3rd March - Law News

Edition 4084: 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: The Lord Chancellor has said he is considering “cost shifting or fees” as a means of ensuring that private law family cases are settled by mediation and not in court. In wide-ranging comments, Dominic Raab also responded to strong criticism of the court reform programme, defended what he has done on criminal legal aid, and indicated plans to open up the profession. Full story Legal Futures

Today's Highlighted Video Story: 600 evacuees have been flown to safety by the Australian Defence Force, after fast rising waters swamped a number of remote communities in the Northern Territory. Those out of the disaster zone are having to count the cost of what's been lost, with many preparing for the possibility of spending weeks away from home.

Saturday Conversations on Law
  • Boiling frog syndrome and law firm management - Legal Futures
  • Ministers rally behind Covid inquiry after Hancock WhatsApp revelations - Government seeks to bolster confidence in public investigation amid claims process will take too long
  • Legal aid: Society seeks permission to challenge Raab in court | Law Gazette
  • Up to a third of overseas aid budget used for housing refugees in UK, MPs report - Select committee accuses government of wilfully obscuring facts around ‘unsustainable’ trend
  • Tribunal lifts condition on solicitor “manipulated” by timeshare scheme - Legal Futures
  • Service at business address is valid, court rules | Law Gazette
  • Senior civil servant Sue Gray, who investigated Covid lockdown gatherings in Downing Street, has resigned and has been offered the job of Labour leader Keir Starmer's chief of staff
  • MI5 missed a significant chance to take action that might have prevented the Manchester Arena attack, an inquiry has found. Chairman Sir John Saunders said the intelligence could have led to Salman Abedi being followed to a car where he stored explosives 
  • Ghislaine Maxwell appeals #US court to throw out sex trafficking conviction
  • ChatGPT tested on common conveyancing questions | Law Gazette 
  • Solicitor validly served with claim at address on SRA website - Legal Futures 
  • Supreme court rules in favour of halting housebuilding in Shrewsbury park - Judgment handed down after five-year legal battle is landmark ruling for protection of green spaces
  • ICC asked to investigate Turkish government over persecution of opponents around the world
  • SRA asks court for permission to destroy 765,000 files | Law Gazette 
  • A former Met Police deputy commissioner is being investigated after allegedly saying the "bulk" of rape complaints were "regretful sex". It was claimed Sir Stephen House made the comments to a Home Office adviser in January 2022
  • The head teacher of Epsom College and her daughter died of shotgun wounds at a property in the school grounds, an inquest in Surrey has heard. Emma Pattison, 45, was found dead alongside her seven-year-old daughter Lettie on 5 February
  • Former Health Secretary Matt Hancock tried to bypass Education Secretary Gavin Williamson to have schools closed in December 2020, messages published by the Daily Telegraph suggest
  • City law firms using diversity schemes for “reputation laundering” - Legal Futures
  • Hillsborough families demand more after MoJ proposes disaster support | Law Gazette 
  • Aboriginal spears taken by Captain James Cook to be returned to #Australia 
  • Mosque 'would have done anything' to prevent Manchester Arena attack Fawzi Haffar said he felt Didsbury Mosque was "being used as a scapegoat" after it came under intense scrutiny during the Manchester Arena Inquiry 
  • Ministers face legal battle with criminal solicitors over legal aid - Law Society of England and Wales to challenge government’s ‘irrational’ refusal to bring in minimum recommended raise
  • Boss of legal aid giant to face SDT over false document charges | Law Gazette 
  • Blavo to face SDT at last over huge legal aid fraud - Legal Futures
  • One of #Greece's worst-ever rail disasters, which claimed at least 43 lives, was due to "tragic human error", the country's prime minister has said
  • The remains of a baby have been found by police searching for the missing child of Constance Marten and Mark Gordon. The discovery in an area of woodland came as hundreds of officers and volunteers were scouring a 90 square mile area near Brighton
  • TikTok sets 60-minute daily screen time limit for under-18s, but opt-out is possible, so the measure is merely a gimmick?
  • Jacob Rees-Mogg admits Covid test was couriered to his home during shortage and accepted it might be deemed "special treatment" 
  • Kaylea Titford: Parents who let neglected teen die jailed