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No-fault regime proposed for self-driving cars »

On January 26th, 2022 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2022.

By Michael Cross >> (26 January 2022) The person in the driving seat of a vehicle relying on self-driving features would no longer be held responsible for accidents and infringements under law reforms proposed today. Instead, under a new ‘Automated Vehicles Act’, sanctions would fall on the manufacturer or other body responsible for obtaining authorisation […]

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Magistrates told to stay silent on ‘disrespectful’ attacks by lawyers »

On January 24th, 2022 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2022.

By Monidipa Fouzder >> (24 January 2022) Magistrates have been instructed by senior members of the judiciary not to respond to ‘unfair and inaccurate’ attacks made in response to the news that they will receive greater sentencing powers, the Gazette can reveal. In a letter entitled ‘magistracy in the media’, seen by the Gazette, national leadership magistrate Duncan Webster OBE […]

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‘Good start’: 53% pass first SQE assessment »

On January 21st, 2022 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2022.

By Monidipa Fouzder >> (21 January 2022) Just over half of the candidates who took the first ever exam for the new route to qualifying as a solicitor have passed, the Solicitors Regulation Authority revealed today.  The Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) will eventually replace the Legal Practice Course and came into force last September. Candidates must […]

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Conveyancing firms may be forced to buy stand-alone cyber cover »

On January 19th, 2022 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2022.

By John Hyde >> (19 January 2022) A conveyancers’ regulator is considering making it mandatory for firms to take out stand-alone insurance to cover cyber attacks. The Council for Licensed Conveyancers says cyber incidents present a ‘clear risk’ to clients and the cost of restoring systems and data to protect client interests are likely to be […]

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Government to legislate on crypto »

On January 19th, 2022 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2022.

By Gazette Reporter >> (19 January 2022) Legislation to bring the promotion of crypto-assets under the wing of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) will be introduced when parliamentary time allows, HM Treasury has announced.  Around 2.3 million people in the UK are thought to own a cryptoasset such as digital coinage or non-fungible tokens (NFTs). However […]

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Magistrates to get power to impose one-year jail terms to cut backlog »

On January 18th, 2022 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2022.

By Monidipa Fouzder >> (18 January 2022) Magistrates will be able to lock up people for longer under powers being granted by the government to cut the Crown court backlog. Lord chancellor Dominic Raab announced today that he will double the maximum prison sentence – currently six months – that magistrates can hand down. Magistrates will […]

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Conveyancers told to ‘get ready’ for fee increase »

On January 17th, 2022 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2022.

By Monidipa Fouzder >> (17 January 2022) HM Land Registry has told conveyancers to ‘get ready’ for the first fee increase since 2009 in a blog that hints of potentially further changes ahead. The agency announced last November that fees for registers and transfers of title would rise by up to 21% under changes to come into […]

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Law school extends ‘money back’ offer to jobless graduates »

On January 17th, 2022 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2022.

By John Hyde >> (17 January 2022) The University of Law has extended a scheme offering money back to graduates who do not find legal work quickly. ULaw will offer all business school students – as well as LLM legal practice students already eligible – half their tuition fees back in cash if they have […]

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End-to-end e-conveyancing is here, supplier claims »

On January 13th, 2022 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2022.

By Michael Cross >> (13 January 2022) A decade-old dream of fully electronic conveyancing may have become reality if an announcement today lives up to a property data company’s claims. The company, Search Acumen, unveiled technology which it says enables lawyers to manage the entire residential conveyancing process through a central dashboard. The platform provides a […]

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MoJ confirms probate fee hike »

On January 12th, 2022 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2022.

By Gazette Reporter >> (12 January 2022) The Ministry of Justice has confirmed that all users of the probate service will soon pay a higher, flat fee. At present the fees are £155 for professional users and £215 for non-professional users. From 26 January, following a consulation, these will change to one single probate fee […]

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