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New ABS rules will smooth path for group structures and private equity, says SRA

Freeing up the rules on licensing alternative business structures will help the Solicitors Regulation Authority deal with more complex applications, such as those from businesses that form part of a group or have private equity investment, it has told the government.

August 11th, 2016 | No Comments »

Lower-than-expected court fee income contributes to Ministry of Justice funding black hole

Lower-than-expected court fees from high-value cases and increased demand in the criminal justice system are behind the Ministry of Justice’s request for £427m extra funding over and above its designated department spending limit for 2015-16, it has emerged.

April 20th, 2016 | 1 Comment »

MoJ wins privilege battle over PowerPoint slides prepared by counsel for training session

PowerPoint slides prepared by external counsel for training at the Ministry of Justice were subject to legal professional privilege and did not have to be disclosed under the Freedom of Information Act, the First-Tier Tribunal has ruled.

April 7th, 2016 | No Comments »

MoJ hopes hackathon will deliver justice system innovation

Software or data analysis techniques that could help flag up fraudulent legal aid claims or predict the likelihood of someone re-offending are outcomes the Ministry of Justice is hoping could come from a hackathon it will hold later this month.

March 7th, 2016 | No Comments »

Exclusive: government indicates that Law Society will lose practising fee funding

The Ministry of Justice has given its strongest indication yet that, once the legal regulators become independent, lawyers will no longer be compelled to make a financial contribution to their representative bodies.

February 29th, 2016 | 1 Comment »

Vara rejects Lord Dyson’s criticism of enhanced court fees

Justice minister Shailesh Vara today gave absolutely no ground when quizzed by MPs about Lord Dyson’s fierce criticisms of enhanced court fees. However he did admit that the increase had resulted in fewer claims.

February 9th, 2016 | No Comments »

Dyson condemns “desperate” MoJ over enhanced court fees

Lord Dyson has launched an extraordinary attack on the Ministry of Justice over the introduction of enhanced court fees. The Master of the Rolls described the research carried out by the MoJ as “hopeless”.

January 26th, 2016 | No Comments »

CMC loses licence after 40m nuisance calls in three months

A claims management company which made 40m nuisance calls in only three months has had its license revoked by the Claims Management Regulator. Kevin Rousell, head of the CMR, said the firm “demonstrated the worst excesses” of the industry.

January 12th, 2016 | No Comments »

Better online information key to improving access to justice, MoJ report finds

A lack of clear online information is a critical barrier to ordinary people knowing how to resolve their civil justice problems, Ministry of Justice research has found. The report said not-for-profit advice sector advice agencies “need to be supported”.

December 24th, 2015 | No Comments »

Lawyers denied further chance to complain, as LSB avoids government review

Lawyers will have to wait patiently for another chance to complain to the government about the Legal Services Board (LSB) as it emerged that the board’s second ‘triennial review’, due this year, has been scrapped.

December 23rd, 2015 | No Comments »