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Early legal advice: MoJ report reveals pilot problems »

On May 10th, 2024 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2024.

By Monidipa Fouzder >> (10 May 2024) An evaluation of the Ministry of Justice’s early legal advice pilot has laid bare the reasons for poor take-up by residents with housing, debt and welfare problems. However, the pilot’s value-for-money modelling suggests £1 spent on early legal advice would generate £4.10 in ‘public value benefit’. In March, MoJ […]

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SQE results fiasco: £250 ‘goodwill payment’ on its way »

On April 26th, 2024 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2024.

By Monidipa Fouzder >> (26 April 2024) Candidates wrongly told they failed the Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE) should get their £250 ‘goodwill payment’ shortly, the Solicitors Regulation Authority said yesterday. The regulator stressed that the £250 is not in lieu of compensation. An error in the way the results were calculated saw 175 of the […]

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‘Deprived background’ sentencing guidelines in force »

On April 4th, 2024 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2024.

By Charlie Moloney >> (4 April 2024) New sentencing guidelines have come into force this week, despite a ‘predominately negative’ response from judges and magistrates when they were proposed. The guidelines introduced a new mitigating factor which courts should consider when sentencing offenders: judges and magistrates should now take account of the ‘difficult and/or deprived background […]

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Legislation pledged to prevent abuse of NDAs »

On March 28th, 2024 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2024.

By Gazette newsdesk >> (28 March 2024) The government has announced a crackdown on the misuse of non-disclosure agreements.  Legislation will be introduced ‘as soon as parliamentary time allows’ to ensure victims are no longer prevented from accessing legal advice and other support, lord chancellor Alex Chalk MP said yesterday. The law will clarify that NDAs […]

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Society updates property form to support National Trading Standards guidance on material information »

On March 26th, 2024 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2024.

By Monidipa Fouzder >> (26/03/2024) The Law Society has updated its property form to support National Trading Standards guidance on ‘material information’ required for property listings. Property agents are obliged under the Consumer Protection Regulations not to omit any material information on property listings and last year National Trading Standards published a full set of […]

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News focus: National Conveyancing Week – digital property passport under scrutiny »

On March 20th, 2024 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2024.

By Monidipa Fouzder >> (18 March 2024) National Conveyancing Week saw the Digital Property Market Steering Group unveil the first major piece of work in its action plan to speed up the home moving process. The draft Digital Property Information Protocol aims ‘to exploit the benefits of digital services’. According to the 10-page document, the […]

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AI will change principles of common law as well as its practice – MR »

On March 12th, 2024 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2024.

By Michael Cross >> (12 March 2024) Artificial intelligence may affect the foundational principles of common law as it transforms its practice, the master of the rolls said yesterday. In perhaps his most upbeat assessment of the technology yet, Sir Geoffrey Vos told Manchester Law Society that AI may affect the principles of specialisms ranging from […]

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Budget: Cash for dispute resolution – but MoJ spending cut by £500m »

On March 6th, 2024 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2024.

By Gazette Newsdesk >> (6 March 2024) Investment in non-court dispute resolution and ‘digital solutions’ against a 4.8% cut in spending at the Ministry of Justice are the stand-outs from chancellor Jeremy Hunt’s pre-election spring budget today. ‘The government has once again failed to address the crisis facing our justice system,’ the Law Society said.  Announcing […]

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Legal fees of defending Rwanda scheme soar past £2m »

On March 1st, 2024 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2024.

By John Hyde >> (1 March 2024) The Home Office has spent more than £2m in legal fees alone on the deal with Rwanda to relocate asylum seekers, it was revealed today. The scheme has been held up by legal challenges since the government announced in 2022 it wanted to put asylum seekers on flights […]

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Law students sceptical that solicitor route is open to all »

On February 28th, 2024 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2024.

By John Hyde >> (28 February 2024) Just a third of new and future entrants to the legal profession actually believe anyone can become a solicitor, a new study has found. Researchers working alongside City firms BCLP, Clifford Chance, Gateley and Macfarlanes found widespread scepticism from law students and trainees about the prospects of someone […]

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