RECENT LEGAL DEVELOPMENTS

Recent Legal Developments

Small-claims limit could rise above £5,000, Grayling admits

Justice secretary Chris Grayling has said the proposed new small-claims court limit of £5,000 may be ‘too low’ – despite the ongoing consultation on raising the figure from £1,000. Grayling told parliament on Tuesday that raising the small-claims

Reducing delays in family courts

New measures have been introduced to ensure child care cases are dealt with more quickly and effectively in family courts. This is so children and families are spared unnecessary delays and the cost to taxpayers is reduced. Under

Bailiff checks to be bolted on to Crime and Courts Bill

Bailiffs will be banned from entering homes at night or when there are only children present under new laws proposed by the government today. The Ministry of Justice will also bring in set costs and remove bailiffs’ right

Legal advice agencies hit by funding cut

Organisations helping not-for-profit agencies and litigants in person have been dealt another blow by the decision to axe Community Legal Service grants. After consultation, the Legal Services Commission announced this week that funding to the Advice Services Alliance,

Compensation fund review to take two years

A full-scale review of the compensation fund will take two years to complete, the Solicitors Regulation Authority has revealed. Regulators want to weigh up whether existing arrangements provide effective protection for consumers of legal services, as well as

Video to come to 13 more court areas in 2013

Video-link technology will be extended to more than a dozen court areas during the coming year, the justice minister announced. Thirteen areas, including Avon and Somerset, Cambridgeshire, Sussex, Staffordshire, Suffolk, Dorset, Northamptonshire, Devon and Cornwall, will start using

Power of attorney applications lead MoJ’s digital dash

Applications for lasting power of attorney will be available on the web from next April as one of a batch of digital services, the Ministry of Justice revealed today. The service is one of four picked by the

MoJ unveils judicial review reform package

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has unveiled a series of proposals for judicial review reform as part of a controversial drive to restrict the number of legal challenges against public bodies. Announcing the proposals today (13 December), Justice

Fears over civil justice system ‘meltdown’

A six-month hiatus on sweeping personal injury reforms is necessary to avert a ‘meltdown’ of the civil justice system, Chancery Lanehas said. The Law Society fears that an entirely new funding system, proposed last week by the Ministry

New sentences and criminal offences come into effect

From today a range of new criminal offences and sentences introduced in the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offender Act (LASPO) Act 2012 come into effect. The new offences include a mandatory life sentence for people convicted

The Code of Practise does not constitute a part of the “immigration rules”

Sibel Gumus Mr Alvi, a Pakistani national was refused on the new points based system based on the code of practise (Immigration Directorate Instructions). He was refused in June 2009 on the basis that his salary was not

Recently London Metropolitan University’s licence has been revoked by the UK Border Agency.

Recently London Metropolitan University’s licence has been revoked by the UK Border Agency. This new development has potential implications for international students. International Student’s studying at this institution should seek for independent legal advice. The UK Border Agency