Hacking trial: Legal battle set to cost taxpayers millions of pounds – The Independent

Posted July 2nd, 2014 in appeals, conspiracy, costs, fees, interception, media, news, privacy, prosecutions by sally

‘A legal battle between Rupert Murdoch’s News UK and England’s prosecuting authorities over the “astronomical” costs of the record-breaking phone hacking trial will involve “millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money”.’

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The Independent, 1st July 2014

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Property mediation in the post-Jackson and the Mitchell world – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted June 26th, 2014 in arbitration, budgets, civil procedure rules, costs, news by sally

‘It has been clear for a while that both politicians and many members of the judiciary have left behind their initial scepticism and now become fervent supporters of formal alternative dispute resolution (ADR) processes, mediation in particular.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 13th June 2014

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At £100m, phone hacking trial makes history for expense – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 25th, 2014 in conspiracy, costs, interception, news, trials by sally

‘The phone-hacking trial has been one of the most expensive cases in British criminal history, with News International bearing more than half of the expense.’

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Daily Telegraph, 24th June 2014

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Americhem Europe Ltd v Rakem Ltd (George Walker Transport Ltd, Part 20 defendant) – WLR Daily

Americhem Europe Ltd v Rakem Ltd (George Walker Transport Ltd, Part 20 defendant) [2014] EWHC 1881 (TCC); [2014] WLR (D) 270

‘A costs draftsman whose only involvement in a case consisted of preparing a costs budget and who did not give any form of legal advice or legally based representation was not a “senior legal representative” for the purposes of paragraph 6 of Practice Direction 3E on Costs Management.’

WLR Daily, 13th June 2014

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High Court grants relief despite “deliberate and non-trivial” breach – Litigation Futures

Posted June 24th, 2014 in civil procedure rules, costs, news, payment into court, sanctions by sally

‘A High Court judge has granted relief from sanctions despite finding that the non-compliance was non-trivial and deliberate, and that there was some delay in lodging the application for relief – using instead powers to impose conditions on the order.’

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Litigation Futures, 24th June 2014

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Will Court of Appeal triple-header lead to ‘Mitchell-lite’? – Litigation Futures

Posted June 20th, 2014 in appeals, budgets, case management, civil procedure rules, costs, news by tracey

‘A barrister who has led the way in analysing the impact of the Mitchell case has predicted that this week’s hearing of three “trivial breach” cases at the Court of Appeal could pave the way for “Mitchell-lite”.’

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Litigation Futures, 19th June 2014

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Guilty verdict in former N-Dubz singer Dappy slap case – BBC News

Posted June 19th, 2014 in assault, costs, news, victims by sally

‘Magistrates have found the former N-Dubz singer Dappy guilty of slapping a man outside a nightclub.’

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BBC News, 19th June 2014

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Regina (N) v Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council – WLR Daily

Regina (N) v Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council [2014] EWHC 1918 (Admin); [2014] WLR (D) 255

‘The capital derived from a personal injury settlement which was managed by a deputy appointed by the Court of Protection had to be disregarded by a local authority when deciding whether the injured person could be required to contribute to the cost of social care services provided by a local authority.’

WLR Daily, 12th June 2014

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Richard III legal challenge lands taxpayer with £175,000 legal bill – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 17th, 2014 in burials and cremation, costs, judicial review, news, royal family by sally

‘Chris Grayling, the Justice Secretary, criticises a legal bid by distant relatives of King Richard III, whose remains were found buried under a council car park in Leicester.’

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Daily Telegraph, 16th June 2014

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Separating divorce and financial disputes – more process than substance – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted June 16th, 2014 in children, costs, divorce, family courts, financial dispute resolution, news by sally

‘Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division has considered in his most recent opinion piece, both his commentary on the bedding down of the recent procedural changes that came in to force on the 22 April 2014, and looking to the future, he has invited Mostyn J and Cobb J to chair a new Financial Remedies Working Group to look at further change.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 16th June 2014

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Precedent H “irregularity” does not render it a nullity, High Court rules – Litigation Futures

‘It would be disproportionate and unjust to strike down a Precedent H budget that was signed by a firm’s in-house costs draftsman, rather than by a “senior legal representative”, the High Court has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 16th June 2014

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The Jackson Reforms: One year on – Falcon Chambers

‘The anniversary of the implementation of the Jackson reforms looms. Has all the fear and dread it engendered at the time been justified? Views will vary, whether because of temperament or because of preference, but in our view, for what it’s worth, the answer is “yes”. In the sphere of relief from sanctions at least, and in the kind of costs budgeting that we most often face, many of the concerns warned of in advance have come to pass. The by now well-know case of Andrew Mitchell has illustrated the draconian approach being taken by the courts to relief from sanctions, with the support of what appears to be a hand-picked Court of Appeal. The methodology of county courts in dealing with costs budgeting and CCMCs varies widely, making it difficult to predict or advise on procedural issues in the run up to trials and hearings.’

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Falcon Chambers, 25th March 2014

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Can you really divorce online for £37? – Daily Telegraph

‘Filing the papers can be cheap, but to ensure you get the outcome you want you will probably have to spend more.’

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Daily Telegraph, 3rd June 2014

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Appeal court set for triple Mitchell showdown – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted June 4th, 2014 in appeals, budgets, case management, civil procedure rules, costs, delay, news by tracey

‘Master of the rolls Lord Dyson is to hear three consecutive appeals over two days in an effort to clarify the post-Mitchell landscape on compliance with case management rules.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 3rd June 2014

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R (JG) v Lord Chancellor (Law Society intervening) – WLR Daily

Posted May 29th, 2014 in appeals, care orders, costs, expert witnesses, law reports, legal aid by michael

R (JG) v Lord Chancellor (Law Society intervening) [2014] EWCA Civ 656;  [2014] WLR (D)  235

‘Where a child who was a party to private law proceedings under the Children Act 1989 had the benefit of public funding in respect of his costs and the court considered that it was necessary to instruct a single joint expert to produce a report to assist the court in determining what was in the best welfare interests of the child, but the other parties had no funding and were unable to pay their share of the expert’s costs, the court could depart from the order that it would otherwise have made, to the greater cost of the publicly funded party, where the failure to adduce the expert’s report would result in a breach of one of the party’s rights under articles 6 or 8 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, and the court was not prevented from doing so by section 22(4) of the Access to Justice Act 1999. Where, in the case of a single joint expert, there was no problem over resources, there was no normal rule of equal apportionment of the costs, and that issue of apportionment was to be determined in the exercise of the court’s discretion, taking into account the particular circumstances of the case.’

WLR Daily, 21st May 2014

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Legal Aid Agency may have to bear cost of expert fees – New Law Journal

Posted May 29th, 2014 in costs, expert witnesses, fees, legal aid, news, reports by michael

‘The Legal Aid Agency—formally known as the Legal Service Commission (LSC) —was wrong to refuse to pay the full cost of an expert witness report ordered for a child by the family court.’

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New Law Journal, 28th May 2014

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Legal challenge to controversial herring gull cull dismissed by judge – The Guardian

‘A controversial cull of thousands of gulls in the UK will go ahead after a legal challenge by conservationists failed.’

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The Guardian, 21st May 2014

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Fraud trial legal aid ruling overturned by appeal court – The Guardian

Posted May 21st, 2014 in appeals, barristers, budgets, costs, fraud, judges, legal aid, legal representation, news by tracey

‘A £4.5m fraud trial halted due to disputes over legal aid cuts has been restarted after the court of appeal ruled that the defendants could receive a fair trial.’

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The Guardian, 21st May 2014

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Appeal court sets aside £186k professional negligence claim – Law Society’s Gazette

‘A Devon firm has won an appeal against a £186,000 damages award for professional negligence following a conveyancing row with a former client.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 20th May 2014

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BSB fails to have barrister’s costs reduced to LiP rate – Legal Futures

‘Barristers who successfully defend themselves in disciplinary proceedings can claim their costs at a rate higher than that of a normal litigant in person, the High Court has ruled in a largely unsuccessful judicial review brought by the Bar Standards Board (BSB).’

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Legal Futures, 19th May 2014

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