4th November - Law News

Edition 3600: 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: The 18-day ordeal may be over for four-year-old Cleo Smith and her family, but Western Australian police say the investigation into her disappearance still has a long way to go. Cleo has spent her first night back home with her family after her stunning rescue from a locked home in Carnarvon in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Focus of the Day Story:  A  court in London is being asked to rule on Trinidad and Tobago’s mandatory death penalty for murder, with lawyers for a man sentenced to death arguing that the law is arbitrary and unconstitutional. Every person convicted of murder in Trinidad and Tobago ‘shall suffer death’ under section 4 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1925, although no one has been executed in the Caribbean nation since 1999. Full story - The Law Society Gazette
Saturday Conversations on Law
  • Belfast-based MKB Law promotes trio to associate director | Irish Legal News
  • Ministers’ conduct needs to be properly policed, review says: Report by independent committee says PM should not have sole power to sanction investigations
  • 30 minutes free: LAA tackles immigration detainee discrepancy | Law Gazette
  • Virtual court proposals will entrench disruption not seen ‘since Jacobite occupation’ - Scottish Legal News 
  • Scottish legal aid row escalates after solicitor 'removed from court building' | Law Gazette
  • A US judge in the Prince Andrew sexual assault civil case has said he is aiming to hold the trial in late 2022 
  • Conservative Owen Paterson has avoided punishment for now as the government ordered its MPs to back a review of standards investigations. Mr Paterson was found to have misused his position as an MP to benefit two companies he worked for
  • Solicitors to give evidence to Oireachtas on birth information and tracing bill | Irish Legal News
  • Scottish legal aid row escalates after solicitor 'removed from court building' | Law Gazette
  • Law firm escapes $1bn claim despite admitted negligence - Legal Futures 
  • Lawyers recognised at Irish Law Awards 2021 | Irish Legal News
  • Midlands firm embraces employee ownership | Law Gazette 
  • Pro bono services "cannot keep up" with post-Covid demand - Legal Futures 
  • SCTS asked to retract ‘untrue’ letter over removal of solicitor from Edinburgh Sheriff Court - Scottish Legal News 
  • A portrait of Welsh slave owner Sir Thomas Picton labelling him a hero has been removed by National Museum Wales. But as governor of Trinidad he abused the slaves he owned, and was known as a tyrant even at the time 
  • The family of a mother who died after a series of errors with her benefits has agreed a "substantial settlement". Philippa Day, 27, was found collapsed at her Nottingham home with a letter rejecting an assessment in August 2019 
  • How the right legal software can positively impact your PII process - Legal Futures 
  • Solicitor rebuked for offensive WhatsApp messages | Law Gazette 
  • Solicitor struck off for disabled badge dishonesty - Legal Futures 
  • McGrath McGrane welcomes Taise Azevedo as immigration solicitor | Irish Legal News 
  • Law firm eyes up acquisitions after embracing employee ownership - Legal Futures
  • US justice department suing to block Penguin purchase of Simon & Schuster - $2.2bn deal under threat after attorney general files antitrust suit claiming Penguin Random House would ‘exert outsized influence’ 
  • Solicitor who held on to files showed ‘flagrant disregard’ for rules | Law Gazette 
  • Three women have been treated in hospital following suspected injection spikings in Sheffield night clubs, police said 
  • Allies of a Tory MP who broke standards rules are trying to prevent him from being suspended from Parliament. Owen Paterson was found to have used his position as an MP to benefit two firms that paid him as a consultant 
  • Most big UK firms and financial institutions will be forced to show how they intend to hit climate change targets, under proposed Treasury rules. By 2023, they will have to set out detailed public plans for how they will move to a low-carbon future 
  • Delhi Commission for Women takes cognizance of rape threats against Virat Kohli's daughter Vamika | Bar & Bench #India
  • Pro Bono matters | Law Gazette 
  • Round-up of deals involving Irish law firms | Irish Legal News 
  • Helen McEntee has been reinstated as Ireland’s justice minister following the end of her maternity leave | Irish Legal News
  • The EU legal framework and the administrative arrangements for the protection of asylum seekers victims of torture during the refugee influx in Greece (2015-2017). | Angelos Pappas 
  • A money-laundering trial in #Germany is shining a light on the purchase of a luxury London penthouse by cryptocurrency scammer Dr Ruja Ignatova 
  • UN Cop26 climate summit which is now underway in Glasgow will doubtless see its fair share of protests. There are lawyers attending, and legal events around the conference | Law Gazette 
  • A British backpacker who worked as a waitress in Sydney has won a long-running legal dispute against Australia’s “backpacker tax” in its highest court
  • Facebook has announced it will no longer use facial recognition software to identify faces in photographs and videos 
  • Solicitor loses latest bid for financial support from parents | Law Gazette 
  • The government has been defeated in the House of Lords over its one-year suspension of the "triple lock" formula to increase the state pension 
  • Procurement opens for new judgments database | Law Gazette 
  • Judge warns LiP over ‘hopeless mess’ pleadings | Law Gazette
  • Investigators say "low adhesion" between the track and train wheels was the most likely cause of the crash between two trains in Salisbury 
  • High Court doubles length of custodial sentence for man convicted of attempted rape - Scottish Legal News 
  • BHSM appoints Cillian Simpson as litigation solicitor | Irish Legal News 
  • New call for lawyers to be probed in Post Office inquiry | Law Gazette 
  • The killing of Sophie Moss: why did a vulnerable mother’s attacker get such a short sentence? 
  • London judges hear Trinidad death penalty appeal | Law Gazette