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Posted in July 2016

game changer

SRA: ‘radical’ proposals will open up access to justice »

On July 25th, 2016 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2016.

By Monidipa Fouzder » The Solicitors Regulation Authority last week defended its ‘radical’ handbook reforms, saying they will widen access to justice. However, acknowledging concerns raised by the Law Society, the regulator said safeguards will be needed if solicitors are given greater freedom to work outside regulated firms. Last month the regulator opened an unprecedented […]

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Supreme Court Unanimous on Residency Test »

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

By Monidipa Fouzder » Nearly three months after allowing an appeal mid-hearing, the Supreme Court has handed down its reasons for throwing out government plans to introduce a residence test for civil legal aid. Charity Public Law Project (PLP) was granted permission to take its fight to the UK’s highest court after the Court of […]

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Streamline criminal law »

On July 18th, 2016 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2016.

By Monidipa Fouzder » A new effort to codify the criminal law is long overdue, the lord chief justice has said, recommending the drafting of ‘a single document that sets out the nature of criminal conduct’. Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd told a dinner for Her Majesty’s judges in London that criminal law ‘is contained in […]

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digital world

India makes move to allow foreign lawyers »

On July 11th, 2016 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2016.

By Chloe Smith » After 20 years of stalled initiatives, India last week took a step towards allowing foreign lawyers to practise when a meeting between the profession and the government revealed ‘no objection in principle’ to draft rules on liberalising the market. Rules drafted by the Bar Council of India (BCI) propose allowing foreign […]

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bad timing

‘Not the right time’ for regulation shakeup »

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

By John Hyde » The Law Society warned the government last week that now is the ‘wrong time’ for a shakeup of legal services regulation – stressing that the profession will be focusing on supporting its clients through a period of unprecedented change in the wake of the Brexit vote. Speaking before giving evidence to […]

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speak up

Lawyer Lords speak up for legal privilege »

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

  By Michael Cross » Distinguished legal figures on the red benches lined up to condemn threats to professional privilege posed by the government’s investigatory powers bill as it passed its second reading in the House of Lords last week. During the debate, peers echoed concerns raised by the Law Society and other professional bodies […]

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Sentenced for war crimes »

On July 1st, 2016 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2016.

  Congolese politician and rebel leader Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo (pictured) has been jailed for 18 years by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for war crimes and sexual violence. In March he was found guilty of two counts of crimes against humanity and three counts of war crimes for a campaign of murder, rape and pillaging […]

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