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On the subject of 2020

Face masks in court still not necessary, says HMCTS »

On July 14th, 2020 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2020.

By Monidipa Fouzder  >> Court users will continue to be told they do not need to wear a face covering despite the government’s announcement about mandatory face coverings in shops and supermarkets. From 24 July, shoppers in England will have to wear a face covering or face a fine of up to £100. Face coverings […]

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Buckland: ‘lot of support’ for extended court hours »

On July 13th, 2020 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2020.

By Monidipa Fouzder  >> The lord chancellor says there is a lot of support for extended hours in the courts – as a survey of hundreds of magistrates suggests the majority would be willing to sit longer days and weekends. Extended court hours will be introduced this month as part of a series of measures […]

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SDLT relief ‘welcome news for solicitors’ »

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

By Michael Cross  >> The stamp duty land tax relief ‘holiday’ unveiled by the chancellor of the exchequer today has been welcomed by the Law Society as a stimulus to the housing market. Chancery Lane also responded positively to Rishi Sunak’s announcement of employment support schemes – but said that measures for apprenticeships could go […]

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High Court throws out JR bid and rules lockdown legal »

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

By John Hyde  >> A businessman going through the courts to argue the UK’s lockdown was unlawful has been refused permission for judicial review. Simon Dolan, a Monaco-based owner of UK businesses, brought legal proceedings after more than 6,500 people donated £200,000 in total to crowdfund the action. He argued in court there was no […]

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Lord chancellor seeks views on post-Brexit court powers »

On July 6th, 2020 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2020.

By Monidipa Fouzder  >> The Ministry of Justice is seeking lawyers’ views on which British courts should have the power to depart from retained EU case law after the Brexit transition period ends. At present, only the Supreme Court and the High Court of Justiciary in Scotland will have the power to depart from retained […]

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Society and Bar join forces to condemn backlog plans »

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

By Monidipa Fouzder  >> The government’s proposals to tackle the 40,000-strong backlog of Crown court cases will threaten the credibility of the justice system, the Law Society and Bar Council allege today. Extended hours will be introduced from this month and legislation to abolish some jury trials could be passed within weeks. In a strongly-worded joint statement issued […]

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Extended court hours to tackle backlog »

On July 2nd, 2020 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2020.

By John Hyde  >> Extended court hours will be introduced from this month in the first phase of the government’s plans to tackle the justice backlog. In a coronavirus recovery plan published today, the Ministry of Justice it will also complete the reopening of all courts in July and install screens to combat the risk of […]

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Lawtech will play vital role in pandemic recovery says Law Society »

On July 1st, 2020 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2020.

By Gazette Reporter  >>   The Law Society has called on the government to help nurture developments in legal technology as part of its initiative to get the economy on its feet again following the pandemic. This could include more flexibility over the apprenticeship levy and tax breaks for lawtech startups, the Society said. Lawtech is one […]

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On May 27th, 2020 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2020.

PRESS RELEASE First Week of the “New Normal” London: 27 May 2020; Following the Prime Minister’s 10 Downing Street announcement on 11 May 2020 in which he laid down measures to gradually ease the lockdown, Team MT UK had an open discussion to consider the possibility to re-open the offices based in Twickenham and Holborn. […]

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Domestic Abuse Bill ‘should ban cross-examination of children’ »

On April 29th, 2020 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2020.

By Monidipa Fouzder The Law Society says the Domestic Abuse Bill must go further than it does to protect victims as the proposed legislation passed a significant stage in its path to becoming law. The bill had its second reading in the House of Commons yesterday. It will now be scrutinised by the public bill […]

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