading, Berkshire, where two boys lying in wait stabbed him
  • Ian Beattie, the chief operating officer of Lindsays, has been named as the new chair of UK Athletics - Scottish Legal News
  • Detectives investigating the murder of Sabina Nessa are hunting a man seen on CCTV near the scene of her death
  • Thousands of passengers arriving at UK airports were hit by delays on Friday after a technical problem disrupted self-service passport gates - The problem came after weeks of passenger anger over queues because of Border Force staff issues
  • FOI reveals ‘not proven’ least used verdict in sexual offence trials since 2016 - Scottish Legal News
  • MoJ set for talks over possible alternative to Legal Ombudsman | Law Gazette
  • Army officer who claimed seaside home benefited from servitude loses Inner House appeal - Scottish Legal News
  • Tribunal president vows to bring together ‘disunited judiciary’ | Law Gazette
  • A six-year-old Israeli boy, Eitan Biran, who was the sole survivor of an Italian cable car crash will stay in Israel until a court has ruled on a bitter custody dispute
  • #Myanmar junta abducting children of people targeted for arrest, says UN expert
  • Listed law firm bosses continue to cash in - Legal Futures
  • New push for assisted dying in Scotland begins - Scottish Legal News 
  • Clerks "must play bigger role in fair work allocation" - Legal Futures 
  • Supreme Court dismisses asylum challenge arising from 'unfair' rules | Law Gazette
  • SRA launches investigations into 10% of firms checked for AML compliance - Legal Futures
  • Romelu Lukaku says footballers can do more to tackle racism than just taking the knee and wants social media companies to meet with players to help combat the issue of online abuse
  • Migrants freezing to death on Belarus-Poland border
  • N.Y.C. Food Delivery Workers Would See Better Pay Under New Bills #US
  • UK restaurants to be banned from keeping staff tips: Businesses will no longer be able to take share of service charges paid by card under new legislation
  • Tribunal rejects ‘wokeism’ defence from solicitor who made insensitive comments | Law Gazette
  • Possession of class A drugs such as heroin, cocaine and MDMA may incur a police warning rather than prosecution under a new “diversion from prosecution” policy for drugs announced by Scotland’s Lord Advocate, Dorothy Bain QC | Irish Legal News
  • Edinburgh care company fined after lone worker abducted and raped by client - Scottish Legal News
  • Lady Hale to speak on Northern Ireland in the UK Supreme Court | Irish Legal News
  • Fear of more baby deaths as ministers stand firm on jailing pregnant women
  • Independent group to report progress on end of direct provision | Irish Legal News 
  • The Roots of Xenophobic Violence in South Africa—A Pan African Response | Madalitso Phiri 
  • UK government’s Troubles plan ‘incompatible with international obligations’ | Irish Legal News


24th September - Law News

Edition 3559: 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 the last two years, crime in New South Wales has either fallen, or stayed stable across every major category, except one: sexual assault. The number of women coming forward to police to say they've been sexually assaulted has grown significantly and continues to rise with reports up 21% in just the past year. But it's not necessarily that there have been more assaults, but rather an increase in awareness, thanks largely to the advocacy of three young women. 

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
  • Who can save Maxim Znak? | Law Gazette 
  • New sentencing guideline comes into force in Scotland - Scottish Legal News
  • Solicitor leaves private practice to start ‘more ethical’ business | Law Gazette
  • Plans for specialist sexual offences court risk injustice - Scottish Legal News
  • Deadline to register rights of way to be removed to avoid ‘unnecessary court cases’ | Irish Legal News 
  • Sheriff summary cases at 98 per cent of pre-Covid levels - Scottish Legal News
  • Parents forced to give up their babies for adoption in the 1950s, 60s and 70s are being asked to come forward to give evidence to a new investigation
  • From cost saving to revenue making – post-pandemic commercial success - Legal Futures
  • National insurance hike to hit NHS and care staff with £900m tax bill 
  • YouTube growing in popularity as law firm marketing tool | Law Gazette
  • "Patronising" solicitor struck off for comments made to young women - Legal Futures
  • Apple has banned Fortnite from its App Store until a legal battle with the game's maker Epic has concluded, according to Tim Sweeney, chief executive of Epic Games 
  • EU fears citizens will be barred from flights to UK due to rules confusion: Airlines may turn away EU nationals with settled status due to complex residency rules, says Brussels
  • ByrneWallace appoints Martin Cooney as head of infrastructure, construction and energy | Irish Legal News
  • Regulators issue new standards to improve practice in coroner's courts - Legal Futures
  • Andrew Monk, a City chief executive, is not a fan of government proposals for new staff to have the right to ask to work from home. "People abuse it," and are less productive, at least in financial services, he opined
  • EU rules to force USB-C chargers for all phones including Apple iPhones
  • Delaying UK novichok poisonings inquiry ‘could put more lives at risk’ | Novichok poisonings
  • Recruiter launches automated data tool for law firm mergers - Legal Futures
  • Law firms set to be captured by new £100m economic crime levy | Law Gazette
  • Lusophone Africa: Past, Present and Future | Nuno Ferreira
  • Government misled public over existence of VIP lane for testing contracts - Good Law Project
  • Ex-Labour MP Keith Vaz should be ashamed of his behaviour towards a House of Commons staff member, a report on his conduct has said. His "sustained & unpleasant bullying" had an "enduring psychological impact", according to an independent panel of experts 
  • Compensation funds could be “wiped out”, panel warns - Legal Futures 
  • Faculty defends juries against ‘baying’ special interest groups - Scottish Legal News
  • England’s Covid travel rules spark outrage around the world: Refusal to recognise vaccines given across Latin America, Africa and south Asia has been denounced as ‘discriminatory’
  • GLD struggling to demonstrate legal service value | Law Gazette
  • Ashurst commits to new diversity action plan - Scottish Legal News
  • ‘They’re going to meet their Waterloo’: woman wins remarkable legal battle against developer in #Australia - Retirement village developer had claimed squatter’s rights over New South Wales woman’s family land
  • A woman with Down's syndrome has lost her High Court challenge against the government over a law that allows abortion up to birth for a foetus with the condition. Heidi Crowter brought the case saying the legislation did not respect her life
  • 'Shattered' legal aid practitioners not claiming new fee | Law Gazette 
  • Travel agent loses Supreme Court appeal alleging lawful economic duress by monopoly supplier - Scottish Legal News
  • How can missing five million be persuaded to have the jab? Multiple studies show coronavirus vaccines are highly effective at preventing serious illness and side-effects are rare
  • Nearly 1.5 million customers have been affected by energy firms collapsing under soaring gas prices. Avro Energy and Green ceased trading on Wednesday and their 830,000 combined customers face being switched
  • Failed pupillage applicant sues chambers claiming discrimination | Law Gazette
  • QC calls on UK to support female judges at risk in Afghanistan
  • Comprehensive programme planned for early October’s Family Law Conference - Scottish Legal News
  • Supreme Court: Appeal dismissed for inmate who sought damages after hunger strike in prison | Irish Legal News
  • Power of attorney doesn’t help in tackling predatory marriage
  • McArthur presses Scottish government on disgraceful fatal accident inquiry system - Scottish Legal News 
  • Being out in the law | Law Gazette 
  • #Croatian police solve mystery of woman with no memory found on rock. Daniela Adamcova, say police, is a Slovakian who once lived in LA and designed jewellery for Hollywood stars


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 gardaĆ­ 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