High Court reverses circuit judge’s decision to reduce costs budget – Legal Futures

Posted February 29th, 2024 in appeals, budgets, costs, news, personal injuries by sally

‘The High Court has taken the unusual step of reversing a circuit judge’s decision to reduce a costs budget, finding she “closed her mind to any argument” based on a comparison with the other side’s.’

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Legal Futures, 28th February 2024

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Infected blood victims step up compensation battle – BBC News

Posted February 29th, 2024 in blood products, budgets, compensation, HIV, news, personal injuries, victims by sally

‘Victims of the contaminated blood scandal have urged the government to set out a compensation scheme, for those affected, in next week’s Budget.’

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BBC News, 28th February 2024

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£1.2bn Is Spent Convicting People By Association, Including Innocent Bystanders – Each Other

Posted February 21st, 2024 in bills, budgets, criminal justice, homicide, joint enterprise, news, prosecutions, statistics by sally

‘A recent report by Manchester Metropolitan University, ‘The Mounting Cost of Injustice: Calculating the Economic Cost of Joint Enterprise’, reveals that £1.2bn of taxpayer money is spent annually to convict an average of 1,088 individuals under joint enterprise.’

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Each Other, 19th February 2024

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Austerity contributing to rise in children in care – head of Family Court – BBC News

‘Austerity has contributed to a rise in the number of children in care, the most senior judge in the family courts has told the BBC.’

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BBC News, 29th January 2024

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Around 100 courtrooms closing every week due to ‘endemic’ dilapidation, warns Lady Chief Justice – The Independent

‘Dilapidation is “endemic” in Britain’s crumbling court system, with around 100 unplanned courtroom closures every week exacerbating trial delays, the head of the judiciary has warned.’

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The Independent, 18th January 2024

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Chief Coroner’s Report: The coroner service 10 years post-reform – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted January 15th, 2024 in budgets, coroners, HM Courts Service, inquests, judges, local government, news by tracey

‘The Chief Coroner has published a report reflecting on the impact of the reforms to the coroner service that came into effect 10 years ago, the current state of the service and its challenges for the future.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 11th January 2024

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Chief coroner calls for new bout of modernisation – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted January 15th, 2024 in budgets, coroners, HM Courts Service, inquests, judges, local government, news by tracey

‘The chief coroner has called for another overhaul of a service that has become a postcode lottery following deep cuts to local authority funding.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 11th January 2024

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Lifetime allowance – abolished, but not quite! – Pensions Barrister

Posted January 11th, 2024 in budgets, news, pensions, taxation by sally

‘Even the most seasoned pensions tax expert will surely have found the period since the government’s announcement on pension tax in the Spring Budget of 15 March 2023 bewildering, as the number of hyperlinked documents in this article demonstrates.’

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Pensions Barrister, 11th January 2024

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Saying you are broke isn’t enough to avoid a duty – suitable accommodation and resources – Nearly Legal

Posted December 4th, 2023 in appeals, budgets, housing, landlord & tenant, local government, news, statutory duty by tracey

‘Imam, R (on the application of) v London Borough of Croydon (2023) UKSC 45. This is the long awaited Supreme Court decision in Imam v Croydon on what conditions a court should have regard to in deciding whether to make a mandatory order that the local authority comply with its section 193(2) Housing Act 1996 duty to provide suitable accommodation. At first instance, Croydon have avoided a mandatory order, despite Ms Imam having been in what was acknowledged to be unsuitable accommodation for what was then 5 years, in part on the basis of a fairly general assertion that LB Croydon had no suitable houses and no money (our note here). This was reversed by the Court of Appeal (our note here), which held that a pleading of lack of resources would have to be demonstrated in detail, with evidence of steps taken, before a court would accept this as a reason not to make a mandatory order.’

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Nearly Legal, 3rd December 2023

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The state of prisons in England and Wales – in numbers – The Guardian

Posted September 26th, 2023 in budgets, death in custody, news, prisons, statistics by sally

‘A prisoner escape, widespread overcrowding and the refusal of a German court to extradite a man to the UK because of concerns about jail conditions in Britain have all put the focus back on the creaking prison system.’

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The Guardian, 26th September 2023

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GB News interview with chancellor breached impartiality rules, says Ofcom – BBC News

Posted September 19th, 2023 in budgets, complaints, media, news, political parties by sally

‘GB News breached impartiality rules in an interview with Jeremy Hunt, the broadcasting watchdog has found.’

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BBC News, 18th September 2023

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Law Society and SRA win approval for 11.5% jump in cost of practising – Legal Futures

Posted September 7th, 2023 in budgets, fees, law firms, news, solicitors, Solicitors Regulation Authority by sally

‘Individual solicitors and their firms will be paying an extra £13.2m to be regulated and represented in the coming year, the Legal Services Board (LSB) has confirmed.’

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Legal Futures, 7th September 2023

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Judge lambasts City firm over costs bill – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 21st, 2023 in budgets, case management, construction industry, contracts, costs, law firms, news by tracey

‘A City firm has been lambasted by a judge for a costs bill fiasco which saw clients applying for relief at the High Court.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 20th July 2023

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Eight out of 10 NHS claims now settle pre-issue – Legal Futures

Posted July 20th, 2023 in budgets, costs, health, hospitals, negligence, news, statistics by tracey

‘The proportion of claims settled by NHS Resolution pre-issue hit a record 80% in the last year, but the cost of claims still rose, according to its annual report.’

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Legal Futures, 20th July 2023

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Legal aid cuts denying vulnerable women access to justice, says thinktank – The Guardian

‘Vulnerable women in England and Wales, including survivors of domestic and sexual abuse, are being denied justice because of cuts to the civil legal aid budget, a thinktank has said.’

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The Guardian, 13th July 2023

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NHS trust brings judicial review against three councils in bid to secure £1.8m in developer contributions – Local Government Lawyer

Posted July 10th, 2023 in budgets, hospitals, housing, judicial review, local government, news, planning by sally

‘The High Court is set to hear a challenge from Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust over a decision by three local councils to refuse its request for developer contributions towards healthcare service provision before approving a 2,200-dwelling development.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 7th July 2023

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Boosted UK legal aid rates ‘not enough’ to deal with Rwanda asylum cases – The Guardian

‘The Law Society has warned that a proposed 15% increase in legal aid rates will not be enough to ensure that there are sufficient immigration lawyers to deal with the government’s controversial scheme to send asylum seekers to Rwanda.’

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The Guardian, 5th July 2023

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Backlog of adult rape cases in courts in England and Wales hits record high – The Guardian

‘The backlog of adult rape cases in crown courts in England and Wales has risen to almost four times the level it was in 2019.’

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The Guardian, 29th June 2023

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Public confidence in justice system at risk due to delayed reforms, MPs warn – The Independent

Posted June 30th, 2023 in budgets, civil justice, courts, criminal justice, delay, HM Courts Service, news, victims by tracey

‘Public confidence in the justice system is at risk of being undermined by the courts and tribunals service amid delays to key reforms, MPs have warned in a scathing report.’

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The Independent, 30th June 2023

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Costs of case manager meetings cannot be claimed, master rules – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted June 26th, 2023 in budgets, case management, costs, dispute resolution, news, personal injuries by tracey

‘A High Court judge has ruled that charges for meetings with case managers are not claimable because they do not progress the court case.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 23rd June 2023

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk