Protecting retirement flat owners from hidden fees – a consultation – Law Commission

Posted October 29th, 2015 in consultations, fees, housing, Law Commission, leases, news, retirement by sally

‘In a consultation opening today we look at what can be done to protect owners of retirement flats and their families from unexpected charges hidden in leases.’

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Law Commission, 29th October 2015

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk

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Three in four universities ‘breach law on website information’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 23rd, 2015 in consumer protection, fees, internet, news, universities by sally

‘Three quarters of universities are breaching consumer law by failing to tell students what their fees will buy them.’

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Daily Telegraph, 22nd October 2015

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Courts charge leaves victims waiting for justice, says former Solicitor General – The Independent

Posted October 22nd, 2015 in courts, criminal courts charge, criminal justice, delay, fees, news, recidivists, victims by sally

‘The Government’s controversial courts charge is causing major delays and leaving victims waiting for justice, a former Solicitor General has said.’

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The Independent, 21st October 2015

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Lady Hale joins chorus of concerns over criminal courts charge – The Guardian

Posted October 20th, 2015 in courts, criminal courts charge, fees, guilty pleas, judges, news, speeches by sally

‘The deputy president of the supreme court, Lady Hale, has become the latest judge to question whether the newly imposed criminal courts charge encourages defendants to plead guilty.’

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The Guardian, 20th October 2015

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Criminal Courts Charge and the magistrates’ revolt – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

‘Any person over the age of 18 who is convicted of a criminal offence after 15 April 2015 will find that they have to pay “relevant court costs” (or criminal courts charge) in addition to a number of other payments.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 14th October 2015

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Criminal Courts Charge – The Bar Council

Posted October 14th, 2015 in compensation, costs, courts, criminal courts charge, fees, guilty pleas, press releases by tracey

‘Defendants accused of a crime they have not committed will be incentivised to plead guilty to avoid new court charges in criminal cases, warns the Bar Council ahead of a debate in the House of Lords.’

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The Bar Council, 13th October 2015

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

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Finance & Divorce Update October 2015 – Family Law Week

‘Edward Heaton, Principal Associate and Jane Booth, Associate, both of Mills & Reeve LLP analyse the news and case law relating to financial remedies and divorce during September 2015.’

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Family Law Week, 11th October 2015

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Charging Ahead under the EIR – Panopticon

‘It is difficult to imagine what could possibly have happened yesterday to cause the CJEU’s judgment in Case C-71/14 East Sussex County Council v Information Commissioner (judgment of 6 October 2015) to slip beneath the waves, but for those who spent the day reading, talking and thinking about Safe Harbo(u)rs (presumably something to do with shipping?) East Sussex represents a comforting return to normality, if not mundanity, where the CJEU is asked straightforward questions and it doesn’t quite answer them.’

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Panopticon, 7th October 2015

Source: www.panopticonblog.com

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Further court fee hikes “a denial of access to justice”, CJC says – Litigation Futures

Posted October 5th, 2015 in appeals, arbitration, civil justice, consultations, courts, fees, news, statistics by sally

‘A further round of court fee increases would amount to a “denial of access to justice”, the Civil Justice Council (CJC) has warned, adding its voice to the cacophony of opposition from the legal profession.’

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Litigation Futures, 5th October 2015

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Government to outlaw legal referral fees – Ministry of Justice

Posted October 2nd, 2015 in advocacy, consultations, criminal justice, fees, press releases, quality assurance by tracey

‘A new statutory ban on referral fees in criminal cases is among proposals announced by the Legal Aid Minister Shailesh Vara today.’

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Ministry of Justice, 1st Ocotber 2015

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Bar Council working group re-designs AGFS model – The Bar Council

Posted October 2nd, 2015 in barristers, Crown Court, fees, legal aid, press releases by tracey

‘A Bar Council working group has today put forward to the Ministry of Justice a completely re-drawn graduated fee scheme for advocacy in Crown Court cases. For legally aided criminal defence cases in the Crown Court where the trial is expected to last between 1 to 60 days, the defence advocate is paid by a formula in the Advocates’ Graduated Fee Scheme (AGFS).’

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The Bar Council, 1st October 2015

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Criminal courts charge introducing plea-bargaining ‘through back door’ – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The government’s criminal court charge could be introducing plea-bargaining through the back door, a leading thinktank has warned.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 1st October 2015

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Punitive court fines ‘undermine respect for the law’ – The Guardian

‘The imposition of mandatory, punitive fines in English and Welsh criminal courts has undermined respect for the law and introduced US-style plea bargaining that results in false convictions, an influential legal thinktank has warned.’

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The Guardian, 30th September 2015

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Civil court fee increases a ‘serious own goal’ – City lawyers – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted September 30th, 2015 in civil justice, consultations, courts, dispute resolution, fees, news by sally

‘Further civil court fee increases could force international businesses to take their legal work outside the UK, City lawyers have warned.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 29th September 2015

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A & M v Royal Mail Group – ATE Premiums and Success Fees Under CPR 21 – Zenith PI Blog

‘A and M, aged 12 and 4 respectively, brought claims in damages for personal injuries and consequential losses sustained in a road traffic accident on the 31st July 2013. Agreement was reached with the insurers for the Defendant for both general damages and special damages through the usual minor injury claim portal process. Naturally, that agreement was subject to the ultimate approval of the Court pursuant to Part 21 CPR. DJ Lumb at the County Court Sitting at Birmingham was able to provisionally approve awards of £2115 and £2065 respectively on 14th August 2015. In addition, the Defendant agreed to pay the fixed recoverable costs calculated in accordance with CPR Part 45. The case had progressed in the standard way up until this point.’

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Zenith PI Blog, 29th September 2015

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MoJ tells noise-induced hearing loss working group to focus on fixed fees – Litigation Futures

Posted September 28th, 2015 in costs, fees, Ministry of Justice, news, noise, personal injuries by sally

‘The Civil Justice Council (CJC) group asked by the Ministry of Justice to investigate noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) claims is to look at how a fixed-costs regime might work, it has been announced.’

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Litigation Futures, 28th September 2015

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Judge bemoans lack of success fee competition in PI – Litigation Futures

Posted September 22nd, 2015 in civil procedure rules, fees, judges, news, personal injuries by sally

‘The fact that competition over success fees has not developed, as Lord Justice Jackson hoped it would, is down to both consumer ignorance and solicitors’ reluctance to do it, according to the judge who last month cast doubt on the widespread personal injury charging model.’

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Litigation Futures, 22nd September 2015

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Court fee rise will give wealthy the upper hand, says Bar Council – The Bar Council

Posted September 18th, 2015 in civil justice, courts, fees, press releases, small businesses by tracey

‘SMEs will be disadvantaged in chasing late payments from big business customers.
Wealthy individuals and big business will have the upper hand in court proceedings if further increases in court fees get the go ahead under plans announced by the Ministry of Justice, the Bar Council has warned.’

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The Bar Council, 14th September

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

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Tax tribunal charges would deter the poorest from getting justice, lawyers warn – The Independent

Posted September 18th, 2015 in appeals, fees, news, taxation, tribunals by tracey

‘Plans to impose court fees on anyone opposing the tax office at tribunal would deter the poorest from getting justice, leading lawyers say – amid a growing outcry against an array of Government-imposed court charges.’

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The Independent, 17th September 2015

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Court fee hikes will tip justice balance towards rich – bar – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted September 16th, 2015 in barristers, civil justice, consultations, courts, equality, fees, Ministry of Justice, news by tracey

‘The Bar Council has warned that government plans to increase court fees for a second time would unbalance civil justice, giving rich people and big businesses an unfair advantage.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 14th September 2015

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

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