11th November - Law News

Edition 3972: 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: Moving to a single regulator for legal services is a ‘live conversation’ in Whitehall and at Westminster, the chair of the Solicitors Regulation Authority said today. However, the SRA believes securing legislative time remains a significant hurdle to overcome when the government is facing bigger and competing priorities. Full story - The Law Society Gazette
Today's Highlighted Video Story: In a crucial year for the climate, award-winning Guardian environment editor Fiona Harvey reflects on 30 years of Cops and meets the politicians, activists and scientists asking who is responsible for saving the planet.

Saturday Conversations on Law
  • Does our duty to the client trump the public interest? | Law Gazette
  • Boost for space law as University of Aberdeen lands specialist academic | Scottish Legal News
  • PI firms on the edge cannot wait for mixed claim perfection | Law Gazette
  • A police officer has been killed and another has been stabbed in a knife attack in Brussels. The two officers were taken to hospital after they were attacked close to Brussels North railway station on Thursday evening
  • Law firms under "active investigation" for flouting sanctions regime - Legal Futures 
  • MoJ conducting 'light touch review' of Common Platform | Law Gazette
  • Morton Fraser recognised as top employer | Scottish Legal News 
  • Judges to be trained on appropriate behaviour, LCJ reveals | Law Gazette
  • SRA on lookout for solicitors "borrowing" from client money to pay bills - Legal Futures 
  • Trade union for legal aid lawyers: counsel instructed | Law Gazette 
  • Amanda Jones: Gender recognition bill will complicate rather than clarify the law | Scottish Legal News 
  • A female former Royal Navy sailor, who says she was raped on a ship, has spoken of her anger at claims that servicewomen are still being abused. The Royal Navy has launched an inquiry following sexual harassment allegations in the Submarine Service
  • Commission urges reform of 'ineffective' confiscation regime | Law Gazette
  • Susan Martin elected president of Dublin Solicitors Bar Association | Irish Legal News
  • Burnett: “I can’t magic up lawyers to help reduce Crown Court backlog” - Legal Futures
  • Claimant who dropped case at trial should be hit for costs, CoA hears | Law Gazette
  • Several people who climbed gantries on the M25 have been arrested, as the motorway is disrupted for a fourth day. Essex Police said it detained a woman at about 07:10 GMT on the clockwise carriageway about 1.5 miles (2.4km) before junction 28 for the A12
  • Brexit-backing Next boss says UK needs more overseas workers - Lord Wolfson, who was a prominent advocate of Brexit, said the UK's current immigration policy was crippling economic growth
  • Lavelle Partners opens new office in Galway | Irish Legal News
  • Half of expert witnesses would reject “highly contentious” cases - Legal Futures
  • Driver who held up ambulance on purpose sentenced: Albert Butler, 38, of Reading, was banned from driving for three years and made to pay £600 in costs over the incident in Maidenhead on 2 February
  • SRA poised to issue SLAPPs warning | Law Gazette 
  • Sri Lankan cricketer Danushka Gunathilaka accused of raping a woman while in #Australia for the T20 World Cup choked her so forcefully she was left "fearing for her life", court documents allege
  • York university Student arrested after eggs thrown at King Charles - the 23-year-old was heard to shout "this country was built on the blood of slaves" as he was restrained 
  • Crime contract holders to form their own representative body | Law Gazette
  • Scottish plans to include transgender women in equality law tested in court: Judicial review begins over definition of ‘woman’ in 2018 law to improve gender balance on public boards
  • Phishers forge SRA chief Bradley’s email | Law Gazette
  • Spanish police officer sentenced after posting fake rape video on Twitter - Guardia Civil first to be convicted after alleging video showed a Moroccan migrant raping a woman