Price of getting divorced to soar by a third – The Guardian

Posted March 18th, 2016 in divorce, fees, news by tracey

‘The price of getting divorced will soar by 34% from Monday as the Ministry of Justice raises its fees to pay for the overall cost of administering justice. The increase, from £410 to £550, is unlikely to deter many of those determined to separate, but it has provoked anger among family lawyers who say the amount is far higher than the actual cost of the legal procedure.’

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The Guardian, 17th March 2016

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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Daily Mail loses challenge to recoverable ATE – but success fee uncertainty heads to Supreme Court – Litigation Futures

Posted March 17th, 2016 in appeals, costs, fees, freedom of expression, insurance, media, news, Supreme Court by tracey

‘Recoverable after-the-event insurance (ATE) premiums are not incompatible with a publisher’s right to freedom of expression, the High Court has ruled – but it is asking the Supreme Court to resolve the case law tension over recoverable success fees in publications proceedings.’

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Litigation Futures, 15th March 2016

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The UPC – free opt-outs and UK alignment – Technology Law Update

Posted March 14th, 2016 in costs, EC law, fees, intellectual property, news, patents by sally

‘Europe’s new unitary patent is still on track, with a start date in spring 2017 now viewed as likely. Among the ongoing business of the Unified Patent Court’s Preparatory Committee a final publication on court fees and recoverable costs has recently been issued.’

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Technology Law Update, 11th March 2016

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Sole practitioner who overcharged client by 500% is struck off – Legal Futures

‘A sole practitioner who overcharged by 500% for private client work has been struck off by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT).’

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Legal Futures, 2nd March 2016

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Father of Poppi Worthington given £117,000 legal aid for custody battle over her siblings – Daily Telegraph

‘Paul Worthington awarded £87,318 for counsel payments and £29,450 for solicitors’ fees to fight against the proceedings.’

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Daily Telegraph, 28th February 2016

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Judiciary proposes fee ban and new name for McKenzie Friends – Legal Futures

‘England and Wales should follow the example of Scotland in banning McKenzie Friends from charging fees, the Judicial Executive Board (JEB) has proposed.’

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Legal Futures, 25th February 2016

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“Good” appeals not being taken to EAT because of fees, former president claims – Litigation Futures

Posted February 25th, 2016 in appeals, employment tribunals, fees, judiciary, news by sally

‘The introduction of a £1,600 fee to bring a case to the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has deterred many ‘good’ appeals while having no effect on those that are ‘bad’ or ‘opportunistic’, the former president of the EAT has claimed.’

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Litigation Futures, 25th February 2016

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Court of Appeal Guidance on Injunctions – Littleton Chambers

Posted February 24th, 2016 in confidentiality, fees, injunctions, news, private hearings by sally

‘First, the Court of Appeal affirmed that it can be (and on the facts was) appropriate to hold hearings in private where a party asserts confidentiality both in the information itself, and also in the “very existence of [the] information”. The Court approved the principle that, where the effect of publicity would be to destroy the subject matter of litigation as to a secret process, it may well be that justice could not be done at all if it had to be done in public. In those circumstances, the general rule as to publicity of Court proceedings must yield to the interests of justice. It is well worth advisors bearing this in mind when dealing with confidential information cases, and making the appropriate applications at the earliest opportunity.’

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Littleton Chambers, 23rd February 2016

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Part 36 trumps fixed costs, Court of Appeal rules – Litigation Futures

Posted February 24th, 2016 in costs, fees, indemnities, news, part 36 offers by sally

‘A party who beats a part 36 offer in a case where fixed fees apply is eligible for indemnity costs, the Court of Appeal ruled today in the wake of conflicting decisions at circuit judge level.’

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Litigation Futures, 23rd February 2016

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Jargon-buster: Do you know your PCF from BRF, and your BSB from your Bar Council – The Bar Council

Posted February 22nd, 2016 in barristers, fees, legal profession, licensing, lobbying, news, pro bono work by sally

‘Every year, throughout February and March, Bar Council members have to take part in the Authorisation to Practice process, which involves renewing your practising certificate, updating your professional information and paying your Practising Certificate Fee and Bar Representation Fee.’

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The Bar Council, 19th February 2016

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Barristers who outsource work must avoid referral fees, Bar Council warns – Legal Futures

Posted February 22nd, 2016 in barristers, contracting out, fees, news, paralegals by sally

‘Barristers who outsource work must not “ask for or accept” any payment from third parties, the Bar Council has warned.’

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Legal Futures, 22nd February 2016

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Fee proposals for grants of probate – Ministry of Justice

Posted February 19th, 2016 in consultations, fees, news, probate by sally

‘This consultation sets out the government’s proposals for reforming the fee payable for an application for a grant of probate. The proposed fee regime will move from a flat to a banded fee approach, proportionate to, and rising with, the value of the estate, and at the same time will increase the value of the estate below which no fee is payable from £5,000 to £50,000, lifting some 30,000 estates out of paying any fee. The proposals are intended to be fair and progressive. The Government is also considering whether grant of probate applications should be excluded from the fee remissions scheme and are seeking views on this issue.’

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Ministry of Justice, 18th February 2016

Source: www.consult.justice.gov.uk

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Grieving families could be forced to pay a new death tax – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 19th, 2016 in families, fees, news, probate by sally

‘For some families it could amount to a potential 129-fold increase in costs.’

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Daily Telegraph, 18th February 2016

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UK government considers allowing increased planning fees where councils perform well – OUT-LAW.com

Posted February 18th, 2016 in fees, local government, news, planning by sally

‘Communities secretary Greg Clark has announced that he will consult on whether to reward good performance by certain council planning teams with the opportunity to increase their planning application fees.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 16th February 2016

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Fixed costs: The time is now? – Litigation Futures

Posted February 18th, 2016 in costs, fees, health, negligence, news, speeches by sally

‘It has appeared inevitable in recent months that some form of fixed costs scheme will be introduced if the powers that be have their way although it was anticipated smaller claims would be targeted. However, Jackson LJ dropped the hand grenade that all costs involving claims up to £250,000 should be fixed.’

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Litigation Futures, 17th February 2016

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Here come the new lawyers – CLC sets out plans for probate practitioners and technicians – Legal Futures

‘Plans to create three new breeds of lawyer – probate practitioners, conveyancing technicians and probate technicians – are being published today by the Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC).’

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Legal Futures, 15 February 2016

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High Court upholds CFA despite legal aid certificate remaining in place – Litigation Futures

Posted February 16th, 2016 in costs, fees, legal aid, news by sally

‘The High Court has ruled that a conditional fee agreement (CFA) was valid even though the claimant’s legal aid certificate remained in place.’

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Litigation Futures, 16th February 2016

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Profession gets to work on Jackson’s vision of a contingent legal aid fund – Litigation Futures

‘The Bar Council, Law Society and Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) have already begun talks on forming a working party that will take forward Lord Justice Jackson’s call for a contingent legal aid fund (CLAF), it has emerged.’

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Litigation Futures, 5th February 2016

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Speech by Lord Justice Jackson – The Case for a CLAF – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

‘Lord Justice Jackson gave the keynote speech at the Solicitors’ Costs Conference on 2 February 2016.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 4th February 2016

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City law firms charging up to £1,100 an hour – The Guardian

Posted February 5th, 2016 in competition, costs, fees, law firms, news by tracey

‘Partners at top City law firms are charging clients more than £1,000 an hour, according to a Conservative thinktank which condemns fee rises for restricting access to justice.’

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The Guardian, 5th February 2016

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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