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Law firms have advised British banks that they could sue the European Union if it fails to give them a gradual path to Brexit. Banks are pushing for retention of rights that allow them to offer services to clients across the European Union. #EU #Law #Europe 

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In comments that will frustrate Downing Street, Matthias Wissmann suggested that the effects of the UK leaving the European Union’s single market were so great that Britain should be made to stay inside… #EU #Law #Europe 

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A study has found that sleep-deprived judges give out harsher punishments. The research by American scientists looked at a relatively minor sleep disruption but one which affected every judge in the country: the introduction of daylight saving time. Examining a database of sentences covering thousands of judgments over 12 years, they found that on the Monday after the spring clock change sentences were 5 per cent longer on average. #Law #Sentencing 

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London house prices will stall next year as slowing growth and higher inflation eat into household incomes, according to the annual survey of 48 leading economists by The Times. #Property #Law 

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A senior London lawyer has quit amid allegations that he groped several female colleagues at his firm’s Christmas party and then posted a grovelling apology to the entire staff on the law firm’s intranet site. Mr Burnand is alleged to have drunk “far too much” before molesting several female employees during the firm’s annual Christmas party. According to the website Legal Cheek, he had to be “escorted” from a fashionable Southbank restaurant. #Law #ProfessionalConduct #EmploymentLaw #Misconduct 

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Implementation of the following is not guaranteed but it’s a good thing that it has been thought of by a senior judge: “judges could be elected in part by the public from among suitably qualified and experienced lawyers. In this way the judiciary would more accurately reflect the public they serve. Judges could in turn then elect the supreme court from among their own numbers.” #Diversity #Judges #SupremeCourt 

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Pensioners will be liable for jury service until the age of 75 from next month – a change that reflects improved life expectancy. This change turns 3 million more people into potential jurors. #JuryService 

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More women and minority ethnic lawyers will be helped to become judges, the first female lord chancellor, Liz Truss, has pledged. A broader assessment of merit that includes “potential” rather than merely judicial experience will be developed to improve recruitment, she told a conference celebrating the first century of women in the legal profession. “The reputation of our judiciary is unrivalled. It is crucial we make the new judiciary even more open and diverse,” she said at the conference organised by the First Hundred Years organisation. The legal profession was only opened up to women after the Sex Discrimination Act (Removal) in 1919.
#DiversifyTheJudiciary #Diversity #Judiciary #Judges


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The prime minister (Theresa May) told her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi that she would relax the bureaucracy around the UK visa system only if he agreed to take back more Indian migrants who overstay their welcome. In return for help in dealing with overstayers, Mrs May has promised to look again next year at the process of securing a visa. #ImmigrationLaw 

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Lawyers are providing more free advice than ever — even if many find they have no choice but to do so. Drastic cuts to the civil legal aid budget four years ago have squeezed swathes of clients out of eligibility. Many now start self-financed social welfare claims, but run out of money before the case finishes. That leaves lawyers with a stark choice: drop the matter or go unpaid. Twenty or even ten years ago, pro bono was a safety net top-up to the legal aid system. Now it has become a crucial pillar to providing access to justice for many, according to the coalition of groups backing the pro bono week in England and Wales (which includes the Law Society, Bar Council and the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives). #AccessToJustice #LegalFees #LegalAid 
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