8th October - Law News

Edition 3573: 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:  It's in everything from crisps and toothpaste to chocolate and shampoo, palm oil is a commodity everyone's fighting for - and Papua New Guinea has found itself on the front line. The country's rainforests - crucial to the battle against harmful carbon emissions - are being razed down at an alarming rate to make way for palm oil plantations. And now - global brands are being linked to shocking human rights abuses in a two year investigation by Global Witness, which they've shared with this programme. Undercover recordings reveal palm oil executives apparently admitting to brutal crimes.

Focus of the Day Story: Short jail terms fail to prevent reoffending, says former England and Wales magistrate. Short custodial sentences handed out 'by default’ fail to achieve objectives, says John Bache. Full story - Guardian Law
Saturday Conversations on Law
  • Provisions of Scottish bills outside Holyrood’s legislative competence - Scottish Legal News
  • A man who pretended to be a police officer and attempted to arrest a woman has been jailed. Gary Shepherd was wearing a lanyard with the word "police" emblazoned on it when he spoke to the woman in a car park in Barrow on Tuesday evening
  • GPs caution against telehealth websites promising consultation for vaping scripts ‘in minutes’
  • 'I say to Cruella de Vil QC' - Johnson renews assault on lawyers | Law Gazette
  • Northern Ireland’s family lawyers stand to lose out from introduction of standard fees | Irish Legal News
  • The Bar of Ireland has congratulated 23 barristers – 18 men and five women – who have been called to the Inner Bar | Irish Legal News
  • A domestic abuse charity has called for an amendment to a new policing bill to recognise the seriousness of violence against women and girls 
  • Outrage after gay woman diagnosed at #Spanish hospital with ‘homosexuality’ - LGBT group complains to Murcia government after teenager was given report that included line: ‘Current illness: homosexual’
  • Second paralegal from firm banned for false call logs | Law Gazette 
  • Peter Dutton tells defamation trial ‘rape apologist’ tweet by activist was ‘deeply offensive’ #Australia
  • The legal requirement for social distancing in bars and restaurants is to be removed. Nightclubs are also to be allowed to reopen, meaning legal restrictions on dancing in venues will be scrapped in N Ireland
  • PRIME Commitment, an alliance of law firms across the UK and Ireland created to improve socioeconomic diversity within the legal profession, is marking its 10th anniversary with an online conference | Irish Legal News
  • SRA wants to see evidence gathered from Pandora papers leak | Law Gazette
  • #usdtry states enacted more abortion restrictions this year than in 1973 – or any other year
  • New rules aimed at ensuring racehorses do not enter food chain
  • Environmental group Greenpeace has lost its case against the UK government over a North Sea oil field permit. Permission to drill the Vorlich site off Aberdeen was given to BP in 2018 
  • NatWest bank has pleaded guilty to failing to prevent alleged money laundering of nearly £400m by one customer
  • PI firms ‘saved from ruin’ by vital Supreme Court costs ruling | Law Gazette 
  • Irwin Mitchell has been fined £9,000 by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) for failing to give proper advice to clients in 2013 before switching the funding of their cases from legal aid to a conditional fee agreement (CFA) - Legal Futures 
  • Supreme Court’s judgment may prevent consultative referendum in ‘shock’ to SNP - Scottish Legal News
  • A second paralegal working at National Accident Law has been banned from the profession for charging clients for more calls than she actually made - Legal Futures 
  • Make English law the default for new tech sectors, urges LCJ group | Law Gazette 
  • Law firms a “hostile environment” for CILEX lawyers - Legal Futures 
  • Woman held at Sarah Everard vigil condemns ‘terrifying’ Tinder contact by police - Patsy Stevenson says ‘likes’ were intimidation by officers who knew she was fearful of police
  • The mobile phone of Baroness Shackleton, one of the country’s highest-profile solicitors, was hacked on the authority of the ruler of Dubai and she was alerted to it by Cherie Blair QC - Legal Futures
  • Seventy-six years after the end of World War Two, a former concentration camp guard has gone on trial for assisting in the murder of 3,518 prisoners at Sachsenhausen near Berlin. Josef S is accused of complicity in the shooting Soviet prisoners of war 
  • Retrospective justice: The dead have no lawyers - Scottish Legal News 
  • Educators can help students be aware of routes into the legal profession | Law Gazette
  • ‘Tottymeter’ and ‘girly swots’: how Johnson shows women respect - As PM confirms his commitment to women’s rights, his previous dubious comments tell different story 
  • Enduring Response in Embracing Urgency in Community Care: A Critical Perspective On Social Empowerment of Bangladesh | Nazneen Akhter
  • District Judge Robert Pitman granted a request by the Biden administration to prevent any enforcement of the Texas abortion law while its legality is being challenged #US
  • Council tax in England could rise by as much as £220 per year within three years, researchers have said
  • Energy bills could rise by hundreds of pounds - analysts from Cornwall Insight said that the energy price cap will soar by £400 in the spring
  • Ireland’s draft next state report under UNCRC published for consultation | Irish Legal News 
  • Scottish government urged to establish low-cost environmental court - Scottish Legal News
  • Pinsent Masons mourns head of Hong Kong office Vincent Connor | Law Gazette
  • #India Supreme Court takes suo motu cognisance of Lakhimpur Kheri violence: A Bench of Chief Justice of India NV Ramana and Justices Surya Kant and Hima Kohli will hear the matter on Thursday | Bar & Bench 
  • Ronan Daly Jermyn appoints JP Gilmartin to lead Galway office | Irish Legal News 
  • Irwin Mitchell fined £9,000 for switching clients to CFAs | Law Gazette
  • Siobhan Kelly joins Miller Samuel Hill Brown Solicitors - Scottish Legal News
  • Smart contract pioneers picked for Lawtech Sandbox | Law Gazette 
  • Queen’s lawyers acted for politician now accused by US prosecutors 
  • Lugano exclusion 'not a disaster' - justice minister | Law Gazette