Morning round-up

Morning round-up: Thursday 21 September

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The morning’s top legal affairs news stories

Keir Starmer says Brussels has “high expectations” for PM’s speech but she must face down Boris Johnson’s “fantasy Brexit” and adopt a real position [The Guardian]

Dangerous cycling law review after death crash [BBC News]

Court decision no longer required in right-to-die cases, judge rules [The Guardian]

I’m an immigration and human rights lawyer – and my chambers just won a case that could land Amber Rudd in prison [The Independent]

Ryanair accused of breaking EU law over passenger compensation [The Telegraph]

Top competition watchdog forced to cut off friendship with Murdoch lawyer over Sky takeover [The Telegraph]

Equifax faces legal onslaught from US states over data breach [Financial Times]

Top lawyer Sir Desmond de Silva’s book to reveal 50 years of secrets from trials including John Terry, Lee Bowyer and an African warlord [Evening Standard]

Client threatens to kill solicitor in vile Facebook message [Leicester Mercury]

Some thoughts on Charlie Alliston and death on the roads [The Secret Barrister]

Bristol student event: Infrastructure: the next growth area for lawyers — with Burges Salmon [Legal Cheek Hub]

“I am sorry for the dull question but why is that the case? What does make them the worst firm?” [Legal Cheek Comments]



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The Indie headline about Amber Rudd potentially going to jail is sensationalist nonsense. Although a Minister can be held in contempt of court, there is no power to commit her to prison. If I were the author, I would be pretty angry about the editors using such a misleading headline.

I know Legal Cheek is just repeating the headline but a legal blog site ought to be a little bit better than just repeating a misleading headline.


Elements of the Charlie Alliston case was confusing.
Did the victim step out into the road and into his path without looking, or not?
Was she looking down at her mobile when she did so, or not (there are mixed reports of there being witnesses who say she did, but also Alliston making a false claim in court that she was)?
Did he have any ability to slow down? I keep reading he had no ability to slow because of the type of his bike, then also read he slowed from 18mph to 14mph back pedalling or something which is the bike’s ability to slow (not as sharply as brakes).


apparently the guy was riding a specialist bike (capable of reaching top speeds), with no brakes because they had not been fitted yet. essentially, a partially built bike……………….what an idiotic thing to do


With a fixed gear bike there is no freewheel so you slow down by pedalling more slowly. It takes some skill and isn’t as effective in an emergency because the front wheel has more braking power if you are braking hard

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