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Posted in September 2016

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IT success stories show online court can work – Briggs »

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

The architect of the future online court system says recent experience of IT projects gives him confidence the scheme will succeed. Lord Justice Briggs, whose recommendations for online dispute resolution are being consulted on by the government, said civil litigation is on the ‘threshold of a technological revolution’. Speaking at a Law Society event on […]

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Briggs: online court will take the ‘A’ out of ‘ADR’ »

On September 27th, 2016 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2016.

Mediation will become the cultural norm should a new online court dealing with all monetary claims up to £25,000 become reality, Lord Justice Briggs has predicted. Briggs told the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators’ mediation symposium this morning that his recommendation for a three-stage court will bring alternative dispute resolution ‘into the mainstream’ of civil dispute […]

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Society raps report branding solicitors ‘corruption enablers’ »

On September 23rd, 2016 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2016.

The Law Society today slammed an official report that brands solicitors as facilitators of corruption, claiming it fails to acknowledge the work the profession has done to clamp down on economic crime. In this year’s National Strategic Assessment, its third annual analysis of the threat posed by serious and organised crime, the National Crime Agency […]

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Public opposed to SRA handbook proposals »

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

Proposals to overhaul the SRA handbook are likely to be widely opposed by the public, an Ipsos-Mori survey commissioned by the Law Society suggests. The findings reflect Chancery Lane’s fear that the amendments would deprive clients of key protections and confuse people seeking advice. Proposals to allow some solicitors to advise the public from unregulated […]

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Unpaid SDT costs now run into millions »

On September 19th, 2016 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2016.

Unrecovered costs awarded against solicitors by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal now add up to millions of pounds, the Gazette can reveal. Figures released following a freedom of information request show that in 2015 just £404,131 has been paid out of £1.7m ordered by the tribunal. The unrecovered amount was even greater in 2014, for which […]

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Criminal appeals warning for barristers »

On September 16th, 2016 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2016.

Criminal barristers were last week warned to ensure appeals have a factual basis when representing convicted defendants – or risk referral to their regulator. Under guidance published by the Bar Council’s Ethics Committee, barristers who are not trial counsel have been told to seek both the advice of legal representatives and ‘objective, independent evidence’ before […]

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Landmark copyright judgment backs hyperlinks – with conditions »

On September 14th, 2016 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2016.

By Max Walters >> Europe’s highest court has ruled that web hyperlinks can be posted without a copyright owner’s consent so long as they are not being used for financial gain. In a ruling that has ramifications across the single market, the Court of Justice of the European Union said hyperlinking is not a ‘communication to […]

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New legal firms set to top 1,000 this year »

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

By Eduardo Reyes >> More than 1,000 new solicitor firms will be created in 2016, official statistics suggest, a 30% increase on the last two years. From 1 January to 31 July, 612 new business entities were authorised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. If that rate is maintained the number will reach well over 1,000 […]

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Bar Council criticises ‘burdensome’ CPD scheme »

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

The Bar Council has criticised the Bar Standards Board’s proposals surrounding continuing professional development (CPD), claiming they will create an ‘unfair burden’ on all barristers. In a response to a consultation document, the council said the proposals ‘bear little relevance to the requirements of practice’ and said most barristers are happy with the current system. […]

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Law Society urges profession to give views on ‘dramatic’ SRA changes »

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

By Rachel Rothwell >> The Solicitors Regulation Authority’s proposed reforms to the SRA handbook and accounts rules risk ‘weakening client protection’ and ‘damaging the reputation of the solicitor profession both at home and abroad’, the Law Society has warned. The Society has urged solicitors to give feedback on the changes, and has released guidance, case […]

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