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HHJ Sephton has set up  a Civil Justice Liaison Committee with a view to managing listing and procedures to video hearings during the current lockdown. He would like to get feedback on areas of practice where problems are occurring and any suggestions for improvement from the legal profession. Please email any comments you may have […]


Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce’s third Business Monitor survey in association with Manchester Law Society and pro manchester

The results of Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce’s third Business Monitor survey supported by Manchester Law Society and pro-manchester show the scale of economic impact of the coronavirus epidemic on local businesses.  The latest data set shows that the trend of low customer demand, cash flow pressures and business concerns continue. After the crash to historically lows levels, […]


Manchester Law Society MLS Advantage Best Practice Guide for your home working during Corona Virus


North West Regional Organised Crime Unit notice re Sextortion e-mail alert

Sextortion e-mail alert We’ve seen an increase in reports of sextortion e-mails in the North West this week with just over 200 reports made to Action Fraud in the last week nationally. Sextortion scams are a type of phishing attack whereby people are coerced to pay a BitCoin ransom because they have been threatened with […]


HMCTS Daily Operational Update 21st April, 2020

  HMCTS operational summary 21 April 2020 We’re consolidating the work of courts and tribunals into fewer buildings. Some building are open to the public, some buildings are staffed but are not open to the public, and some buildings are temporarily closed. The list was updated 20 April 2020 Where courts and tribunals are closed, […]



     ***IMPORTANT NOTICE*** MANCHESTER FAMILY COURT EXCEPTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE CURRENT NATIONAL HEALTH EMERGENCY  We are increasing the use of telephone, skype for business, video and other technology to continue as many hearings as possible remotely. Face to face hearings will only be held in exceptional circumstances. This means that you do not need to […]


Note from HH Judge Haigh, Lead Judge, Greater Manchester Financial Remedies Court

The purpose of this short note is to ask for the cooperation of practitioners in helping HMCTS address a critical work problem in the Greater Manchester financial remedies court Financial remedies work has been accorded the least priority in the latest agreement between HMCTS and the PFD whilst the country is in lockdown during the […]


The Solicitors’ Charity new Covid 19 Support Hub and £1,000,000 Personal Hardship Fund

The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has created a challenging time for individuals and businesses alike. To help, The Solicitors’ Charity has created a support hub where you can find and access all the information you might need. The Solicitors’ Charity (SBA) has announced it will also be accepting applications to a £1,000,000 Personal Hardship Fund designed […]


Marketing in a Crisis: What can law firms do?

Strange times eh?  EVERYTHING has changed in the last three weeks.  The travel, leisure and hospitality were staring over the edge of a cliff, not just those sectors, but pretty much every sector in the UK economy. The Government’s Job Retention scheme is a lifeline for many businesses in the UK. For the rest of […]


Guidance for the Legal Profession to conduct a telephone hearing using BT MeetMe IN COURT

Introduction BT MeetMe is a secure conference call which has been used in Civil Hearings for some time. In the current situation it may be required for use where Skype cannot be used. It is essential to the effective operation of the system that you have provided listing with your phone number on the day […]