Morning round-up

Morning round-up: Friday 2 October

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The morning’s top legal affairs news stories

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Number of female judges in UK “snowballing” despite equality row [The Guardian]

David Pannick QC responds to Lord Sumption gender diversity comments [Twitter]

UK-Saudi “secret deal” to join UN human rights body, cables show [Financial Times]

The four new laws that came out yesterday that you should know about [The Independent]

Cruel and increasingly unusual: A troubled execution illustrates why the death penalty’s days may be numbered [The Economist]

Legal aid cuts are forcing one of the UK’s largest providers of mental health legal services to consult on potential redundancies [Law Society Gazette]

David Allen Green: The importance of law libraries — and the continued threat to Inner Temple library [Jack of Kent blog]

British vapers launch legal fightback against European laws which could BAN popular e-cigarettes [The Mirror]

“Often I feel like an idiot talking to her”: George Clooney jokes about comparisons between him and his human rights lawyer wife Amal [Mail Online]

Senior Australian government solicitor admits to dealing ice and blames a break-up for his drug addiction spiralling out of control [Mail Online]

Why are lawyers so good at sex? [Above the Law]

Herbert Smith Freehills: Winter Vacation Scheme applications open [Legal Cheek Hub]

“The easiest way to reach the top of a field is to find the field with the lowest level of competition. If you do something nobody else does, it’s easy to be the best at it.” [Legal Cheek Comments]