27th January - Law News

Edition 4047: 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 Law News/Article: A  solicitor has spoken about the important role that law centres play in housing matters as she and her colleagues head to the UK’s highest court this week. Full story - The Law Society Gazette  
Today's Highlighted Video Story: A former Australian in-house lawyer has described a culture of fear at the Department of Social Services as the Robodebt scheme began to unravel. She has told a royal commission no-one wanted to bring bad news to the department's boss who was described as controlling.

Saturday Conversations on Law
  • Improving the criminal justice system through expert, cross-agency efforts | Law Gazette
  • Afghan judge and women’s rights defender has been denied permission to enter the UK due to a lack of 'sufficient compelling and compassionate circumstances' | Law Gazette
  • Crown courts working group creates real opportunities to find solutions | Law Gazette
  • Suspended jail sentence for man who forged solicitors' letters - Legal Futures
  • Just two solicitors among latest High Court appointees | Law Gazette 
  • ‘Potentially risky’ people being released after years on remand, watchdog warns - Growing number of offenders on remand in England and Wales not offered support before being freed, prisons inspector says
  • $11.1bn arbitration case 'contrived to justify failure', court hears | Law Gazette
  • A police officer who tried to dodge two speeding tickets by getting his wife to take them on his behalf has been jailed for six months. PC Mark Hinchliffe, 43, was caught on camera twice in three months
  • A rapist of two women who declared identifying as a woman subsequently, will not serve her sentence in a female jail, Scotland's first minister has said. Isla Bryson was remanded to Cornton Vale women's prison initially
  • Rishi Sunak told to ditch plans to overhaul human rights laws - MPs and peers say bill will damage people’s ability to enforce rights and harm UK’s international reputation
  • There are no penalties for "innocent" tax errors, the boss of HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has told MPs. Appearing before a Commons committee, Jim Harra was pressed on issues around the tax affairs of Nadhim Zahawi 
  • Mediation service hit landmark of 1,000 NHS cases - Legal Futures 
  • PI firm hails 'milestone' as profits and revenue grow | Law Gazette 
  • Human rights trial against Russia over downing of flight MH17 to go ahead - udges rule Russia eligible for trial for alleged war crimes in Ukraine because of its effective control over separatist-held areas
  • Lammy backs compulsory racial bias training for judges | Law Gazette 
  • Taliban ministers have told a senior UN official they plan to draw up new guidelines to allow #Afghan women to work in some humanitarian operations
  • A man has been charged with assaulting former health secretary Matt Hancock on the London Underground. Geza Tarjanyi, 61 and from Leyland, Lancashire, has been charged with common assault and two public order offences, British Transport Police said
  • Virginia school had three warnings about 6-year-old with gun, says lawyer #US
  • The man suspected of murdering a teenager whose body was found three years after she vanished is likely to have changed his appearance around the time of the offence, police said
  • Nine Palestinians, including an elderly woman, have been killed in an #Israeli military raid in the occupied West bank, Palestinian officials say. The Palestinian health minister warned that the situation was "critical" in Jenin
  • Increase in suspicious activity reports made by lawyers - Legal Futures 
  • Dentist expert witness wins appeal against £50,000 costs order | Law Gazette
  • Life insurance firm DeadHappy defends Harold Shipman advert 
  • Number of SRA investigations into SLAPPs continues to rise - Legal Futures 
  • Two more papers found in Trump’s storage last year were marked secret #US
  • A man has been arrested for allegedly assaulting former health secretary Matt Hancock on the London Underground. Police said the 61-year-old was arrested on suspicion of common assault and a public order offence
  • Two or three Met police officers to face trial every week, commissioner predicts - Mark Rowley tells London assembly that police bracing for corrupt officers in court until 2025 as ‘systemic failings’ rooted out
  • Labour asks why Treasury unit let oligarch under sanctions bring libel case - Key Putin ally who founded Wagner mercenaries tried to ‘subvert sanctions and silence journalist’, says Pat McFadden
  • International dog show showcasing American bullies has been cancelled following a BBC investigation into the trading of the popular breed. The American Bully Kennel Club (ABKC) UK event was due to be held at Coventry Building Society Arena on 11 February
  • A man has apologised in court for racially abusing Premier League footballer Ivan Toney online. Antonio Neill, 24, of Blyth, Northumberland, admitted a charge of sending an offensive message
  • Law centre heads to Supreme Court | Law Gazette
  • When can widowed daughter-in-law claim maintenance from father-in-law: Patna High Court answers | Bar & Bench #INdia
  • At least 24 civil servants involved in complaints against Dominic Raab, say sources 
  • Charities urge PM to stop using hotels to house migrant children
  • A car stripped for parts in Digbeth while owner at gig - Rebecca Scotland parked the Citroen C1 in a Digbeth car park while at a show at the O2 Academy in Birmingham