Morning round-up: Friday 2 May

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By Legal Cheek on

The morning’s top legal news stories and social media posts.

NewspapersLegal aid row leads to halting of serious “Operation Cotton” fraud trial [BBC News]

David Allen Green: Beyond Cameron vs Cameron: the true significance of the Operation Cotton ruling [Financial Times]

The Operation Cotton ruling in full []

Barrister and part-time judge Constance Briscoe found guilty of lying to police [BBC News]

The recent wave of giant legal mergers has yet to produce financial rewards [The Economist]

Better Call Saul casts Michael McKean as rival lawyer [The Independent]

Podcast: Inside the UK Supreme Court and interview with Lord Neuberger [BBC Podcasts]

The number of practising solicitors has fallen for the first time in 20 years [Law Society Gazette]

The Doughty Street hottie who got away [Your Barrister Boyfriend]

Linklaters appoints first female London corporate chief [The Lawyer]

Heard in court [Facebook]

“I LOLed in chambers listening to this with my headphones. Brilliant” [Legal Cheek Comments]