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Sexual misconduct cases at record high in legal profession | Law

Sixty-three cases were reported to solicitors’ governing body last year, figures show

Reported cases of sexual misconduct have risen every year for the past five years.Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo

The number of reports of sexual misconduct in the legal profession in England have increased over the last five years and have reached a record high, according to newly released figures.

Reynhard Sinaga: court to decide on whole-life sentence for rapist | Law

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Appeal court judges will decide whether Britain’s most prolific rapist should die in jail following an intervention by the attorney general.Geoffrey Cox QC has referred Reynhard Sinaga’s sentence to the court of appeal under the unduly lenient sentence (ULS) scheme as he thinks a “whole-life order” should be considered.

Harvard law students ramp up protest against ExxonMobil climate firm | Business

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Harvard law students have disrupted a recruiting event for Paul Weiss, the law firm representing ExxonMobil in climate lawsuits, in an escalation the protesters hope will open a new front in climate activism in the legal world.The students say Paul Weiss has cultivated a reputation as a liberal corporate law firm, despite representing oil companies, tobacco and big banks.

U.S. makes it harder to sue corporations over franchise wage law violations

(Reuters) - The Trump administration has made it harder for employees of fast-food restaurants or other big franchises to sue corporations when individual franchise owners violate wage laws, a step that was a top priority for business groups.Department of Labor on Sunday issued a rule that will make it more difficult to prove companies are liable for wage law violations of their contractors or franchisees.

PM ‘misinformed’ on low chance of Sacoolas extradition, says Harry Dunn spokesman | Law

Responding to Johnson’s comments, the spokesman for the Dunn family, Radd Seiger, said that even if an extradition request was blocked, it would not stop Sacoolas facing justice.Earlier this month, almost 100 friends and supporters of the Dunn family temporarily blocked the entrance to RAF Croughton, demanding that US authorities comply with the UK extradition process.

Head of Human Rights Watch denied entry to Hong Kong | Law

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The global head of Human Rights Watch says he has been denied entry to Hong Kong, where he was scheduled to launch the organisation’s latest world report this week.But the authorities just blocked my entrance to Hong Kong, illustrating the worsening problem,” Roth said in a post on his Twitter account.

UK immigration rules are unworkable, says Law Commission | UK news

Government’s advisory body says simplifying badly drafted regulations would save £70m

Immigration rules ran to 40 pages in 1973, but are now 1,100 pages long.Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA

Immigration rules are “overly complex and unworkable” according to the Law Commission, which recommends simplifying them in order to save the government £70m over the next decade.

Understanding family justice and protecting the victims of abuse | Letters | Law

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Louise Tickle falls into the error of generalising from two particular examples of the family justice system going wrong (Judges in secret family courts are still failing victims of rape, 6 January).But she does, unwittingly, highlight another problem: the dearth of research data about the decision-making of family judges in disputed fact cases.

Judge cleared of assaulting hunt saboteurs vows to complain to DPP | Law

Mark Davies, 67, chairman of Barlow Hunt, damns conduct of Derbyshire police and CPS

File photograph of the 2009 Boxing Day hunt near Barlow in Derbyshire.The district judge Andrew Davison accepted his claims he had acted in self-defence to protect himself and his wife, saying: “Although there was a clearly aggressive reaction to Mr Robinson, Mr Davies did not seek in any shape or form to assault Mr Robinson while he was on top of him.

Former Deputy Attorney Rod Rosenstein joins the law firm King & Spalding

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, best known for his decision to appoint Special Counsel Robert Mueller in May 2017 to probe links between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia, has joined the law firm King & Spalding as a partner, the firm announced on Wednesday.FILE PHOTO: Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein speaks during his farewell ceremony at the U.

Michael Howard’s way out of line on the judiciary | Letters | Law

Geoffrey Bindman and
David Ward write in defence of the independent judiciary as a key safeguard of British democracy

The former Tory leader Michael Howard.The rightwing thinktank Policy Exchange has also just now published a polemic against the judiciary with a foreword by Lord Howard.

Michael Howard claims judges 'distorted' law in prorogation ruling | Law

Former Tory leader calls for legal reform because judges ‘reach results they want’

Lord Howard’s claims will be seen as part of growing calls for judicial reform within the Conservatives.Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA

The former Tory leader Michael Howard has criticised the supreme court for ruling that Boris Johnson’s prorogation of parliament was “unlawful” and called for a reform of the judiciary.

Family law | Law | The Guardian

October 2019

Glynis Murphy of the Tizard Centre at the University of Kent and others write of their concern about a recent ruling by the court of protection

Published: 7 Oct 2019

Published: 7 Oct 2019

Autism: balancing capacity and consent

February 2019

Letters: It is hard to see how a child’s interests can be truly prioritised and safeguarded if one of the parties is not properly advised and represented, writes a former lay judge in the family court

Published: 24 Feb 2019

Published: 24 Feb 2019

Child welfare hit by lack of legal aid in family court cases

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Courts shouldn’t be a political chamber | Letter | Law

The exercise of the prerogative, asking the monarch to call an election, is a political issue.If senior judges are encouraged to make political decisions in their courtrooms, there will naturally be a demand that, as judges act as politicians, elected politicians should have a say in who’s appointed.

Lady Hale warns UK not to select judges on basis of political views | Law

Outgoing president of supreme court advises against approach seen in US

Lady Hale spoke at a ceremony to mark her retirement as she approaches the age of 75.Photograph: UK Supreme Court/Kevin Leighton/PA

The government should not select judges on the basis of their political views as they do in the US, the outgoing president of the supreme court, Lady Hale, has warned.

Affordable Care Act: court strikes down part of Obama healthcare law | US news

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A federal appeals court has ruled that the “individual mandate” of the Affordable Care Act, Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law, is invalid, but other parts of the law need further review.The court reached no decision on the big issue – how much of the Affordable Care Act must fall along with the insurance mandate.