Legal aid: Barristers to strike over ‘relentless cuts’ – BBC News

Posted April 4th, 2018 in barristers, budgets, industrial action, legal aid, news by sally

‘Barristers are to go on strike over “relentless” cuts which have left the criminal justice system “broken”.’

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BBC News, 30th March 2018

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New homelessness act fails to address root causes, charities say – The Guardian

Posted April 4th, 2018 in benefits, budgets, homelessness, housing, legislation, local government, news by sally

‘Spiralling rents, welfare reforms and council funding cuts will undermine the impact of the most significant new homelessness legislation for 40 years, charities have said.’

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The Guardian, 3rd April 2018

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New Acts – legislation.gov.uk

Posted March 19th, 2018 in aircraft, budgets, legislation by tracey

Space Industry Act 2018

Supply and Appropriation (Anticipation and Adjustments) Act 2018

Finance Act 2018

Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

Chair criticises ‘glacial pace’ of LASPO review – The Bar Council

Posted March 9th, 2018 in budgets, legal aid, press releases by tracey

‘Responding to news this week that the Government’s review of LASPO will be delayed until the end of the year, Chair of the Bar Andrew Walker QC said it is frustrating that the review is moving at such a “glacial pace”.’

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The Bar Council, 8th march 2018

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Costs budgeting expected to feature in media case preliminaries – OUT-LAW.com

Posted March 1st, 2018 in budgets, case management, defamation, media, news by sally

‘Parties in defamation cases seeking hearings of preliminary issues can expect more active case management by courts, including requirements to set out their anticipated legal costs, a media law expert has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 28th February 2018

Source: www.out-law.com

Bar Council response to HMCTS consultation – The Bar Council

Posted January 24th, 2018 in budgets, civil justice, courts, criminal justice, press releases by tracey

‘The surprise announcement of plans for yet more court closures has prompted concerns from the Bar over how much harder it may become for vulnerable people to access their local court, and whether the drive to cut costs will impact the quality of our system of justice.’

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The Bar council, 19th January 2018

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

The Liam Allan case is the tip of the iceberg – Legal Voice

Posted January 10th, 2018 in budgets, criminal justice, disclosure, news, police, prosecutions, rape by sally

‘In December 2017 there was a considerable outcry following the case of Liam Allan, a middle class white man studying criminology who had been charged with rape. Crucial material was not disclosed or properly reviewed by the police which totally undermined the case against the defendant and the case was dropped. The Director of Public Prosecutions apologised, an enquiry into disclosure is to follow, the police were slammed, and the issue was raised with the Prime Minister in the House of Commons. Even the Daily Mail got in on the act and other cases have also been dropped since.’

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Legal Voice, 10th January 2018

Source: www.legalvoice.org.uk

Grenfell Tower fire: Police ask for £38m to fund investigation – BBC News

Posted January 5th, 2018 in budgets, fire, health & safety, inquiries, news, police by tracey

‘The Metropolitan Police has asked the Home Office to pay £38m for its Grenfell Tower fire investigation.’

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BBC News, 4th January 2018

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Costs lawyers urge government to limit fixed costs to fast-track only – Litigation Futures

Posted December 12th, 2017 in budgets, costs, news, solicitors by sally

‘The government should curb Lord Justice Jackson’s recommendation to expand the use of fixed recoverable costs, limiting them only to the fast-track, according to a survey of costs lawyers.’

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Litigation Futures, 12th December 2017

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

Stephen Hawking joins lawsuit aimed at foiling Hunt’s NHS shake-up – The Guardian

Posted December 11th, 2017 in budgets, health, judicial review, news by sally

‘Stephen Hawking has reignited his public dispute with Jeremy Hunt by joining a legal action aimed at scuppering an NHS shake-up that he fears will lead to greater privatisation and rationing of resources.’

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The Guardian, 8th December 2017

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More than 30 child protection departments in special measures – The Guardian

Posted December 11th, 2017 in budgets, children, local government, news, social services by sally

‘The children’s services departments of more than 30 councils in England are in special measures, an Observer analysis has revealed.’

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The Guardian, 10th December 2017

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Justice minister pours cold water on growing calls to fund early legal advice – Legal Futures

Posted December 6th, 2017 in budgets, legal aid, legal services, Ministry of Justice, news by sally

‘The government yesterday damped down hopes that it would consider funding greater access to early legal advice.’

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Legal Futures, 6th December 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

New hot-tubbing and ‘costs of costs management’ rules come into force – Litigation Futures

‘Variations that judges can adopt in orders for concurrent expert evidence – known as ‘hot-tubbing’ – came into force last week, along with a new provision that clarifies how the costs of costs management should be calculated.’

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Litigation Futures, 1st December 2017

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

High Court tells parties: Don’t abuse our tougher approach – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 29th, 2017 in budgets, delay, news by sally

‘The High Court has sent a message through a new judgment that litigants should not seek advantage from judges’ hardline stance on costs budgeting.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 28th November 2017

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Leading judge warns litigants not to start playing games over “minor procedural glitches” – Litigation Futures

Posted November 29th, 2017 in budgets, civil procedure rules, costs, delay, news, sanctions by sally

‘The incoming deputy head of civil justice has warned parties not to abuse the courts’ tougher approach to rule compliance.’

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Litigation Futures, 28th November 2017

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

Making the most of Cost Budgeting – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted November 23rd, 2017 in budgets, costs, news by sally

‘Love it or loathe it (for most it is the latter), cost budgeting is here for the foreseeable future. It can be a time consuming and tiresome exercise. But unless lawyers roll up their sleeves and get stuck in they risk significantly disadvantaging their clients and opening themselves up to negligence claims. On the other hand, forethought and preparation can reap tactical and financial benefits. What follows is an outline of the budgeting process and some suggested methods of making the most of it.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 20th November 2017

Source: www.hardwicke.co.uk

Re-classifying housing associations – Nearly Legal

Posted November 21st, 2017 in budgets, housing, local government, news, regulations by sally

‘Slightly under the radar (possibly), but of enormous significance, the ONS has re-classified housing associations (or private registered providers of social housing – in the new language which I can’t get used to) as private sector, and in so doing has wiped around £60billion off the public sector debt. It is this re-classification which has given Hammond room to manoeuvre in the coming budget (although the rumours are that he is going to put £5billion only, and that appears to be going towards home ownership – plus ca change), which kind of proves the value in spreadsheets and the significance of audit practices.’

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Nearly Legal, 21st November 2017

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MoJ reveals massive budget cut as new advice deserts open – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 20th, 2017 in budgets, legal aid, Ministry of Justice, news by tracey

‘The deeply worrying scale of the budgetary pressures bearing down on the Ministry of Justice is laid bare in new figures which will dampen already faint hopes of public funding reform. In a written parliamentary answer, justice minister Dominic Raab revealed that the MoJ will have suffered a cumulative 40% real terms cut in its budget over the fiscal decade ending in 2020.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 20th November 2017

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Bach to the future – Counsel

Posted November 17th, 2017 in budgets, legal aid, news, reports by tracey

‘Time for legal aid to break free from party political discourse? Yes, argues Lucie Wibberley, in light of the recommendations of the Bach Commission for a new Right to Justice Act.’

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Counsel, November 2017

Source: www.counselmagazine.co.uk

A cautionary tale on the importance of client service – Practical Law: Construction Blog

Posted November 16th, 2017 in budgets, construction industry, news by tracey

‘The recent decision in Riva Properties Ltd v Foster + Partners Ltd, considers the duties that an architect owes to its client, specifically in the context of working in accordance with the client’s budget. Helena White and Matt Malloy have recently written about issues of contributory negligence and evidence arising out of the case. One of the most interesting aspects of the decision for me is that, over the course of a searing 313 paragraph judgment, Fraser J delivers a forceful reminder that client service is at the heart of the construction industry. Although the case specifically concerns the provision of architectural design services, it is a cautionary tale of the consequences of failing to put clients’ objectives first, which is just as relevant to lawyers, professional advisers of any specialism and indeed to all parties involved in the delivery of construction projects.’

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Practical Law: Construction Blog, 15th November 2017

Source: constructionblog.practicallaw.com