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Posted in May 2016

the queen

Rights Bill returns to political agenda »

On May 30th, 2016 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2014.

by Michael Cross >> The Conservatives’ British Bill of Rights is firmly on the political agenda as one of the 21 bills announced in the Queen’s speech. The bill, a draft of which was originally published before Christmas, will be ‘brought forward’ in the new parliamentary session, the speech said. A government statement said the […]

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Protection for IP Advisers »

On May 30th, 2016 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2016.

Lawyers will no longer be at risk of being sued personally for making threats when pursuing breaches of intellectual property rights under the Intellectual Property (Unjustified Threats) Bill announced in the Queen’s speech. The measure adopts Law Commission recommendations to reform the law on infringement proceedings for patents, design rights and trademarks. The commission published […]

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diversity

Mixed Message emerges from SRA diversity report »

On May 30th, 2016 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2016.

By Monidipa Fouzder >> The biggest diversity survey of the solicitor profession ever charts modest progress on gender and race – but the privately educated remain vastly over-represented in the top ranks of the biggest firms. The Solicitor’s Regulation Authority’s third diversity survey surveyed 170,000 people at 9,000 law firms in England and Wales. More […]

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Transferred CFAs validly assigned, appeal judge rules »

On May 20th, 2016 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2016.

An appeal at Liverpool County Court has overturned a decision that a conditional fee agreement transferred from defunct north-west firm Barnetts to SGI Legal had not been validly assigned. The decision will be welcomed by a claimant sector that has seen tens of thousands of pre-Jackson CFAs bought up by larger practices on the basis that […]

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increased costs

Immigration case fees hiked by up to 500% »

On May 5th, 2016 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2016.

Fees for immigration cases are set to jump by up to 500% as the government seeks to recoup the entire cost of proceedings. Justice minister Dominic Raab said it was no longer fair that the taxpayer be expected to fund three-quarters of the costs of immigration and asylum proceedings.   Fees in the first-tier tribunal […]

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Jackson: let’s end ‘deadlock’ on new bill of costs »

On May 3rd, 2016 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2016.

Lord Justice Jackson has suggested a new format of bills of costs could be mandatory for all work by October 2017. Speaking at the Law Society’s Civil Litigation Section conference on Thursday, Jackson said the current system was outdated, time-consuming and unfit for purpose. The Hutton committee created the bill of costs last year with […]

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