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The top legal affairs news stories from this morning and the weekend

Junior lawyers work ever longer hours as demand keeps surging [Financial Times] (£)

City law firm lures young high-flyers with e-car perk [The Times] (free, but registration required)

Top South West QC slams government’s ‘market abusive behaviour’ towards barristers [Bristol Live]

How a corporate lawyer and a finance guy ditched the rat race to build a $750 million barbershop app [Forbes]

Can Poland and the EU resolve the rule of law crisis? [The Spectator]

UK barrister rescues Afghan female judges in airlift operation [Arab News]

Supreme Court takes up Texas law banning most abortions [Independent]

The latest comments from across Legal Cheek

The UK to enshrine mandatory climate disclosures in law [Environment Journal]

Divorce lawyer Ayesha Vardag: ‘My world is steeped in emotions’ [Financial Times] (£)

Valerie’s Law: 100,000 back calls for specialist police training to support black women affected by domestic abuse [iNews]

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Kudos to Baroness Kennedy for arranging flights for women out of Afghanistan.

I really respect practical charitable efforts like this that listen to the real needs of vulnerable communities. These efforts direct attention to the stories of the marginalised, rather than to those in the West holding the cash.

This is so much better than “Praise me!!! I the commercial lawyer gave ALL OF £20 so that aid workers can do all the heavy lifting! Who cares what a ‘Houthi’ is? Pah – I don’t need to follow any Yemeni journalists on Twitter – LOOK!! I gave money!! Aren’t I a lovely person! 🤪”


Archibald Pomp O'City

How much time, effort and money have you donated to this cause? Or any?



Glad you asked. I visited an island within Yemen in 2015 with a local Yemeni company called Socotra Eco Tours.

They employed Yemeni guides who acted as drivers, cave navigators, boat skippers, chefs and perfect hosts over a 10 day trip through the country. Never felt unsafe for a second. The beaches in Yemen are better than The Maldives.

The $3,000 I paid for my holiday went directly to Yemeni people. That money might go towards educating my guides’ kids, putting food on the table or planning for an uncertain future amidst all the awful political instability in the region.

Where my money didn’t go was on paying UK website designers, logo graphic designers, a surly charity CEO’s inflated salary, London office overheads, tacky t-shirts, fixers or just about anything else to virtue-signal before a fraction of the money ever touches the lives of the those people claim they want to ‘help’.

Give directly to those who need it. See where they are coming from. It’s far more helpful than anything the self-serving Twitter mob do.






Hopefully male judges needing help will get it as well.



Agree. It isn’t all roses for the men left in that place.


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