New setback in race to begin whiplash reform in April – Legal Futures

‘The Civil Procedure Rule Committee last week put off approving the rules for the new whiplash portal until next month, it is understood, making the April start-date all-but impossible.’

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Legal Futures, 10th February 2020

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Conveyancing revolution to hit over next decade – Legal Futures

Posted January 28th, 2020 in conveyancing, electronic filing, news, reports by tracey

‘The role of the conveyancer is undoubtedly going to change as much of the administrative side of the role becomes automated over the coming years, a new report from the Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC) has predicted.’

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Legal Futures, 28th January 2020

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High Court judicial approval for joint drafting of family court consent orders – Family Law

Posted January 23rd, 2020 in consent orders, drafting, electronic filing, family courts, news by tracey

‘The green light has now been given to lawyers and others to act for both parties in drafting consensual family court documents. In a judgment on 20 January 2020, Mr Justice Mostyn has given a Declaration that there is no conflict-of-interest for a leading online service to act for both parties in the drafting of a financial consent order under the terms of its business model. He has further held that doing so is neither a reserved legal activity nor a reserved instrument activity and therefore not a breach of the Legal Services Act.’

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Family Law, 22nd January 2020

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High Court rejects judges’ complaints about online divorce service – Legal Futures

Posted January 21st, 2020 in conflict of interest, divorce, drafting, electronic filing, news by sally

‘A senior High Court judge has granted declarations making it clear that an online service has not broken conflict of interest rules or the Legal Services Act by helping divorcing couples draft their own documents and not use lawyers.’

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Legal Futures, 21st January 2020

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Four days to comply with new money laundering rules – Legal Futures

‘Lawyers have until just this Friday to ensure they comply with the Fifth Money Laundering Directive, the government announced just before Christmas.’

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Legal Futures, 6th January 2020

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Crypto statement a ‘watershed’ for English law – Law Society’s Gazette

‘In its first substantive output since being announced a year ago, the LawTech Delivery Panel last week posted good news for anyone developing, or working with, products based on blockchain encryption technology.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 25th November 2019

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Service of a Claim Form – What Mediums Can I Use? – Becket Chambers

Posted November 20th, 2019 in electronic filing, electronic mail, news, service, telecommunications by sally

‘This article provides an update on the mediums that one can serve a claim form and also some of the issues of serving a claim form with modern technology.’

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Becket Chambers, 14th November 2019

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Re Skeggs Beef Limited [2019] EWHC 2607 (Ch) and SJ Henderson & Company Limited [2019] EWHC 2742 (Ch) – Case Comment – Guildhall Chambers

Posted November 19th, 2019 in electronic filing, floating charges, insolvency, news by sally

‘Two recent decisions have shed yet more light on the “byzantine” system for out of hours appointments. Both confirm that the courts will continue to take a relatively detailed, yet pragmatic, approach to this issue.’

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Guildhall Chambers, 8th November 2019

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“Mixed messages” from consumers on online conveyancing – Legal Futures

Posted November 19th, 2019 in conveyancing, electronic commerce, electronic filing, news, reports by sally

‘Only 19% of home buyers use online conveyancers, despite the dominance of online searches as a way of finding property, a report has found.’

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Legal Futures, 19th November 2019

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Cryptoassets and smart contracts valid in English law – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 18th, 2019 in computer programs, documents, electronic filing, financial regulation, news by sally

‘Assets and contracts created with blockchain-type encryption technology have validity under existing English law, a high-powered group of legal experts chaired by a senior member of the judiciary reported today.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 18th Novembe 2019

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Tribunal judiciary “most diverse in Europe” – Litigation Futures

‘The tribunal judiciary is not only representative of the British population but “arguably the most diverse judiciary in Europe and perhaps beyond”, the Senior President of Tribunals has said.’

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Litigation Futures, 5th November 2019

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Court users with limited access to technology at risk of being left behind by court modernisation programme: MPs – Local Government Lawyer

‘Court users with limited access to computers, poor literacy or limited understanding of how the law works could be disadvantaged and potentially left going through a case with no legal advice as a result of the courts and tribunals modernisation programme, MPs have said.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 1st November 2019

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Chaotic court system threatens justice for vulnerable, say MPs – The Guardian

‘The most vulnerable in society are at risk of being excluded from access to justice due to poor digital skills, lack of legal advice, court closures and “dilapidated” courthouses, MPs have warned in a damning critique of the government’s modernisation programmes.’

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The Guardian, 31st October 2019

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“No more waiting for the ink to dry” Electronic Signatures in Property Transactions – Landmark Chambers

Posted November 1st, 2019 in documents, electronic filing, news, sale of land by sally

‘On 3 September 2019, the Law Commission published its report entitled “Electronic execution of documents” (Law Com No 386). It is a report that is of interest to all lawyers, but is of particular interest to property lawyers, given the extent to which formality requirements apply in the context of property transactions.’

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Landmark Chambers, 17th October 2019

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Speech by the Master of the Rolls: Law, Procedure and Language – Civil Justice and Cymru – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

‘Speech by the Master of the Rolls: Law, Procedure and Language – Civil Justice and Cymru.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 16th October 2019

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E-mail footer counted as signature for property contract – Legal Futures

‘A solicitor’s automated email sign-off sufficed as a ‘signature’ for the purposes of a contract involving the disposition of an interest in land, the High Court has ruled.’

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Legal Futures, 30th September 2019

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Majority of care cases continue to miss 26-week deadline – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The average time it takes to conclude care proceedings remains significantly high, according to latest quarterly statistics published today. Figures released by the Ministry of Justice, covering April to June, show that the average time for a care and supervision case to reach first disposal remained the same as it did for January to March – 33 weeks. This is the longest average time since the last quarter of 2013.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 26th September 2019

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Speeches by Sir Ernest Ryder, Senior President of Tribunals: Collaboration, The Governance of Justice – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted September 24th, 2019 in case management, courts, electronic filing, judiciary, speeches, tribunals by tracey

‘Ombudsman Association Conference – Driving Improvements: Collaboration and Peer Learning (May 2019).’

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‘Society of Legal Scholars – Implementation and Application of the Law: The Governance of Justice (September 2019)’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 20th September 2019

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Written signatures under threat as law commission backs electronic versions – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 4th, 2019 in electronic commerce, electronic filing, Law Commission, news by sally

‘A 20-month investigation by the Commission into electronic signatures has ruled they are a legally viable alternative to handwritten ones including on deeds from trust documents to powers of attorney, commercial deals, personal financial transactions and across Government.’

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Daily Telegraph, 3rd September 2019

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“Too early” to say online court is the future, research warns – Legal Futures

Posted August 9th, 2019 in courts, electronic filing, HM Courts Service, internet, news by tracey

‘There is as yet “no clear answer” to the question of whether an online court will facilitate easier access to the court system, research has found.’

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Legal Futures, 9th August 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk