25th November - Law News

Edition 3621: 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: Widespread confusion and accusations the Australia government has lost control were a plenty after a vote in the lower house to debate a bill to establish a federal integrity commission was narrowly defeated on a technicality. 66 Lower House MPs voted in favour of debating Helen Haines' bill with 64 opposing. But standing orders require an absolute majority of 76 and, with some members not in the house because of COVID restrictions, it failed.

Focus of the Day Story: This week the Ministry of Justice embarks on an overseas trade mission to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to showcase UK legal services in the Middle East. The trip is led by Justice Lords Minister David Wolfson QC, who, as a former barrister, is experienced in law and international arbitration, with knowledge of the region. He is accompanied by 28 leading legal professionals – including the president of the Law Society and the chair of the Bar Council.  Full story - The Law Society Gazette 
Saturday Conversations on Law
  • PSYROC and the Solicitors Indemnity Fund: have your say | Law Gazette 
  • Matheson announces four senior corporate appointments | Irish Legal News
  • Lord chief bemoans lawyer 'supply problem' | Law Gazette
  • Britain’s royals used obscure legal procedure to hide distant relatives’ wills
  • Gwent Police 'sorry' for treatment of female officers - Jodie, not her real name, told Gwent Police nearly a decade ago about abuse by her ex-boyfriend PC Clarke Joslyn
  • Thirty-one migrants headed for the UK have drowned in the English Channel near Calais after their boat sank. The International Organization for Migration said it was the biggest single loss of life in the Channel since it began collecting data in 2014 
  • Human rights commission to intervene in Traveller-specific accommodation case | Irish Legal News
  • Jennifer and Stephen Chapple: Man charged over couple's murder - Collin Reeves, 34, also of Dragon Rise, is due to appear at Taunton Magistrates' Court on Thursday 
  • Two Met officers who took photos of two murdered sisters and described them as "dead birds" in WhatsApp messages to the public have been sacked following a tribunal. PC Deniz Jaffer and PC Jamie Lewis were sent to Fryent Country Park in Wembley last June
  • SRA plans to end indemnity cover for retired solicitors | Law Gazette 
  • ‘Harper’s law’: killing emergency workers to bring life sentence
  • Do I belong? | Law Gazette
  • “No link” between price and quality of legal expenses insurance - Legal Futures
  • Northern Ireland failing to progress decade-old youth justice recommendations | Irish Legal News
  • SRA and Law Society clash again over scrapping Solicitors Indemnity Fund - Legal Futures
  • Uber accused of ‘collateral attack’ on Supreme Court ruling | Law Gazette 
  • Reduce AML officers’ billable targets, regulator tells firms - Legal Futures
  • Legal aid: Scottish government told to introduce bill soon - Scottish Legal News
  • Solicitor who missed “pathway to partnership” targets loses dismissal claim - Legal Futures
  • Mission to promote UK legal services in Middle East | Law Gazette
  • SCTS denies claims it ‘massages’ court statistics - Scottish Legal News 
  • Dechert and former partner ‘strenuously deny’ email hacking claims | Law Gazette
  • Justice Secretary Dominic Raab has suggested he would like to see a more cautious approach to future parole decisions following the arrest of double child killer Colin Pitchfork
  • Stella Creasy MP has said it "has to be possible for politics and parenting to mix" after being told she cannot sit in the Commons with her three-month-old son - it is against the rules to bring a child to a debate at Westminster Hall
  • Deadline for filing annual returns extended by two weeks | Irish Legal News
  • The scheme meant to compensate members of the Windrush generation wrongly classed as illegal immigrants has compounded the injustice, MPs say
  • Jury Finds Rally Organizers Responsible for Charlottesville Violence #US
  • #France and Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has been found guilty of conspiring to blackmail a fellow French footballer with a sex tape. A judge handed Benzema a one-year suspended jail term and ordered him to pay a €75,000 (£63,000; $84,000) fine 
  • A campaign by PC Andrew Harper's widow to give mandatory life sentences to the killers of emergency service workers has been backed by the government
  • Junior misled client for months about case progression | Law Gazette 
  • Unprotected tenancy deposits continue to cost landlords in housing tribunal proceedings - Scottish Legal News
  • Home Office urged to help 'abandoned' Afghan judges and lawyers | Law Gazette
  • Migrant challenge: it’s all our fault now | Law Gazette
  • Senior MoJ official to lead influential legal thinktank | Law Gazette 
  • Society condemns run-off cover proposals | Law Gazette
  • Lawyers and the limits of free speech | Law Gazette
  • Supporting families in conflict | Law Gazette 
  • Jeffrey Epstein documents reveal master manipulator who claimed he couldn’t kill himself: Sex trafficker’s final days detailed in more than 2,000 pages of never-before-seen records