Law Society Legal News Summary 24 November 2021

Home secretary urged to withdraw Liverpool bomber lawyer claims

Coverage continues of the suggestion from Law Society president I. Stephanie Boyce that Priti Patel should withdraw comments she made after the Liverpool bombing when she stoked anger against lawyers. The Independent picks up the story. 

It is believed bomber Emad Al Swealmeen may never have been legally represented in court during his immigration appeals process, after his asylum claim was rejected. 

Law Society of England and Wales president I. Stephanie Boyce said: "If that's the case we urge the home secretary to withdraw her comments." 

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Afghan judges hunted by ex-prisoners 

The Gazette and Practice Source report our concerns for judges and other justice sector workers in Afghanistan after we received scores of desperate messages. We have called on the government to assist with safe passage for legal professionals. 

I. Stephanie Boyce said: "Judges, lawyers, prosecutors and others who worked in the justice system tell us they are receiving death threats from the Taliban and prisoners they helped convict – many of them terrorists – who are now roaming the country seeking revenge on those who brought them to justice." 

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SRA plans to end SIF and PSYROC 

The GazetteBusiness MayorSolicitors JournalToday's Wills and ProbateLegal Futuresand Practice Source report on the SRA proposal to end the provision of post six-year run off cover, effectively closing the solicitors indemnity fund. The SRA writes in the Gazette asking for opinions, whilst our criticism of the proposal also features. 

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Trade delegation to promote UK legal services in the Middle East 

The Gazette reports on the Ministry of Justice legal services trade mission to the Middle East. Law Society President I. Stephanie Boyce is part of the delegation.

Disability in the legal profession 

A member of our employers with disabilities division committee, Sanjay Harish Solanki, writes in the Gazette about his difficulties as a solicitor with a stammer. He also highlights our reasonable adjustments guidance. 

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Meanwhile THIIS reports on what we are doing to mark Disability History Month. 

Also worth a read: 

  • Lord chief bemoans lawyer 'supply problem' – Gazette
  • Legal firm vets clients for conflicts with social purpose – Legal Futures
  • Killers of 999 respondents to receive mandatory life sentences – BBC
  • Home Office has compensated just 5% of Windrush victims – Guardian
  • Europe to reach 2.2 million covid deaths by March – BBC

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