Disabled workers can’t afford justice to deal with workplace harassment – The Guardian

‘Since the government introduced fees for employment tribunals, together with legal aid cuts, disabled people have increasingly been unable to have their cases heard.’

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The Guardian, 6th January 2016

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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Government decides against doubling court fee cap but gives green light to general increase – Litigation Futures

Posted December 18th, 2015 in consultations, courts, fees, news by tracey

‘The government has decided against doubling the maximum court fee cap to £20,000, but is to press ahead with its planned 10% increase in court fees across the range of civil proceedings.’

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Litigation Futures, 17th December 2015

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Abdulle and others v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis – WLR Daily

Abdulle and others v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis [2015] EWCA Civ 1260; [2015] WLR (D) 513

‘The Court of Appeal would not lightly interfere with a case management decision and would support robust and fair case management decisions by first instance judges to strike out, or to decline to strike out, claims under CPR r 3.4(2)(c). In a case in which the balance was a “fine” one, an appellate court should respect the balance struck by the first instance judge.’

WLR Daily, 8th December 2015

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

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Gavin Edmondson Ltd v Haven Insurance Co Ltd – WLR Daily

Gavin Edmondson Ltd v Haven Insurance Co Ltd [2015] EWCA Civ 1230; [2015] WLR (D) 496

‘A solicitors firm which had concluded conditional fee agreements with road traffic victims and had entered those details in accordance with the Pre-action Protocol for Low Value Personal Injury Claims in Road Traffic Accidents on the website used by lawyers and insurers in such circumstances was entitled, when the claimants settled their personal injury claims directly with the defendants’ insurers, to recover the fixed costs and other sums payable under the Protocol scheme.’

WLR Daily, 2nd December 2015

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

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New Bar chairman: the BSB is independent enough – Legal Futures

Posted December 9th, 2015 in barristers, fees, legal aid, legal services, news, public interest, standards by sally

‘The current arrangements for the regulation of barristers are “relatively cost-efficient” and there is no need to make the Bar Standards Board (BSB) fully independent, the incoming chairman of the Bar Council has said.’

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Legal Futures, 9th December 2015

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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Court of Appeal rules third-party capture insurer still has to pay solicitors’ costs – Litigation Futures

Posted December 3rd, 2015 in appeals, costs, fees, insurance, news, solicitors, third parties by tracey

‘The Court of Appeal has made a major strike against the practice of third-party capture by ordering an insurance company that settled personal injury claims directly with the clients of a law firm to pay the solicitors the costs they would have earned.’

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Litigation Futures, 3rd December 2015

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

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Judge questions ‘astonishing’ £1.3m for consultancy fees – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The High Court has sent a strong signal to law firms ‘sub-contracting’ disclosure work to third parties.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 2nd December 2015

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

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Bar Council urges outright ban on all inducements beyond ‘kickbacks’ – The Bar Council

Posted December 1st, 2015 in advocacy, barristers, consultations, fees, press releases by tracey

‘The Bar Council has urged all inducements, not just referral fees, between advocates and litigators be outlawed in its response to the Ministry of Justice’s consultation Preserving and Enhancing the Quality of Criminal Advocacy.’

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The Bar Council, 27th November 2015

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

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Spending Review 2015 – Bar Council response – The Bar Council

Posted November 26th, 2015 in barristers, budgets, civil justice, courts, criminal justice, fees, press releases by tracey

‘Chairman of the Bar Council Alistair MacDonald QC said: “Investment to modernise courts and tribunals is vital to the successful reform of our criminal justice system and today’s Ministry of Justice settlement safeguards the £700 million announced earlier this year.”‘

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The Bar Council, 26th November 2015

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

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City watchdog probes new ‘bank account’ pensions for rip-off fees – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 26th, 2015 in fees, financial regulation, news, pensions by tracey

‘The City watchdog has begun its first official probe into rip-off charges on new flexible “bank account” pensions over fears they are depriving pensioners of hundreds of pounds a year.’

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Daily Telegraph, 26th November 2015

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Legal profession welcomes unbundling decision – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 25th, 2015 in appeals, budgets, duty of care, fees, legal aid, negligence, news, personal injuries, solicitors by sally

‘Court of Appeal ruling that solicitors may offer ‘unbundled’ services without being held liable for matters beyond those in their client retainer has been widely welcomed by the profession. ‘

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Law Society’s Gazette, 23rd November 2015

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Bar Council and ABI join calls for permanent exemption from LASPO for insolvency cases – Litigation Futures

Posted November 24th, 2015 in barristers, fees, insolvency, insurance, news by sally

‘The Bar Council and the Association of British Insurers (ABI) have added their voices to calls from business organisations for a permanent exemption for insolvency cases from the provisions of LASPO.’

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Litigation Futures, 23rd November 2015

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

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Government delays clinical negligence fixed costs consultation – Litigation Futures

Posted November 19th, 2015 in consultations, costs, delay, fees, negligence, news by tracey

‘The government has delayed launch of its consultation on introducing fixed recoverable costs in low-value clinical negligence claims.’

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Litigation Futures, 19th November 2015

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Transcript of the Lord Chief Justice’s Annual Press Conference 2015 – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

‘The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, held his annual press conference on Tuesday, 17 November, 2015, at the Royal Courts of Justice.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 17th November 2015

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

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Probate manager who admitted 140 “improper withdrawals” from client accounts blamed pressure of work – Legal Futures

‘A probate manager who admitting making 140 “improper withdrawals” over a period of 11 years, resulting in a client account shortage of £730,000, has been banned from working for law firms.

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Legal Futures, 17th November 2015

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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Barristers “under pressure” to agree not to act against big clients if they want their work – Legal Futures

‘Barristers need to resist pressure from big clients and government departments to agree not to act against them in the future if they want instructions, the Bar Council has said.’

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Legal Futures, 11th November 2015

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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Employment tribunal fees ‘may put off claimants’ – BBC News

‘The father of three sisters who brought employment claims against an award-winning chef has said tribunal fees could put people off filing a dispute.’

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BBC News, 9th November 2015

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The chips are down for Barry Beavis – but what does it mean for the penalty rule? – Technology Law Update

Posted November 9th, 2015 in appeals, consumer protection, contracts, fees, news, parking, penalties, Supreme Court by sally

‘This week the UK Supreme Court gave a single decision on a pair of wildly different cases. They involved a chip shop owner overstaying in a retail car park and the heavily negotiated sale of a substantial Middle Eastern advertising group. (Cavendish Square v El Makdessi and ParkingEye v Beavis) Why? Because they both concerned the idea of a penalty clause – very roughly, a clause that is unenforceable because it imposes an exorbitant obligation to pay on a party that breaches a contract.’

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Technology Law Update, 6th November 2015

Source: www.technology-law-blog.co.uk

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“Typical claimant” is male, self-employed, Asian and aged over 45, major MoJ survey finds – Litigation Futures

Posted November 3rd, 2015 in civil justice, courts, fees, news, reports, statistics by sally

‘The “typical claimant” in a civil court case is male, self-employed, Asian, healthy and aged over 45, a major survey for the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has found.’

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Litigation Futures, 2nd November 2015

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

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IPs hit back at Jackson: ending LASPO exemption would create ‘windfall’ for third-party funders – Litigation Futures

Posted October 30th, 2015 in company directors, costs, fees, insolvency, insurance, news, third parties by sally

‘Abolishing the exemption from LASPO for insolvency cases would create a “windfall” for third-party funders, insolvency trade body R3 has argued.’

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Litigation Futures, 29th October 2015

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

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