Divorce party hit for £334k costs after ‘blatant dishonesty’ – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted September 1st, 2015 in costs, divorce, news by sally

‘High Court judge has made clear that his costs judgment against a dishonest party should act as a deterrent to others considering deceiving the court.’
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Law Society’s Gazette, 31st August 2015

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New court charge sees judges cut compensation orders for victims – BBC News

Posted September 1st, 2015 in compensation, costs, courts, criminal procedure, fees, news by sally

‘Compensation payments to victims of crime are being affected by a new charge imposed on criminals.’

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BBC News, 28th August 2015

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Funding Problems on the Horizon for family lawyers (and their clients) – Family Law Week

Posted August 27th, 2015 in costs, divorce, financial provision, law firms, matrimonial home, news, solicitors by sally

‘Stuart Clark, Associate Solicitor with The International Family Law Group LLP considers the implications of increased use of s.37 MCA 1973 in setting aside payments on account of costs in financial remedies cases.’

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Family Law Week, 20th 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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Court fee ‘means crime victims miss payouts’ – The Independent

Posted August 24th, 2015 in compensation, costs, fees, news, victims by sally

‘Victims of crime are missing out on compensation because courts are forced to make criminals pay costs to the Government, campaigners have warned.’

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The Independent, 23rd August 2015

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O’Brien v Shorrock and another – WLR Daily

O’Brien v Shorrock and another [2015] EWHC 1630 (QB); [2015] WLR (D) 366

The obligation under paragraph 19.4 of the CPR Practice Direction 44, since amended, was to inform the other party, by the notice of funding, of the date when a conditional fee agreement with retrospective effect was made rather than the earlier date when it came into effect.

WLR Daily, 12th June 2015

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This judgment could shake up how personal injury solicitors operate – The Guardian

‘A claim brought on behalf of two children hurt in an accident has thrown doubt on the use of success fees, and on the unintended consequences of scrapping legal aid in such cases.’

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The Guardian, 21st August 2015

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Former lawyers convicted of providing illegal immigration advice – Legal Futures

‘A former solicitor and barrister have both been convicted and sentenced by magistrates for the providing unregulated immigration advice and services.’
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Legal Futures, 20th August 2015

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Owner who ‘ripped out layers of history’ from listed house must pay £300,000 – The Guardian

Posted August 19th, 2015 in costs, fines, listed buildings, news, planning by sally

‘A property developer who illegally modernised the historic building behind the hymn All Things Bright and Beautiful has been told by a judge to pay out £300,000 or go to jail.’

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The Guardian, 18th 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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Couple found guilty over sex act at Hyde Park concert – BBC News

Posted August 13th, 2015 in costs, fines, news, public order by sally

‘A couple who had oral sex during a Paloma Faith concert in Hyde Park have been fined for outraging public decency.’

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BBC News, 12th August 2015

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‘Panicked’ assistant solicitor fabricated counsel’s advice and expert reports – Legal Futures

An assistant solicitor has admitted to having “fabricated” advice from counsel, two expert reports and a series of letters on a medical negligence case because she felt “completely panicked and couldn’t see a way out”.
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Legal Futures, 11th August 2015

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Rule committee bids to ease burden of costs management – Litigation Futures

Posted August 11th, 2015 in children, civil procedure rules, costs, news, reports by sally

‘Cases relating to children are to be excluded from the scope of costs management, the Civil Procedure Rule Committee (CPRC) has decided, while there will be new provisions to encourage agreement of budgets.’

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Litigation Futures, 10th August 2015,

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‘It did seem to be expensive’ – Nearly Legal

Posted August 11th, 2015 in appeals, costs, landlord & tenant, leases, news, rent, service charges, tribunals by sally

If a head leaseholder, or managing company passes on as a service charge, rent charged by a freeholder for property in order to provide services, does this amount to a variable service charge for the purposes of s.18 Landlord and Tenant Act 1985, and so only payable if the rent costs were reasonably incurred and if the services or works to which they relate were of a reasonable standard?

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Nearly Legal, 9th 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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Court of Appeal: Tenants on small claims track can be ordered to pay more than costs of issue – Litigation Futures

‘County courts can order tenants on the small claims track (SCT) to pay more than the costs of issuing the claim, the Court of Appeal has ruled.’
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Litigation Futures, 6th August 2015

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Claimant protected by QOCS despite earlier CFA, costs judge rules – Litigation Futures

Posted August 5th, 2015 in costs, fees, insurance, news, personal injuries by sally

‘A claimant is entitled to the protection of qualified one-way costs shifting (QOCS) even though she signed an earlier conditional fee agreement (CFA) for the same injury under the old rules, a regional costs judge has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 4th 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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Two-partner firm succeeds in striking out £8m professional negligence claim – Legal Futures

‘A two-partner central London law firm has succeeded in striking out a professional negligence claim for over £8m.’
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Legal Futures, 3rd August 2015

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Man loses ‘right to be forgotten’ Google court bid – BBC News

‘A man involved in a £51m VAT scam has lost a legal bid to have news stories about him removed from Google under the so-called “right to be forgotten”.’
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BBC News, 30th July 2015

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