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, gardaĆ­ (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