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Law schools reopen with visors and temperature checks »

On September 8th, 2020 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2020.

By Jemma Slingo  >> Law school campuses start to reopen this month as students prepare for a term of protective visors, thermographic cameras, plastic screens and one-way systems. The University of Law’s nine UK campuses will fully open next Monday. Tutors will wear protective visors when teaching and face coverings will be mandatory on campus, […]

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Blackpool courts shut after Covid case »

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

By Jemma Slingo  >> Two court buildings in Blackpool have been closed after a member of staff tested positive for Covid-19. Hearings at Blackpool County and Magistrates’ Courts were halted at 16.00 on Friday and the two buildings were closed for deep cleaning. While the courts were due to reopen for normal business today, a […]

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Claims numbers plummet during pandemic but volumes expected to surge »

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

By John Hyde  >> The immediate aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic had a predictably massive effect on civil justice, with the number of claims dropping off a cliff across the board. Statistics published today by the Ministry of Justice, covering the second quarter from April to June, show a significant decrease in civil justice activity […]

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Perspex and Portakabin: HMCTS announces ‘ambitious’ safety drive »

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

By Jemma Slingo  >> Plastic screens are to be installed in 250 courts and retiring rooms by the end of October, while Portakabin buildings are to be set up for deliberating juries, according to a government announcement. HM Courts & Tribunals Service said it has identified almost 200 courtrooms and 59 retiring rooms which would […]

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Law reform to move identity verification online »

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

By Michael Cross  >> The need to produce original official documents in order to prove identity could finally become obsolete under ambitions for electronic identity verification announced by the government today. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport revealed that the government plans to update existing laws ‘to enable digital identity to be used […]

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Lockdown legal challenge reaches next stage of litigation »

On August 28th, 2020 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2020.

By Jemma Slingo  >> A legal challenge to the government’s lockdown has raised over £250,000 in a crowdfunding campaign, after claimants secured permission to proceed to the next stage of litigation. Simon Dolan, a Monaco-based owner of UK businesses, is challenging England’s Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) Regulations 2020, which imposed restrictions on people and businesses […]

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Don’t break quarantine to go to court – Law Society »

On August 21st, 2020 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2020.

By Jemma Slingo  >> Lawyers should not be permitted to break quarantine to go to court, the Law Society warned today, saying the waiver ‘puts lives at risk’. Earlier this week the Bar Council announced that ‘after significant lobbying’ the goverment has confirmed that barristers, solicitors and other court users returning from non-exempt countries – […]

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Lawyers can break quarantine to attend court, says Bar Council »

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

By Jemma Slingo  >> Lawyers coming back from holiday can break quarantine to attend court and tribunal hearings in-person, according to an announcement by the Bar Council. In an email seen by the Gazette, chair of the Bar Council Amanda Pinto QC told members that ‘after significant lobbying’ the Department for Transport has confirmed that […]

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MoJ reveals impact of suspending housing possession proceedings »

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

By Monidipa Fouzder  >> The dramatic impact of the government’s suspension of housing possession proceedings has been revealed today as solicitors prepare for a ‘tsunami’ of evictions when the ban ends this month. The government announced in March that it was suspending all housing possession proceedings to protect private and social renters, and those with mortgages and […]

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Extended hours: Society issues guidance for practitioners »

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

By Monidipa Fouzder  >> The Law Society has published guidance for practitioners faced with the prospect of working extended court hours ahead of a pilot beginning next week. Covid-19 operating hours will be piloted for at least one month at Liverpool Crown Court as part of HM Courts & Tribunals Service’s coronavirus recovery plan. The court will […]

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