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Posted in July 2015

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SRA In Renewed Call to Lower Minimum Cover for Insurance »

On July 20th, 2015 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2015.

By John Hyde » The Solicitors Regulation Authority has reopened the vexed debate about minimum cover for professional indemnity insurance – and mooted the idea of ditching a minimum altogether. Last year the regulator’s proposal to cut compulsory cover to £500,000 from £2m was blocked by the Legal Services Board amid concerns about client protection. […]

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MPs on Committee »

On July 20th, 2015 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2015.

Three solicitor MPs will sit on the newly reconstituted House of Commons justice select committee, whose membership was announced last week. They are former trade union lawyer Richard Burgon (Labour), dual-qualified English and Scottish solicitor and ex-government lawyer Alberto Costa (Conservative) and Scottish solicitor Richard Arkless (SNP). There are also five qualified barristers on the […]

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In With The IT Crowd »

On July 20th, 2015 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2015.

IT experts who work with the legal profession are apt to complain that lawyers’ grasp of IT extends to Word and email. Even routine use of technology like this generates awe-inspiring quantities of data. To unpick events in the modern world – as must happen in litigation and investigations – sense must be made not […]

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India Liberalisation “When, not If” »

On July 13th, 2015 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2015.

By John Hyde » Justice Minister Shailesh Vara has said the long awaited liberalisation of India’s legal market is now a matter of ‘when, not if’. Vara told Indian lawyers at Chancery Lane that the country’s leaders are now committed to inviting UK firms to practise and form partnerships – possibly within five years. The […]

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Practice Note Issued on Duty to Vulnerable Clients »

On July 13th, 2015 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2015.

By Chloe Smith » The Law Society has reminded solicitors of the sanctions they could face if they fail to meet the needs of vulnerable clients. A practice note published last week aims to help solicitors adapt their practices to identify and meet the needs of clients who may be either mentally or physically disabled, […]

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Confidentiality Plea »

On July 6th, 2015 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2015.

Government-commissioned proposals to safeguard lawyer-client communications from interception by the police and security services are inadequate, the Law Society and Bar Council have told parliament. A joint brief issued ahead of a commons debate on David Anderson QC’s review of state surveillance legislation, which was published earlier this month, said that legal professional privilege is […]

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Leveson Calls for Online Sentencing and Fines »

On July 6th, 2015 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2015.

By Michael Cross » Low-level offenders pleading guilty could be sentenced automatically and pay their fines online by credit card under the latest proposals by the head of the Queen’s Bench Division to speed up criminal justice through IT. Sir Brian Leveson’s efficiency report in January said that online hearings could replace physical court appearances […]

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Witness Protection »

On July 6th, 2015 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2015.

The vulnerable witnesses and children working group, set up by Family Division president Sir James Munby, is to consult on proposed rules for identifying and dealing with vulnerable and intimidated witnesses within the next few weeks, Munby told The Advocate’s Gateway International Conference. [Courtesy: The Law Society Gazette]

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