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Posted in August 2015

Judge Dismisses LIP’s bid to get Solicitor Jailed »

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

A litigant in person has failed with an attempt to have a solicitor acting for his ex-partner sent to prison. The father of a 10-year-old girl, referred to as H, had applied to have family solicitor Terri Harman and two social workers committed to prison following a hearing to decide contact with the child (referred […]

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University of Law Extends Money-Back Guarantee »

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

The University of Law has extended its offer to refund half of students’ tuition fees if they have not found a job within nine months of graduating to those on its conversion course. The extension builds on its previous pledge to give students starting a full or part-time Legal Practice Course in September this year […]

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Action day 51: PDS silks cover junior-level trials »

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

The Public Defender Service has deployed silks at what are normally junior level trials at the Crown court on at least two occasions in response to the direct action taken by barristers across against legal aid cuts, the Gazette has learned. In one trial at Nottingham this week, Greg Bull QC, who is listed as […]

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Bar Standards Board Amends ‘Cab Rank’ Rule »

On August 12th, 2015 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2015.

By Chloe Smith » Barristers will soon be allowed to refuse work from solicitors that is deemed to pose an ‘unacceptable’ credit risk under a change to the ‘cab rank’ rule by the Bar Standards Board. The change makes it easier for barristers to decline instructions under the time-honoured but little-invoked rule. However, the rule […]

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SRA Chief Counsels Caution Over Legal Regulation Reform »

On August 12th, 2015 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2015.

By John Hyde » The Solicitors Regulation Authority has expressed caution at the prospect of a wholesale shakeup of the Legal Services Act, after the profession’s umbrella watchdog published a report pointing to a ‘compelling’ case for reform. Chief executive Paul Philip believes more can be done to modernise regulation within the existing framework. Justice […]

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Government Asylum Blow »

On August 12th, 2015 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2015.

The Lord Chancellor lost an appeal against a High Court ruling that the detained fast-track appeals process is unfair to asylum seekers. The government said it intends to seek to appeal the decision in the Supreme Court. [Courtesy: The Law Society Gazette]

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Government ‘Selling Justice Like a Commodity’ »

On August 3rd, 2015 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2015.

Government plans for a new round of court fee rises are ‘tantamount to selling justice like a commodity’, the Law Society has said, as the Ministry of Justice acknowledged its plans would be unpopular. Under proposals announced by courts minister Shailesh Vara after parliament rose for the recess, the maximum fee for money claims would […]

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Commercial Court Sees Rise in UK Litigants »

On August 3rd, 2015 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2015.

By Monidipa Fouzder » The proportion of UK litigants in London’s Commercial Court has increased, research suggests, as the Rolls Building prepares to host a new specialist list for complex financial markets cases in the face of competition from centres such as Dubai and Singapore. Figures from consultancy Portland’s study show that the UK accounted […]

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Bar takes aim at Solicitors in Family Court Advocacy »

On August 3rd, 2015 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2015.

By Chloe Smith » The two principal branches of the profession clashed last week after the bar called for a review of advocacy in family law in response to a ‘growing concern’ that an increase in the number of solicitors in hearings has caused standards to decline. Law Society president Jonathan Smithers accused the bar […]

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“A Question of Trust” Campaign »

On August 3rd, 2015 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2015.

SRA’s “A question of trust” campaign was launched at SRA Board on 15 July. Principles such as honesty and independence are at the heart of solicitors’ professionalism, and SRA want to understand what that means in practice. The campaign features a series of roadshows, networking events, public events, an online survey, public meetings and a […]

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