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On the subject of 2021

Pro bono week turns 20 »

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

By Gazette Reporter >> The focus is on the future as well as the past as Pro Bono Week celebrates its 20th anniversary from Monday. The event, endorsed by the Law Society, will look ahead to the next 20 years of pro bono while shining a spotlight on key moments and cases from the past two […]

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Probate experts warn against online wills »

On October 25th, 2021 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2021.

By Jemma Slingo >> The growing popularity of online will writing could lead to a ‘surge’ in contested probate cases down the line, probate experts have warned. Funeral Solution Expert, a research and consultancy firm, analysed 26 online will writers and found that consumers are often mistaken as to whether their affairs are ‘simple’ or […]

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Court backlog ‘will remain a problem for years to come’ – National Audit Office »

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

By Monidipa Fouzder >> The government’s own modelling suggests the Crown court backlog may not return to pre-pandemic levels until 2025 at the earliest, the public spending watchdog has revealed. In a highly critical report, the National Audit Office also said the Ministry of Justice and HM Courts & Tribunals Service were ‘not yet working […]

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‘Claims R Us’ portal could transform civil justice, says master of the rolls »

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

By Paul Rogerson >> A digital triage portal for all civil justice claims could help England and Wales become the ‘first major economy’ to make the wholesale transition to online dispute resolution. That is the bold ambition of Sir Geoffrey Vos, master of the rolls, who declared last night that Covid-19 ‘will be seen to […]

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Society voices ‘genuine concerns’ about power of attorney reforms »

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

By Jemma Slingo >> The Law Society has raised concerns about plans to make it easier to obtain lasting power of attorney (LPA), warning that sufficient safeguards must remain in place to protect the vulnerable.  The Ministry of Justice and Office of the Public Guardian are consulting on how to simplify the LPA process, including […]

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‘Chance to get ahead’: Undergrads to take SQE course »

On October 13th, 2021 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2021.

By Gazette Reporter >> Undergraduates in Southampton will start preparing for the Solicitors Qualifying Exam before they graduate, as universities adapt to the new qualification regime. Solent University will offer third-year law students the option to take a SQE preparation course as part of their degree. The university, which is based in Southampton city centre, […]

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‘Cheaper ticket to greater exploitation’: Trade union takes aim at SQE »

On October 12th, 2021 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2021.

By Jemma Slingo >> The Solicitors Qualifying Exam could result in ‘precarious and exploitative’ jobs for junior lawyers, as small firms replace two-year training contracts with temporary positions, a trade union representing legal sector workers has warned. Under the SQE regime – which came into force in September – trainees must complete two years of […]

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LCJ reveals new platform for remote hearings »

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

By Monidipa Fouzder >> Virtual consultation rooms and a network to monitor connectivity issues in remote hearings are part of a new platform that will help the courts to reduce the backlog of outstanding cases, the lord chief justice has claimed. The Cloud Video Platform was brought forward last year to keep the justice system […]

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Make English law the default for new tech sectors, urges LCJ group »

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

By Jemma Slingo >> Efforts should be made to make English law the jurisdiction of choice in emerging sectors such as fintech and artificial intelligence in order to fend off international competition, a report commissioned by the judiciary has recommended. The study commissioned by LegalUK, a group set up in 2017 to promote English law, found […]

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Society pushes government for SQE loan scheme »

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

By Jemma Slingo >> The Law Society has called on the government to devise a loan system for students taking the Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE), warning that candidates from less privileged backgrounds could face a ‘significant barrier’ to the legal profession. In its spending review submission to the Treasury, the Law Society warned that SQE […]

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