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On the subject of 2021

Drop in divorce petitions as ‘no-fault’ era edges closer »

On April 1st, 2022 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2021.

By Monidipa Fouzder >> (1 April 2022) The number of people seeking a divorce went down towards the end of last year, according to latest family court statistics, as practitioners predict a temporary surge in petitions once ‘no-fault’ reforms come into force next week. Figures published by the Ministry of Justice yesterday show 22,683 divorce […]

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‘Messy situation’: ground rent reform becomes law »

On February 11th, 2022 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2021.

By Monidipa Fouzder >> (11 February 2022) Housing developers could face a ‘messy situation’ now that a bill setting the ground rent for new leasehold properties at ‘one peppercorn’ per year has become law, a residential property solicitor has warned. Housing minister Eddie Hughes said the Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Act, which received Royal assent this […]

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Lawyer demands e-scooter reform as illegal rider makes injury claim »

On January 10th, 2022 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2021,2022.

By John Hyde >> (10 January 2022) An e-scooter rider injured when he was overtaken by a London bus could emerge as a test case for establishing liability rules for accidents involving the vehicles ridden illegally on public roads.  London firm Bolt Burdon Kemp, representing the man, said the outcome of the case should go […]

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Tougher criminal sentences contributing to the courts backlog – new bar chair »

On December 23rd, 2021 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2021.

By Sam Tobin >> (23 December 2021) Increasing criminal sentences to ‘appear tough on crime’ has contributed to the Crown court backlog and taken ‘hundreds of millions of pounds’ out of the Ministry of Justice’s budget, the incoming chair of the bar has said. Mark Fenhalls QC, who takes up the post in the new […]

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‘Safety should be the priority’ – Society warns on Covid case rise »

On December 20th, 2021 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2021.

By Gazette Reporter >> (20 December 2021) The safety and availability of criminal defence solicitors is being put at risk after calls to revert to remote police station advice were rejected by the police despite the rapid spread of the Omicron variant, the Law Society has warned. A police station protocol was introduced in April […]

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Direct access to barristers ‘could improve justice outcomes’ for ethnic minorities »

On December 17th, 2021 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2021.

By Monidipa Fouzder >> (17 December 2021) Across-party thinktank has called on policymakers to review the process of legal advice for defendants from ethnic minorities – suggesting that solicitors could be left out of the process.    The Social Market Foundation suggests the review in a briefing paper entitled ‘Earning trust: improving criminal justice outcomes for ethnic […]

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£135m more needed each year to save criminal legal aid »

On December 16th, 2021 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2021.

By Monidipa Fouzder >> (16 December 2021) An extra £135m a year is needed to nurse the criminal legal aid sector back to health following years of neglect, a government-commissioned review has concluded.   Sir Christopher Bellamy QC, who chaired the criminal legal aid review, said the £135m figure was not an ‘opening bid’ but what […]

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Practitioners await criminal legal aid review findings »

On December 15th, 2021 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2021.

By Monidipa Fouzder >> (15 December 2021) Three years after the government announced plans to embark on a wider review of criminal legal aid payments, the findings of the judge-led investigation are expected to be published today. However, practitioners will reportedly have to wait until the new year to see how the government responds. According […]

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Raab unveils his ‘modern bill of rights’ plan »

On December 14th, 2021 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2021.

By Michael Cross & Monidipa Fouzder >> (14 December 2021) The Human Rights Act 1998 would be replaced with a ‘bill of rights’ under proposals unveiled by the lord chancellor this morning. Apart from much-trailed measures to curb challenges to deportation orders, the legislation will have a particular focus on ‘quintessentially UK rights, such as freedom of […]

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Resident judge initiates ‘Plan B’ remote hearings to reduce footfall »

On December 13th, 2021 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2021.

By Gazette Reporters >> (13 December 2021) All plea and trial preparation hearings will be conducted remotely at Canterbury Crown Court following the government’s introduction of ‘Plan B’ to tackle the rising number of coronavirus cases, the resident judge has said in an update welcomed by the criminal bar. However some London courts appeared to […]

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