•  Transforming our Justice System. PLA response - October 2016

    • On 15 September 2016 the Ministry of Justice and HMCTS published a paper outlining what the Ministry of Justice is doing to achieve reform of the justice system, and inviting the public and interested stakeholders to give their views on certain specific measures. Initially, the consultation was limited to assisted digital strategy, online conviction and statutory fixed fines and the panel composition in Tribunals. The LRC has responded to relevant parts of the Consultation.
  •  Business Rates Appeals Reforms. PLA response - October 2016

  •  Law Commission Consultation on Updating the Land Registration Act 2002. PLA response, July 2016

    • The Law Commission is consulting on possible updates to the LRA 2002 in light of the experience of its operation. The PLA Law Reform Committee has submitted a response on behalf of PLA members to certain aspects of the Law Commission's proposals, including those relating to the threshold for compulsory registration of leases, rectifying the registrar in cases of fraud and the adverse possession procedure.
  •  Civil Justice Council consultation on property disputes in the Courts and Tribunals. May 2016

    • In July 2015, the Civil Justice Council set up a working party to consider whether there were advantages in deploying the judiciary in a flexible manner to ensure that all issues in dispute in property cases are dealt with in one forum. The CJC has now published the Interim Report of the Working Group on Property Disputes in the Courts and Tribunals.
  •  Proposed Amendments to the Landlord and Tenant (Covenants) Act 1995

    • The PLA Law Reform Committee has prepared this Briefing Note to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. The PLA Law Reform Committee has given serious thought to (and consulted its members and industry stakeholders) as to how the Act might be reformed in order to achieve commercial effect without offending the anti-avoidance aims of the Act when originally enacted. The PLA has the support of the property industry and has received endorsement for the proposal from the British Property Federation, the British Retail Consortium and the Property Bar Association and would welcome consideration of this proposal and further discussion with the Department for Communities and Local Government in order to understand how best to effect much-needed reform of the Act.
  •  Civil Courts Structure Review - Interim Report

    • Lord Justice Briggs is undertaking two months of consultation following the publication of his Interim Review of the Civil Courts Structure in December 2015 (see below). PLA response, February 2016.
  •  Civil Courts Structure Review - Interim Report

    • This is an interim report from Lord Justice Briggs following informal consultation. It was commissioned by the Lord Chief Justice and the Master of the Rolls in July 2015 to coincide with a programme for reform of the courts by Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) and looking at civil court structures and judicial processes more generally. A larger, more formal process of consultation will be completed by the end of May 2016.
  •  Provision of Court and Tribunal Estate in England and Wales

    • The Ministry of Justice is consulting on the closure of 91 Courts and Tribunals across England and Wales and the integration or merger of 31 more. If implemented, the impact on the County Courts would mean a reduction of 17%, i.e. almost 1/5 of existing capacity. PLA response, October 2015.
  •  Court/Tribunal Fee Increase Consultation

  •  The Shorter and Earlier Trial Procedures Initiative - PLA response

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