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Commerce & Industry Group North West Awards nominations deadline extended until 14th September

Commerce & Industry Group North West Awards nominations deadline extended until 14th September. The event, which this year will be sponsored by Pannone LLP, will take place on Friday 19th October 2012 at The Lowry Hotel in Manchester and is open to all those who work in or are connected with Legal Departments in North […]

 

Certificates of Readiness at Crown Square

The timescale for Certificates of Readiness at Crown Square is changing – This will take effect on all cases heard on or after Monday 3rd September 2012. With effect from this date the court will order that Certificates of Readiness be served on the court 3 weeks prior to the trial date (as opposed to […]

 

Message from the SRA Chief Executive – Keeping of the roll process launches on 3 September

________________________________________ Message from the Chief Executive Keeping of the roll process launches on 3 September The SRA has today announced that the keeping of the roll process will commence on 3 September. The exercise will be carried out by paper, not online as previously expected. We have taken the decision to continue with a paper […]

 

LAW SOCIETY TO PROTEST AT SANTANDER’S ‘PANEL CULL’

Law Society to protest at Santander’s ‘panel cull’ Friday 27 July 2012 by Catherine Baksi, The Gazette Hundreds of solicitors are to be culled from Santander’s conveyancing panel – even after paying the lender’s charge of over £100 to have their panel membership reviewed, the Law Society has claimed. The Society said it would be […]

 

MANCHESTER LAW SOCIETY’S LATEST TV STAR

‘From defending a stalker to a case involving a blackmail attempt on Coleen Rooney over the return of her stolen mobile phone — it’s all in a day’s work for the defence lawyers at one of Britain’s biggest legal practices, Tuckers. With TV cameras given unprecedented access to follow the team from the Manchester office […]

 

HSBC SETS DATE FOR CONVEYANCING PANEL

HSBC sets date for conveyancing panel Thursday 26 July 2012 by Catherine Baksi, The Gazette All firms that are members of the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS) will be put on HSBC’s conveyancing panel from 29 August, the Society and lender announced today. The move follows the deal agreed between the Society and HBSC […]

 

General Damages to increase by 10%

General damages to increase by 10% Thursday 26 July 2012 by John Hyde, The Gazette The Court of Appeal today confirmed that general damages will increase by 10% for all judgments made after 1 April 2013. Senior figures at the judiciary said the judgment was being made several months in advance to provide ‘simplicity and […]

 

THE PUBLIC LAW PRO BONO SCHEME – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

THE PUBLIC LAW PRO BONO SCHEME VOLUNTEERS NEEDED The Public Law Pro Bono Scheme (“the Scheme”) operated by the Northern Administrative Law Association (“NALA”), Irwin Mitchell LLP and the University of Manchester (“the University) is now in full operation at the Administrative Court sitting in Manchester. We are seeking experienced public law practitioners (either solicitor […]

 

Open Letter from Charles Plant, Chair of SRA Board re Online Processes

Online processes In view of the concerns that have been expressed across the regulated community relating to the recent PC renewals exercise, I thought it would be helpful to update Presidents of all local law societies on progress we are making on the SRA’s IT systems and online processes. I particularly want to share some […]

 

Review of Youth Court Locations in Lancashire, consultation paper

Review of Youth Court Locations in Lancashire, consultation paper The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) and Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunal Service (HMCTS) are considering whether the provision of Youth Court services should be maintained at the present level, given that there has been a reduction in this type of business listed in Lancashire in recent […]