Two-thirds of litigators say increased court fees already putting off clients – Litigation Futures

Posted June 16th, 2016 in civil justice, courts, fees, news, statistics by tracey

‘Two-thirds of litigation lawyers say increased court fees have already deterred clients from commencing proceedings, a survey has found.’

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Litigation Futures, 15th June 2016

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Court finds UK gangmaster liable for modern slavery victims – The Guardian

‘A British company has been found liable for the first time for victims of modern slavery in a landmark high court judgment.’

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The Guardian, 10th 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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Online Court will include “limited” legal costs to aid unbundled advice, says Briggs – Legal Futures

Posted May 25th, 2016 in budgets, civil justice, costs, courts, internet, legal aid, news by sally

‘The new Online Court will not ban lawyers and there will be “a very limited element of fixed costs” so litigants can get initial legal advice – but not the full “over-expensive” service, Lord Justice Briggs said yesterday.’

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Legal Futures, 24th May 2016

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Jackson: fixed costs grid is “starting point for debate” – Litigation Futures

Posted May 24th, 2016 in civil justice, costs, judges, negligence, news, personal injuries, speeches by sally

‘Lord Justice Jackson has sought to calm fears raised by the “grid of fixed costs” he proposed in January this year for all civil claims worth up to £250,000.’

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Litigation Futures, 24th May 2016

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Civil Justice Council decides against new housing court – Litigation Futures

‘The Civil Justice Council (CJC) has decided not to back a new housing court to deal with all property disputes, despite support for the move among lawyers in the sector.’

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Litigation Futures, 23rd May 2016

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Asylum court fee hike makes access to justice a “luxury” for the few – The Bar Council

Posted April 28th, 2016 in asylum, barristers, civil justice, fees, immigration, press releases, tribunals by tracey

‘Plans put forward by the Ministry of Justice yesterday to increase fees for those seeking justice through the Immigration and Asylum tribunal system by 500% is yet another step towards putting access to justice beyond the means of those who most need it, warns the Bar Council.’

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The Bar Council, 28th April 2016

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Hillsborough inquest timeline: the long wait for justice – The Guardian

‘The families of the 96 people fatally injured at the 1989 FA Cup semi-final have been fighting for the truth for 27 years.’

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The Guardian, 26th April 2016

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Neuberger: ODR may become only route to justice for smaller claims – but Bar is looking for alternatives – Legal Futures

‘Online dispute resolution (ODR) could be the only way of ensuring access to justice in moderate-sized claims in future – but the Bar Council is trying to find an alternative that retains hearings, according to the president of the Supreme Court.’

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Legal Futures, 27th April 2016

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Money laundering: New law planned to target corrupt officials – BBC News

‘MPs, councillors and civil servants suspected of corruption are to be targeted by a new law proposed by the home secretary.’

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BBC News, 21st April 2016

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The Future of Employment Tribunals: A Need for Change? – Littleton Chambers

‘Dodge the tumbleweed blowing down the corridors, enter any Employment Tribunal (ET) waiting room and you will almost certainly see at least one employment lawyer sitting, staring at the dregs in their polystyrene cup looking to see whether the tealeaves will reveal if and when ET litigation will rise again, or whether the end of the ET system is nigh.’

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Littleton Chambers, 24th March 2016

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Susskind: online court is just the beginning – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The proposed online court is a “pragmatic first step” on the road to a fully integrated online and conventional court service, an influential body has predicted. Professor Richard Susskind (pictured), who leads a panel of experts on digital dispute resolution, said proposals by Lord Justice Briggs for an online court for small claims were to be welcomed.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 9th April 2016

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Controversial online court will need careful piloting – CJC – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted March 30th, 2016 in civil justice, courts, electronic filing, internet, judiciary, news, pilot schemes by sally

‘Influential advisory body the Civil Justice Council has urged a measured approach to the adoption of a new online court for civil cases.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 30th March 2016

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Family Justice and Race: the need for a fundamental review? – Family Law week

Posted March 24th, 2016 in civil justice, equality, families, judiciary, news, race discrimination by tracey

‘Rebekah Wilson, barrister, of Garden Court Chambers asks whether it is time for a review of the lack of racial diversity in the family justice system and of its consequences.’

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Family Law Week, 24th March 2016

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The Briggs Review – important changes proposed for conduct of litigation in the civil courts – Zenith Chambers

Posted March 22nd, 2016 in civil justice, news, reports by sally

‘On 12 January 2016, Lord Justice Briggs published his interim report which sets out a numberof provisional recommendations for the reform of the civil courts. Briggs LJ is now in the process of having meetings with those practitioners and other interested parties most likely to be affected, the first of which took place in Sheffield on Monday 14 March 2016.’

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Zenith Chambers, 16th March 2016

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Statements of Truth, Translation and Witnesses with Poor English – Zenith PI Blog

‘The CPR includes surprisingly demanding requirements, and draconian sanctions, in relation to Statements of Truth from witnesses whose English is so poor that they cannot read documents in English.
Here is a helpful summary of the rules, and what, in practice, you need to do to comply with them.’

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Zenith PI Blog, 1st March 2016

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The pints of justice? Could courts cases be heard in pubs? – Daily Telegraph

‘Lord Chief Justice appears to agree with calls to have cases heard in hotels and pubs as one in five courts are closed.’

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Daily Telegraph, 23rd February 2016

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Pursuing damages for bribery in the civil courts – OUT-LAW.com

‘Under the 2010 Bribery Act, bribery is a criminal offence and companies are required to have in place adequate procedures in order to prevent those associated with them from undertaking bribery. Adequate procedures provide the company with a defence to the criminal offences set out in the Act. However, what is often overlooked is the ability of the company to pursue both the recipient of the bribe as well as the briber for its financial losses and, in some cases, damages for fraud.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 16 February 2016

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HM Courts and Tribunals Service estate – Ministry of Justice

Posted February 12th, 2016 in budgets, civil justice, consultations, courts, criminal justice, news by sally

‘The government is committed to modernising the way in which justice is accessed and delivered. We are investing over £700m over the next 4 years to update the court and tribunal estate, installing modern IT systems and making the justice system more efficient and effective for modern users.’

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Ministry of Justice, 11th February 2016

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Lawyers give Jackson’s fixed costs call a frosty reception – Litigation Futures

Posted February 2nd, 2016 in civil justice, costs, fees, news, personal injuries by sally

‘Lawyers have responded negatively to Lord Justice Jackson’s call last week to introduce fixed costs for all civil claims worth up to £250,000.’

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Litigation Futures, 1st February 2016

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