Council and bus operator to pay out £109k in damages and costs to religious organisation over refusal to advertise rally – Local Government Lawyer

‘Blackpool Council and its wholly owned company Blackpool Transport Services have been ordered to pay £109,000 in damages and costs to a religious organisation run by evangelist Franklin Graham after refusing to advertise a rally on buses.’

Full Story

Local Government Lawyer, 21st July 2021

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

High Court refuses to let law firm take place of deceased claimant – Legal Futures

Posted July 21st, 2021 in assignment, champerty, costs, damages, fees, law firms, news, third parties by sally

‘A High Court judge has rejected an application by a law firm to substitute itself for a deceased claimant, on the grounds that it would be a form of champerty.’

Full Story

Legal Futures, 20th July 2021

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Vue cinema chain fined £750,000 over seat crush death – BBC News

Posted July 21st, 2021 in accidents, costs, fines, health & safety, inquests, news by sally

‘The Vue cinema chain has been fined £750,000 for safety breaches which led to the death of a man who became trapped under a chair.’

Full Story

BBC News, 20th July 2021

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Court blocks firm being substituted into claim of dead client – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 21st, 2021 in assignment, champerty, costs, damages, fees, law firms, news, third parties by sally

‘The High Court has refused an application from a London firm to be substituted for their deceased client in a £1.5m litigation claim.’

Full Story

Law Society's Gazette, 20th July 2021

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Tardy defendant allowed to fight £101m case ‘by skin of his teeth’ – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 14th, 2021 in costs, debts, default judgments, delay, news, shareholders by tracey

‘A civil defendant who waited three months to challenge a default judgment worth £101m has been given another chance to fight the claim.’

Full Story

Law Society's Gazette, 13th July 2021

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Appeal judges back higher costs where claimant has died – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The Court of Appeal has found in favour of claimants with a ruling that the more lucrative costs regime should apply where someone dies before their case concludes.’

Full Story

Law Society's Gazette, 12th July 2021

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Court of Appeal boosts claimant PI solicitors with fixed-costs ruling – Legal Futures

‘The Court of Appeal has handed a boost to claimant personal injury (PI) solicitors by applying the more generous fixed costs regime for cases where the claimant in a low-value matter dies.’

Full Story

Legal Futures, 9th July 2021

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Social Worker awarded damages in Strasbourg for unfair accusations of professional misconduct – UK Human Rights Blog

‘The United Kingdom has been ordered by the European Court of Human Rights to pay damages and legal costs to a social worker who was unfairly accused of professional misconduct by a Family Court judge.’

Full Story

UK Human Rights Blog, 7th July 2021

Source: ukhumanrightsblog.com

Court of Appeal makes no order for costs after allowing appeal by mother against Court of Protection order discharging her as party to proceedings – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Court of Appeal has made no order for costs in a case where it allowed a mother’s appeal against an order made in the Court of Protection discharging her as a party to proceedings concerning her highly vulnerable 19-year-old daughter.’

Full Story

Local Government Lawyer, 5th July 2021

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Top judges doubt whether costs budgeting works, master reveals – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 1st, 2021 in asbestos, budgets, costs, industrial injuries, news by sally

‘A number of judges are sceptical about the wider merits of costs budgeting, a costs judge has claimed in a new judgment.’

Full Story

Law Society's Gazette, 29th June 2021

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

“Busy” costs lawyers see rise in solicitor/own client disputes – Litigation Futures

Posted June 29th, 2021 in coronavirus, costs, law firms, news, solicitors, statistics by sally

‘Half of Costs Lawyers are busier than ever as the legal market continues to recover from the depths of the pandemic, with former clients suing their solicitors a fast-growing area of practice, new research has shown.’

Full Story

Litigation Futures, 28th June 2021

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

Claimant has £200k costs paid despite winning only £10 damages – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted June 23rd, 2021 in civil procedure rules, costs, damages, news, part 36 offers by sally

‘A High Court judge has found that the county court was entitled to order costs in favour of a claimant who secured nominal damages of £10 at trial.’

Full Story

Law Society's Gazette, 21st June 2021

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Court upholds validity of £1 part 36 offer by party awarded £10 – Litigation Futures

Posted June 23rd, 2021 in civil procedure rules, costs, damages, news, part 36 offers by sally

‘The High Court has upheld a decision that a party that made a part 36 offer of £1 and received nominal damages of £10 was entitled to the usual costs consequences of beating their offer.’

Full Story

Litigation Futures, 21st June 2021

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

Judge stops draft ruling publication after parties settle dispute – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted June 22nd, 2021 in costs, indemnities, judgments, negligence, news, notification by sally

‘A judge has decided that her ruling on an issue of indemnity costs should remain unpublished after the parties settled the dispute at the last minute.’

Full Story

Law Society's Gazette, 21st June 2021

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Supreme Court lays out “new legal roadmap” for professional negligence – Legal Futures

Posted June 22nd, 2021 in costs, economic loss, negligence, news, Supreme Court by sally

‘The Supreme Court has provided a “wholly new legal roadmap” for professional negligence after its ruling last week in two linked cases, the Professional Negligence Lawyers Association (PNLA) has said.’

Full Story

Legal Futures, 22nd June 2021

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Medical agency admin fee “not recoverable” as part of fixed costs – Litigation Futures

‘Defendant solicitors have welcomed a ruling that medical agency costs are irrecoverable under the fixed-costs regime.’

Full Story

Litigation Futures, 17th June 2021

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

Duncan Lewis issues JR proceedings over immigration reforms – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Controversial immigration reforms that could see lawyers hit with wasted costs looks set to be the centre of a High Court showdown. High-profile firm Duncan Lewis announced yesterday that it has issued judicial review proceedings on behalf of five clients over the Home Office’s New Plan for Immigration consultation, which closed last month.’

Full Story

Law Society's Gazette, 10th June 2021

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Costs orders – litigate at your peril – Family Law

‘It seems there has been a never-ending line of costs commentary flowing through the reported decisions from financial remedy courts as of late. There is a clear trend of encouraging the making of costs orders; something that was far from the norm of no costs orders in contested financial remedy proceedings a few years ago. The reasons for this encouragement are many and possibly speculative; perhaps a by-product of the cuts to Legal Aid and therefore the lack of access to legal representation inevitably leading to extensive, unnecessary, and unmeritorious litigation, perhaps a consequence of the continued backlog in the family courts, perhaps an ancillary product of the widening parameters of judicial discretion and uncertainty?’

Full Story

Family Law, 3rd June 2021

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Claimants awarded £2,000 damages – and ordered to pay £500,000 interim costs – Law Society’s Gazette

‘A litigant in a building dispute who claimed £3.7m in damages – only to be awarded just £2,000 at trial – has been hit with a costs bill of at least £500,000.’

Full Story

Law Society's Gazette, 2nd June 2021

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Court rejects appeal from solicitor struck off for gross overcharging – Legal Futures

Posted May 18th, 2021 in costs, disciplinary procedures, executors, news, remuneration, solicitors by sally

‘The High Court has rejected an appeal from a solicitor struck off after charging an estate where he was sole executor over eight times the reasonable remuneration to which he was entitled under the will.’

Full Story

Legal Futures, 18th May 2021

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk