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Posted in February 2015

QCS Adopted By Nationwide »

On February 28th, 2015 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2015.

Nationwide has confirmed that all solicitors on their conveyancing panel will have to be accredited under the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS). The decision, which will take effect from this summer is welcomed by the Law Society. Nationwide stated ‘We see CQS as best practice and a valuable indication of firms’ commitments. To providing […]

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Court Gets DNA Test Powers  »

On February 28th, 2015 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2015.

Justice Minister, Simon Hughes, announced that as of September this year, all Family Court judges in England will be able to order DNA tests to be able to determine a child’s parentage. This follows pilot schemes in Taunton and Bristol. [Courtesy: The Law Society Gazette]

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budget

Family Court Goes Nationwide »

On February 28th, 2015 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2015.

A pioneering Family Court is to be extended across England with the help of £2.5m in Government Funding. The Family Drug and Alcohol Court, set up in 2008, in London by District Judge Nicholas Crichton aims to tackle parental substance misuse when it is a key element in local authority decisions to bring care proceedings. […]

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law

Legal Aid Fight Goes On »

On February 28th, 2015 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2015.

The Law Society and practitioner groups will continue their fight against criminal legal aid reforms after the High Court threw out Judicial Review challenges as to their legality. Laws LJ said in his judgement ‘I should conclude without hesitation that the [reform] scheme is proportionate. It is accepted on all hands that consolidation in the […]

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injunction

Injunction granted in the case of Dixit Shah »

On February 17th, 2015 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2015.

The SRA has been granted an injunction against Dixit Shah, also known as Sanjay Shah, prohibiting him from holding himself out as a solicitor or having any involvement with any solicitors firms or entities which are regulated by the SRA in England and Wales. Mr Shah was struck off in 2002 and arrested in September […]

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help

SRA’s promise of support to smaller firms continues »

On February 17th, 2015 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2015.

The SRA continues its promise that it will support smaller firms when it launched the Regulatory Reform programme. Since launching the small firm’s project at the COLP-COFA conference on 26 November, the SRA have created a dedicated section of their website to small firm issues, while the Ethics Guidance helpline added a specific option for […]

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breaking news

SRA Publishes Warning Notices on Anti Money Laundering. »

On February 17th, 2015 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2015.

The SRA has published two warning notices on anti-money laundering. The first reminds the profession of obligations around potential money laundering activity, and how to recognise suspicious transactions. The second carries further details on how to make suspicious activity reports (SARs) to the National Crime Agency, should a solicitor come across potential attempted money laundering. […]

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ethics

The SRA’s professional ethics team and the guidance they offer »

On February 17th, 2015 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2015.

The SRA’s online guide “A Question of Ethics” presents some of the more frequently asked questions the team receive. The latest questions concern a COFA’s knowledge of the Accounts Rules and fulfilling the roles of COLP and COFA in a small firm. The guide can be found at: http://www.sra.org.uk/solicitors/code-of-conduct/guidance/questionofethics/January-2015.page [Courtesy: SRA Update: 27th January 2015]

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library

Judgement for Sikh faith case delivered »

On February 5th, 2015 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2015.

A judgement delivered by the Ministry of Justice for a claim of religious discrimination brought by Amrit Bilkhu of GT Stewart Solicitors, stated that Sikh solicitors will no longer have to remove articles of faith when meeting clients in detention centres. Mr. Bilkhu brought the claim after visiting a detention centre and being asked to […]

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statue of liberty

Rape cases receive new guidelines on consent »

On February 5th, 2015 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2015.

Alison Saunders, Director of Public Prosecutions, has published a toolkit for the police and prosecutors explaining the law relating to consent in rape cases. The toolkit has two sections that detail what consent is and the key issues prosecutors and investigators need to consider. This will make it easier to determine whether consent was given […]

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