BSB to commission independent review of enforcement processes – Legal Futures

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) is to commission an “independent end-to-end” review of its enforcement processes in a bid to improve its much-criticised performance.’

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Legal Futures, 27th January 2023

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SRA can enforce costs order against solicitor struck off in 2010 – Legal Futures

‘The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) can enforce a £15,000 costs order against a struck-off solicitor more than 12 years after it was made, the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) has ruled.’

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Legal Futures, 6th January 2023

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SRA to step up action over non-compliance with transparency rules – Legal Futures

‘The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is to take a “more robust approach” to enforcing its transparency rules after its latest work indicated widespread non-compliance.’

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Legal Futures, 20th December 2022

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MPs back new sanctions against parents failing to meet child support obligations – The Independent

Posted December 9th, 2022 in bills, children, enforcement, families, financial provision, news by michael

‘Parents who fail to pay child maintenance could face swifter punishments under plans backed by MPs.’

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The Independent, 9th December 2022

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Bar regulator faces formal LSB action over performance crisis – Legal Futures

‘The Legal Services Board (LSB) has begun talking about taking formal action against the Bar Standards Board (BSB) over shortcomings in its performance, which it has emerged include how it has dealt with the Post Office scandal.’

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Legal Futures, 7th December 2022

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Nine in ten councils report backlog in planning enforcement cases amid 43% drop in spending on planning as a whole – Local Government Lawyer

Posted November 29th, 2022 in delay, enforcement, local government, news, planning, reports, statistics by sally

‘A £364m reduction in yearly local authority spending on planning has led to “major challenges in resourcing, skills and performance” for planning authorities, new research has revealed.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 28th November 2022

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When is it appropriate to use Part 8 in adjudication enforcement? – Practical Law: Construction Blog

‘The case of Breakshore Ltd v Red Key Concepts Ltd, as heard in the TCC earlier this year, reconfirms the court’s position in respect of when it is appropriate to use Part 8 claims to resist adjudication enforcement hearings.’

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Practical Law: Construction Blog, 11th November 2022

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New reforms to recover millions more from the proceeds of crime – Law Commission

‘The Law Commission has published new reforms to overhaul the system for recovering the proceeds of criminal activities.’

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Law Commission, 9th November 2022

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Commission urges reform of ‘ineffective’ confiscation regime – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Codification of legal decisions reached in more than 500 cases brought under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 is among the proposals of a call for reform of an “ineffective” confiscation regime published today.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 9th November 2022

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Council must consider impact on Welsh Language in all policy decisions relating to its community property stock, Tribunal affirms – Local Government Lawyer

Posted August 10th, 2022 in appeals, enforcement, local government, news, Wales by sally

‘The Welsh Language Tribunal has dismissed Swansea Council’s appeal of a report from the Welsh Language Commissioner, which found the local authority had failed to consider the impact of the sale of an ex-school site on the Welsh language.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 9th August 2022

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High Court upholds ruling that $3m CFA is unforceable – Legal Futures

Posted August 2nd, 2022 in agreements, enforcement, fees, law firms, news, repayment by tracey

‘The High Court has upheld a decision that a law firm which charged its client nearly $3m under an unenforceable conditional fee agreement (CFA) has to repay the money.’

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Legal Futures, 2nd August 2022

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FTH v Varis Developments – adjudication and insolvency meet head on again – Practical Law: Construction Blog

‘In its decision in Bresco v Lonsdale, the Supreme Court confirmed that insolvent companies have the statutory and contractual right to adjudicate construction disputes, even if that claim is affected by insolvency set-off.’

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Practical Law: Construction Blog , 29th June 2022

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Adjudicator reaches decision in “procedurally unjust manner” so not enforced – Practical Law: Construction Blog

‘Sometimes it feels that, as an adjudicator, you are damned if you do and are also damned if you don’t. In this case – Liverpool CC v Vital Infrastructure Asset Management (Viam) Ltd (In Administration) – it was both what the adjudicator did do and what he didn’t do that led the judge to issue a declaration that his decision was unenforceable. But how did the judge, HHJ Stephen Davies, arrive at this point?’

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Practical Law: Construction Blog, 21st June 2022

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The obligation to pay a notified sum where the contractor is insolvent – Practical Law: Construction Blog

Posted June 17th, 2022 in construction industry, enforcement, insolvency, news by tracey

‘The general rule created by section 111 of the Construction Act 1996 is well known: in the absence of a pay less notice, the notified sum is to be paid without set-off or deduction. Although this is capable of causing problems for an employer in the short term, any overpayments can usually be corrected in future payment cycles (whether interim or final) or by a true value adjudication (following S&T (UK) Ltd v Grove Developments Ltd).’

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Practical Law: Construction Blog, 15th June 2022

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Unravelling – the effect of a debt moratorium on enforcement steps taken during it. – Nearly Legal

Posted May 16th, 2022 in damages, debts, enforcement, housing, leases, mental health, news, repossession by tracey

‘Lees v Kaye (2022) EWHC 1151 (QB). This is another judgment on the operation of the Debt Respite Scheme (Breathing Space Moratorium and Mental Health Crisis Moratorium) (England & Wales) Regulations 2020. (The first was part of the Brake v Axnoller litigation, the denouments of which I have yet to write up). The case highlights the potential impact of a moratorium and the importance of paying attention to them, because it can give rise to great difficulty in unravelling what has been done.’

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Nearly Legal, 15th May 2022

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People left out of pocket by traders say UK county court system ‘unfit for purpose’ – The Guardian

Posted May 3rd, 2022 in county courts, debts, enforcement, judgments, news, small claims by sally

‘Customers say judgments against firms lead nowhere and compound their misery.’

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The Guardian, 2nd May 2022

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UK consumer law enforcement powers to be bolstered – OUT-LAW.com

‘Businesses that breach UK consumer protection laws will be subject to fines of up to 10% of their annual global turnover under changes to legislation the UK government has committed to making.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 21st April 2022

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Crystal clear: “no dispute” defences unlikely to succeed at adjudication enforcement – Practical Law: Construction Blog

‘While defendants in adjudication enforcement proceedings often assert jurisdictional defences as a matter of course, Eyre J’s judgement in BraveJoin Co Ltd v Prosperity Moseley Street Ltd is a reminder that – in practical terms – they will rarely succeed, particularly where they rely on the absence of a crystallised dispute.’

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Practical Law: Construction Blog, 11th April 2022

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TCC’s useful reminder of limits of natural justice challenges to adjudicators’ decisions – Practical Law: Construction Blog

‘The case in question is Bilton and Johnson (Building) Co Ltd v Three Rivers Property Investments Ltd, which was heard by Mr Jason Coppell QC (sitting as a deputy High Court judge). I admit that the case doesn’t tell us anything new about the law of adjudication, but it is a useful reminder of the limits of natural justice challenges to adjudicators’ decisions, as well as the fact that whether an adjudicator’s findings are correct as a matter of law is not material to whether their decision should be enforced.’

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Practical Law: Construction Blog, 18th March 2022

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TCC finds adjudicator did not undermine arbitration award – Practical Law: Construction Blog

‘Compared to the restrictions we faced a couple of months ago with the emergence of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, it really does feel as if we are starting to return to some normality, and it was wonderful to see so many construction law professionals at the Society of Construction Law lunch in London last Friday. I had intended to read Morris J’s interesting judgment in John Graham Construction Ltd v Tecnicas Reunidas UK Ltd on the train home, but I sensibly put that off until the weekend, otherwise I fear my ramblings might have been somewhat difficult to discern.’

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Practical Law: Construction Blog, 16th February 2022

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