The morning’s top legal news stories and social media posts.
There is “disquiet” among judges about the quality of lawyers in England and Wales’s crown courts, a report says [BBC News]
“Relatively inexperienced solicitor-advocates” the main concern[Law Society Gazette]
In addition, the report suggests that criminal barristers train together with solicitors and work at law firms before joining a “smaller, specialist Bar” later in their careers [Legal Futures]
Cucumber sandwiches served by a butler?! [Twitter]
Barrister on panel at City #pupillage event says that there is a chambers where cucumber sandwiches are served by a butler everyday at 4pm.
— Legal Cheek (@legalcheek) May 7, 2014
Roman law could secure DIY squatter ownership of property [The Guardian]
Lewes Magistrates Court could be turned into a Premier Inn [The Argus]
Personal trainer to Cherie Blair tells court he was racially abused by a lawyer whose wife he was having an affair with [Daily Record]
Gunmen in Pakistan shoot dead a lawyer defending a university lecturer accused of blasphemy [BBC News]
Chris Grayling extends whole life tariffs for criminals who kill police and prison officers in the line of duty [The Telegraph]
Hacking trial: “Look behind the mask”, prosecution QC tells the court [The Independent]
“The whole ‘My mate/Daddy at Bloggs Chambers has said he’ll speak to his pal on the Pupillage Committee and get me an interview’ attitude is something that should be condemned” [Legal Cheek Comments]