19th November - Law News

Edition 3615: 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: Travis McMichael, a defendant in the trial for the death of Ahmaud Arbery, said that Arbery never threatened or pulled a weapon before he was shot and killed. Criminal defense attorneys Anne Bremner and Sara Azari discuss

Focus of the Day Story:  Talent wars pose greatest risk to law firms' prospects but outlook remains 'bullish', survey finds. Leaders have definitively shifted their focus from cost cutting to standing out in a hypercompetitive market and using tech to build value. Full story - The Global Legal Post 
Saturday Conversations on Law
  • Post Office willing ‘as general principle’ to waive privilege | Law Gazette
  • Fraud rises by two-thirds in Scotland during pandemic - Scottish Legal News 
  • ClubsNSW wins federal court order restraining whistleblower from ‘intimidating’ statements #Australia
  • Afghan girl footballers reach UK on Kim Kardashian West-funded flight 
  • Covid passes may be used over Christmas in order to keep pubs and restaurants open, the Welsh government has said. But First Minister Mark Drakeford said no decision would be made on introducing the pass to the hospitality sector until early December 
  • The government has named 50 companies given fast-track "VIP" contracts to supply protective equipment after the outbreak of Covid-19. Eighteen were nominated by Conservative politicians 
  • Oklahoma's governor has halted the execution of prisoner Julius Jones hours before he was due to be put to death #US
  • Novice conveyancer paid out £42k deposit without proper checks | Law Gazette
  • Delhi court refuses interim injunction against Salman Khurshid's book on Ayodhya, RSS. The Court said that an injunction would cause hardship to the publishers and curtail the author’s right of speech and expression | Bar & Bench #India 
  • Zephaniah McLeod who launched a deadly stabbing spree in Birmingham has been sentenced to at least 21 years. Jacob Billington, 23, died and seven others were hurt in five separate incidents carried out in 90 minutes across the city on 6 September 2020 
  • Appeal hearing to be live-streamed in court first - Scottish Legal News 
  • More than 125 people who were caught up in the deadly Astroworld music festival crush have sued rapper Travis Scott and other organisers for $750m (£556m) 
  • Pacific trade deal raises IP law concerns | Law Gazette 
  • Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy has criticised media outlets for mistakenly using his image in stories about Manchester City's Benjamin Mendy. The latter has been charged with six counts of rape and one of sexual assault, and remains in custody 
  • Inquiry into foundation linked to Prince of Wales launched - Charity Commission investigating claims donations intended for Prince’s Foundation went instead to Mahfouz Foundation
  • A public inquiry will be held into the death of Novichok poisoning victim Dawn Sturgess, the home secretary says. Priti Patel said Ms Sturgess's inquest could be converted into a public inquiry to examine any Russian involvement in her death in 2018 
  • CJEU: Hungary broke EU law with anti-migrant law - Scottish Legal News 
  • How to achieve a return on your legal software investment - Legal Futures
  • Scottish Sentencing Council made ‘significant progress’ despite pandemic - Scottish Legal News
  • Pandemic has hindered lawyers' careers, survey finds - Legal Futures 
  • University of Warwick stabbing: Two arrested on attempted murder charge 
  • ‘Embarrassing’ state of court buildings deterring bench applicants - LCJ | Law Gazette
  • Law firm fights off wages claim from consultant solicitor - Legal Futures 
  • McDougall McQueen celebrates 40 years in business - Scottish Legal News
  • Lawyer faces jail for contempt after failing to hand over files to SRA - Legal Futures
  • Law Society: Irish solicitors upbeat about future despite Covid-19 impact | Irish Legal News 
  • US private equity funds “will buy large UK law firms next year” - Legal Futures
  • The widow of a top Scottish government official, who died after contracting Covid, believes the full details of his illness were concealed to protect the reputation of a troubled hospital
  • Nine Insulate Britain activists jailed for contempt | Law Gazette
  • Across Eastern Europe - from Belarus to the Balkans - people fleeing conflict and poverty are trying to seek asylum in the EU 
  • Israeli court halts return to Italy of boy who survived cable car crash - aternal grandparents in Israel have appealed in latest round of custody battle with paternal relatives
  • Who are the key figures involved in the Yorkshire CCC racism scandal? Rafiq, Hutton, Harrison, Arthur, Moxon, Malik, Vaughan and Ballance make up leading characters in sorry tale
  • A Welsh minister has said that she had to “remind” a conductor to tell passengers that masks are still “mandatory” on trains in Wales
  • Graham Brady faces questions over ‘opaque’ £800 an hour job: clarity sought over work done for constituent’s firm by head of the Conservative 1922 Committee
  • Prince Philip’s will: legal battle launched over media exclusion from hearing - High court ruled in secret hearing in September that Philip’s will should be hidden from public for 90 years
  • Housing experts have said that the shared ownership scheme, touted as an easier way onto the housing ladder for those on low incomes, is deeply flawed and must be reformed
  • Sustainable Development and the Ethical Issue of Human Morality; an Overview | Ibrahim U D A L E Hussaini
  • Irish government proposals for mother and baby homes payments ‘too little, too late’ | Irish Legal News 
  • We have enough courtrooms to hear jury trials in England and Wales and enough money to pay for them, the lord chief justice told MPs yesterday. What we don’t have, Lord Burnett of Maldon added, is enough judges 
  • Father of man who suffered brain damage in car accident fails to challenge English court’s finding of contributory negligence - Scottish Legal News 
  • Registered foreign lawyer in contempt for failing to deliver files to SRA | Law Gazette 
  • Boris Johnson plan on ‘second jobs’ would hit fewer than 10 MPs 
  • Post Office willing ‘as general principle’ to waive privilege | Law Gazette 
  • UK-born extremists pose main threat, says top counter-terrorism officer. Comment comes after home secretary claimed Liverpool attack suspect was able to exploit UK’s asylum system 
  • Rust script supervisor sues Alec Baldwin and producers over shooting | Rust film set shooting #US 
  • A senior #US prosecutor says two men convicted of the murder in 1965 of the US civil rights leader Malcolm X are to have their convictions quashed. Muhammad Aziz and Khalil Islam did not get the justice they deserved, the Manhattan District Attorney says 
  • Conveyancing giant still restoring IT systems after 'security incident' | Law Gazette