Unison plans Supreme Court appeal after latest setback on employment tribunal fees – Local Government Lawyer

Posted August 28th, 2015 in appeals, employment tribunals, fees, news, Supreme Court, trade unions by sally

‘Unison has applied for permission to take its legal challenge to the Government’s introduction of employment tribunal fees to the Supreme Court, after the Court of Appeal this week rejected the union’s claims.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 27th August 2015

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Finance & Divorce Update – Family Law Week

‘Edward Heaton, Principal Associate and Jane Booth, Associate, both of Mills & Reeve LLP analyse the news and case law relating to financial remedies and divorce during July 2015.’

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Family Law Week, 15th 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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Criminal court charges ‘trapping’ penniless suspects – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted August 6th, 2015 in courts, criminal justice, Crown Court, fees, homelessness, magistrates, news by sally

‘A charity today called for an urgent review of criminal courts charges after collating cases which it says prove the fees are ‘unrealistic and unfair’.’
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Law Society’s Gazette, 5th 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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ULaw to students: get half your fees back if you’re not working in ‘legal or commerce’ after nine months – The Lawyer

Posted August 5th, 2015 in fees, legal education, news, repayment, universities by sally

‘The University of Law promised to reimburse Legal Practice Course (LPC) graduates with 50 per cent of their fees if they fail to find employment within the “legal and commerce fields” after nine months of graduating.’

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The Lawyer, 4th August 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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Lawrence and others v Fen Tigers Ltd and others (No 3) (Secretary of State for Justice and others intervening) – WLR Daily

Posted July 30th, 2015 in appeals, costs, fees, insurance, law reports, Supreme Court by sally

Lawrence and others v Fen Tigers Ltd and others (No 3) (Secretary of State for Justice and others intervening) [2015] UKSC 50; [2015] WLR (D) 332

‘The costs regime in place between 1999 and 2013, which could require losing defendants to pay not only the claimants’ base costs but any success fee and after the event (“ATE”) insurance premium which they had paid as part of their conditional fee arrangement— even though the total costs were far in excess of the value of the claim— was not contrary to defendants’ rights to a fair trial and to the protection of their property under article 6 of, and article 1 of the First Protocol (“A1P1”) to, the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.’

WLR Daily, 22nd July 2015

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Circle the Wagons: They are Coming for the Information Tribunal – Panopticon

Posted July 28th, 2015 in consultations, fees, freedom of information, news, tribunals by sally

‘We all fell for it, didn’t we? If the greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist, then Michael Gove’s may have been to convince everyone that he wasn’t interested in FOIA. His shunting responsibility for FOIA/EIR matters off to the Cabinet Office, and the Cabinet Office’s announcement of the Commission on Freedom of Information (generally staffed by people who publicly don’t much like it), last week has led to a lot of comment and reaction – mostly adverse – from social media, blogs and even the mainstream press.’

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Panopticon, 24th July 2015

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Supreme Court Judgment in Coventry and Ors v Lawrence and another [2015] UKSC 50 – Henderson Chambers

Posted July 27th, 2015 in civil procedure rules, costs, fees, human rights, insurance, news, Supreme Court by sally

‘The Supreme Court has handed down its Judgment in Coventry v Lawrence in which it considered the compatibility of the system for the recovery of success fees and ATE premiums under the Access to Justice Act 1999 with the European Convention on Human Rights, Articles 6 and Article 1 Protocol 1. The Court held by a majority of 5-2 (Lord Neuberger, Lord Dyson, Lord Sumption, Lord Mance and Lord Carnwarth in the majority and Lord Clarke and Lady Hale dissenting) that the system is compatible. Success fees and ATE premiums entered into under the AJA 1999 scheme will therefore remain to be recoverable by successful claimants. Whether the decision will be challenged before the ECtHR in Strasbourg and, if so,whether the European Court will take the same view as the Supreme Court remains to be seen.’

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Henderson Chambers, 24th July 2015

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Old conditional fee agreements did not breach human rights law, Supreme Court rules – OUT-LAW.com

Posted July 27th, 2015 in costs, fees, human rights, insurance, news, proportionality, Supreme Court by sally

‘A speedway track operator must pay the legal expenses of the couple who successfully sued it for noise-related nuisance after the UK’s highest court ruled that the old fee recovery regime did not breach its right to a fair trial.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 24th July 2015

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Payday lender Cash Genie to pay £20m compensation – BBC News

Posted July 27th, 2015 in compensation, complaints, fees, interest, loans, news, unfair commercial practices by sally

‘Payday lender Cash Genie faces a £20m compensation bill after charging customers £50 to transfer them to the firm’s debt collection business.’

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BBC News, 27th July 2015

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Government ‘selling justice like a commodity’ with fee rises – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 27th, 2015 in fees, Law Society, Ministry of Justice, news by sally

‘Government plans for a new round of court fee rises are “tantamount to selling justice like a commodity”, the Law Society has said, as the Ministry of Justice acknowledged its plans would be unpopular.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 27th July 2015

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Enhanced fees for divorce, possession claims and general applications in civil proceedings and consultation on further fees proposal – Ministry of Justice

Posted July 24th, 2015 in consultations, divorce, fees, news, repossession by sally

‘This sets out the government response to the consultation on enhanced fees for possession claims and general applications in civil proceedings, and we are also seeking responses to further proposals for consultation.’

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Ministry of Justice, 22nd July 2015

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Supreme Court: no-win-no-fee costs regime compatible with Article 6 – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted July 23rd, 2015 in appeals, costs, fees, human rights, news, Supreme Court by sally

‘The pre-April 2013 Conditional Fee Agreement system, under which claimants could recover uplifts on their costs and their insurance premiums from defendants, has survived – just. It received a sustained challenge from defendants to the effect that such a system was in breach of their Article 6 rights to a fair trial.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 22nd July 2015

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Divorce court fees to rise by a third – BBC News

Posted July 23rd, 2015 in asylum, civil justice, consultations, courts, divorce, fees, immigration, news by sally

‘The cost of getting divorced is to rise by about a third after the government announced increased court fees.’

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BBC News, 22nd July 2015

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Gove announces review of Legal Services Act – Legal Futures

‘There will a review of the Legal Services Act 2007 during this Parliament, the Lord Chancellor Michael Gove announced today.’

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Legal Futures, 15th July 2015

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Judge was wrong to accuse solicitors of exaggerating bill, Court of Appeal rules – Litigation Futures

‘The High Court was wrong to strike out a claim over unpaid fees brought by a firm of solicitors on the basis of alleged exaggeration and inaccurate sums, without hearing any witnesses, the Court of Appeal has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 9th July 2015

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