Covid-19

NEW DIRECTION FROM PRESIDING JUDGE, NORTHERN CIRCUIT, GREATER MANCHESTER’S CROWN COURTS

A new direction from the Presiding Judge of this Circuit together with our local guidance relating to dealing with defendant’s on bail can be found at the two links below. These relate to the intention to expand the variety of work that can be dealt with at Greater Manchester’s Crown Courts. Presider’s direction revised list […]

 

COVID-19 TESTING EXTENDED TO THOSE SOLICITORS WHO ARE KEY WORKERS

The Ministry of Justice has confirmed that those solicitors who are recognised as key workers (as set out on The Law Society’s website here) are eligible for COVID-19 testing. The Government portal is available here. All firms that are registering as employers via the portal must indicate that they employ some essential staff who are working with […]

 

FOURTH BUSINESS MONITOR SURVEY IN ASSOCIATION WITH GMCCI, PRO MANCHESTER AND MANCHESTER LAW SOCIETY

The results of Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce’s fourth 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. Most businesses (83%) are still worried about […]

 

ISSUES OBTAINING BUSINESS RATES GRANTS

One of our members, Habib Rahman, Chairman of Alison Law Solicitors is interested to hear from members regarding any issues that you may be facing in obtaining Business Rates grants.   In particular, he is interested to hear from other members who are currently not entitled to small business rate relief for their premises.    […]

 

CIVIL JUSTICE LIAISON COMMITTEE – MANAGING LISTING AND PROCEDURES

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, […]

 

MANCHESTER FAMILY COURT EXCEPTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE CURRENT NATIONAL HEALTH EMERGENCY

     ***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 […]