Law Society Legal News Summary 06 May 2022

PM's 'lefty lawyers' criticism 

There is widespread coverage of our response to the prime minister's claim that "liberal-left lawyers will try to make this [Rwanda deal] difficult". The IndependentHuff PostSky News, Yahoo!, Coast FMMorning StarPlanet Radio and more than 60 other outlets pick up the story. 

Law Society president I. Stephanie Boyce said: "Anyone at risk of such a life-changing order has a right to challenge its legality with the assistance of a lawyer, who has a duty to advise their client on their rights. 

"It is misleading and dangerous for the prime minister to name-call lawyers who are doing their job and upholding the law. 

"Attacks like this, from the highest politician in the land, undermine the rule of law and can have real-life consequences. 

"Britain's standing internationally is underpinned by our reputation for democracy, fair play and the independence of our legal system. 

"We should all be proud that we live in a country where legal rights cannot be overridden without due process." 

Our statement has been widely shared on twitter. 

Libby McVeigh, our operational director of policy, spoke with Times Radio (from 49:10), about the issues.

Brexit: Boris Becker could be deported 

Following the bankruptcy ruling at Southwark Crown Court last week, Boris Becker – which led to a two and a half-year prison term – could face deportation, according to the Guardian, Yahoo!, Irish Times and 10 other outlets, which report that the potential legal battle could set a post-Brexit legal precedent. 

Christopher Cole, a member of our immigration law committee, said Becker's case was the first he had seen that would test the new legal landscape. 

"It's uncharted territory: I'm not aware of any cases like this one, where the courts have had to decide which side of the dividing line the offending behaviour occurred," he said. 

Zeena Luchowa, also a member of our immigration law committee, said if Becker's conduct was deemed to have been committed after 31 December 2020, a deportation can be made if deemed "conducive to the public good". 

"This gives discretion to the Home Office to act in a way that reflects the public interest – and given [the] Home Office's position on criminality when it comes to foreign nationals they are unlikely to let this one go."

Parole Board grants release of Baby P's mother 

Stuart Nolan, chair of our criminal law committee, speaks with Times Radio (from 09:24) about the release of Baby P's mother after the Parole Board rejected the justice secretary's appeal against the decision to free Tracey Connelly.

Also worth a read: 

  • Live coverage of local election results – Guardian
  • Tories turn on PM after losses in Westminster, Wandsworth & Barnet – City A.M.
  • Analysis of Labour's gains in election – Sky News
  • Depp v Heard: Heard's testimony continues – Independent
  • Prince Charles lined up for Queen's Speech – Times (£)
  • Khan to challenge High Court order over files – Gazette
  • WFH permanently: Would you take a pay cut? – Legal Cheek

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