Opinion: Judith Ratcliffe – Journal of the Law Society Scotland

Posted May 26th, 2023 in documents, government departments, internet, local government, news, Scotland by tracey

‘In this age of drives to digital, we need, written into law, a right for every citizen in the United Kingdom to access Government and local authority services offline (on paper and over the counter)’

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Journal of the Law Society Scotland , 15th May 2023

Source: www.lawscot.org.uk

Supreme Court justice fears hearings now ‘invisible’ to public – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted April 28th, 2023 in case management, documents, judges, news, Supreme Court by tracey

‘A Supreme Court judge has said the trend of courts working largely outside public view could change through documents being made more widely available.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 27th April 2023

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Sponsor Licence: What Supporting Documents Do You Need? – EIN Blog

‘Obtaining a sponsor licence enables your organisation to sponsor migrant workers or students in the UK. The Home Office will determine whether your organisation is eligible for a sponsor licence by looking at whether you can meet key criteria.’

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EIN Blog, 11th April 2023

Source: www.ein.org.uk

A Master’s decision to order disclosure of internal non-contemporaneous documents upheld on appeal (Re Scherbakov (deceased)) – Gatehouse Chambers

‘Dispute Resolution analysis: On appeal, an order for disclosure against neutral Interim Administrators of the estate of a deceased person, requiring the search of review of non-contemporaneous internal documents has been upheld.’

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Gatehouse Chambers, 24th March 2023

Source: gatehouselaw.co.uk

Directors Accountability and Burdens of Proof – New Square Chambers

‘In our latest article, James Saunders examines burdens of proof in claims against directors, the duty of directors to account for company assets and the ambit of CPR 32.19 notices to prove documents.’

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New Square Chambers, 13th March 2023

Source: www.newsquarechambers.co.uk

SRA wins approval to destroy 765,000 files from shut-down firms – Legal Futures

‘The High Court has given the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) permission to destroy immediately around 765,000 files it is storing after intervening in law firms in recent years.’

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Legal Futures, 3rd March 2023

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Windrush report: Suella Braverman scraps three recommendations – BBC News

‘The head of the Windrush inquiry has expressed disappointment after the home secretary confirmed the government was dropping three key commitments made in the wake of the scandal.’

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BBC News, 26th January 2023

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Electronic Trade Documents Bill introduced to Parliament – Law Commission

Posted October 13th, 2022 in bills, documents, electronic filing, Law Commission, news, shipping law by tracey

‘On Wednesday [12th October], an Electronic Trade Documents Bill was presented before Parliament. The Bill, which is based on Law Commission recommendations and draft legislation, with some modifications, proposes changes to the law that would allow for the legal recognition of electronic versions of trade documents, such as bills of lading and bills of exchange.’

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Law Commission, 13th October 2022

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk

Windrush: only one in four applicants have received compensation – The Guardian

‘Only one in four applicants to the Windrush compensation scheme have received payments four years after the government promised redress for those wrongly classified by the Home Office as illegal immigrants.’

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The Guardian, 22nd June 2022

Source: www.theguardian.com

Randhawa v Randhawa: set aside of Decree Absolute on the finding of forged divorce document – Family Law

Posted June 6th, 2022 in brexit, divorce, documents, families, family courts, forgery, news, setting aside by tracey

‘The case of Randhawa v Randhawa (Divorce: Decree Absolute, Set Aside, Forgery) [2022] EWFC B7 which came before HHJ Moradifar is most definitely an interesting case, and whilst the facts of this case might not represent many family situations, with increasing numbers of international couples, the issue of whether a divorce is valid is far more common than many think.’

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Family Law, 27th May 2022

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Windrush scandal caused by ‘30 years of racist immigration laws’ – report – The Guardian

‘The origins of the Windrush scandal lay in 30 years of racist immigration legislation designed to reduce the UK’s non-white population, according to a leaked government report.’

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The Guardian, 29th May 2022

Source: www.theguardian.com

Legal professional privilege in the UK – OUT-LAW.com

‘If a document is privileged, the basic position is it can be withheld from third parties.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 13th May 2022

Source: www.pinsentmasons.com

Guardian wins legal challenge over access to employment tribunal papers – The Guardian

‘Journalists should be provided with access to documents from employment tribunal cases even in the aftermath of a judgment, it has been ruled, after a successful legal challenge by the Guardian.’

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The Guardian, 22nd March 2022

Source: www.theguardian.com

Recommendations to allow electronic documents would revolutionise trade – Law Commission

Posted March 18th, 2022 in bills, documents, electronic filing, Law Commission, news by tracey

‘The Law Commission has today published its recommendations and draft legislation to allow for the legal recognition of electronic versions of trade documents such as bills of lading and bills of exchange.’

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Law Commission, 16th March 2022

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk

Electronic signatures “more reliable” than live witnesses – Legal Futures

Posted February 2nd, 2022 in documents, electronic filing, Law Commission, news, witnesses by sally

‘The most sophisticated kind of electronic signatures can be “more reliable” than signatures witnessed the traditional way in an “unsupervised environment”, a government-backed industry working group has said.’

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Legal Futures, 2nd February 2022

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Electronic court bundles – Family Law

Posted December 13th, 2021 in codes of practice, courts, documents, electronic filing, news by tracey

‘The Courts and Tribunals Judiciary have issued general guidance on electronic court bundles. The guidance is intended to ensure consistency in the provision of electronic bundles for court hearings (but not tribunal hearings) in a format that promotes the efficient preparation for, and management of, a hearing.’

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Family Law, 9th December 2021

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Windrush compensation scheme has ‘concerning weaknesses’, says charity – The Guardian

‘There are “concerning weaknesses” in the Windrush compensation scheme, according to a legal charity that has called for the programme to be taken out of the Home Office.’

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The Guardian, 15th November 2021

Source: www.theguardian.com

Court lets late solicitors off hook – but don’t expect more ‘indulgence’ – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 8th, 2021 in civil procedure rules, documents, news, service, solicitors, time limits by tracey

‘ The High Court has shown a rare act of mercy to lawyers who filed documents late without checking to see if their opponents would accept email service. In Citysprint UK Ltd v Barts Health NHS Trust Mr Justice Fraser stressed that the particular circumstances were unusual and that his ruling should not be interpreted as the court being “indulgent” to failures of compliance.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 7th October 2021

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Service of documents in civil proceedings: A lesson in getting it right – Local Government Lawyer

Posted September 13th, 2021 in case management, civil procedure rules, documents, news, service, time limits by tracey

‘Lynsey Oakdene and Kathryn Vickers highlight a recent judicial review case in which the claim form was set aside because it was served late and the court declined to exercise its case management powers.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 11th September 2021

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Judge warns parties to expect sanctions for incorrect e-bundles – Legal Future

Posted August 10th, 2021 in case management, documents, electronic filing, news, sanctions by sally

‘Judges’ patience with parties that fail to prepare electronic bundles with consistent page numbering is over and they can expect sanctions, the High Court has warned.’

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Legal Futures, 10th August 2021

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk