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Small claims taking 51 weeks to go to trial as litigants wait for justice »

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

By John Hyde >> (2 December 2021) The crisis in the county court was brought into focus today as the government revealed that even small claims are taking almost a year to come to trial. Statistics, published by the Ministry of Justice for the July to September quarter, reveal the mean time taken for small […]

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Supreme Court allows DWP’s appeal over universal credit »

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

By Sam Tobin >> (1 December 2021) The Supreme Court has allowed the government’s appeal in a case about the right of EU nationals with pre-settled status to claim universal credit, holding that a Court of Justice of the European Union ruling has ‘binding force in its entirety on and in the United Kingdom’. The […]

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Arbitration Act comes under the Law Commission’s microscope »

On November 30th, 2021 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2021.

By Michael Cross >> (30 November 2021) The 25-year-old Arbitration Act may need reform in the face of competition from overseas jurisdictions, the Law Commission said today, announcing a review of the principal legislation governing arbitrations in England and Wales and Northern Ireland. The review ‘aims to ensure that the UK remains at the forefront’ […]

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Official judgment portal set to go live »

On November 29th, 2021 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2021.

By Michael Cross >> (29 November 2021) Nearly 50,000 court judgments have been set up to be posted online in the first phase of the government’s plan to create a cutting-edge free repository of legal information, the Gazette can reveal. The service, hosted by the National Archives, will go live next April when the Ministry […]

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MoJ remodels housing emergency scheme to address concerns »

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

By Monidipa Fouzder >> (26 November 2021) The government has unveiled a revamped emergency legal aid scheme for tenants facing eviction which it hopes will address a sustainability crisis in the sector. The housing possession court duty scheme provides emergency advice and advocacy to anyone facing eviction, regardless of their financial circumstances. Yesterday, the Ministry […]

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Justice minister hails legal innovation on Middle East mission »

On November 25th, 2021 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2021.

By Ben Rigby in Dubai >> (25 November 2021) Justice minister Lord Wolfson has praised the role of English law in supporting innovation in a speech to an audience of UK and UAE commercial lawyers at the UK Pavilion at the Dubai Expo event. Wolfson spoke on the second day of the UK Legal Services trade […]

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Judicial diversity is a ‘complicated business’, says LCJ »

On November 24th, 2021 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2021.

By Monidipa Fouzder >> (24 November 2021) Greater diversity in the senior ranks of the judiciary could take a while to see, the lord chief justice has indicated. Lord Burnett of Maldon told journalists yesterday that judicial diversity was a ‘complicated business’ requiring more than a ‘recital of headline statistics’. In opening remarks at his […]

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Mission to promote UK legal services in Middle East »

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

By Gazette Reporter >> (23 November 2021) Law Society president I. Stephanie Boyce is among 28 legal sector leaders on a week-long trade mission to the Middle East this week. The team, led by justice minister Lord Wolfson QC, will showcase the UK’s legal sector and highlight the strength of English Law in the United […]

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Fast-track card holders may still face court checks »

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

By Monidipa Fouzder >> (19 November 2021) Legal professionals may not be able to rely solely on bespoke ID cards to bypass security checks in all courts, the Gazette has learned. The professional users’ court and tribunal access scheme enables qualified lawyers who routinely attend court to enter buildings without needing a security check on each visit. However, the Gazette has received […]

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Burnett: Lawyers like remote hearings so they can do more »

On November 18th, 2021 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2021.

By John Hyde >> (18 November 2021) The lord chief justice has told advocates that they should not expect preliminary hearings in the criminal courts to be remote as a default measure. Lord Burnett of Maldon even seemed to suggest some lawyers are not acting ‘in the interests of justice’ by wanting all remote hearings so […]

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