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On the subject of 2016


Immigration appeal delays ‘shocking’ as backlog reaches 63,000 »

On December 23rd, 2016 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2016.

MPs have said the immigration appeals system is on the verge of a crisis as delays continue to plague the process. Hackney South MP Meg Hillier has told the Gazette that the number of people reporting problems with the immigration appeals process has reached record levels. Her Labour colleague Keith Vaz, MP for Leicester East, last […]

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pro bono

LAW Pro bono clinics report greater number of ‘distressed’ clients »

On December 19th, 2016 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2016.

By Monidipa Fouzder  (19 December 2016) As the demand for free legal advice soars, a pro bono charity has highlighted the significant impact solicitors can make to clients’ health and family relationships. LawWorks’ annual clinics report states that the network responded to more than 53,000 enquiries between April 2015 and March this year – a […]

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Court fee refunds for settled cases to be scrapped »

On December 16th, 2016 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2016.

The Ministry of Justice has unveiled plans to stop refunds of court fees for cases in the High Court and county court from next year. In a statutory instrument signed off yesterday by justice minister Sir Oliver Heald, the MoJ removed the availability of refunds for cases where they have been settled or discontinued. The Civil […]

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cold calling

Solicitor groups say cold call ban – not PI reforms – will fix sector »

On December 15th, 2016 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2016.

The Law Society today joined claimant groups in calling for an outright ban on claims company cold calling. The Society, aligning with the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and Motor Accidents Solicitors Society, said a complete ban is the only way to protect consumers and stop operators finding a way around existing rules. Cold calling […]

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Legal profession ‘united on Brexit’ »

On December 13th, 2016 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2016.

By Gazette reporter >> (13 December 2016) The Law Society today welcomed the bar’s ‘Brexit Papers’ publication, which it said echoes positions set out by Chancery Lane in the wake of the referendum vote. Law Society president Robert Bourns said that: ‘Throughout this year the bar and the solicitor profession have been engaging with the government […]

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Conveyancers urged to publicise fraud email alert scheme »

On December 9th, 2016 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2016.

Conveyancers have been urged to inform clients of a free service which combats property fraud by sending out email alerts of any activity relating to a property. Land Registry’s Property Alert scheme helps people detect fraudulent activity on a property by sending them emails when the property’s entry on the register is updated, for example […]

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Lawyers less trusted than hairdressers – but more than pollsters »

On December 7th, 2016 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2016.

Lawyers are less trusted to tell the truth than hairdressers or priests, but those who reach the bench soar in the public’s esteem. That is one finding of the Veracity Index, a poll undertaken by Ipsos Mori since 1983 which asks the public to rate the trustworthiness of professionals. Veracity is defined as ‘whether you […]

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patent court

Lawyers voice backlash fears over EU patent court move »

On December 5th, 2016 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2016.

The government’s decision to join the new European patent regime could prompt a backlash from MPs, lawyers have warned. Amid uncertainty following the referendum in June, intellectual property minister Baroness Neville-Rolfe said last week that the UK intended to ratify the unitary patent and court system. For the new regime to come into force, only […]

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immigration law

Immigration Tribunal fees »

On November 29th, 2016 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2016.

The Government will review the level of fee increases and in the meantime apply fees at previous levels and make refunds to applicants who have paid under the new scheme. Ministerial statement from Oliver Heald, Minister of State for Courts and Justice: However, we have listened to the representations that we received on the […]

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patent law

UK expected to reveal stance on EU patent court »

On November 28th, 2016 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2016.

The UK’s IP minister is expected to reveal the country’s stance on the EU’s long-awaited unitary patent and Unified Patent Court today. Baroness Lucy Neville-Rolfe will outline the UK’s position in a statement to the EU Council’s Competitiveness Commission. The statement should provide clarity about whether the UK intends to participate in the scheme or not. […]

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