17th January - Law News

Edition 3674: 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: Thousands of protesters from the ‘Kill the Bill’ and Youth Climate Action movements took to the Bristol streets to demonstrate against two equally controversial bills – the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, and the Nationality and Borders Bill – that are being debated in the House of Lords.

 Focus of the Day Article: Sole practitioners are swapping private practice for consultancy at larger firms in increasing numbers due to rising professional indemnity insurance (PII) premiums, research shows. Full story - New Law Journal

Saturday Conversations on Law

  • Concern for UK security as anti-vaxxer groups evolve towards US-style militias - Counter-terrorism officials are monitoring movement amid military-style training and lurch towards violent extremism
  • Liverpool John Moores law grad jailed over £1 million drugs trafficking conspiracy - Legal Cheek
  • POCSO Act: Supreme Court issues notice on schoolteacher's plea challenging Madras High Court conviction 
  • The Criminal Bar Association (CBA) is polling its members on taking direct action or ‘as a minimum’ adopting a no returns policy should ministers fail to commit to increase fees | NLJ
  • The Weekly Round-Up: Colston Four acquitted, the new offence of breastfeeding voyeurism, and the Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme - UK Human Rights Blog J
  • GDL providers take different approaches to exams in response to Omicron spread - Legal Cheek
  • "In these stones horizons sing"
  • The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is delighted to share with you that the next CPS Legal Trainee Scheme (LTS) is open for applications | NLJ
  • Best of Law Pod UK 2021 - UK Human Rights Blog 
  • MI5 issues warning about SRA-regulated solicitor working as 'agent' for Chinese Communist Party - Legal Cheek
  • Nextbike resumes in Cardiff after vandalism and thefts - Stations have been closed in Cardiff at Brachdy Road, Stacey Road, Newport Road, and Star Hub, Splott
  • The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is delighted to share with you that the next CPS Legal Trainee Scheme (LTS) is open for applications | NLJ
  • [COVID-19] Kerala High Court decides to revert to online hearing from January 17 | Bar & Bench #India 
  • PIL filed before Bombay High Court to implement e-stamping in Maharashtra | Bar & Bench #India 
  • BBC licence fee to be abolished in 2027 and funding frozen: Government announcement will force broadcaster to close services and make further redundancies 
  • ‘Dismay’ at Cambridge University decision to axe prisoner scheme after terror attack - Penal reformers and ex-offenders criticise decision to halt programme in wake of Fishmongers’ Hall deaths
  • The best legal work and study set-ups from across social media - Legal Cheek
  • What is Operation Red Meat? Boris Johnson’s plan to rescue his premiership explained 
  • A hostage taker who detained four people at a synagogue in a suburb of Dallas, Texas, was a British citizen, reports say. The man interrupted a morning service in Colleyville on Saturday and has since died
  • Linklaters narrows gender pay gap - Legal Cheek 
  • ‘Minimal’ activity such as offering subscriptions in the UK is enough to make a US online magazine subject to the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), the Court of Appeal has held in a landmark case | NLJ 
  • British man made stateless by Home Office has citizenship reinstated: The plight of the father of three, stranded in Bangladesh since 2017, foreshadows the dangers of the nationality bill now before parliament 
  • Langwith Junction, murder probe after woman, 88, found in house - Officers were called by paramedics at 09:30 GMT on Saturday to a house in Station Road, Langwith Junction, and found the couple
  • ‘There is so much we can do that is not necessarily taught at law school’ - Lawyers Weekly
  • Novak Djokovic is set to be deported from #Australia after losing a last-ditch court bid to stay in the country. Judges rejected his challenge to the government's decision to cancel the unvaccinated player's visa on "health and good order" grounds
  • 'When is the best time to specify my preferred NQ department?' - Legal Cheek 
  • Sole practitioners are swapping private practice for consultancy at larger firms in increasing numbers due to rising professional indemnity insurance (PII) premiums, research shows | NLJ
  • Jamaican authorities have arrested a former #Haitian senator who is a prime suspect in the murder of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse. John Joel Joseph was arrested on Friday, Jamaica Constabulary Force spokesman Dennis Brooks said
  • Virtual student event NEXT WEEK: How to secure pupillage - with Gatehouse Chambers, Henderson Chambers and Radcliffe Chambers - Legal Cheek 
  • Prince Harry is seeking a judicial review against the refusal of the Home Office to allow him to personally pay for police protection when in the UK. The Duke of Sussex says his private security team does not have adequate jurisdiction abroad
  • Meet the ULaw student sharing his hilarious law school struggles on TikTok - Legal Cheek 
  • Prince Andrew will no longer be ‘HRH’ – and that is now the least of his worries
  • Get to grips with crypto and blockchain, top judge tells lawyers - Legal Cheek 
  • Police in the #US state of Texas are negotiating with a man who has taken several hostages at a synagogue in the town of Colleyville. One hostage was freed late on Saturday, police said. He was unharmed and no other injuries have been reported 
  • How #Lebanon’s antiquated citizenship laws deny stateless people and their children basic rights and welfare J
  • Beauchamps appoints five new partners | Irish Legal News 
  • [BREAKING] Alapan Bandyopadhyay moves Delhi High Court challenging CAT principal Bench order | Bar & Bench #India


16th January - Law News

Edition 3673: 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: Tennis star Novak Djokovic faces deportation after Australia cancels visa for second time. Australian government says Djokovic may pose public health risk because he is unvaccinated. Australian immigration minister says it is in the public interest to cancel his visa. An Australian court quashed an earlier attempt by Canberra to revoke the tennis star's visa. Novak Djokovic arrived in Melbourne last week to defend his Australian open title.

Saturday Conversations on Law

  • Court of Appeal overturns 'Traveller injunctions' ruling | Law Gazette
  • Lindsay Montgomery appointed lay member of Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland | Scottish Legal News
  • The man who received the world's first pig heart transplant once stabbed a man seven times leaving him paralysed, his victim's family have revealed. David Bennett, 57, was convicted of the 1988 stabbing of Edward Shumaker
  • Weightmans and RadcliffesLeBrasseur reveal advanced merger talks | Law Gazette
  • Lewis Silkin appoints associates in Dublin and Belfast | Irish Legal News 
  • Novak Djokovic's chances of winning a record 21 Grand Slams hinge on an imminent decision by a court in #Australia. The Federal Court will hear his appeal after the government cancelled his visa for the second time this month on grounds of public interest 
  • A barrister who lied about his earnings to reduce the amount of tax he paid has been jailed for 21 months after HMRC investigators compared his VAT declarations with those of his chambers | Law Gazette
  • Nadine Martin made legal director at Gibson Kerr Solicitors | Scottish Legal News
  • Crypto: Let’s party like it’s 1996 | Law Gazette
  • Police Ombudsman identifies ‘collusive behaviours’ in RUC handling of UDA/UFF attacks | Irish Legal News
  • Landmark ‘secondary victims’ cases heading for Supreme Court | Law Gazette
  • A couple who were fined £70 for visiting Asda twice on the same day have issued a stark warning to other shoppers. They were accused of staying in Asda's car park for nearly six hours after a camera error
  • Law firm launches collective action against Facebook on behalf of 44m users - Legal Futures
  • Firm’s £3m claim against former client reduced to £21,000 | Law Gazette 
  • Former World Seniors champion Peter Lines has been fined £2,500 after accusing Xiao Guodong of cheating and challenging him to a fight. Lines was angered by an incident in his 4-3 loss to China's Xiao in a qualifier for the 2021 Northern Ireland Open
  • Callan Tansey expands into Limerick | Irish Legal News
  • Los Angeles railway littered with thousands of parcels stolen from trains #US
  • Lawyers for the woman accusing Prince Andrew of sexual assault are seeking testimony from two people in the UK, according to court documents. Virginia Giuffre's legal team want Robert Olney, the prince's former assistant, to provide a statement
  • Putting health and wellbeing first at a time of seismic change | Law Gazette
  • Clinical negligence, a changing market - part 1 - Legal Futures
  • Solicitor’s latest attempt to be restored to the roll rejected by SDT | Law Gazette 
  • Labour peers to oppose amendments to police and crime bill - Move means late changes focusing on powers to control protests could be voted down in House of Lords 
  • Professor Jo Shaw appointed head of Edinburgh Law School | Scottish Legal News
  • Unsealed claim forms were not good service, Court of Appeal rules | Law Gazette
  • Pearson and CILEX to begin work on creating legal services T-Level - Legal Futures
  • Former Syrian official jailed for life for crimes against humanity | Scottish Legal News
  • Struck-off solicitor accuses SDT of Islamophobia in bid to return to profession - Legal Futures
  • CPS proposes new guidance on 'mercy killings' | Law Gazette
  • England: Prosecutors less likely to pursue mercy killings under proposed guidance | Scottish Legal News 
  • Solicitor named in Westminster ‘influence buying’ alert | Law Gazette 
  • An American fugitive believed to have faked his own death is facing extradition after being arrested in hospital in Glasgow. Nicholas Rossi, 34, was wanted by Interpol and faces a charge of rape in Utah in the #US


15th January - Law News

Edition 3672: 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: A court in Kerala on Friday acquitted Roman Catholic Bishop Franco Mulakkal of the charges of raping a nun in a convent in the southern state, triggering emotional reactions from nuns who support the survivor, while the jubilant priest urged followers to "praise the lord and be happy".

Saturday Conversations on Law

  • Investors sue Kim Kardashian and Floyd Mayweather Jr over crypto scheme - Class action lawsuit alleges celebrities and EthereumMax executives made ‘false and misleading statements’
  • How will the police and crime bill limit the right to protest? - Priti Patel says changes in protest tactics mean new measures are needed but critics says plans are ‘oppressive and wrong’
  • Philip Lee promotes Inez Cullen to corporate partner | Irish Legal News
  • Linklaters narrows gender and ethnicity pay gaps | Law Gazette
  • Squalor of Sheffield autistic man's attic 'prison' revealed in picture - Matthew Langley, 22, was left "close to death" after being locked in the attic room for seven months
  • Increased repression and violence a sign of weakness, says Human Rights Watch 
  • A former Covid taskforce chief hosted leaving drinks in the Cabinet Office in December 2020, it has emerged. Kate Josephs worked for the unit, responsible for drawing up coronavirus restrictions, before she became chief executive of Sheffield City Council 
  • Jailing of Syrian intelligence officer ‘step towards justice’, say former detainees - Anwar Raslan’s conviction in Germany sends signal that Assad regime systematically uses torture, say detention system survivors
  • Law firm worker was not entitled to his offered bonus, tribunal rules | Law Gazette
  • MBM Commercial advises on management buy out for Highland Forestry | Scottish Legal News
  • Extinction Rebellion activists cleared over London rush hour disruption: Jury decision over 2019 action is the latest acquittal involving a high-profile protest 
  • Next cuts sick pay for unvaccinated staff who are self-isolating
  • Windrush descendants lose high court fight to expand scheme: Court rejects case brought by four people who arrived in UK as adults to join family members
  • High Court dismisses JR over immigration detainees’ legal advice | Law Gazette 
  • More than a dozen #Ukrainian government websites went down on Friday, in a cyber-attack that also targeted embassies. The foreign and education ministries were among those hit, along with embassies in the UK, US and Sweden. Russia is yet to comment
  • Suspicion of opening foreign bank account, investing in foreign company not grounds to stop person from travelling abroad: Delhi High Court | Bar & Bench #India 
  • Vigils are to be held across the island of #Ireland on Friday in memory of murdered teacher Ashling Murphy. The 23-year-old was attacked on the banks of the Grand Canal outside Tullamore, County Offaly, on Wednesday afternoon and died at the scene 
  • Landmark legislation which would establish a new watchdog to regulate online services has been published by the government | Irish Legal News
  • Downing Street has apologised to Buckingham Palace for two staff parties in No 10 the night before Prince Philip's funeral. The gatherings, first reported by The Telegraph, took place on 16 April 2021 and went on until the early hours
  • Next week's court appearance of Anne Sacoolas over the death of motorcyclist Harry Dunn has been postponed. Mr Dunn, 19, died in a crash with a car near RAF Croughton, Northamptonshire, on 27 August 2019
  • Farmers given right to buy tenancies in Crown Estate pilot | Scottish Legal News
  • Firm fined for dumping 1,200 unallocated payments into holding account | Law Gazette
  • #Australia has revoked tennis star Novak Djokovic's visa for a second time in a row over his right to remain in the country unvaccinated. The decision on "health and good order" grounds means he could be deported and get a three-year visa ban
  • Legislation putting the Construction Industry Register Ireland (CIRI) on a statutory footing and requiring builders to register with it has been published | Irish Legal News
  • Litigation funder went under owing £43m to its backer, administrator reveals | Law Gazette
  • Dawn Robertson joins BTO in Edinburgh | Scottish Legal News 
  • #German court jails former Syrian intelligence officer for life - Anwar Raslan found to have overseen murder of at least 27 people and torture of at least 4,000 at Damascus prison
  • Legal rights group FLAC has reported a “significant increase” in family law queries to its helpline since Christmas | Irish Legal News
  • Two men have been charged in connection with the death of a girl after a boat crashed during a sightseeing trip. Emily Lewis, 15, was fatally injured in the excursion, off Southampton, on 22 August 2020
  • Londoners told to reduce physical activity on Friday due to pollution: Government advises older people and those with lung or heart issues to avoid strenuous activity altogether
  • A young teacher, Ashling Murphy, who was murdered in Tullamore, County Offaly, is not believed to have known her killer, gardaí (Irish police) have said #Ireland
  • #US supreme court blocks Biden’s workplace vaccine-or-test rules
  • Weightmans LLP and RadcliffesLeBrasseur LLP to merge | Scottish Legal News
  • Prince Andrew: Why the military titles and royal patronages meant so much
  • Failure to prosecute over boy’s drowning in Welsh river ‘irrational’, court told - Mother of 13-year-old Christopher Kapessa, who died in 2019, mounts judicial review against DPP decision
  • The #Netherlands' King Willem-Alexander has announced that Dutch royals will cease using a historic golden carriage amid a debate over slavery links, the horse-drawn carriage, called De Gouden Koets, is decorated with an image that glorifies colonialism
  • Now we know No 10 broke the rules, Britain needs an amnesty on Covid fines
  • In pictures… New trainees at Balfour and Manson | Scottish Legal News


14th January - Law News

Edition 3671: 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: America is a nation of immigrants that continues to wrestle with a hatred of immigrants. An examination of the history of anti-immigrant panic in the US: Undocumented Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas joins to explain why he thinks America's broken immigration system might be by design.

  Focus of the Day Article: Senior counsel success for pair of women commercial disputes lawyers in Singapore. Appointment of Marina Chin and Swee Yen Koh alongside Tan Puay Boon bring total SC tally to 94. Full story - The Global Legal Post

Saturday Conversations on Law

  • Crypto: Let’s party like it’s 1996 | Law Gazette 
  • Boris Johnson's staff accused of more rule-breaking parties inside No 10
  • UK Proposes to Extend UK REACH Registration Deadline and Explore Alternative Information Requirements
  • Mishcon expects ‘very strong’ year as IPO looms | Law Gazette 
  • #US federal judge in Chicago wants attorneys at global law firm Dentons to explain their request to withdraw as counsel to a Japanese pachinko billionaire who is embroiled in a multi-million dollar legal fee fight with litigation firm Bartlit Beck
  • Gateley ‘on track’ as interim profit rises 19.5% | Law Gazette
  • McCartan Turkington Breen appoints two new partners and six associates | Irish Legal News
  • An alert from the security service MI5 stated that Christine Ching Kui Lee "established links" for the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) with current and aspiring MPs
  • The Duke of York's military titles and royal patronages have been returned to the Queen, Buckingham Palace has announced. Prince Andrew will stop using the style His Royal Highness in an official capacity, a royal source said
  • End-to-end e-conveyancing is here, supplier claims | Law Gazette
  • New barrister-run litigation firm chooses SRA regulation - Legal Futures 
  • UP court issues arrest warrant against Swami Prasad Maurya in seven-year-old case of hurting religious sentiment | Bar & Bench #India
  • A lawyer for the woman accusing the Duke of York of sexually assaulting her at 17 says a money settlement alone will not be enough for his client #US
  • Junior solicitor at SRA's lawyers struck off for misleading client - Legal Futures
  • The self-isolation period for people who test positive for Covid-19 is being cut to five full days in England, from Monday, people will be able to leave isolation after negative lateral flow tests on days five and six
  • In-house solicitor found with 15,000 indecent images of children struck off | Law Gazette
  • Irish solicitor James MacGuill takes up CCBE leadership | Irish Legal News
  • Solicitor Soophia Khan jailed for contempt | Law Gazette
  • DAC Beachcroft moves to new Glasgow office | Scottish Legal News J
  • Khan asks High Court to set aside SRA's deliver-up orders | Law Gazette 
  • UK government sued over ‘pie-in-the-sky’ net-zero climate strategy - ClientEarth and Friends of the Earth say strategy fails to include policies needed to ensure emissions cuts 
  • Proposed legislation which will provide a right of access to birth certificates, birth and early life information for people who have questions about their origins has been published | Irish Legal News
  • Planners set to approve 51-storey London tower with only one staircase: Fire safety expert says it would be ‘utter madness’ to approve plans for one of UK’s tallest residential buildings
  • MoJ confirms probate fee hike | Law Gazette
  • Leading campaigner urges UK to target wealth of Kazakhstani elite- Bill Browder, who pushed for Magnitsky law, says anti-corruption laws should be used in response to deaths of at least 164 protesters
  • The UK Supreme Court, in partnership with Royal Holloway, University of London, has launched an online course | Scottish Legal News
  • UK barrister Simon Davis has been appointed as #Cayman’s new Director of Public Prosecutions, the Judicial and Legal Services Commission announced Tuesday
  • Supreme Court allows leapfrog appeal in CETA challenge | Irish Legal News
  • #French police have arrested a suspect over the unsolved 2012 murder of a British family and a French citizen in the Alps. Few details were given, but police said a man was in custody "in order to do verifications regarding his schedule" 
  • ‘VIP lane’ for PPE contracts unlawful, High Court rules | Law Gazette 
  • Richard Shepherd joins Gilson Gray | Scottish Legal News
  • A mother and stepfather who kept their starving autistic son locked in a "disgusting" attic bedroom have been found guilty of false imprisonment. Matthew Langley, 22, was "close to death" inside the vomit and faeces-covered room
  • ‘What we saw alarmed us’: the long fight to expose ‘VIP lane’ Covid contracts - Court ruling that UK government’s way of procuring PPE was illegal was culmination of transparency struggle starting in mid 2020
  • Can client development skills help law firms also retain their legal talent? 
  • Kim Kardashian is among three celebrities being sued by investors in the EthereumMax crypto-currency. Other defendants include boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr, basketball player Paul Pierce, and the currency's creators
  • Philip Lee welcomes four newly-qualified solicitors | Irish Legal News 
  • Prince Andrew civil case: What happens next?
  • The UK is heading towards authoritarianism: just look at this attack on a minority 
  • #Spanish court orders doctors be compensated for lack of Covid PPE
  • The Post Office has been unable to contact 126 people who were convicted of crimes on the basis of evidence from the flawed Horizon computer system 
  • Sarah Jones blasts government over killer knife legal loophole after LBC investigation 
  • Met Police facing legal challenge for not investigating Boris Johnson parties 
  • UK lawmaker Jim Shannonbreaks down when revealing mother-in-law died alone of Covid 
  • Shoosmiths opens Brussels office | Scottish Legal News 
  • The jail sentence handed to the mother of murdered toddler Star Hobson was "too low", the attorney general says. Star died in 2020 after months of "neglect, cruelty and injury"


13th January - Law News

Edition 3670: 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: A New York Judge has rejected a motion brought by lawyers for Prince Andrew to dismiss sex abuse accuser Virginia Giuffre's lawsuit.

  Focus of the Day Article: Former health secretary Jeremy Hunt has questioned whether clinical negligence lawyers are blocking vital reforms because the status quo is too lucrative to change. Hunt, the chair of the health and social care committee, spoke today following a two-hour hearing on the merits of non-adversarial systems in other parts of the world. Full story - The Law Society Gazette

Saturday Conversations on Law

  • A man has taken a hammer to a statue on the BBC's Broadcasting House in central London. The Prospero and Ariel statue was carved by Eric Gill and has been on display at the BBC since 1933
  • Lithuania compensates victim of CIA torture | Scottish Legal News
  • Planning judgment attracts praise for including illustrations | Irish Legal News
  • ‘Self-interest’ of lawyers is blocking clin neg reform, MPs hear | Law Gazette
  • Prince Andrew's legal team includes barrister who acted for Britain's most violent prisoner and solicitor Gary Bloxsome, known as "Good News Gary"
  • Prince Andrew is to face a civil case in the #US over allegations he sexually assaulted a woman when she was 17 - a New York judge ruled that the case could be heard. 
  • The British Council says an #Iranian employee who was accused of spying by Iran has been released from detention there and has returned to the UK. Aras Amiri had been acquitted of all charges by Iran's Supreme Court
  • Balancing transparency and confidentiality ‘really difficult’ – McFarlane | Law Gazette
  • A student who said she was spiked with a needle has told MPs she believes the "cruel and horrible" act was done for "comedic effect". Zara Owen said she blacked out soon after arriving at a club in October despite drinking in moderation
  • Capitol attack panel closes in on Trump inner circle with three new subpoenas - Subpoenas suggest committee examining whether Trump’s rally speech suggests White House had prior knowledge of attack plans #US
  • Lawyers back Raab decision to extend remote witnessing of wills - Legal Futures 
  • Who Is Naomi Wootton Barrister, All About Djokovic Lawyer and Hearing Live Stream Link Details #Australia
  • Blockchain: legal and regulatory guidance (second edition) | The Law Society
  • Bennell victims lost case to Manchester City ‘on a technicality’ | Law Gazette
  • How to set your law firm up for success in 2022 - Legal Futures
  • Eames Solicitors merges into US firm Clark Hill | Irish Legal News
  • In-house lawyer struck off after child pornography conviction - Legal Futures
  • Every lawyer will require familiarity with crypto, says MR | Law Gazette
  • #Greek sailing coach Triantafyllos Apostolou on trial in Athens accused of raping an 11-year-old girl, in a case that came to light when a gold medal-winning athlete spoke out about sexual abuse in sport, almost 12 years after the alleged rape took place
  • A school remains closed, a library is given over to police use and businesses are shut as an armed stand-off continues into a fourth day. A 41-year-old man barricaded himself in a flat in Coventry with his eight-year-old son on Sunday
  • Habeas Corpus: Supreme Court issues notice to High Commissioner of Malaysia in woman's plea to trace missing husband | Bar & Bench #India
  • Leading litigation loan provider Affiniti Finance owes backer £43m, administrators reveal - Legal Futures
  • Minister dismisses concerns about City firm’s role in Post Office compensation | Law Gazette
  • The Conservative party has removed the whip from Anne Marie Morris, a Devon MP, after she rebelled to back a Labour move in parliament to cut VAT on energy bills
  • Medical negligence claims process can be "inhumane experience" - Legal Futures
  • Use of ‘VIP lane’ to award Covid PPE contracts unlawful, high court rules: Government’s use of system to award deals to two firms during first Covid wave found to be unlawful
  • Vaccine refuser Novak Djokovic admits breaking isolation while Covid positive
  • Payout offers over Post Office IT scandal sent to less than third of applicants: CEO of company tells MPs that only 777 have so far been made out of 2,500 applications despite scheme closing in August 2020
  • New "all-lane running" smart motorways have been paused while their safety is assessed, the government has said. Using the hard shoulder as a permanent live traffic lane increases capacity, but critics say it has contributed to road deaths
  • Pent-up demand will see lawyers’ wages rise across the board | Law Gazette
  • NI Law Society establishes climate justice and law tech groups | Irish Legal News
  • Former Law Society of Scotland registrar, David Cullen, is to join Douglas Mill Consulting | Scottish Legal News
  • Colston statue acquittals show how important juries really are | Law Gazette
  • BBC director-general Tim Davie has said personal error was to blame for the broadcaster interviewing Jeffrey Epstein's former lawyer Alan Dershowitz last month
  • Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie LLP’s Glasgow team moves to St Vincent Plaza | Scottish Legal News 
  • Video-witnessed wills extended until 2024 | Law Gazette
  • Sacked belly-dancing teacher sparks #Egypt debate over women's rights 
  • MPs to re-examine UK response to dirty money from Russia 
  • Obituary - For a country without a written constitution, the UK was fortunate in having the authoritative and industrious Anthony Bradley among its leading constitutional experts 
  • The #Canadian province of Quebec will charge a health tax to residents who are not vaccinated against Covid-19 
  • Unusual items left in Highland Travelodge hotels including a barrister's coat and wig, a set of bagpipes, a jade Buddha and a large jar labelled Loch Ness Fresh Air 
  • Criminal barristers mull industrial action over legal aid funding reform 
  • Regulation of the Legal Professions 
  • UK government consults on new rules to curb global deforestation 
  • Government publishes Protect Duty consultation findings - Majority of respondents support tougher security measures to ensure preparedness for and protection from terrorist attacks


12th January - Law News

Edition 3669: 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: With tensions escalating along the border with Russia, Luke Harding visits troops in Ukraine's Donbas region to gauge the mood ahead of a possible invasion. The war here has continued since 2014, when pro-Russian fighters attacked Ukrainian territory. But in recent weeks large numbers of separatist troops have entered the region, while talks between Vladimir Putin and US president Joe Biden have not provided the diplomatic solution many had hoped for

  Focus of the Day Article: Only one in six criminal barristers say the judiciary make adequate allowance for professionals’ caring or childcare responsibilities, with many arguing that the interests of parties and counsel are the Crown Court’s lowest priorities. Full story - Legal Futures

Saturday Conversations on Law

  • Cleaver Fulton Rankin appoints new head of corporate | Irish Legal News
  • Brodies re-elects Christine O’Neill QC for fourth term as chairman | Scottish Legal News
  • Accident victim signed up to CFA within two minutes, transcript shows | Law Gazette
  • High Court in Belfast to hear claim for compensation after alleged waterboarding | Irish Legal News
  • Senior Downing Street political staff had to intervene during the first half of 2021 to prevent events at No 10 - such as leaving parties - going ahead
  • Listed Gateley announces 11th acquisition | Law Gazette
  • Amy Cornelius and Gregor Hayworth join Burges Salmon in Edinburgh | Scottish Legal News
  • Is the Nationality and Borders Bill just another example of bad law-making? | Law Gazette
  • Two men have been arrested in connection with the disappearance of a teenager who went missing 15 years ago. Andrew Gosden, from Doncaster, was last seen on 14 September 2007, aged 14
  • Slater and Gordon records £19.5m pandemic loss | Law Gazette
  • Claire Campbell's 16-year-old son, Luke, died after taking ecstasy bought by friends on the darknet - a part of the internet that can only be accessed with special software
  • Melissa Collins elected as president of JCI Dublin | Irish Legal News
  • Law firm that held deposits defeats claim over failed property development - Legal Futures
  • Danielle Mari Connell appointed as TANQ committee member | Scottish Legal News
  • #Lithuania pays Guantánamo ‘forever prisoner’ Abu Zubaydah €100,000 over CIA torture - Compensation for allowing torture at Vilnius black site indicates changing attitudes in Washington, lawyers say
  • Peers urged to back 'health needs screening' for remote proceedings | Law Gazette
  • The lifting of restrictions on large outdoor events in Scotland is expected to be announced this afternoon. The move would allow football fans to return to stadiums when the Scottish Premiership's winter break ends next week
  • Law firm’s prisoner charity doubles caseload in six months - Legal Futures
  • Lords watchdog assesses complaint against Tory peer Michelle Mone over PPE firm - Commissioners asked to investigate after files appear to suggest Tory peer was involved in company awarded £203m contracts
  • #Australian Border Force investigating whether Novak Djokovic made false travel claim
  • The courts don't care about us, criminal barristers say as strike looms - Legal Futures
  • Scottish government’s inept consultation interferes with rule of law | Scottish Legal News
  • Bradford adoption: Couple say troubled council 'broke our family' - Sonny and Sarita Simak spent three years fighting to be reunited with a boy they planned to adopt after he was wrongly removed by Bradford Council
  • One of Britain's largest energy suppliers Ovo Energy has apologised after it advised customers they could cuddle pets and eat porridge to stay warm - a link to a blog "containing energy-saving tips" was sent to its SSE customers 
  • Lawyer demands e-scooter reform as illegal rider makes injury claim | Law Gazette
  • The acquittal of the Colston Four does not edit history
  • Former #Fiji Solicitor-General Nainendra Nand passes away
  • Employment Tribunals head Shona Simon to retire | Scottish Legal News
  • Mishcon loses 18 lawyers to Greenberg ahead of planned IPO | Law Gazette
  • S&G refunds £4,000 deduction in latest Checkmylegalfees clash - Legal Futures
  • Leaked email about drinks event at No 10 explodes Johnson’s defences 
  • The High Court has struck out libel claims made by a former Warwick University law professor against two fellow academics, an investigator and a law student - Legal Futures
  • Find another way to resolve dispute, High Court tells parties - Legal Futures
  • The Colston Four’s critics are deluded to think Britain owes no apology for its past
  • People without Covid symptoms no longer need a PCR test to confirm a positive lateral flow in England. The change reflects the high prevalence of coronavirus in the community and the accuracy of rapid tests
  • Criminal bar explores appetite for action over legal aid | Law Gazette 
  • A prisoner who gave birth to a stillborn baby in the toilet of a cell has said she "will never forgive the prison" for the "horror death". Louise Powell said she begged for an ambulance before her baby died at HMP Styal in Cheshire


11th January - Law News

Edition 3668: 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: As many as 100 people were invited to a "bring-your-own-booze" drinks event in the Downing Street garden during the first lockdown, the BBC understands. The Metropolitan Police said it was in contact with the government over "widespread reporting relating to alleged breaches" of Covid rules. Witnesses have told the BBC the PM and his wife attended the gathering on 20 May 2020.

  Focus of the Day Article: In one of its final decisions of 2021, McQuillan, McGuigan and McKenna, the UK Supreme Court addressed challenges to the effectiveness of police investigations into events which took place during the Northern Ireland conflict. Full story - New Law Journal

Saturday Conversations on Law

  • What are the legal rights of unvaccinated workers in #Canada?
  • Willkie Farr increases NQ lawyer pay to £145k in London - Legal Cheek
  • Finding your voice as a lawyer - Lawyers Weekly
  • Pass rates for the Legal Practice Course (LPC) have remained steady in spite of the coronavirus pandemic, new statistics from the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) have shown - Legal Cheek
  • Travers Smith raises NQ lawyer salary to £100k - Legal Cheek
  • [Pegasus] Bhima Koregaon accused, counsel write to SC appointed Committee alleging phones were compromised | Bar & Bench #India
  • Best law firms for legal tech 2022 - Legal Cheek
  • No leaseholder living in a building higher than 11m, around four to six storeys high, "will ever face any costs" for fixing dangerous cladding, the housing secretary has said
  • Listed law firms record 26% share value rise in one year - Legal Cheek 
  • Ashurst boosts NQ pay to £105k - Legal Cheek 
  • Every winter, #Indian capital Delhi's toxic air is fuelled by farmers burning crop stubble. But the fires don't stop. Why? The answer lies in water, according to a climate expert
  • Eve Cornwell leaves fee-earning to take legal tech product manager role - Legal Cheek
  • Eight men who sued Manchester City after saying they were abused by paedophile Barry Bennell more than 30 years ago have lost a High Court fight. The men said he abused them when they played for teams he coached in north-west England between 1979 and 1985
  • Four Supreme Court judges test positive for COVID-19 | Bar & Bench #India
  • The first phase of an independent inquiry into the murder of Sarah Everard will conclude this year, the home secretary has said. Met Police officer Wayne Couzens staged a fake arrest to kidnap Ms Everard before he raped and murdered her
  • Ikea cuts sick pay for unvaccinated staff forced to self-isolate
  • In the wake of the new Federal Circuit and Family Court of #Australia, collaboration and efficiency are shaping up as more common features of legal practice - Lawyers Weekly
  • Full video: What does qualifying work experience mean for students hoping to secure training contracts under the new SQE regime? - Legal Cheek
  • Ontario's legal community keeping a close eye on Laurentian University court battle #Canada 
  • Delhi High Court notice to NIA on plea by two Kerala women accused of spreading ISIS propaganda | Bar & Bench #India
  • Ohio solicitor general makes anti-vax mandate case to Supreme Court remotely after getting Covid #US
  • A court in #Myanmar has sentenced ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi to four more years in prison, in the latest of a series of trials. She was convicted for the illegal possession and import of walkie-talkies and breaking Covid-19 rules
  • Novak Djokovic's challenge to an order by the #Australian government revoking his entry visa has dramatically overturned the decision. Judge Anthony Kelly ordered the release of the tennis star from detention
  • The Corporate Counsel Show: Why in-house recruitment is so busy right now - Lawyers Weekly
  • Judge Timothy Walmsley held a minute of silence before sentencing Ahmaud Arbery's killers #US
  • Joint NGO Letter to Khamenei on Baktash Abtin's Condition #Iran
  • Support increases for Manchester bus driver sacked for being ‘too short’: More than 13,000 sign petition backing Tracey Scholes, who was dismissed after 34 years of service
  • Gujarat High Court introduces online e-court fees platform on pilot basis | Bar & Bench #India
  • Sentencing of Grimsby ex-soldier who admits murdering nursery worker delayed again 
  • An investigation has been launched after Sicily's normally white Scala dei Turchi cliffs were stained red. The marl cliffs, which attract thousands of tourists every year, were defaced sometime overnight on Friday #Italy
  • Requiring PCR tests for isolation funds may fail legal test, UK officials told - Legal advice says any challenge under equalities law would have reasonable chance of success
  • ‘I’m obsessed with the future of the internet and the future of technology’ - Lawyers Weekly
  • Should City lawyers subsidise their less high-earning boyfriends and girlfriends? - Legal Cheek
  • Court petition accuses Gwinnett Solicitor General, staff of criminal contempt #US
  • Irish solicitor becomes unexpected TikTok star - Legal Cheek
  • Novak Djokovic was given no assurances that a medical exemption would allow him into #Australia, lawyers fighting to deport the tennis star have argued


10th January - Law News

Edition 3667: 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: Thousands took to the street of Magdeburg, Germany, to rally against COVID restrictions. When clashes erupted, the police were forced to deploy pepper spray. The country’s latest anti-virus safety measures include the ‘2G+’ requirement, under which fully vaccinated and recovered persons must provide a negative COVID test result to enter bars, restaurants, and cafés – facilities that are now out of bounds across the country for anyone not in either category.

  Focus of the Day Article: Former New Zealand Privacy Commissioner John Edwards has been confirmed as the new Information Commissioner. Full story - New Law Journal

Saturday Conversations on Law

  • Countries Accused Of Human Rights Abuses Are Pouring Money Into Football
  • John Quinn, the Isle of Man attorney general dies
  • At least 19 people, including nine children, have died after a fire in a New York apartment building. Another 32 people were sent to hospital, several of whom are in a critical condition, according to New York Mayor Eric Adams #US
  • Delhi High Court upholds POCSO conviction of accused despite father's testimony that victim was 16 years old | Bar & Bench #India
  • Gay marriage-cake case declared inadmissible by Strasbourg Court - UK Human Rights Blog
  • Venues would have a legal duty to put in place security measures to protect the public from terror attacks under government plans. It comes in the wake of the 2017 Manchester Arena bombing, when 22 people were killed as they left an Ariana Grande concert
  • Being so secure in her industry has allowed the principal of this maritime law firm to work more collaboratively with other lawyers - Lawyers Weekly #Australia
  • Thousands protest in #France against proposed new vaccine pass
  • Police are investigating racist abuse that was directed at ex-England defender Ashley Cole at Swindon's FA Cup clash with Manchester City
  • Brook House Inquiry: Phase 1 Hearings Reviewed - Appin Mackay-Champion - UK Human Rights Blog
  • Lawyers waiting for turn to argue before Delhi High Court contribute to raise college fees of 2 girls in another case | Bar & Bench #India
  • Prominent Afghan professor arrested for criticising Taliban rule: The arrest of Faizullah Jalal is stoking fears that the Taliban will reimpose harsh rules on freedom of speech
  • As order is restored in Kazakhstan, its future is murkier than ever
  • Barrister avoids counselling for ‘abhorrent’ behaviour towards female clerk - Lawyers Weekly #Australia
  • Asylum seekers: The homes where ceilings have fallen in
  • Guidance from Divisional Court on Article 2 inquests - UK Human Rights Blog
  • "You want to answer in Gujarati? (Then) I will speak to you in Kannada:" Gujarat High Court CJ Aravind Kumar to litigant | Bar & Bench #India
  • Polite lawyers are actually the most aggressive, research finds: Barristers who use the word ‘respect’ when speaking to opponents in court may actually be conveying ‘disrespect’, a new study has found - Legal Cheek
  • Suella Braverman accused of politically driven meddling over Colston Four |
  • One date to rule them all: McQuillan, McGuigan and McKenna [2021] UKSC 55 - UK Human Rights Blog 
  • A bid by the #Australian government to delay covid vaccine dodger Novak Djokovic's appeal against deportation has been rejected by a judge overseeing his case
  • Travers boosts vac scheme pay by nearly 70% as it looks to get students back into the office this summer - Legal Cheek
  • NY attorney general subpoenas Trump, Ivanka and Donald Jr - Letitia James seeks testimony and documents from ex-president and his children as part of probe into Trump Organization #US
  • Joint practitioner group mooted to fight legal aid cuts | Law Gazette
  • #UAE authorities retaliated against human rights activist: Rights group says Emirati authorities punished human rights defender Ahmed Mansoor after media published letter in which he detailed abuses
  • End mass jabs and live with Covid, says ex-head of vaccine taskforce 
  • Djokovic pictured maskless at public event one day after positive Covid test
  • ‘Colston Four’ acquittal raises difficult questions | Jan 09, 2022
  • Desmond Tutu’s funeral and Kazakhstan clashes: human rights this fortnight – in pictures
  • At least 21 people have died after heavy snow trapped them in their vehicles in northern #Pakistan. As many as 1,000 vehicles became stranded as would-be tourists reportedly rushed to view the winter snowfall in the hilltop town of Murree
  • LawTuber gives snapshot of life as a magic circle trainee - Legal Cheek 
  • Prince Andrew ‘rushing through sale of £17m Swiss chalet’ as legal bills spiral