Morning round-up

Morning round-up: Friday 17 January


Law firms: charging more, getting less [The Economist] 1 Pump Court criminal barrister: "I sometimes earn as little as £50 per day; I struggle to pay my rent and expenses each month, and I remain in debt" [The Independent] Inquest: trainee solicitor died after injecting drugs [Comet24] A depressing prediction about the future of the... Read more »

Morning round-up: Thursday 16 January


Top judge Constance Briscoe "lied to police in order to bring down Chris Huhne", court hears [The Independent] Courtney Love defends tweet in first Twitter libel trial [WTOP] How Belhaj challenge to UK courts put spotlight on closed hearings [The Guardian] Lord Denning "is my homeboy" leisurewear [Twitter] Lord Denning "is my homeboy" leisurewear Read more »

Morning round-up: Wednesday 15 January


Topless photos atop Empire State Building spark lawsuit [BBC News] Human rights row: UK quitting would be disaster — ECHR head [BBC News] Law firms make up 10 per cent of Stonewall top 100 [The Lawyer] Jury sworn to try barrister accused of lying in Huhne point swap scandal [Court News UK] City solicitors struck... Read more »

Morning round-up: Tuesday 14 January


Courts becoming clogged as legal aid cuts affect separating couples seeking mediation [The Independent] Geoffrey Robertson QC steps in to defend four students who face being thrown out of university [The Argus] Hughes considers cash for legal diversity [Law Society Gazette] More than 6,000 law firms have yet to submit their workforce diversity data [Legal... Read more »

Morning round-up: Monday 13 January


The case of confused copyright: Elderly heiress threatens to sue BBC over ownership of Sherlock Holmes characters [Mail Online] Simon Hughes: "Legal profession must do more to reflect modern Britain" [The Independent] The criminal Bar: "Ending up a hobby for the rich is the last stage before extinction" [Financial Times] Chris Grayling on the Sunday... Read more »

Morning round-up: Friday 10 January


Law firm Clifford Chance adopts "CV blind" policy to break Oxbridge recruitment bias [The Independent] Legal aid: Crime doesn’t pay [The Economist] No Win, No Fee is very often a rip-off says legal profession's own watchdog [The Mirror] 16-year legal battle over laptop reaches UK supreme court [The Guardian] 23 people charged after investigation into... Read more »

Morning round-up: Thursday 9 January


Mark Duggan's family reacts with fury to inquest verdict of lawful killing [The Guardian] The record of the inquest into Mark Duggan's death [Independent.Gov.Uk] Criminal solicitors’ chief tells ‘scab’ firms to “hang their heads in shame” [Legal Futures] Student group launches, promising action on legal aid cuts [Lawyer2B] The defence of evil [GQ] Short-sighted law... Read more »

Morning round-up: Wednesday 8 January


Two guilty over abusive tweets to Caroline Criado-Perez [BBC News] Was South Square barrister Lucy Frazer wrongly announced as Conservative parliamentary candidate? [The Telegraph] Referral fees at root of junior barristers’ woes, says Bar Council [Legal Futures] Stay warm this winter while still rocking that legal look [Twitter] Stay warm this winter, while still rocking... Read more »

Morning round-up: Tuesday 7 January


Is there a case for the legal system to turn to European-style justice? [The Telegraph] 7 things we learned from the strike [Life In The Bus Lane] The strike: It’s not about the lawyers — it's about YOU! [Pink Tape] Protests highlight struggle at lower ends of an elite profession [Financial Times] The most privileged... Read more »

Morning round-up: Monday 6 January


Lawyers protesting outside courts over legal aid cuts [BBC News] Criminal barristers should have justice, too [The Telegraph] QC brother of PM supports legal aid strike: Cameron's barrister brother lends his backing to legal aid strike designed to undermine Government reforms [Mail Online] Seven senior legal aid protest QCs got £1.5m of taxpayers' cash in... Read more »

Morning round-up: Friday 3 January


One thousand lawyers paid at least £100k a year from public they threaten strike over legal aid cuts [Mail Online] The legal aid fat cats: SIX barristers each earned more than £500k from taxpayer last year [The Express] Really? [Twitter] Oh look, the Express failed to read the notes on the stats about Crim... Read more »

Morning round-up: Thursday 2 January


Murderers could get hundreds of years in jail to get round European Court ban [The Telegraph] Lawyer who uncovered JK Rowling's Robert Galbraith alter ego fined £1,000 [The Guardian] The best human rights books for kids [UK Human Rights Blog] Scott-Moncrieff and Keir Starmer recognised in new year honours list [Law Society Gazette] Law firms... Read more »

Morning round-up: Tuesday 24 December


M&S, Muslim employees and the tricky issue of reasonable accommodation [UK Human Rights Blog] M&S says sorry over alcohol refusal [Sky News] Two bogus immigration advisory specialists from the "East London Legal Centre" are jailed [Brentwood Gazette] Royal pardon for codebreaker Alan Turing: it overturns his 1952 conviction for homosexuality for which he was punished... Read more »

Morning round-up: Monday 23 December


Oxford University wins claim against Oxford Law School [BBC News] Former criminal barrister Anna Soubry apologises to Ukip leader for "finger up bottom" remark [The Guardian] Prisoners will not be able to receive parcels from their loved ones under new rules introduced by Chris Grayling [Prison Reform Trust] Newborn child taken from mother before she... Read more »

Morning round-up: Friday 20 December


Leveson lovers off the hook after "whitewash": Legal panel dismisses claims about press inquiry barristers [Mail Online] When you wish upon a rendition and torture inquiry… [UK Human Rights Blog] Herbert Smith Freehills appoints first female chief executive [Financial Times] Gianni Sonvico: family tribute [BBC News] Tom Cruise is a cheapskate when it comes to... Read more »

Morning round-up: Thursday 19 December


Simon Hughes appointed justice minister in place of Lord McNally in surprise reshuffle [The Guardian] Struck off, judges caught pocketing £1.5million in legal aid handouts: Money still missing three years after abuse of system was detected [Mail Online] Life at the bar: Taking on senior counsel [Lawyer2B] Essex law firm investigated over £3m stamp duty... Read more »

Morning round-up: Wednesday 18 December


St John's Chambers' Lucy Reed — who blogs at Pink Tape — becomes the first law blogger to be cited in a High Court judgment (see paragraph 27) [Bailii] Blogosphere in the Judgosphere [Pink Tape] The "forced caesarian" case must lead to greater openness in the family courts [The Guardian] Reese Witherspoon: "I played a... Read more »

Morning round-up: Tuesday 17 December


"The war for talent is bollocks!" [Legal Business] UK supreme court wins independence from its url [The Guardian] Mining firm sues campaign group over personal data [The Guardian] Lawyer goes to jail for six years after scamming $46 million by taking out bonds for terminally ill people that would pay him after they died... Read more »

Morning round-up: Monday 16 December


Right-to-die challenge reaches Supreme Court [BBC News] Live from 10am: the right-to-die Supreme Court hearing [Sky News] Solicitor jailed after stealing £2m from his clients and their families [The Telegraph] Judge describes his sentencing powers as "ludicrously inadequate" as he jails hit and run driver for 34 months [Mail Online] Law Society SGM: battle lines... Read more »

Morning round-up: Friday 13 December


How has this escaped Twitter's attention? [Shit places I go to in pupillage] Queen angry at police officers eating her Bombay mix, court hears [The Telegraph] Porn users targeted by German law firm over copyright [BBC News] Sons in battle for £389,000 left by expat father to BNP: Brothers were bequeathed just £135 between them,... Read more »

Morning round-up: Thursday 12 December


Ryanair's racy calendar advert featuring stewardesses in bikinis is "banned" by Spanish judge for being sexist [Mail Online] Legal aid cuts spark Libor case fears [Financial Times] French ban on Islamic face veil challenged in court [The Telegraph] Lawyers don’t make enough money to afford house husbands [Above the Law] Court of Appeal calls on... Read more »

Morning round-up: Wednesday 11 December


Three murderers were sentenced to life imprisonment on one day. The minimum terms set were 18, 27 and 40 years. Why were they so different? [BBC News] Stan Collymore contacts police after again suffering racist abuse on Twitter [Mail Online] UK bribery trial collapses in blow to anti-fraud agency [Reuters] Law firm's former client jailed... Read more »

Morning round-up: Tuesday 10 December


Are we in England too paternalistic to our juries? [David Allen Green on Facebook] The seven top legal stories of 2014 [The New Yorker] Courts throw out lawsuits that pushed for chimps to be given the same rights as humans [Mail Online] Bar Council President elect Nicholas Lavender QC delivers inaugural address [Bar Council] More... Read more »

Morning round-up: Monday 9 December


Law student spots cockroach in Subway while eating sandwich [Manchester Evening News] Don't have children unless you are ready to marry, says High Court judge Sir Paul Coleridge [The Telegraph] Def Leppard considering legal action against One Direction over Midnight Memories? [Unreality TV] Lincoln's Inn remember honorary bencher Nelson Mandela [Twitter] Flag at half mast... Read more »

Morning round-up: Thursday 5 December


Booker, Hemming and the “forced caesarian” case: a masterclass in Flat Earth news [Head of Legal] The lawyer's guide to surviving Christmas [Management Today] "Strasbourg not superior to British courts" says Lord Judge [The Telegraph] An visual interpretation of the merger between legal aid giant Tuckers and Robin Murray & Co [Twitter] Congratulations @FMStuckers for... Read more »