Morning round-up: Monday 23 February

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By Legal Cheek on

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

newspapers4Former barristers Jack Straw and Sir Malcolm Rifkind in latest “cash for access” scandal [The Telegraph]

HSBC left itself open to criminal charges, says Lord Macdonald [BBC News]

Killer who murdered his wife is granted legal aid worth thousands of pounds for custody battle over her four children [Mail Online]

Former Maldivian president arrested under anti-terrorism law [The Guardian]

Price blow for Quindell’s legal services arm as Australian law firm Slater & Gordon reduces takeover offer by a third [This is Money]

Tyneside lawyer appointed to Queen’s Counsel in Queensland, Australia [Chronicle Live]

“The Telegraph defence” [Twitter]

British woman in legal battle to give birth to her dead daughter’s baby [The Mirror]

Veteran was high on pot and not schizophrenic when he shot dead Chris Kyle, says prosecution psychologist who claims he copied insanity plea from Seinfeld [Mail Online]

Ex-solicitor outed as a pervert by paedophile hunter [Metro]

Sadiq Khan: “I’m fed up of the number of firsts that I am. We need to make it easier for others” [The Independent]

Parking firms face test case after driver launches landmark legal challenge over claims £85 fine for exceeding two-hour stay was “disproportionate” [Mail Online]

“A Daily Mail reader is furious at the sentence that they think fictional child Bobby from Eastenders will receive” [Facebook]

Graduate required for administrative assistant role at top tier investment bank [Legal Cheek Jobs]

“It is typical of many Silks such as Myerson. Keep it indoors and let “us silks” sort it out for you #patsonheadlittlepeople.” [Legal Cheek Comments]