Local government: cuts to library provision – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted January 16th, 2017 in budgets, children, documents, equality, libraries, local government, news, volunteers by sally

‘When local authorities plan to reduce, restructure or rationalise library services, litigation often results.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 16th January 2017

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Justice denied: the damning results of the latest report on the impact of legal aid cut – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

‘Secretary of State for Justice, Liz Truss, recently announced that the government would soon confirm the time-table for the post legislative review of the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO). There has been growing pressure on ministers for some time to announce this (see “Back to the drawing board”, 166 NLJ 7698 13 May 2016, p 6). The Legal Action Group (LAG) hopes that the review will be used as an opportunity by the still relatively new team at the top of the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) to look at funding the provision of early advice in civil legal cases.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 11th January 2017

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High Court judge condemns Leigh Day claimants for “deliberate disregard” of court order in £50m+ costs battle – Litigation Futures

Posted January 12th, 2017 in budgets, costs, expert witnesses, law firms, news by tracey

‘A High Court judge has “unequivocally” condemned claimants represented by group litigation specialists Leigh Day for “deliberate disregard of a court order” in a case where the costs of both sides were estimated at well over £50m.’

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litigation Futures, 10th January 2017

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Unreasonable defendant must face costs consequences – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted January 4th, 2017 in budgets, costs, indemnities, news, proportionality by tracey

‘The High Court has sent another warning message to litigants that they should expect to face costs penalties for unreasonable conduct. In Barkhuysen v Hamilton, published just before Christmas, Mr Justice Warby said the claimant was entitled to more than budgeted costs due to how the case was handled.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 4th January 2017

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MoJ says it sets no travel time target when closing courts – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted December 2nd, 2016 in budgets, courts, Ministry of Justice, news, transport by sally

‘The Ministry of Justice has denied ever promising a benchmark figure for an acceptable maximum public transport travel time for people attending court when it considers court closures. In a letter to House of Commons justice select committee chair Bob Neill MP, permanent secretary Richard Heaton said access to justice was “not just about” court proximity.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 30th November 2016

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Legal aid cuts have created a ‘two-tier justice system’ benefiting the wealthy, damning report finds – The Independent

Posted November 25th, 2016 in budgets, legal aid, news, reports by tracey

‘Access to justice is in crisis, with cuts to legal aid having created a two-tier system for the wealthy and the less well off, according to a new report. The Bach Commission on access to justice states that poor people are being left without advice or professional support due to cuts which strictly limit the type of cases for which which legal aid can be applied.’

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The Independent, 24th November 2016

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Judge makes value of security contingent on costs management hearing – Litigation Futures

Posted November 24th, 2016 in budgets, costs, news by tracey

‘A deputy High Court judge has made a security for costs order whose value is contingent on the outcome of a forthcoming costs management hearing.’

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Litigation Futures, 24th November 2016

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Cold calling, whiplash reform and IPT – Autumn Statement angers claimant lawyers – Legal Futures

Posted November 24th, 2016 in budgets, insurance, news, personal injuries, solicitors, taxation, telecommunications by tracey

‘Claimant personal injury lawyers have been left questioning why the government was prepared to announced in yesterday’s Autumn Statement that it is to ban cold-calling in relation to pensions, but not to stop it in personal injury – and whether Chancellor Philip Hammond let slip that the whiplash reforms are already a done deal.’

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Legal Futures, 24th November 2016

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Equality watchdog’s human rights fight ‘under threat’ after cuts – The Guardian

Posted November 21st, 2016 in budgets, equality, hate crime, news by sally

‘”Devastating” cuts to staff and budgets have undermined the ability of Britain’s equality watchdog to fight a rising tide of discrimination and hate crime, according to unions.’

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The Guardian, 20th November 2016

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MoJ unmoved by MPs’ damning verdict on court fee hikes – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 11th, 2016 in budgets, civil justice, fees, Ministry of Justice, select committees by tracey

‘The Ministry of Justice shows no sign of backing down over court fee hikes, despite a damning verdict from an influential group of MPs. The Commons justice committee called in June for an overhaul of employment tribunal fees and the scrapping of this year’s increase in the divorce petition fee. The government initially stood firm on the necessity of the fees – and a full response to the committee now suggests that position has not changed.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 9th November 2016

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NHS to consider funding ‘game-changer’ HIV drugs as High Court dismisses appeal – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 11th, 2016 in appeals, budgets, HIV, medicines, news by tracey

‘The NHS will be forced to formally consider whether to fund pills to prevent HIV despite claiming that doing so could mean cancer victims and children with cystic fibrosis are refused treatment.’

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Daily Telegraph, 10th November 2016

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Litigants in Person, Costs Budgeting and McKenzie Friends: A Practical View from the Bar – Littleton Chambers

Posted November 9th, 2016 in budgets, civil procedure rules, costs, McKenzie friends, news by sally

‘In his monthly column, James Bickford Smith discusses two important decisions concerning respectively the applicability of costs budgeting rules to litigants in person and the court’s approach to attempts to control a litigant’s choice of McKenzie friends.’

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Littleton Chambers, 7th November 2016

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Court “does not have to accept” parties’ agreement not to budget – Litigation Futures

Posted November 8th, 2016 in appeals, budgets, civil procedure rules, competition, costs, news, tribunals by sally

‘A High Court judge has made it clear that the court is not required to go along with parties who agree to dispense with costs management.’

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Litigation Futures, 7th November 2016

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Departing Jackson – New Law Journal

Posted October 31st, 2016 in budgets, case management, civil procedure rules, costs, news by sally

‘Francis Kendall reports on a positive result for costs budgeting.’

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New Law Journal, 18th October 2016

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Prison violence epidemic partly due to staff cuts, MoJ admits – The Guardian

Posted October 28th, 2016 in budgets, Ministry of Justice, news, prisons, violence by sally

‘The Ministry of Justice has explicitly acknowledged that staff cuts are a factor in the rising tide of violence in prisons in England and Wales.’

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The Guardian, 27th October 2016

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Cuts that hurt – New Law Journal

Posted October 24th, 2016 in budgets, equality, legal aid, news by michael

‘ “If Theresa May is really determined to deliver a country that works for all then there needs to be a justice system for everyone, not just those who can afford it,” said Alice Wyss of Amnesty International this week.’

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New Law Journal, 20th October 2016

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Budgeting v Assessment– Merrix v Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust – Zenith PI Blog

Posted October 21st, 2016 in budgets, civil procedure rules, costs, news by sally

‘The court, with District Judge Lumb sitting as Regional Costs Judge, was asked to decide as a preliminary issue, “to what extent, if at all, does the costs budgeting regime under CPR Part 3 fetter the powers and discretion of the costs judge at a detailed assessment of costs under CPR part 47.”’

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Zenith PI Blog, 19th October 2016

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Budgeting “does not fetter” costs judge on detailed assessment – Litigation Futures

Posted October 18th, 2016 in budgets, civil procedure rules, costs, judges, news by sally

‘The budgeting regime does not fetter the powers and discretion of the judge at detailed assessment even if the receiving party comes in within the budgeted figures, a regional costs judge has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 14th October 2016

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Police say they are becoming emergency mental health services – The Guardian

Posted October 10th, 2016 in budgets, mental health, news, police by sally

‘Police say they are being relied on as an emergency mental health service and that cuts in psychiatric provision are probably to blame, the Guardian has learned.

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The Guardian, 9th October 2016

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Litigants in Person and Costs Budgeting: Campbell v Campbell [2016] EWHC 2237 (Ch) – Zenith PI Blog

Posted September 26th, 2016 in budgets, civil procedure rules, costs, litigants in person, news by sally

‘Can litigants in person ‘escape’ the rules relating to costs budgeting in all claims? To what extent does the costs management regime under CPR 3.12 to 3.18 apply to the costs of a litigant in person?’

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Zenith PI Blog, 23rd September 2016

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