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On the subject of 2022

New laws urgently needed to control facial recognition »

On June 29th, 2022 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2022.

By Michael Cross >> (29 June 2022) New legislation is urgently needed to regulate biometric technologies such as facial recognition, an independent legal review has concluded. The review, led by Matthew Ryder QC and commissioned by the Ada Lovelace Institute, calls for a moratorium on biometric surveillance until ‘inadequate’ laws and regulations are replaced.  Biometric technologies are […]

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LCJ warns barristers over court walkouts »

On June 22nd, 2022 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2022.

By Monidipa Fouzder >> (22 June 2022) Barristers participating in court walkouts over the government’s legal aid reforms could face wasted costs and disciplinary proceedings, the lord chief justice warned today. Hundreds of barristers have voted to go down the most drastic route for escalating their legal aid action – no court attendance, no new instructions and […]

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Bill of Rights: ‘Collision course with rule of law’ »

On June 22nd, 2022 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2022.

By Gazette Newsdesk >> (22 June 2022) The provisions so far announced for the government’s Bill of Rights will put the UK on a collision course with the rule of law, the Law Society said this morning.  ‘The erosion of accountability trumpeted by the justice secretary signals a deepening of the government’s disregard for the […]

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Courts ready to go remote as rail strikes loom »

On June 20th, 2022 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2022.

By John Hyde >> (20 June 2022) Court bosses are bracing themselves for the knock-on effect of this week’s planned rail strikes. Lawyers and other court users face a battle to get into towns and cities via train services when railway workers strike on Tuesday and Thursday this week. Industrial action is also planned by London […]

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Criminal legal aid fees will increase ‘by end of September’ »

On June 17th, 2022 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2022.

By Monidipa Fouzder >> (17 June 2022) The government has revealed that it hopes to lay secondary legislation shortly that would see criminal legal aid fees increase by the end of September. Justice minister James Cartlidge told the Gazette this afternoon that the Ministry of Justice’s 12-week consultation on a £135m reform package received 204 responses. ‘We […]

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Algorithm opt-out under scrutiny in data protection reform »

On June 17th, 2022 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2022.

By Michael Cross >> (17 June 2022) The right not to be subject to a decision based solely on automated processing could be watered down in reforms to data protection law – but the government appears to have backed away from the idea of abolishing it entirely. This is one of several concessions expected to […]

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HMCTS figures confirm divorce ‘bulge’ »

On June 16th, 2022 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2022.

By Monidipa Fouzder >> (16 June 2022) Nearly 13,000 couples filed for divorce in the first four weeks after reforms designed to make the process less acrimonious came into force, according to official figures. This equates to roughly 1,000 more applications per week than in the same period last year. Under provisions of the Divorce, […]

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‘Comprehensive strategy’ needed to replace flawed courts reform »

On June 15th, 2022 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2022.

By Michael Cross >> (15 June 2022) Fundamental reform of the civil and criminal courts in England and Wales could create a world-leading system by 2030 – but only if the reasons for the failures in the current reform programme are tackled. That is the message of a study published today by a cross-party thinktank […]

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Guidance: EU Settlement Scheme: Zambrano primary carers »

On June 13th, 2022 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2022.

(Published 13 June 2022) Following the Court of Appeal’s judgment in the case of Akinsanya, the Home Secretary has reconsidered the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) requirements for applicants relying on being a Zambrano primary carer. Such a person is a direct relative or legal guardian who, at the end of the transition period on 31 December […]

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Court ‘walkouts’ could start in weeks »

On June 13th, 2022 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2022.

By Monidipa Fouzder >> (13 June 2022) The criminal justice system could come to a crippling halt in weeks as barristers decide whether to escalate action over legal aid by not turning up to court. Since April hundreds of barristers have adopted ‘no returns’ in response to the government’s refusal to uplift their fees by […]

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