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Group action case hears of ‘disastrous and catastrophic’ Lloyds/HBOS takeover »

On October 18th, 2017 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2017.

By Max Walters Lloyds’ controversial acquisition of HBOS at the height of the 2008 financial crisis was completed even though it was known that the deal would be ’disastrous’ for shareholders, the first day of a £600 million trial has heard. In opening submissions at the High Court today lawyers for some 6,000 former shareholders […]

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‘Clumsy’ lawyers risk appeals after judge clarifies family court powers »

On October 17th, 2017 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2017.

By Mondipa Fouzder A broad interpretation of the family court’s powers risks creating a surge in appeals if ‘clumsy’ lawyers delve into areas beyond their specialism, solicitors fear. In CH v WH, Mr Justice Mostyn,approved a draft final consent order which had been twice refused by judges in the family court because they believed certain […]

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‘We’ve got your back’ – Jackson LJ calms unbundling fears »

On October 16th, 2017 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2017.

By John Hide Court of Appeal judge Lord Justice Jackson has urged his colleagues on the bench to back solicitors who want to unbundle services. Jackson, whose recommendations for fixed costs are being considered by the government, said his plans will inevitably mean law firms break up work to offer individual services. He acknowledged the […]

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National Accident Helpline sets up second ABS »

On October 13th, 2017 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2017.

By Max Walters Claims firm National Accident Helpline has set up a second alternative business structure. The new ABS – National Law Partners – has been created in partnership with solicitors’ firm Lyons Davidson and will be based in Kettering and Cardiff. It will begin trading next month. Earlier this year, NAH said it planned […]

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McKenzie ban back to drawing board »

On September 15th, 2017 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2017.

By Max Walters HM Judiciary is set to reassess some of its proposals for regulating the fast-expanding ‘McKenzie friend’ sector after a consultation on banning fee recovery received ‘large numbers of responses’. The Gazette understands that an update will be posted on the judiciary’s website later today announcing that the Judicial Executive Board has decided […]

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MoJ reveals potential new discount rate »

On September 7th, 2017 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2014.

By Gazette Reporter The lord chancellor has set out long-awaited proposals for calculating the ‘discount rate’ applied to personal injury settlements. Under proposed legislation, the rate will be set by reference to rates of return on ‘low risk’ rather than ’very low risk’ investments as at present. The rate will also be reviewed at least every […]

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Government tight-lipped on tribunal repayments »

On September 6th, 2017 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2017.

By Max Walters The government is unable to announce details of when and how it will reimburse claimants who had to pay unlawful employment tribunal fees, more than one month after the Supreme Court ruled against the fees. In the first justice questions of the new parliamentary term today, minister of state Dominic Raab was […]

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Solicitor General Hints at SFO Turning Point »

On September 4th, 2017 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2017.

By Max Walters The future of the Serious Fraud Office appears brighter today after the solicitor general praised its work and high conviction rate. Speaking at the Cambridge Symposium on Economic Crime, solicitor general Robert Buckland said the SFO was continuing to deal with ‘some of the most high profile cases’. He noted that the […]

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Profession calls for ‘bold and far reaching’ employment review »

On July 10th, 2017 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2017.

By Max Walters An independent review of employment practices should be bold, far-reaching and not afraid to suggest a re-writing of law, the profession has said ahead of its expected publication. Employment solicitors and the advisory, conciliation and arbitration service (ACAS) said much clearer guidance is needed to enable employers to know their rights and […]

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Neuberger: ‘Very hard to defend’ current legal aid system’ »

On July 5th, 2017 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2014.

By Monidipa Fouzder The president of the Supreme Court appears to have compared UK governments to ‘repressive totalitarian regimes’ as part of a scathing attack on legal aid reforms. Lord Neuberger, who retires this year, told the Australian Bar Association’s conference on Monday that access to justice is a practical, not hypothetical, requirement. He said: […]

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