UK Human Rights Blog

New Statesman Readers Slam ‘Insolent Bloody Human Rights Lawyers’ Following ‘Shyster’ Barrister’s Pro-Human Rights Blog

Yes, that’s New Statesman readers… 1 Crown Office Row barrister Adam Wagner, who also edits the UK Human Rights Blog, has been savaged in the comments section of the New Statesman website for a piece he wrote for the apparently progressive publication… In the article, headlined ‘What would happen if the UK withdrew from the… Read more »

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

BT to offer legal services to businesses after new ‘BT Law’ trade mark is registered [Huffington Post] Balancing Christian and gay rights isn’t easy – give Strasbourg some credit [The Guardian] Free speech still under threat by gross offence social media law [UK Human Rights Blog] CMS launches redundancy consultation with 40 jobs at risk [The… 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 »

End Of The Day Round-Up

Lawyers heckle fellow lawyers who have offered to defend men in India gang rape case [Legally India] Who is the most badass lawyer? [Quora] “Wagner was a lousy human being,” says Robert Jay QC in classical music outburst [The Guardian] CPS launch public consultation on its interim guidelines on prosecuting cases involving communications sent via… 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 »

DPP Slams Twitter Joke Trial QC For Making ‘Cheap Points’ And Failing To Grasp ‘Sophistication’ Of Social Media Issues

Having narrowly beaten Kirsty Brimelow in the last battle of the top QCs, Twitter Joke Trial barrister John Cooper QC today found himself up against none other than Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Keir Starmer QC. Cooper got things underway by ridiculing the DPP’s new social media prosecution guidelines, which he described as “the longest… Read more »

End Of The Day Round-Up

DPP’s interim guidelines for social media prosecutions embargoed til midnight. But Twitter Joke Trial barrister gives hint about their content [John Cooper QC on Twitter] UK Bill of Rights Commission fails to reach consensus [The Guardian] The Bill of Rights Commission report: a modest proposal [UK Human Rights Blog] I am deleting my Instagram account… 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 »

Morning Round-Up: Friday 14 December

Law firms suffer worst quarter since 2010 [Financial Times (£)] Doubt over City law firm plan to boost female partner numbers [The Times' Alex Spence on Twitter] Law student shot on Manhattan street ‘was drug courier executed over missing cash that was confiscated by cops in California’ [Mail Online] Pregnant man trapped in legal limbo… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Monday 10 December

Six fat cat lawyers get £½MILLION each a year legal aid [The Sun] A much-used diversionary tactic: to distract public attention away from this government’s policy of destruction of legal aid [Nothing like The Sun] Today is Human Rights Day [UK Human Rights Blog] Judge suspended after ‘getting a witness pregnant’ – months after sending… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Thursday 6 December

Legal Cheek at the Google campus: in tweets via competing hashtags [#legalcheek #legalcheeklive] When Britain’s top lawyers are focused on the world’s most lucrative disputes, can our courts still serve the public interest at home? [The Spectator] Joey Barton threatens legal action over ‘come out as gay’ article [Digital Spy] Will the UK lose its… 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 »

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 »

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: Friday 23 November

German lawyer claims 38DD girlfriend tried to smother him to death with her breasts [Mail Online] First openly gay court of appeal judge appointed in California [Pink News] Chris Grayling: ‘Ban legal aid for vote lags’ [The Sun] Northumbria Uni law student left with a three-inch crack to his skull after bar brawl [Hartlepool Mail]… Read more »

End Of The Day Round-Up

‘You’ve missed your vocation as a lawyer’: Factory cleaner praised by coroner for taking on two barristers during inquest into her brother-in-law’s death in police custody [Mail Online] A war on Judicial Review? [UK Human Rights Blog] Friends reunite at Twitter [The Lawyer] Lord McAlpine just saved the internet [The Kernel] Revealed: White House lawyer… Read more »

End Of The Day Round-Up

Full text: Home truths about judicial diversity – Lord Sumption [Supremecourt.gov.uk] Absence of a Welsh Supreme Court judge “unacceptable” [News Wales] Careful what images you pinch from the internet… [American Copy Editors Society]   Students: are you living for your CV? [The Guardian] Digital law student: the power of creating a digital identity [The Tweeting… 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

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 »

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 [Armistead.com] 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 »

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 »

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: Friday 12 October

Ambulance chasing company boss jailed over £12million cash scam which hired one man to stage 93 crashes [Mail Online] Guardian submits its hacks to rigorous legal training [The Guardian] Proposed changes made by Slaughter and May to Rugby Football Union’s corporate governance “watered down” [The Telegraph] RPC media head takes new full-time role as district… Read more »

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 »

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: Tuesday 25 September

Lawyer faces 25 years in prison for champagne flute assault [Mail Online] Why external investors are eyeing up the criminal Bar [Legal Futures] Ministry of Justice abandons £10m raid on medical negligence damages [The Telegraph] Lawyerly Lairs: an associate’s $3.6 million apartment [Above the Law] Time to untangle the debate over secret courts [UK Human… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Tuesday 11 September

Law firm departure letter of the week: “If one million angels sang a chorus of praise from the peaks of the Himalayas, it might just begin to match the gratitude that I have for you all.” [Above the Law] Bipolar murderer who kidnapped and raped his teenage victim begs judge for the death penalty [Mail… 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: Tuesday 31 July

Katie Holmes ‘mystery man’ named as her lawyer – Digital Spy Tom Cruise dines with lawyer as reports emerge he has ‘annoyed Katie Holmes by spoiling Suri’ – Huffington Post UK The judge who fell asleep – The Guardian How lawyers over-claimed £22m in fees – Belfast Telegraph Rules, rights (rings) and the Twitter joke:… Read more »

PODCAST: The Future Of Legal Blogging

This week’s #RoundMyKitchenTable podcast guest, City University’s Emily Allbon (pictured), is one of the pioneers of legal blogging, having started the excellent Lawbore site way back in the dial-up internet days of 2002. Since then, Allbon has seen many legal blogs fall by the wayside, and a fairly recent new wave of really good bloggers… Read more »