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On the subject of 2019

MoJ starts compensating part-time judges denied pensions »

On December 23rd, 2019 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2019.

By Gazette Reporter Following a 14-year legal battle, the Ministry of Justice has begun compensating judicial part-timers who lost out when they were denied pensions. Interim payments to eligible claimants are now being made pending the introduction of a statutory remedy, the department said in an update today. The longstanding O’Brien litigation began in 2005 […]

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First fine issued under new data protection regime »

On December 20th, 2019 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2019.

By Michael Cross In the first use of fining powers under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined a London pharmacy £275,000 for failing to ensure the security of special category data. According to a notice published today, Doorstep Dispensaree Ltd, which supplies medicines to individuals and care homes, […]

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Domestic violence orders at record high »

On December 18th, 2019 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2019.

By Monidipa Fouzder Legal aid changes to make it easier for domestic abuse victims to access legal aid may have contributed to a record number of people seeking help, according to latest official family justice statistics. Ministry of Justice figures for July to September show that 7,876 applications were made for a domestic violence remedy […]

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Crown court disposals fall despite growing caseload »

On December 16th, 2019 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2019.

By Jemma Slingo The Crown court faces a growing backlog of work, as the number of criminal cases reaching court rises but the number of disposals falls. According to quarterly figures from the Ministry of Justice, the Crown court received 27,319 cases between July and September 2019, 1,200 more than in the same quarter of 2018. […]

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Legal sector revenue grows despite Brexit worries – City »

On December 12th, 2019 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2019.

By Jemma Slingo The collective revenue of the UK’s top 10 firms is higher than that of the largest 100 firms a decade ago, according to research published today, as the legal sector’s turnover and trade surplus grow despite political uncertainty. According to a report by TheCityUK, which represents the professional services sector, legal activities in […]

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County court trial waiting times edge to 10-year high »

On December 9th, 2019 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2019.

By John Hyde Delays in civil claims coming to trial have reached a new high for this year, as increasing numbers of county court claims are defended. The latest civil justice statistics, covering the period from July to September, showed that the mean time taken for small claims and multi/fast track claims to go to […]

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SRA’s clickable logo reported to data watchdog »

On December 6th, 2019 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2019.

By Michael Cross A solicitor who is publicly refusing to implement the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s mandatory website logo has today formally asked the data watchdog to rule the scheme unlawful. In a letter to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), George Gardiner, of London business firm Gardiner & Co, states that the digital badge contravenes data […]

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City firms team up to provide SQE prep course »

On December 4th, 2019 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2019.

By Jemma Slingo Leading City practices have enlisted BPP law school to prepare trainees for the Solicitors Qualifying Exam. A consortium of six firms – Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Linklaters, Slaughter and May, Herbert Smith Freehills, Hogan Lovells and Norton Rose Fulbright – will collaborate with BPP to design an ‘integrated suite’ of education and skills programmes. […]

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News focus: Key questions remain as new AML regime looms »

On December 2nd, 2019 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2019.

By Michael Cross With new directives coming into force and little guidance for firms on compliance, even anti-money laundering experts are struggling to stay on top, as a Law Society conference heard last week. Not an empty seat was to be  found at the Law Society’s 2019 Anti-money Laundering and Financial Crime conference in the […]

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Solicitors face ‘incredibly short’ deadline on new AML rules »

On November 29th, 2019 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2019.

By Michael Cross Solicitors will have an ‘incredibly short’ time to get to grips with new rules on money laundering before regulations implementing the latest anti-money laundering regime come into force, the Solicitors Regulation Authority warned yesterday. However Colette Best, director of anti-money laundering at the SRA, said the changes introduced by the fifth money laundering […]

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