01 March 2016

FLN monthly roundup - February 2016

February has kept pace with the year’s fast start, with international events technological wrangles and Hollywood disputes making legal issues front page news. In case you missed the action, here’s your essential roundup:

Legal Cheek reported on ULaw’s mock-pupillage interviews, lifting the lid on the kinds of questions applicants must face. As you’ll see from the video footage, ULaw continues to set standards of excellence in student employability. Read more at Legal Cheek

In the US, the boxer who inspired the Rocky Balboa character is preparing for a legal fight over his own life story. Read more at hollywoodreporter.com

As ever, ULaw alumni continue to make the headlines. ULaw Honorary Doctor of Laws, Joshua Rozenberg, has questioned whether British prime minister David Cameron or justice secretary Michael Gove is right about the legal status of the UK in the EU. Read more at The Guardian

The Guardian reported on calls from leading anti-corruption organisations to change laws to force property owners to reveal their identities. Their aim is to stop the UK being a magnet for dirty money. Read more at The Guardian

In the US, 24 year old trailblazer Amanda Nguyen has helped craft a new bill of rights for survivors of sexual assault. The bill is the first attempt to fix a system that is widely regarded as broken. Read more at The Guardian

Legal Week reported on the growing competition for talent, fees and profitability in legal firms across Asia – as partner exits mount. Read more at Legal Week

In further proof of the mobility between the legal public and private sectors, the prime minister’s legal adviser, Andrew Hood, has joined US legal firm Dechert, reported City Am. Read more at City Am

Technology giant Apple is facing a class action from US lawyers on behalf of victims whose £500 phones have become worthless after an Apple software upgrade. Read more at The Guardian

In the UK, the Court of Appeal has ruled that harsh evidence tests for domestic violence are, in fact, unlawful. The ruling has been hailed as potentially life-saving. Read more at lawsociety.org

And finally, even superheroes have their legal issues. This time, Disney, and its subsidiary, Marvel, have dodged a copyright cannon fired by Horizon Comics Products over Iron Man’s body armour. Read more at hollywoodreporter.com

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