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Posted in June 2016

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New costs rules could deter interventions – Justice »

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

By Monidipa Fouzder » New statutory rules on costs could deter charities and other bodies from intervening in cases in the public interest, human rights organisation Justice has warned. In a foreword to a Justice report, To Assist the Court, former Supreme Court president Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers says he is ‘dismayed’ by section […]

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MoJ stands by record as MPs attack court fee hikes »

On June 28th, 2016 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2016.

By John Hyde » The Ministry of Justice has said it will consider the findings of a critical report from MPs on court charges – but insisted the most vulnerable are still protected. The Commons justice committee last week called for an overhaul of the employment tribunal fees scheme and scrapping of the recent increase […]

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Court dismisses ECHR defence to possession order »

On June 22nd, 2016 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2016.

By Chloe Smith » The Supreme Court has ruled that private tenants cannot rely on the right to a private and family life under the European Convention on Human Rights to challenge a mandatory possession order. In McDonald v McDonald a 46-yearold woman who suffers from mental health issues sought to challenge a possession order […]

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Lord Neuberger questions the ethics of ABS »

On June 21st, 2016 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2016.

  By Chloe Smith » Supreme Court president Lord Neuberger has warned that alternative business structures and conditional fee agreements are two ‘concerning’ developments that could pose a threat to lawyers’ ethical duties. Giving a speech on ethics and advocacy at the Royal Courts of Justice last week, Neuberger said the risk of a ‘conflict […]

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McKenzie Friends in Line of Fire »

On June 15th, 2016 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2016.

By Chloe Smith » Solicitors and barristers have escalated their campaign against paid McKenzie friends, calling for a blanket ban on remuneration and warning against any moves that could give the public the impression they are regulated. In response to a judiciary consultation, the Law Society warned against plans to introduce a code of conduct […]

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Ministers Urged Not to Repeat HIP Fiasco »

On June 13th, 2016 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2014,2016.

By Monidipa Fouzder – Conveyancers are counselling caution on reform of the homebuying process after confirmation of a government review rekindled memories of the much criticised home information packs (HIPs) scrapped in 2010. The Department for Business, innovation & Skills will publish a ‘call for evidence’ later this year, it was confirmed last week at […]

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Court Rejects ‘Legally Hopeless’ Barrister Claims »

On June 10th, 2016 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2014.

By Chloe Smith >> The High Court has thrown out as “totally without merit” claims by a Birmingham public access barrister which included an application to overturn all adverse findings ever made against any barrister. Tariq Rehman, who was head of Kings Court Chambers, had sought to overturn a number of disciplinary tribunal decisions. He […]

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Panel Named for Sharia Law Review »

On June 8th, 2016 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2014.

Family solicitor Anne-Maire Hutchinson QBW QC (Hon), a partner at family firm Dawson Cornwall, is among the members of a panel set up by the home secretary to carry out an independent review of sharia law. The panel will be chaired by Professor Mona Siddiqui, an expert in Islamic and inter-religious studies, and includes family […]

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SRA Unveils Slimline Handbook and Codes »

On June 6th, 2016 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2014.

By Monidipa Fouzder >> The professions has been given an unprecedented 16 weeks to air its views on the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s ambitious plans to simplify its hefty handbook and code of conduct. More than 18 months after promising an era of simplified regulation, the regulator last week published plans for separate codes of conduct […]

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