31st July - Law News

Edition 3869: 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: Undocumented migrants are once again at the centre of a political tussle in Italy. The interior ministry says more than 39,000 asylum seekers have arrived by boat this year, 10,000 more than the same period in 2021. Far-right politicians have seized on the situation ahead of the snap polls in September. Could this issue influence the vote's outcome? 

Saturday Conversations on Law

  • SDT rejects restoration plea 21 years after strike off - Legal Futures
  • Grubby and dated? Why ‘Wagatha Christie’ may be last libel case of its kind
  • Scottish business sentiment still in the black despite growing pressures | Scottish Legal News
  • Barrister compliance with transparency rules increases sharply - Legal Futures
  • Fred Mackintosh QC calls to English bar | Scottish Legal News
  • Court of Appeal warns of "perverse incentives" from litigation funding - Legal Futures
  • New category of personal property proposed for crypto law | Law Gazette 
  • Courts are to be given greater powers to dismiss strategic lawsuits against public participation (SLAPPs), which are brought to stifle free speech by intimidating campaigners and journalists | NLJ
  • Solicitors face fresh competence checks | Law Gazette
  • Rebekah Vardy loses ‘Wagatha Christie’ libel case against Coleen Rooney
  • The Law Commission has unveiled draft reforms to the law on digital assets such as crypto-tokens and cryptocurrencies and non-fungible tokens (NFTs) | NLJ
  • Withers and Freeths latest to award ‘cost of living’ payments | Law Gazette
  • Carbon Law Partners’ employment law specialist, Matthew Huggett (pictured) has taken over as the 59th President of CILEX (the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives), succeeding Caroline Jepson | NLJ
  • Supreme Court judge says online courts will come to Ireland faster than many believe | Irish Legal News
  • Blood scandal victims need quick payouts - lawyer
  • Wikipedia articles influencing decision-making of Irish judges | Scottish Legal News 
  • Wayne Couzens loses appeal against whole-life sentence 
  • One of the most talked about celebrity disputes has now come to an end. Rebekah Vardy has lost her defamation case against Coleen Rooney - the so-called Wagatha Christie libel trial 
  • A judge has found the Tory ruled council that owned Grenfell Tower is liable for the deaths of five residents who died in the fire. The judgement came in the High Court on Thursday 
  • The formidable legal Twitterati has come under the watchful eye of regulators concerned about the reputation of the profession | NLJ
  • Lord Trimble obituaries | Irish Legal News Lord Trimble obituaries | Irish Legal News 
  • A nine-year-old girl who died after being stabbed in a Lincolnshire street has been named by police. Lilia Valutyte was found on Fountain Lane in Boston on Thursday 
  • Old Bailey sentencing remarks broadcast on TV for the first time | Law Gazette


30th July - Law News

Edition 3868: 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 number of people who have died due to consumption of spurious liquor in Gujarat, India, has crossed 50. Even though Gujarat is a dry state, liquor continues to be sold and purchased surreptitiously - if you have money then alcohol will be delivered at your doorstep.

Saturday Conversations on Law

  • Infected blood victims set for £400m in compensation
  • "Trial by internet" - Judges turn to Wikipedia to aid reasoning - Legal Futures
  • Lady Gillian Kerr, the widow of Lord Kerr of Tonaghmore, has passed away. Lord Kerr, a former Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland who became one of the first justices of the UK Supreme Court, died in 2020
  • Rebekah Vardy has lost her High Court libel battle with Coleen Rooney in the so-called Wagatha Christie trial
  • SRA’s £6m undertaking could save indemnity fund | Law Gazette
  • Helen Dixon to chair expanded Data Protection Commission | Irish Legal News
  • Why crypto really is a new kind of 'thing' | Law Gazette
  • LSB tells regulators to get moving with ongoing competence reform - Legal Futures
  • Snipped in solidarity: the American men getting vasectomies after Roe – while they can #US
  • PILA welcomes Emily Cunningham as new legal officer | Irish Legal News 
  • Top-50 financial results table 2022: updated live | Law Gazette
  • Frederick Barclay could face jail over failed payments to ex-wife
  • Denovo Legal Case Management Software announced as Scottish Legal Awards Finalists | Scottish Legal News
  • PILA welcomes Emily Cunningham as new legal officer | Irish Legal News
  • Union's head of legal receives apology over picket line arrest - Legal Futures
  • Spanish Gypsy groups call for protection after families flee racist mob: Killing of doorman in Andalucían town triggered rampage in which houses were burned and looted
  • The rise of the legal resource manager – part 1 - Legal Futures 
  • Ultra conservative #US judge mocks world leaders over abortion ruling - Justice Samuel Alito, who wrote the ruling, dismissed criticism from a host of prominent figures, including UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson
  • Cleaver Fulton Rankin grows dispute resolution team | Irish Legal News 
  • Ince halves in value as ‘financial difficulties’ revealed | Law Gazette
  • Archie Battersbee’s parents fail in life support bid at supreme court
  • SRA agrees to keep Solicitors Indemnity Fund alive with £6m undertaking - Legal Futures
  • ‘Wagatha Christie’ trial: verdict due in Vardy v Rooney libel case: Judge to release ruling in battle of footballers’ wives over Instagram leak allegation
  • A "very damaged man" has been jailed for killing his bedbound grandfather in a knife attack, in the first filmed sentencing in England and Wales. Ben Oliver, 25, stabbed his 74-year-old grandfather to death in Mottingham, south London, in January 2021
  • Solemn sentencing is no circus as cameras enter English courts
  • Australian police are baffled after the bodies of two Saudi women, isters Asra Abdullah Alsehli, 24, and Amaal Abdullah Alsehli, 23 believed to have lain undiscovered for a month, were found in a Sydney apartment


29th July - Law News

Edition 3867: 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 number of 20- to 34-year-olds living with their parents in the United Kingdom has risen by 49% since the turn of the century, data from the country’s Office of National Statistics shows. Rising house prices, high rents and low salaries are to blame, according to Michael Edwards, a University College London lecturer and expert on the relationship between property markets and planning. 

Focus of the Day Article: UK GCs' take home pay significantly lags the rest of the world, study finds. Major Lindsey & Africa survey also shows huge disparity in gender pay globally. Full story - The Global Legal Post

Saturday Conversations on Law


28th July - Law News

Edition 3866: 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 marathon defamation trial brought on by war veteran Ben Roberts-Smith has concluded after his lawyer told a Sydney court he was the victim of a "war of words" by bitter, jealous ex-colleagues who fed lies to journalists. Mr Roberts-Smith sued The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Canberra Times and three journalists in the Federal Court over a series of articles published four years ago

Focus of the Day Article: Aspiring solicitors on recommended minimum pay should receive a pay rise of 3.99% this year, the Law Society has recommended. That would bring salaries for people on training contracts or carrying out qualifying work experience to £23,703 in the capital and £21,024 elsewhere in England and Wales. Full story - The Law Society Gazette

Saturday Conversations on Law

  • Senior Tory urges Liz Truss to explain deletion of abortion rights from statement
  • New developments in climate change for lawyers | Law Gazette 
  • UK: Met admit to not sending Johnson partygate questionnaires | Irish Legal News
  • Compulsory mediation for civil claims up to £10,000 | Law Gazette
  • Solicitors should be mindful of National Security Act | Scottish Legal News
  • Fieldfisher PEP above £1m as Kingsley Napley posts record revenue | Law Gazette 
  • TV cameras to film in criminal courts for first time in major law change - Broadcasting of entire trials will remain off limits, unlike in the US and some other nations
  • Shadow Transport Minister Sam Tarry Sacked By Keir Starmer After Going On Rail Picket Line
  • Macfarlanes pushes PEP to record £2.5m | Law Gazette
  • Barrister awarded £22,000 in discrimination case - Allison Bailey of Garden Court Chambers (GCC) in London, said her views wrongly resulted in her being labelled as transphobic, in 2019
  • Cardiff dad and son poisoned in #Bangladesh, police say - Rafiqul Islam, 51, and his son Mahiqul, 16, died on their way to hospital while his wife and two other children are being treated 
  • MoJ proposes compulsory mediation for claims worth up to £10k - Legal Futures
  • High Court: €60,000 awarded under new guidelines for girl suffering from moderate PTSD and minor white scar on thigh | Irish Legal News
  • MoR proposes ‘major new project’ to boost blockchain | Law Gazette
  • 'Flashy' NYC bishop robbed of $1m in jewellery during live sermon #US 
  • Police hope the tragic case of three people killed by a lorry driver using his phone at the wheel will serve as a warning. Ion Nicu Onut killed David Daglish, Elaine Sullivan and Paul Mullen when he drove at 58mph into stationary traffic
  • Ban for PI fee-earner who used Covid as excuse for missing deadlines - Legal Futures
  • Top-50 financial results table 2022: updated live | Law Gazette
  • The Guardian view on the death penalty: a long way to go | Editorial | The Guardian
  • Bird poo pollution posters at Scottish beaches challenged by experts - seabird droppings, known as guano, are important sources of nutrients for marine life such as phytoplankton
  • Lawyers "will walk" if hybrid working demands not met - Legal Futures 
  • My grandfather the lawyer - Profile | Law Gazette 
  • Legal adviser banned for feigning ignorance of court order | Law Gazette 
  • LSB backs huge cut in time limit for complaining to Legal Ombudsman - Legal Futures 
  • Improving diversity in the judiciary | Law Gazette
  • Met apologises to lawyer for picket line arrest | Law Gazette
  • Senior Tories privately dismiss petition to reinstate Boris Johnson - organisers claim petition has nearly 14,000 signatures but CCHQ sampling found fewer than half were party members n
  • My legal life: Charlotte Clewes-Boyne, Arc Pensions Law - Profile | Law Gazette
  • SQE fiasco will cost some candidates thousands | Law Gazette
  • CILEX: Different route to qualification, yes. Lesser, no | Law Gazette


27th July - Law News

Edition 3865: 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: From Muslim ‘no-go areas’ to Brexit-voting white nationalists, stereotypes continue to be perpetuated about Bradford 21 years after the 'race riots' 

Focus of the Day Article: A study of top 100 law firm websites has rated only one as ‘excellent’ in terms of speed and only 13% as having no broken links. Full story - Legal Futures

Saturday Conversations on Law


26th July - Law News

Edition 3864: 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: Four pro-democracy activists have been executed in Myanmar. The ruling military junta accused the men of terror offences, and held their trials behind closed doors earlier this year.  

Focus of the Day Article: UK rape victim left feeling ‘suicidal’ after five-year wait for case to come to trial. The woman’s case is among thousands that have been affected by a record-breaking backlog of hearings likely to increase amid barrister strikes. Full story - Guardian Law

Saturday Conversations on Law

  • After Roe: Recognising the importance of reproductive rights in England and Wales - Legal Cheek
  • Law Squared opens London office - Lawyers Weekly
  • Bakers retains 14 of 16 autumn NQ solicitors - Legal Cheek
  • Tim Westwood: Ex-BBC employee raised concerns about bullying by DJ, reports say
  • Judges, like Caesar's wife, must be above suspicion: Jammu & Kashmir High Court refuses to quash termination of Judicial Officer | Bar & Bench #India
  • Clifford Chance's partner profits top £2 million for first time - Legal Cheek
  • Law establishing national guardian ad litem service enacted | Irish Legal News
  • What law can learn from lore - Lawyers Weekly
  • An independent review into allegations of racism in Scottish cricket has found the governance and leadership of the sport to be institutionally racist with 448 examples of racism
  • Battle of the gowns: Ede & Ravenscroft sees off competition claim - Legal Cheek
  • Lawyer Dan Nguyen travels the world with his three cats Lawyer Dan Nguyen travels the world with his three cats: Spongecake, Donut and Mocha are adventure-loving cats turned world travellers
  • Domestic duties should be divided equitably between men and women: Justice S Ravindra Bhat | Bar & Bench #India
  • The parents of a 12-year-old boy on life support have lost an appeal to continue treatment. Archie Battersbee was found unconscious at home in Southend, Essex, on 7 April and doctors at the Royal London Hospital believe he is brain dead
  • Police are investigating death threats against a Conservative MP, the threat was sent to the constituency office of Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt
  • Mishcon strikes SQE training deal with ULaw - Legal Cheek
  • How aspiring solicitors can create their own ‘bespoke training contract’ - Legal Cheek
  • Four democracy activists have been executed by #Myanmar's military in what is believed to be the first use of capital punishment in decades. The four - including activist Ko Jimmy and lawmaker Phyo Zeya Thaw - were accused of committing "terror acts"
  • Legal costs report recommends non-binding guidelines for practitioners | Irish Legal News
  • Disabled drivers are being warned that their blue badges may not be accepted in popular European holiday destinations this summer due to Brexit. Ministers are negotiating the status of the badges
  • Never assume anything: What makes a property law team thrive - Lawyers Weekly
  • Shops in France will be ordered to close doors when using air conditioning and limit neon lighting in a bid to cut energy waste. These rules, already in place in some areas, will be rolled out across #France
  • Big Four player PwC joins City firms in upping junior lawyer pay - Legal Cheek
  • Moscow has charged 92 members of the Ukrainian armed forces with crimes against humanity, the head of #Russia's investigative committee has said
  • No diplomatic immunity for actions grounded in modern slavery allegations - UK Human Rights Blog
  • [Article 300A] Jammu & Kashmir High Court orders government to vacate police station on private land occupied without paying compensation | Bar & Bench #India
  • Are law firms falling behind on TikTok? - Lawyers Weekly
  • Bar exams: Research highlights attainment gap between white and ethnic minority wannabe barristers - Legal Cheek
  • Media running kangaroo courts; Print media has some accountability; electronic media has none: CJI NV Ramana | Bar & Bench #India
  • Fraud claim for millions in missing crypto launched by NFT in legal first - Legal Cheek
  • Battle of hardrights: Sunak wants tighten the definition of who qualifies for asylum and introduce a cap on refugee numbers. Truss wants to extend the UK's Rwanda asylum plan and increase the number of Border Force staff 
  • I was keen on joining active politics but destiny had other plans: CJI NV Ramana | Bar & Bench #India


25th July - Law News

Edition 3863: 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 UN says the Russia-Ukraine conflict has left many nations vulnerable to food insecurity. Global food prices are at a near all-time high and more than a dozen countries are banning grain exports. In Zimbabwe, maize production plummeted by 43% this year following long dry spells. It's one of the countries now seeking to import maize as well as find alternative sources for wheat and fertiliser previously sourced from Russia and Ukraine.  

Focus of the Day Article: It should be mandatory for medical expert reports to consider the role of ‘system failures’ as well as individual actions in an adverse patient outcome, the Medical Protection Society (MPS) has urged. Full story - New Law Journal

Saturday Conversations on Law

  • A six-year-old girl and her parents have been shot dead while camping in the #US state of Iowa, police have said. The bodies of Sarah and Tyler Schmidt, both 42, and their daughter Lula were found in their tent in the Maquoketa Caves State Park
  • When two consenting adults decide to live together as husband and wife, families cannot interfere: Delhi High Court | Bar & Bench #India
  • ‘You can’t bring my boy back’: why are so many UK prisoners dying on remand?
  • Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act can be "read down" to accord with Convention family rights - UK Human Rights Blog 
  • Applications now open for The Legal Cheek Campus Ambassador Programme 2022-2023 - Legal Cheek
  • Lindsays lawyers visit Edinburgh mental health project | Scottish Legal News
  • How to be a human rights lawyer - Legal Cheek
  • Tamara Ecclestone has offered a reward of up to £6m for the return of her £25m stolen jewellery. Three Italian men have been jailed for their part in the biggest domestic burglary in English legal history
  • Strip search class action filed against State of NSW - Lawyers Weekly #Australia
  • ByrneWallace names five new partners | Irish Legal News
  • An amateur boxer has been cutting homeless people's hair for free in his spare time. Each month Wisdom Oviawe, 22, walks around Nottingham city centre with his clippers and chair, offering cuts to those living on the streets
  • Disabled lowest ranks dragged to the highest Court; Why? | Bar & Bench #India
  • 5 important points to remember about the SQE - Legal Cheek
  • The Weekly Round-up: Supreme Court to rule on indyref2, pandemic WhatsApps, and protection for pupils - UK Human Rights Blog
  • Supreme Court finds part-time music teacher entitled to same holiday pay as full-time worker | Scottish Legal News
  • Parents could take up to an extra 12 weeks of paid leave if their child is born prematurely, as part of a new law. Both parents would qualify for one week's extra help - in addition to existing maternity and paternity leave and pay entitlements
  • Travers Smith boosts trainee numbers by a third - Legal Cheek
  • Sir Andrew McFarlane - who is head of family courts in England and Wales - estimated one fifth of marriage break-ups were wrongly ending up in court with one partner suing the other
  • Climate protesters were dragged away after attempting to glue their hands to Botticelli's Primavera masterpiece. The activists had one hand pressed onto the painting when they were tackled by staff at the Uffizi Gallery in #Italy
  • Supreme Court finds part-time music teacher entitled to same holiday pay as full-time worker | Scottish Legal News
  • How the competition regulator plans to stop malicious cyber actors from targeting #Australia - Lawyers Weekly
  • Law firm to open bookshop and café to combat loneliness - Legal Cheek 
  • ‘It’s easier to stay silent’ about bullying in law - Lawyers Weekly 
  • Students unable to sit SQE exam after London test centre suffers 'IT issue' - Legal Cheek
  • Plymouth kinship carer wins legal bid over slashed payments
  • The Boutique Lawyer Show: Law grad at 50 to award-nominated firm owner, Adele Anthony - Lawyers Weekly
  • 'How easy is moving from Hong Kong to a City of London firm as a junior lawyer' - Legal Cheek