“Lawyers – hands off our democracy”

http://www.legalcheek.com/2016/10/there-is-no-going-back-lord-pannick-qc-kicks-off-brexit-legal-challenge The above title appeared on placards outside the RCJ, which were being displayed by demonstrators protesting against the Brexit judicial review - see the above article/link. The judicial review was opened last Thursday by Blackstone's Silk, David Pannick.  The hearing is expected to conclude on Tuesday and be leapfrogged to the Supreme Court in the event of an appeal.…

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UK JUDICIARY ‘MORE MALE’ THAN EUROPEAN COUNTERPARTS

http://www.lawgazette.co.uk/news/uk-judges-better-paid-and-more-male-than-europe-norm/5058119. A Council of Europe report found that the UK judiciary was better paid and contained a greater proportion of male judges than their European counterparts - see the above link.  The topic of the report is the efficacy of justice, although it is not clear how the gender composition of the judiciary is relevant to this. One commentator to the…

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Shami Chakrabarti appointed Shadow Attorney General

Shami Chakrabarti pictured above has recently been appointed shadow Attorney General by Jeremy Corbyn.  She caused controversy at the recent Labour Party conference in Liverpool by asking Jews not to desert the party and leave her with 'Essex man'.  She is reported to have apologised for the remark which was supposed to be a joke. Chakrabarti (now a Baroness) became…

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GOVERNMENT PUBLISHES DEFENCE TO BREXIT CHALLENGE

https://www.scribd.com/document/325800037/#fullscreen&from_embed The government has been forced to publish its defence to the Brexit legal challenge - see the above link. In summary it is argued that: It was always made clear that the result of the referendum would be implemented That treaty making/withdrawl is a prerogative power. There is nothing in the European Communities Act 1972 which fetters the Government's…

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UNMARRIED PARTNER DENIED COMPENSATION

An unmarried woman, whose partner of 16 years died as a result of medical negligence, was denied compensation by the High Court because she was not married to the deceased - see below http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lancashire-37490223. Mr Justice Edis stated that he was powerless to award her compensation under the present law and recommended that Parliament reconsider the same.  The Claimant argued…

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ANALYSIS OF GUN LAWS

In an article for Legal Cheek - see http://www.legalcheek.com/legal-cheek-journal/ Tom English criticises the current state of the UK firearms legislation. The article demonstrates some ambiguities and inconsistencies in the law as well as acknowledging that the overall effect of the legislation is to make if difficult for law abiding citizens to obtain guns rather than criminals.  Despite this the article presupposes,…

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LEGAL SECTOR GROWTH

According to source - The City UK (cited in Counsel Magazine), legal service firms raked in a record £30.9bn in 2014/15, up 1.3% on the previous year and a fifth successive year of growth. Net exports of UK legal services in 2014 increased by 11% to £3.6bn and in 2015 the sector contributed £25.7bn to the UK economy (1.6% of…

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ITALIAN LAWYER SUES AIRLINE OVER FAT PASSENGER

An Italian lawyer is suing an airline due to being seated next to an obese passenger (both pictured above), see http://www.legalcheek.com/2016/09/lawyer-claims-2375-in-damages-after-being-seated-next-to-obese-man-during-long-haul-flight/. Giorgio Destro is seeking £2375, which includes the price of the ticket, in compensation from the airline.  Destro claims that he was forced to endure discomfort due to the 'spillover' from the other passenger and that the airline would…

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SILK ARGUES FOR SCRAPPING OF BAR COUNCIL AND LAW SOCIETY

Silk, Michael Turner advocates the abolition of the aforementioned regulatory bodies in favour of a trade union - for lawyers, see here.  His principal concern is over legal aid cuts and the perceived ineffectiveness of the 2 bodies in stopping them and in defending the interests of the profession.  He further expresses concern over the lack of unity between barristers and…

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Solicitor warned for acting alone.

A solicitor was rebuked by the SRA - see here for representing clients outside of his employer's practice.  In doing so he had no professional indemnity insurance. Abdul Bari charged his immigration clients rates that were lower than those offered by his employer because of their impecuniosity. In deciding to limit the penalty to a warning the SRA took into account the…

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