R (Hillingdon London Borough Council and others) v Lord Chancellor and another – WLR Daily

Posted November 10th, 2008 in costs, family courts, fees, judicial review, practice directions by sally

R (Hillingdon London Borough Council and others) v Lord Chancellor and another [2008] EWHC 2683 (Admin); [2008] WLR (D) 347

WLR DAily, 7th November 2008

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.

Plan to make criminals pay defence costs – The Independent

Posted November 7th, 2008 in costs, news by sally

“Defendants convicted at the Crown Court may have to pay towards the cost of their defence under proposals announced today aimed at saving £50m from legal aid.”

Full story

The Independent, 6th November 2008

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Consultations launched on payment of Crown Court defence costs – Ministry of Justice

Posted November 6th, 2008 in costs, Crown Court, legal aid, news by sally

“Those found guilty of criminal offences may have to pay towards the cost of their defence the government announced today as it published two consultation papers.”

Full story

Ministry of Justice, 6th November 2008

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Warner v Verfides (a Firm) – Times Law Reports

Posted November 6th, 2008 in costs, disclosure, insolvency, law reports, privacy by sally

Warner v Verfides (a Firm)

Chancery Division

“Documents created by one party and sent to another did not necessarily cease to be correspondence, to which the privacy provisions of article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights could apply, when they were received by the latter.”

The Times, 6th November 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Please note the Times Law Reports are only available free on Times Online for 21 days from the date of publication.

Why David must still be able to take on The Daily Goliath – The Times

Posted November 6th, 2008 in costs, defamation, fees, special report by sally

“Lawyers are not popular and never less so than when they demand their fees. But to be really despised, we must fight and win a “no win, no fee” case and then have the temerity to request payment of our fees with 100 per cent uplift.”

Full story

The Times, 6th November 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Why ‘no win, no fee’ is bringing access to justice – The Times

Posted November 6th, 2008 in class actions, costs, fees, news by sally

“The slow squeezing of life out of the legal aid system over the past decade and the impact it has had on money available to fund group claims led to multiparty specialists concluding that — with only rare exceptions — such claims were doomed.”

Full story

The Times, 6th November 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Probe ordered into litigation costs – The Times

Posted November 4th, 2008 in costs, news by sally

“A senior judge has been appointed to conduct a root and branch review of civil litigation costs prompted by fears that they are spiralling out of control.”

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The Times, 4th November 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Lord Justice Jackson appointed to undertake review of civil costs – Judiciary of England and Wales

Posted November 4th, 2008 in costs, news by sally

“The Master of the Rolls has appointed Lord Justice Jackson to lead a fundamental review into the costs of civil litigation.”

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Judiciary of England and Wales, 3rd November 2008

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Court cases cost too much, says judge – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 4th, 2008 in costs, fees, news by sally

“England’s senior civil judge has commissioned a one-year ‘fundamental’ review of legal costs, with the aim of improving access to justice.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 3rd November 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Very High Cost Criminal Cases – significant progress towards a new scheme – Ministry of Justice

Posted October 27th, 2008 in costs, criminal justice, fees, legal aid, legal profession, press releases by sally

“Significant progress is being made towards a new scheme of graduated fees for lawyers in very high cost criminal (VHCC) cases, Justice Secretary Jack Straw said today.”

Full press release

Ministry of Justice, 24th October 2008

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Bar Council Comments On High Cost Cases Announcement – The Bar Council

Posted October 27th, 2008 in barristers, costs, legal aid, press releases by sally

“Commenting on today’s announcement from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) of a way ahead in relation to very high cost cases (VHCCs ), Tim Dutton QC, Chairman of the Bar Council said: ‘The Bar is committed to serving the public interest and to undertaking these difficult cases with the most able and experienced barristers, as efficiently as possible and within the constraints of the legal aid budget.’ ”

Full press release 

The Bar Council, 24th October 2008

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Views sought on Criminal Procedure Rules about costs – Ministry of Justice

Posted October 23rd, 2008 in consultations, costs, criminal procedure, news by sally

“The Criminal Procedure Rule Committee is seeking views on a proposal to consolidate and revise the rules about costs.”

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Ministry of Justice, 22nd October 2008

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Krysia Maritime Inc v Intership Ltd – Times Law Reports

Posted October 20th, 2008 in Admiralty Court, collisions at sea, costs, law reports by sally

Krysia Maritime Inc v Intership Ltd

Queen’s Bench Division

“There was no rule in the Admiralty Court that, where there was no counterclaim, a claimant found partially at fault should recover only a proportion of its costs according to the percentage of liability of the defendant.”

The Times, 20th October 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Please note the Times Law Reports are only available free on Times Online for 21 days from the date of publication.

Judge slams Wembley dispute’s £22m costs total – The Lawyer

Posted October 6th, 2008 in building law, contracts, costs, news by sally

“A judge has hit out at the participants involved in a four-year dispute over the construction of Wembley Stadium after they racked up £22m in costs, including £1m on photocopying.”

Full story

The Lawyer, 6th October 2008

Source: www.thelawyer.com

Litigators warn BCCI reforms are being ignored – Legal Week

Posted September 25th, 2008 in costs, news by sally

“Reforms drawn up in the wake of the £100m BCCI court battle are being widely ignored according to senior lawyers who warn momentum is rapidly draining from attempts to rein in High Court costs.”

Full story

Legal Week, 25th September 2008

Source: www.legalweek.com

Costs-capping power for courts – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted September 19th, 2008 in civil procedure rules, costs, costs capping orders, news by sally

“Courts will have formal powers to make costs-capping orders under changes proposed by the civil procedure rule committee.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 18th September 2008

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Civil Procedure Rules: costs capping orders – Ministry of Justice

Posted September 15th, 2008 in civil procedure rules, consultations, costs, costs capping orders by sally

“A consultation being conducted on behalf of the Civil Procedure Rule Committee on proposals to amend part 44 of the Civil Procedure Rules by inserting rules on costs capping orders. The consultation also proposes amendments to the Costs Practice Direction to provide guidance on costs capping. The proposals are drawn from current case law and so do not propose new policy.”

Full consultation

Ministry of Justice, 12th September 2008

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Recovery of Defence Costs Orders – consultation response – Ministry of Justice

Posted September 10th, 2008 in consultations, costs, criminal justice by sally

“The government’s response to a consultation on changes to the Criminal Defence Service (Recovery of Defence Costs Orders) Regulations.”

Full response

Ministry of Justice, 10th September 2008

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

R (Compton) v Wiltshire Primary Care Trust – WLR Daily

Posted July 4th, 2008 in judicial review, law reports, protective costs orders by sally

R (Compton) v Wiltshire Primary Care Trust [2008] EWCA Civ 749; [2008] WLR (D) 221

“The Court of Appeal set down the appropriate procedure to deal with protective costs orders in the Court of Appeal.”

WLR Daily, 3rd July 2008

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.

Court costs ‘risk’ for children – BBC Law in Action

Posted July 1st, 2008 in care orders, costs, special report by sally

“A rise in court costs could be deterring local authorities from applying for protection for vulnerable children, the BBC has learned.”

Full story

BBC Law in Action, 1st July 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk