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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Stocker v Stocker [2015] EWHC 1634 (QB) – Zenith PI Blog

Posted June 26th, 2015 in budgets, case management, costs, news by sally

‘Whilst the recent case of STOCKER v STOCKER [2015] EWHC 1634 (QB) is a libel case, the guidance on cost budgeting is relevant to all civil proceedings. Mr Justice Warby, who adjudicated on costs budget in Mr Yeo MP’s libel claim (Yeo v Times Newspapers 2015 EWHC 209)) has given some further guidance of general interest on proportionality, costs of budgeting, experts, trial preparation and costs of the trial in Stocker v Stocker. By the way, he reduced the Defendant’s estimated costs by 40%, from £330,000 to £197,000, not a good outcome for Mrs Stocker and her legal team.’
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Zenith PI Blog, 26th June 2015

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Lawyers to refuse criminal cases in protest against cuts in legal aid fees – The Guardian

‘Solicitors and barristers in Liverpool are threatening to refuse to handle any new criminal cases from 1 July, as lawyers across the country meet to coordinate protests against cuts in legal aid fees.’

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The Guardian, 25th June 2015

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Criminal solicitors berate bar retreat – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Solicitors accused the criminal bar of selling out to a government policy of ‘divide and rule’ as the Gazette went to press, after the bar ditched plans to take direct action over cuts to legal aid.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 22nd June 2015

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Head of legal aid’s pay rise an ‘insult’ to solicitors after fees fall 17.5% in last year – The Guardian

Posted June 17th, 2015 in budgets, legal aid, news, solicitors by sally

‘A pay rise of more than 10% for the head of the body that oversees legal aid has been described as an insult by solicitors whose fees have been slashed on his watch.’

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The Guardian, 16th June 2015

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UK under fire over ‘incoherent’ approach to domestic violence – The Guardian

‘The British government has been criticised by the UN for lacking “a consistent and coherent” approach to tackling violence against women, warning that its austerity agenda will further undermine the safety of vulnerable individuals.’

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The Guardian, 14th June 2015

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Watchdog praises Care Act implementation but warns of burden on councils – Local Government Lawyer

Posted June 12th, 2015 in budgets, community care, local government, news, reports, social services by sally

‘he Department of Health’s cost estimates and chosen funding mechanisms for implementing the first phase of the Care Act 2014 have put local authorities under increased financial risk given the uncertain level of demand for adult social care, the National Audit Office has said.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 11th June 2015

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Legal aid fees to be cut by 8.75%, confirms Ministry of Justice – The Guardian

Posted June 11th, 2015 in budgets, crime, fees, legal aid, news by sally

‘Legal aid fees for criminal solicitors will be cut by 8.75% and the number of contracts for attending police stations and magistrates court reduced by two-thirds, the Ministry of Justice has confirmed.’

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The Guardian, 10th June 2015

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Miscarriages of justice will result from fresh cuts to legal aid budget, say solicitors – The Independent

Posted June 11th, 2015 in budgets, legal aid, miscarriage of justice, news, solicitors by sally

‘Miscarriages of justice will result from fresh cuts to the legal aid budget announced on 10 June, solicitors are warning.’

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The Independent, 10th June 2015

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MoJ hit with further £249m of cuts – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted June 5th, 2015 in budgets, government departments, legal aid, Ministry of Justice, news by tracey

‘The Ministry of Justice will have to find a further £249m of savings this year, as part of a fresh round of spending reductions following Whitehall’s in-year budget review announced today.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 4th June 2015

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NHS patient safety fears as health watchdog scraps staffing guidelines – The Guardian

Posted June 5th, 2015 in budgets, health & safety, hospitals, news, ombudsmen, quality assurance, standards by tracey

‘The NHS has been accused of backtracking on improvements to patient safety brought in after the Mid Staffordshire hospital scandal in an effort to tackle its escalating financial problems. The National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice) watchdog has unexpectedly scrapped work to set out how many nurses are needed in different parts of hospitals to ensure safe patient care.’

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The Guardian, 4th June 2015

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