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Redefine mobile phone driving offence, MPs urge »

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

By Jemma Slingo The ban on drivers using mobile phones should be extended to include hands-free devices, a group of MPs has told the government. The law should also apply to all mobile phone usage, not just the sending and receiving of data, it said. The Commons transport select committee said  the fact that hands-free devices […]

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State of criminal justice ‘far worse’ than new figures show, says Bar Council »

On August 16th, 2019 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2019.

By Jemma Slingo Criminals will be ‘rubbing their hands with glee’ because of their slim chances of prosecution, the Bar Council has said. Quarterly Figures released by the Ministry of Justice revealed that the number of people being prosecuted or handed out-of-court disposals has fallen to its lowest level since records began, despite a rise […]

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Registered European lawyers given until 2021 to requalify »

On August 15th, 2019 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2019.

By Jemma Slingo Registered European lawyers (RELs) have until the end of next year to requalify in the UK, according to the government’s no-deal Brexit guidance. Guidance published by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) for EU lawyers in the UK after a no-deal Brexit said RELs will retain their pre-Brexit practice and qualification rights until the […]

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Home Office refuses to end indefinite detention of immigrants »

On August 13th, 2019 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2019.

By Jemma Slingo The Home Office has rejected calls from parliament’s human rights committee to end the indefinite detention of immigrants, despite widespread cross-party support. The Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR) recommended a 28-day limit on immigration detention, arguing that the current detention system is ‘slow, unfair and expensive to run’. It said in […]

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Appeal allows stand-still agreement on claim 17 months out of time »

On August 9th, 2019 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2019.

By: John Hyde The Court of Appeal has overturned a decision to throw out a widow’s delayed application to claim from her late husband’s estate. In Cowan v Foreman, Lady Justice Asplin said Mr Justice Mostyn was ‘plainly wrong’ to disregard the application as it was made 17 months after the six-month period, set out by […]

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Written agreements could counter ‘abusive’ treatment of bar pupils »

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

By Jemma Slingo The Bar Council has backed the suggestion of written pupillage agreements, saying they could crack down on the ‘truly shocking’ and ‘abusive’ treatment of some pupils. In response to an informal Bar Standards Board (BSB) consultation, the Bar Council said written agreements would make pupils, pupil supervisors and chambers aware of their […]

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Insurers ponder JR challenge to -0.25% discount rate »

On August 2nd, 2019 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2019.

By John Hyde Insurance industry lobbyists are gearing up for a summer campaigning against the latest discount rate applied to personal injury settlements – including a possible legal challenge. The Association of British Insurers says that motor insurance premiums have crept up, with cover set to be more expensive in the wake of the Ministry […]

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Lawyers fear LiP portal invites insurers to deny everything »

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

By John Hyde Justice officials have conceded there is nothing to stop insurers gaming the new portal system for litigants in person when it goes live next April. Ministry of Justice policy chiefs appeared yesterday at a seminar held to give more detail about how the portal will work. Around 100 stakeholders were in London for […]

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Supreme Court ruling grants public access to court documents »

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

By John Hyde he Supreme Court today ruled that the public should be allowed access to all documents placed before the court and referred to during a hearing – but only if applicants can show why they need them. In Cape Intermediate Holdings Ltd v Dring (for and on behalf of Asbestos Victims Support Groups Forum […]

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LSB seeks to settle independence issue with revised rules »

On July 25th, 2019 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2019.

By: John Hyde New rules for establishing dividing lines between representative and regulatory bodies should provide greater clarity, it has been claimed. The oversight regulator the Legal Services Board has amended the Internal Governance Rules which dictate how bodies such as the Law Society and Solicitors Regulation Authority work together to regulate the profession. The rules, […]

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