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On the subject of 2020

Society dismayed by last-minute changes to Wales land tax »

On December 22nd, 2020 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2020.

By Gazette Reporter  >> A sudden increase in the tax payable on residential property transactions in Wales has been condemned by the Law Society. The Welsh government announced yesterday that residential rates of land transaction tax will increase by 1 percentage point across all bands from today. The increase applies to completions on or after 22 December. […]

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Courts in Tier 4 areas continue to operate as normal »

On December 21st, 2020 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2020.

By John Hyde  >> Court bosses today insisted that courts in Tier 4 areas of England will continue to open despite increased restrictions announced over the weekend. Around 17 million people in London and across large parts of the south east were put into Tier 4 by the prime minister on Saturday after the discovery […]

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Concern over ‘unrealistic’ conveyancing expectations ahead of stamp duty deadline »

On December 18th, 2020 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2020.

By Moidipa Fouzder  >> The Law Society is urging people wanting to buy or sell a home during the temporary stamp duty holiday to have realistic expectations about completing before the 31 March deadline. In July, chancellor of the exchequer Rishi Sunak announced he was cutting stamp duty for residential properties in England until 31 […]

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Covid-19 operating hours ‘will not deliver value for money’ – Society »

On December 17th, 2020 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2020.

By Monidipa Fouzder  >> Covid-19 operating hours will not deliver value for money to the taxpayer or achieve the objective of clearing the significant court backlog, the Law Society has told the government. Responding to HM Courts & Tribunals Service’s consultation on extending the controversial model to more Crown courts, Chancery Lane said it remained […]

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Family backlog ‘may not return to pre-Covid levels until 2023’ »

On December 11th, 2020 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2020.

By Monidipa Fouzder  >> HM Courts & Tribunals Service estimates that private law family cases may not return to pre-Covid levels for another three years, documents published by the judiciary have revealed. The Family Justice Board issued a statement yesterday summarising priority actions to alleviate ‘immediate pressures’ and begin longer-term reform. Reports by the private and public law advisory […]

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Index charts practice areas ‘devastated’ by pandemic »

On December 10th, 2020 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2020.

By Jemma Slingo  >> Covid-19 has had a ‘devastating’ impact on practice areas such as property, crime, immigration and litigation and the overall legal market has shrunk by 7%, information provider Lexis Nexis has said. The gross legal product index – a measure which tracks hundreds of metrics related to legal activity levels – shows […]

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Covid-19 operating hours ‘will not continue beyond June 2021’ »

On December 9th, 2020 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2020.

By Monidipa Fouzder  >> Covid-19 operating hours will not continue beyond June, HM Courts & Tribunals Service has said, as it gave lawyers an extra four days to respond to a rapid consultation on the controversial model. HMCTS has been piloting Covid-19 operating hours in seven Crown court centres as part of a coronavirus recovery […]

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Cash for courts upgrade in doubt »

On December 7th, 2020 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2020.

By John Hyde  >> The government will not make a final decision on funding for the courts modernisation programme until the new year, it has emerged. Lord chief justice Lord Burnett of Maldon confirmed last week that a business case had been presented to the Treasury in October for securing the required funds to finish […]

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Latest Wales travel restrictions fuel enforcement concerns »

On December 4th, 2020 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2020.

By Monidipa Fouzder  >> The Law Society in Wales has expressed concern about fresh travel restrictions announced the day after England came out of a second national lockdown. Yesterday the Welsh government announced that Wales’ coronavirus regulations would be amended to prohibit travel to and from tier three areas in England. New guidance would be […]

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Will making on the rise in wake of coronavirus »

On December 3rd, 2020 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2020.

By Jemma Slingo  >> The Law Society has noted a ‘striking shift’ in the number of people making or updating wills during the pandemic – but warned that the ‘overwhelming majority’ of people still do not have their affairs in order. In a survey conducted in late June, 7% of respondents said they had made […]

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