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FLN monthly roundup - December 2015

08 January 2016 


FLN Round Up


December was anything but quiet in the world of law – so, in case your festive celebrations made you miss it all, here’s a cheat sheet with 10 pieces of essential reading for January:


  • The Metro reported that France has passed a law banning French supermarkets from throwing away or destroying unsold food. In a crackdown on waste, unused food must now be donated to charities or used for animal feed. Read more at

  • ULaw’s Visiting Professor, Colin Ettinger, has predicted a rosy future for law students who understand technology. Speaking to Legal Cheek, he shared his thoughts on an Uber-style revolution in the legal profession, and why tech matters. Read more at Legal Cheek

  • The New Yorker gave its top five US law story predictions for 2016. These include the technology now shaping jurors’ expectations, and the criminal investigation of US actor, Bill Cosby. Read more at

  • The Huffington Post reported on suspended FIFA President, Sepp Blatter, under investigation by the Swiss authorities. Salome Verrel, lawyer and senior lecturer at ULaw, examined the charges, asking what his punishment might be in England. Read more at The Huffington Post

  • The British Legal Awards gave first place in the education and training category to conveyancing firm, My Home Move, which has a learning and development academy. Runners up included international law firm Mayer Brown. Read more at Legal Cheek

  • Five high court justices rejected property mogul Donald Trump’s attempt to prevent an offshore windfarm being built within sight of his golf course in Scotland. Scottish ministers previously granted planning permission for the windfarm. Read more at The Guardian

  • The Guardian reported that justice secretary, Michael Gove, has ended the mandatory criminal courts charge. Judges and magistrates will now have greater discretion in imposing financial penalties. Read more at The Guardian

  • South Africa’s supreme court found athlete Oscar Pistorius guilty of murdering his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, overturning a previous conviction for culpable homicide. Six days later, The Week reported Pistorius had enrolled on a law degree with a London university. Read more at The Week

  • Vladimir Putin signed a law allowing Russia’s high court to overthrow decisions made by international human rights courts. Read more at

  • And finally, as Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens appeared on cinema screens in London, lawyers for Disney Enterprises filed a federal lawsuit against a company they accuse of illegally profiting from the franchise. Read more at Mail Online


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