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Rogue CMC owners banned from resurfacing under new name »

On June 10th, 2022 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2022.

By John Hyde >> (10 June 2022) Financial regulators will ban directors of failed claims management companies from re-surfacing and providing the same services under a different name. The Financial Conduct Authority this week announced that it will prohibit any claims management activity by individuals who have shown poor conduct under their previous wound-up firm. […]

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‘Record-breaking’ year for conveyancers »

On June 8th, 2022 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2022.

By Monidipa Fouzder >> (8 June 2022) Conveyancers completed a record 1.26 million transactions during the 2021/22 financial year, according to latest analysis of Land Registry data – confirming the pressure that solicitors have been working under as the housing market recovered from Covid. The latest findings of search provider Search Acumen’s market tracker show […]

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Family solicitors welcome extension of voucher scheme »

On June 7th, 2022 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2022.

By Gazette Reporter >> (7 June 2022) News of an additional £5.4 million investment in a mediation voucher scheme to help families resolve legal issues outside court was given a cautious welcome by the Law Society as it warned that more is needed to address the family courts backlog. The voucher scheme, set up last […]

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Online dispute resolution could unlock £3.4bn a year »

On June 6th, 2022 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2022.

By Michael Cross >> (6 June 2022) An investment of £3.5 million could create the first stage of an online civil court which could resolve 200,000 business disputes over five years, releasing £3.4bn in disputed money  – and be self funding within three years, according to a government-backed report. The figures come from a feasibility study […]

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First electronically signed property deal goes through »

On June 1st, 2022 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2022.

By Michael Cross >> (1 June 2022) Top-100 firm Hugh James has become the first conveyancer to complete a transaction with HM Land Registry with an electronic signature which does not require a witness.  The transaction was enabled with a ‘qualified electronic signature’ verified by an electronic identity check. The process of transferring title took […]

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Lawtech initiative ‘created a sense of urgency’ »

On May 30th, 2022 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2022.

By Michael Cross >> (30 May 2022) An initiative set up with £2m of government money to boost legal technology has ‘created a sense of urgency’ around the development and adoption of lawtech, according to an evaluation published today. LawtechUK has so far leveraged £2.30 – £2.60 from the private sector for every £1 it […]

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Civil cases waiting up to 15 months for first hearing, research reveals »

On May 27th, 2022 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2022.

By John Hyde >> (27 May 2022) Massive regional differences in civil court delays have emerged in research published today, with cases lodged in some courts taking well over a year to even come to a first hearing. Analysis of 8,500 fast track and multi-track claims reveals significant bottlenecks in certain areas. The east of England […]

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HMCTS pays £111m for new London tribunal centre »

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

By Sam Tobin >> (26 May 2022) HM Courts & Tribunals Service has spent more than £100m on a seven-story office building next to the Old Bailey which will host a new tribunal centre in London. The Central London Tribunal Centre at 7 Newgate Street – which has been bought for £111m plus VAT and […]

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MoJ admits thousands of unresolved claims clogging up RTA portal »

On May 25th, 2022 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2022.

By John Hyde >> (25 May 2022) The Ministry of Justice has insisted the claims portal is working well for most users – despite thousands of unsettled claims starting to clog up the system. David Parkin, deputy director of civil justice and law policy for the MoJ, revealed yesterday that 185,000 claims are currently active […]

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Fact-finding hearings should not be default in abuse cases – McFarlane »

On May 23rd, 2022 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2022.

By Monidipa Fouzder >> (23 May 2022) The president of the family division has called for fewer fact-finding hearings – revealing that judges and magistrates have been issued with guidance to correct an ‘urban myth’ regarding a groundbreaking case last year. Sir Andrew McFarlane told family law group Resolution’s annual conference in Birmingham that the ‘default […]

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