Treat family separations “as transactions, not litigation” – Legal Futures

Posted April 14th, 2022 in costs, dispute resolution, divorce, families, family courts, judges, news by tracey

‘Family separation cases should “operate in a transactional way, as with conveyancing, rather than under the banner of litigation”, the chair of the Family Solutions Group has argued.’

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Legal futures, 14th April 2022

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

System failure led to default judgment against leading law firm – Legal Futures

‘Leading legal aid firm Duncan Lewis has been ordered to pay a former director costs of £6,500 for setting aside a default employment tribunal judgment caused by its internal failures.’

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Legal Futures, 13th April 2022

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Apocalypse now? Judge stunned at £8m divorce costs – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted April 13th, 2022 in costs, divorce, families, family courts, financial dispute resolution, judges, news by tracey

‘A High Court judge has called for a cap on costs in family cases after describing the “apocalyptic” state of expensive divorce proceedings.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 13th April 2022

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Mediating Clinical Negligence Claims – Ropewalk Clinical Negligence Blog

‘The NHS in England faces paying out £4.3bn in legal fees to settle outstanding claims of clinical negligence: so reported the BBC in January 2020 following a Freedom of Information Request. Estimates published in 2019 put the total cost of outstanding compensation claims at £83bn; NHS England’s total budget in 2018-19 was £129bn.’

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Ropewalk Clinical Negligence Blog, 7th April 2022

Source: www.ropewalk.co.uk

MoJ finally responds to part 2 of whiplash consultation – five years on – Legal Futures

Posted March 23rd, 2022 in accidents, compensation, costs, delay, Ministry of Justice, news, personal injuries by sally

‘The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) today unexpectedly published its response to part 2 of the whiplash consultation which closed in January 2017, with no proposals for any immediate reform.’

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Legal Futures, 22nd March 2022

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

UK to fully compensate postmasters who exposed scandal – BBC News

‘Subpostmasters who helped uncover the Post Office IT scandal but missed out on full compensation are to get payouts under a new government scheme.’

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BBC News, 22nd March 2022

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Local authority ordered to pay 85% of costs of wasted Court of Protection hearing – Local Government Lawyer

‘A local authority that was seeking to restrict a woman’s access to social media has been ordered to pay 85% of the Official Solicitor’s costs after the council was late in submitting assessments and a position statement.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 22nd March 2022

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Tommy Robinson fails to appear at High Court finances hearing – BBC News

Posted March 23rd, 2022 in bankruptcy, contempt of court, costs, defamation, news by sally

‘Tommy Robinson has failed to appear at the High Court for questioning over his finances after losing a libel case brought against him by a teenager.’

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BBC News, 22nd March 2022

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Trade mark dispute provides lessons on costs, confusion and consent – OUT-LAW.com

Posted March 18th, 2022 in consent, costs, intellectual property, news, trade marks by tracey

‘A recent costs ruling shows that brands should think twice before claiming directors are jointly liable with their company for the infringement of their intellectual property (IP) rights. The costs ruling concerned a dispute over trade mark rights heard recently by the High Court in London. Its judgment in the case, involving rival property management companies Urbanbubble and Urban Evolution, shows how difficult it is for brand owners to rely on evidence purportedly showing actual confusion over who operates their brand, to demonstrate trade mark infringement. It further highlights the care trade mark owners must take when engaging with other brands to avoid inadvertently giving competitors permission to use similar trade marks.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 17th March 2022

Source: www.pinsentmasons.com

Breaking: Supreme Court backs solicitors over right to recover costs – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted March 16th, 2022 in airlines, appeals, compensation, costs, delay, law firms, news, solicitors, Supreme Court by tracey

‘Solicitors handling flight compensation claims had a right to their costs despite the airline trying to deal directly with their clients, the Supreme Court has ruled.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 16th March 2022

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Woman in Mike Hill case may sue Commons over compensation – The Guardian

‘A woman who was repeatedly sexually assaulted and harassed by a former Labour MP is considering suing the House of Commons for failing to ringfence money that could cover her compensation.’

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The Guardian, 13th March 2022

Source: www.theguardian.com

Costs row in abuse cases as court rules Grade C fee earner should lead – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted March 8th, 2022 in child abuse, costs, fees, news, solicitors by tracey

‘A new judgment on the grade of fee earner appropriate for historical abuse cases has prompted fierce debate between lawyers about wider costs levels for this type of claim.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 7th March 2022

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

A Brief Guide to the New No Fault Divorce Rules and Procedure – Family Law week

Posted March 7th, 2022 in costs, divorce, families, family courts, news by tracey

‘Teena Dhanota-Jones, Partner, Portner, sets out the procedure for divorce from 6 April 2022.’

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Family Law week, 4th March 2022

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

Litigation Costs – is the sky really the limit? – Mills & Reeve

Posted February 24th, 2022 in building law, case management, contracts, costs, disclosure, news by sally

‘The recent case of The Sky’s the Limit Transformation Ltd v Dr Mohammed Mirza [2022] outlines a judge’s view as to a way forward in resolving domestic building disputes in a time and cost effective manner.’

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Mills & Reeve, 23rd February 2022

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Court of Appeal to start again in test case on deductions from PI damages – Legal Futures

Posted February 24th, 2022 in appeals, consent, costs, damages, fees, news, personal injuries, solicitors by sally

‘The much-anticipated hearing in CAM Legal v Belsner was scrapped yesterday after the Court of Appeal raised the possibility that pre-action legal work was contentious business for costs purposes.’

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Legal Futures, 24th February 2022

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Clin neg costs reforms “could lead to exodus” of small law firms – Legal Futures

Posted February 22nd, 2022 in costs, hospitals, law firms, negligence, news, personal injuries, small claims by tracey

‘Small law firms could end up “falling or stepping away” from the clinical negligence market if fixed recoverable costs (FRC) for cases worth less than £25,000 are set too low, a report has warned.’

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Legal Futures, 22nd February 2022

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Mirror publisher makes £2m interim payment in ‘phone hacking’ litigation – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted February 7th, 2022 in costs, damages, interception, media, news, privacy, telecommunications by tracey

‘The publisher of the Daily Mirror and the People has agreed to make an interim payment of just over £2m on account of costs racked up in the most recent ongoing “phone hacking” litigation, which has seen nearly 600 claims settled so far.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 4th February 2022

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“Injured people will suffer twice” – furious reaction to clin neg fixed costs – Legal Futures

Posted February 1st, 2022 in costs, hospitals, negligence, news, personal injuries by sally

‘Those harmed by the NHS will “have to pay again by losing access to justice” as a result of government plans to introduce fixed costs, campaigners have claimed.’

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Legal Futures, 1st February 2022

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Find another way to resolve dispute, High Court tells parties – Legal Futures

Posted January 10th, 2022 in costs, dispute resolution, injunctions, intellectual property, news by tracey

‘The High Court has told parties to an intellectual property claim to find other ways to resolve their dispute in the light of the first three hearings all concerning costs and not the merits.’

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Legal Futures, 10th January 2022

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Children: Public Law Update (Winter 2022) – Family Law Week

‘John Tughan QC of 4PB considers recent judgments that public law child lawyers need to know about.’

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Family Law Week, 7th January 2022

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk