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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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Crown court digital case system to remain alongside Common Platform »

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

By Monidipa Fouzder >> (26 February 2024) HM Courts & Tribunals Service has revealed that a web-based platform that was supposed to be replaced by the troubled Common Platform courts IT system will remain. Work on Common Platform, which began in 2012 and will be completed next year, is intended to enable parties in a criminal case […]

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Non-parties to get more access to court documents »

On February 23rd, 2024 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2024.

By Michael Cross >> (23 February 2024) Proposals to widen non-parties’ access to court documents are prompting concerns among solicitors and expert witnesses, the Gazette has learned. The proposed amendment to the Civil Procedure Rules would allow non-parties in cases to obtain skeleton arguments, witness statements and expert reports. They would be entitled to skeleton arguments […]

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Solicitor Michelle Crotty named as Judicial Office chief executive »

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

By Bianca Castro >> (20 February 2024 ) A solicitor who has previously held positions in the National Crime Agency and the Serious Fraud Office has been appointed the chief executive of the Judicial Office. Michelle Crotty, admitted in 1999, will begin her new role on 22 April. In an annoucement today, the lady chief justice said […]

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Criminal courts: New rules for live links and disclosure »

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

By Bianca Castro >> (12 February 2024) ew changes to the Criminal Procedure Rules announced today include the ability to substitute a valid court decision for one which a court had no power to make following High Court and Court of Appeal decisions. The announcement sees amendments to the Criminal Procedure Rules covering a range of areas […]

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Legal Aid Agency requests status update on 17,000 ‘inactive’ cases »

On February 8th, 2024 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2024.

By Monidipa Fouzder >> (8 February 2024) The Legal Aid Agency has embarked on a major information-gathering exercise to get to the bottom of 17,000 cases on its IT systems that have been ‘inactive’ for the past 12 months. The agency has 170,000 live cases on its systems at any given time but, for this […]

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‘Irrational’: victory for Law Society in legal aid challenge »

On January 31st, 2024 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2024.

By Monidipa Fouzder >> (31 January 2024) The Law Society has declared victory in its High Court battle against the government over criminal legal aid fees.  Chancery Lane took the government to court over the decision not to raise criminal legal aid fees by the minimum 15% recommended by the independent criminal legal aid review (CLAIR) in […]

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Criminal legal aid solicitors to get £16m ‘pay boost’ for police station work »

On January 29th, 2024 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2024.

By Monidipa Fouzder >> (29 January 2024) Criminal legal aid solicitors will get a ‘pay boost’ for police station work, the government declared today – however, practitioners will not see the extra £16m until summer at the earliest. Just over a year after deciding to use money set aside for training grants, expanding the Public […]

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Compulsory mediation ruled out for separating couples »

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

By Monidipa Fouzder >> (26 January 2024) Plans to force separating couples into mediation to keep family disputes away from court have been shelved, the government announced this morning. After consulting on mandatory mediation last year, the Ministry of Justice said that concerns had been raised about the adequacy of proposed safeguards to protect victims […]

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