Recovery of Medical Costs for Asbestos Diseases (Wales) Bill: reference by the Counsel General for Wales – Supreme Court

Recovery of Medical Costs for Asbestos Diseases (Wales) Bill: reference by the Counsel General for Wales [2015] UKSC 3 (YouTube)

Supreme Court, 9th February 2015

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High Court grants SRA power to destroy millions of documents held after interventions – Legal Futures

Posted February 10th, 2015 in costs, documents, law firms, news, Solicitors Regulation Authority by sally

‘The High Court has backed an application by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) to destroy millions of documents seized from firms it has intervened in and had to store since, at significant cost to the profession.’

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Legal Futures, 10th February 2015

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Rule committee raises bar for parties wanting to transfer cases to London – Litigation Futures

Posted February 10th, 2015 in civil procedure rules, costs, London, news by sally

‘Parties that want to transfer cases to London will need to provide a much fuller explanation as to why, the Civil Procedure Rules Committee (CPRC) has decided.’

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Litigation Futures, 10th February 2015

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‘Gratuitously rude’ judge reprimanded in CoA ruling – Law Society’s Gazette

‘A family judge was reprimanded by Court of Appeal judges twice in two days and told he should be “embarrassed” by the way he handled a case, it has emerged.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 6th February 2015

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Asbestos NHS costs decision due from Supreme Court – BBC News

Posted February 9th, 2015 in appeals, asbestos, bills, costs, insurance, local government, news, Supreme Court, Wales by sally

‘Firms in Wales whose staff are treated for asbestos-related illnesses are to learn if they must reimburse the NHS.’

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BBC News, 9th February 2015

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High Court budgeting ruling narrows use of contingencies – Litigation Futures

Posted February 5th, 2015 in budgets, costs, news by sally

‘Judges should only allow a contingency in a costs budget “if it is foreseen as more likely than not to be required”, a High Court judge has ruled in striking out £50,000 worth of contingencies that one party had included for ‘strategy review and consultation’ and ‘possible further work’.’

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Litigation Futures, 5th February 2015

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Music teacher avoids jail over extreme animal pornography and indecent images of children -

‘A music teacher has avoided being sent to prison after he pleaded guilty to possessing indecent images of children and extreme pornography involving animals.’

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The Independent, 4th February 2015

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Costs and care homes – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Public authority decisions are, of course, open to judicial review. However, such decisions are fundamentally the domain of the relevant decision-maker and not the court. The court’s sole function (in appropriate cases) is to review the substantive and procedural lawfulness of the decision in question but not its intrinsic merits.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 2nd February 2015

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Late claimant’s bid to delay trial refused – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted February 4th, 2015 in care homes, costs, delay, news, privilege, time limits, witnesses by sally

‘The High Court has rejected a non-compliant claimant’s plea to set aside a trial date but stopped short of effectively ending the claim altogether.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 30th January 2015

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High cost of Court of Protection cases “a matter of serious concern”: report – Local Government Lawyer

Posted February 4th, 2015 in costs, Court of Protection, local government, news, reports by sally

‘The high cost of welfare cases in the Court of Protection is “a matter of serious concern” and – alongside the lengthy duration of such proceedings – requires urgent investigation, researchers at Cardiff University have said.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 3rd February 2015

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Topshop ordered to pay Rihanna’s legal costs – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 3rd, 2015 in appeals, costs, intellectual property, misrepresentation, news by tracey

‘Topshop has been ordered to pay pop star Rihanna’s legal costs following their multi-million pound battle over a T-shirt. The high-street store lost the dispute when both the High Court and Court of Appeal declared Topshop had used her image unlawfully on a “tank” sleeveless T-shirt sold to thousands of fans.’

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Daily Telegraph, 3rd February 2015

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Supreme Court: legal expenses insurance premium could not be recovered with costs – OUT-LAW.com

Posted February 2nd, 2015 in appeals, costs, expenses, insurance, news, proportionality, Supreme Court by sally

‘The successful party in a civil court case is not entitled to recover the cost of any ‘after the event’ (ATE) legal expenses insurance premium from an unsuccessful opponent, no mater how “reasonable” it was to have taken out the policy in the first place, the UK’s highest court has ruled.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 30th January 2015

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Court of Appeal: Solicitors cannot recover costs if CFAs failed to comply with cancellation regulations – Litigation Futures

Posted February 2nd, 2015 in appeals, care homes, contracts, costs, fees, news, notification, personal injuries, solicitors by sally

‘Appeal judges have ruled that solicitors cannot recover their costs where conditional fee agreements (CFAs) fail to comply with the cancellation of contracts regulations, with a potential impact on a significant number of cases.’

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Litigation Futures, 2nd February 2015

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Acquitted defendants costs regime not incompatible with ECHR – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted January 29th, 2015 in bills, costs, human rights, news by sally

‘The Court (Burnett LJ giving the sole judgment) has ruled on whether the statutory changes made to the ability of acquitted defendants in the Crown Court to recover their costs from central funds are compatible with the ECHR.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 28th January 2015

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Risks of refusing reasonable offers to settle in divorce cases – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted January 29th, 2015 in appeals, costs, divorce, financial provision, news, sanctions by sally

‘The judgment in SR v RS demonstrates that parties cannot, in the face of reasonable offers to settle, continue to litigate matters indefinitely without the spectre of cost sanctions.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 27th January 2015

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High Court sanctions claimant for failing to update budget – Litigtation Futures

Posted January 28th, 2015 in civil procedure rules, costs, delay, media, news, sanctions by tracey

‘A claimant’s failure to update his budget in advance of an unplanned preliminary hearing has led a High Court judge to rule that “every assumption” would be made against him in assessing the costs.’

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Litigation Futures, 28th January 2015

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Sir Brian Leveson’s Review of Efficiency in Criminal Proceedings published: Media Release – Judiciary of England and Wales

‘Sir Brian Leveson, The President of the Queen’s Bench Division publishes his review into efficiency in criminal proceedings today (Friday) with a wide ranging set of recommendations. He was asked by the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Thomas to find ways to make criminal justice more efficient and streamlined.’

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Judiciary of England and Wales, 23rd January 2015

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Financial Remedies Working Group final report – Judiciary.gov.uk

‘The Financial Remedies Working Group (“the group”) was established by the President of the Family Division in June 2014. It has been chaired by Nicholas Mostyn J and Stephen Cobb J.

The group produced an interim report on 31 July 2014, making a number of recommendations. This final report should be read in conjunction with that interim report.’

Final report

Judiciary of England and Wales, 28th January 2015

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High court blocks second phone-hacking claims brought by John Leslie and Jeff Brazier – The Guardian

Posted January 28th, 2015 in conspiracy, corruption, costs, damages, interception, media, news, telecommunications, time limits by tracey

‘Mr Justice Mann rules that settlements reached in first claims for damages against News of the World publisher barred new actions from former TV personalities.’

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The Guardian, 27th January 2015

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Government in £9 million payout after single letter blunder causes business to collapse – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 28th, 2015 in costs, damages, mistake, negligence, news, winding up by tracey

‘A High Court judge has found Companies House liable for the demise of Taylor & Sons Ltd, after they mistakenly recorded that it had been wound up.’

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Daily Telegraph, 27th January 2015

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