Morning round-up

Morning round-up: Thursday 8 May

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

NewspapersThere 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]

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]