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Equalising goal: Law Society proposes SLAPP curbs »

On May 19th, 2022 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2022.

By Gazette Reporter >> (19 May 2022) The Law Society has today echoed calls for a clampdown on so-called ‘lawfare’, but warned of ‘unintended consequences’ if reforms are not properly thought through. Responding to the government’s March consultation on strategic lawsuits against public participation (SLAPPs), Chancery Lane stresses the importance of clarity over exactly what […]

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Land Registry admits limits of property reference numbers »

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

By Monidipa Fouzder >> (13 May 2022) HM Land Registry has hailed the role that unique property reference numbers can play in speeding up the conveyancing process but revealed that they cannot be used as the agency’s ‘unique identifier’ for addresses. The government confirmed last year that it wanted to see UPRNs ‘baked’ into the housing market […]

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‘We will sue the pants off them’: outrage over LAA announcement »

On May 12th, 2022 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2022.

By Monidipa Fouzder >> (12 May 2022) The Legal Aid Agency has caused widespread panic within the criminal defence community after announcing that some providers could lose out on work when new contracts begin this autumn. One firm, for whom legal aid comprises 60% of its workload, told the Gazette that it could go out of business. […]

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Queen’s Speech: Bill of Rights and Brexit freedoms »

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

By Sam Tobib >> (10 May 2022) The government will introduce a Bill of Rights to ‘restore the balance of power between the legislature and the courts’ and a Brexit Freedoms Bill to allow retained EU law to be ‘more easily amended’, it was announced today. An expected overhaul of the Human Rights Act, which the government […]

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Rights reform and Brexit freedoms expected in Queen’s speech »

On May 9th, 2022 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2022.

By Gazette Reporter >> (9 May 2022) An overhaul of the 1998 Human Rights Act following the government’s consultation – though not the report of last year’s independent review – is expected to feature in tomorrow’s Queen’s speech. Press reports over the weekend said that the legislative programme, which is likely to set the scene for the […]

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PC fee to rise – but overall practising bills will fall »

On May 6th, 2022 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2022.

By John Hyde >> (6 May 2022) Payments to cover the costs of the Solicitors Regulation Authority will fall slightly next year, as the regulator reduces contributions to the compensation fund. A business plan published by the SRA today proposes that the practising certificate fee will rise from £145 to £151 in 2022/23. But that will be […]

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‘Several hundred billion’ at stake in bitcoin case »

On May 5th, 2022 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2022.

By Michael Cross >> (4 May 2022) An intellectual property claim brought against two digital currency exchanges by the man claiming to be the inventor of the bitcoin cryptocurrency could be the largest ever seen in the English courts, it emerged today. The claims brought by Dr Craig Wright against Kraken and Coinbase ‘are likely to […]

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Magistrates’ new jailing powers come in to force »

On May 3rd, 2022 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2022.

By Monidipa Fouzder >> (3 May 2022) The government has come under fire again for letting magistrates sentence people for up to a year in prison after the controversial power came into force yesterday. The Ministry of Justice said the latest measure, announced in January, will free up to an extra 1,700 days of Crown court time […]

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Chancery interim applications in person next month »

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

By Sam Tobin >> (29 April 2022) Interim applications in the Chancery Division will be heard in person by default from early next month, the chancellor of the High Court has said. ‘The default position for applications in the Chancery Division Applications Court only will be that they are heard in person in Court 10 […]

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JR reforms become law as parliament winds down »

On April 28th, 2022 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2022.

By Michael Cross >> (28 April 2022) The government’s judicial review reforms entered the statute book today – the last day of the parliamentary session – with ministers claiming to have delivered on a manifesto commitment ‘to ensure courts are not open to abuse and delay’. The Judicial Review and Courts Act is one of four […]

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