Technology and innovation “step-change” in last year but barriers persist – Legal Futures

‘The past year has seen a “step change” in the adoption of legal technology and innovation, in part as a result of Covid-19, a major piece of new research has found.’

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Legal Futures, 27th July 2021

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Two teenage boys guilty of murder of Oliver Stephens, 13 – The Guardian

‘Two 14-year-old boys who “ambushed” a 13-year-old and stabbed him to death after a dispute on social media have been found guilty of his murder.’

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The Guardian, 26th July 2021

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Tommy Robinson loses libel case brought by Syrian schoolboy – The Guardian

Posted July 23rd, 2021 in assault, children, damages, defamation, internet, Islam, news, victims, young persons by sally

‘The anti-Islam activist Tommy Robinson has lost a libel case brought against him by a Syrian schoolboy who was filmed being attacked at school.’

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The Guardian, 22nd July 2021

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Neo-Nazi Andrew Dymock jailed for terror and hate crimes – BBC News

‘A neo-Nazi student who created two extremist groups and promoted a “distorted and wicked cause” has been jailed.’

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BBC News, 21st July 2021

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Cyberflashing should be new criminal offence, review suggests – The Guardian

‘Unsolicited sending of obscene images should be made illegal through the creation of a new offence of cyberflashing, a UK government-commissioned review recommended.’

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The Guardian, 21st July 2021

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Attorney General warning over social media posts about Premier League footballer arrested for sex offences – Daily Telegraph

‘Twitter, Facebook and Instagram have become littered with memes purporting to identify the player, who has not been charged.’

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Daily Telegraph, 20th July 2021

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Retired solicitor sees off harassment claim over ‘puerile’ blog – Law Society’s Gazette

‘A retired solicitor’s “abrasive” and “frequently puerile” blog posts are entitled to the same level of protection as mainstream journalism, a High Court judge has ruled, striking out a harassment claim brought by a local government officer.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 19th July 2021

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Writing fake online reviews could be made illegal – BBC News

‘A plan to crack down on online rip-offs including making it illegal for people to write or host fake reviews has been outlined by the government.’

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BBC News, 19th July 2021

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Boris Johnson announces football ban for online racists – The Independent

Posted July 15th, 2021 in internet, news, penalties, racism, sport by tracey

‘Racist abuse of footballers online will trigger a ban on attending matches, Boris Johnson has announced – closing a legal loophole.’

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The Independent, 14th July 2021

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MPs call for ‘complete reset’ of music streaming to protect artists – The Guardian

Posted July 15th, 2021 in artistic works, competition, inquiries, internet, media, news, reports, select committees by tracey

‘Music streaming needs a “complete reset”, according to a damning parliamentary report that calls on the UK competition watchdog to investigate the commercial power wielded by major record labels.’

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The Guardian, 15th July 2021

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Police arrest investigated as Newport altercation on social media – BBC News

Posted July 15th, 2021 in internet, news, police, road traffic, video recordings, Wales by tracey

‘A force has reported itself to the police watchdog after footage shared on social media appears to show an officer in an altercation with a man.’

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BBC News, 15th July 2021

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Child sex offender loses appeal based on inadequate legal advice – Legal Futures

Posted July 8th, 2021 in appeals, child abuse, children, guilty pleas, internet, news, police, sexual offences by sally

‘The Court of Appeal has rejected the claim that a man convicted of a sexual offence after a police officer posed online as a child was given inadequate legal advice.’

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Legal Futures, 8th July 2021

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Rebekah Vardy gets partial win in Coleen Rooney libel battle – BBC News

Posted July 8th, 2021 in damages, defamation, internet, media, news, sport by sally

‘Rebekah Vardy has successfully had parts of Coleen Rooney’s defence thrown out by a judge, in the latest stage of their libel battle.’

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BBC News, 7th July 2021

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Danyal Hussein found guilty of murdering two sisters in London park – The Guardian

Posted July 7th, 2021 in autism, families, internet, mental health, murder, news, young offenders by sally

‘A teenager has been convicted of the murder of two sisters in a London park last year whom he stabbed to death after coming through a government “deradicalisation” programme.’

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The Guardian, 6th July 2021

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Twitter ‘troll’ to pay Stephen Nolan six-figure sum in damages – BBC News

Posted July 2nd, 2021 in BBC, damages, defamation, internet, news by tracey

‘A person who used anonymous Twitter accounts to make defamatory remarks about Stephen Nolan has apologised and agreed to pay a six-figure damages sum.’

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BBC news, 1st July 2021

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Hannah Cobley: Mum who murdered newborn loses conviction appeal – BBC News

‘A woman who wrapped her newborn baby in plastic bags and left her to die on farmland has lost an appeal against her murder conviction.’

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BBC News, 29th June 2021

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Attorney General launches new campaign to combat contempt of court online – Attorney General’s Office

Posted June 28th, 2021 in attorney general, contempt of court, internet, press releases by tracey

‘A new campaign has been launched today by the Attorney General, warning of the legal consequences of prejudicing the judicial process via social media.’

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Attorney General’s Office, 28th June 2021

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Watchdog takes aim at Google and Amazon over fake reviews – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 25th, 2021 in consumer protection, deceit, internet, news, ombudsmen by tracey

‘Competition officials are to examine whether people and businesses have been able to post fake reviews online with too much impunity. The Competition and Markets Authority has opened a formal investigation into whether Amazon and Google have done enough to crack down on the practice.’

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Daily Telegraph, 25th June 2021

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UK man jailed for sharing extremist videos, including Christchurch attack – The Guardian

Posted June 24th, 2021 in hate crime, internet, news, sentencing, terrorism, video recordings by sally

‘A British man has been jailed for terrorism offences after sharing explosives manuals and extremist videos, including one apparently celebrating the New Zealand mosque massacres, on rightwing chat groups.’

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The Guardian, 24th June 2021

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News focus: Exhibiting the law’s ‘crown jewels’ – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted June 21st, 2021 in internet, judgments, lord chancellor, Ministry of Justice, news by tracey

‘As the National Archives takes on BAILII’s role of creating an online hub for court judgments, doubts persist about how to showcase common law rulings in a machine-friendly and comprehensive way.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 21st June 2021

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