FAO Civil Practitioners

A small working party, set up by HHJJ Bird and led by Richard Whitehall from Deans Court, has been formed to set the Manchester Civil Justice Centre’s approach and directions relating to large loss remote hearings in the future. Whilst this has a Northern Circuit focus, if you are not based in Manchester but have […]


MLS Advantage’s Docutech secures £7million contract with leading UK retailer

MLS Advantage partner Docutech Office Solutions, the Manchester-based document management system provider, has secured a £7million, three-year contract to supply a cost-saving digital infrastructure to a UK leading retailer. The company has developed Docuflo – a bespoke document management system – to optimize the retailer’s warehouse processes and manage its warehouse inventory. The software also underpins […]


CE Filing Webinar awareness session 12 and 13 May 2021

Are you a Professional Court User of the Business & Property Courts outside London? Do you want a bit more support and information on CE Filing? To support Professional Users in accessing Electronic Filing, The CE File project team have kindly arranged for two free online tutorial events at 10.00 am on the 12th and 13th May, […]


Shieldpay launches trust services offering

  Our MLS Advantage partner, and Leading Third-Party Managed Account (TPMA), corporate escrow and paying agent services provider, Shieldpay, has launched a new trust services offering regulated by HMRC. The expansion is in response to increased demand from the professional services industry for Shieldpay to be involved in higher-value and more complex transactions involving an […]


Manchester Civil Justice Centre Lateral Flow Test Update

LFT Briefing – PCUs Lateral Flow tests are still available daily at Manchester CJC for all users attending for business.  Please see the attached for full update.


Note from the DCJ Greater Manchester

In light of recent developments and until further notice, unless the interests of justice require otherwise, hearings will be dealt with remotely or as hybrid hearings. In the first instance, cases already listed for face-to-face hearings will be reviewed by a judge and appropriate directions made. If the court decides to change the format of […]


Message from Lord Chief Justice and Senior President of Tribunals re new national COVID-19 restrictions

The Lord Chief Justice and Senior President of Tribunals have published a message about the new national COVID-19 restrictions for England (1 November 2020) and what this means for courts and tribunals. As an essential public service, the work of the courts and tribunals continues and there are currently no plans to change scheduled hearings. […]


How can MPS Legal help Manchester Law Society members working remotely ensure there is no breach in compliance and security?

MPS Legal – The new way to outsource Legal Documentation Scan to us through a unique encryption and we will print and deliver securely: The size of the space law firms are currently working in has reduced significantly due to COVID-19 but often the workload has remained the same, this can mean large quantities of […]


Private Law Reforms During Covid 19 Pandemic Manchester Proposals

Introduction This document sets out proposed changes to our Private Law process to manage the worrying backlog of private law cases which has developed during the pandemic. Our waiting times across the cluster for FHDRAs as of July 29th 2020 range from 10 weeks to 19 weeks. There is no question but that these delays […]



Solicitors in Manchester are urging people to take advantage of a charity will-writing scheme after demand for wills soars in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Dozens of legal firms in the region have signed up to take part in Will Aid, which officially launched this month, to help meet local need. The initiative helps […]