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Morning Round-Up: Friday 18 January

A lawyer’s amazingly detailed analysis of Bilbo’s contract in The Hobbit [Wired] Former Leeds University law student to defend Bo Xilai in court [The Telegraph] Girlfriend of Reddit co-founder who hanged himself says US legal system mercilessly hounded him to his death [Mail Online] War on judicial review (sort of) [UK Human Rights Blog] Circuits… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Monday 14 January

Allen & Overy chief backs apprenticeships  “so long as standards are upheld” [The Independent] Drop out fails in bid to auction his name on eBay – despite dropping price [Thomson Reuters] January Blues [Jamie Anderson on Twitter] From law firm managing partner to organising activity tours in southern Tuscany [Manchester Evening News] Solicitors ‘ran immigration scam… Read more »

‘I Look Forward To Meeting You On 31 Sept As Well’: Cambridge Law Student Taunts ‘Sloppy’ Law Firm Grad Recruiters

As a strategy to land a job, Sebastian Salek’s decision to pen an article for The Independent – published yesterday – lampooning “sloppy” graduate recruiters seems rather risky. But there’s no denying that the Cambridge law student makes some good points. Such as… 1. The tendency to make silly mistakes not being limited to applicants… Read more »

End Of The Day Round-Up

Lap dancer loses sacking claim [The Independent] Matrix silk overturns Stringfellows stripper decision [The Lawyer] Barrister at 4 New Square Chambers fails in race discrimination appeal [Bailii via Adam Wagner] University of Leicester law graduate lives on £1 a day to help tackle poverty in Nicaragua [24Dash] What’s more entertaining than a law firm rejection… Read more »

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

“The Bill of Rights Commission reports tomorrow. Please, please can we all try to be sensible? Please?” [UK Human Rights Blog] Barrister who fell down stairs at Daly’s Wine Bar wins “substantial” payout after settling multi-million pound claim [The Telegraph] Woman injured by light fitting while having sex wins legal battle for compensation from Australian… Read more »

End Of The Day Round-Up

Gary McKinnon will face no UK charges [CPS Blog] Margaret Moran’s lawyer, Jim Sturman QC, threatens post-Leveson press [Guido Fawkes] “Oh the festive cheer…obviously good neighbours. Happy Christmas” [Mark Stephens via Twitpic] #WithoutPrejudice podcast: Leveson – Gay Marriage – Justice & Security – Contempt – Finucane [Charon QC] Lord McAlpine’s legal proceedings against Sally Bercow:… 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 »

Morning Round-Up: Tuesday 4 December

Google ‘should face libel laws over blogging site’ [Metro] Philadelphia judge ‘hangs himself after separating from his wife’ [Mail Online] Getting tough with litigants in person? [Marilyn Stowe Blog] Lord Leveson understands that legal back-up could improve the quality of journalism in Britain [The Independent] Deloitte survey: growing number of large firms preparing for ABS… Read more »

End Of The Day Round-Up

“Today’s score on Twitter: @Pontifex 1 – 2 Royal Family. The Vatican easily out-newsed on what was to be their big Twitter news day” [Jack of Kent on Twitter] Linklaters accounts reveal £2.5m payout for 2011-12’s top earner [Legal Week] Chris Grayling vs Ken Clarke [The Independent] Prison saved me: Female City lawyer jailed for… Read more »

End Of The Day Round-Up

Porn producers face legal action over Fifty Shades of Grey adaptation [Metro] Office of judicial complaints clears Mr Justice Coleridge of misconduct in respect of his involvement with the Marriage Foundation [] “The OJC has concluded its investigation into the conduct of the Honourable Mr Justice Coleridge in relation to the judge’s participation in the… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Friday 30 November

The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers [The Spectator] I’m a barrister, get me out of here! After a year of inquiry Sir Brian Leveson heads for Australia as David Cameron expresses concerns over recommendations [The Independent] German bestiality ban: time the US changed some archaic sex laws [The Guardian] Nick Griffin:… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Wednesday 28 November

Can you get around Facebook’s terms of service by posting some legal-sounding mumbo-jumbo on your wall? [Mashable] Contempt laws to be reviewed for internet age [BBC News] Does the internet mean game over for contempt of court? [The Guardian] Nick Herbert: accommodation with Strasbourg is a pipe dream [Head of Legal] Judge who upset Chávez… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Tuesday 27 November

Milking: an udderly bizarre student trend [The Guardian] Leveson Inquiry will be shelved or re-assigned if Sir Brian Leveson is appointed Lord Chief Justice [The Independent] It would make a mockery of justice but foreign judges could rule that Britain’s mass murderers have a human right to be set free [Mail Online] Supermarket Sweep: Lawyers… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Tuesday 20 November

Clarke’s secret courts belong in a repressive regime and undemocratic society warn lawyers [Mail Online] Sally Bercow in legal hot water AGAIN after she breaches court order by naming schoolgirl in a child abduction case [The Independent] David Petraeus hires top lawyer as his lover goes home [Evening Standard] UK Tour Report #10: Professor de… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Friday 16 November

The future: applying for training contracts and pupillages via Facebook? [Forbes] Lord Neuberger’s speech on reforming legal education: full text [Crime Line] Summary: “Neuberger – legal education and training review may be fatally flawed” [Legal Futures] Why it may not be straightforward for McAlpine to sue tweeters for damages [Jack of Kent] Libel damages and… Read more »

End Of The Day Round-Up

The danger lurking in laws to end cyberbullying [Legal Cheek’s associate editor Emily Jupp in The Independent] David Allen Green’s ‘cut out and keep’ guide to avoiding defaming people on Twitter [Storify] Lord McAlpine threatens to sue Speaker’s wife Sally Bercow [The Telegraph] McAlpine’s solicitor warns long list of Twitter users to ‘apologise or be… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Thursday 15 November

Kings College London law students to share £20 million gift from Harvey Nichols owner [Evening Standard] Moral maze: The moral code of social media [BBC Radio 4] In defence of the Clifford Chance Mum’s husband [Above the Law] Gap between number of Bar students and pupillages grows wider [Legal Futures] FA rages at ‘ill-informed’ lawyer… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Wednesday 14 November

Baker & McKenzie, Hogan Lovells and Reed Smith among the “50 best law firms for women” [Above the Law] “The Commission has adopted my proposal for a European law so that women represent 40% of company board members by 2020″ [EU Justice commissioner Viviane Reding via Twitter] Woman ‘denied a termination’ dies in hospital [The… Read more »

End Of The Day Round-Up

Released: Bar Barometer, trends in the profile of the Bar [Bar Council] Internet access is a right, judges rule [The Telegraph] But…internet access is not a ‘human right’ – for perverts or anyone else [The Telegraph] Fantastic spoof lawyer website [] Man who put cat in tumble drier jailed [The Independent] Intern just happens to… 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 »

End Of The Day Round-Up

“Barrister quotes Shakespeare while trying to chat up attractive Probation officer. Didn’t catch the quote, too busy vomiting” [Court News via Twitter] Lord McAlpine raises prospect of legal action over false abuse allegations [The Guardian] Lawyer’s Craigslist ad for ‘friendly artist’ almost certainly a thinly-veiled invitation to live-in threesome [Gawker] 39 Essex Street in ‘advanced… 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: Thursday 8 November

Barrister celebrates 90th birthday in…court [Joshua Rozenberg via Twitter] UK’s relationship with the Council of Europe soon to reach a turning point [The Guardian] Jilted lawyer shoots dead five colleagues in Russia [The Independent] Slaughter and May to part company with 41 secretaries at end of consultation [The Lawyer] Wiggins seeks PI lawyer [BradWiggo on… Read more »

End Of The Day Round-Up

Teen escapes jail after vile April Jones Facebook jibe [Worcester News] Justice Secretary Chris Grayling orders ‘immediate’ investigation of legal aid system [The Independent] Good-looking barrister amazes Twitter user [Becki Wainman on Twitter] Obama victory could spell end of conservative Supreme Court [Forbes] We should support and not condemn Human Rights Act [Jewish Chronicle] Hacking:… Read more »

End Of The Day Round-Up

No. 10 said to be looking for a judge after Tom Watson alleges “concerted establishment cover-up” [Guido Fawkes] Transcript of the trial of Guy Fawkes and his co-conspirators [] Pinsent Masons associate on how to start a…start-up [The Kernel] The entrepreneur who paid her way through law school by working as a cabbie [Huffington Post… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Thursday 25 October

Savile investigation: appointment of law firm linked to BBC questioned [The Independent] McCann’s case against lawyer to be heard soon [Merc Reporter] Video of woman fighting young skateboarding punks in front of a law school [YouTube via Above the Law] Revealed: females make up less than 10 per cent of top 100’s equity partner ranks… Read more »

Happy Birthday: Legal Cheek Is One

A year ago today we launched with this post from Android. Since then, the site has grown faster than anyone expected – although that growth admittedly didn’t get fully underway until the replacement in January of logo Mark I (pictured below) with the more tasteful Mark II you can see above. We’re now getting over… 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 »

EVENT: Legal Cheek At The Google Campus

On the evening of Wednesday 5 December Legal Cheek is hosting a star-studded panel debate at the Google Campus in Shoreditch. Speakers include New Statesman legal correspondent David Allen Green, UK Human Rights Blog editor and practising barrister Adam Wagner, magic circle lawyer-turned-Queen Mary University of London academic Jill Marshall, Accutrainee founder Susan Cooper, Seed… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Tuesday 9 October

Golden eagles of the legal world: meet London’s star lawyers [Evening Standard] Sri Lanka protests over attack on judge [The Independent] Solicitor jailed for 6 years after posing as wealthy investor to con two businessmen out of £250k [Mail Online] Oh yes – Direct Line set for ABS as it reveals £110m solicitor referral fee… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Friday 5 October

Circuit judge’s son endured bench gags before call up by Roy Hodgson for England squad [The Guardian] Governments in young democracies fret over social media [The Independent] UK’s top libel judge warns of death of specialist media bench [Legal Week] “Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels…”: lawyer’s Steve Jobs-inspired departure email [Above… 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

Man in court charged with having sex with a horse [This is Derbyshire] Ex-Herbert Smith lawyer Chuka Umunna in unpaid volunteer storm [Guido Fawkes] MP who seems to really dislike lawyers is angry over ‘soft touch’ Bradford court [Telegraph & Argus] Social media monitoring becomes ‘next big thing in law enforcement’, says QC [The Independent]… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Monday 1 October

Time Warner accuses female lawyer of ordering 17 porn movies in four days [Mail Online] Martin Porter QC: “I have only small ‘islands’ of memory from around 0945 to around 1600 last Sunday” [The Cycling Silk] Herbert’s Smith merger with Freehills goes live [The Independent] Little Lolita [Beneath The Wig] Which law firms are opening… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Thursday 27 September

Shot burglars told by Judge Michael Pert QC ‘that’s the chance you take’ [The Sun] When a chief justice came close to failing a psychiatric evaluation [The Times (£)] Decision by Old Bailey leaves phone-hacking defendants in limbo until September 2013 [The Independent] Mortgage scam solicitor who cashed in on rising property values near the… Read more »

End Of The Day Round-Up

Newcastle University law student Pippa Darlington killed in Morocco car crash [The Journal] Married lawyers who squandered nearly a million pounds on legal costs in bitter divorce battle are left with just £90,000 after being forced to sell their £3.2m home [Mail Online] Catchphrases are difficult to charge royalties for, claims lawyer [Huffington Post UK]… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Wednesday 19 September

‘Police Officers are emotional and social beings just like everyone else. Yet we deal with the extraordinary and the downright awful’ [TheCustodySgt] Van Rouge/Cuppa Law Tour of the UK [Charon QC] Charles’s lobbying letters to ministers WILL be published: Judge rules that prince is exploiting his privileged access [Mail Online] 40% of US law students… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Monday 10 September

‘Litigation culture’ is making Britain less safe, says report [The Independent] It really DIDN’T fit: Furious lawyers dismiss claims they tampered with glove in OJ Simpson trial [Mail Online] The courage of Judge Peter Bowers [New Statesman] The verdict in the case of softie Judge Peter Bowers is unanimous [The Sun] Son of High Court… Read more »