Consultation paper launched – Vulnerable witnesses and parties – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted September 5th, 2019 in case management, civil procedure rules, consultations, victims, witnesses by tracey

‘Consultation paper launched – Vulnerable witnesses and parties.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 3rd September 2019

Source: www.judiciary.uk

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

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

Inspectors play down CPS correspondence failings – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted August 13th, 2019 in case management, Crown Prosecution Service, delay, news, solicitors, standards by tracey

‘The Crown Prosecution Service deals with defence correspondence quickly, according to inspectors in a report published today which, they say, “somewhat undermines” solicitors’ claims that letters go unanswered.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 13th August 2019

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Children: Public Law Update (Summer 2019) – Family Law Week

Posted August 1st, 2019 in appeals, case management, child abuse, children, costs, families, health, news by tracey

‘John Tughan QC of 4 Paper Buildings reviews recent important Children Public Law cases.’

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Family Law Week, 31st July 2019

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

CA threatens costs penalty for non-compliant authority bundles – Litigation Futures

‘The Court of Appeal has warned parties that they can expect to be denied recovery of the costs of preparing non-compliant bundles of authorities.’

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Litigation Futures, 22nd July 2019

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

Costs Orders and Experts – Family Law Week

‘Nisha Bambhra, barrister at Garden Court Chambers, considers the implications for expert witnesses who fail to comply with court orders.’

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Family Law Week, 11th July 2019

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

Security for costs sanction for party that ignored CMC deadline – Litigation Futures

‘The High Court has ordered a party that missed the deadline to fix the date of a case management conference (CMC) by more than four years to pay security for costs as a sanction.’

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Litigation Futures, 21st June 2019

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

Tribunal orders defunct law firm to pay staff outstanding wages – Legal Futures

‘A defunct family law firm has been ordered by an employment tribunal to pay two female members of staff unpaid wages and damages.’

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Legal Futures, 7th March 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Commercial Court “should better enforce witness statement rules” – Litigation Futures

‘Early results from a survey on witness statements has found that that most Commercial Court users want judges to be tougher in enforcing the rules, it has emerged.’

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Litigation Futures, 28th February 2019

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

Judge rejects bid to exit shorter trial scheme – Litigation Futures

Posted February 22nd, 2019 in case management, disclosure, evidence, expert witnesses, news, patents by tracey

‘A judge has refused a party’s application to remove their case from the shorter trial scheme.’

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Litigation Futures, 22nd February 2019

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

Report recommends improvements to English planning appeals – OUT-LAW.com

Posted February 15th, 2019 in appeals, case management, delay, inquiries, local government, news, planning by sally

‘An independent review of the planning appeal process in England and Wales has made 22 recommendations, aimed at halving the time taken for an appeal by June 2020.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 14th February 2019

Source: www.out-law.com

No TUPE protection for most staff shed in Lawyers Inc takeover – Legal Futures

‘Only five out of 22 lawyers and staff who lost their jobs when Hull firm Ingrams collapsed in July 2017 were protected by the TUPE regulations when the firm was effectively taken over by an innovative alternative business structure (ABS), an employment tribunal has ruled.’

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Legal Futures, 8th January 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Capped costs pilot for cases worth up to £250k to launch next month – Litigation Futures

Posted December 17th, 2018 in case management, costs, costs capping orders, limitations, news, pilot schemes by sally

‘A pilot scheme introducing capped costs of £80,000 for High Court cases worth up to £250,000 – as recommended by Sir Rupert Jackson last year – is set to be introduced next month.’

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Litigation Futures, 17th December 2018

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

MoJ calls for evidence on new personal injury discount rate – Litigation Futures

‘The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has issued a call for evidence on the new personal injury discount rate to be set under what will soon be the Civil Liability Act.’

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Litigation Futures, 10th December 2018

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

Tribunal refuses to hear preliminary issue in bank payroll tax case – OUT-LAW.com

‘A procedural point on whether HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) had validly given notices of enquiry within the requisite time limits should not be heard separately as a preliminary issue, the First-tier Tax Tribunal (FTT) has decided in a case concerning bank payroll tax (BPT).’

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OUT-LAW.com, 7th December 2018

Source: www.out-law.com

Leading firm left with court fees budget after late service – Litigation Futures

Posted December 7th, 2018 in budgets, case management, costs, fees, indemnities, law firms, news, sanctions, service by tracey

‘A leading national law firm that served its budget late has failed in an application for relief from sanctions only made on the day of the case and costs management conference (CCMC).’

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Litigation Futures, 7th December 2018

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

Judges handling difficult cases “given psychological support” – Litigation Futures

Posted November 19th, 2018 in case management, health & safety, Judaism, judiciary, mental health, news, standards by sally

‘Judges dealing with difficult caseloads are receiving annual one-to-one meetings with psychologists, the Lord Chief Justice has revealed.’

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Litigation Futures, 15th November 2018

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

The Advocate and the Expert in the Court of Protection – Expert Witness

Posted November 6th, 2018 in advocacy, barristers, case management, Court of Protection, expert witnesses, news by sally

‘The aim of this article is to explore the practical interface between the advocate and the expert in proceedings before the Court of Protection (‘COP’), and is written for both lawyers and experts. Unless otherwise stated, all statutory references are to the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (‘MCA’), and the person over whom the court has jurisdiction is referred to a ‘P’.’

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Expert Witness, 5th November 2018

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Family law 2018: on divorce reform – Family Law

Posted October 23rd, 2018 in bills, case management, divorce, evidence, families, marriage, news by sally

‘David Burrows assesses the government’s proposals for an overhaul of divorce law, and supplies some suggestions of his own.’

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Family Law, 22nd October 2018

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Reform and the future of family justice: where is the court modernisation programme heading? – Family Law

Posted October 19th, 2018 in case management, family courts, news by sally

‘The following is an extract from a talk delivered by the immediate past President of the Family Division to the Cheshire and North Wales Resolution Family Law Conference at Chester on 25 September 2018. The full version will appear in the November issue of Family Law.’

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Family Law, 18th October 2018

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk