Families of 1974 bombings victims turn to crowdfunding after legal aid denied – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 16th, 2017 in costs, families, inquests, legal aid, legal representation, news by tracey

‘A campaign group is seeking funds to pay for a judicial review challenging the terms of reference of an inquest into the deaths of the Birmingham Pub Bombings victims after a request for legal aid was denied. Justice4the21 is asking legal professionals to donate what they can to fund a challenge to a coroner’s decision earlier this year to exclude the issue of who was responsible for the 1974 bombings.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 15th November 2017

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Recycling company apologises after trial over shredder death – The Guardian

Posted November 16th, 2017 in accidents, costs, fines, health & safety, news, suspended sentences by tracey

‘A recycling company has apologised after an agency worker was dragged into an industrial waste shredder and killed.’

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The Guardian, 15th November 2017

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‘Change your attitude’: judge threatens litigators with ‘draconian’ costs penalties – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 15th, 2017 in case management, costs, delay, news, penalties by tracey

‘A High Court judge has warned of ‘draconian’ costs penalties should two parties in litigation continue to refuse to cooperate.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 15th November 2017

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Blackpool bar ordered to pay £336k over planning breaches – Local Government Lawyer

Posted November 14th, 2017 in confiscation, costs, fines, news, planning by tracey

‘A Blackpool bar owner must pay a total of £336,000 in confiscation, a fine and costs for a lengthy breach of planning conditions.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 14th November 2017

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High Court: proportionality is about more than ‘damages v costs’ – Litigation Futures

Posted November 14th, 2017 in case management, costs, damages, news, proportionality by tracey

‘Proportionality involves more than simply comparing budgets with the size of the damages claimed, a High Court judge has made clear in deciding that costs management should be applied in a case worth £350m.’

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Litigation Futures, 14th November 2017

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Claimant ordered to pay council £12k over false claims of pothole injury – Local Government Lawyer

Posted November 10th, 2017 in costs, evidence, news, personal injuries by tracey

‘A man has been ordered to pay £12,000 to a council after a court found he falsely claimed he was injured by tripping in a pothole.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 9th November 2017

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High Court issues costs penalties for claimants’ conduct in settling claim – Litigation Futures

Posted November 10th, 2017 in costs, defamation, delay, news, part 36 offers, penalties by tracey

‘A corporate claimant that accepted a part 36 offer late should not get its costs up to the point where the offer expired because its conduct meant the usual rule should not apply, the High Court has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 9th November 2017

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Legal costs capped for those who can’t pay energy bills – The Guardian

Posted November 10th, 2017 in costs, debts, news, utilities, warrants by tracey

‘Gas and electricity customers who have fallen so far behind with their payments that they are forced to have a prepayment meter, are to have their court and legal charges capped at £150 by the energy regulator.’

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The Guardian, 10th November 2017

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Munby cancels 21 divorces handled by fraudster ex-barrister – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 9th, 2017 in barristers, costs, divorce, documents, fraud, impersonating a barrister, news by tracey

‘The High Court has torn up 21 divorce petitions that were engineered by a convicted fraudster and former barrister.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 9th November 2017

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Wannabe YouTube star sentenced for ‘tombstoning’ into swimming pool during water polo match – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 9th, 2017 in community service, costs, news, nuisance, sentencing, young persons by tracey

‘A wannabe YouTube star has been convicted after he filmed himself “tombstoning” into a swimming pool during a water polo match in a bid to make money from social media.’

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Daily Telegraph, 8th November 2017

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Employee wins partial victory on harassment in pot plant case – Local Government Lawyer

‘A Westminster City Council employee has won a partial victory at an employment tribunal in a case that arose over a disputed pot plant.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 8th November 2017

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Appeal court orders proportionality test case revisit – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 8th, 2017 in appeals, civil procedure rules, costs, interpretation, judges, news, proportionality by tracey

‘The Court of Appeal has asked a costs judge to look again at the application of proportionality after ruling the new test was incorrectly applied. In the long-awaited appeal in BNM v MGN, master of the rolls Sir Terence Etherton held that senior costs judge Gordon-Saker had been wrong in principle to subject recoverable base cost and additional liabilities to the new proportionality rule.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 7th November 2017

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Woman wins £115,000 from former friend after breaking her arm being pulled over by her Alsatian – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 2nd, 2017 in compensation, costs, dogs, negligence, news, personal injuries by tracey

‘A woman has won £115,000 from her former friend after she broke her arm and hip when she was pulled over by her Alsatian dog.’

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Daily Telegraph, 1st November 2017

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Government to review Jackson reforms next year – Litigation Futures

Posted November 1st, 2017 in costs, news by sally

‘The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is likely to complete a review of LASPO’s civil costs reforms by next summer, but has said it does not expect to find much that needs to change – except possibly removing the exception that currently applies to mesothelioma claims.’

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Litigation Futures, 31st October 2017

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Defendant does not have to plead dishonesty to disapply QOCS, Court of Appeal rules – Litigation Futures

Posted October 31st, 2017 in appeals, costs, insurance, news by sally

‘A defendant does not have to specifically plead fundamental dishonesty for a court to find that qualified one-way costs shifting (QOCS) should be disapplied, the Court of Appeal has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 31st October 2017

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The Jackson effect: One costs firm set to close as another leaves debt behind in administrator sale – Litigation Futures

Posted October 30th, 2017 in costs, debts, insolvency, law firms, legal services, news by sally

‘The harsh impact of the Jackson reforms on the costs world is on display today as we reveal that one costs business is closing down, while it has emerged that another has been reborn after the directors bought the assets, files and outstanding WIP from its joint administrators.’

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Litigation Futures, 30th October 2017

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Tom Hickman: Public Law’s Disgrace: Part 2 – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted October 26th, 2017 in costs, employment tribunals, fees, judicial review, news by sally

‘The issue of access to justice, and specifically the cost of litigation as a bar to accessing justice, is rightly becoming a major constitutional issue in the UK.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 26th October 2017

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Tribunal refuses to force council to disclose legal advice over costs of employment case involving mayor – Local Government Lawyer

Posted October 25th, 2017 in costs, disclosure, indemnities, local government, news, privilege, tribunals by michael

‘A member of the public has failed in a bid to force Liverpool City Council to disclose the legal advice behind its decision to pay the costs incurred by elected mayor Joe Anderson in an unfair dismissal case.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 25th October 2017

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High Court demands further cuts in law firm’s £1.6m costs bill – Litigation Futures

Posted October 25th, 2017 in costs, fees, judges, law firms, news, solicitors by michael

‘Slade J said that while an estimate was not the same as a quote, Master Rowley had “exceeded the broad measure of his discretion” in considering a reasonable upper limit on profit costs to be twice as high as the second estimate.’

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Litigation Futures, 25th October 2017

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Personal injury lawyer struck off for telling staff to fake signatures – Litigation Futures

Posted October 24th, 2017 in costs, disciplinary procedures, disqualification, forgery, news, solicitors by sally

‘A personal injury lawyer who persuaded other employees to fake client signatures and lied about it in court has been struck off by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT).’

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Litigation Futures, 24th October 2017

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