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HMCTS reveals list of priority work for county courts »

On April 1st, 2020 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2020.

By John Hyde The courts service today published a new list of priority county court work as it tries to keep the justice system going amid the coronavirus lockdown. HM Courts & Tribunal Service has split civil court listings into two groups: work that must be done and work that could be done. Civil work […]

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‘Cut your overheads’: Conveyancing firms face battle to survive Covid-19 »

On March 25th, 2020 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2020.

By Monidipa Fouzder Conveyancers may have to be ‘cruel to be kind’ and shed staff to survive the Covid-19 lockdown, a conveyancing expert has said. The warning comes after estate agents were reportedly told they should close their offices immediately. On Monday prime minister Boris Johnson announced that all shops selling non-essential goods must close […]

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Jury trials on hold until courts can be made safe »

On March 23rd, 2020 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2020.

By John Hyde   >> The lord chief justice this morning announced that new trials will be halted in the Crown court until specific arrangements have been made to ensure buildings are safe. Lord Burnett of Maldon said his ‘unequivocal position’ is that no jury trials or other physical hearings can take place unless it was safe for […]

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Coronavirus Bill: What it will say on courts and justice »

On March 18th, 2020 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2020.

By Gazette Newsdesk   >>    Government guidance on the Coronavirus Bill, due to be introduced to parliament today, indicates how the authorities hope to keep the justice system functioning during the current emergency. The bill will: Expand availability of video and audio link in court proceedings. This would include magistrates’ court hearings taking place by phone or […]

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Divorce bill must not overlook pensions – Society »

On March 17th, 2020 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2020.

By Monidipa Fouzder  >> The Law Society has called for long-awaited legislation reforming divorce to be amended to ensure ex-spouses are not left financially vulnerable as a result of pension orders. The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill moved to the report stage – further line-by-line examination – within the House of Lords today. The Law Society […]

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Coronavirus: New guidance over conveyancing transactions »

On March 16th, 2020 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2020.

By Monidipa Fouzder  >> Several queries about the impact of the coronavirus on conveyancing transactions has prompted the Law Society to issue guidance. Focus on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has so far heavily centred on the retail and hospitality industries. However, the Society said it has received many questions from members on residential conveyancing […]

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Family cases to be livestreamed in Court of Appeal »

On March 13th, 2020 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2020.

By Monidipa Fouzder  >> Court of Appeal family cases are to be livestreamed for the first time this year as the government and senior judiciary seek to ‘bring the public gallery into the 21st century’. A statutory instrument was laid in parliament yesterday to allow a pilot. The decision was taken following the success of a […]

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PRACTICE CoA advertising for full-time judicial assistants »

On March 12th, 2020 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2020.

By Gazette Reporter  >> New entrants to the legal profession are being offered the chance to gain experience at the Court of Appeal bench in the latest round of recruitment for judicial assistants. HM Judiciary is advertising 21 fixed-term 10-month posts as assistants to the CoA civil division. Assistants will be assigned to justices of appeal to help […]

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Budget 2020: chancellor to proclaim ‘£100m justice package’ »

On March 11th, 2020 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2020.

By Monidipa Fouzder  >> HM Treasury is expected to announce a £100m justice package in tomorrow’s budget to show that the government is serious about getting tough on crime and keeping people safe. In a preview trailed to the media today, chancellor of the exchequer Rishi Sunak said keeping the streets safe is a priority […]

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Coronavirus: fears for criminal defence lawyers on frontline »

On March 6th, 2020 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2020.

By Monidipa Fouzder  >> Concerns have been raised about the risk of criminal defence solicitors catching the coronavirus after the Gazette was told a solicitor was prevented from taking tissues into a prison. HM Courts & Tribunals Service has updated its security policy to allow hand sanitiser to be brought into court buildings. Court users will be […]

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