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MoJ seeks views on expanding mediation »

On August 4th, 2021 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2021.

By Jemma Slingo >> The government issued a call for evidence today on how to settle disputes away from court, in a bid to put technology and dispute resolution ‘at the heart of the future system’. Over the next eight weeks, the Ministry of Justice will seek stakeholder views on the best ways to settle […]

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Right-to-work regime »

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

By Anne Morris >> The Home Office has issued new right-to-work guidance as the Brexit transitional arrangements for EU workers in the UK came to an end on 30 June 2021. Under the new rules, from 1 July 2021, EU nationals (except for Irish citizens) must hold valid permission to work in the UK, either in […]

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Ethics principles to guide lawtech development »

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

By Michael Cross >> The Law Society has stepped up the debate about the governance of digital legal services by publishing a set of ethics principles to guide the development and use of lawtech. Society president I. Stephanie Boyce announced the principles last night in a presidential address marking the re-opening of 113 Chancery Lane.  Boyce […]

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Family lawyers unite to improve judicial diversity in private FDR hearings »

On July 28th, 2021 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2021.

By Monidipa Fouzder >> Family lawyers have joined forces to improve the diversity of judges chosen for private dispute resolution hearings on financial matters amid concern that men are nearly always picked. A private FDR is a without-prejudice hearing within financial court proceedings between spouses, where a ‘judge’ indicates what they think is the most […]

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Fury as Buckland brings back extended court operating hours »

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

By Monidipa Fouzder >> The government could face legal and strike action over its decision to resurrect extended court operating hours as part of the widely-trailled ‘Beating Crime Plan’ unveiled today. In February the Criminal Bar Association – which instructed heavyweight firm Mishcon de Reya to fight ‘Covid operating hours’ – claimed the controversial scheme had been […]

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Judicial Review and Courts Bill – bigger reforms on the horizon? »

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

By Monidipa Fouzder >> The government appears to have exercised a degree of restraint with its Judicial Review and Courts Bill. But the lord chancellor has hinted that further reforms are on the horizon. Robert Buckland chose to deliver a keynote address on judicial review reform at the headquarters of Policy Exchange – a right-of-centre […]

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Judges owed a duty of care, government concedes »

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

By Catherine Baksi >> Ministers and the senior judiciary owe judges a duty of care, the government has for the first time accepted in a landmark concession in a claim alleging judicial bullying and negligence.  The admission comes amid growing complaints of bullying among the judiciary and could precipitate a flood of claims by judges. […]

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“Freedom Day” – City Re-opens »

On July 22nd, 2021 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of MT UK Press Release.

London: 22 July 2021 – The GB Government having lifted all the Covid-19 restrictions for England with effect from 19 July 2021, MT UK Solicitors (MT UK) have now officially re-opened its City Office at 6 Gate Street, (Lincoln Inn Fields), Holborn, London, WC2A 3HP. Nonetheless, MT UK’s Covid-19 policy to exercise restraint is in […]

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District judge recruitment crisis ‘could take years to fix’ »

On July 22nd, 2021 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2021.

By Monidipa Fouzder >> A government body that advises the lord chancellor on judicial salaries has highlighted a recruitment crisis that could affect the number of solicitors who rise to the senior benches. In its latest report, published today, the Senior Salaries Review Body said vacancies remain at various levels, but recruitment challenges are ‘particularly pressing’ […]

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Solicitors could be forced down digital route on LPAs »

On July 21st, 2021 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2021.

By Michael Cross >> Solicitors registering lasting powers of attorney could be compelled to complete the process through the government’s digital channel under proposals to reform the LPA process published yesterday. Compulsion is among the options suggested to reduce the 6% error rate in applications from solicitors, as well as to save the cost of […]

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