Morning Round-Up: Wednesday 19 December

Posters of offensive messages on Twitter or Facebook less likely to face criminal charges, under new guidelines set out by Keir Starmer QC [Huffington Post] Positive reaction so far to the new Twitter and Facebook social media prosecution guidelines from top media lawyers [Twitter] Online comment crimes: Key cases [BBC News] Mario Balotelli’s legal challenge… Read more »

End Of The Day Round-Up

Grayling sets out plan for culling judicial reviews [Law Society Gazette] Jon Robins follows the furore over regulation in the legal fraternity [New Law Journal] Transcript of today’s hearing in Litvinenko inquest [ via Joshua Rozenberg on Twitter] Legal warning for tweeters and bloggers [BBC] US Supreme Court judge Sonia Sotomayor tells how fear of… Read more »

End Of The Day Round-Up

Are magistrates and juries using Google to help them reach their verdicts? [The Telegraph] SNR Denton, Salans and FMC confirm three-way mega-merger [Legal Week] Spam text message pair are fined £440,000 [BBC News] 39 Essex Street confirms addition of 24-strong 4-5 Gray’s Inn team [The Lawyer] What “freedom of the press” should mean [New Statesman]… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Monday 26 November

“The newspapers will print nothing but Leveson Leveson Leveson this week” [Adam Wagner via Twitter] …and how it might look [by Tom Webb] List of highest paid vac schemes [Target  Jobs] If Dominic Grieve’s a goner, fellow barrister Cox fits the brief [Mail Online] A barrister becomes the judge of her client’s sanity [The Telegraph]… Read more »

End Of The Day Round-Up

Full CPS charging statement for Andy Coulson, Rebecca Brooks and Clive Goodman [CPS Blog] Pyramid libel [David Banks on Twitter] Female anti-gay Christian lawyer ‘abducted teenage girl to Canada and forced her to have sex on camera’ [Mail Online] Danny Nightingale: the Attorney’s right, Hammond was wrong [Head of Legal] Oxford college pays tribute to… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Monday 19 November

Judicial review ‘industry’ to be cut as right to challenge public bodies’ decisions curtailed, says PM [The Independent] John Cooper QC on the problems facing the Bar in 2012 and beyond [Charon QC] Liberal Democrat barrister wins PCC election … by standing as an independent [The Guardian] What you can and can’t say on social… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Friday 9 November

Star of lawyer documentary The Briefs Franklin Sinclair cheats death in ‘freak waves’ horror on paradise isle of Cape Verde [Manchester Evening News] Juror who disclosed details of deliberations to a defendant in a criminal trial jailed for contempt of court [BBC] Non-practising barrister toasts old times at St Andrews University with his wife at… Read more »

End Of The Day Round-Up

Leaving work on a Friday [#WhatShouldWeCallMe] What to do about trolls? [The Justice Gap] Twists in the tale of court interpreters [Justice of the Peace Blog] Battle of the top QCs: reaction [Twitter] Fraudster solicitor Kenneth Hunt ordered to repay £30,000 [The Journal] Tunbridge Wells solicitor’s struggle with bipolar disorder [Sussex Courier] Michael Ballack fires… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Thursday 1 November

Solicitor aims to be UK Scrabble champion [BBC] Society of Black Lawyers’ Peter Herbert on why he had “more than enough evidence” to report referee Mark Clattenburg for alleged racist remarks [BBC Radio 5] “Every lawyer I’ve met during this work experience has basically told me not to do law…” [Paul Green on Twitter] Prisoners’… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Tuesday 30 November

Legal aid cheats targeted by Ministry of Justice [BBC] Society of Black Lawyers calls on police to probe Clattenburg ‘racist remarks’ [ITV News] Hurricane Sandy: a list of legal world closures [Above the Law] Majority of top firms eyeing growth through merger as ABSs appear on the radar [Legal Futures] Russian justice: truth serum for… Read more »

End Of The Day Round-Up

Berlusconi sentenced to four years in jail [Sky News] but quickly reduced to one [BBC] Nightjack: the statement in open court [Jack of Kent] So I want to be a barrister…how do I pay for it? [Guardian Studying Law] ‘Bent for the job’: A short history of police corruption [Justice Gap] Quotas for women: for… Read more »

End Of The Day Round-Up

How I was fooled by fake QC [Official statement of Mervyn Barrett OBE on his withdrawal from Police & Crime Commissioner election in Lincolnshire] How I was fooled by fake QC [Andrew Gilligan in The Telegraph] How the legal blogosphere wasn’t [Legal Cheek] Neil Diamond-mad legal executive stole £205,000 from law firm so pals could… Read more »

End Of The Day Round-Up

Campaign team of PCC candidate Mervyn Barrett (who has rather a lot of Twitter followers) resigns [BBC] Our libel laws are gagging our scientists [The Independent] The idyllic life of a rockstar-turned solicitor [Instagram] Sir Nicolas Bratza, President of the European Court of Human Rights, complains the press made his top violinist father sound like… Read more »

End Of The Day Round-Up

Gay couple win Berkshire B&B refusal case [BBC] Nick Griffin tweets gay B&B couple’s home address [Twitter] Cannabis factory couple who gave away their £400,000 drug-dealing fortune to poor Kenyan village are jailed for three years [Mail Online] McKinnon case is NOT a precedent – says his own lawyer [The Register] Over half of London… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Tuesday 16 October

Jan Moir: Manchester Uni law graduate John Whaite is “unpredictable but with flashes of baking brilliance and he is excellent on breads” [Mail Online] Guantanamo judge orders Khalid Sheikh Mohammed lawyers not to discuss torture [The Telegraph] Judge awards £8.7 million in divorce case to meet wife’s needs [Marilyn Stowe Blog] Big Tobacco lawyers target… Read more »

End Of the Day Round Up

Dechert’s Miriam Gonzalez v 39 Essex Street’s Justine Thornton [Mail Online] Manchester Metropolitan University law student jailed for £1.5m VAT scam [Manchester Evening News] Social media laws to be discussed in wake of prosecutions [BBC] Judicious restraints [The Kernel] Unhappy consumers ‘intimidated by jargon’ [Law Society Gazette] ‘Statutory’ is not a bogey word [New Statesman]

End Of The Day Round-Up

The Who guitarist Pete Townshend “would have leapt out and killed” prosecuting QC [BBC] “I think it [court] would have destroyed me…I think if I was in the witness box and a QC had said something to me that was insulting, I know who I am, I would have leapt out and killed him.” Lets… Read more »

End Of The Day Round-Up

DPP to tackle troll abuse with Twitter and Facebook chiefs [Evening Standard] Law student sent to young offenders’ institution for 18 months [BBC] Going behind the scenes of the cancelled Law Society conference [New Law Journal] Celebrity lawyer’s ill-fated ‘urban kitchen bar’ [Northampton Chronicle] Bakers and DLA Piper among 40 firm websites hit by computer… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Tuesday 2 October

Futurologist: firms starting to embrace new ways of working as ‘legal factories’ loom [Legal Futures] Cadbury wins legal battle over purple packaging [The Independent] Any move to televise criminal trials would be “over my dead body”, says Donald Findlay QC [BBC] Once bitten . . . Woman who chomped off boyfriend’s testicles back in court… Read more »

End Of The Day Round-Up

How barrister-to-be gave a group of disruptive children one last chance of an education in a run-down boxing gym [Mail Online] Bar Council chairman Michael Todd overcomes spurious questions to score Twitter Q&A success [Twitter #tweetthechairman] Pret-a-lawyer: Off the shelf law services have arrived [London Loves Business] CPS releases personal data of 300 student protesters… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Wednesday 26 September

Top lawyer arrested for ‘raping two women at knifepoint at different massage parlours’ [Mail Online] Caught on tape: Lil Wayne insults lawyer, then threatens him [TMZ] Hacking: Rebecca Brooks due to appear for pre-trial hearing [Sky News] The trainee solicitor recruitment cycle [Trainee Solicitor Surgery] Judge orders arrest of Brazil Google president [BBC] How to… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Monday 24 September

Lawyer from ITV’s The Briefs in ‘Asian axis’ email jibe storm [Manchester Evening News] How did the English judiciary stoop so low? [The Observer] Ranks of law-firm partners in UK shrinks [Financial Times] Cost of indemnity cover rises 20% for law firms [This is Money] Antonio Trejo, Honduras rights lawyer, killed at wedding [BBC]

End Of The Day Round-Up

Grayling shows his mettle as Justice Secretary [The Spectator] Lawyers face tax dodging scrutiny from HMRC [BBC] Eversheds and Irwin Mitchell reveal NQ retention drop [Lawyer2B] Kirsty Brimelow QC on Wills and Kate [ITV News] “Personally, I don’t think this should bar her from any legal career, and I hope it doesn’t” [David S on… Read more »

End Of The Day Round-Up

Barrister who will represent Wills and Kate in Paris acted for John Galliano over racist rant [Evening Standard] Kate topless pictures: criminal and legal cases [BBC] Inner Temple 1 – 0 BPP Law School [Twitter] When someone from work/school emails me over the weekend [#WhatShouldWeCallMe] Field Fisher and Osborne Clarke in talks over £200m merger [Legal… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Monday 17 September

The lawyer who represented massacre monster Anders Breivik reveals someone tried to kill him – by sabotaging the brakes on his bike [The Sun] Doughty Street silk nets slot in Guardian Media 100 list [The Guardian] CPS knew of Hillsborough police cover-up 14yrs ago…why didn’t they act? [The Sun] Citibank disputes it hid Dewey’s financial woes… Read more »

End Of The Day Round-Up

Union “wealth creators” give ex-City lawyer Chuka Umunna £24,500 [Guido Fawkes] Assange lawyer: “All Julian did was exercise his right to freedom of information – he received and shared it” [Russia Today via YouTube] More clarity needed over divorce settlements, says Law Commission [Evening Standard] William Hague offers lawyer to Egypt in Mubarak assets row… Read more »

End Of The Day Round-Up

Law graduate starts first-ever multi-firm training contract [Managing Partner] Judicial watchdog to investigate judge’s ‘burglary takes courage’ remarks as David Cameron enters fray [BBC] A guide to surviving law school [The Guardian] One rule for the some? Double standards on lawyer tactics [Lawyer Watch] Family law barrister Edward Timpson becomes children’s minister [Community Care]

Morning Round-Up: Tuesday 4 September

‘We married at mass Moonie wedding': British law student devotee of Rev Moon tells his story – The Mirror Manchester law firm nets 50 transfer window deals, including van Persie to United – Mancunian Matters The best law firm offices in America: the finalists! – Above the Law Top London law firms profit from feuding… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Wednesday 29 August

Three-person civil union sparks controversy in Brazil – BBC Recession and regulation: why some solicitors are leaving the profession – Marilyn Stowe Blog Escaping Allen & Overy to restore a Cotswolds pub – The Telegraph Baker & McKenzie remains world’s largest firm with $2.3bn turnover – The Lawyer Couple involved in ‘sovereign citizens’ movement admit… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Tuesday 21 August

Trainee’s disappointment after Magic Circle firm promised BIG LOLLY! – Voice of Reason The strong (and passionate) arms of the law – The Telegraph Scottish law ‘will remain middle class unless ministers act’ – The Guardian Fencer Keith Cook takes legal action over Olympic exclusion – BBC Simons Muirhead 2-0 Schillings: McClaren privacy bid against… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Friday 17 August

Apple lawyer faces ‘smoking crack’ jibe by patent judge – BBC Lawyer ordered to pay $4.5m to gay student he defamed on Facebook and branded ‘Racist elitest liar’ on his blog – Mail Online Barrister calls boy ‘an infection’ – Bolton News Maclay Murray & Spens employee ordered to perform 166 hours of unpaid work… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Monday 13 August

“Tongues were wagging in Middle Temple as (Popbitch for lawyers) tried to track down the nymph who did not think a half-century age gap was an obstacle to hooking up with one of the biggest personalities in UK law. By Thursday they had their scalp.” – The Sunday Times “I need a pupillage, hook… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Friday 3 August

“‘What would your advice be to anyone wanting a career in law?’ Answer is at:” – David Allen Green on Twitter Apple seeks severe punishment for Samsung lawyer’s actions – Reuters Twitter spoof account legal action dropped by Northcliffe – BBC Solicitors strike out at ‘callous’ court plans – North Devon Journal Dewey know… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Wednesday 1 August

Is breastfeeding right for women in big law firms? – Above the Law Hundreds of clients already “seeking comfort” of the Eddie Stobart brand – Legal Futures Samsung “ripped off” Apple, says lawyer as $2.5 billion battle starts – The Drum “I was John Lennon”: Lawyer relives his Olympics opening ceremony glory – Solicitors Journal… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Monday 30 July

Increasing number of cases involve ear biting, “a phenomenon which simply did not exist 40 years ago,” says judge – Evening Gazette Syria dispatch: from law student to warrior, the rebel shot dead at 22 – The Telegraph From bar to the bench? Leveson star Jay tipped for promotion – The Independent Newcastle lawyer swaps… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Tuesday 24 July

Lawyer took up to 150 explicit photos of wife before she became a judge – Vancouver Sun (and descriptions of the pictures on Above the Law) Lawyer Clive Stafford Smith: Death penalty no better than burning witches – Metro 30 arrested after The Sun nails clerk – The Sun So you want to be a… Read more »