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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Gove promises action on criminal referral fees – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The lord chancellor is to crack down on the banned practice of referral fees in criminal proceedings.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 9th July 2015

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Legal Aid boycott ‘causing chaos’ – BBC News

‘Lawyers who are boycotting legal aid work in protest against cuts say their action is causing “chaos” in some courts and police custody suites.’

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BBC News, 8th July 2015

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Legal aid work refused by law firms in cutbacks protest – BBC News

Posted July 1st, 2015 in fees, law firms, legal aid, news by sally

‘A number of criminal law firms have refused to take work funded by legal aid in protest against government cuts.’

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BBC News, 1st July 2015

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Lawyers’ strike over legal aid cuts boosted by the backing of major firms – The Independent

‘The “strike” by lawyers which threatens to bring chaos to the criminal justice system next week has received a substantial boost after the country’s biggest legal aid firms pledged to support the action.’

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The Independent, 26th June 2015

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High court judgment slates ‘grossly excessive’ fees – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted June 23rd, 2015 in costs, fees, immigration, news by tracey

‘Claimant lawyers in a judicial review immigration case have been criticised for progressing “diffuse and frankly confusing” arguments and for charging their clients “grossly excessive” fees.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 23rd June 2015

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Criminal solicitors berate bar retreat – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Solicitors accused the criminal bar of selling out to a government policy of ‘divide and rule’ as the Gazette went to press, after the bar ditched plans to take direct action over cuts to legal aid.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 22nd June 2015

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Referral fees in criminal cases could lead to “arrest chasing” – Legal Futures

Posted June 18th, 2015 in barristers, consultations, crime, fees, legal aid, news, solicitors, third parties by sally

‘Removing the ban on referral fees in criminal cases could lead to “arrest chasing” by solicitors, the Bar Council has warned, and result in “as much public opprobrium” as ambulance chasing.’

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Legal Futures, 17th June 2015

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Legal aid fees to be cut by 8.75%, confirms Ministry of Justice – The Guardian

Posted June 11th, 2015 in budgets, crime, fees, legal aid, news by sally

‘Legal aid fees for criminal solicitors will be cut by 8.75% and the number of contracts for attending police stations and magistrates court reduced by two-thirds, the Ministry of Justice has confirmed.’

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The Guardian, 10th June 2015

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