Criminal Legal Aid – We need everyone to respond to this major consultation even if you are not a criminal defence solicitor

Following the Independent Review into Criminal Legal Aid by Sir Christopher Bellamy the conclusions supported what Criminal Defence Solicitors had been saying for years – that the justice system and legal aid funding was in crisis . It is no understatement to say that the Criminal Justice System is on the point of collapse . Sir Christopher responded in strong

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SIF – SRA agree to Extend Scheme

The SRA has announced that the outcome of the consultation is that it has agreed to extend the SIF until September 2023 whilst further options to protect consumers are considered . The move comes after the SRA launched a consultation in November 2021 where it sought views from the profession about the future of SIF, which currently provides supplementary run-off

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Yorkshire Union Law Societies Special Event – The Future of the Solicitors indemnity Fund with the SRA – 27th September 2021 2-3pm

Monday 27 September, 2-3pm Virtual meeting with the SRA to discuss post six-year run off cover We have pleasure to announce that we have managed to secure a meeting with the SRA for Yorkshire Solicitors to discuss the Post run off cover for solicitors which was to be withdrawn but is now subject to a 12 month extension whilst the

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new hourly rates for solicitors on the way ?

The Civil Justice Council after a ful consultation have pressed ahead with reccomendations ot increase hourly rates . Readers may wish to note the current rates found here Have been subject to consultation by the Civil Justice Council which you can access via this link https://www.judiciary.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/20210108-GHR-Report-for-consultation-FINAL.pdf Following a detailed consultation the final report has now been made with reccomended increases

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Consultations

It is currently a busy time on Government Consultantions and a number of the more recent ones can be found on our Consultation Page at the Yorkshire Union of Law Societies https://yorkshireunion.org.uk/consultations/ Two particular consultations are likely to be of interest to Solicitors : Dispute Resolution A consultation on how Dispute Resolution and modern litigation should now look including the

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