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