Rushed pace of reform putting pressure on courts »
On February 23rd, 2023 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2023.
By Gazette Reporter >> (23 February 2023) The public spending watchdog’s finding that hasty implementation of reforms by HM Courts and Tribunals Service is putting extra pressure on the courts was echoed by the Law Society today. In its report Progress on the courts and tribunals reform programme, the National Audit Office states that, despite an increased […]View Post »
Recruitment opens for diversity scheme to support aspiring lawyers »
On February 22nd, 2023 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2023.
By Monidipa Fouzder >> (22 February 2023) Aspiring lawyers facing particular challenges on their way to qualifying have been urged to apply to the Law Society’s diversity access scheme, which opened today. The scheme aims to help improve social mobility and diversity in the legal profession by supporting people who face exceptional social, educational, financial or […]View Post »
Juries in rape cases more likely to convict than acquit »
On February 21st, 2023 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2023.
By Monidipa Fouzder >> (21 February 2023) Juries in rape cases are more likely to convict than acquit a defendant, according to landmark research analysing nearly six million charges and every verdict reached between 2007 and 2021. The research, conducted by UCL’s Professor Cheryl Thomas, was commissioned by HM Judiciary after a petition was submitted […]View Post »
Nightingale courts will remain open to tackle backlog »
On February 17th, 2023 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2023.
By Bianca Castro >> (17 February 2023) Nightingale courtrooms will be kept open for another year, the Ministry of Justice announced today. The temporary courtrooms were set up to boost capacity during the pandemic. A total of 24 will remain open this year to help to tackle the backlog of cases. Lord chancellor Dominic Raab said Nightingale courts […]View Post »
Thousands of part-time judges could lose billions in pension benefits »
On February 16th, 2023 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2023.
By Joshua Rozenberg >> (16 February 2023) More than 11,000 serving or former part-time judges in England and Wales stand to lose pension benefits worth a total of £3.5bn at the end of this year if the Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill passes and no further action is taken by the justice secretary. The bill, which is […]View Post »
SRA confirms new fining powers »
On February 15th, 2023 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2023.
By Michael Cross >> (15 February 2023) Fixed penalties for lower level misconduct, fines based on a firm’s turnover and a pilot of personal impact statements in cases involving harassment are among the measures to be introduced under changes to the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s fining powers announced today. The reforms, which have been subject to […]View Post »
LSB should focus on ‘more pressing’ areas than conveyancing »
On February 14th, 2023 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2023.
By Monidipa Fouzder >> The Legal Services Board should widen its focus on improving customer information – moving away from conveyancing to more pressing areas of practice, a specialist regulator for conveyancers has said. Responding to a consultation on the oversight regulator’s draft 2023/24 business plan, the Council for Licensed Conveyancers said there is already […]View Post »
Women and black employed barristers ‘most likely to report bullying and discrimination’ »
On February 9th, 2023 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2023.
By Monidipa Fouzder >> (9 February 2023) Women and black barristers working in a law firm, the Crown Prosecution Service or Government Legal Department are most likely to report that they have experienced bullying, harassment or discrimination at work, according to the Bar Council. There are currently 3,106 employed barristers who make up a fifth […]View Post »
Fixed recoverable costs for housing kicked into long grass »
On February 6th, 2023 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2023.
By John Hyde >> (6 february 2023) The government has confirmed it will delay the implementation of fixed costs in housing cases for two years. The Ministry of Justice said that it remains committed to the principle of fixed costs but wanted to wait to see the effect of other changes in the sector. But ministers […]View Post »
Beware of taking fees in crypto, SRA warns »
On February 2nd, 2023 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2023.
By Michael Cross >> (2 February 2023) Firms taking payments in cryptocurrency could find themselves in breach of Solicitors Regulation Authority accounts rules, the regulator warns today. The reminder appears in a ‘risk outlook report’ on cryptocurrencies and other distributed ledger technologies and the impact they may have on the legal services sector. The report notes that […]View Post »