Five things you may have missed about the Chilcot inquiry – The Guardian

‘Much of the furore surrounding the Iraq war report focused on the failings of Tony Blair. But there were other, crucial findings that shouldn’t be ignored.’

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The Guardian, 26th July 2016

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Failure to serve costs budget limits claimant’s recovery to court fees in £3m quantum-only dispute – Litigation Futures

‘The fact that a clinical negligence case had become a quantum-only dispute did not take it out of the costs management regime, meaning that the claimant’s failure to serve a costs budget restricted its recoverable costs to the court fees only, the Court of Appeal has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 25th July 2016

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There is widespread inequality for the LGBT community – so why isn’t the Government doing anything about it? – The Independent

‘LGBT people are at an increased risk of falling victim to hate crime, the incidences of which continue to rise. That being the case, it is wholly reasonable to question the 18 per cent cut in real terms to police budgets – safety is not at the heart of policymaking.’

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The Independent, 23rd July 2016

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Goddard inquiry truth project to hear first testimony on child sexual abuse – The Guardian

Posted July 25th, 2016 in budgets, child abuse, clergy, delay, evidence, inquiries, insurance, news, victims by sally

‘The first of hundreds of people are to begin giving testimony to a public inquiry into child sexual abuse, in an unprecedented national “truth-telling” project designed to catalogue decades of suffering.’

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The Guardian, 25th July 2016

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Student launches legal action against IPCC over CS spray incident – The Guardian

‘A university student who alleges he was assaulted by police during a demonstration has launched legal action against the Independent Police Complaints Commission.’

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The Guardian, 12th July 2016

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Care provider ends contracts with two councils over “unacceptable” rate offers – Local Government Lawyer

Posted July 8th, 2016 in budgets, carers, local government, news, remuneration by sally

‘A leading care provider has served notice on two North West councils over the “unacceptable” rates they are offering care workers.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 7th July 2016

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Yarl’s Wood detention centre staff replaced by ‘self-service kiosks’ – The Guardian

Posted July 8th, 2016 in budgets, contracting out, detention, immigration, news by sally

‘Staff are being replaced by “self-service kiosks” at the troubled Yarl’s Wood immigration detention centre as the main way of driving through a £42m cut in the costs of a new Home Office contract to run the centre, it has been disclosed.’

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The Guardian, 7th July 2016

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Government pushes ahead with controversial Land Registry amid Brexit chaos – The Independent

Posted July 4th, 2016 in budgets, consultations, land registration, news, statistics by michael

‘The Land Registry cost almost £261m to run last year – but also generated £297m of revenue.’

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The Independent, 2nd July 2016

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Costs lawyers highlight “arbitrary” nature of budgeting – Litigation Futures

Posted June 30th, 2016 in budgets, costs, judges, legal profession, news by tracey

‘The extent to which the costs management regime is working very much depends on which judge you are before, according to a survey of members of the Association of Costs Lawyers (ACL).’

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Litigation Futures, 28th June 2016

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Flo Krause: Legal aid cuts have forced me out of my career at the bar – The Guardian

Posted June 29th, 2016 in barristers, budgets, legal aid, news by sally

‘A barrister whose work for prisoners is legendary, spells out why she believes justice should be accessible for all, not just the wealthy.’

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The Guardian, 29th June 2016

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Now proportionality test bites in the Competition Appeal Tribunal – Litigation Futures

‘Proportionality has hit the Competition Appeal Tribunal as it capped a defendant’s recoverable costs at £350,000, compared to its budgeted costs of £637,000.’

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Litigation Futures, 24th June 2016

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Case Update: Judge expressing opinion on proportionality of incurred costs – Zenith PI Blog

‘In the recent case of Eil v Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council (15/06/16) the court was considering the costs position on a claim arising out of a sexual assault. Due to the medical evidence the Claimant limited the claim to £50,000. A budget was submitted by the Defendant for £26,000. The Claimant’s budget was £104,373, of which half had already been incurred.’

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Zenith PI Blog, 27th June 2016

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LGA calls for councils to be given seat at table on replacement of EU laws – Local Government Lawyer

Posted June 27th, 2016 in budgets, EC law, local government, news, referendums by sally

‘The Local Government Association has called for councils to be given “a seat around the table” when decisions are taken over how to replace EU laws as part of the UK’s exit negotiations.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 24th June 2016

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Judge caps Law Society’s “disproportionate” £640k costs in defending competition claim – Legal Futures

Posted June 24th, 2016 in budgets, conveyancing, costs, Law Society, news, proportionality, quality assurance by tracey

‘The Law Society’s budgeted costs of £637,000 to defend the competition law action brought over its Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS) are disproportionate and should be capped at nearly half of that, the president of the Competition Appeal Tribunal has ruled.’

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Legal Futures, 24th June 2016

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Public interest report calls for all legal advice to be commissioned by legal team – Local Government Lawyer

‘Derby City Council should ensure that all legal advice is commissioned through its chief legal officer or her staff, and departments should not commission legal advice direct, auditors Grant Thornton have recommended in a public interest report.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 21st June 2016

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Bar Council: use direct access barristers instead of paid McKenzie Friends – Legal Futures

Posted June 10th, 2016 in barristers, budgets, fees, McKenzie friends, news by sally

‘Litigants with limited funds should use direct access barristers to represent them in court rather than pay for McKenzie Friends, the Bar Council has argued.’

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Legal Futures, 10th June 2016

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Refusnik rev: the vicar ​whose council tax protest could put him in jail – The Guardian

‘Retired clergyman Paul Nicolson, who is refusing to pay council tax in solidarity with those hit by benefit cuts, explains why he’s happy to take the consequences.’

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The Guardian, 8th June 2016

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NHS watchdog to weigh cost of HIV prevention drug Prep – BBC News

‘The NHS watchdog NICE has been asked by government to look at the cost of providing an HIV prevention treatment known as Prep.’

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BBC News, 7th June 2016

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Back to the drawing board: it’s time to rethink LASPO – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted June 1st, 2016 in budgets, civil justice, legal aid, news, statute law revision by sally

‘Four years ago the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO) received royal assent. In the following April cuts to legal aid were introduced that according to the government’s own estimates denied access to justice to over 300,000 people. Since the controversial legislation was approved by parliament there have been calls for it to be reviewed (see “Overdue review?”, Jon Robins, NLJ, 22 April 2016, p 7). In the Cabinet Office guide to making legislation it was recommended that a review should take place three to five years after the legislation received royal assent. So a review of LASPO should happen soon.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 25th May 2016

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Cuts have left court system ‘close to breaking point’ and have put its credibility at risk, MPs warn – The Independent

Posted May 27th, 2016 in budgets, criminal justice, delay, news, select committees by tracey

‘Inquiry finds that a shortage of judges is contributing to two-thirds of trials in the Crown Court being delayed, or not going ahead at all.’

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The Independent, 27th May 2016

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