12th November - Law News

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Focus of the Day Story:  The Ministry of Justice has paused plans to bring court-assessed civil legal aid bills in-house following objections from everyone who responded to its consultation. At present, legal aid practitioners can choose to have certain costs bills between £2,500 and £25,000 assessed by the courts or the Legal Aid Agency. Following consultation, which was prompted by a Law Society challenge, the MoJ has decided to retain the hybrid system until November 2022, when it will consult on a longer-term position. Full story - The Law Society Gazette 
Saturday Conversations on Law
  • Privacy should not mean secrecy: Calls for more transparency in family court proceedings - Scottish Legal News
  • Pupils whose meal accounts are more than a penny in debt at a school will be left without food at lunchtime. The severe warning was issued in a letter to parents sent by Neil Foden – the strategic head of Ysgol Dyffryn Nantlle in Penygroes, Gwynedd
  • Austrians are days away from a first lockdown for anyone not fully vaccinated, after record infections were reported across the country
  • Senior military officers buried evidence that British troops were executing detainees in Afghanistan, the High Court has been told. MoD documents reveal UK Special Forces officers suspected their men were killing unarmed Afghans who posed no threat 
  • Julian Assange has been granted permission to marry his partner Stella Moris in Belmarsh prison
  • England: Master of the Rolls warns judges not to exclude press from court | Irish Legal News 
  • Andrew Scott: Challenging a liquidator’s decision to assign a cause of action – Edennote revisited - Scottish Legal News
  • UKSC: Google succeeds in appeal against ‘same interest’ claim over allegations of data breaches - Scottish Legal News
  • SLCC shortlisted for Scottish Public Service Award - Scottish Legal News
  • Borders sheep farmer ordered to pay £900k to divorcing wife - Scottish Legal News
  • Celtic faces class action over sexual abuse at boys club - Scottish Legal News
  • ABS aims to lead the field in horse-related legal work - Legal Futures 
  • Boeing admits full responsibility for 737 Max plane crash in Ethiopia: ‘Significant milestone’ paves way for families of 157 victims of 2019 crash to seek compensation, say lawyers
  • #Belarus's leader has threatened to cut-off gas supplies to Europe if sanctions are imposed over an escalating migrant crisis at the country's border
  • New guideline encourages rehabilitation over prison for young people - Scottish Legal News
  • Commercial lawyer fined for providing banking facility to client - Legal Futures
  • Ex-Tory adviser married to Tory MP will help choose Ofcom chair - Michael Simmonds to join interview panel, with Paul Dacre favoured for the role
  • Cop26 police tactics creating atmosphere of fear, protesters say: Organisers of Glasgow march claim police risked ‘chaos’ by failing to adhere to agreed arrangements 
  • Vos unveils group to help steer civil justice system into the future - Legal Futures 
  • Not our job to help retired solicitors “sleep easy”, says SRA - Legal Futures
  • A grandfather has told of how he lost money saved for Christmas presents after his family were duped by fraudsters on WhatsApp
  • SRA seeks injunction to stop suspended solicitor serving clients | Law Gazette
  • A student has been found guilty of murdering his step-grandmother in a house fire. Mary Gregory, 94, died from smoke inhalation following a blaze at her home in Heysham, Lancashire, in 2018
  • Family of Kenyan woman allegedly murdered by UK soldier to sue MoD - Agnes Wanjiru’s family instruct law firm to demand answers over her death
  • We need to protect breastfeeding women from voyeurs – so why did the debate get so weird?
  • Supreme Court kills multi-billion-pound Google data claim | Law Gazette
  • Our sceptred isle is mired in corruption, but there’s still reason to hope 
  • The Duchess of Sussex has denied intentionally misleading the High Court after a privacy case appeal heard her ex-spokesman gave information to the authors of Finding Freedom
  • Supreme Court shut the door on Google claim, but 'left it ajar' for others | Law Gazette
  • The head electrician on the film set where Alec Baldwin accidentally shot dead cinematographer Halyna Hutchins last month is suing the actor and other crew members over the incident alleging negligence that resulted in "severe emotional distress" #US
  • A deportation flight from the UK to Jamaica left with just four people on board, the Home Office has said. Several last-minute legal challenges meant 33 people did not board Wednesday morning's flight as planned
  • Opinion: ‘World’s lowest discount rate’ will over-compensate plaintiffs | Irish Legal News 
  • Sunak's millions will cut case backlog by just 7,000, government admits | Law Gazette
  • European court upholds €2.42 billion fine imposed on Google | Irish Legal News 
  • Solicitor sacked after refusing move to Walsall wins ET claim | Law Gazette 
  • Geoffrey Cox accrued at least £6m from second job while a parliamentarian 
  • Raab promises scorecards by Christmas | Law Gazette
  • Portadown-based JPH Law acquires neighbouring TD Gibson & Co Solicitors | Irish Legal News 
  • The true cost of billable hours to the profession | Law Gazette
  • DLA Piper appoints Gavin Smith to head restructuring practice in Ireland | Irish Legal News