Fixed Costs Apply in PAD Applications for Claims Which Leave The EL/PL Portal: Sharp v Leeds City Council [2017] EWCA Civ 33 – Zenith PI Blog

‘The Court of Appeal considered a “short but important point of interpretation of the Civil Procedure Rules” concerning the costs of pre-action disclosure (“PAD”) applications in cases which started, but no longer continue, under the EL/PL Protocol.’

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Zenith PI Blog, 2nd February 2017

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‘Neknominate’ goldfish swallow pair avoid prison – BBC News

‘A man who swallowed a live goldfish in a drinking dare has been given a suspended prison sentence.’

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BBC News, 3rd February 2017

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Supreme Court adds to Bar regulator’s legal costs and training headaches – Legal Futures

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has found itself under attack from multiple directions this week, including the Supreme Court announcing yesterday that it would hear an appeal about a case involving claims of race discrimination in its disciplinary processes.’

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Legal Futures, 2nd February 2017

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Costs: Reassessing the Starting Point – Family Law Week

Posted February 1st, 2017 in costs, divorce, financial provision, news by tracey

‘Mark Ablett, pupil barrister, 1 Garden Court Family Law Chambers considers the perennial problem of high levels of costs in financial remedies cases and proposes a new approach to help mitigate the problem.’

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Family Law Week, 27th January 2017

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Clin neg fixed costs plans unveiled as Hunt targets ‘unscrupulous’ firms – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Health secretary Jeremy Hunt today finally announced the details of the fixed costs regime for clinical negligence cases.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 30th January 2017

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Fixed costs would “encourage overseas competitors”, City lawyers warn Jackson – Litigation Futures

Posted January 27th, 2017 in costs, fees, news, proportionality by sally

‘City lawyers have warned Lord Justice Jackson that imposing fixed costs on commercial litigation would encourage “England’s competitors” at a time of uncertainty caused by Brexit.’

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Litigation Futures, 25th January 2017

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Aarhus Convention update: Government still ignoring private nuisance claims – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted January 27th, 2017 in civil procedure rules, costs, judicial review, news, nuisance, planning by sally

‘In November 2016, the Government responded in rather disappointing terms (here) to a consultation about amending its costs rules in civil cases to reflect the requirements of the Aarhus Convention.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 26th January 2017

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Costs and inquiries – homelessness appeals – Nearly Legal

Posted January 26th, 2017 in costs, homelessness, housing, inquiries, local government, news by tracey

‘The London Borough of Croydon v Lopes [2017] EWHC 33 (QB). Costs on settled s.204 Housing Act 1996 appeals – the issue that never goes away. The latest instalment also brings with it some rather sharp findings by the Court of Appeal on the extent of inquiries the council should have made.’

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Nearly Legal, 25th January 2017

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Taxi driver who refused to take guide dog is fined – BBC News

Posted January 26th, 2017 in costs, disabled persons, equality, fines, news, taxis by tracey

‘A taxi driver who refused to carry a guide dog because he claimed it was against his religion has been fined for breaching equality laws.’

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BBC News, 25th January 2017

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Students took equivalent of 300 cups of coffee in botched experiment – The Independent

Posted January 26th, 2017 in costs, fines, health & safety, medical treatment, news, universities by tracey

‘A British university has been fined £400,000 after two of its students were left fighting for their lives following a botched science experiment.’

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The Independent, 25th January 2017

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Costs information provided for mediation is “pure fact” and can be used on assessment – Litigation Futures

Posted January 24th, 2017 in arbitration, costs, insurance, news by sally

‘Costs information that was provided for the purposes of a confidential mediation could later be used in the assessment of costs, Master Haworth in the Senior Courts Costs Office has decided.’

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Litigation Futures, 23rd January 2017

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KFC fined £1m over Teesside workers’ gravy burns – BBC News

Posted January 23rd, 2017 in costs, fines, health & safety, news, personal injuries by sally

‘Fast food chain KFC has been fined almost £1m after two employees suffered burns while handling hot gravy without gloves.’

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BBC News, 20th January 2017

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High Court compensates winning party for impact of falling exchange rate on costs – Litigation Futures

Posted January 23rd, 2017 in compensation, costs, economic loss, news by sally

‘The High Court has awarded a successful German claimant an extra £20,000 in costs to compensate for the impact of the falling value of sterling against the euro – especially since the EU referendum vote – as it had to convert euros into pounds during the case to pay its solicitors.’

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Litigation Futures, 19th January 2017

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Judges “should be slow” to consider reasonableness of settlement stance – Litigation Futures

Posted January 20th, 2017 in costs, indemnities, news, part 36 offers by sally

‘Judges should be “very slow to entertain a discussion as to whether parties to litigation have negotiated in a reasonable manner”, the Court of Appeal has cautioned.’

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Litigation Futures, 19th January 2017

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Property developer ordered to pay £55k over listed building offences – Local Government Lawyer

Posted January 19th, 2017 in construction industry, costs, fines, historic buildings, local government, news by tracey

‘A property development business, a director and a site manager have been ordered to pay more than £55,000 between them after removing historic fixtures in every room of a grade-II listed house in Lincoln without consent.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 17th January 2017

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SDT throws out surveillance allegations against News of the World solicitor – Legal Futures

Posted January 19th, 2017 in costs, disciplinary procedures, media, news, solicitors by tracey

‘The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal has thrown out charges against a solicitor for Rupert Murdoch’s News International accused of unreasonably advising and commissioning surveillance of two high-profile lawyers bringing phone hacking cases.’

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Legal Futures, 19th January 2017

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Proportionality – opening a can of worms – Litigation Futures

Posted January 18th, 2017 in civil procedure rules, costs, news, proportionality by sally

‘In his final report, Lord Justice Jackson said: “Disproportionate costs do not become proportionate because they were necessary. In my view, that disproportionate element of the costs cannot be saved, even if the individual items within it were both reasonable and necessary”.’

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Litigation Futures, 17th January 2017

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Disciplinary round-up: fine for firm which failed to make client’s visa application and then lost his passport – Legal Futures

‘A north London law firm has been rebuked for misleading its client into thinking that it had made a visa application on his behalf.’

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Legal Futures, 13th January 2017

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High Court judge condemns Leigh Day claimants for “deliberate disregard” of court order in £50m+ costs battle – Litigation Futures

Posted January 12th, 2017 in budgets, costs, expert witnesses, law firms, news by tracey

‘A High Court judge has “unequivocally” condemned claimants represented by group litigation specialists Leigh Day for “deliberate disregard of a court order” in a case where the costs of both sides were estimated at well over £50m.’

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litigation Futures, 10th January 2017

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FCO reviews policy of making forced marriage victims pay for flights – The Guardian

Posted January 12th, 2017 in costs, forced marriages, news, repayment, victims by tracey

‘The Foreign Office is to review its policy on forced marriage after the Guardian revealed that victims are ordered to repay the government the costs of their repatriation.’

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The Guardian, 11th January 2017

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