Cut-off between budgeted and incurred costs to be clarified – Litigation Futures

Posted September 19th, 2019 in budgets, civil procedure rules, costs, drafting, news, practice directions by tracey

‘A change to the CPR coming into force on 1 October should provide clearer guidance on the cut-off between budgeted and incurred costs, it has been argued.’

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Litigation Futures, 19th September 2019

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77 more courts in England and Wales to close – The Guardian

Posted September 13th, 2019 in budgets, courts, delay, HM Courts Service, live link evidence, news, ombudsmen, statistics by tracey

‘Nearly 80 more courts in England and Wales are due to close under a justice transformation scheme that is falling behind schedule, a watchdog’s report has revealed.’

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The Guardian, 13th September 2019

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‘VIP abuse’ accuser Carl Beech inquiry to cost Met Police £4m – BBC News

‘An investigation into false claims of murder and child sexual abuse against public figures could cost the Metropolitan Police £4m.’

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BBC News, 4th September 2019

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SEND reforms have “failed to make system less adversarial for parents” – Local Government Lawyer

Posted September 4th, 2019 in budgets, children, disabled persons, news, special educational needs by sally

‘A key aim of the SEND (special educational needs and disability) reforms introduced in England five years ago – to make the system feel less adversarial for parents – has not been achieved in relation to children with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN), it has been claimed.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 3rd September 2019

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Costs lawyers “see opportunities” in helping clients challenge bills – Litigation Futures

Posted September 3rd, 2019 in appeals, budgets, costs, news, proportionality, solicitors, statistics by sally

‘A majority of costs lawyers think there is a business opportunity in helping unhappy clients challenge their solicitors’ bills, a survey has found.’

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Litigation Futures, 3rd September 2019

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Budgeting “not inevitable” in catastrophic injury cases – Litigation Futures

‘Costs budgeting is not “inevitable” in high-value injury cases and lawyers should consider whether the best approach may be to dispense with it altogether, a leading practitioner has suggested.’

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Litigation Futures, 29th August 2019

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Costs budgeting is not inevitable – Charlie Cory-Wright QC – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted August 27th, 2019 in budgets, civil procedure rules, costs, news, personal injuries by sally

‘Generally speaking, we lawyers dislike procedural change. While we may well understand that a particular change is necessary and we will certainly recognise that we need to adapt to it when it comes, such changes nonetheless tend to make us feel ignorant and highly uncomfortable. We have to treat any new procedural regime as a known unknown, which presents pitfalls for the unwary, at least until we become familiar with it. And in the meantime, a culture of half-knowledge develops, an uncertain and dangerous combination of a little learning, anecdote, and false assumptions. This very often leads to negative over-simplification.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, August 2019

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Drink drivers escaping prosecution as officers have to drive more than an hour to police station – Daily Telegraph

‘Drink drivers are getting away with breaking the law because police are having to drive them up to an hour and 45 minutes to the nearest custody cells, it has been warned.’

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Daily Telegraph, 18th August 2019

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Cost of outside legal advice doubles at 42 councils – BBC News

Posted August 16th, 2019 in budgets, contracting out, legal services, local government, news by tracey

‘A doubling of spending on outside legal advice by more than 40 local councils has been labelled “ridiculous” by people fighting funding cuts. Figures from 270 of the 408 councils asked by the BBC showed £322m was spent last year on in-house legal teams and £142m on external legal services.’

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BBC News, 16th August 2019

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Judge rejects court action against Boris Johnson over £350m Brexit claim – The Guardian

‘An attempt to bring a private prosecution against Boris Johnson for allegedly telling lies during the 2016 referendum campaign appears to have been dealt a fatal blow with the rejection of an application to take the case to the supreme court.’

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The Guardian, 14th August 2019

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Number of people dealt with by criminal justice system falls to lowest level since records began – The Independent

‘The number of people prosecuted or handed penalties for crimes in England and Wales has fallen to a record low as offences rise. Statistics released by the Ministry of Justice showed the figure dropped by 2 per cent to 1.59 million people in the year to March.’

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The Independent, 15th August 2019

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Sentencing review to look at most dangerous and prolific offenders – Ministry of Justice

‘The work, which begins immediately, will focus on whether violent and sexual offenders are serving sentences that truly reflect the severity of their crimes. It will consider whether changes in legislation are needed to lock criminals up for longer – by not letting them out automatically part-way through a sentence. It will also look at how to break the cycle of repeat offending.’

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Ministry of Justice, 12th August 2019

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£100 million crackdown on crime in prison – Ministry of Justice

‘Airport-style security and cutting-edge technology to crack down on criminal activity in prisons.’

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Ministry of Justice, 13th August 2019

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Law and order: Extra £85m for CPS to tackle violent crime – BBC News

Posted August 12th, 2019 in budgets, Crown Prosecution Service, news, prosecutions, violence by tracey

‘The Crown Prosecution Service will receive an extra £85m over the next two years, to help deal with a rise in violent crime in England and Wales. It comes as Boris Johnson launches a review of sentencing of some dangerous and prolific offenders.’

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BBC News, 12th August 2019

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PM to create 10,000 new prison places and extend stop-and-search – BBC News

Posted August 12th, 2019 in budgets, news, police, prisons, statistics, stop and search by tracey

‘An extra 10,000 new prison places will be created and stop-and-search powers expanded, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has promised.’

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BBC News, 11th August 2019

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UK’s top judge calls for donations to legal support charity – The Guardian

Posted July 29th, 2019 in budgets, charities, family courts, judges, legal aid, legal representation, news by sally

‘The UK’s most senior judge has appealed for people to give money to a charity whose volunteers support those who become embroiled in civil court cases but cannot afford a lawyer.’

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The Guardian, 28th July 2019

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Employment tribunal claims taking eight months to be heard – The Guardian

Posted July 29th, 2019 in budgets, complaints, delay, employment tribunals, news by sally

‘Employment tribunal claims in the UK are taking an average of eight months to be heard, as the system struggles under government funding cuts and a surge in complaints.’

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The Guardian, 29th July 2019

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Clergy Discipline – Rebuke administered in “an unusual case” – Law & Religion UK

‘On 14 May 2019, the Bishop’s Disciplinary Tribunal for the Diocese of Carlisle heard a complaint against the Revd Canon Cameron Butland by the Archdeacon of Westmoreland and Furness, alleging that the Respondent had been neglectful or inefficient in the performance of his duties. Since the misconduct was admitted, the only issue before the Tribunal was that of penalty. The Tribunal determined that the appropriate penalty was one of rebuke.’

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Law & Religion UK, 23rd July 2019

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New Act – legislation.gov.uk

Posted July 22nd, 2019 in budgets, legislation by tracey

Supply and Appropriation (Main Estimates) Act 2019

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Brexit activist Darren Grimes wins appeal against £20,000 Electoral Commission fine – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 22nd, 2019 in brexit, budgets, EC law, fines, news, ombudsmen, referendums, statutory interpretation by sally

‘Brexit activist Darren Grimes has won an appeal against a £20,000 fine imposed by the Electoral Commission for his activity during the 2016 Brexit referendum.’

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Daily Telegraph, 19th July 2019

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