16th October - Law News

Edition 4311: 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: Doctors in Gaza say they fear thousands could die because hospitals are running desperately low on generator fuel and basic supplies. Palestinians in the besieged Strip are struggling to find food, water and safety, as they brace for a ground offensive. Israel continues to urge Gazans to flee the north - giving them more time to take the main road south. The Rafah Crossing - the only exit not controlled by Israel - remains shut as Egypt refuses to allow foreigners out until Israel agrees to let vital aid in. The UN estimates that almost half Gaza's population have left their homes - the number of people in Khan Younis more than doubling. But even the south has been hit by Israeli air strikes, which Gaza's Health Ministry says have killed more than 2,450 people. Tensions have also escalated In the West Bank, with 55 Palestinians killed in the last week by Israeli troops and settlers.

Focus of the Day Legal News: Elite family law firm Vardags has launched a family law essay competition for UK students. The winner will receive £2,000 and a one-to-one meeting with Ayesha Vardag, the high-profile founder and president of the firm. £1,000 and £500 will be offered to second and third place, respectively, and the top five entrants will be offered fast-track interviews for Vardag’s graduate trainee recruitment scheme. Full story - New Law Journal  

A selection of important developments in the world of law and justice (for a comprehensive look at the news and events, please visit @theLawMap Twitter feed):

Saturday Conversations on Law
  • UN torture expert accuses private firms of making ever more cruel instruments
  • ‘Revenge on my mind’: Somerset gunman was fascinated with mass killers - Reed Wischhusen seemed to be law-abiding citizen until police found ‘revenge plan’ inspired by Columbine and Dunblane attacks
  • Employment lawyers have welcomed a Supreme Court ruling that gaps of three months or more do not break a series of holiday underpayments when employees are bringing claims | New Law Journal
  • Regulator concludes review into SQE marking error  - Legal Cheek
  • Sewage in rivers, crumbling schools – what next? No room in prisons for rapists and burglars
  • World Mental Health Day: Calls to lawyer wellbeing helpline up nearly a quarter  - Legal Cheek
  • Rejecting the voice shows Australia is still in denial, its history of forgetting a festering wrong