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On the subject of 2015

complaints

Complaints about legal firms tumbling, says LeO »

On December 10th, 2015 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2015.

By John Hyde » Complaints about law firms appear to be falling sharply, according to the head of the Legal Ombudsman service. Steve Green (pictured), chair of the Office for Legal Complaints, revealed that the organisation is projecting to have fielded 6,500 complaints in 2015/16, compared with 8,400 annual complaints accepted in 2011/12, the first […]

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advice ahead

Advice for the Small Firms »

On December 10th, 2015 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2015.

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has updated its Risk Outlook and priority risks to take account of recent work on managing client relationships and diversity. A guide aimed specifically at small firms includes information about cybercrime and outlines the five most common types – email redirection, malware, vishing, phishing and mandate fraud.   [Courtesy – The […]

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the royal courts of justice

HM Courts 2.0 »

On December 10th, 2015 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2015.

Senior members of the judiciary have thanked the government for saving the courts. In a message last month that came close to jeopardising their political neutrality, two judges pronounced themselves ‘satisfied’ that the Treasury’s £700m investment in courts and tribunals over five years would be ‘sufficient to enable us to install modern IT, reorganise and […]

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reform

Lord Chancellor in Talks on Regulatory Reform »

On December 3rd, 2015 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2015.

By John Hyde » Ministry of Justice officials have met frontline legal services regulators for discussions on the future regulation of the profession, the Lord Chancellor has revealed. Michael Gove pledged in June to conduct a review of the Legal Services Act within the current parliament. He said then that the act, which set up […]

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digital files

Call to Make Electronic Filing Mandatory in Rolls »

On December 3rd, 2015 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2015.

By John Hyde » Electronic filing for cases in the Rolls Building in London should become mandatory if not enough parties take it up voluntarily, the Civil Procedure Rule Committee has been advised. Vannina Ettori, legal adviser to the chancellor of the High Court, said the CE-File Project Board set up to implement the filing […]

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hand shake

Regulators Live at Leeds »

On December 3rd, 2015 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2015.

Leaders of three regulatory bodies will meet lawyers in Leeds this week to ask for help in shaping the future of the profession. The Legal Services Board, Legal Ombudsman and Legal Services Consumer Panel will stage their first meeting outside London on Thursday for an open debate on the future of legal services regulation.   […]

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change

Fresh ‘Consensus’ on Indian Market Reform   »

On November 21st, 2015 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2015.

By Chloe Smith » After over 20 years of stalled initiatives, a memorandum of understanding on liberalising India’s legal services market is in preparation following a change in position by the country’s bar council. Talks on liberalisation have progressed from ‘theoretical to more detailed’ discussions, a source close to the negotiations said. The development coincided […]

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Royal Bank Libor Briefing Privileged, Judge Rules »

On November 21st, 2015 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2015.

By Chloe Smith » Documents prepared by magic circle firm Clifford Chance for Royal Bank of Scotland dealing with the fallout from the Libor scandal are protected by legal privilege, a High Court judge has ruled, asserting that lawyers should be able to give ‘candid factual briefings’. As part of a claim RBS is facing […]

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salary

Society Draws Up Salary Minimum for Trainees »

On November 21st, 2015 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2015.

By Chloe Smith » The Law Society has recommended a minimum salary for trainees after a mandatory minimum was abolished last year by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. In a policy announced last week, Chancery Lane said firms should pay trainees a minimum of £20,276 in London and £18,183 outside the capital. The mandatory minimum of […]

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man pointing

Judge highlights ‘malevolent’ and abusive litigants »

On November 10th, 2015 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2015.

By Chloe Smith» A High Court judge has publicly highlighted the actions of a litigant in person who sent abusive emails and assaulted his opposing counsel, to demonstrate the problem of ‘unrepresented and malevolent litigants’. In Veluppillai v Veluppillai, a divorce case, Mr Justice Mostyn opted to waive a husband and wife’s right to privacy […]

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