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On the subject of 2017

Solicitors battle through ‘technical difficulties’ to reach next JAC round »

On February 20th, 2017 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2017.

Hundreds of anxious solicitors who struggled to take an online qualifying test to become a member of the judiciary have unexpectedly reached the next stage of the recruitment process. The Judicial Appointments Commission has apologised for the ‘technical difficulties’ experienced by nearly 2,500 applicants who participated in the first stage of the recruitment process on […]

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Paralegal/Internship at MT UK Solicitors »

On February 19th, 2017 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2017.

MT UK Solicitors is a fast growing commercial and private law firm working with a wide range of clients, large and small up and down the United Kingdom. Opportunities for candidates to work in our Twickenham and London Office are available and dealt with on application by application basis. This will be a full-time Paralegal/Internship […]

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EU to go it alone on copyright treaty, despite UK opposition »

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

The European Union can ratify a treaty that will require countries to free up access to copyright-protected work for visually impaired people without consulting other member states, the Court of Justice of the European Union has ruled. In a decision handed down today the court said the EU can conclude ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty […]

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‘Justice by algorithm’ fear over web pilot »

On February 14th, 2017 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2017.

Plans to allow people charged with criminal offences to opt for an online resolution are to go ahead despite warnings about the creep of ‘sentencing by computer’. Announcing the plan last week, the Ministry of Justice played down fears about lack of representation and transparency in the proposed ‘automatic online conviction’ system. The Law Society […]

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Registry announces new steps to digital conveyancing »

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

Electronic documents validated with digital signatures will finally replace paper property deeds if a set of proposals by Land Registry is approved. The agency yesterday released for consultation its plans to amend the 2003 Land Registration Rules to allow fully electronic conveyancing. Proposals include: Accepting documents signed electronically through the government’s Gov.UK.Verify system, under which […]

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Online court ‘entirely voluntary’, government insists »

On February 9th, 2017 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2017.

The of the online court – the centrepiece of the government’s ambitions for a ‘transformed’ justice system – will be voluntary, the government has insisted. A published response to the consultation paper Transforming our justice system acknowledges concerns over access to an online process, but says that ‘We will not mandate the use of digital channels […]

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‘Archaic’ official secrets laws unfit for digital age »

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

Legislation drafted to stop Edwardian secret agents lurking around dockyards or purloining papers from ambassadors’ desks is still the basis of protecting official data in the Wikileaks era, according to the Law Commission. In a report commissioned by the Cabinet Office on the protection of official data, the law reform body describes the body of […]

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Fears for UK solicitors over patent court rights of audience »

On February 3rd, 2017 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2017.

The organisation tasked with drafting the rules and procedures of Europe’s Unified Patent Court (UPC) has said it ‘must change’ a provision that allows only EU-based solicitors and barristers to appear before the court. Currently, according to one of the rules covering the UPC, only lawyers registered to practice before a court in an EU […]

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Brexit: mutual recognition hope for lawyers »

On January 30th, 2017 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2017.

The ‘genuinely mutual benefits’ of professional recognition mean that UK lawyers can expect a continuation of their right to practice in EU jurisdictions post-Brexit, a former senior trade minister has said. Lord Maude of Horsham, minister of state for trade and investment in David Cameron’s government, told a press briefing it would be ‘very surprising […]

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Regulator urged to rethink bar training reforms »

On January 27th, 2017 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2017.

The Bar Council has criticised Bar Standards Board proposals for alternative ways of qualifying, claiming its consultation into future training at the bar misses a ‘long-awaited opportunity for reform’. It also dismisses the need for a central exam along the lines of the solicitors qualifying examination. Responding to the consultation today, the barristers’ representative body […]

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