Morning round-up

Morning round-up: Thursday 23 July

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

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Former Dechert lawyer Tracey McDermott may not have the usual pedigree but she should still get top job at the Financial Conduct Authority [Evening Standard]

Hong Kong law: A trial for wig and gown — Territory is trying to preserve judicial independence despite interference from Beijing [Financial Times]

The EU shouldn’t strike down UK laws: DRIPA saga shows how undemocratic UK lawmaking has become [Spiked]

Beware of legal costs: Suffolk motorsport operator was sued for £20,000, but no-win-no-fee basis of lawyers obliges losing party to pay further £496,585 in costs and bonuses [The Guardian]

Clooneys clash with their neighbours over CCTV [Mail Online]

Legal aid crisis: can Michael Gove end growing case backlog? [Channel 4 News]

BBC licence fee deal faces NUJ legal challenge [The Guardian]

Businessman wins £110,000 libel damages at High Court over hitman slur on Russian blog [Evening Standard]

Police wipe criminal record of student found with cocaine in nightclub to “save his career” [Huffington Post]

Property paralegal required at top 100 London based law firm [Legal Cheek Jobs]

“It upsets me deeply that innocent and stressed out kids are seen as a legitimate target by every shyster and git in town.” [Legal Cheek Comments]