Monday, November 12, 2007

Weekly Review

Legal News

Compensation from Pentagon for British troops
Three British soldiers and their interpreter will receive collective compensation of £320,000 from the US authorities after they were injured by the US military. CPD Webinars

Judges back two British boys who refuse to live in France
Two boys who hated living in France so much they asserted their Britishness and refused to return to live there with their mother have been granted their wish by senior judges. Times

Mother's court fight to keep baby secret from father
A mother's decision to put a child conceived during a one-night stand up for adoption has turned into a legal dilemma over parental rights and responsibilities. Guardian

Farmer who toiled for no pay wins £2.3m will
A farmer who toiled on his cousin's land unpaid for more than two decades has won a two-year legal battle to inherit the £2.3 million estate. Telegraph

City high-flyer sues firm over 'Guantanamo detainee' jibes
A City high-flyer who worked on an innovative Islamic policy for a leading British insurer has brought a claim for racism against the company after he was welcomed to the office as "Guantanamo detainee 948". Independent

School funds raided to finance local authority equal pay claims
Children's education is set to become the next victim of the equal pay crisis as local authorities resort to desperate measures to fund multi-million pound bills. Personnel Today

Best of the Blogs

SoulDestroying
BabyB gets philosophical quoting some poetry. Sort of. Baby Barista at the Times

Podcast: Simon Myerson QC on Pupillage and how to get it
Charon QC talks to Simon Myerson QC. Charon QC

Legal Opinion: Is the training of barristers fit for purpose?
Learning the law is only part of what it takes to qualify as a barrister. Robert Verkaik, The Independent's Law Editor, considers a forthcoming review of the system for training the modern advocate. Independent

A Barrister's Diary
This week: a floating trial. We wait around all morning and then by agreement "float out" of the list until Wednesday. Shereener Browne on the Bar Council Blog

Privacy and social networks: bees to the honeypot
The papers are currently full of stories about social networks - igoogle, 'MySpace', Facebook et al - opening themselves up to third party applications and sharing user data with them. It's not surprising. Laurence Kaye on Digital Media Law

How the traditional role of lawyers will change
Richard Susskind suggests that after years of talking with a wide variety of lawyers, he has found that many practitioners have one thing in common: they seem to want to deny that they are, well, lawyers. They downplay the legal content of their jobs. Times

And Finally...


Don't die in parliament, it's the law
A ban on people dying in the Houses of Parliament has been named the most absurd legislation in Britain. Telegraph

World's most gullible supermarket chain falls victim to online scam
Red-faced accountants from one of the biggest supermarket chains in the US are frantically trying to regain control of more than $10m lost after falling victim to online fraudsters. The Register

Man cold
Are you a man with a cold or a woman with a man with a cold? Worth watching ....You Tube

Dentist's disco dancing drill danger
A woman is suing her dentist, claiming that he accidentally drilled into her eye because he was disco dancing while carrying out a tooth extraction. Metro

Man killed wife - then shot divorce judge
A millionaire murdered his wife, then shot the divorce judge who had ordered him to pay $10,000 a month alimony, a court was told. Mirror

Hotels, houses, paintings and gems . . . the price of settling up with a sultan
The world’s most expensive and exotic family squabble came to an end yesterday when five English judges finally settled a $1 billion row between the Sultan of Brunei and his little brother. Times

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