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On the subject of 2021

Queen’s speech: JR bill to ‘restore the balance of power’ »

On May 11th, 2021 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2021.

By Gazette Newsdesk >> Legislation to ‘restore the balance of power between the executive, legislature and the courts’ was announced in the Queen’s speech today – ahead of the outcome of the government’s consultation and the independent review into the working of the Human Rights Act. A Judicial Review Bill is among 31 pieces of […]

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Government considers plans to create national hub for court judgments »

On May 10th, 2021 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2021.

By Michael Cross >> Plans to create the first single comprehensive repository of England and Wales court judgments are being considered by the government, the Gazette understands. Such a service, run by the National Archives, would publish almost every decision made by courts and tribunals, unlike the current selective system run by the British and Irish Legal […]

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SRA to create ‘independent’ team to assess enforcement quality »

On May 7th, 2021 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2021.

By John Hyde >> The Solicitors Regulation Authority has announced plans to set up an internal independent team to assess the quality of its disciplinary policies and decisions. The new entity, which will operate at ‘arms-length from our operational work’ will provide quality assurance over the regulator’s enforcement work. The plan is among the changes […]

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Immigration lawyers attack Patel’s reform proposals »

On May 6th, 2021 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2021.

By Monidipa Fouzder >> Immigration lawyers have issued a robust defence against proposed reforms that could see them being hit with wasted costs orders as part of plans to end what the Home Office believes to be the practice of unmeritorious immigration and asylum claims brought at the last minute to frustrate the deportation process. […]

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Retired solicitors band together amid SIF closure ruin fears »

On May 5th, 2021 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2021.

By John Hyde >> Retired solicitors have formed a support group as they consider how best to respond to the looming threat of being held personally liable for historical negligence claims. The Gazette has been contacted by practitioners concerned about the closure of the Solicitors Indemnity Fund from the end of September. The closure of the fund […]

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‘Markedly inferior’: Bar councils warn against virtual justice »

On May 4th, 2021 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2021.

By Jemma Slingo >> Remote hearings deliver a ‘markedly inferior experience’ and degrade human interaction, professional bodies across the British Isles have said. In a joint statement, the Bar Councils of England and Wales, Northern Ireland, and Ireland, together with Scotland’s Faculty of Advocates, said that virtual hearings have ‘multiple and multi-faceted disadvantages’ compared with […]

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Society raises concern over JR proposal on ouster clauses »

On March 19th, 2021 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2021.

By Monidipa Fouzer The government must remain answerable to the law like the general public, the Law Society has warned – expressing concern over additional proposals to reform judicial review that go beyond what an independent panel has recommended. The government unveiled a package of reforms in response to the findings of an Independent Review […]

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Ombudsman to get extra £1.66m – but faces axe if standards don’t improve »

On March 16th, 2021 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2021.

By John Hyde The legal complaints handler is set to be granted an extra £1.66m to solve its current crisis – but has been warned that its future is at stake if the investment does not result in improvement. The Legal Services Board meets this week and is being invited to approve revised proposals from […]

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Murder probe after former CPS lawyer found dead at home »

On March 10th, 2021 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2021.

Merseyside Police have opened a murder inquiry after a retired lawyer was found dead in his own home. Officers were called to a house in Birkenhead on Sunday where they found the body of 69-year-old Martin Decker. He was pronounced dead at the scene and a Home Office post mortem revealed the cause of death […]

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Covid-19 confirmed at 95 courts in less than a month »

On March 2nd, 2021 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2021.

By Mondipa Fouzer HM Courts & Tribunals Service received reports of confirmed Covid-19 cases among staff, judges, jurors and court users based at 95 court sites in less than a month, according to latest figures released by the Ministry of Justice. Labour’s Alex Cunningham, shadow minister for courts and sentencing, asked the department how many […]

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