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On the subject of 2017

McKenzie ban back to drawing board »

On September 15th, 2017 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2017.

By Max Walters HM Judiciary is set to reassess some of its proposals for regulating the fast-expanding ‘McKenzie friend’ sector after a consultation on banning fee recovery received ‘large numbers of responses’. The Gazette understands that an update will be posted on the judiciary’s website later today announcing that the Judicial Executive Board has decided […]

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Government tight-lipped on tribunal repayments »

On September 6th, 2017 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2017.

By Max Walters The government is unable to announce details of when and how it will reimburse claimants who had to pay unlawful employment tribunal fees, more than one month after the Supreme Court ruled against the fees. In the first justice questions of the new parliamentary term today, minister of state Dominic Raab was […]

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Solicitor General Hints at SFO Turning Point »

On September 4th, 2017 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2017.

By Max Walters The future of the Serious Fraud Office appears brighter today after the solicitor general praised its work and high conviction rate. Speaking at the Cambridge Symposium on Economic Crime, solicitor general Robert Buckland said the SFO was continuing to deal with ‘some of the most high profile cases’. He noted that the […]

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Profession calls for ‘bold and far reaching’ employment review »

On July 10th, 2017 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2017.

By Max Walters An independent review of employment practices should be bold, far-reaching and not afraid to suggest a re-writing of law, the profession has said ahead of its expected publication. Employment solicitors and the advisory, conciliation and arbitration service (ACAS) said much clearer guidance is needed to enable employers to know their rights and […]

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Court cautious on £1.1m costs in Cliff Richard case »

On July 3rd, 2017 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2017.

By John Hyde A High Court judge has declined to comment at first instance on whether Sir Cliff Richard’s costs in his claim against the BBC were disproportionate. Incurred costs in the singer’s case – which was settled in May – amount to more than £1.1m. The BBC, one of the defendants alongside the Chief […]

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Firm wins remittal of constructive dismissal claim from clerk »

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

By John Hyde The Employment Appeal Tribunal has remitted a case involving a law firm employee who claimed to have been bullied and harassed. The claimant, referred to as Mr Z. Habib, had been a legal accounts clerk at the Southall office of west London firm Asghar & Co Solicitors, when he claimed to have […]

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QC resigns from CBA vice-chair race after ‘postman’ jibe »

On June 29th, 2017 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2017.

By Max Walters A QC has been forced to pull out of the election for vice chair of the Criminal Bar Association following a furore over his comments appearing to liken solicitors to ’the postman’. In a letter published on the CBA’s website Simon Spence QC wrote that he was ‘prepared for an honest debate’ […]

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Anger at QC’s ‘postman’ slur on solicitors »

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

By Max Walters The profession has hit back at a QC seeking election as vice-chair of the Criminal Bar Association after he appeared to liken solicitors to ‘the postman’ in a comment about the advocates’ graduated fee scheme (AGFS). The comments appear in Simon Spence’s manifesto in which the QC, a member of Red Lion Chambers, […]

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Barclays to face fraud charges, SFO announces »

On June 21st, 2017 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2017.

By Max Walters The Serious Fraud Office has charged Barclays and four of its former executives with conspiracy to commit fraud. The charges, which also include the provision of unlawful financial assistance, were announced today. They relate to fundraising arrangements by the bank during the financial crisis in 2008 when it raised billions of pounds from Qatar […]

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Ban for employee who faked power of attorney signatures »

On June 21st, 2017 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2017.

By John Hyde A law firm employee has been barred from working in the legal profession after forging signatures on a lasting power of attorney. Laura Hayley Jackson had omitted to have two clients sign a section of the LPA form and sought to cover the mistake by signing the names herself. The forms were then sent […]

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