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.”

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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.’ ”

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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

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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BBC Law in Action, 1st July 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Speeding appeal leaves motorist with £15,000 court bill – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 26th, 2008 in appeals, costs, news, road traffic offences by sally

“A motorist who challenged a £60 speeding fine is now facing a legal bill of £15,000 after her appeal was rejected by a judge.”

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Daily Telegraph, 26th June 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Kilby v Gawith – Times Law Reports

Posted June 13th, 2008 in costs, fees, law reports, solicitors by sally

Kilby v Gawith

Court of Appeal

“In costs-only proceedings following the out-of-court settlement of a small-value road traffic claim, the court had no discretion to disallow the successful claimant a success fee provided for in the conditional fee agreement with her solicitors.”

The Times, 13th June 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

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Carver v BAA plc – Times Law Reports

Posted June 4th, 2008 in costs, damages, law reports, payment into court by sally

Carver v BAA plc

Court of Appeal

“Where a claimant had obtained judgment as to liability and had been awarded damages exceeding an earlier payment-in, the judge was none the less empowered to award costs in favour of the losing party or to make no order for costs.”

The Times, 4th June 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

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Danger of high legal bills must be reduced, warns judge – The Guardian

Posted May 27th, 2008 in costs, environmental protection, judicial review, news by sally

“A senior High Court judge has called for an overhaul of the court costs system in environmental cases because ordinary people were being denied their right to challenge decisions affecting their lives.”

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The Guardian, 25th May 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Litigation costs uncertainty impedes access to justice, legal experts warn – The Lawyer

Posted May 12th, 2008 in competition, costs, news by sally

“Uncertainty shrouds litigation costs, which is putting obstacles in the way of access to justice, a panel of experts warned at The Lawyer’s antitrust litigation conference last week (7 May).”

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The Lawyer, 12th May 2008

Source: www.thelawyer.com

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

Posted April 24th, 2008 in law reports, protective costs orders by sally

R (Compton) v Wiltshire Primary Care Trust; [2008] WLR (D) 123

“There was no test of exceptionality to be applied before a protective costs order could be made.”

WLR Daily, 23rd April 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.

Carver v BAA plc – WLR Daily

Posted April 24th, 2008 in costs, damages, law reports, payment into court by sally

Carver v BAA plc [2008] EWCA Civ 412; [2008] WLR (D) 122

Where a claimant had obtained judgment as to liability, and an award in damages of a sum exceeding an earlier payment in, a judge was empowered by CPR r 36.14(1) to adopt a broad approach when considering costs and the question whether the result was ‘more advantageous’ vis à vis a refused payment in, and he was entitled if appropriate to award costs in favour of a losing party or to make no order for costs.”

WLR Daily, 23rd April 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.

Legal Services Commission v Rasool – Times Law Reports

Posted April 21st, 2008 in costs, law reports, legal aid, time limits by sally

Legal Services Commission v Rasool

Court of Appeal

“Where the Legal Services Commission sought to recover sums following the revocation of a legal aid certificate, the quantum of costs paid or payable need not first be established before a cause of action accrued.”

The Times, 21st April 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.

Barristers snub MoJ’s revised high-cost cases contract – Legal Week

Posted April 3rd, 2008 in barristers, contracts, costs, legal aid, news by sally

“Barristers have snubbed a second opportunity to join the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) very high-cost criminal cases (VHCC) panel, with only 110 barristers out of the 2,300 to be offered contracts signing up to the panel.”

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Legal Week, 2nd April 2008

Source: www.legalweek.com