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US: 'Uproar' after surprise sacking of federal prosecutor with role in Trump ally trials

The surprise sacking of a top US federal prosecutor who played a role in the prosecution of some of President Donald Trump's former allies has caused an "uproar" in legal circles.

Published 22 June 2020

Hong Kong: Proposed law would give chief executive power to appoint judges

The chief executive of Hong Kong would be able to appoint judges to hear national security cases under a law proposed by Beijing, The Times reports.

Published 22 June 2020

And finally... lifted

A thief who approached police officers to ask for a lift home while still carrying stolen goods has been jailed.

Published 22 June 2020

Court of Appeal: Ombudsman overstepped mark but public statement upheld

The Court of Appeal in Northern Ireland has held that comments made by the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland in his public statement about the Loughinisland massacre “overstepped the mark” by amounting to findings that members of the police force had committed criminal offences.

Published 19 June 2020

Judicial recruitment crisis as High Court vacancies mount

Up to four new High Court judges are being sought in Northern Ireland at a time when low pay, pension cuts and the increasingly demanding and unsociable nature of the job are driving a judicial recruitment crisis.

Published 19 June 2020

Caldwell & Robinson elevates Emmett Maginn to partnership

All-Ireland firm Caldwell & Robinson has announced the promotion of Emmett Maginn to partner and head of dispute resolution.

Published 19 June 2020

Maria McCloskey to chair Law Society's new human rights and equality group

Belfast solicitor Maria McCloskey has been selected to chair the Law Society of Northern Ireland's new human rights and equality group.

Published 19 June 2020

Herbert Smith Freehills chief appointed to economic advisory group

The Belfast head of global law firm Herbert Smith Freehills has been appointed to a new advisory group established to help rebuild the Northern Ireland economy after COVID-19.

Published 19 June 2020

Professor Caroline Fennell appointed to lead anti-racism committee

Human rights expert Professor Caroline Fennell has been appointed to lead a new independent anti-racism committee tasked by government ministers with drawing up a new action plan against racism for Ireland.

Published 19 June 2020

Mark Wilson appointed to lead Probation Service

Qualified social worker Mark Wilson has been appointed as director of the Probation Service, succeeding Vivian Geiran.

Published 19 June 2020

Employment lawyers welcome consultation on parental bereavement leave and pay

Employment lawyers have welcomed the launch of a consultation on parental bereavement leave and pay in Northern Ireland.

Published 19 June 2020

Scotland: Lawyers who visited Ireland back legal representation for sex crime complainants

Scottish lawyers who visited Ireland to learn about the conduct of sexual offence trials here have called for complainants in Scotland to be given their own legal representation when applications are made to lead evidence of bad character or sexual history.

Published 19 June 2020

And finally... dopes

Police have seized dozens of bags full of cannabis which were apparently delivered to the wrong house.

Published 19 June 2020

Tributes paid to Mr Justice Kelly on his retirement

Lawyers and judges have paid tribute to Mr Justice Peter Kelly, president of the High Court, on his retirement today.

Published 18 June 2020

Irish lawyers back working from home but fear employers are less keen

Irish lawyers are overwhelmingly in favour of working from home (WFH) more often after the end of the COVID-19 crisis, but are less confident that their employers will agree, a survey of Irish Legal News readers has found.

Published 18 June 2020