Profession gets to work on Jackson’s vision of a contingent legal aid fund – Litigation Futures

‘The Bar Council, Law Society and Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) have already begun talks on forming a working party that will take forward Lord Justice Jackson’s call for a contingent legal aid fund (CLAF), it has emerged.’

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Litigation Futures, 5th February 2016

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Speech by Lord Justice Jackson – The Case for a CLAF – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

‘Lord Justice Jackson gave the keynote speech at the Solicitors’ Costs Conference on 2 February 2016.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 4th February 2016

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City law firms charging up to £1,100 an hour – The Guardian

Posted February 5th, 2016 in competition, costs, fees, law firms, news by tracey

‘Partners at top City law firms are charging clients more than £1,000 an hour, according to a Conservative thinktank which condemns fee rises for restricting access to justice.’

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The Guardian, 5th 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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High Court penalises party over non-compliant expert evidence and excessive bundles – Litigation Futures

Posted February 2nd, 2016 in case management, costs, expert witnesses, news, penalties by sally

‘The High Court has issued a costs penalty to a claimant that included material in expert evidence that it was not meant to and also flooded a preliminary hearing with unnecessary bundles.’

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Litigation Futures, 28th January 2016

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Speech by Lord Justice Jackson: Fixed Costs – The Time Has Come – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted January 29th, 2016 in civil justice, civil procedure rules, costs, lectures by tracey

‘Lord Justice Jackson gave the IPA Annual Lecture on the 28 January 2016. “The purpose of this lecture is to argue that we should now introduce an extensive regime of fixed costs for civil litigation as proposed in chapters 15 and 16 of the Review of Civil Litigation Costs Final Report. In the light of recent developments the time is now ripe to take this substantial step…” ‘

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 29th January 2016

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Financial list for cases over £50m working well, Mr Justice Blair says – Litigation Futures

Posted January 28th, 2016 in banking, budgets, costs, financial regulation, judges, news, pilot schemes, speeches, trials by sally

‘The ‘financial list’ launched by the High Court in October last year for claims linked to the financial markets and worth over £50m is “operating well”, Mr Justice Blair has said.’

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Litigation Futures, 27th January 2016

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Voyeur who filmed women in Winter Wonderland toilets given suspended sentence – The Independent

Posted January 28th, 2016 in costs, news, sentencing, suspended sentences, voyeurism by sally

‘A Christmas theme park worker who used his smartphone to secretly film women in the toilets at the tourist attraction has been given a suspended jail sentence.’

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The Independent, 27th January 2016

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High Court clarifies cost effective procedure allowing pension trustees to correct mistakes – OUT-LAW.com

Posted January 20th, 2016 in costs, news, pensions, trusts by sally

‘The High Court has taken the unusual step of publishing a short judgment which sets out how pension scheme trustees can use an administrative procedure to correct errors in the scheme rules in a cost effective way.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 15th January 2016

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Court of Appeal to rule on interplay between fixed costs and part 36 offers – Litigation Futures

Posted January 19th, 2016 in appeals, civil procedure rules, costs, news, part 36 offers by sally

‘The Court of Appeal is to decide on whether a party who beats a part 36 offer in a case where fixed fees apply is eligible for indemnity costs as well.’

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Litigation Futures, 18th January 2016

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High Court clarifies cost effective procedure allowing pension trustees to correct mistakes – OUT-LAW.com

Posted January 18th, 2016 in costs, news, pensions, trusts by tracey

‘The High Court has taken the unusual step of publishing a short judgment which sets out how pension scheme trustees can use an administrative procedure to correct errors in the scheme rules in a cost effective way.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 15th January 2016

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Government confirms 1 October 2016 date for fixed costs in clinical negligence – Litigation Futures

‘The introduction of fixed recoverable costs (FRC) in clinical negligence cases is still planned for 1 October 2016, the Department of Health has confirmed.’

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Litigation Futures, 14th January 2016

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Snooper’s charter: cafes and libraries face having to store Wi-Fi users’ data – The Guardian

Posted January 14th, 2016 in bills, costs, internet, investigatory powers, news, select committees by sally

‘Coffee shops running Wi-Fi networks may have to store internet data under new snooping laws, Theresa May has said.’

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The Guardian, 13th January 2016

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Legal aid billing issues ‘unresolved’ – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted January 13th, 2016 in computer programs, costs, legal aid, news by sally

‘The government may be underestimating the severity of problems with its new digital legal aid billing system, solicitors have warned.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 12th January 2016

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Compulsory use of new format bill of costs postponed indefinitely – Litigation Futures

Posted January 13th, 2016 in costs, electronic filing, news by sally

‘The plan to make the new electronic bill of costs mandatory in the Senior Courts Costs Office has been shelved indefinitely because of the “major implications” it would have for the profession.’

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Litigation Futures, 13th January 2016

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Maximising Fixed Costs – In the Protocol and out of it – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted January 12th, 2016 in barristers, civil procedure rules, costs, London, news, solicitors by sally

‘With costs for low value PI claims being stripped to bare bones and further cuts on the horizon, maximising fixed costs is essential. In this article, Jasmine Murphy asks the question: Have we all been missing a trick? The trick in this case is another eighth of the costs allowed in fixed costs cases.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 4th January 2016

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Legal aid billing delay ‘stay of execution’ – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted January 12th, 2016 in computer programs, costs, legal aid, news by sally

‘The government may be underestimating the severity of problems with its new digital legal aid billing system, solicitors have warned.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 12th January 2016

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Decision on proposal for new October bill of costs is postponed – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted January 12th, 2016 in bills, civil procedure rules, computer programs, costs, expenses, law firms, news by sally

‘The committee set up to decide the future of legal costs in civil litigation has recommended that a new of bill of costs based on electronic assessment should be in place from October.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 11th January 2016

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Tougher sentencing powers needed to deter data thieves, says ICO – The Guardian

Posted January 12th, 2016 in costs, data protection, fines, news, sentencing, theft by sally

‘The head of the government’s privacy watchdog has called for stronger sentencing powers for people convicted of stealing personal data, after a woman who sold 28,000 pieces of sensitive driver data was fined just £1,000.’

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The Guardian, 11th January 2016

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Taxi driver told to pay more than £9,000 in costs after losing council appeal – Local Government Lawyer

Posted January 8th, 2016 in appeals, complaints, costs, licensing, news, taxis by tracey

‘A taxi driver in Kent has been ordered to pay more than £9,000 in costs after losing an appeal against a council’s decision to suspend his licence.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 6th January 2016

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