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Posted in November 2016

immigration law

Immigration Tribunal fees »

On November 29th, 2016 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2016.

The Government will review the level of fee increases and in the meantime apply fees at previous levels and make refunds to applicants who have paid under the new scheme. Ministerial statement from Oliver Heald, Minister of State for Courts and Justice: http://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-statement/Commons/2016-11-25/HCWS284 However, we have listened to the representations that we received on the […]

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patent law

UK expected to reveal stance on EU patent court »

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

The UK’s IP minister is expected to reveal the country’s stance on the EU’s long-awaited unitary patent and Unified Patent Court today. Baroness Lucy Neville-Rolfe will outline the UK’s position in a statement to the EU Council’s Competitiveness Commission. The statement should provide clarity about whether the UK intends to participate in the scheme or not. […]

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budget

Costs lawyers complain solicitors can’t keep to budgets »

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

Only 2% of costs lawyers say that solicitors always stick to their costs budgets, according to a poll of specialist practitioners. Of the costs lawyers responding to the survey by the Association of Costs Lawyers, 72% said solicitors ‘sometimes’ went over their budget, while 22% said this always happened. The poll, carried out following the ACL conference […]

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map

Autumn statement: U-turn on Land Registry »

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

In an unexpectedly firm announcement, the chancellor of the exchequer today laid to rest a long-running plan to transfer the Land Registry of England and Wales to the private sector. The autumn statement published today states: ‘Following consultation the government has decided that HM Land Registry should focus on becoming a more digital data-driven registration […]

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House of parliament

Judges should get a role in legal regulation, LCJ suggests »

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

The lord chief justice has suggested that members of the judiciary sit on legal services regulatory boards to ensure that lawyers’ advocacy standards are maintained in court. Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd told the House of Commons justice committee today that he wanted judges’ interests represented in whatever future changes are made to the regulatory framework. […]

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court room

Court of Appeal grants leeway on fixed costs application »

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

The Court of Appeal has ruled that fixed fees do not have to apply to a case which dropped out of the road traffic accident protocol. In two joined-up cases, Lord Justice Briggs said the committee which drafted the current costs rules had never intended to create such a rigorous approach to the regime. The RTA […]

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White House

Trumps Triumph »

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

We hope he proves himself to be a non-controversial president. We wish him luck. MT UK SOLICITORS

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Brexit

Mail demands ‘public hearings’ for judges as Brexit row escalates »

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

The Daily Mail today joined UKIP leadership hopeful Suzanne Evans in calling for judges to be subject to public oversight following last week’s controversial article 50 ruling. The row over judicial independence continued to escalate this morning after a febrile weekend in which it embroiled both lord chancellor Liz Truss and prime minister Theresa May. […]

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Brexit

‘Victory for rule of law’ as Brexit article 50 challenge wins first round »

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

The High Court has ruled that the government does not have the power to trigger article 50 without parliamentary approval. The judgment means MPs must vote before the UK can formally begin divorce proceedings from the European Union. Prime minister Theresa May had originally planned to trigger article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty at the end […]

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