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City firms team up to provide SQE prep course »

On December 4th, 2019 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2019.

By Jemma Slingo Leading City practices have enlisted BPP law school to prepare trainees for the Solicitors Qualifying Exam. A consortium of six firms – Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Linklaters, Slaughter and May, Herbert Smith Freehills, Hogan Lovells and Norton Rose Fulbright – will collaborate with BPP to design an ‘integrated suite’ of education and skills programmes. […]

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News focus: Key questions remain as new AML regime looms »

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

By Michael Cross With new directives coming into force and little guidance for firms on compliance, even anti-money laundering experts are struggling to stay on top, as a Law Society conference heard last week. Not an empty seat was to be  found at the Law Society’s 2019 Anti-money Laundering and Financial Crime conference in the […]

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Solicitors face ‘incredibly short’ deadline on new AML rules »

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

By Michael Cross Solicitors will have an ‘incredibly short’ time to get to grips with new rules on money laundering before regulations implementing the latest anti-money laundering regime come into force, the Solicitors Regulation Authority warned yesterday. However Colette Best, director of anti-money laundering at the SRA, said the changes introduced by the fifth money laundering […]

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Ombudsman ditches mediation scheme after just 4% success rate »

On November 27th, 2019 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2019.

By John Hyde The Legal Ombudsman has scrapped plans to extend a pilot to use mediation to settle disputes between lawyers and their clients. Analysis of the test scheme, which was trialled earlier this year, found limited take-up from both legal services providers and complainants – and even then just half of cases going to […]

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Study restrictions ‘unlawfully imposed’ on university students »

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

By Monidipa Fouzder The Home Office has agreed to review its immigration bail guidance, a law firm has said as it was preparing to challenge the government in court next week in a case concerning two asylum-seeking university students. National firm Duncan Lewis, which represents the students, said one was studying cancer biology and was […]

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‘Bedroom tax’ ruling clarifies tribunal powers »

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

By Monidipa Fouzder Courts can set aside government regulations that are incompatible with human rights legislation, the Supreme Court ruled today in a case that stemmed from challenges to the 2013 housing benefit changes widely labelled the ‘bedroom tax’. In RR v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, the UK’s highest court said there was […]

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SRA offers olive branch over digital badge concerns »

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

By Michael Cross   The Solicitors Regulation Authority has moved to tackle concerns over whether its clickable logo for law firms’ websites complies with data protection law by suspending the use of tracking software. In an update, posted today the regulator says Google Analytics will be turned off ‘at the moment to make sure that no […]

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‘Shaking with shock’ – calls for investigation follow Gazette disclosure of secret CPS rape targets »

On November 18th, 2019 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2019.

By Eduardo Reyes Lawyers, political leaders and campaigners have reacted with shock to a secret Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) target on rape, uncovered by a Gazette investigation in to the fall in rape prosecutions in England and Wales. The target of 60% for rape convictions created a ‘perverse incentive’, whereby CPS areas met the target by […]

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Defendant pays an extra £65,000 after fractional Part 36 defeat »

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

By John Hyde A losing party has been ordered to pay an extra £65,000 after declining to settle a case over a difference amounting to less than £5,000. The claimants in Hochtief (UK) Construction Ltd & Anor v Atkins Ltd had made a Part 36 offer to settle for £875,000, with the defendant having three weeks […]

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Brexit and migrant staff »

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

By Laura Devine In September, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development published a report which found that 56% of employers surveyed did not believe they had sufficient information to devise post-Brexit hiring strategies. Indeed, 58% stated that they had either never heard of the government’s immigration white paper or had heard of it but […]

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