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Posted in January 2017


Brexit: mutual recognition hope for lawyers »

On January 30th, 2017 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2017.

The ‘genuinely mutual benefits’ of professional recognition mean that UK lawyers can expect a continuation of their right to practice in EU jurisdictions post-Brexit, a former senior trade minister has said. Lord Maude of Horsham, minister of state for trade and investment in David Cameron’s government, told a press briefing it would be ‘very surprising […]

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Regulator urged to rethink bar training reforms »

On January 27th, 2017 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2017.

The Bar Council has criticised Bar Standards Board proposals for alternative ways of qualifying, claiming its consultation into future training at the bar misses a ‘long-awaited opportunity for reform’. It also dismisses the need for a central exam along the lines of the solicitors qualifying examination. Responding to the consultation today, the barristers’ representative body […]

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SRA preparing rules on forcing law firms to publish prices »

On January 25th, 2017 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2017.

Rules for firms on publishing price information could be unveiled as soon as this summer, the Solicitors Regulation Authority confirmed today. The regulator says it will respond quickly to the request from the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) for more transparency in the legal services market. The CMA said regulators and firms should do more […]

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‘Don’t put consumers at risk’, Society tells CMA »

On January 23rd, 2017 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2017.

Promoting competition in the legal sector by cutting protections could place vulnerable consumers at risk of exploitation. That was the message from Law Society president Robert Bourns as he addressed regulators on the best way forward for the legal profession. As the Gazette went to press, Bourns was due to speak at the London School […]

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On January 20th, 2017 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2017.


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Support for leasehold reform gathers momentum »

On January 18th, 2017 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2017.

Conveyancers are stepping up efforts to push for long-awaited reforms to leasehold law amid predictions that 2017 is set to be another bad year for leaseholders. More than four million homes in England are leasehold, as were nearly half of all new-build registrations in England and Wales last year. Housing and planning minister Gavin Barwell […]

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Employment tribunal penalties falling short »

On January 16th, 2017 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2017.

The government is recouping just a fraction of the extra money it expected to generate from rogue bosses hauled before employment tribunals, new figures have revealed. Business minister Margot James has admitted that just £17,704 has been paid in financial penalties since they were enabled in April 2014. Tribunals have levied 18 fines against employers […]

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In-house accountability regime ‘will create climate of fear’ »

On January 13th, 2017 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2017.

The City watchdog has been warned that its proposals to include the legal function of banks and other financial institutions in its accountability regime for top executives could create a climate of fear around legal advice, including reluctance from overseas lawyers to consult with UK colleagues. The Association of Corporate Counsel, an international body with […]

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Justice should be higher up Brexit agenda, MPs told »

On January 11th, 2017 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2017.

Criminal law practitioners today highlighted the challenge that leaving the EU will pose to international criminal justice cooperation – and suggested that justice is not currently high on the government’s Brexit agenda. Giving evidence to the House of Commons justice select committee this morning, members of the Criminal Law Solicitors’ Association and Criminal Bar Association […]

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SQE won’t widen access to profession, says University of Law »

On January 9th, 2017 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2017.

Current proposals for a central entrance exam for the solicitors profession will not widen participation and could lower levels of competence, the country’s largest legal academic institute says today. In a hard-hitting response to the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s second consultation on the solicitors qualifying examination (SQE), the University of Law says the revised proposals lack […]

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