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High Court condemns leadership judge’s ‘obsolescent’ view on consent »

On January 27th, 2020 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2020.

By Monidipa Fouzder  >> Family judges likely to hear cases involving sexual assault allegations will receive training on consent after a leadership judge employed ‘obsolescent concepts’ in his findings – including the idea that complainants must physically resist the perpetrator to establish lack of consent. In the family division of the High Court, the Honourable […]

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Legal services ‘worth £60bn to UK economy’ – report »

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

By Gazette Newsdesk The Law Society today urged Brexit negotiators to prioritise legal services in trade talks after publishing a report showing the sector contributes far more to the economy than previously estimated. According to analysis commissioned from KPMG, legal services contributed £60bn to the economy in 2018. This compares with the £25bn estimate contained in […]

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Slow progress migrating land charge data »

On January 22nd, 2020 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2020.

By Monidipa Fouzder HM Land Registry remains optimistic about efforts to reform land charge data to make the conveyancing process less stressful – despite acknowledging that the work is going slower than expected. In 2018 Land Registry began work migrating local land charges data held by 326 local authorities in England to a central, digital […]

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MoJ finally opens refund scheme for court fees »

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

By Monidipa Fouzder The government has finally opened a scheme to pay back money to people who may have been overcharged for court services over a four-year period. The Gazette revealed in June 2018 that the Ministry of Justice was setting up a refund scheme for litigants who were overcharged for civil court fees. A month later, […]

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Simplifying Immigration Rules ‘could save government £70m’ »

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

By Monidipa Fouzder The Law Commission has told the government that it could save £70m over a decade by simplifying the Immigration Rules introduced under the 1971 act, which have grown from 40 pages to over 1,100 pages over five decades. Lawyers, judges and MPs have long complained that the rules, which date from 1973, […]

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Sentencing on screen: judges’ remarks to be broadcast from Crown court »

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

By Jemma Slingo Television crews will be allowed into Crown courts to broadcast judges’ sentencing remarks under draft legislation to be laid by the government today. The Crown Court (Recording and Broadcasting) Order 2020 will permit the sentencing remarks of High Court and senior circuit judges in certain criminal cases to be filmed and broadcast to […]

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CPS embarks on hiring spree »

On January 14th, 2020 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2020.

By Monidipa Fouzder The Crown Prosecution Service today embarks on a major hiring spree to cope with the extra work that will land on its desk after the government vowed to get tough on crime. The prime minister has pledged to recruit 20,000 extra police officers. This will result in more work for the CPS, which […]

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CPS still plagued by disclosure failings, watchdog finds »

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

By Jemma Slingo The Crown Prosecution Service’s disclosure of evidence is still sub-standard despite ‘early signs of improvement’, inspectors report today. HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI), a watchdog for the CPS and the Serious Fraud Office, assessed how well the CPS is complying with its duty to disclose unused material (i.e evidence gathered but […]

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Three options for reforming leasehold enfranchisement »

On January 10th, 2020 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2020.

By Monidipa Fouzder A year after receiving hundreds of responses to proposals for reforming the process enabling leaseholders to buy or extend their lease, the Law Commission today presents the government with three options. The law reform body’s proposals appear amid mounting concern about the sums leaseholders must pay for enfranchisement to buy the freehold […]

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Divorce reform swiftly returns to parliament »

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

By Monidipa Fouzder The government has swiftly put long-awaited divorce reform back on the agenda after reintroducing legislation to end what the justice secretary called ‘needless antagonism’. The Divorce, Separation and Dissolution Bill, which was introduced in June, came to a standstill twice – as a result of September’s unlawful prorogation of parliament and December’s general […]

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