The Sunday Law Review: 7th to 13th December

Welcome to this weekly column dedicated  to looking at what happened in the business of law, legislative changes, activity in law firms and lawyers in the news within UK as reported by legal publications throughout the previous week.

As this is the final review of the year, Christmas and New Year's greetings too all our readers. May the new year bring you peace, justice and prosperity.

While Britain still awaits the publication of the Chilcot report on Iraq, the biggest ripples were caused across the pond this week. The publication of the Senate’s intelligence committee's report into CIA use of torture since 9/11, confirmed that 20 “enhanced” interrogation methods were authorised by the White House during the Bush presidency. Less well known is that 54 other countries, including British territories, were induced to collaborate. References to Britain’s intelligence agencies were deleted at their request and Prime Minister David Cameron has said that British agents had been given new guidance on how to behave. The Senate report on rendition contrasts with renitent UK, whose judge-led inquiry was shut down by the very same Prime Minister. The Foreign Office has released a list that reveals senior ministers and diplomats met members of the Senate intelligence committee at least 24 times from 2009 while the report was being compiled.  

Same-sex couples who have civil partnerships have finally been granted the ability to convert them into marriages, if they so desire. While same sex couples can now enter into either civil partnerships or marriages, heterosexual couples are as yet not allowed to register a partnership

Barrister Dean Dunham has been appointed an ombudsman as a retail watchdog set up to resolve disputes between shops and customers. This is a voluntary service for retailers and can be used by consumers after they have made a complaint to the company and the issue remain unresolved. Shoppers who could not afford a lawyer could now use the watchdog instead. 

And finally, before we jump into the meaty substance of what happened in the business of law this week, a wine review in the legal magazine Counsel, aimed at barristers, had offered drinks suggestions for "Christmas in tough times". Lawyers living in "times of austerity" are being advised to buy their festive bubbly at at budget supermarkets like Aldi and Lidl.

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The most interesting articles on developments, compliance, business of law within UK or as well as international developments of interest to UK law firms and legal practitioners: 

Interviews, features on lawyers and obituaries: 

Interesting articles involving the study of law and legal cases, legal training, pupillage, associates, legal academia, publications on law and law students: 

  • New Bar leader: young barristers should take place of paid McKenzie Friends | Legal Futures
  • Cardiff Law students bag first win for university pro bono projects as murder conviction is overturned:
  • 17 City firms offering hungry vac schemers and law student liggers the best and worst of nosh:

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The UK and international articles of the week are pieces selected by @TheLawMap tweeting team based on recommendations from friends and followers of daily law news blog.

Lawyers, Law Firms, Chambers & ABS in the news this week: 
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Monday 8th December


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