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Posted in June 2015

money cuts

MoJ to Press on With More Legal Aid Cuts »

On June 22nd, 2015 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2015.

The government is to press ahead with controversial legal aid reforms despite being presented with evidence showing the devastating impact of the first round of cuts. Changes confirmed in a ministerial statement from legal aid minister Shailesh Vara include further fee cuts from 1 July of 8.75% for solicitors representing those accused; and a reduction […]

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President Apologises for Court ‘Blunder’ »

On June 22nd, 2015 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2015.

The president of the Family Division has apologised to a mother and daughter for a court ‘blunder’ which prevented ‘critical information’ coming to light. Opening his judgment with the words ‘in this case the court has blundered’, Sir James Munby explained how circumstances arose which led to an order being made for a mother to […]

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process improvement

SRA set for third-party overhaul of client money »

On June 15th, 2015 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2015.

Solicitors Regulated Authority has published ground breaking plans to persuade law firms to switch to third-party accounts as an alternative to client accounts. The regulator includes the proposal in a consultation on further reducing the red-tape burden on small firms, stressing that misuse of client money is a ‘consistent risk to consumers’. Current rules contain a set […]

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reform

SRA to reform rule on owning separate entities »

On June 10th, 2015 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2015.

By John Hyde- Solicitors are to be allowed to own or manage separate businesses providing non-reserved legal services that are not subject to legal sector regulation.   The Solicitors Regulation Authority last week approved reform of the separate business rule, ‘levelling the playing field’ between traditional solicitors, alternative business structures and unregulated providers.   The […]

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hand shake

University of Law Changes Hands Again »

On June 10th, 2015 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2015.

By John Hyde – The University of Law has changed hands for the second time in less than three years. The UK’s largest law school announced last week that it had been acquired by international education and training provider Global University Systems (GUS), which has its headquarters in the Netherlands. No financial details were released. […]

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court room

Courtroom Abuse Sparks New McKenzie Friend Fears »

On June 2nd, 2015 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2015.

By Chloe Smith – An imminent consultation by the judiciary on the proliferation of paid McKenzie friends in court in ringing alarm bells among lawyers, after a former nightclub bouncer was banned from providing such a service for grossly offensive behaviour.   Latest Bar Council minutes highlight fears that the judicial report will take a […]

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guilty

Struck Off For Contempt »

On June 2nd, 2015 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2015.

Immigration lawyer Benny Thomas, former senior partner at London firm Consilium Chambers, which was closed down in 2013 was ordered to be struck of the role after being found guilty of contempt of court. [Courtesy: The Law Society Gazette]

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