Society outrage at ‘back door’ criminal court fees – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted March 31st, 2015 in courts, criminal justice, fees, news, trials by sally

‘Suspects pleading not guilty in the Crown court will risk paying a court fee of £1,200 if convicted under guidelines slipped into legislation without debate in the final days of the current parliament.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 27th March 2015

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

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Dalton and others v British Telecommunications plc – WLR Daily

Posted March 20th, 2015 in costs, fees, news, noise, personal injuries by tracey

Dalton and others v British Telecommunications plc; [2015] EWHC 616 (QB); [2015] WLR (D) 125

‘The term “disease” in section V of the former CPR Pt 45 included any illness (whether physical or physiological), disorder, ailment, affliction, complaint, malady or derangement other than a physical or physiological injury solely caused by an accident or other similar single event.’

WLR Daily, 13th March 2015

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

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The Costs of Complexity (Revisited): A Practical View From the Bar – Littleton Chambers

Posted March 17th, 2015 in appeals, civil procedure rules, courts, fees, human rights, news, Supreme Court by sally

‘In his monthly column, originally published by PLC, James Bickford Smith considers again the Supreme Court’s judgment in Coventry v Lawrence (No 2) [2014] UKSC 46, the adjourned hearing of which has been listed for 9-11 February 2015. James assesses some of the key issues which have been debated since his initial analysis of the decision in October 2014, including the potential uncertainty for current funding arrangements that are not dependent on the Access to Justice Act 1999.’

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Littleton Chambers, 5th February 2015

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Judge criticises insurer bid to cut costs by reclassifying noise-induced hearing loss – Litigation Futures

‘A High Court judge has criticised the insurance industry over a failed attempt to have noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) reclassified as an injury rather than a disease, in a bid to reduce the level of pre-Jackson success fees defendants would have to pay.’

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Litigation Futures, 16th March 2015

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Noise-induced hearing loss a disease, High Court rules – Law Society’s Gazette

The High Court has ruled that noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) should be treated as a disease rather than an injury for the purpose of claims – and therefore be subject to higher success fees.

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Law Society’s Gazette, 17th March 2015

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£1,200 tribunal fee prompts 40 per cent fall in pregnancy-discrimination claims – The Independent

Posted March 16th, 2015 in employment tribunals, fees, news, pregnancy, sex discrimination, statistics by sally

‘The number of women lodging pregnancy-discrimination claims has fallen by 40 per cent since the Government introduced fees of £1,200 to go to a tribunal, new figures have revealed.’

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The Independent, 15th March 2015

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Bar Council in deal with credit specialist to finance fees – Legal Futures

Posted March 10th, 2015 in barristers, consumer credit, fees, news by tracey

‘The Bar Council has joined forces with a legal credit finance specialist to enable direct access barristers to offer payment plans to their clients.’

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Legal Futures, 10th March 2015

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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Disabled adult wins High Court battle with council over charges for services – Local Government Lawyer

‘A disabled adult has successfully challenged in the High Court aspects of a county council’s policy on charging for adult non-accommodation services.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 5th March 2015

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

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Plans to restrict use of conditional fee agreements in insolvency cases dropped ‘for the time being’ – OUT-LAW.com

Posted March 5th, 2015 in delay, fees, insolvency, insurance, news, personal injuries by tracey

‘Successful parties to insolvency cases will not be prevented from recovering conditional fee agreement (CFA) “success” fees and legal insurance premiums from their opponents from April, after the UK government extended a temporary exemption from the general ban “for the time being”.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 4th March 2015

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EAT denies claimants court fees recovery because union paid them – Litigation Futures

‘A group of employees who successfully appealed a tribunal ruling over the interpretation of their contracts cannot recover court fees because their union paid them, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has decided.’

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Litigation Futures, 4th March 2015

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Court fee increase imminent as levy clears parliament – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted March 5th, 2015 in courts, fees, news, parliament, regulations by tracey

‘Court fees will increase from next week after the House of Lords last night rubber-stamped the planned levy. A 5% charge will be added to all civil claims valued at more than £10,000, with fees capped at £10,000. According to the statutory instrument, the order comes into force on the following Monday after it is made.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 5th March 2015

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Court fee hike set for next week – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted March 3rd, 2015 in courts, fees, news, parliament, regulations by sally

‘Controversial rises in court fees will come into force next Monday barring a parliamentary upset, the Gazette can reveal.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 2nd March 2015

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Licence fee: What is the BBC charge – and how will the changes affect you? – The Independent

Posted March 3rd, 2015 in BBC, fees, licensing, news by sally

‘The introduction of a universal flat-rate fee to replace the licence fee is expected to be backed by BBC Director General Lord Hall later today.’

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The Independent, 2nd March 2015

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Council gets High Court breach of contract claim from care provider struck out – Local Government Lawyer

Posted February 25th, 2015 in care homes, contracts, costs, fees, local government, news, residential care by sally

‘Cornwall Council has successfully applied to have a breach of contract claim brought by a care provider struck out just as a trial listed for five days was about to start.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 24th February 2015

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High Court finds inspector was entitled to reject council’s claim for section 106 administration fee – OUT-LAW.com

Posted February 10th, 2015 in appeals, fees, local government, news, planning by sally

‘The High Court has dismissed a council’s challenge to a planning inspector’s decision not to allow it to impose a standardised fee for administering and monitoring planning obligations under a section 106 agreement.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 9th February 2015

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Conditional Fee Agreements – Zenith PI Blog

Posted February 6th, 2015 in contracts, fees, insurance, news, solicitors by sally

‘On 27th January 2015, the Court of Appeal handed down judgment in the case of Cox v Woodlands Manor Care Home Ltd (unreported – approved judgment is awaited) bringing home the importance of CFAs being compliant with the Cancellation of Contracts etc. Regulations 2008 and dealing with the situation where there might be legal expenses insurance cover in the background and how this might affect any CFA entered into.’

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Zenith PI Blog, 5th February 2015

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BBC licence fee: decriminalisation of non-payment pushed back until 2017 – The Guardian

Posted February 6th, 2015 in BBC, bills, fees, licensing, news by sally

‘The government has been defeated in the House of Lords after peers voted for an amendment backed by former BBC chairman Lord Grade preventing decriminalisation of non-payment of the licence fee before 2017.’

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The Guardian, 5th 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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Judicial College to train foreign judges – for a fee – Litigation Futures

‘The Judicial College, which trains UK judges, has said that it intends to “introduce a charging scheme for the delivery of international training”.’

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Litigation Futures, 3rd February 2015

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Court of Appeal: conditional fee agreement with consumer unenforceable if notice of right to cancel not given – OUT-LAW.com

Posted February 3rd, 2015 in appeals, consumer protection, contracts, fees, news by tracey

‘A conditional fee agreement (CFA) that was signed at a client’s home, rather than at the lawyer’s office, was unenforceable because the client had not been given notice of her right to cancel, the Court of Appeal has ruled.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 3rd February 2015

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