Tribunal fees regime rolls on. For now… – 13 KBW Employment

‘The union challenge to the Tribunal fees regime was seen off by Chambers’ own Susan Chan, representing the Lord Chancellor as sole counsel, who herself enjoys a busy employment practice. For obvious reasons she is unable to comment on the matter herself. Though of course a public law case, there can scarcely have been a judicial review decision in recent memory of more interest to the employment practitioner.’

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13 KBW Employment, 7th March 2014

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Right to conduct litigation spurs barrister’s high street direct access business – Legal Futures

Posted March 7th, 2014 in barristers, fees, legal services, news by tracey

‘One of the first barristers to receive authority from the Bar Standards Board (BSB) to conduct litigation has said her fixed-fee direct access business has been so successful she plans to license the venture to other barristers.’

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Legal Futures, 7th March 2014

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Senior judges lay bare hostility to government’s court fee rises – Litigation Futures

Posted March 6th, 2014 in consultations, courts, fees, judiciary, news by tracey

‘The senior judiciary has dismantled the government’s proposals to raise court fees, questioning the underlying policy, highlighting the “clearly inadequate” evidence and warning that introducing enhanced fees in commercial cases is “unworkable”.’

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Litigation Futures, 5th March 2014

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Pullan v Wilson and others – WLR Daily

Posted March 5th, 2014 in fees, law reports, proportionality, remuneration, trusts by sally

Pullan v Wilson and others [2014] EWHC 126 (Ch); [2014] WLR (D) 107

‘An automatic entitlement of a professional trustee to charge his normal hourly rates at least unless those rates had been specified and sanctioned by other trustees and principal beneficiaries before the relevant work was undertaken would deprive a court of equity of any effective control over that trustee’s remuneration.’

WLR Daily, 28th January 2014

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Court fee plans herald justice for those who can pay – senior judges – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted March 5th, 2014 in civil justice, costs, family courts, fees, judiciary, Ministry of Justice, news by sally

‘Senior judges have savaged government proposals for reforming court fees, warning that they are based on ‘inadequate’ and compromised research, and basic misconceptions about the way the courts operate.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 4th March 2014

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Senior judges attack government’s planned court cost rise – BBC News

Posted March 4th, 2014 in civil justice, courts, fees, judges, news by sally

‘Government plans to increase the cost of going to court in England and Wales would undermine the civil and family justice system, top judges have said.’

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BBC News, 4th March 2014

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Commercial barristers and Law Society join chorus of opposition to court fee changes – Litigation Futures

Posted March 4th, 2014 in barristers, consultations, courts, fees, Law Society, news by sally

‘The Ministry of Justice’s (MoJ) proposals to increase court fees for litigants above cost price have been roundly condemned once again, with the Law Society and commercial barristers adding their voices to what has become a chorus of disapproval.’

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Litigation Futures, 4th March 2014

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Supreme Court to hear landmark Hemming case on licensing fees – Local Government Lawyer

Posted February 28th, 2014 in fees, licensing, local government, news, sex establishments, Supreme Court by sally

‘Westminster City Council has been given permission to take to the Supreme Court the landmark Hemming case concerning the setting of licensing and regulatory fees.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 28th February 2014

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Fears for legal aid justice as lawyer admits ‘I can’t afford my own wig’ – The Guardian

Posted February 28th, 2014 in budgets, criminal justice, fees, legal aid, news, remuneration, solicitor advocates by sally

‘Solicitor advocate Caitriona McLaughlin fears government cuts will deter firms from taking loss-making magistrates court cases.’

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The Guardian, 27th February 2014

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Criminal legal aid fee cuts for lawyers confirmed by justice secretary – The Guardian

Posted February 28th, 2014 in barristers, criminal justice, fees, legal aid, news, solicitors by sally

‘Cuts in criminal legal aid fees of 17.5% on average for solicitors and 6% for barristers have been confirmed by the justice secretary, Chris Grayling.’

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The Guardian, 27th February 2014

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Judge asks attorney general to intervene in VHCCs – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The attorney general is considering intervening to appoint an amicus curiae to assist the court on legal arguments expected to be made on behalf of defendants facing trial without representation in court, the Gazette can reveal.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 25th February 2014

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Bridge is a game not a sport, tribunal rules – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 25th, 2014 in fees, HM Revenue & Customs, news, sport, tribunals, VAT by sally

‘The English Bridge Union loses legal challenge against HM Revenue and Customs aimed at reclaiming VAT on competition entry fees.’

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Daily Telegraph, 24th February 2014

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Regina v Wright (Robert) – WLR Daily

Posted February 24th, 2014 in confiscation, fees, fraud, law reports, proceeds of crime, sentencing, solicitors by sally

Regina v Wright (Robert) [2014] WLR (D) 84

‘Where an insurance company paid a defendant’s solicitors’ fees, for which he would otherwise have been liable, in connection with a false insurance claim he had made, he obtained a pecuniary advantage as a result of or in connection with his false claim, for the purposes of section 76(5) of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. Therefore, by section 76(4), those fees formed part of the defendant’s benefit from his criminal conduct for the purposes of any confiscation order made under the 2002 Act.’

WLR Daily, 19th February 2014

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Insolvency practitioners to be prevented from charging by the hour under new proposals – OUT-LAW.com

‘Administrators and other insolvency practitioners (IPs) could be prevented from charging an hourly rate for their services and could instead have to base their fees on a percentage of property dealt with under plans put forward for consultation by the Government.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 19th February 2014

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Judge orders fresh decision over property and care home fee payment – Local Government Lawyer

Posted February 18th, 2014 in care homes, elderly, fees, housing, local government, news by sally

‘A claimant has successfully challenged a council’s decision to uphold its reversal of a previous decision to disregard a property owned by her mother in calculating the mother’s ability to pay care home fees.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 17th February 2014

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Regina (Walford) v Worcestershire County Council and another – WLR Daily

Posted February 17th, 2014 in care homes, community care, elderly, fees, local government, news by sally

Regina (Walford) v Worcestershire County Council and another [2014] EWHC 234 (Admin) ; [2014] WLR (D) 65

‘Whilst a “home” in paragraph 2(1)(b) of Schedule 4 to the National Assistance (Assessment of Resources) Regulations 1992 was to be read as the only or main home it also denoted a place to which a person had a degree of both physical and emotional attachment.’

WLR Daily, 10th February 2014

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Fees under the Licensing Act 2003 – Home Office

Posted February 14th, 2014 in fees, licensing, news by sally

‘The Licensing Act 2003 (the 2003 Act) regulates the sale of alcohol, the provision of late night refreshment and regulated entertainment in England and Wales, and is primarily administered by local authorities, acting in their capacity as licensing authorities. Licensing fees are intended to recover the costs that licensing authorities incur in carrying out these licensing functions. Licensing fees are payable to licensing authorities by holders of licences and certificates, and those making applications or issuing notices. This can include, for example, pubs, shops, restaurants and private members’ clubs (such as working men’s clubs).’

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Home Office, 13th February 2014

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Civil Justice Council slams government’s court fee reforms – Litigation Futures

Posted February 13th, 2014 in consultations, courts, fees, news by sally

‘The Civil Justice Council has become the latest and one of the most influential bodies to lay into the government’s proposed increases in court fees, warning that they could have a “chilling effect” on people who want to bring claims.’

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Litigation Futures, 13th February 2014

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High Court throws out Legal Ombudsman ruling, branding it ‘irrational’ – The Lawyer

Posted February 13th, 2014 in appeals, barristers, complaints, fees, legal ombudsman, news by sally

‘The High Court has slammed the Legal Ombudsman (LeO) over its decision to order a barrister to reimburse fees to a client, branding the LeO ruling “irrational”.’

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The Lawyer, 12th February 2014

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Care fees ruling: the implications for other families – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 13th, 2014 in care homes, elderly, families, fees, housing, news by sally

‘Worcestershire County Council has lost a court battle over its attempt to sell a woman’s home to pay for care.’

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Daily Telegraph, 12th February 2014

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