31st October - Law News

Edition 3961: LawNewsIndex is a UK based daily legal news archive on Law, Lawyers, Law Firms, Justice, Jurisprudence, Legislation, Litigation, Legal Ethics & Human Rights since 2011.

Focus of the Day Article:  Solicitors are breathing a sigh of relief following the Court of Appeal’s judgment in Belsner v CAM Legal Services [2022] EWCA Civ 1387. The case challenged the costs recovery system used by many personal injury firms, and concerned deductions from damages recovered on behalf of a client, Darya Belsner, in a motorbike crash claim funded on a conditional fee agreement basis. Full story - New Law Journal
Today's Highlighted Video Story: A British grandmother has said she is still in shock after being subjected to an invasive medical examination by Qatari officials on the tarmac of Doha’s Hamad International Airport in October 2020. The authorities were looking for the mother of a newborn baby which had been found in a plastic bag in a rubbish bin in the departures lounge. The grandmother said that what happened to her and many other women that night felt like an assault and a violation for which they have received no apology" Around 50 wounded at a South Korea crowd stampede. Casualties were reported in a crowd stampede at a Halloween celebration in Seoul. 

Saturday Conversations on Law
  • Construction has begun on the City of London law courts, which will focus on high-level fraud, cyber and economic crime | NLJ 
  • Nancy Pelosi has said she is "heartbroken and traumatised" by the violent attack on her husband #US 
  • The Met has urged energy wasteful motorists with little climate concern, not to "directly intervene" with Just Stop Oil demonstrators
  • Flammable devices have been thrown at a Border Force migrant processing centre in Dover, Kent. A man drove up to the centre and threw three petrol bombs, before killing himself 
  • At least 68 people have died after a pedestrian bridge collapsed in #India's western state of Gujarat raising further questions about shoddy engineering and construction 
  • #SouthKorea: How the Halloween tragedy unfolded
  • Jones Day elevates 45 to partner in latest US-dominated promotions round - The Global Legal Post 
  • Mortier v. Belgium: A Landmark Decision on Euthanasia in the Case of Mental Illness - UK Human Rights Blog
  • ‘We need to push’: hair discrimination fight moves to UK workplaces
  • How I came to negotiate multi-million-pound deals - Legal Cheek
  • Vegan activist takes Switzerland to human rights court over prison diet 
  • Akin Gump targets Boston launch with twin partner hire from local firm - The Global Legal Post
  • Sunak may deprioritise Rees-Mogg Brexit bill to switch off 2,400 EU laws - Prime minister is told hundreds of staff needed to review legislation 
  • Allen & Overy boosts Italian litigation practice with partner hire from Delfino Willkie - The Global Legal Post 
  • Judiciary won't be 'fully representative' of society until 2149 - Legal Cheek 
  • Perkins Coie hires former DOJ lawyer to boost Washington commercial litigation practice - The Global Legal Post
  • An email sent from home secretary Suella Braverman's personal account on the day she had to resign over a security breach could throw fresh doubt over her claims about the speed with which she took action 
  • Ditch cameras on night-time video calls and no need to check emails more than twice a day at weekends, Slaughters tells lawyers in wellbeing push - Legal Cheek 
  • Braverman’s secret meetings with ‘anti-woke’ MP flagged by officials before she quit: Civil servants say there was ‘significant disquiet’ over home secretary Suella Braverman’s dealings with Tory rightwinger John Hayes 
  • Angry drivers remove Just Stop Oil protesters from London roads
  • 'I'm not enjoying my law degree. Will I enjoy being a lawyer?' - Legal Cheek
  • The Law Commission is to review legal uncertainties around digital assets, cryptocurrencies and electronic trade documents | NLJ
  • UK police use of live facial recognition unlawful and unethical, report finds
  • Applications are open for The Legal Cheek November UK Virtual Law Fair 2022 - Legal Cheek 
  • Máille Brady Bates joins Meta as lead counsel for labour and employment | Irish Legal News
  • New report reveals 34% pay gap between male and female barristers - Legal Cheek


30th October - Law News

Edition 3960: 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:  " Around 50 wounded at a South Korea crowd stampede. Casualties were reported in a crowd stampede at a Halloween celebration in Seoul. 

Saturday Conversations on Law
  • Fines for 16 road safety offences have doubled | Irish Legal News
  • Maurice Hastings, #US man in prison for 38 years freed by new DNA evidence
  • Blackadders appoints Leanne Gordon as director | Scottish Legal News
  • Ministers have published secondary legislation widening access to legal aid for victims of domestic abuse | NLJ 
  • TLT’s Stephen McGowan re-accredited as liquor licensing law specialist | Scottish Legal News
  • Consumer rights strengthened by new bill | Irish Legal News
  • Failure to report should be made a criminal offence and the time bar removed for victims bringing civil claims, the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA), led by Professor Alexis Jay, has recommended in its concluding report | NLJ 
  • Scottish Child Law Centre launches new specialist clinic in Glasgow | Scottish Legal News 
  • A disinherited son has won his right to the family farm in a landmark Supreme Court judgment | NLJ 
  • An intruder who attacked the husband of US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi was searching for the Democratic politician, reports say.nPaul Pelosi, 82, was taken to hospital after a break-in at their California home on Friday morning #US
  • Black judges will be under-represented in judiciary until 2149, says Law Society
  • The Court of Appeal has highlighted the role of common sense in contractual construction, in a dispute over liability for legal fees| NLJ
  • Reappointed home secretary Suella Braverman was "amazed" and "in denial" over being forced to resign for breaching the ministerial code, according to sources
  • SYLA: Spotlight on… neurodiversity and emotional intelligence | Scottish Legal News
  • Dominic Raab has reprised his roles as Lord Chancellor and deputy prime minister in Rishi Sunak’s cabinet, replacing Brandon Lewis, while Victoria Prentis has been made Attorney General | NLJ
  • Opulus Financial appoints Lorna Jack as chair | Scottish Legal News
  • This is the moment a driver wrecked a police car by reversing into it twice. Unlicensed Dino Price, of Wentloog Road in Rumney, Cardiff, admitted dangerous driving, affray and driving without a licence or insurance in Oak Street, Ebbw Vale, on 30 August
  • Vos signals end of court challenges to deductions from PI damages - Legal Futures
  • Harvey Weinstein trial: witness breaks down as defense digs into lack of proof #US
  • Legal burnout: what firms can do to help | Law Gazette
  • UK police use of live facial recognition unlawful and unethical, report finds
  • High Court denies rights of audience to disbarred barrister - Legal Futures 
  • Digital portal to be compulsory for financial remedy services | Law Gazette
  • Jemma Mitchell will serve at least 34 years for killing 67-year-old Mee Kuen Chong at her London home in June 2021 
  • BSB urged to act on "online misogyny" aimed at female barristers - Legal Futures
  • High Court refuses to grant disbarred barrister rights of audience | Law Gazette
  • Independent barristers’ review “contributed to Post Office cover-up” - Legal Futures
  • A self-styled healer will become the first murderer to be sentenced on television after being found guilty of murdering her friend, whose headless body was dumped in Devon. Jemma Mitchell, 38, faces life behind bars for killing Mee Kuen Chong, 67 Oct 28, 2022
  • 120-year wait for judiciary to be fully representative - Society | Law Gazette
  • Belsner: Lawyers win in crucial costs recovery ruling | Law Gazette 
  • Doubts arise over Braverman’s claim to have come forward about code breach - Former intelligence select committee chief warns issue threatens to undermine confidence in sharing sensitive information
  • 2149: The year the judiciary will be “fully representative” - Legal Futures 
  • Sunak may deprioritise Rees-Mogg Brexit bill to switch off 2,400 EU laws - Prime minister is told hundreds of staff needed to review legislation


29th October - Law News

Edition 3959: 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:  "Debate Not About Hijab But Women's Rights": Advocate On Iran Protests

Saturday Conversations on Law
  • The world's richest man, Elon Musk, has completed his $44bn (£38.1bn) takeover of Twitter, according to US media and an investor in the firm. A number of top executives, including the boss, Parag Agrawal, have reportedly been fired 
  • Belsner may have killed off costs challenges for good, says lawyer | Law Gazette
  • An SNP minister has resigned over Scottish government plans to make it easier for transgender people to change their legally-recognised gender. Ash Regan quit as community safety minister, saying her conscience would not allow her to support the plans 
  • Belsner has no winners: the court sees the whole thing as grubby | Law Gazette
  • Plans to send some asylum seekers to Rwanda are "brutal" and "impractical", an ex-Tory home secretary has warned. Amber Rudd told GB News it was "extraordinary" the current home secretary had said it was her "dream" to see a plane take off for Rwanda 
  • Schools in Great Britain warned not to ban minority pupils’ hair styles
  • Scottish insolvencies on the rise, with more to come | Scottish Legal News
  • Tax avoidance as illegal as evasion, MPs claim | Law Gazette 
  • Eddie Izzard rules out appearing on all-women Labour MP shortlists - Comedian hoping to be next MP for Sheffield Central would not stand on such a list being ‘gender fluid’ 
  • Figures reveal 35 per cent gender pay gap at English bar | Scottish Legal News
  • Troubles ‘legacy’ bill risks breaching human rights law, UK warned 
  • One person has died and at least four others have been injured - some seriously - in a stabbing in a supermarket near Milan, northern #Italy, reports say
  • CoA backs prison for pipeline protester’s contempt | Law Gazette
  • TikTok influencer "set a trap" that led to a man who was blackmailing her mother with a sex tape being rammed off the road and killed, a court has heard. Mohammed Hashim Ijazuddin and Saqib Hussain died in the crash on the A46 near Leicester
  • Further calls of resignation as reports have emerged suggesting that, as attorney general, Suella Braverman was investigated over the leak of a story involving MI5
  • Solicitor who certified LPAs “as a favour” is fined £6,000 - Legal Futures
  • Fiona Gallagher elected president of Sligo Solicitors Bar Association | Irish Legal News
  • Two lawyers appointed to Charities Regulator | Irish Legal News
  • Tesco revives yellow circle court battle with Lidl | Law Gazette 
  • Pay returns to top of list for attracting new recruits - Legal Futures


28th October - Law News

Edition 3958: LawNewsIndex is a UK based daily legal news archive on Law, Lawyers, Law Firms, Justice, Jurisprudence, Legislation, Litigation, Legal Ethics & Human Rights since 2011.

Focus of the Day Article: New legislation strengthening consumer rights online and offline has been passed by the Oireachtas. The Consumer Rights Bill 2022 cleared the Seanad yesterday and will now be sent to President Michael D. Higgins to be signed into law. Full story - Irish Legal News
 Today's Highlighted Video Story:  Many of us use technology to access everyday services – from online banking to grocery shopping, buying insurance to ordering a taxi. Why should it be any different when it comes to the law? Read SRA's guide to find out how using technology to access legal services could provide you with more control, choice and affordable options.”

Saturday Conversations on Law
  • Labour has ordered MP Nadia Whittome to delete a tweet saying Rishi Sunak becoming prime minister "isn't a win for Asian representation" 
  • Government seeks new LawtechUK contractor | Law Gazette 
  • A woman has been found guilty of murdering and decapitating her friend in order to inherit her estate. Jemma Mitchell, 38, killed Mee Kuen Chong, 67, in north-west London in June 2021 
  • Calls grow for resignation as two more Conservative MPs have questioned the re-appointment of Suella Braverman as home secretary, just days after she quit over data breaches 
  • Ireland’s biggest ALSP heads to London after £9m funding boost - Legal Futures
  • Private equity-backed business snaps up Farleys | Law Gazette
  • Asylum seekers: UK spending almost £7m a day on hotels - The figure is more than £2m higher than the government said it was spending in February and includes £1.2m to house Afghan refugees who fled the Taliban
  • A senior #US investigator says it is still easy to find child abuse images that have originated on OnlyFans. The online platform told the BBC it had acted to tackle illegal content and it was impossible for them to verify claims without evidence
  • Children with Afro-textured hair should not be prevented from wearing natural hairstyles at school, new guidance from Britain's human-rights watchdog says 
  • People's inability to afford essential hygiene products is leaving many too ashamed to go to work. A report suggests 3.2 million UK adults are affected by so-called hygiene poverty - with 12% saying they have avoided facing colleagues as a result
  • PE firm makes second big acquisition in bid to build national practice - Legal Futures
  • #Iranian police are reported to have fired on protesters in Saqqez, home city of Mahsa Amini who died in custody after being arrested for allegedly wearing her hijab "improperly" 
  • Rochdale grooming gang members to be deported to Pakistan
  • A former subpostmaster convicted in connection with the Post Office Horizon scandal has become the first in Northern Ireland to have his conviction quashed | Irish Legal News
  • Our Legal Heritage: 100 years since the 1922 Irish Free State Constitution | Irish Legal News 
  • A woman who tipped faeces over a memorial of Sir Captain Tom Moore has been given a suspended jail sentence. Madeleine Budd targeted the sculpture of the World War Two veteran and NHS fundraiser as part of a climate protest in Derbyshire on 30 September
  • Raab's return fuels legal aid funding fears | Law Gazette
  • UK government’s Troubles bill ‘unlikely’ to comply with ECHR | Irish Legal News


27th October - Law News

Edition 3957: LawNewsIndex is a UK based daily legal news archive on Law, Lawyers, Law Firms, Justice, Jurisprudence, Legislation, Litigation, Legal Ethics & Human Rights since 2011.

Focus of the Day Article: The first day of strike action by magistrates’ court staff over HM Courts & Tribunals Service’s controversial Common Platform system has already caused chaos, the Gazette has been told. Legal advisers and court associates at more than 60 magistrates’ courts are striking until 30 October over the rollout of the digital system, which has been beset by problems since it was introduced in September 2020. Full story - The Law Society Gazette
 Today's Highlighted Video Story:  The Australian federal government has introduced laws to increase penalties for companies that fail to protect their customers' data, as the full extent of the Medibank hack becomes clear. The private health company has today confirmed all of its nearly four million customers have been exposed in the cyber attack. Experts say this is about as bad as it gets.

Saturday Conversations on Law
  • Tory MP under fire for transphobic comments about Eddie Izzard - ‘Playground bully’ Lee Anderson’s remarks described as ‘vile and disgusting’ by MPs from his own party
  • Tory MP alleges Braverman responsible for ‘multiple breaches of ministerial code’ - Opposition call for inquiry as Braverman is reappointed home secretary six days after resigning over security breach
  • New initiative promotes diversity in Northern Ireland’s legal profession | Irish Legal News
  • MSP hopes for specific crime against stealing dogs despite existence of ‘theft’ | Scottish Legal News
  • #Germany's coalition government has agreed on a plan to legalise recreational cannabis use among adults. Possession of up to 30g (1oz) for personal use would be allowed. Licensed shops and pharmacies would sell it
  • Rhyme or reason: the blocking of ABSs in California - Legal Futures 
  • Women earn 34% less than men at the bar | Law Gazette
  • Common Platform strike causes court chaos | Law Gazette 
  • UK government to commission abortion services in Northern Ireland | Irish Legal News
  • Decline in homicides | Scottish Legal News
  • LSB to consider “alternative configurations” of reserved legal activities - Legal Futures
  • #Indian minister calls for abolition of 1,500 laws dating back to Raj 
  • High Court hears Uyghur judicial review case | Law Gazette 
  • Court of Appeal: Murderer fails to quash convictions on grounds of later diagnosis with schizophrenia | Irish Legal News 
  • LGBT football fans who attend the World Cup in Qatar should show "a little bit of flex and compromise", Foreign Secretary James Cleverly has said 
  • Women barristers closing pay gap a little in some areas of practice - Legal Futures
  • Solicitor judge Johnson appointed to JAC | News | Law Gazette 
  • Licensing process to move from Circuit Court to District Court | Irish Legal News
  • Regulator tells conveyancers to prepare for sharp work downturn - Legal Futures
  • Ex-Eversheds trainee banned following sexual assault convictions | Law Gazette
  • Security services in #Norway say they have arrested a university lecturer accused of working for Russia as a spy 
  • Dutch media found evidence that China's "overseas service stations", which promise to provide diplomatic services, are being used to try to silence #Chinese dissidents in Europe 
  • Prince Andrew's & Prince Harry's role in being allowed to stand in for King Charles for official duties challenged in the House of Lords. They remain 2 of the 5 "counsellors of state" who can carry out important constitutional duties 
  • RT @ishkolhatkar: Shocked, humbled etc 
  • Rees-Mogg lambasts critics of EU laws bill after quitting government 
  • High Court claimant accused law firms of taking bribes | Law Gazette 
  • Descendant of Doctor Zhivago author loses copyright court case 
  • Solicitor was "manifestly incompetent" in advice to elderly client - Legal Futures
  • Raab in his own words | Law Gazette
  • Breaking: Raab back as Lewis sacked as lord chancellor | Law Gazette


26th October - Law News

Edition 3956: LawNewsIndex is a UK based daily legal news archive on Law, Lawyers, Law Firms, Justice, Jurisprudence, Legislation, Litigation, Legal Ethics & Human Rights since 2011.

Focus of the Day Article: Women barristers are closing the pay gap with their male colleagues in certain practice areas but it remains vast in the higher-earning areas of work, the Bar Council has found. Full story - Legal Futures
 Today's Highlighted Video Story:  When going to court, it’s important to be prepared. Read our guide on what to expect before, during and after your hearing or trial.

Saturday Conversations on Law
  • Outcry over Suella Braverman’s return as home secretary
  • Investigating Officer has to subject accused to psychiatric assessment if his sanity is in doubt: Bombay High Court | Bar & Bench #India
  • Best of the blogs - 22 October 2022 | Law Gazette
  • Scottish legal authorities fail to reveal information about another sheriff’s case | Scottish Legal News
  • Competition for solicitor apprenticeships “tougher than training contracts” - Legal Futures
  • NI High Court has determined that it was in the best interests for a 21-month-old child to be adopted, without a contact order, where the actions of the parents represented a cycle of neglect which showed no signs of improving | Irish Legal News
  • How to be a resilient lawyer | Law Gazette
  • Peter Tatchell was "arrested and detained on the kerbside" in Doha on Tuesday following his one-man protest challenging the #Qatar's treatment of LGBT people ahead of the World Cup 
  • The UK government acted unlawfully by not investigating whether some cotton imports come from Uyghur forced-labour camps in China, a court has heard 
  • Bombay High Court refuses stay on release of Hindi film 'Thank God' | Bar & Bench #India 
  • A #Russian court has rejected an appeal by US basketball star Brittney Griner against her nine-year jail term for drugs charges. The court near Moscow upheld the sentence, with the state prosecutor calling it "fair"
  • Consumers keen to read reviews of barristers, says Trustpilot - Legal Futures
  • Tesco warned of potential Irish lawsuit over member-only stores | Irish Legal News
  • Wrexham football club have banned socially conscious striker Paul Mullin from wearing boots featuring a slogan highlighting the ills of the Conservative Party
  • Fresh footage has emerged showing more of what happened before #China's former leader Hu Jintao was dramatically led out of a session during last week's Communist Party Congress in Beijing
  • When judges should keep their own counsel | Law Gazette 
  • Rees-Mogg move to axe 2,400 laws is ‘anti-democratic’, say legal experts |
  • Capping fees will kill collective actions, litigation funder warns | Law Gazette
  • ‘Everyone wants to get involved’: inside a new police approach to tackling rape - Operation Bluestone aims to put suspects at centre of investigations while better supporting victims
  • The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee has urged the government to publish legislation that could allow big tech firms to be fined up to 10% of global annual income for abuses
  • SRA forced to wait for end of Post Office inquiry to take action - Legal Futures 
  • Law Society has ‘duty’ to tell solicitors to shun underpaid work, says president - Incoming leader Lubna Shuja says some criminal work is unsustainable, amid calls for a 15% pay rise
  • 'Enablers' in spotlight as economic crime bill takes next step | Law Gazette 
  • Rishi Sunak urged to scrap ‘undemocratic’ proposals to axe 2,400 laws
  • LSB plans to make it easier for clients to complain to their lawyers - Legal Futures
  • Lib Dems: Police Scotland needs vehicles for the job | Scottish Legal News 
  • Lawyer in the news: James Love, Womble Bond Dickinson - Profile | Law Gazette
  • Jammu & Kashmir High Court dismisses plea challenging reservation, ST status granted to 'Pahari Speaking People' | Bar & Bench #India
  • My legal life: Michele Price, gunnercooke - Profile | Law Gazette
  • #Philippines: Student 'anti-cheating' exam hats go viral