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Posted in February 2016

DNA

Rape Cases Fear Over ‘Tainted’ DNA Risk »

On February 29th, 2016 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2016.

By Monidipa Fouzder » The Forensic Science Regulator is drafting new guidance on the collection of intimate samples in rape cases, the Gazette has learned, amid allegations that doctors have been put under pressure to work in ways that could increase the risk of contamination. A Lincolnshire police doctor has told the Gazette that he […]

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unprofessional

Super-exam could stymie talent »

On February 29th, 2016 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2016.

By Chloe Smith » The Law Society has called for more detail on a new ‘super-examination’ for aspiring solicitors, warning that it could dilute professional standards and adversely affect clients. Chancery Lane has also criticised the Solicitors Regulation Authority for making ‘piecemeal’ announcements on training reform, failing to flesh out plans for on-the-job training and […]

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secret

Secret evidence challenge fails on immigration »

On February 29th, 2016 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2016.

By Chloe Smith » Immigration lawyers have failed with a High Court challenge to the use of secret evidence, but welcomed the judgment for providing ‘helpful clarification’. The Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association (ILPA) had claimed that rule 13(2), which applies in the firsttier tribunal, and the immigration and asylum chamber, was unfair. It also said […]

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stamp duty

Law Society warning over 3% stamp duty increase »

On February 29th, 2016 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2016.

By Monidipa Fouzder » Higher rates of stamp duty for second homes due to come into effect on 1 April pose problems for solicitors, the Law Society has warned. In last year’s autumn statement, the government announced a surcharge of 3% of stamp duty land tax on purchases of additional homes. However, solicitors have questioned […]

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standing man

SQA Loan Fear if SRA Shakes up Training »

On February 29th, 2016 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2016.

Aspiring solicitors may be forced to take out expensive commercial loans to cover the cost of their training, if the Solicitors Regulation Authority presses ahead with its single qualification exam, junior lawyers have warned. At present, the cost of taking the mandatory LPC can be met by a professional studies loan, but that may change […]

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Electoral Law Reform Appeal »

On February 29th, 2016 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2016.

The UK’s three law commissions have called for a single statute to govern electoral law and modernise the process of challenging elections (tinyurl. com/h56p66k)   [Courtesy – The Law Society Gazette]

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Mrs Tramboo Joins MT UK Team »

On February 7th, 2016 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2016.

Mrs Shireen Tramboo has officially joined MT UK Solicitors from 1st February 2016 as a Solicitor heading the Immigration, Asylum and Human Rights department in the firm. Team MT UK congratulate her and wish her all the success for the future.

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hand on heart

PM vows to end ‘hounding’ of troops by claimant firms »

On February 7th, 2016 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2016.

By John Hyde » Prime minister David Cameron has pledged to work with the National Security Council to end what he called the ‘hounding’ of service personnel by claimant lawyers. The prime minister said the council has been asked to produce a ‘comprehensive plan’ to stamp out what he called ‘an industry trying to profit […]

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money bag

Government Taken to Task by Judiciary over Court Fees »

On February 7th, 2016 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2016.

By John Hyde » Deep divisions between the government and judiciary over court fee increases were laid bare in parliament last week. Master of the rolls Lord Dyson appeared before the justice committee of the House of Commons and immediately made clear his concern over the reasoning behind and impact of the rises. Joined by […]

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feeling free

Chief Commercial Judge Hails Success of New Financial List »

On February 7th, 2016 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2016.

By Monidipa Fouzder» A specialist list hosted in the Rolls Building to deal with financial market cases is ‘operating well’, the new head of the Commercial Court said in his first public speech. Sir William Blair, who last month took over as judge in charge of the court, revealed that by the end of last […]

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