13th May - Law News

Edition 3790: 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 Bar Council's seminar exploring the growing number of International Criminal Law opportunities that exist outside of the main court structure, presented by experienced barristers with accomplished practice in International Criminal Law

Focus of the Day Article: Women made up 49% of Fortune 500 general counsel appointments in 2021. Drive by major US corporates to boost diversity bearing fruit as the remit of GC's also broadens, research finds. Full story - The Global Legal Post

Saturday Conversations on Law
  • Northern Ireland extends consultation on minimum alcohol pricing | Irish Legal News 
  • Film scheme negligence case could yet reach Court of Appeal | Law Gazette 
  • A couple in the north Indian state of Uttarakhand are suing their only son and his wife for not giving them a grandchild after six years of marriage. Sanjeev and Sadhana Prasad, 61 and 57, say they used up their savings raising their son #India
  • President’s Dinner raises £5,000 for Lawscot Foundation students | Scottish Legal News 
  • 'We're the litigation forum of choice': Boyce optimistic about future | Law Gazette
  • Natalie McGarry, former SNP MP found guilty of embezzling £25,000 
  • The government is to fund a helpline for people who have had, or are at risk of, all forms of so-called conversion therapy. It will give tailored pastoral support to transgender people as well as those who are lesbian, gay or bisexual 
  • Police issue 50 more fines over Covid-rule breaking in Downing Street 
  • The government is withholding security advice on Evgeny Lebedev's peerage on "national security" grounds. MPs voted in March to force the publication of secret documents, amid claims the security services had raised concerns about the Russian-born mogul
  • Irish Government apologises to people affected by illegal birth registration | Irish Legal News
  • Are #Canadians being driven to assisted suicide by poverty or healthcare crisis? 
  • SRA disciplinary decisions could stay in public domain for longer - Legal Futures 
  • Slater and Gordon ordered to answer secret commissions allegations | Law Gazette
  • This British ‘bill of rights’ is constitutional butchery that will make us all less free | Shami Chakrabarti 
  • Serial killer Levi Bellfield is engaged and has applied to marry in prison, the Ministry of Justice has confirmed. The 53-year-old will need the permission of the governor at HMP Frankland in County Durham 
  • MPs see lawyers clash over need for action to curb SLAPPs - Legal Futures 
  • A new group looking at whether to decriminalise cannabis in the UK has been set up by London mayor Sadiq Khan. Former justice secretary Lord Charlie Falconer QC will chair the first ever London Drugs Commission
  • The PSNI has made an undisclosed settlement to the family of a GAA official murdered by loyalists in 1997 and apologised over inadequacies in the original investigation 
  • Media silk pushes back on SLAPP legislation plans | Law Gazette 
  • Editorial: Faculty must try harder to retain its independence | Scottish Legal News 
  • Judge throws out most of Swedish businessman’s libel claim in England - Svante Kumlin brought action in London court against Swedish journalists writing about him and his firm
  • A 77% rise in the most serious safety incidents logged by paramedics in England over the past year, compared to before the pandemic: Ambulance wait times endangering patients 
  • Listed compliance company targets law firms with acquisition - Legal Futures 
  • #Cambodia is calling on the UK government to help it recover antiquities it says were stolen from its temples. The country's culture minister says the Victoria & Albert and British Museums both have looted objects 
  • UN Secretary General António Guterres says he is "appalled" by Wednesday's killing of veteran Palestinian-American Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Aqla by #Israeli soldiers 
  • Magic circle firm Linklaters will train senior lawyers on the impact of menopause under a new global policy aimed at retaining and supporting women of all ages into senior roles | Scottish Legal News 
  • #India's Supreme Court has put a controversial colonial-era sedition law on hold that critics say is used to stifle dissent against the ultra-rightwing BJP government 
  • It’s not just the US, Britain needs no-protest buffer zones around its abortion clinics too
  • Newry immigration firm shares some insights into advising clients from a border region location | Irish Legal News
  • Due to the nature of the job, judges are so careful not to do anything that casts doubt on their independence or create a perception of bias that it’s sometimes easy to forget they’re just like you and me – human | Law Gazette 
  • PI firms face more deduction claims after Checkmylegalfees court win - Legal Futures
  • Elon Musk says if his bid to buy Twitter is successful he will reverse Donald Trump's ban from the platform. The richest man in the world agreed a $44bn (£34.5bn) takeover bid with the Twitter board last month 
  • Craig McLachlan says 2018 reports of his alleged misconduct made him feel ‘helpless’, court hears 
  • Costs bill struck out after it failed to give fee earner details | Law Gazette 
  • Stella Creasy says she was threatened with gang-rape at university: Labour MP says Cambridge officials reprimanded her instead of taking action against her harassers