7th October - Law News

Edition 3572: 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:  Lawyer Bernard Collaery's appeal against key information being kept secret in his trial is upheld as the Court of Appeal finds there is "a very real risk of damage to public confidence" in the justice system if the evidence isn't publicly disclosed. Mr Collaery is fighting five charges of revealing national security information to ABC journalists, and of conspiring with his co-accused Witness K — his former client and ex-spy — to reveal secret information to the East Timor government. The secret information relates specifically to allegations that Australia bugged East Timor's government building in 2004 to gain advantage in crucial oil and gas negotiations.

Focus of the Day Story: The Law Society has called on the government to devise a loan system for students taking the Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE), warning that candidates from less privileged backgrounds could face a ‘significant barrier’ to the legal profession. In its spending review submission to the Treasury, the Law Society warned that SQE preparatory courses, plus the cost of the exams themselves, are likely to cost students over £20,000. This figure does not include any costs candidates incur for travel and accommodation. Full story - The Law Society Gazette
Saturday Conversations on Law
  • Interpol faces criticism for allowing Syria to rejoin its network
  • Bradford Pretty, a father of three from Folkestone used racist terms to refer to Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka in a Facebook clip after England lost the Euro 2020 final
  • A member of police staff has been issued with a gross misconduct notice over their handling of Plymouth gunman Jake Davison's application for a shotgun certificate 
  • The High Court has found that the ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed Al Maktoum, interfered with British justice by ordering the hacking of the phone of his ex-wife, Princess Haya of Jordan 
  • Pro bono centre would work alongside the system, not replace it | Law Gazette 
  • The Guardian view on Insulate Britain: the art of protest 
  • Supreme Court backs claimants in QOCS set-off ruling - Legal Futures
  • Will the army now be called out for legal sector shortages? | Law Gazette
  • Pandemic has accelerated change in the law "by two to four years" - Legal Futures
  • Funding secured for family law complex at Hammond Lane | Irish Legal News
  • Non-practising barrister fined for calling herself “barrister-at-law” - Legal Futures
  • NQs offered £150k - if they hit billing target | Law Gazette 
  • Immigration and housing lawtech firms among eight selected for sandbox - Legal Futures
  • Dr Mariana Velasco-Rivera joins Maynooth as assistant professor | Irish Legal News
  • DLA Piper appoints Allan Leal as partner in Scotland - Scottish Legal News
  • How to ensure your ATE cover is adequate security for costs - Legal Futures
  • Sibling solicitors banned after pocketing £2.9m from scheme advice | Law Gazette
  • A Labour peer is to demand a fuller inquiry into the Metropolitan Police and the circumstances surrounding the murder of Sarah Everard
  • One man has died and another seriously injured in a series of stabbings. Two men and a woman were attacked in Walton Cardiff near Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, on Tuesday evening
  • EU ‘failing to stop meat industry exploiting agency workers’
  • Justice Secretary Dominic Raab has been accused of failing to understand the meaning of the word misogyny in an interview about violence against women
  • Judges at the Supreme Court have ruled that provisions in two bills passed by MSPs were beyond Holyrood's powers: the bills - which enshrine treaties on children's rights and local government in Scots law - prior to May's Holyrood election
  • Society pushes government for SQE loan scheme | Law Gazette
  • Next chief executive Lord Wolfson has said labour shortages could be solved by companies hiring overseas workers and paying a "visa tax". Staff were not available in the places needed and seasonal workers were difficult to recruit
  • EU citizens face losing benefits if they fail to update DWP profile - People unaware they need to input code on universal credit website could drop off system, charities warn
  • Obituary: pioneering British-Nigerian lawyer and activist Tunji Fahm 
  • Offering essay-writing services to students for a fee will become a criminal offence under plans to tackle cheating by "essay mills". The move aims to protect students aiming to cheat from the deceptive marketing techniques
  • Law bodies tell Sunak: Justice cannot afford any more cuts | Law Gazette 
  • Supreme Court: Man awarded €5,000 after State breached his constitutional right to an expeditious trial | Irish Legal News
  • Ofcom lays out new rules for TikTok and Twitch - The VSPs, including TikTok, Snapchat, Vimeo and Twitch, must ensure content related to terrorism, child sexual abuse and racism does not appear 
  • Former legal aid minister considered City levy | Law Gazette 
  • Ernest Johnson received a lethal injection on Tuesday after the #US Supreme Court refused to consider a stay of execution by campaigners' pleas for clemency who said he had an intellectual disability
  • ‘They wanted to kill me’: the lawyer taking on police brutality in #Kenya 
  • #US man sues psychic who 'promised to remove ex-girlfriend curse' 
  • Controversial Welsh covid pass plans agreed in knife-edge Senedd vote and calls for a second vote after an opposing member could not log into the voting system 
  • Sexist 'boys' club' culture in Police Scotland armed police team - Former firearms officer Rhona Malone raised the tribunal against the force alleging sex discrimination and victimisation 
  • HRA reform in this parliament, Raab promises party faithful | Law Gazette 
  • Panel backs public inquiry into NI’s mother and baby homes and Magdalene laundries | Irish Legal News
  • Man sentenced after fall that led to severe injury - Scottish Legal News 
  • Claimant sector braced for Adelekun costs verdict from Supreme Court | Law Gazette 
  • Alleged victims of sexual abuse launch group proceedings against Celtic FC - 25 men claim they were victims of abuse at Celtic Boys Club 
  • Levelling up: justice has a key role, government told | Law Gazette 
  • Upcoming changes to driving laws - Scottish Legal News