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Society’s global call to arms over gender equality »

On June 20th, 2019 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2019.

By Monidipa Fouzder Unconscious bias, gender stereotypes, unequal pay and a lack of flexible working – these are some of the common challenges faced by women in the law across the globe according to a report released by the Law Society ahead of a two-day international summit. After hosting roundtables across five continents, speaking to more […]

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Ministry of Justice reveals £10m Brexit day preparations »

On June 10th, 2019 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2019.

By John Hyde The Ministry of Justice spent almost £10m preparing for Brexit in advance of the statutory 29 March leaving date, the Gazette has discovered. The figure, disclosed following a freedom of information request, covers the 12-month period leading up to and including that date. The MoJ started monitoring Brexit preparation activities from April 2018, with […]

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Law centre JR prompts Home Office to clarify immigration support »

On June 7th, 2019 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2019.

By Monidipa Fouzder A  law centre that took on the government over its immigration support has halted a High Court challenge after overdue guidance was published. A judicial review, brought by London-based Public Interest Law Centre on behalf of a homeless Syrian asylum seeker, known as ‘MSM’, was due to be heard this month. The […]

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Hiring crisis: High Court judges in line for £47k sweetener »

On June 5th, 2019 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2019.

By Monidipa Fouzder High Court judges are to receive a temporary annual salary top-up of nearly £50,000 as the government tries to combat what it acknowledged today is a recruitment crisis.  However the extra money will not go to judges at the level where solicitors are most likely to be found: district and first-tier tribunal […]

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DIY wills blamed for wave of probate disputes »

On June 3rd, 2019 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2019.

By Jemma Slingo The number of inheritance disputes heard in the High Court increased from 227 in 2018 to 368 in 2019, according to the south east firm Nockolds Solicitors. The rise is largely fuelled by the popularity of DIY wills, which are often riddled with errors and omissions, said Nockolds. Family members are also […]

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Domestic Abuse Victims latest to test Video Court Hearings »

On May 31st, 2019 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2019.

By John Hyde Court chiefs and lawyers have hailed the early success of fully-video hearings for domestic abuse cases. HM Courts & Tribunals Service confirmed today that video technology has been used in six cases where a victim has made an injunction application against a partner. The cases were chosen specifically to allow vulnerable people […]

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Three months ‘not long enough’ for domestic abuse review »

On May 29th, 2019 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2019.

By Monidipa Fouzder Three months is not enough to properly review how well the family court is protecting children in domestic abuse cases, family and human rights lawyers have told the justice secretary. The Ministry of Justice announced the review last week after concerns were raised in its domestic abuse consultation about the family court’s […]

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Lawyers urged to crack down on money laundering before governments intervene »

On May 24th, 2019 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2019.

By Jemma Slingo Lawyers must take a tougher stance on money laundering and be better self-regulators, according to a joint report by the International Bar Association (IBA) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The report on the Role of Lawyers and International Commercial Structures, prompted by the Panama and Paradise Papers leaks, […]

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Conveyancing firms defy Brexit slowdown fears »

On May 22nd, 2019 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2019.

By Monidipa Fouzder Fears that Brexit could hurt the housing market could be ‘premature’, as analysis of official figures published today shows a conveyancing peak since the UK voted three years ago to leave the EU. The latest market tracker by Search Acumen, which analyses Land Registry data to examine competitive pressures, shows that conveyancers […]

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Growing appetite for digital mortgages – Registry »

On May 20th, 2019 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2019.

By Monidipa Fouzder Land Registry says it is registering an increasing number of digital mortgages since opening up its ‘innovative’ paperless service to more conveyancers. The ‘Sign your mortgage deed’ service removes the need for paper mortgage deeds that need to be signed in front of a witness and returned by post. The first digital […]

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