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On the subject of 2021

Ethics principles to guide lawtech development »

On July 29th, 2021 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2021.

By Michael Cross >> The Law Society has stepped up the debate about the governance of digital legal services by publishing a set of ethics principles to guide the development and use of lawtech. Society president I. Stephanie Boyce announced the principles last night in a presidential address marking the re-opening of 113 Chancery Lane.  Boyce […]

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Family lawyers unite to improve judicial diversity in private FDR hearings »

On July 28th, 2021 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2021.

By Monidipa Fouzder >> Family lawyers have joined forces to improve the diversity of judges chosen for private dispute resolution hearings on financial matters amid concern that men are nearly always picked. A private FDR is a without-prejudice hearing within financial court proceedings between spouses, where a ‘judge’ indicates what they think is the most […]

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Fury as Buckland brings back extended court operating hours »

On July 27th, 2021 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2021.

By Monidipa Fouzder >> The government could face legal and strike action over its decision to resurrect extended court operating hours as part of the widely-trailled ‘Beating Crime Plan’ unveiled today. In February the Criminal Bar Association – which instructed heavyweight firm Mishcon de Reya to fight ‘Covid operating hours’ – claimed the controversial scheme had been […]

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Judicial Review and Courts Bill – bigger reforms on the horizon? »

On July 26th, 2021 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2021.

By Monidipa Fouzder >> The government appears to have exercised a degree of restraint with its Judicial Review and Courts Bill. But the lord chancellor has hinted that further reforms are on the horizon. Robert Buckland chose to deliver a keynote address on judicial review reform at the headquarters of Policy Exchange – a right-of-centre […]

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Judges owed a duty of care, government concedes »

On July 23rd, 2021 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2021.

By Catherine Baksi >> Ministers and the senior judiciary owe judges a duty of care, the government has for the first time accepted in a landmark concession in a claim alleging judicial bullying and negligence.  The admission comes amid growing complaints of bullying among the judiciary and could precipitate a flood of claims by judges. […]

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District judge recruitment crisis ‘could take years to fix’ »

On July 22nd, 2021 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2021.

By Monidipa Fouzder >> A government body that advises the lord chancellor on judicial salaries has highlighted a recruitment crisis that could affect the number of solicitors who rise to the senior benches. In its latest report, published today, the Senior Salaries Review Body said vacancies remain at various levels, but recruitment challenges are ‘particularly pressing’ […]

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Solicitors could be forced down digital route on LPAs »

On July 21st, 2021 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2021.

By Michael Cross >> Solicitors registering lasting powers of attorney could be compelled to complete the process through the government’s digital channel under proposals to reform the LPA process published yesterday. Compulsion is among the options suggested to reduce the 6% error rate in applications from solicitors, as well as to save the cost of […]

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Minority ethnic grads half as likely to get pupillage »

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

By Jemma Slingo >> Ethnic minority graduates are almost half as likely to secure pupillage as their white counterparts – even when their undergraduate degrees and bar course grades are identical. According to a study by the Bar Standards Board, students from minority ethnic backgrounds who enrolled on the bar course between 2014 and 2018 […]

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Face masks and screens set to stay in court buildings after 19 July »

On July 15th, 2021 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2021.

By Jemma Slingo >> Plastic screens and face masks will remain in place in courts after the bulk of restrictions are lifted next week, the Gazette understands. From Monday 19 July, it is understood that face coverings will continue to be worn in staffed and communal areas of court buildings, and screens and barriers will remain in […]

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McFarlane won’t rush family court guidance for ‘Freedom Day’ »

On July 14th, 2021 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2021.

By Monidipa Fouzder >> The president of the family division has decided not to ‘rush’ guidance on revised arrangements for the family courts to coincide with Covid restrictions being lifted next Monday. In his latest View from the President’s Chamber, published today, Sir Andrew McFarlane acknowledged that while it might be tempting to circulate firm […]

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