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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 »

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 »

End Of The Day Round-Up

Law student pleads guilty to exotic bird’s beheading death at Vegas casino [Mail Online] “No counsel knowing anything about this area of the law could put forward such an argument” [Bailii via Adam Wagner] Rabid lawyers reap terror (see comments) on hapless underpaid journalists [UK Human Rights Blog] Christian lawyer found guilty of using her… Read more »

End Of The Day Round-Up

Female solicitor told not to have a relationship or babies by boss, tribunal hears [The Telegraph] …Law firm boss ‘also used her as an attractive distraction for clients at meetings’ [Mail Online] Delhi rape victims are to blame, defendants’ lawyer says [Bloomberg] Meanwhile over in Court 6, Reading Crown Court [Guido Fawkes] A moral assessment… 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 »

Morning Round-Up: Tuesday 8 January

Barristers ‘among the most dangerous drivers on the road’, study finds [Mail Online] Smug Clifford Chance associate wins holiday [City AM] In response to the news, Lukas Hirst said: “This is outstanding news. I have just returned from two weeks in LA with my son and had forgotten how amazing sunshine and the beach are…. Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Monday 7 January

Linklaters associate who died during triathlon may have suffered the same condition as Bolton Wanderers’ footballer Fabrice Muamba [Mail Online] Jeremy Carter-Manning QC caught up in RSPCA row [The Telegraph] Stress dominates calls to LawCare as charity outlines concerns over alcohol danger [Legal Futures] Thirty Nine Essex Street Chambers launches its Singapore office [PR Newswire]… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Tuesday 18 December

Commission on a Bill of Rights BINGO [UK Human Rights Blog] Slaughter and May solicitor warns top football clubs [City AM] Gay marriage: divorces over adultery face legal challenge [The Telegraph] Only a few days until Christmas! Make sure you’re aware of a law firm’s opening hours…? [Ellisons Solicitors via Twitter] Wrongly accused: ‘a lack… 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

Trainee retention rates dip in 2012 as post-recession recovery falters [Legal Week] Judge credits knife-wielding thug for ‘taking care not to inflict life threatening injuries’ on victim he stabbed FIVE times [Mail Online] Facebook is changing its privacy settings again, improving them from horrible to still-mostly-horrible [Forbes – via Danan Margason on Twitter] ‘A sham…… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Tuesday 11 December

‘There are now more lawyers in the country than police officers. Why is that?’ [Mail Online] The judge who thinks graffiti vandals should be proud of their handiwork [The Telegraph] Hugh Tomlinson QC: Royal hoax call could be an ‘offence under UK law’ [The Guardian] Brushing off the barristers [The Asian Lawyer] Opponents of gay… Read more »

End Of The Day Round-Up

Chief prosecutor supports scrapping law against insults [The Telegraph] Lincoln’s Inn Christmas tree [Emma-Jane Tritton via Twitter] Attorney General to reject warnings of gay marriage legal challenge [The Spectator] 20 reasons why you should date a law student [Instagram] Lawrence Graham departures continue as 16 made redundant [The Lawyer] Support the Death Penalty Project on… Read more »

End Of The Day Round-Up

Lord Justice Leveson takes time out from Oz backpacker trail to deliver speech on privacy and the internet – full text [Judiciary.gov.uk] Coroner orders fresh investigation into death of lawyer who said fiance was ‘trying to kill’ her [The Telegraph] Law firm cashier claims she was sacked after complaint about lawyer boss giving pay rise… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Friday 7 December

High Court judge accused of jumping red light tries to have case thrown out because it is ‘unfair and oppressive’ [Mail Online] Eric Pickles and the looming Tory split over the ECHR [The Spectator] Australian PM (and ex-Slater & Gordon lawyer) Julia Gillard announces the end of the world [YouTube] ‘The Sentencing Council is a… Read more »

End Of The Day Round-Up

Judge Peter Bowers reprimanded over ‘burglary takes courage’ remarks [BBC News] Statement from the Office For Judicial Complaints on Judge Bowers [Judiciary.gov.uk] This hilarious video shows everything that’s annoying about Instagram [Forbes] Lords defeat part of legal aid cuts [The Guardian] Students set to sue Facebook over its privacy policies [Mail Online] One Brick Court’s… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Monday 3 December

Mail finds new love for Human Rights Act [UK Human Rights Blog] as Shami Chakrabarti opposes new law on press standards [Mail on Sunday] Leveson and legality: implementation of the report would not be illegal – Hugh Tomlinson QC [Inforrm] Shami Chakrabarti’s clarification on Mail on Sunday story [Liberty] The seven ages of a law student… 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 [Judiciary.gov.uk] “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 »

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 »

End Of The Day Round-Up

Wannabe lawyers face new embarrassing Twitter archive threat [Mail Online] ‘If I could turn back time’: Leveson understood through the prism of Cher [Fleet Street Fox] The Lawyer’s Leveson breathlessness [The Lawyer] The rise of unorthodox university tuition fee funding methods [The Kernel] Have human rights hijacked the language of morals? [UK Human Rights Blog]… Read more »

End Of The Day Round-Up

Gateley to axe 19 fee-earner positions from English offices [The Lawyer] Naked man who climbed statue of Duke of Cambridge had ‘psychotic episode’, court hears [The Telegraph] The trials and tribulations of two legal bloggers [The Conversation] Secret Courts remixed: any better than the original? [UK Human Rights Blog] That Facebook copyright protection notice is… 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

Boris: “If you want to take him to cleaners, take him to cleaners in London” [The Lawyer] Legal Cheek editor hit by cruising slur in wake of College of Law cottaging story [Jon Harman via Twitter] ‘Think like a lawyer’: the game [LexisNexis] Lord Judge, Lord Chief Justice, to retire next summer [Judiciary of England… 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 »

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 »

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 [bobduljohnsonattorneyatlaw.biz] 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

Abu Qatada wins appeal against deportation [UK Human Rights Blog] Abu Qatada: what happens next? [Head of Legal] Solicitor claims Fifty Shades of Grey case is evidence of social change where women are more adventurous in the bedroom [Mail Online] George Entwistle not legally entitled to £450,000 pay-off from BBC [The Telegraph] Become a Court… Read more »

End Of The Day Round-Up

Law produces the most psychopaths of any profession [Huffington Post] Bored lawyers break into a spontaneous rendition of the theme from Crown Court while waiting for the judge to come back in [Court News via Twitter] Pinsents launches second post-merger redundancy round [The Lawyer] Supermarket worker, 24, in legal bid to become Britain’s first single… 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

Ched Evans appeals rape conviction [The Telegraph] Barrister: Cocaine smuggling plot allegations are revenge for exposing police corruption [Court News] Why can’t we name the alleged paedophile? Joshua Rozenberg explains [Audioboo] Human rights victory for BNP bus driver [UK Human Rights Blog] John Bromley-Davenport QC sacked by murder suspect [The Northern Echo] Made in Chelsea… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Tuesday 6 November

The presidential race: a heavily weighted coin flip [The Economist] Democrats, Republicans lawyer-up for US election [AFP] Ignorance is no defence on Twitter and Facebook, warn legal experts [The Telegraph] Pro bono: do we need to rethink the formula post legal aid? [The Guardian] Solicitor is now doing God’s work [Worcester News] Washington Post hops… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Friday 2 November

Legal profession giddy with excitement as Chambers and Partners’ new UK rankings released [Twitter] Lawyer to Chris Brown: ‘I don’t dance…you don’t talk’ [TMZ] Leveson inquiry: prejudging the judge [The Guardian] Judge overrules ‘frustrated’ magistrate to free man jailed for stealing yeast [The Telegraph] LSC warns on out of time Crown Court claims [CrimeLine] Victory:… 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 »

Morning Round-Up: Wednesday 31 October

The law and magical thinking [Jack of Kent] Tooks chambers barrister: FA’s anti-racism rules are ‘nonsense’ [The Telegraph] Barristers earn ‘an average of £160,000 per self-employed practitioner’ [Legal Futures] Could Jimmy Savile’s employers be liable for his actions? [Solicitors Journal] Has UKSC ‘dissed’ the Supreme Court of Canada? [Charon QC’s UK Law Tour] Spooky tales… Read more »

End Of The Day Round-Up

US Supreme Court isn’t troubled by Hurricane Sandy [Reuters] Law firm’s Lance Armstrong comment [Private Eye (£)] Schillings’ 2006 press release: “Mr Armstrong has always vigorously opposed drugs in sport” Top 10 law firms increase their dominance, says PwC [The Telegraph] Mishcon de Reya solicitor Charlotte Harris wants more UK press regulation [YouTube] Balloons released… Read more »

End Of The Day Round-Up

Legal book of the day [Twitter via David Allen Green] More shenanigans on prisoner votes [UK Human Rights Blog] Ignoring PACE was not ‘brave’ [Law Society Gazette] Savile: Can a lawyer help an independent investigation into their client? [Lawyer Watch] Ex-Clifford Chance lawyer on the perils of anonymous blogging [The Blog That Peter Wrote] The… 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 »

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 »