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On the subject of 2021

UK climate laws ‘falling short’ despite emissions reductions »

On September 7th, 2021 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2020,2021.

By Jemma Slingo >> The UK’s ‘pioneering’ climate laws have been more effective than legislative efforts elsewhere in the world – but are still failing to reduce emissions by an adequate amount, a campaigning legal group reports today. In ‘Navigating Net-Zero’, ClientEarth examines climate legislation in Mexico, France, Finland, the UK, Sweden and Victoria, Australia. It […]

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Land Registry offers ‘error-free’ application service and witness-free e-signatures »

On September 7th, 2021 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2021.

By Michael Cross >> An online service allowing conveyancers to make up to 10 changes to a title at a time went live on 6 September 2021 in HM Land Registry’s latest step towards becoming an all-digital organisation. The Digital Registration Service replaces the electronic document registration service (e-DRS) for registered portal users, the registry said.  According […]

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Bar to review aptitude test with just 0.7% fail rate »

On September 3rd, 2021 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2021.

By Jemma Slingo >> The bar is considering whether to scrap a student aptitude test that weeds out fewer than 1% of candidates, after concluding that it is ‘not operating as an effective filter’. The Bar Course Aptitude Test (BCAT) was introduced in 2013 because the number of students failing the bar training course was […]

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MoJ pushes on with court fee increases despite majority opposition »

On September 2nd, 2021 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2021.

By John Hyde >> The government is set to impose a widespread increase in court fees – apparently ignoring the majority of consultation respondents who opposed such a measure. Following a consultation opening in March, 61% of the 89 responses disagreed with the proposal to apply inflation to selected court fees, with many arguing this […]

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Legal profession ushers in Solicitors Qualifying Exam »

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

By Jemma Slingo >> The Solicitors Qualifying Exam comes into force today, as the profession watches to see whether the new system will deliver on its promise to promote diversity and reduce the cost of qualification. Developed by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, the SQE will eventually replace the Legal Practice Course. Requirements under the SQE […]

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Attorney general keen to raise awareness of sentencing powers »

On August 27th, 2021 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2021.

By Monidipa Fouzder >> The government’s chief law officer has told the Gazette he wants to raise public awareness of a scheme that allows him to challenge ‘unduly lenient’ sentences as latest data on the scheme’s success was released. The Attorney General’s Office announced today that the sentences of 61 offenders were increased in 2020 following challenges […]

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Afghan judges can relocate to the UK, Buckland confirms »

On August 26th, 2021 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2021.

By Monidipa Fouzder >> Afghan judges are eligible to relocate to the UK due to their close work with the UK government and immediate threat to safety, the lord chancellor has confirmed. Several leading voices in the profession, including the profession’s representative bodies and former Supreme Court president Baroness Hale, have expressed concern for the safety of judges, […]

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Universities compete for City trainees ahead of SQE roll-out »

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

By Jemma Slingo >> Competition between training providers is heating up ahead of the introduction of the Solicitors Qualifying Exam next month, with the University of Law striking a deal with City firm Taylor Wessing. From next year, future trainees at Taylor Wessing will study ULaw’s SQE programme, which will focus on the skills needed […]

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New co-operation in clinical negligence claims could last beyond pandemic »

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

By John Hyde >> New practices introduced to help the clinical negligence process during lockdown are set to stay for the time being, claimant and defendant lawyers have indicated. A protocol agreed last summer by the Society of Clinical Injury Lawyers and NHS Resolution sought to help the conduct of litigation during the pandemic. Changes […]

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CPS embarks on summer hiring spree »

On August 19th, 2021 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2021.

By Monidipa Fouzder >> The Crown Prosecution Service has gone on another major hiring spree that could push the criminal defence community closer to extinction. The prosecuting body has launched a ‘National Lawyer Campaign Summer 2021’, with several jobs up for grabs. These include 14 Crown prosecutors, with salaries starting at £38,000, going up to […]

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