- Watchdog says abuse of victims and suspects is most serious corruption issue facing police service in England and WalesHundreds of police officers are being accused of sexually abusing victims and suspects in what a senior police watchdog has called “the most serious corruption issue facing the service”.Forces across England and Wales received 436 allegations of abuse of power for sexual gain against 306 police officers, 20 police community support officers and eight staff in the two
- House of Lords passes amendment to policing and crime bill posthumously pardoning men and allowing living to apply for convictions to be overturnedAn amnesty for gay and bisexual men convicted of consensual sex with people of the same sex has been extended to Northern Ireland. Until Wednesday, the region was excluded from legislation that posthumously pardons men convicted of sexual offences that are no longer illegal and allows the living to apply to have convictions overturned.The legislation
- Process of leaving European Union would involve ‘driving a wedge’ between Northern Ireland and Irish Republic, lawyers argueThe formal consent of the Stormont assembly would be required before Brexit because the process would “drive a wedge” between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic, the supreme court has been told. On the third day of the politically sensitive hearing, legal consensus over the UK’s unwritten constitution began to fray as lawyers from Belfast
- With its badly drafted legislation, parliament created this mess – and parliament should sort it outCicero would have seen a funny thing on the way to the forum this week. The issue before the highest court in the land was a fine nuance of constitutional law. The judge in charge, Lord Neuberger, was telling a howling mob to stop shouting over what he insisted was a boring legal decision. His judges would decide it themselves, boringly. Everyone go home.To the mob it was not borin
- Lawyers at The Hague say any lesser punishment for Bosnian Serb military commander would be ‘insult to his victims’ Prosecutors at The Hague war crimes tribunal called for a life sentence to be imposed on the Bosnian Serb military commander, Ratko Mladić, for genocide and crimes against humanity committed by his forces in the 1992-95 Bosnian war.Any lesser penalty would be “an insult to the victims, living and dead, and an affront to justice” said Alan Tieger, closin
- Standing in for Theresa May, the leader of the house had the bad luck to find himself up against a forensic Emily ThornberryWith Theresa May off in Bahrain painting her Turner prize-losing Brexit red, white and blue, the short straw of standing in for her at prime minister’s questions fell to the leader of the house. It was David Lidington’s bad luck to have found himself up against a forensic Emily Thornberry rather than the haphazard Jeremy Corbyn; it was his misjudgment to come to
- Anushka Asthana hears from former attorney general Dominic Grieve on the supreme court Brexit hearings and from the SNP’s Stephen Gethins. Plus: following a major report on integration we hear from Shaista Gohir, Sunder Katwala, Phoebe Griffith and Labour’s Chuka Umunna The government’s appeal against a decision granting parliament a vote on article 50 moved to the supreme court this week. And with a decision due in January, the March deadline for triggering Brexit talks is mov
- Reason for detention not known but Egyptian human rights groups say they are subject to worst clampdown everHuman rights activists in Egypt have reacted angrily to the arrest of prominent women’s rights advocate Azza Soliman, saying it marked a “chilling escalation” of pressure on civil society organisations.Soliman, the founder of the Centre for Egyptian Women’s Legal Assistance (CEWLA), is one of a number of activists, lawyers and journalists to have been prevented from
- Free Land Registry service sends e-alerts of all activity relating to up to 10 properties.
- Lawyers argued that it would be a brach of parliamentary sovereignty if the government triggered article 50 to leave the European Union without legislation being enacted first 4.12pm GMT 4.01pm GMTThey have been discussing the the Sewel convention, a rule introduced at the time of Scottish and Welsh devolution in 1999, which says both devolved parliaments “normally” have to approve any act of Westminster that affects their powers.James Wolffe QC struggled to pin down the precise mean
- Linklaters’ LLP accounts for the 2015/16 financial year revealed that the average remuneration for the firm’s top leadership team was reduced by 4 per cent.
The total amount shared among the 12 members of Linklaters’ executive committee and the chair of the firm’s partnership board, senior partner Charlie Jacobs, increased by 3.7 per cent from £18.9m in 2014/15.
However, on a per capita basis, members of the firm’s leadership team earned £1.51m last year
- Michael Gove and John Whittingdale tell CBI companies should outline regulations they want scrapped when Britain exits blocSenior Tory MPs have begun pushing for a list of regulations affecting companies to tear up after Brexit, even though Theresa May has promised to carry over all EU law into British law.Two former cabinet ministers, John Whittingdale and Michael Gove, suggested to the CBI business group on Wednesday that companies should start drawing up a list of regulations they want to see
- Reason for detention not known but Egyptian human rights groups say they are subject to worst clampdown everEgyptian police have arrested prominent women’s rights advocate Azza Soliman, her foundation and a security source have said, weeks after she was banned from travelling and had her assets frozen. Soliman, founder of the Centre for Egyptian Women’s Legal Assistance (CEWLA), is one of a number of activists, lawyers and journalists to have been prevented from leaving Egypt in the
- Chancery Lane acts ahead of expected Competition Watchdog call for more information about prices and service quality.
- Clyde & Co was the most active law firm in the Queen’s Bench Division (QBD) of the High Court in 2015 and the first three quarters of 2016, according to data compiled by The Lawyer.
Clyde & Co spent 103 days at the court while Slater & Gordon, in second place, spent 90 days. DAC Beachcroft spent 85 days in court while Kennedys Law spent 82 days and Weightmans 72 days.
These rankings are based on recorded judgments tracked in The Lawyer Litigation Tracker, a live database of mor
- Home Office says new civil order should not replace criminal prosecutions when they are possible.
- Home Office says new civil order should not replace criminal prosecutions when they are possible.
- Confirmation comes after lawyers started a legal challenge to force action.
- Survey of compliance officers finds UK weakest jurisdiction for due diligence.
- Lawyer for claimant in article 50 case tells supreme court ‘only an act of parliament can lawfully confer power on government’A full act of parliament – rather than merely a motion – would be required to give ministers authorisation to trigger Brexit, the supreme court has been told.Concluding his arguments to the court, Lord Pannick QC, who represents the lead claimant, Gina Miller, said legislation by both houses of parliament would be needed before the government could
- Reason to suspect dishonesty by Mohammed Ayub, convicted of conspiracy to defraud.
- While it won concession over an EU exit ‘plan’, divisions in the party show it is walking an all but impossible tightropeLabour finally flexed its muscles over Brexit on Tuesday, winning a modest concession from the government over Theresa May’s “plan”. But by signing up for No 10’s self-imposed timetable for triggering article 50, the shadow Brexit secretary, Keir Starmer, also underlined how boxed in the opposition is.Labour had tabled a motion for an opposi
- Goodwin Procter has bolstered its private equity practice in London by hiring specialists Mark Soundy and Sarah Priestley.
Mark SoundyThe two partners recently quit Shearman & Sterling. The US firm has implemented an overhaul of the practice geared at improving profitability.
Soundy and Priestley, who was the head of tax at Shearman’s London office, are joining the department led by Richard Lever who jumped ship from King & Wood Mallesons last year to set up Goodwin&
- Lawyers continue to make the case as to why only parliament and not government has the authority to trigger article 50 to leave the European Union 11.39am GMTThese are intense exchanges, probably the toughest grilling Pannick has faced so far in this case.Pannick says it cannot be said that the 2015 European Union Referendum Act act clearly removes the inhibition on the ability of the executive to nullify statutory rights.
For the court to infer matters that are not in the act when they are matt
- Under new law anyone found guilty of trying to change, repress or eliminate a person’s sexual orientation faces fine or jailMalta has become the first country in Europe to ban gay conversion therapy after the parliament in Valetta unanimously approved a bill outlawing attempts to “cure” homosexuals of their sexuality.Under the new Affirmation of Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Gender Expression Act, anyone found guilty of trying to “change, repress or eliminate a
- Top 50 associate John Mackenzie cleared of most serious charges after explaining pressures he was under.
- Vittorio Storaro defends Bernardo Bertolucci over suggestions that filming of ‘butter scene’ constituted sexual violence against actress Maria SchneiderVittorio Storaro, the Oscar-winning cinematographer who supervised the filming of the “butter” scene in Last Tango in Paris, has stoutly defended the film’s director Bernardo Bertolucci, saying “nothing happened” during the shoot.Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter, Storaro said that the recent storm over
- Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan has hired Addleshaw Goddard head of civil fraud and litigation star Mark Hastings.
Hastings was appointed to lead the fraud group in 2014, having originally trained at Herbert Smith Freehills.
Recent high-profile mandates include leading a number of cases for Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky including defending a $6bn commercial court claim against Roman Abramovich. The case is understood to have resulted in a large success fee for Addleshaws, significantly
- Jeremy Pemberton was appealing against ruling backing Church of England ban on gay clergy marrying their partnersA Church of England hospital chaplain has lost a case claiming he was discriminated against after his licence to work was withdrawn when he married his gay partner.Jeremy Pemberton was appealing against an earlier ruling, which backed the church’s legal right to enforce its position that gay clergy are forbidden from marrying their partners. Continue reading...
- Simpson Thacher & Bartlett competition head and former Clifford Chance star Kevin Arquit has left the firm to join Weil Gotshal & Manges in New York.
He exits after 14 years at Simpson Thacher, joining Weil as co-head of the antitrust and competition practice alongside Steven Newborn, a former colleague from Rogers & Wells and Clifford Chance.
Arquit has substantial experience cementing major deals including Sirius Satellite Radio in its closely-watched merge
- Schoenherr has advised UNIQA Insurance Group AG (“UNIQA”) on the sale of its Italian insurance company UNIQA Assicurazioni SpA (“UNIQA Assicurazioni”) to the Italian mutual insurance company Società Reale Mutua di Assicurazioni for a consideration of EUR 295m. The sale includes UNIQA Assicurazioni and its subsidiaries operating in Italy – UNIQA Previdenza SpA and UNIQA Life SpA. The closing of the transaction is expected to take place in the first half o
- To help raise funds this Christmas for its charity of the year – Countryside Holidays for Inner City Kids (CHICKS) – Schillings has launched an online silent auction featuring exclusive lots donated by its network of the great and good. Items include:
an original Brigitte Lacombe photograph from her private collection, featuring Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio taking a break from filming The Revolutionary Road;two tickets, with dinner, to the critically acclaimed production o
- After a year of changes in the regulatory landscape and with more on the horizon, Ogier partner Bradley Kruger is giving an open webinar on requirements for private fund advisers.
Brad, who heads up Ogier’s Caribbean/Asia corporate and commercial team, is taking part in the webcast seminar organised by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.
The event – titled “Private Fund Advisers: An Overview of the Regulatory Landscape for the General Practitioner” &ndash
- DAC Beachcroft has signed agreements with two Latin America firms in Costa Rica and Peru.
The firm has formed associations with Costa Rica-headquartered BLP and Peruvian firm Torres Carpio Portocarrero & Richter (TCPR).
BLP is significantly larger than TCPR, with 26 partners across nine offices in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatamala, Nicaragua and Honduras.
Four TCPR partners are based in the Peruvian capital Lima.
DAC Beachcroft has been on a mission to grow its Latin America practice, openi
- Kinstellar Budapest held a successful business seminar and roundtable on 29 November focusing on compliance, risk, and sensitive investigations (CRSI) in light of the newly introduced ISO 37001 anti-bribery management systems and EU Directive 2016/679/EU on General Data Protection Regulation. The seminar attracted a number of general counsels and compliance experts from across a range of leading companies active in Hungary and across the region.
Three experts from Kinstellar’s Budapest off
- EQT Infrastructure II has acquired CHEP Aerospace Solutions from Brambles, a global supply-chain logistics provider. CHEP Aerospace Solutions is a leader in pooling, management, maintenance and repair of unit load devices (ULDs) for the aviation industry.
Bär & Karrer acted as Swiss legal adviser to EQT in this transaction. The team included Christoph Neeracher, Luca Jagmetti, Thomas Stoltz, Beda Kaufmann, Leonie Riemenschnitter and Frédéric Mancosu (all M&A) as well a
- Conyers has donated $6,000 to three Bermuda charities as part of their World Rugby Classic hospitality event. The three charities that received donations were The Chewstick Foundation, Coalition for the Protection of Children and the Sloop Foundation.
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- Joe Molloy, Sports Broadcaster of the Year and presenter of Newstalk’s award winning ‘Off the Ball’ put Irish International rugby stars Johnny Sexton and Rhys Ruddock through their paces with a highly entertaining and insightful chat about life and rugby at our evening hosted by the William Fry Sports Group.
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- Home secretary to unveil new stalking prevention orders to give courts powers to keep offenders away from victimsThousands of stalkers who torment their victims but whom the police do not have enough evidence to charge are to face asbo-style bans, the home secretary will announce on Wednesday.Amber Rudd is to introduce new stalking prevention orders that will give the courts fresh powers to order offenders at an early stage not to go anywhere near someone they have been compulsively pursuing, es
- Courts martial appeal court to hear case of Sgt Alexander Blackman, known as Marine A, again after new evidence was presented about his mental healthA former Royal Marine serving a life sentence for murdering a wounded Afghan insurgent faces the “real possibility” of having his conviction quashed following the presentation of new evidence, an independent review has found. The Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) has confirmed it is referring the conviction of Sgt Alexander Blackma
- British PM will underline value of deal in first intervention since election of Donald Trump, who wants to tear up agreementTheresa May will say the Iran nuclear deal is “vitally important” in her first major intervention on the issue since the election of Donald Trump, who has said he plans to tear up the agreement secured by the Obama administration.Speaking on Wednesday, the prime minister will tell Gulf leaders in Bahrain that Iran remains a threat to the stability of the Middle
- Lawyers for claimant in article 50 supreme court case say ministers regard legislation as less important than Dangerous Dogs ActParliamentary legislation that paved the way for Britain to enter the EU is being treated with contempt by ministers who regard it as less important than the Dangerous Dogs Act, the supreme court has been told.On the second day of a politically sensitive appeal that will decide whether the government or parliament has legitimate authority to trigger Brexit, the lofty ne
- Gina Miller’s barrister gives Treasury Devil and other QCs a lesson in taking the floor and keeping it at an article 50 hearingThe first law of lawyers: there’s no bad situation that can’t get worse. When James Eadie, the barrister representing the government in its supreme court appeal, had gone home the previous night, he had hoped the worst was over. He’d noticed the raised eyebrows of the 11 supreme court justices and endured their critical line of questioning. Surely
- Agency working conditions | South African political parties | Zac Goldsmith’s legacy | Time man of the year | Arts sponsorship | The new Keith FlettThe exploitation of agency workers (Agency workers ‘exploited and forgotten’, 5 December) has even spread to the Ministry of Justice which employs court interpreters through an agency. The MoJ can book me for a full day’s work but should the case be adjourned or cancelled when I show up, I will only be paid little more than an
- The UK’s highest court reaches the end of its second day as David Pannick QC outlines the seven reasons the government’s case should fail 4.48pm GMT 4.31pm GMTThat’s it for today. The court is adjourned until 10.30am tomorrow. I’ll post a summary shortly.4.28pm GMTPannick says it makes no sense if parliamentary authority was required under section 2(1) of the European Communities Act 1972 for an amendment to UK law if a new treaty is added but not for “destruction&r
- Unanimous decision holds that patent violators do not have to surrender profits from sales of products that use stolen designs for componentsThe US supreme court on Tuesday sided with Samsung in its big-money smartphone patent fight with Apple, throwing out an appeals court ruling that said the South Korean company had to pay a $399m penalty to its American rival for copying key iPhone designs. The justices in their 8-0 ruling sent the case back to the lower court for further proceedings. Contin
- From the wrong kind of fish off our coasts, to divorcees stuck in marital limbo, Britain’s painful extraction from the EU will send shockwaves through almost every part of our lives. Here are just some of the side-effects...After he took the role of international trade secretary, Fox boasted that he would have “about a dozen free trade deals outside the EU” ready for when Britain left. But it is illegal for Britain, as an EU member state, to negotiate bilateral trade deals. Fox
- CMS, Nabarro and Olswang announce voluntary programme ‘to ensure smooth transition’ as they press ahead with merger.
- The UK’s highest court continues to hear arguments as to whether parliament or the government has the authority to trigger BrexitRead the latest summary 3.43pm GMTLord Pannick sets out seven reasons he believes the Government is wrong to assume it can trigger Article 50 without parliamentary backing pic.twitter.com/jRtVrSOTWp 3.42pm GMTIt’s not easy to find cases in the book because they are rare but what cases there are are all to the same effect (i.e. that prerogative powers cannot
Our prison restraint techniques can kill children. Why arenâ€™t we using alternatives? | Eric Allison and Simon HattenstoneChildren’s prisons use the MMPR regime which is not humane, not safe and not the only option. Our government is responsible for appalling abusesThe Guardian revealed on Tuesday that the Ministry of Justice had been told that the restraint techniques it had approved for use on children in custody could kill them. A risk assessment carried out by an independent medical adviser concluded that 28 of the 66 sanctioned restraints had a 40% to 60% chance of resulting in injuries involving the air
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