Landlord ordered to pay £40k in fine and costs for breaches of property licensing conditions – Local Government Lawyer

‘A London landlord who repeatedly failed to comply with licensing regulations, including refusal to provide a kitchen for a tenant, has been ordered to pay £40,000 in fine and costs.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 9th August 2022

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Costs in lower-value clin neg cases ‘far exceed damages’ – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted August 8th, 2022 in consultations, costs, damages, doctors, negligence, news by tracey

‘Doctors’ representatives in clinical negligence cases have claimed that average costs far outstrip the compensation secured for cases worth less than £25,000.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 5th August 2022

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Home Office paid out £70m in compensation and legal costs last year – The Guardian

Posted August 5th, 2022 in asylum, compensation, costs, detention, government departments, immigration, news, victims by tracey

‘£25.1m was handed out to Windrush scandal victims and £12.7m to people wrongfully detained in immigration centres.’

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The Guardian, 5th August 2022

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Tommy Robinson fined £900 for contempt of court – The Independent

Posted August 2nd, 2022 in contempt of court, costs, defamation, fines, news by tracey

‘Tommy Robinson has been fined £900 for failing to turn up at a High Court hearing to be questioned about his finances.’

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The Independent, 1st August 2022

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Rebekah Vardy loses ‘Wagatha Christie’ libel case against Coleen Rooney – The Guardian

Posted July 29th, 2022 in costs, defamation, evidence, media, news, telecommunications by sally

‘Rebekah Vardy has lost her “Wagatha Christie” libel case against Coleen Rooney, in a dramatic self-inflicted legal defeat that leaves her reputation destroyed.’

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The Guardian, 29th July 2022

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Unreasonable refusal to engage with ADR – Law Society’s Gazette

‘In Richards & Anor v Speechly Bircham LLP & Anor (Consequential Matters) [2022] EWHC 1512 (Comm) HHJ Russen QC (sitting as a judge of the High Court) considered, inter alia, the most appropriate costs order to be imposed on the unsuccessful defendant law firm for refusing to consider and engage in mediation. He concluded, wrongly in my view, that a failure to mediate did not justify an order for costs on an indemnity basis.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 22nd July 2022

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Court of Appeal warns of “perverse incentives” from litigation funding – Legal Futures

‘The Court of Appeal yesterday highlighted the importance of judicial control over costs to ensure that the involvement of third-party litigation funders does not create perverse incentives.’

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Legal Futures, 29th July 2022

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Judge condemns “trench warfare” over witness statements – Legal Futures

Posted July 25th, 2022 in costs, evidence, judges, news, practice directions, witnesses by sally

‘The rules on witness statements should not be seen as encouragement to go through them “with a fine-tooth comb” to identify “as many instances of non-compliance as possible for use in trench warfare”, the High Court has said.’

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Legal Futures, 25th July 2022

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Crackdown on corrupt elites abusing UK legal system to silence critics – Ministry of Justice

‘The Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab has today (20 July 2022) set out a package of measures that take aim at so-called “Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation” (SLAPPs).’

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Ministry of Justice, 20th July 2022

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MoJ considers £5,000 costs cap to protect defendants against SLAPPs – Legal Futures

‘The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has suggested that people defending themselves from strategic lawsuits against public participation (SLAPPs) could be protected by a £5,000 costs cap.’

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Legal Futures, 22nd July 2022

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News focus: CJC forum brainstorms costs reform – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 18th, 2022 in civil justice, costs, news by tracey

‘Costs lawyers convened at the Civil Justice Council last week to discuss another overhaul. Delegates offered robust opinions, but there was little consensus.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 18th July 2022

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Court of Appeal rejects defendant’s fixed costs challenge – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 12th, 2022 in civil procedure rules, costs, news, part 36 offers by tracey

‘Fixed costs did not apply to a personal injury case which had fallen out of the protocol, the Court of Appeal has asserted. In Doyle v M&D Foundations & Building Services Ltd, Lord Justice Phillips ruled that there was no ambiguity in an agreed court order requiring the defendant to pay costs that were “subject of detailed assessment if not agreed.” ‘

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Law Society's Gazette, 11th July 2022

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PI costs ruling could have “significant” impact on settled cases – Legal Futures

Posted July 11th, 2022 in appeals, barristers, compensation, costs, news, part 36 offers, personal injuries by tracey

‘A Court of Appeal ruling that the wording of a settlement of a personal injury claim supplanted fixed costs could have “significant” implications, including for cases that have already settled, a leading costs barrister has warned.’

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Legal Futures, 11th July 2022

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Local authority wins appeal over costs order made in private family law proceedings – Local Government Lawyer

Posted July 8th, 2022 in appeals, costs, families, family courts, local government, news, third parties by sally

‘A judge allowed an “impermissible device” designed to provide a public source of funding for the parties’ legal costs in private family law proceedings, the Family Court has ruled.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 7th July 2022

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Firm ordered to pay wasted costs over lack of authority to act – Legal Futures

‘A law firm has been ordered to pay wasted costs of £7,920 for not satisfying itself that the director of a company in deadlock with the other director had the authority to give it instructions.’

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Legal Futures, 5th July 2022

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Law firm overturns costs bill misconduct ruling – Legal Futures

‘The rules on misconduct in the CPR do not apply to solicitor/client costs assessments, the High Court has decided in overturning a finding against a Manchester law firm.’

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Legal Futures, 4th July 2022

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Civil Justice Council kicks off ‘holistic’ review of costs – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 4th, 2022 in civil justice, consultations, costs, news by tracey

‘The Civil Justice Council has set in motion a possible shake-up of the civil costs regime with the start of a wide-ranging consultation. The judicial-led group will look at the key areas of costs budgeting, guideline hourly rates, the impact of digitisation and portals, and the consequences of the extension of fixed recoverable costs.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 1st July 2022

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CJC begins process for major reform of costs regime – Legal Futures

Posted July 1st, 2022 in civil justice, consultations, costs, news by tracey

‘A rethought costs system that puts digitisation, vulnerable court users and a properly functioning civil justice system at its heart is the goal of a Civil Justice Council (CJC) working party, which yesterday began consulting on four key areas for possible reform.’

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Legal Futures, 1st July 2022

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Court rejects claim that instructions of counsel create conflict – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted June 27th, 2022 in barristers, costs, judicial review, law firms, news, professional conduct, pupillage by tracey

‘A costs judge has rejected calls for claimant lawyers to be punished for alleged conflict in the way counsel was instructed to handle a case.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 24th June 2022

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‘I wouldn’t have the money to pay a lawyer’: tenants left without means to sue rogue landlords – The Guardian

‘Poor and vulnerable tenants who are evicted from their homes or living in dangerous conditions will lose the chance to take their landlords to court when new government rules on legal costs come into force next year, experts are warning.’

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The Guardian, 26th June 2022

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