Monday, July 16, 2007

Weekly Review

Legal News

Wigs and gowns to be abolished
The wearing of wigs and gowns in civil and family courts is to be abolished, the Lord Chief Justice has announced. The centuries old tradition of the horsehair wigs is to go in large numbers of trials from next year, along with wing collars and bands. CPD Webinars

Train crash survivor who killed loses cash bid
A survivor of the Paddington train crash who claims he was turned into a killer by post-traumatic stress disorder has lost the bulk of his bid for compensation. Telegraph

Ryanair and Easyjet lose French battle
Easyjet and Ryanair must apply French employment laws to staff operating from the country after a court threw out an attempt by the two budget airlines to bypass local rules. Times

Terror alert: legal experts warn of potential pitfalls in over-enthusiastic checking of staff
Legal experts have warned that encouraging HR professionals to take more responsibility for checking and monitoring immigrants coming to work for them could "land them in trouble". Personnel Today

Google in court over 'misleading practices'
Google, the world’s biggest search engine, is to face a court case over allegations it is promoting deceptive business practices. Telegraph

B&Q sues Chinese supplier over 'bullying' allegations
B&Q is suing a Chinese company for defamation over allegations that the DIY retailer has been illegally squeezing local suppliers. Times

Best of the Blogs

Interview tips
BabyBarista's alternative guide to passing an interview. Baby Barista at the Times

No senior discount at the ethics bar
David Giacalone suggests that our profession needs to confront the growing problem of aging attorneys. The Complete Lawyer

Bar finds a seat in the last chance saloon
There is a story going round the criminal Bar about a Crown Court judge who recently took exception to the increasing tendency of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to deploy its own barristers for court advocacy. Legal Week

Why are lawyers miserable?
Sathnam Sanghera asks the question. Times

Bad practice
Nearly Legal compares himself to Julius Caesar. Nearly Legal

And Finally...

Squirrel spy ring
Police in Iran are reported to have taken 14 squirrels into custody - because
they are suspected of spying. Sky

Weirdest workplace disputes
Some of the more colourful UK employment disputes from the past few years. Times

Tree leaf robs bank
A thief robbed a bank in the US – disguised as a tree. Mirror

Prosecutors cannot find God
A Romanian convict's legal action against God has failed - because prosecutors could not find God’s address. Ananova

The front fell off
Did it really? Watch the interview and decide. You Tube

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