Morning round-up

Morning round-up: Friday 15 January

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The morning’s top legal affairs news stories

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Top Tory barrister earning hundreds of thousands of pounds outside the Commons on legal work blames his staff after he has an expenses claim for a 49p pint of milk rejected for being against the rules [Mail Online]

For our oversupply of lawyers, blame the cult of the celebrity barrister [The Guardian]

Paris attacks fugitive contacted Brussels defence lawyer [Reuters]

Shami Chakrabarti: As I leave Liberty, the next frontier is an online world that respects human rights [The Guardian]

Emily Thornberry defends donations from controversial legal firm [Islington Gazette]

Three convicted over Hatton Garden heist [Financial Times]

Policeman to stand trial for contempt over “judge arrest threat” [BBC News]

Tories bypass MPs to sneak through law abolishing all student grants [The Mirror]

Widow sues Twitter for alleged aid to Islamic State [Yahoo News]

Law graduate jailed for drunken robbery attempt on Conwy bus [Daily Post]

Applications now being accepted for both Hogan Lovells’ first year open days and first year vacation scheme [Legal Cheek Hub]

“There are two possibilities. Either the ‘advice’ provided by these human leeches assists in getting a TC or it doesn’t. If it doesn’t, then the vulnerable are being fleeced for no benefit. If it does, then, if permitted, the rich will effectively be able to buy their way into Training Contracts.” [Legal Cheek Comments]