Law Society Gazette

Morning Round-Up: Wednesday 23 January

Lindsay Lohan’s new lawyer is sponsored by ‘foodie socialite’ to allow him to represent her in court [Mail Online] David Cameron speech: UK and the EU [BBC News] Should you brag about your law school grades on Facebook? [Above the Law] Convicted criminals and undeclared bankrupts were among the people nominated by law firms to… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Monday 21 January

Threat to the courts system as barristers google jurors then alter speeches to win sympathy [The Times (£)] Barristers google jurors to find out their likes, jobs and interests then tailor courtroom speeches to help win trials [Mail Online] Business leaders have grown ‘diversity weary’ [Law Society Gazette] Judge reminisces about his Cambridge days in… Read more »

End Of The Day Round-Up

The new Titan prison idea could be a bit of a rightwing smokescreen, designed to burnish the justice secretary’s tough man image [The Guardian] One in five firms likely to seek external investment [Law Society Gazette] Only half of police officers ‘would report colleague who punched suspect’ [The Telegraph] CILEx CEO sees take-up difficulty for… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Friday 11 January

Law’s Mystic Meg: no future for high street firms, but window of opportunity for mid-sized practices [Legal Futures] Can accountants change the legal sector? [Law Society Gazette] Christians and working on Sundays: what the tribunal really said [The Guardian] In defence of law school: because what else are you going to do with yourself? [Above… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Thursday 10 January

Delhi gang rape lawyer says ‘no respectable woman’ would be raped [Huffington Post UK] ‘An aid for your daily Twitter experience: Orwell’s Two Minute Hate (remarkably prescient if you watch it)’ [David Allen Green via Twitter] Woman Bar leader sees end of ‘fat cat’ image [The Times] Birmingham Law Centre faces the axe after a… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Wednesday 9 January

Chris Grayling: Using same old probation services to cut reoffending is madness [The Telegraph] Foreign national prisoners lose right to legal aid [The Guardian] WikiLeaks soldier Bradley Manning has his sentence reduced over his treatment in military prison [Mail Online] Matrix leads as Chris Huhne’s partner appeals Daily Mail judgment [The Lawyer] 21 reasons why… Read more »

End Of The Day Round-Up

Cherie Booth’s consultancy among latest ABS approvals [Law Society Gazette] ‘Massively oversubscribed’: legal aid contracts from April 2013 [Legal Voice] Huhne v Pryce: It ain’t over [Guido Fawkes] The only 3 job interview questions [Forbes] Law fails to make it into either the most stressful or least stressful list of jobs 2013 [CareerCast] Indian Bar… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Friday 4 January

Court told that solicitor tried to get his wife to lie for him when he was caught drink driving on New Year’s Eve [The Argus] The Libor scandal: Year of the lawyer [The Economist] Legal challenges for saunas [Law & Sexuality] The biggest human rights stories of 2012 – Part 4 of 4 [UK Human… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Thursday 3 January

Allen and Overy warns of new year Christmas party hangover [Metro] Lawyer, 51, moves back in with his mother to loan house to homeless family for a year [Mail Online] A view from the litigant in person [Law Society Gazette] Philippe Sands and Helena Kennedy: In Defence of Rights [London Review Of Books] Summary of… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Wednesday 2 January

The real-life Legally Blonde: Law student who spent thousands on becoming a living Barbie doll hits back at bullies who called her an airhead by gaining TWO degrees [Mail Online] Allen & Overy’s Wootton leads thin line-up of solicitor honours [Law Society Gazette] The honest truth about being a law student [Legal Lemur] Cyborg law… Read more »

End Of The Day Round-Up

Trainee retention figures hold up [Law Society Gazette] Solicitor faces up to 5 years in jail for nobbling witnesses in Crown Court trial [Pendle Today] Law Firm Christmas card contest: the finalists [Above the Law] Joshua Rozenberg: Lessons from Leveson [Standpoint] Lawyer who foretold church scandals writes his story [Reuters] Scientology does not qualify for… 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 [Litvinenkoinquest.org via Joshua Rozenberg on Twitter] Legal warning for tweeters and bloggers [BBC] US Supreme Court judge Sonia Sotomayor tells how fear of… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Wednesday 5 December

Free the Press, free the Judges [The Independent] Law firms: the priciest partnerships [The Economist] California ruling limits scope of law banning ‘gay conversion’ therapists [The Guardian] A verdict on our judges: too white, too male [The Times (£)] MPs on the each side of the Leveson debate [Guido Fawkes] Buying in: Thoughts on making… Read more »

End Of The Day Round-Up

Hit by cottaging revelations on Monday, becomes a university on Thursday: What a week for the College of Law! [Legal Cheek] Social media in perspective: why there are grounds for optimism in respect of the law [New Statesman] Fears LETR may lead to ‘misguided reform’ [Law Society Gazette] Lord McAlpine’s solicitor, Andrew Reid, on ITV… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Tuesday 13 November

‘Grayling tells chair of Criminal Bar Association (CBA) to “get back in your box” over legal aid cuts’ [John Cooper QC via Twitter] Abu Qatada’s lawyer reacts to ruling [The Telegraph] Secret courts plan is radical departure from open justice, says committee [The Guardian] ‘Poppycock': Man’s arrest for posting image of burning poppy on Facebook… 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 »

Morning Round-Up: Wednesday 7 November

Alternative careers: Obama wins battle of the law graduates – full transcript of his election night speech [The New York Times] Police play judge and jury in too many cases, say magistrates [The Telegraph] Scottish lawyers threaten to strike in legal aid row [The Herald] Judge orders woman to wear ‘idiot’ sign after driving on… Read more »

End Of The Day Round-Up

British judge: Say you’re sorry Apple… this time like you MEAN it [The Register] Chorley man jailed over sick Facebook messages has sentence cut [Lancashire Telegraph] Village uproar after picturesque ford where top judge was swept to his death in floods is sealed off with concrete barriers by council [Mail Online] Jailed ex-Hogan Lovells solicitor… 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

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

Lawyer hits the waves [The Oban Times] Why did Justin Lee Collins get such a lenient sentence? [The Guardian] Free speech again [A(nother) lawyer writes] 18 Red Lion Court barrister talks tough at Tory conference [Gloucestershire Echo] Ten things we learned from the Conservative Party conference [Law Society Gazette]

Morning Round-Up: Wednesday 10 October

Justin Lee Collins jokes with his barrister, Sonia Woodley QC, moments after abuse conviction [The Sun] Tory snobs shout lawyer down as they target union rights [Morning Star] Judge wonders what to do with the drunken sailor [The Guardian] Grayling’s opportunism [Law Society Gazette] 5 bad reasons to go to law school [Bitter Lawyer]

End Of The Day Round-Up

Trainee lawyer, 22, who sued cruise firm after being hit by flying sun lounger is facing bankruptcy as legal bills spiral to £350,000 [Mail Online] The Times settles Nightjack claim for £42,500 plus costs [New Statesman] Former journo’s claim that it “has long been an ambition of mine” to be appointed Justice Secretary and Lord… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Friday 28 September

The lawyers on the FA panel that has banned and fined John Terry for racial abuse [The Telegraph] Law firm freelancer who misled court could face stretch in jail [Peterborough Telegraph] Bradley Manning lawyer alleges slow trial is ‘an absolute mockery’ of rights [The Guardian] Hamza farce is a source of real fury to me:… Read more »

End Of The Day Round-Up

Lawyer causes mistrial in murder case by posting photo of her client’s leopard print underwear on Facebook [Mail Online] ‘My middle name is relentless': Barrister’s anger over dream home [The Telegraph] Berezovsky withdraws raft of chancery claims [The Lawyer] How to be an excellent work experience student [Law Society Gazette] Judge disqualified from case because… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Thursday 13 September

Zatman & Co rebrands as BBS Zatman and reveals new structure [Manchester Evening News] Solicitor and trainee to stand trial over ‘sham wedding’ [Belfast Telegraph] What are we training young lawyers to become? [The Times] Ex-Hammonds partner linked to police alteration of Hillsborough statements [Legal Week] Criminal bar chief: unity can help resist ‘extinction’ [Law… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Friday 7 September

Hillsborough families boosted as the “Rolls-Royce of lawyers” offer services for free [The Mirror] Graduate recruitment down by up to 38% at City firms [Legal Week] In praise of … the Magistrates’ Blog [The Guardian] Judge blocks restriction of lawyer access to Guantanamo detainees [Washington Post] Changing law firms’ culture [Law Society Gazette]

Chris Grayling Appointment: Top Ten Horrified Reactions

News of the first non-lawyer appointment to the role of Lord Chancellor since the Archbishop of York under Queen Mary in 1558 has riled members of the legal profession… 1. loveandgarbage 2. Anonymous lawyer on Linkedin “I think David Cameron has made a big mistake replacing Ken Clarke with Chris Greyling [sic]. Ken Clarke is… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Thursday 30 August

Daily Mail accuses Neil Morrissey lawyers of abusing ‘no win, no fee’ deal – The Guardian Criminal defence lawyer charged after allegedly shooting a man in the leg – ABA Journal Solicitors’ outcry at weekend court sittings – Law Society Gazette BSB will not contest challenges to ‘biased’ disciplinary tribunal decisions – Legal Futures Can… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Friday 24 August

Co-op, like Man Utd, gets an early wake-up call – Law Society Gazette Betrayal of a good samaritan: Drug addict stole from Christian lawyer who took him under his wing – Mail Online Lawyer laughs off Dewani claim – iafrica.com How to spot a bad barrister – The Guardian Is compulsory regulation of the print… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Wednesday 22 August

Wikileaks slams David Allen Green – Twitter Pupillage: a right or a privilege? – Legal Week Lawyers try to put an end to nude photo judge inquiry – Toronto Sun Undocumented immigrant fights for right to become lawyer – Huffington Post The students who have opted out of university – The Guardian The importance of… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Wednesday 15 August

Watch out for these four client comments – Bitter Lawyer Judiciary silenced out of court – The Guardian / Pink Tape Ten reasons not to go on holiday – Law Society Gazette Pussy Riot’s stunning victory over Putin’s bureaucrats – The Telegraph

Morning Round-Up: Tuesday 14 August

Boyfriend of a managing partner allegedly pulls gun on a vac-schemer – Above the Law ABSs and City law firms could be a volatile mix to the detriment of all – Legal Futures An earthquake in US legal education – Law Society Gazette Aliens in court and a possible speed record for a jury trial… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Wednesday 8 August

Disgraced former lawyer avoids jail over £8k drug find – Evening Gazette An “extreme” prosecution? – New Statesman Keeping up with the Kardashians’ fibs: Is Rob Kardashian even going to law school? – Above the Law Is studying law boring? – The Guardian Professor Gus John to carry out SRA racism review – Law Society… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Thursday 12 July

‘Aspiring’ law student claims reputational damage from leaked lingerie photos – Above the Law Matthew McConaughey ready for Lincoln Lawyer sequel – Film News Woman defendant, 37, tries to hang herself from 30ft balcony in court – Mail Online Bar-solicitor divisions ‘music to government’s ears’ – Law Society Gazette Lawyers were overpaid by more than… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Friday 6 July

‘Slow-moving, celebrity-infatuated’ Lord Justice Leveson – The Guardian Slippery Uncle Sam spawned the vultures of Blame Direct – Mail Online Indian call for legal liberalisation – Law Society Gazette Bratton community in shock as solicitor fights for life after shooting – This is Wiltshire Law firm uses Facebook to serve law documents – Basingstoke Gazette

Morning Round-Up: Wednesday 4 July

A lawyer should run Barclays – Law Society Gazette How a legal blog survived traffic tidal wave after court’s healthcare ruling – PC Advisor Promising law student spared prison over stabbing – Gloucestershire Echo Weekend courts to be introduced in radical shake-up of Scotland’s legal system – The Sun Ferrari-driving builder ‘arrested over shooting of… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Thursday 17 May

“Inspirational” pair Lord Justice Leveson and Jamie Carragher to be honoured by Liverpool John Moores University – Liverpool Daily Post Sam Hallam released on unconditional bail as prosecution announces no opposition to murder conviction appeal – The Independent International justice is needed, even if it takes 100 more years to perfect it – The Guardian… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Tuesday 15 May

Britain’s most televised barrister dons the disguise of Captain Slow – The Independent What to expect in court as a trainee solicitor – Duncan Gibbins The wrong Carlos: how Texas sent an innocent man to his death – The Guardian Twitter twits – Law Society Gazette Serious lack of women and minorities among top judges:… Read more »