High Court backs NHS decision to stop funding homeopathy – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 6th, 2018 in budgets, consultations, health, medical treatment, news, reports by tracey

‘A decision to stop NHS funding for homeopathy has been upheld by a High Court judge. The British Homeopathic Association (BHA) brought a legal challenge against NHS England’s decision, made in November last year, to stop paying the £92,000 annual cost of homeopathic remedies. But, following a four-day hearing in London in May, Mr Justice Supperstone dismissed the BHA’s case in a ruling on Tuesday.’

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Daily Telegraph, 5th June 2018

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Master takes axe to phone-hacking claimants’ partner-heavy costs budgets – Litigation Futures

Posted June 1st, 2018 in budgets, costs, interception, news, proportionality, solicitors by sally

‘The High Court has criticised a law firm’s “very heavy reliance on partner time”, and the “astonishing” amount of time junior counsel was planning to spend in preparing for trial, as it slashed by more than half many of their budgeted costs for representing two claimants in the phone hacking litigation against Mirror Group Newspapers.’

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Litigation Futures, 30th May 2018

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MP calls for parliamentary inquiry into Garden Bridge – BBC News

Posted May 30th, 2018 in budgets, inquiries, London, news, parliament, transport by sally

‘An MP has called for a parliamentary inquiry into the Garden Bridge project over concerns Transport for London (TfL) may have been misled to secure £7m of its funding.’

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BBC News, 26th May 2018

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Home Office criticised for failures in reforms to criminal records vetting – The Guardian

‘The Home Office has been accused of running a “masterclass in incompetence” over its attempts to improve the criminal records checking scheme.’

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The Guardian, 25th May 2018

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Lynette White: Police trial collapse report cost £900k – BBC News

Posted May 11th, 2018 in budgets, news, perverting the course of justice, police, reports by sally

‘An independent review into the collapse of a case against eight former police officers who investigated the 1988 murder of Lynette White cost more than £900,000, it has emerged.’

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BBC News, 11th May 2018

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HMCTS behind schedule on “ambitious” court reform programme, says watchdog – Local Government Lawyer

Posted May 11th, 2018 in budgets, civil justice, courts, criminal justice, delay, electronic filing, news by sally

‘HM Courts Service is behind where it expected to be at this stage of its ambitious reform programme, the National Audit Office has warned.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 10th May 2018

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

HMCTS response to National Audit Office report on court reform programme – Ministry of Justice

Posted May 9th, 2018 in budgets, courts, electronic filing, press releases by tracey

‘HMCTS response from CEO Susan Acland-Hood to National Audit Office report on court reform programme.’

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Ministry of Justice, 9th May 2018

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

Courts revolution may be ‘undeliverable’, spending watchdog warns – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted May 9th, 2018 in budgets, courts, electronic filing, news by tracey

‘Spending watchdogs have warned courts chiefs of a real danger that they will fail to complete their digital courts revolution in time and on budget. In a comprehensive progress report published today, the National Audit Office says HM Courts & Tribunals Services faces a “daunting challenge” in meeting target for technological and cultural change.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 9th May 2018

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JY v RY: An Indictment of the Impact of Legal Aid Cuts – Family Law Week

‘Matthew Richardson, barrister, Coram Chambers explains why a case, described by the judge as “the most unsatisfactory” he has heard and in which ‘had one or both of these parents been represented … probably the outcome would have been very different’, serves as an alarming lesson in just how far our justice system has fallen.’

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Family Law Week, 4th May 2018

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‘Nothing to lose’: Bar ponders no returns policy to escalate protest – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted May 4th, 2018 in barristers, budgets, criminal justice, fees, legal aid, news by tracey

‘Criminal barristers are close to stepping up their action against legal aid cuts by implementing a ‘no returns’ policy in addition to refusing to taking on new work. The Gazette understands the Criminal Bar Association (CBA) is actively considering encouraging members to implement the policy.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 3rd May 2018

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Reduced hourly rates for incurred costs and damages far lower than claimed “not good reasons” to depart from budget – Litigation Futures

Posted May 1st, 2018 in armed forces, budgets, costs, damages, news, personal injuries by tracey

‘Master Rowley has become the latest judge to rule that a reduction in hourly rates for incurred costs is not a good reason to do the same to budgeted costs.’

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Litigation Futures, 1st May 2018

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NHS England faces first legal challenge to plans for health shake-up – The Guardian

Posted April 24th, 2018 in budgets, health, hospitals, illegality, judicial review, news by sally

‘NHS England faces a legal challenge to its plans to overhaul how the health service operates, which critics say are unlawful and could lead to patients being denied treatment.’

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The Guardian, 23rd April 2018

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Family mounts legal challenge to Northamptonshire library cuts – The Guardian

Posted April 13th, 2018 in budgets, families, judicial review, libraries, local government, news by tracey

‘Northamptonshire county council is facing a series of legal challenges over plans to close 21 libraries, after a young resident applied for a judicial review of a decision campaigners say will have a “devastating impact” on families.’

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The Guardian, 12th April 2018

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Costs Budgeting – 4 New Square

Posted April 13th, 2018 in budgets, costs, news by sally

‘Costs budgeting is plainly important, as I will amplify later, but it is rarely thought to be interesting. However, there is now a fair body of law and practice, and there is some craft in producing, developing and attacking budgets.’

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4 New Square, 4th April 2018

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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

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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