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Posted in October 2016

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Beware ‘get-rich-quick’ solicitors, SRA to warn public »

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

The Solicitors Regulation Authority will send out notices ‘as widely as possible’, including to national newspapers, in its efforts to warn the public against being duped by solicitors involved in fraud, its board has decided. The SRA revealed yesterday that it would warn clients over becoming involved in investment schemes that are ‘too good to […]

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Heathrow Airport expansion faces multiple legal challenges »

On October 26th, 2016 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2016.

The government’s plan to fast-track the expansion of Heathrow Airport via the ‘national policy statement’ provisions of the Planning Act 2008 is almost certain to be confounded by legal challenges, planning law experts predicted today. Angus Walker, partner at City firm Bircham Dyson Bell and a member of the Law Society’s planning and environmental law […]

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Brexit and the courts »

On October 24th, 2016 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2016.

Do we need to enact legislation before triggering article 50? Any member state may decide to withdraw from the union in accordance with its own constitutional requirements, says article 50(1) of the Treaty on European Union (TEU). What could be simpler? If you lived in any other EU member state, you would simply pick up […]

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Local government lawyers ask SRA who they can work for. »

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

Local government lawyers have asked the Solicitors Regulation Authority to clarify who they can work for under the regulator’s proposals to give solicitors greater practising flexibility. Responding to the SRA’s Looking to the Future consultation on the handbook and code of conduct, the group Lawyers in Local Government says clarity is needed on what is […]

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IP pro bono scheme launched »

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

Pro bono scheme has been established to offer free legal advice and support to intellectual property owners involved in legal disputes who cannot ‘reasonably afford’ professional advice. IP Pro Bono will support small businesses and individuals involved in patent, trademark, copyright and design disputes. The initiative is a collaboration between IP organisations including the Law […]

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Fixed fees popular among lawyers’ clients »

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

Three-quarters of lawyers believe they deliver ‘very good’ or ‘excellent’ value for money – but fewer that one-third of their clients agree, according to research published today. LexisNexis’s mini bellwether report states that lawyers, under immense pressure to lower their fees, tend to equate value with price. ‘Having done so, they now feel they are […]

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‘Dumbing down’ fears over legal super-exam »

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

The profession has reacted with scepticism to proposals to plough ahead with a super-exam for all would-be solicitors, expressing fears of ‘dumbing down’ – and that smaller firms may lose out on trainees. One legal academic described the plans as ‘useless’. The Solicitors Regulation Authority last week began its second consultation on the Solicitors Qualifying […]

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IPO trademark boom ‘may be caused by Brexit vote’ »

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

Trademark applications at the UK Intellectual Property increased by 18% year on year, a possible sign that rights owners are making contingency plans in the wake of the vote to leave the EU. Statistics released by the office this week show that in September last year there were 4,562 applications, compared to 5,390 in September […]

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Bar Council head backs Truss call for greater diversity »

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

The chair of the bar council has supported demands by justice secretary Liz Truss to increase diversity in the justice system and has called for the bar and judiciary to ‘reflect society at large’. Chantal-Aimee Doerries said today that ’everyone wants to see greater progression’ for female as well as black, asian and minority ethnic […]

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Online courts ‘need further thought’, legal year event hears »

On October 4th, 2016 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2016.

Proposals for online courts to handle all civil claims up to £25,000 have not been fully thought through and could see vulnerable people lose access to justice, an event to mark the opening of the legal year heard today. Peter Wright, managing director of technology firm DigitalLaw UK and chair of the Law Society’s technology […]

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