21st November - Law News

Edition 3982: 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: Justice secretary Jeremy Hunt promised departmental spending would continue to grow but at a slower rate, with departments required to make efficiencies during a ‘challenging period’. However, Law Society vice president Nick Emmerson said: ‘With inflation so high, the Ministry of Justice budget has effectively been cut. Full story - New Law Journal
Today's Highlighted Video Story: Workplace culture - getting it right for your law firm - from the SRA

Saturday Conversations on Law
  • Woman groomed and abused in care gets apology after 30 years: Leeds city council letter accepting responsibility believed to be the first of its kind 
  • Kent Tory councillor pictured in blackshirt at far-right event: Andy Weatherhead has been suspended after photos emerged of him at 2013 event that he says he attended ‘in spirit of curiosity’
  • Sentences were increased for 106 offenders under the Unduly Lenient Scheme in 2021, according to government statistics published last week | NLJ 
  • Scottish justice sec to be quizzed on Holyrood refusal to endorse Troubles bill | Irish Legal News
  • Revealed: The best law firms for training and quality of work 2023 - Legal Cheek
  • JMK Solicitors headcount has grown by a fifth since pandemic began | Irish Legal News
  • Terrorist offenders will face longer sentences if they commit crime while in prison, Dominic Raab has said
  • Personal injury organisations APIL and MASS have been given permission by the Court of Appeal to intervene in two test cases to help establish levels of compensation to be awarded for ‘mixed’ whiplash injuries | NLJ 
  • Gavin Coyle joins Belfast firm MKB Law | Irish Legal News 
  • 'Lawyers are like translators - your client must be able to understand and apply your advice' - Legal Cheek 
  • Ciaran Fegan elected chair of new In-House Lawyers’ Group Northern Ireland | Irish Legal News
  • A file of evidence about cash-for-honours allegations involving one of the King's charities has been passed to the Crown Prosecution Service. The claims relate to The Prince's Foundation, a charity set up by the King when he was the Prince of Wales
  • City partners should pay more tax, says ex-City partner - Legal Cheek 
  • Mastercard has been refused permission to appeal the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) judgment greenlighting the claim in the mammoth class action launched by former Financial Ombudsman Walter Merricks | NLJ 
  • Disabled lawyers to host event on future of hybrid work | Irish Legal News 
  • Hunt under fire for using lobby group data to shield private schools from £1.7bn VAT: Experts attack claim that 90,000 pupils would be forced into state schools by tax change that Labour says could fund thousands of extra teachers 
  • Solicitors to foot £1.2m bill for relocating disciplinary tribunal - Legal Futures 
  • Housing providers are being put "on notice" following the death of two-year-old Awaab Ishak, the government has said. The Housing Secretary has written to every English council leader and all social housing providers saying they have to improve conditions
  • The criminal court backlog ‘is continuing to spiral out of control’, Law Society president Lubna Shuja has warned, with solicitor action akin to that taken by barristers ‘near inevitable’ | NLJ
  • The chancellor’s announcement of a further real-terms cut to the justice budget has left the sector facing ‘systemic failure’, says the Law Society. There are no more ‘savings’ to be made | Law Gazette 
  • Tax hikes for Scots expected in December | Scottish Legal News
  • Solicitors have not been offered adequate safeguards since the Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA) took over professional misconduct fines in the summer, the Law Society has warned | NLJ 
  • Rebuke for City partner ‘who drove motor vehicle at a member of the public' - Legal Cheek 
  • Lawyers have aired more concerns about the government’s controversial EU laws bonfire Bill, warning it will create chaos for business, deter investment and decimate employee rights | NLJ 
  • Blackadders appoints Lindsey Brown as private client partner | Scottish Legal News
  • Budget cuts, LASPO’s ten-year legacy and recent political decisions have devastated access to justice, according to a major piece of research by the Bar Council | NLJ 
  • Checkmylegalfees, which advised Darya Belsner, has been ordered to make an interim payment of £130,000 on account of costs by 28 November | NLJ