Qualified legal representatives will now get expenses but Law Soc says fees ‘still too low’ – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The Law Society has welcomed the announcement that expenses will be added to the qualified legal representative (QLR) scheme in domestic abuse cases, but says fees are still too low.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 11th December 2023

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Citibank wins case after sacking banker over two-sandwich lunch claim – BBC News

Posted October 17th, 2023 in employment tribunals, expenses, news, unfair dismissal by sally

‘Citibank has won an employment tribunal after sacking a worker for claiming expenses for sandwiches and coffee for his partner, and then lying about it.’

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BBC News, 16th October 2023

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Ex-MP jailed over expenses fraud loses appeal against prison sentence – The Independent

Posted September 27th, 2023 in appeals, drug abuse, expenses, fraud, imprisonment, news, parliament, sentencing by sally

‘A former MP jailed for expenses fraud has lost a Court of Appeal bid to challenge his four-year prison sentence.’

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The Independent, 26th September 2023

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Jared O’Mara: ex-Labour MP found guilty of six counts of expenses fraud – The Guardian

Posted February 9th, 2023 in drug abuse, expenses, fraud, news, parliament by sally

‘The former Labour MP Jared O’Mara has been found guilty of making fraudulent expense claims to fund a “galloping” cocaine habit.’

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The Guardian, 8th February 2023

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Watchdog apologises for saying MPs’ Christmas party costs are claimable – The Guardian

Posted November 25th, 2022 in expenses, government departments, news, ombudsmen, political parties by tracey

‘The MPs’ expenses watchdog has apologised for telling parliamentarians they could claim back some costs for Christmas parties.’

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The Guardian, 24th November 2022

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Court rejects LiP’s “indiscriminate attack” on legal expenses insurers – Litigation Futures

‘The High Court has struck out a claim by a litigant-in-person (LiP) who responded to the failure of her employment tribunal case by launching an “indiscriminate attack” against legal expenses insurers and regulators.’

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Litigation Futures, 30th January 2020

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Samuel Parsons considers the recent decision of ICC Judge Barber in Re London Bridge Entertainment Partners LLP (in administration) – Guildhall Chambers

Posted November 26th, 2019 in administrators, deposits, expenses, news, rent by sally

‘Insolvency and Companies Court (ICC) Judge Barber held that the Lundy Granite principle does not extend to an obligation to ‘top up’ a rent deposit fund, where sums had been withdrawn from the fund to pay rent. Re London Bridge Entertainment Partners shows how seemingly immaterial business decisions made when an entity is solvent will be thrown into relief when the same entity becomes insolvent. Here, the decision to ‘pay first, ask questions later’ from the deposit fund meant that the landlord effectively lost its priority ranking in respect of those rent payments; a priority it could otherwise have been entitled to. The case also demonstrates that the ambit of provable debts will continue to be construed broadly, while the category of administration expenses will be narrowly construed. Written by Samuel Parsons, barrister at Guildhall Chambers.’

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Guildhall Chambers, 22nd November 2019

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Legal Expenses and Variations for Living Expenses in Account Freezing Orders (AFOS) – Drystone Chambers

Posted October 29th, 2019 in expenses, fees, freezing injunctions, news, proceeds of crime by sally

‘This article will deal with how to withdraw legal and living expenses from an Account Freezing Order (‘AFO’). Like all freezing or restraint proceedings under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (‘POCA’), living expenses can be paid from the account where they are reasonable and continue the current lifestyle of the owner of the account.’

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Drystone Chambers, October 2019

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Brexit: ‘No evidence’ of crimes by Leave.EU and Arron Banks – BBC News

Posted September 24th, 2019 in brexit, elections, expenses, news, political parties, referendums by tracey

‘The National Crime Agency has found “no evidence” of criminal offences after allegations against Leave.EU and its founder Arron Banks.’

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BBC News, 24th September 2019

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Koza Ltd & Anor v Akcil & Ors [2019] EWCA Civ 891 – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted July 3rd, 2019 in company directors, expenses, freezing injunctions, news, undertakings by sally

‘The first Appellant/Claimant (‘Koza Ltd’) was a company incorporated in England and Wales, of which the Second Appellant/Claimant, ‘Mr Ipek’ was sole director. Koza Ltd was incorporated in March 2014 and capitalised with £60 million provided by the Respondent/Defendant (“Koza Altin”), its parent and 100% owner, to undertake mining operations outside Turkey.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 27th June 2019

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Reasonable Expenses and intentional homelessness – Nearly Legal

‘Samuels v Birmingham City Council (2019) UKSC 28. The Supreme Court, finally, has delivered its judgment on the issue of the assessment of “reasonable expenses” when considering the affordability of rent in homelessness decisions.’

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Nearly Legal, 16th June 2019

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Barry Bennell expenses claim raises questions about Crewe’s legal defence – The Guardian

Posted March 21st, 2019 in child abuse, children, damages, documents, evidence, expenses, news, sexual offences, sport, victims by tracey

‘Here is the expenses claim from Barry Bennell that raises significant questions about the defence put forward by Crewe Alexandra’s lawyers to fight the high court claims lodged by victims of the paedophile coach. It shows Bennell claimed £5 per boy to accommodate them at his house during the years when he used his position as Crewe’s youth-team coach to feed what prosecutors have described as his “almost insatiable appetite for young boys”.’

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The Guardian, 20th March 2019

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Case Comment: R v Mackinlay & Ors [2018] UKSC 42 – UKSC Blog

Posted January 30th, 2019 in appeals, elections, expenses, gifts, news, statutory interpretation, Supreme Court by sally

‘This case relates to a point of statutory construction in the Representation of the People Act 1983, s 90C(1)(a). The question was whether goods, services, or facilities provided free-of-charge or at a discount to a candidate for election need to be declared by the candidate as an election expense even if they had not been authorised by the candidate, their election agent, or someone else authorised by the candidate or agent.’

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UKSC Blog, 29th January 2019

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Court of Appeal rejects appeal by mother over aftercare services and day trip expense – Local Government Lawyer

Posted January 7th, 2019 in detention, expenses, families, local government, mental health, news by sally

‘The Court of Appeal has rejected a claim by a mother that a council and a clinical commissioning group were required under s.117 of the Mental Health Act 1983 to meet her travelling expenses for a 240-mile round trip to see her son on day trips out of the mental hospital where he is detained.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 3rd January 2019

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Lift ban on payments for surrogates, says Sir James Munby – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 3rd, 2018 in expenses, family courts, judges, news, remuneration, surrogacy by tracey

‘A ban on paying surrogate mothers should be lifted, the former head of the family court, has said.’

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Daily Telegraph, 2nd December 2018

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Electoral Commission ‘misinterpreted’ Vote Leave expenses, court rules – BBC News

Posted September 17th, 2018 in expenses, fines, news, referendums, statutory interpretation by sally

‘The Electoral Commission misinterpreted EU referendum spending laws allowing Vote Leave to break them, the High Court has ruled.’

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BBC News, 14th September 2018

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Case Comment: Mitsui & Co Ltd & Ors v Beteiligungsgesellschaft LPG Tankerflotte MBH & Co KG & Anor [2017] UKSC 68 – UKSC Blog

Posted September 6th, 2018 in costs, expenses, news, piracy, shipping law, Supreme Court by tracey

‘The Supreme Court heard the case of Mitsui & Co Ltd & Ors v Beteiligungsgesellschaft LPG Tankerflotte MBH & Co KG & Anor [2017] UKSC 68 in which it considered whether the expenses occurred by a vessel during a negotiating period with pirates are allowable under Rule F, which covers additional expenses, of the York-Antwerp Rules 1974. This is the first time the English Courts have considered the meaning and application of Rule F.’

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UKSC Blog, 3rd September 2018

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British expats in EU launch Brexit legal challenge – The Guardian

‘British expatriates have launched a fresh legal challenge against the 2016 referendum, arguing that the result has been invalidated by the Electoral Commission’s ruling on leave campaign spending.’

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The Guardian, 14th August 2018

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Solicitors convicted of GBH and expenses fraud struck off – Legal Futures

Posted August 13th, 2018 in disciplinary procedures, expenses, fraud, grievous bodily harm, news, solicitors by sally

‘Solicitors convicted separately of head-butting another parent at a children’s rugby match and making fraudulent expenses claims to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) have both been struck off.’

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Legal Futures, 13th August 2018

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Leave.EU parts ways with Mishcon de Reya amid legal challenge – The Guardian

Posted August 7th, 2018 in elections, expenses, law firms, legal representation, news, referendums by sally

‘The elite London law firm Mishcon de Reya and Arron Banks’ pro-Brexit Leave.EU campaign have parted ways in the midst of Leave.EU’s legal challenge to a ruling it broke electoral law, the Guardian has learned.’

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The Guardian, 7th August 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com