12th May - Law News

Edition 3789: 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: US officials say a murder suspect and a prison official who helped him escape from lockup were prepared for a shootout when they were captured by police. The manhunt came to a dramatic end when officers gave chase and collided with the couple's getaway car. The inmate, Casey White, is now back in custody - while his accomplice died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Focus of the Day Article: The head of the Criminal Bar Association has hailed the ‘extraordinary’ commitment of barristers participating in a nationwide protest over legal aid funding – with trials being listed deep into 2023. Since 11 April, hundreds of barristers have adopted ‘no returns’ – declining to cover for colleagues on cases that have been ‘returned’ – over the government’s refusal to increase criminal legal aid advocacy fees by 25%. Full story - The Law Society Gazette

Saturday Conversations on Law
  • Three-day menstrual leave in Spain offered to women in European first
  • The Rwandan lawyer trap has snapped shut | Law Gazette
  • ‘My world fell apart’: life in prison with serious mental illness
  • Hundreds of mentally ill prisoners denied urgent treatment in England
  • Nathaniel Leckie, Tyler Tucker, and Jordell Keegan held gun to dad's head before taking dog's eye out in terrifying burglary - now jailed for a total of 26 years
  • Cardinal Joseph Zen, 90, one of the Catholic Church's most senior members has been arrested in Hong Kong for breaking #China's national security law, police have confirmed 
  • England: Guidelines propose tougher sentences for animal abusers | Scottish Legal News
  • William Fry appoints new partners and consultants | Irish Legal News 
  • Criminal bar chief hails 'extraordinary' commitment to legal aid action | Law Gazette 
  • Police say they believe a missing 15-year-old girl has been abducted. Madison Thomas, known as Maddie, has not been seen since she left her home in Southmead, Bristol, on 26 April, telling her family she was going to the shops
  • Face masks will no longer have to be worn on flights and in airports in EU countries from next Monday, according to new official guidance
  • Craig McLachlan defamation trial: 11 women expected to allege misconduct by actor, court hears #Australia
  • Neil Mackenzie QC: Libraries, like democracies, will outlast the violence of Putin | Scottish Legal News
  • Government puts back fixed costs extension by six months - Legal Futures 
  • Ropes & Gray launches social mobility scholarship scheme | Law Gazette 
  • Priti Patel, hear this loud and clear: Julian Assange must not be handed over to the US 
  • BT collective proceedings to remain ‘opt-out’ claim | Law Gazette
  • An advertising campaign for Tesco Mobile which used the names of foods as substitutes for expletives has been banned. The newspaper ads, Twitter posts and outdoor posters used words like "shiitake" and "pistachio" instead of swear words 
  • An attack on a boy in Bristol who was struck with an oar is now being treated as a racially motivated assault. Police officers were called to Conham River Park on 26 March after a woman pushed Antwon, 12, during a dispute and hit him with the paddle 
  • Appeal court deprecates “act of deliberate concealment” by party - Legal Futures
  • Wigan cocaine boss rumbled after posting beer snap online - Leon Atkinson led a gang involved in drug deals worth £9m in just three months, Greater Manchester Police said
  • #SriLanka witnessed a second night of arson attacks on Tuesday, with properties damaged in the town of Negombo, near the capital, Colombo. A mob torched a luxury holiday resort owned by the son of the former Prime Minister, Mahinda Rajapaks 
  • A New Jersey court has granted parole to the oldest former member of the Black Panthers after nearly five decades in prison. Sundiata Acoli, 85, was sentenced to life in prison in 1974 for the murder of a police officer the previous year 
  • ‘Criminalising our right to protest’: green groups’ anger over public order bill 
  • Tax Bar Association to be launched this week | Irish Legal News
  • Fixed costs extension earmarked for April 2023 | Law Gazette 
  • People will be given the right to vote on proposed property extensions in their area as part of new planning reforms, the government says. The plan sees previous proposals which made it harder to block development dropped after a backlash from Tory MPs 
  • Al Jazeera journalist Shereen Abu Aqleh has been shot dead while reporting on a raid by Israeli security forces in the occupied West Bank city of Jenin. He was shot "deliberately" and "in cold blood" by #Israeli troops. Another reporter was shot & wounded 
  • Shepherd and Wedderburn advises on distribution facility deal | Scottish Legal News
  • Judge tells regulators to use summary processes against vexatious litigants - Legal Futures
  • Queen’s speech shows Boris Johnson is out of ideas, says Labour - Agenda includes bills to overhaul planning and human rights law but few new cost of living measures 
  • 'Reach out': lawyers highlight pressures of dispute resolution work | Law Gazette 
  • Solicitor struck off for sexually assaulting friend’s wife - Legal Futures 
  • Police spy who stole identity of dead baby was not prosecuted, inquiry hears - CPS decided not to pursue case against undercover officer despite evidence he had broken the law 
  • Ports and unions criticise Shapps’ plan for law on seafarers’ minimum wage - Legislation announced in Queen’s Speech in response to P&O Ferries’ sacking of 800 crew 
  • Queen’s Speech: Bill of Rights and Brexit freedoms | Law Gazette 
  • A nurse "fixated by sex" who filmed up the gowns of unconscious hospital patients has been jailed for 12 years. Paul Grayson videoed four women as they recovered from surgery at Sheffield's Royal Hallamshire Hospital
  • Overturning Roe v Wade will destroy our civil rights – so don’t ask us to be ‘civil’ #US