Joshua Rozenberg: Flaws in fraud case show worrying lapses by judges and lawyers [The Guardian]
Withers and Speechly Bircham call off merger after top-level talks [Legal Week]
How do you become a barristers’ clerk? [notabarrister]
Fury over sex gang victim, 18, who had to endure 12 days of excruciating cross-examination in trial that shamed the legal system [Mail Online]
PM's Woolwich terror attack statement [YouTube]
Cameron praised for respecting Rule of Law [Twitter]
The privatisation of legal proceedings in the US has led to untold miscarriages of justice – and now it's coming to a town near you [The Independent]
Some have lampooned Chris Grayling for his lack of a legal qualification. Others have sought to undermine him with cruel nicknames, such as Failing Grayling – from which a Twitter account has been spawned. Rather cruelly, said Twitter account recently drew attention to the Justice Secretary's likeness to a "dead eyed wet fish" – a reference, of course, to the Grayling fish (pictured below).
Continuing in that vein, here are five further animals that, arguably, closely resemble Chris Grayling.
Westminster School has completed its controversial auction of work experience at the criminal Bar, with the 1-2 week placement going for a whopping £2,660 as bidding closed just after 5pm yesterday.
Former solicitor Bob Mortimer heaps ridicule on Dynamo Legal founder Alex Mills [Twitter]
Barrister quizzes Google chief Eric Schmidt on his tax affairs at Google Big Tent [The Guardian]
Guildford Four member: "Back in the 1970s they sent innocent people to jail by the vanload. But if these cuts go through they’ll be sending them in by the Eddie Stobart truckload" [Socialist Worker]
Britain could end up in the dock at a European court if Bermuda fails to bring its human rights law up to date [Bermuda Sun]
Forget ABSs – AI, touchable holographs and telepresence robots "will transform the law" [Legal Futures]
Judges give reasons for rejecting Bali Briton's appeal [The Guardian]
Boris's sexual shenanigans and a landmark victory over our creeping culture of Stalinist secrecy [Daily Mail]
Legal aid budget protests: 8 reasons to back lawyers' campaign [The Mirror]
Police refused to help lawyer track down "stolen" iPad [Birmingham Mail]
I’m smart, fun, and a lawyer – you’d never guess I’m also a sociopath [The Times]
Training contract numbers fall to lowest level since 1998 [The Lawyer]
Lawyers protest outside parliament against legal aid cuts [The Guardian]
The worst LLM programmes in the world [Above the Law]
This morning's demonstration against the government's legal aid proposals saw 500 plus lawyers take to the streets around parliament – and fill Twitter with loads of photos. The best ones are below...
The profession which I am to join in September as a pupil barrister is facing its biggest threat yet. No question about that. That is why today's protest outside parliament is so necessary. I am only sorry that I cannot be there, writes OccupyTheInns.
I must admit that I am finding Australia, where I am recharging my batteries following a period of travel and human rights work, rather difficult to enjoy.
If the truth be told, my mind is elsewhere, far from the fine beaches and abundant wildlife. Barely a day goes by without me checking for news on the situation at home. It is no understatement to say that I am deeply concerned about the assault on legal aid and the impact it will have not just on my future in criminal law, but on justice itself.
Fortunately, my chambers is a good one, sure to push on despite whatever missiles this clown of a non-lawyer Lord Chancellor propels at it from his bunker of ignorance. For this reason I am assured of my short term. Pupillage and the first years as a junior tenant are probably secure. However, beyond that the picture becomes unclear.
Lawyers and judges now using the Urban Dictionary in court [New York Times]
Britain's unusual and antiquated distinction between barristers and solicitors ought not be sacrosanct [The Guardian]
Baker & Mckenzie lawyer booted from Russia for (allegedly) refusing to serve as Kremlin spy [Wired]
Exhibit D – the "fraudster" [A Barrister's Wife]
Newly qualified Kingsley Napley solicitor voices legal aid concerns [BBC 5 Live on Twitter]
London Legal Walk raises over £575,000 for free legal advice [UK Fundraising]
Jail warning after injury claim man seen at rugby training [BBC News]
Young vs Young... a new twist in the capital’s most bitter divorce battle [Evening Standard]
Barrister's wife: four reasons why the legal aid reforms need to be stopped [New Statesman]
Justice Grayling-style: an imagined conversation that could become all too real, all too soon [A view from the North]
Lawyers rally to fight legal aid cuts [Manchester Evening News]
Is family law next? [Twitter]
Top destinations for expat lawyers ranked [Legal Week]
Jerry Hayes: Why gay marriage vote is groundhog day for the Tories [Comment is free]
11 reasons you’re wrong to hate Clapham [Buzzfeed]
The Court of Appeal’s recent judgement in AAA (by her litigation friend BBB) v Associated Newspapers Limited regarding the paternity of a child born out of wedlock to someone "in high public office" is supposedly anonymised...
Tumblr, the home of the animated gif and the LOLcat, is suddenly everywhere following its reported $1.1 billion acquisition by Yahoo. With its reputation for frivolousness, the site has largely been overlooked in favour of WordPress by lawyers in search of a blogging platform. But Tumblr has proved popular with a certain breed of disillusioned law student...
One of the happy side effects of the #SaveUKJustice campaign is that it has allowed lawyers to showcase their creative sides. The results have often been surreal: from a trainer-wearing Lady Justice (courtesy of the Young Legal Aid Lawyers Group) to doctored images of badgers, 80s TV puppets and Simon Cowell...
Sadiq Khan: Legal aid cuts will lead to state-sponsored miscarriages of justice [Comment is free]
7,000 lawyers hit the streets of London [Twitter]
A video investigating the implications of the legal aid reforms proposed by Chris Grayling [Total Politics]
Adam Wagner: Myths and realities about equal marriage [New Statesman]
Abu Qatada to stay behind bars after judge denies him bail [The Guardian]
Liverpool-born judge Sir Brian Leveson succeeds Queen legend Brian May as Liverpool John Moores University Chancellor [Liverpool Echo]
Public has right to know about Boris Johnson's secret lovechild, court rules [The Telegraph]
Nick Clegg urges MPs not to "derail" gay marriage plan [BBC News]
Eddie Stobart Airways? [News & Star]
Trainee lawyer in line for payout after being denied a permanent role at City firm which discriminated against her over pregnancy in final stages of her £42,000 contract [Mai Online]
SJ Berwin name poised to vanish as King & Wood merger vote looms [The Lawyer]
Barrister Barbara Hewson to answer questions about her highly controversial Operation Yewtree article [Twitter]
Legal aid cuts "disaster" for black Londoners, warns lawyer for Stephen Lawrence's family [Evening Standard]
Security firm faces fines for "embarrassing" court delays: Judge blasts company after court made to wait while guards take their lunch break [Mail Online]
Saudi Arabia accepts registration of female lawyer [Law Society Gazette]
Protest group New Fathers 4 Justice is promising to send a team of superheroes to confront members of the "Family Law Gravy train" at the London Legal Walk this afternoon...