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    Claimant lawyers to pay charge for every new portal case

    30 October 2015

    It’s time to boycott the system, says Kerry Underwood

  • megaphone loudhailer

    Law Society looking for clinical negligence case studies

    26 October 2015

    The government is consulting on the introduction of fixed costs for clinical negligence claims up to a value of £250,000. The Law Society is concerned that this could seriously undermine the ability of people harmed by negligent NHS care to receive the specialist legal advice they need in order to obtain the compensation they are entitled to in law. We are asking solicitors to assist us in gathering stories which will help to illustrate the impact that the proposed changes could have ...

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    Law Society publishes report on the future of Britain in Europe through the legal lens

    19 October 2015 Updated: 21 October 2015

    The Law Society has published a detailed report looking at the impact of potential changes in the UK’s relationship with the rest of the European Union, through the legal lens. It includes a section on the specific impact on civil justice

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    Law Society responds to MoJ consultation on proposed court closures

    8 October 2015 Updated: 21 October 2015

    The Law Society today responded to a Ministry of Justice consultation on proposals to close 91 courts and tribunals, which is one-fifth of courts and tribunals across England and Wales, and integrate or merge 31 more. Our response reflects solicitors’ views on the likely adverse impact of the proposed closures on local communities, the justice system and the legal profession

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    Law Society president warns of fixed costs in NHS claims

    7 October 2015

    Jonathan Smithers calls on the Department of Health to listen carefully to legal professionals who undertake the vital work of representing patients with clinical negligence claims

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    Law Society gives evidence to Justice Committee on court fee increases

    6 October 2015 Updated: 21 October 2015

    The Law Society has submitted written evidence to the Justice Committee inquiry into courts and tribunal fees and charges, highlighting how higher court fees are making society less fair and less just.

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    Resolving civil disputes: have your say

    10 September 2015 Updated: 16 September 2015

    The Civil Justice Council is asking solicitors to complete a short survey on the barriers that may deter individuals from seeking to resolve civil disputes. The results will be used to help inform its work programme for the next year. 

  • Car crash

    Insurer invokes ‘fundamental dishonesty’ to see off claims

    7 September 2015

    Kerry Underwood warns personal injury lawyers must start taking seriously section 57 of the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015 relating to cases of fundamental dishonesty

  • Crown Court

    Government responds to court fees consultation

    2 September 2015

    Government publishes its response to the consultation on enhanced fees for divorce proceedings, possession claims, and general applications in civil proceedings

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    Proposed court closures: Law Society survey and interactive map

    18 August 2015

    The government plans to close 91 courts and tribunals across England and Wales, and integrate or merge 31 more. We have launched a survey to canvas members’ views and produced an interactice map showing the courts affected, where the work would move to and how long it would take by public transport to get to the alternative courts