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Covid-19 operating hours ‘will not continue beyond June 2021’ »

On December 9th, 2020 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2020.

By Monidipa Fouzder  >> Covid-19 operating hours will not continue beyond June, HM Courts & Tribunals Service has said, as it gave lawyers an extra four days to respond to a rapid consultation on the controversial model. HMCTS has been piloting Covid-19 operating hours in seven Crown court centres as part of a coronavirus recovery […]

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Cash for courts upgrade in doubt »

On December 7th, 2020 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2020.

By John Hyde  >> The government will not make a final decision on funding for the courts modernisation programme until the new year, it has emerged. Lord chief justice Lord Burnett of Maldon confirmed last week that a business case had been presented to the Treasury in October for securing the required funds to finish […]

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Latest Wales travel restrictions fuel enforcement concerns »

On December 4th, 2020 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2020.

By Monidipa Fouzder  >> The Law Society in Wales has expressed concern about fresh travel restrictions announced the day after England came out of a second national lockdown. Yesterday the Welsh government announced that Wales’ coronavirus regulations would be amended to prohibit travel to and from tier three areas in England. New guidance would be […]

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Will making on the rise in wake of coronavirus »

On December 3rd, 2020 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2020.

By Jemma Slingo  >> The Law Society has noted a ‘striking shift’ in the number of people making or updating wills during the pandemic – but warned that the ‘overwhelming majority’ of people still do not have their affairs in order. In a survey conducted in late June, 7% of respondents said they had made […]

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Cheaper courses announced following ‘super-exam’ approval »

On December 2nd, 2020 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2020.

By Jemma Slingo  >> An organisation that prepares foreign lawyers for the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme (QLTS) has created a ‘super-exam’ course, costing less than £5,000. QLTS School has announced a range of courses to prepare students, paralegals, apprentices and foreign qualified lawyers for both parts of the Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE). Prices will range […]

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Home after 8pm: Covid-19 court hours affecting work-life balance »

On November 30th, 2020 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2020.

By Monidipa Fouzder  >> Legal professionals have complained about the negative effect that Covid-19 operating hours has had on their wellbeing in data published by HM Courts & Tribunals Service, which is consulting on whether to extend the controversial model to more courts next year. Respondents have only until next week to contribute. HMCTS has […]

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Spending review: Sunak pledges millions to tackle courts backlog »

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

By John Hyde  >> Chancellor Rishi Sunak today pledged to increase justice spending in 2021/22 to tackle the increasing backlog in courts and tribunals. Sunak said the Treasury’s settlement with the Ministry of Justice will deliver a 3.3% annual real terms increase. Core resource funding is up by £145m in 2021/22 and the department’s capital budget also […]

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Pre-recorded evidence now an option across England and Wales »

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

  By Jemma Slingo  >> Vulnerable individuals now have the option to pre-record evidence in all Crown courts across England and Wales in the latest government move to relieve pressure on victims of crime. From today, vulnerable alleged victims and witnesses such as children or people with disabilities will be able to pre-record cross-examination evidence to […]

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President’s guidance for immigration appeals during Covid-19 ‘unlawful’ »

On November 20th, 2020 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2020.

By Monidipa Fouzder  >> Covid-related guidance issued by the president of the Upper Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) telling judges that appeals should normally be decided on the papers rather than at remote hearings has been ruled unlawful by the High Court. Today’s ruling affects at least 150 individuals. The case was brought by the […]

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New conveyancing requirements to encourage digital ID checks »

On November 19th, 2020 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2020.

By Monidipa Fouzder  >> HM Land Registry has unveiled a new set of requirements to encourage digital identity checks in the conveyancing process. Land Registry said it wants to support the development of easy to use, modestly priced, remote and digitally secure options for conveyancers to use with their clients. Deputy chief executive Mike Harlow […]

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