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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 allegations [BBC News]
Trainee legal clerk died after swallowing opiate painkiller patch that gave him 5 times the recommended safe dose [Mail Online]
Judge v spies [The Economist]
Melissa Reid asks Peru judge for UK prison [BBC News]
Chris Grayling: I have very real concerns about Strasbourg ruling on "life means life" sentences [The Telegraph]
Real-life meth dealer called Walter White sentenced to 12 years in prison [Vanity Fair]
Discussing Robertson's jam 'golliwog' label is racist, judge rules [The Telegraph]
Meet the superstar lawyer that Harry Styles and Hugh Grant have on speed dial [Evening Standard]
Smooth jazz in court 12 of the Old Bailey this morning [Twitter]
Some fantastic smooth jazz playing in court 12 at the Old Bailey as a video link to Dubai is tested
— CourtNewsUK (@CourtNewsUK) December 18, 2013
Lostprophets' Ian Watkins sentenced to 35 years over child sex offences [BBC News]
R v Watkins: sentencing remarks [Justice.Gov.UK]
Why I’ll be "on strike" on the 6th January [All That's Left]
"My personal favourite is 'whether or not this amounted to an estoppel is largely arguable'" [Legal Cheek comments]
Heard in court [Facebook]
An employed barrister who apparently called his pupil, amongst other things, "fucking mental" and “Paul’s Magistrates Court bitch" has been fined £5,000 for engaging in conduct which was discreditable to a barrister and/or likely to bring the profession into disrepute.
Steven Pidcock, an employed barrister at Wells Burcombe Solicitors with an interesting Twitter profile (see below), also accused the pupil of double-crossing him and colluding with colleagues during a spree of abusive behaviour against the pupil between October 2011 and March 2012.
A leaked bust-up between three London flatmates — who happen to be law students at UCL — appeared in the blogosphere overnight. The two main arguing parties clearly have a keen enthusiasm for their subject, employing an extensive range of legal jargon in their angry exchange...
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 lawyer in a movie so many times I think I am a lawyer" [Marie Claire]
BP sues lawyer and claims he "fabricated" Gulf of Mexico victims [The Telegraph]
Criminal law barristers urged to embrace new business structures to survive [Legal Futures]
No rational basis for denying all prisoners the vote, concludes joint Parliamentary Committee [UK Human Rights Blog]
Lostprophets' Ian Watkins child sex offences sentence due [BBC News]
Judge Sir Paul Coleridge disciplined for stating views on traditional marriage [The Telegraph]
Solicitors pass motion of no-confidence in Law Society president and chief executive [Legal Futures]
The lead-up to the vote as it happened on social media [Storify]
Gosh. One expects barristers to be stroppy, but for solicitors to vote against their own leadership on confidence motion is significant.
— Jack of Kent (@JackofKent) December 17, 2013
Joyless law firm Christmas card of 2013 goes to Brian Koffman & Co Solicitors for this charming festive scene...
The relationship between a trainee/pupil and their supervising lawyer is a complex one, fraught with potential for miscommunication. @Wigapedia provides a translation table to help both parties better understand each other...
"The war for talent is bollocks!" [Legal Business]
UK supreme court wins independence from government...in 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 [Mail Online]
NSA mass phone surveillance programme "unconstitutional" [BBC News]
English courts still top the league for generous divorce payouts [The Telegraph]
Rocket lawyer pioneer hits out at "costly, complex" law sector [Yorkshire Post]
Scientology, university unrest and right to die – the Human Rights Roundup [UK Human Rights Blog]