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Manchester Law Society Weekly Newsletter 10 September 2021
  • Sep 10, 2021
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We challenge you to cover 90km or miles this POPtober. Walk, swim, run or ride – the choice is yours.

Anything you can do to help raise funds for this fantastic charity is very much appreciated.

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Revised Guide to the Preparation and Service of Bundles, Skeleton Arguments and Authorities in the Business and Property Courts in Manchester
Please download the latest version of the Guide to the Preparation and Service of Bundles, Skeleton Arguments and Authorities in the Business and Property Courts in Manchester, revising and replacing the Guide published last November.

The Guide reflects the fact that we are beginning to return to face-to-face hearings, and it seeks to build on the effective use that we have been able to make of electronic bundles during the pandemic.

The principal differences over the earlier guide are:

It requires a core bundle where the bundle would otherwise exceed 350 pages
Save where the court otherwise directs, it requires hard copy bundles to be lodged in the case of a hearing listed for two days or more;
It contains specific guidance with regard to the use of bundles by witnesses; and
It includes more detailed guidance with regard to the formatting and contents of electronic bundles modelled on the guide produced for the Administrative Court. Unfortunately, electronic bundles too often continue to be put together in an unhelpful and not readily usable way. This ought to be avoided if the new guidance is followed.
Download the full guide here.

A New Procedural Dawn: a consideration of procedural matters for Business and Property Court practitioners in the coming months
Date: Tuesday 21st September 2021
Time: 17:00
Online meeting by Zoom
With the Business and Property Courts slowly emerging from the Covid19 Pandemic, HHJ Pearce, HHJ Cawson QC and Nicola Richardson of Gateley plc will take stock and consider a number of procedural matters that will be coming to the fore for practitioners in the months ahead:

The Revised Disclosure Pilot for ‘Less Complex Cases’ (sub-£500k)
The new Guidance for preparation and service of Electronic Bundles
The Shorter Trial Scheme
The future role of Remote Hearings in the Manchester BPC
Click here to register with Eventbrite


September Messenger
Read all the news from the Society, our partners and our members HERE

Don't forget to submit your articles to Julia Baskerville by 22 September for inclusion in the October edition.

Manchester Professionals Dinner Club

20 September 2021
We still have a few places left at the Manchester Professionals Dinner Club taking place in Mount Street Dining Room & Bar, at the newly refurbished Midland Hotel. Don't miss out on this great opportuinity to develop your network while sampling some delicious food!

The menu and booking form are can be found here.

The evening will include:-

A welcome drink
1/2 bottle of wine or soft drinks per person
Three course meal
Business card draw
Tickets will cost £40.00 + VAT (£48.00)

If you would like to book a place please complete and return the booking form to

Law Firms Take Advantage Of Secure Print & Mailroom Services
Docutech Office Solutions, the Manchester-based document system provider, said today it had seen a 70% uplift in sales of its secure print and mailroom services to law firms.  
It is now providing in-bound and outbound print, bulk scanning of analogue documents and mailroom services for a range of law companies embracing the latest digitisation technology to stay compliant around key operational processes.  
They are the only company that can look after traditional document process as well as moving companies forward into full digitised, Paperlite solutions.
The uplift comes  as firms start to adopt a hybrid working model post-pandemic and explore what latest technology can do to manage secure document flow on and off site.
With limited space in a  home working environment and issues around compliance - printing from a home printer does not meet stringent GDPR rules - from printing at home Docutech helps by offering the ability to send documents via a secure encrypted file transfer where they can be printed via one of its in-house printing bureaus.
Dependent on the nature of the document and the specific time and security requirements, the documents can then be franked and posted, or hand delivered.
Its secure mailroom services use specialist document scanning and document capture technologies to digitise incoming mail and automate the classification and distribution of mail for its customers.
The service is helping law firms meet challenges associated with security and compliance around urgent, time-sensitive print and mail requirements.  
Both paper and email can be managed through the same process allowing law firms to standardise their internal mail distribution procedures and adhere to company compliance policies.
Data can be automatically extracted from documents using intelligent data capture software, the digital documents are indexed in line with customer requirements. A robust QA process inspects the quality of the digital images and the information captured and digital documents are uploaded to a firm’s document management system.
Jason Dixon from MPS Legal Services said: “We have seen a marked increase in confidence in using technology to support hybrid working environments in law firms and other companies handling sensitive documentation. It ensures a consistent, compliant cost-effective approach to document management wherever your workforce sits.”
For more information go to


Watch the Manchester Legal Awards
Did you miss the live stream? Want to see the reactions of the winners? Hear why the winners were chosen and the exciting work taking place in the Manchester Legal community?
You can watch the recording of the Manchester Legal Awards right here!