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Regulators consider forcing firms to sign up to review websites »

On June 8th, 2021 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2021.

By John Hyde >> The possibility of forcing law firms to sign up for review websites is being discussed by policy-makers today. The Legal Services Board, the oversight regulator, will meet to discuss a new paper on quality indicators which suggests that action is needed to ‘catalyse’ change in the legal market. The paper states that […]

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‘Hidden heroes’: Buckland thanks court staff for Covid efforts »

On June 4th, 2021 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2021.

The lord chancellor has thanked court staff for their work over the past year, describing them as the ‘hidden heroes’ of the pandemic. In a speech delivered at the Law Society this morning, Robert Buckland said he is ‘personally committed to getting justice firing on all cylinders’, citing live links in criminal proceedings, uncapped judicial […]

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Tribunal judges annoyed by technology faults in remote hearings »

On June 3rd, 2021 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2021.

By John Hyde >> The courts service must improve guidance and support to parties if they want to continue with remote tribunal hearings after the pandemic, a new report has recommended. The Legal Education Foundation said HM Courts & Tribunals Service should provide a checklist before any hearing making sure that everyone understands the process and has […]

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Claimants awarded £2,000 damages – and ordered to pay £500,000 interim costs »

On June 2nd, 2021 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2021.

By John Hyde >> A litigant in a building dispute who claimed £3.7m in damages – only to be awarded just £2,000 at trial – has been hit with a costs bill of at least £500,000. In Beattie Passive Norse Ltd & Anor v Canham Consulting Ltd Mr Justice Fraser made the costs order following a wide-ranging judgment […]

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Bar demands ‘urgent re-funding’ of youth justice »

On June 2nd, 2021 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2021.

By Jemma Slingo >> Derisory fees’ for youth court work will leave vulnerable children without proper legal representation, the Bar Council has told a government-commissioned review. Responding to the Criminal Legal Aid Review, the Bar Council said there is ‘insufficient time for leisurely reform’ and that urgent re-funding of the existing schemes is required ‘to […]

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Food vouchers extended after JR challenge »

On June 2nd, 2021 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2021.

By Jemma Slingo >> The health secretary has agreed to extend a scheme that provides children with free food to infants from migrant backgrounds, following a claim for judicial review. Civil liberties firm Matthew Gold & Co issued judicial review proceedings in December, challenging the eligibility criteria for the government’s ‘Healthy Start Scheme’. The programme […]

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Key questions remain over new claims portal »

On June 1st, 2021 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2021.

By John Hyde >> Experts have warned that claimants with multiple injuries face a ‘legal no man’s land’ from the new PI regime, just a day after the advent of the new claims system. The Official Injury Claim website went live yesterday to handle RTA claims under £5,000, at the same time as new tariffs […]

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Conveyancers ‘working late into the night’ to meet stamp duty deadline »

On May 28th, 2021 MTUK Solicitors wrote on the subject of 2021.

By Monidipa Fouzder >> A surge in demand for conveyancing services fuelled by homebuyers rushing to take advantage of the latest stamp duty ‘holiday’ has highlighted fundamental problems within the sector – including the low level of fees.  An estate agent’s call this week for conveyancers to be more transparent about fee increases after seeing two solicitors […]

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Boris Johnson backs my case for unlimited sitting days, says LCJ »

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

By John Hyde >> The prime minister has given his personal backing to the push for continued funding of the justice system next year, the lord chief justice said today. Lord Burnett of Maldon said he had met with Boris Johnson and received the ‘distinct impression’ he agrees with the argument that a further cash […]

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Conveyancers urged to be transparent over fees as stamp duty deadline looms »

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

By Monidipa Fouzder >> An estate agent has urged conveyancers who have increased fees due to stamp duty pressures to be more transparent after seeing different solicitors quote £6,500 and £2,500 for conveying the same £1.27m property. Jeremy Leaf, principal of north London estate agency Jeremy Leaf & Co, told Estate Agent Today this week that certain […]

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