Monday morning round-up

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The top legal affairs news stories from the weekend

Half of magistrates courts in England and Wales closed since 2010 [The Guardian]

Cabinet minister fails to totally rule out martial law after no-deal withdrawal from EU [The Independent]

Law firm defends £13m fee for equality action against Glasgow council [The Observer]

Sir Philip Green makes sensational climbdown as Topshop boss quits £500,000 legal fight over gagging orders on allegations of sexual harassment, bullying and discrimination [Mail Online]

Azealia Banks could be prosecuted for Irish remarks, barrister says [Evening Standard]

Cardiff City consider legal action as Emiliano Sala transfer payments frozen and investigators hired [Wales Online]

The latest comments from across Legal Cheek

China sentences human rights lawyer to four years in prison [The Guardian]

Jack Shepherd could be forced to pay back legal aid as MoJ investigates assets [The Telegraph]

Actress Tina Malone could face two years in jail for re-tweeting photo of “James Bulger’s killer Jon Venables” [Mail Online]

He made his way to the top of Big Law. Then his drinking almost brought him down [CNN]

Apply to attend: Student law events on Brexit, lawtech and more in London, Southampton and Cambridge [Legal Cheek Events]

BPTC and LPC graduates sought to work as county court advocates [Legal Cheek Hub]

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