Gazette, 31 March 2011

SRA set to become ABS regulator

The Law Society Council gave the green light to the SRA’s application to become a licensing authority for alternative business structures last week. The SRA will now submit its application to the Legal Services Board, putting it on track to become an ABS regulator in time for the introduction of the new business models this October.

22 March 2001

Paper shredded in e-conveyancing

Conveyancing will become a simple paperless process under proposed legislation released last week. The Lord Chancellor’s Department published a consultation paper called ‘Electronic Conveyancing’, proposing amendments to the Electronic Communications Act 2000, which will legalise paperless document transfers, contracts, mortgages and leases.

20 March 1991

Lawyers urge interim criminal justice reforms

The setting up of a Royal Commission to examine the criminal justice system following the release of the six men convicted of the 1974 Birmingham pub bombings has been warmly welcomed by both branches of the profession.

25 March 1981

The Sunday Times case

On 6 November 1980 the European Court of Human Rights delivered judgment on the award of ‘just satisfaction’ in the Sunday Times case. The applicants claimed in costs: (a) for the litigation in the English courts: £15,809.36; (b) for the proceedings before the commission and the court in Strasbourg: £24,760.53.

April 1941

Property damaged by troops

There seems to be some misconception on the subject of damage to houses occupied by troops. When possession is taken of a property under Defence Regulation 51, the occupier does not have to wait until the end of the war; indeed compensation has already been paid in respect of nearly 60,000 properties so taken by the military authorities.