Radical cleric’s home seized to pay legal bills – The Independent

Posted February 9th, 2010 in costs, legal aid, news by sally

“Legal aid bosses have seized the house belonging to radical cleric Abu Hamza to pay off his legal bills, it was revealed today.”

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The Independent, 9th February 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Bar Council to launch legal action against MoJ – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted February 9th, 2010 in costs, criminal justice, fees, judicial review, news by sally

“The Bar Council and the Criminal Bar Association are set to take the government to court for the first time in 20 years over what they claim are ‘inadequate and unfair’ consultations on new fees for criminal legal aid work.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 8th February 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

R (Perinpanathan) v City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court and another – WLR Daily

Posted February 8th, 2010 in appeals, costs, forfeiture, law reports by sally

R (Perinpanathan) v City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court and another [2010] EWCA Civ 40; [2010] WLR (D) 26

“A magistrates’ court exercising its discretion under s 64(1) of the Magistrates’ Courts Act 1980 ‘to make an order for costs … as it thinks just and reasonable’  in relation to forfeiture proceedings successfully defended was entitled to refuse to order the police to pay the costs on the ground that they had acted honestly, properly and reasonably in bringing and continuing the proceedings in the public interest.”

WLR Daily, 5th February 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Bar Council Moves Toward Judicial Review of Government’s Consultations on Criminal Legal Aid – The Bar Council

Posted February 8th, 2010 in costs, fees, judicial review, legal aid, pre-action conduct, press releases by sally

“The Bar Council has taken the first step toward a judicial review (JR) of two consultations on Advocates Graduated Fees and Very High Cost Cases (VHCCs) which are being conducted by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) and the Legal Services Commission (LSC) respectively.  The Bar Council has instructed solicitors to write to the MoJ and the LSC, in accordance with the pre-action protocol for judicial review claims.  The principal basis for the Bar Council’s claim is that the consultation exercise is inadequate and unfair.”

Full press release

The Bar Council, 5th February 2010

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

The Jackson report: PI claimant lawyers rue detrimental effect on access to justice – The Lawyer

Posted January 26th, 2010 in costs, fees, news, personal injuries, reports by sally

“The personal injury (PI) claimant market has launched an all-out assault on Lord Justice Jackson’s report into civil legal costs, arguing that his proposals would actually impede access to justice.”

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The Lawyer, 25th January 2010

Source: www.thelawyer.com

Government proposes slashing libel lawyers’ success fees – OUT-LAW.com

Posted January 21st, 2010 in costs, defamation, fees, news by sally

“The Government plans to slash the success fees that no-win no-fee lawyers can claim in libel cases. The proposed action is part of the Ministry of Justice’s reform of libel law.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 21st January 2010

Source: www.out-law.com

Straw proposes reducing success fees in defamation cases – Ministry of Justice

Posted January 20th, 2010 in costs, defamation, fees, Ministry of Justice, press releases by sally

“Success fees that lawyers can charge for winning defamation cases in no-win, no-fee agreements should be reduced from 100% to 10%, Justice Secretary Jack Straw announced today.”

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Ministry of Justice, 19th January 2010

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Libel lawyers’ ‘success fees’ to be cut by 90% to aid investigative journalism – The Guardian

Posted January 20th, 2010 in costs, defamation, fees, media, news by sally

“Lawyers who sue the media will see their fees cut by 90% under plans set out by the government today to bring down the cost of libel actions.”

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The Guardian, 20th January 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Economic Growth and Social Equity Mean Jackson Reforms are vital to the National Interest – The Bar Council

Posted January 18th, 2010 in costs, fees, news, reports by sally

“The wide-ranging review of the cost of accessing the civil justice system must be an economic and social priority of any incoming government, the Bar Council said today.”

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The Bar Council, 15th January 2010

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Review of Civil Litigation Costs: final report – Judiciary of England and Wales

Posted January 15th, 2010 in costs, fees, news, personal injuries, reports by sally

Review of Civil Litigation Costs: final report (PDF)

Judiciary of England and Wales, 14th January 2010

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Jack Straw: review of civil litigation costs – Ministry of Justice

Posted January 14th, 2010 in costs, fees, Ministry of Justice, news, personal injuries, reports by sally

“Justice Secretary Jack Straw has thanked Sir Rupert Jackson for his comprehensive report on costs in civil litigation.”

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Ministry of Justice, 14th January 2010

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Law Society files judicial review application over defendants’ costs cap – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted January 14th, 2010 in costs, judicial review, Law Society, legal aid, news by sally

“The Law Society has filed a judicial review application in a move to overturn new government regulations restricting the costs that can be recovered by acquitted defendants.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 14th January 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Jackson report published today – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted January 14th, 2010 in costs, fees, news, personal injuries, reports by sally

“Claimant personal injury lawyers and after-the-event (ATE) insurers were nervously awaiting the publication of the Jackson report as the Gazette went to press.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 14th January 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Crown Court defendants to be means tested – Ministry of Justice

Posted January 12th, 2010 in costs, Crown Court, legal aid, Ministry of Justice, news by sally

“Five Crown Courts will today be the first in England and Wales to introduce a new scheme that will ensure people convicted of a crime contribute to their defence costs, where they have the means to do so.”

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Ministry of Justice, 11th January 2010

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Legal costs emerge as defining issue of 2010’s biggest cases – The Lawyer

Posted January 11th, 2010 in civil justice, costs, legal aid, news by sally

“As the profession awaits Jackson LJ’s civil justice costs review, the cases set to shape this year’s litigation get underway.”

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The Lawyer, 10th January 2010

Source: www.thelawyer.com

‘Innocent’ driver admits offence to avoid cost of court defence – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 11th, 2010 in costs, legal aid, news, road traffic offences by sally

“A company director has admitted a motoring offence he says he has not committed after becoming one of the first to be caught by controversial new rules on court costs.”

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Daily Telegraph, 9th January 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Law Society seeks judicial review over costs capping – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted December 17th, 2009 in costs, judicial review, news by sally

“The Law Society is set to seek a judicial review of the government’s move to drastically reduce the legal costs that defendants can reclaim if they are acquitted of a criminal offence.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 17th December 2009

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

ENE Kos 1 Ltd v Petroleo Brasilieiro SA – WLR Daily

Posted November 5th, 2009 in costs, law reports, payment into court by sally

ENE Kos 1 Ltd v Petroleo Brasilieiro SA [2009] EWCA Civ 1127; [2009] WLR (D) 313

“The effective date of a payment into court where payment was made by cheque, whether a sterling cheque or a foreign currency cheque, was the date when the cheque was lodged in the court fund office.”

WLR Daily, 4th November 2009

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

 

Earles v Barclays Bank plc – WLR Daily

Posted October 30th, 2009 in contracts, costs, disclosure, electronic filing, law reports by sally

Earles v Barclays Bank plc [2009] EWHC 2500 (Mercantile); [2009] WLR (D) 309

“Although there was no duty on the parties to preserve documents prior to the commencement of proceedings, after proceedings had begun, the situation was radically different. That was particularly so in relation to electronic information stored by a bank.”

WLR Daily, 29th October 2009

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

 

Low value personal injury claims in road traffic accidents – Ministry of Justice

Posted October 7th, 2009 in costs, personal injuries, press releases, road traffic, time limits by sally

“Policy report outlining a new claims process for road traffic accident personal injury claims valued between £1,000 and £10,000.”

Full press release

Ministry of Justice, 6th October 2009

Source: www.justice.gov.uk