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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. 

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    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

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    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

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    Costs budgeting rules to be lifted for child claims

    6 August 2015

    Civil Procedure Rule Committee plans to approve the first permanent departure from case management guidelines since Jackson reforms

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    MoJ consults on further hikes to court and tribunal fees

    31 July 2015

    The MoJ is consulting on a new maximum fee of £20,000 for money claims, and higher court and tribunal fees. The Law Society would like to hear from members to inform our response

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    Increases in court fees will impact access to justice, says Law Society

    28 July 2015

    Significant and wide-ranging increases in court fees announced by the government yesterday amount to a further assault on access to justice for individuals and small businesses. Read the Law Society’s full response