The Practical Lawyer


SRA – new principles

As we reported in the February 2019 edition (p32), the SRA will start to phase in its regulatory reforms from April 2019. 
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Probate fees – increase?

Despite past resistance, the government proposes an increase in probate fees as soon as April 2019. At the moment, there is a flat fee to apply for probate when someone has died. 
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Ryanair – can bypass solicitors

The CA has held that Ryanair is entitled to deal with passenger claims directly and does not have to involve or pay solicitors who may have assisted in the claims.
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Probate – online service

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In March 2018 the SRA issued a guidance note to solicitors regarding the use of NDAs. The SRA acknowledged that NDAs can legitimately be used to protect commercial interests, confidentiality and reputation. 
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MoJ – IT meltdown

Many litigators are no doubt all too aware of the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) January 2019 IT failures that hit the delivery of frontline legal services in some courts. 
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Costs – rule relaxed

The fixed costs rules in civil litigation were introduced in 2010 because it was felt that the legal fees in many cases were disproportionate to the value of the claim. 
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Brexit – guidance

We have largely avoided Brexit, because of the uncertainty. However, the Law Society has produced online guidance to help prepare for a no deal Brexit covering:
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SRA handbook – changes

A reminder that the SRA will start to phase in its regulatory reforms in April 2019. 
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LiP – service out of time

Recent cuts in legal aid rates have led to an increase in litigants in person (LiP). The CA has allowed one LiP to proceed despite his documents not being submitted to the EAT within the required 42 days.
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Probate fees – increase delayed
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We reported in the April 2019 edition (p34) on the increase of probate fees which was due to come into effect in April 2019. Read more...
VAT Order – construction services
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The VAT (s55A) (Specified Services and Excepted Supplies) Order 2019 comes into effect in relation to supplies made on or after 1 October 2019. Read more...
Brexit – impact on solicitors
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The Law Society has issued guidance for solicitors on the impact of the postponement of the UK’s departure from the EU. Read more...
RTA claims – no lawyers
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The Gazette reports that the MoJ has issued a consultation as to how to create an IT platform to enable unrepresented litigants to progress their own claim. Read more...
CFAs – no automatic 100% success fee
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In RTA claims, may firms routinely set a 100% success fee and claim the maximum limit of 25% of total damages. Read more...
T’s failure to respond – not a refusal of access
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The UT has held that T’s failure to reply to a letter from L requesting access to the property did not amount to a refusal of access. Read more...
MEES non-domestic rentals – reminder
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The MEES regulations are designed to tackle the least energy efficient properties in England and Wales and the Regs establish a minimum standard of EPC band E for domestic and non-domestic private... Read more...
‘Highway’ – no single meaning
Thursday, 09 May 2019
The SC has recently clarified the meaning of a highway. Read more...
Procedure – divorce
Thursday, 09 May 2019
Divorce practitioners may be particularly interested in the background to a recent case setting out the administrative processes and procedures by which errors in divorce proceedings are picked up... Read more...
EU citizens – right to work checks
Thursday, 09 May 2019
The government has issued guidance on employing EU, EEA and Swiss citizens, and their family members, after Brexit. Read more...


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