Austerity and the prison – OUP Blog

Posted August 28th, 2015 in budgets, criminal justice, legal aid, news, prisons by sally

‘Greece is not alone in suffering from budget cuts arising from the era of austerity. In the UK, local councils, libraries, museums – all public services have been cut. Criminal Justice has not escaped this cost-cutting. The consequence has been fewer police officers on the streets, less money for legal aid lawyers, and closures of Magistrates courts. Prisons too have been hit; the government has reduced the amount it spends running correctional facilities. This has meant fewer programs and services for prisoners, more austere prisons as well as more work for fewer prison officers.’

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OUP Blog, 28th August 2015

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Departing forensic specialist highlights legal aid plight – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted August 26th, 2015 in budgets, forensic science, legal aid, news by sally

‘A forensic science specialist has paid tribute to solicitors working with a ‘decimated’ legal aid budget after announcing an exit from the UK market.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 25th August 2015

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Crippling court costs force poverty-stricken people to ‘plead guilty to crimes they didn’t commit’ – The Independent

Posted August 24th, 2015 in budgets, costs, guilty pleas, legal aid, litigants in person, magistrates, news by sally

‘Poverty-stricken people are being encouraged to plead guilty to crimes they did not commit out of fear they will face crippling costs imposed by new financial penalties, leading lawyers, magistrates and campaigners have warned.’

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The Independent, 21st August 2015

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Refusal to demonstrate ability to pay costs is justified litigation tactic, High Court accepts – Litigation Futures

Posted August 18th, 2015 in budgets, civil procedure rules, costs, news by sally

‘A party’s refusal to demonstrate that it would have the means to pay costs is not in itself enough to make an order for security for costs because it could simply be a litigation tactic, the High Court has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 17th August 2015

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Infographic lays bare impact of court closures – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted August 17th, 2015 in budgets, civil justice, courts, criminal justice, news by sally

‘The Law Society has today published an online map to show how Ministry of Justice plans to close 91 courts and tribunals across England and Wales will affect solicitors.’
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Law Society’s Gazette, 14th August 2015

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Social care regulators receiving 150 allegations of abuse towards vulnerable adults every day – The Independent

‘Social care regulators receive 150 allegations relating to the abuse of vulnerable adults and the elderly every day, new figures reveal.’

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The Independent, 8th August 2015

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Costs budgeting rules to be lifted for child claims – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted August 7th, 2015 in budgets, case management, children, civil procedure rules, costs, news by tracey

‘Civil procedure rules are set to be changed to make cases relating to children exempt from costs management.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 6th August 2015

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‘Grossly excessive’ costs budget slashed by £400k – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted August 4th, 2015 in budgets, costs, news by sally

“A judge has slashed a costs budget by almost £400,000 after labelling the original estimate as ‘grossly excessive’.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 30th July 2015

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Regina (Hunt) v North Somerset Council – WLR Daily

Regina (Hunt) v North Somerset Council [2015] UKSC 51; [2015] WLR (D) 331

‘Where a claimant for judicial review had sought a quashing order but not declaratory relief and the court, having found the defendant to have acted unlawfully, refused the quashing order due to the passage of time, it was not obliged of its own initiative to grant a declaration.’

WLR Daily, 22nd July 2015

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ADR and costs – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted July 28th, 2015 in arbitration, budgets, costs, dispute resolution, news by sally

‘To say that there can be costs consequences for failing to engage in ADR is hardly news but it is something that is always worth remembering and, if you don’t remember it, there is a good chance that the court will remind you!’
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Hardwicke Chambers, 10th June 2015

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High Court: If you need to revise your budget, act very quickly – Litigation Futures

Posted July 27th, 2015 in budgets, costs, news, time limits by sally

‘There is a “high premium on swift action” when revisiting costs budgets, a High Court judge has warned, questioning why a revised budget was not prepared quicker than four days after the issue that caused it arose.’

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Litigation Futures, 24th July 2015

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Inheritance tax: How the UK compares to other countries – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 20th, 2015 in budgets, inheritance tax, news, statistics, taxation, wills by tracey

‘Recent changes to the way we are taxed on death has caused a stir in Britain. But how does our regime compare to other countries?.’

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Daily Telegraph, 18th July 2015

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Right-to-buy battle looms in Lords – The Guardian

Posted July 20th, 2015 in bills, budgets, charities, housing, local government, news, parliament, rent, statistics by tracey

‘The Tories’ plan to extend the right to buy to housing association tenants will face stiff opposition in the House of Lords this week, amid growing concern that it will compromise the independence of charities and add hugely to government debt.’

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The Guardian, 18th July 2015

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Gove announces review of Legal Services Act – Legal Futures

‘There will a review of the Legal Services Act 2007 during this Parliament, the Lord Chancellor Michael Gove announced today.’

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Legal Futures, 15th July 2015

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No damage caused by civil legal aid reforms, says defiant MoJ – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Cuts to civil legal aid have reduced the amount of “unnecessary and adversarial” litigation while ensuring funding is targeted at those who need it most, the government has said in response to a devastating report on changes to civil legal aid.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 14th July 2015

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Family Law Week’s Budget Briefing, July 2015 – Family Law Week

‘Richard Holme, Chartered Accountant of Creaseys, a firm which specialises in advising family lawyers on tax related family law issues, explains the Budget changes of most relevance to family lawyers.’

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Family Law Week, 8th July 2015

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Budget to propose longer Sunday trading hours – BBC News

Posted July 7th, 2015 in budgets, local government, news, Sunday trading by sally

‘Shops in England and Wales could be allowed to open for longer on Sundays, under plans to be unveiled by Chancellor George Osborne.’

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BBC News, 7th July 2015

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High Court abandons cost budgeting for clinical negligence claims to clear backlog – Litigation Futures

Posted July 3rd, 2015 in budgets, case management, costs, negligence, news, personal injuries by tracey

‘Costs budgeting will not be applied to High Court clinical negligence cases listed for costs hearings between October 2015 and January 2016 in an attempt to clear the backlog, it has emerged.’

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Litigation Futures, 2nd July 2015

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Mr Justice Mostyn: Nobody anticipated “savagery” of legal aid cuts – Legal Futures

Posted July 1st, 2015 in budgets, debts, legal aid, litigants in person, magna carta, news by sally

‘Mr Justice Mostyn has delivered some of the strongest judicial criticisms yet of the legal aid cuts and warned that “more are in prospect” under a majority Conservative government.’

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Legal Futures, 1st July 2015

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Lawyers’ strike over legal aid cuts boosted by the backing of major firms – The Independent

‘The “strike” by lawyers which threatens to bring chaos to the criminal justice system next week has received a substantial boost after the country’s biggest legal aid firms pledged to support the action.’

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The Independent, 26th June 2015

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