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


20th November - Law News

Edition 3981: 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: Qatar is ready for football's biggest showcase. The FIFA World Cup is being played in the Middle East for the first time. But the lead-up has put Qatar under intense international, especially on human rights and its treatment of migrant workers. So what will be the impact of the World Cup on Qatar and the region, on and off the pitch? 

Saturday Conversations on Law
  • Man to man: Wellbeing at work | Law Gazette
  • More than €220,000 raised by Lawyers Against Homelessness | Irish Legal News 
  • Investigators probe collapse of Pure Business Group | Law Gazette 
  • Eton College apologises after allegations pupils jeered visiting state schoolgirls: Private school sanctions a number of boys after investigation into misogynistic language and racial slurs 
  • "Old school" solicitor used £500,000 of client money to prop up firm - Legal Futures
  • A Scottish engineer who spent two months in custody in Iraq has been reunited with his family. Brian Glendinning touched down in Edinburgh after being locked up in an overcrowded prison in Iraq
  • A migrant staying at the Manston processing centre in Kent has died, the Home Office has said. The man was taken to hospital on Friday evening after becoming unwell, but died on Saturday morning
  • Aberdeen law alumna Yorm Ama Abledu wins 2022 IBA Outstanding Young Lawyer Award | Scottish Legal News
  • Woman who left the law in 2016 fined £10,000 for drugs convictions | Law Gazette
  • US says Saudi Arabia’s MBS is immune from Jamal Khashoggi lawsuit | Irish Legal News
  • Bundles being done badly, judge tells housing lawyers | Law Gazette 
  • Consumers “don’t care whether legal businesses are regulated” - Legal Futures
  • Awaab Ishak death: boss of Rochdale housing body sacked - Gareth Swarbrick is fired four days after coroner found two-year-old Awaab died because of ‘chronic exposure’ to mould
  • LSB mulls more comprehensive redress for wronged clients | Law Gazette
  • Walkers appoints Aongus McCarthy as asset management and investment funds partner | Irish Legal News
  • Trainee solicitor banned for offering unlawful immigration advice | Law Gazette 
  • TLT hires Christina Lishman as managing associate in Belfast | Irish Legal News
  • Fifa president Gianni Infantino has accused the West of "hypocrisy" in its reporting about Qatar's human rights record on the eve of the World Cup 
  • Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes has been sentenced to over 11 years in prison for defrauding investors in her blood testing start-up that was once valued at $9bn (£7.5bn) 
  • NI High Court: Grandmother denied contact to grandson after refusing to accept her son’s murder conviction | Irish Legal News 
  • Dundee legal community walks the walk for access to justice | Scottish Legal News 
  • Leading firm stores up cash reserves ahead of economic challenges | Law Gazette 
  • Sasha Butterworth elected senior partner of TLT | Scottish Legal News 
  • LAA accused of potential discrimination over duty rota | Law Gazette 
  • MoJ delays fixed costs extension again as CJC consults on Belsner impact - Legal Futures
  • Mercy Law Resource Centre welcomes solicitor Adam Boyle | Irish Legal News
  • Clyde & Co appoints three new senior associates in Edinburgh | Scottish Legal News 
  • The justice budget suffered a ‘real terms cut’ in the Autumn Statement this week, lawyers have warned, despite Chancellor Jeremy Hunt’s pledge to protect public services | NLJ 
  • Fixed costs extension delayed to October 2023 | Law Gazette


19th November - Law News

Edition 3980: 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: India's BJP leader BL Santhosh has been summoned by the Telangana police over his party's alleged attempts to "buy" four MLAs from Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao's TRS. 

Saturday Conversations on Law
  • Jina “Mahsa” Amini’s death at the hands of the #Iranian Morality Police has challenged the rights of women and bodily autonomy
  • Fixed costs and more: a fix that doesn’t fix what needs fixing – part 2 - Legal Futures
  • Commission to probe status of blockchain-based organisations | Law Gazette
  • Bombay High Court grants bail to temple priest accused of cultivating cannabis in temple premises | Bar & Bench #India
  • 'Crunch time': Society tells Hunt to protect justice spending | Law Gazette
  • Survey: Shaky economy pushing clients to less expensive competitors - Legal Futures
  • Joanne Harris sees off vote to oust her from Society of Authors role
  • Judicial salary review put on hold until next year | Law Gazette 
  • A sexual predator described as a "danger to any woman" has pleaded guilty to the murder of Zara Aleena. Jordan McSweeney, 29, also admitted sexually assaulting the 35-year-old law graduate as she walked home from a night out in east London last summer
  • Suella Braverman failed to prove source of MI5 spy story leak - Mr Justice Chamberlain made the comments as he ruled against the government's attempt to have its legal costs paid by the BBC 
  • Fine for law firm that acted on both sides of development agreement - Legal Futures 
  • There will be no foie gras served in royal residences, a letter from Buckingham Palace to animal rights campaigners has confirmed. King Charles is understood to have been a longstanding opponent of the food 
  • Inquest jury find errors made by West Midlands police: they "materially contributed" to the deaths of Raneem Oudeh and Khowla Saleem, both stabbed to death in Solihull, West Midlands, in August 2018 by Raneem's estranged husband Janbaz Tarin 
  • Manchester United are exploring their legal options as they look to end Cristiano Ronaldo's time at the club. He has just over seven months remaining on his £500,000-a-week contract
  • Ex-AA boss warned he had 'less than 50%' chance of success | Law Gazette
  • #Russian soldier seeking asylum in Madrid denounces ‘criminal’ Ukraine war 
  • Autumn statement: Real terms cut for justice spending | Law Gazette 
  • Alcohol will not be sold at the World Cup's eight stadiums in #Qatar after Fifa changed its policy to discourage lager-lout football hooligans disrespecting the host country 
  • Crowdfunding raises £9.1m for 413 judicial reviews - Legal Futures 
  • Two police officers have escaped injury after their patrol vehicle was damaged in a bomb attack in County Tyrone. It happened overnight in the Mount Carmel Heights area of Strabane, where residents reported hearing a loud bang overnight 
  • Brittney Griner begins sentence in remote #Russian penal colony 
  • SDT asks for extra £1m from profession after sudden eviction notice | Law Gazette
  • The US has determined that #Saudi Arabia's de facto leader - Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman - has immunity from a lawsuit filed by murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi's fiancĂ©e
  • Twitter has told employees that the company's office buildings will be temporarily closed, effective immediately
  • Legal London’s coming home | Law Gazette
  • In the heart of ‘legal London’, we need a toilet. What, another one? It’s a mere 98 years since the first Ladies’ toilet opened for use at the Law Society, a move that entailed ‘a considerable amount of expense’ | Law Gazette
  • Lawyers write “user manuals” so colleagues can understand them - Legal Futures 
  • City partner rebuked over 'driving at pedestrian' conviction | Law Gazette
  • SRA fines firm that took ‘unfair advantage’ of client | Law Gazette 
  • Bar Council makes 'special pleading' ahead of autumn statement | Law Gazette 
  • Footballer Benjamin Mendy was a "predatory serial rapist" who lured young women into "toxic and dangerous" situations, a jury has been told


18th November - Law News

Edition 3979: 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: International law institute launches project to deepen research into corporate-related climate litigation. The British Institute of International and Comparative Law will draw on experts from science, the judiciary, legal practice and academia. Full story - The Global Legal Post
Today's Highlighted Video Story: Welcome to SRA's compliance officers virtual week, introduced by Anna Bradley, Chair of the Solicitors Regulation Authority. The first session is Complying with sanctions and financial crime regulations introduced by Collette Best, Director of Anti Money-Laundering 

Saturday Conversations on Law
  • AA wrote to former boss with 1p coin for company shares | Law Gazette 
  • #US lawsuit launched against FTX founder and celebrity backers
  • Belsner faces £130k costs payment but Checkmylegalfees "has a future" - Legal Futures 
  • Militant solicitors better than quiet quitters, Society tells MPs | Law Gazette 
  • Britain’s justice system is hampered by bad data collection 
  • Conveyancing regulator freezes practising fees | Law Gazette 
  • High Court rejects struck-off solicitor’s bid to return to roll - Legal Futures 
  • Lord chancellor and justice secretary Dominic Raab has asked the prime minister to launch an independent investigation into his behaviour following allegations that have appeared in the national media | Law Gazette 
  • Awaab Ishak’s death must lead to new law to protect tenants - Dr Tom Woolley calls for housing managers to be held liable and legislation to end the danger of mould growth 
  • New restraint order for 'out of touch with reality' litigant | Law Gazette 
  • Royal Mail has asked the government if it can stop its letter deliveries on Saturdays, as it seeks to turn its fortunes around after slumping to a loss in the first half of the year 
  • Ince sells loss-making corporate adviser seven months after buying it - Legal Futures 
  • Belsner takes a bite out of 'cannibal' legal industry | Law Gazette 
  • Legal Services Act with us for “one or two decades” more, LSB chief says - Legal Futures 
  • Apprenticeship award for legal aid firm | Law Gazette
  • Events which will play out during the remainder of this month are likely to have a significant impact on the future identity both of our profession and of the government, which are curiously intertwined in a fierce struggle at the moment | Law Gazette 
  • Former City solicitor to head public law campaign group | Law Gazette 
  • Former UK ambassador among prisoners to be freed in Myanmar - Ex-diplomat Vicky Bowman and Toru Kubota were jailed earlier this year while Sean Turnell was detained shortly after the 2021 coup 
  • An astronomer has been locked out of her Twitter account since August 2022, when she shared a video of a meteor which was flagged by the site's automated moderation tools