Solicitors call for more full-time employment judges – Litigation Futures

‘Employment tribunals are being forced to rush in part-time judges in order to try to clear the growing backlog of cases waiting to be heard, a specialist law firm has claimed.’

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Litigation Futures, 15th May 2019

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‘We want to make it more accessible’: a guide to the new-look bar course – The Guardian

Posted May 15th, 2019 in barristers, fees, inns of court, internet, legal education, news, statistics by sally

‘The exam for barrister trainees could be about to change. Here’s all students need to know about the planned new course.’

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The Guardian, 14th May 2019

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Licensed conveyancers set for practising fees cut – Legal Futures

Posted May 14th, 2019 in consultations, conveyancing, fees, licensing, news, probate by sally

‘The body that regulates licensed conveyancers is looking at steep reductions in the cost of practising, arguing that “good regulation does not have to come with an onerous price tag”.’

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Legal Futures, 14th May 2019

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Solicitors Can Recover VAT On Medical Reporting Organisation Fee: British Airways PLC v Prosser – Zenith PI Blog

‘Personal Injury analysis: Frances Lawley, barrister at Zenith Chambers, explores the decision in British Airways Plc v Prosser, which found that a solicitor can recover VAT on a medical reporting organisation fee.’

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Zenith PI Blog, 9th May 2019

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Court can order costs in foreign currency on summary assessment – Litigation Futures

Posted May 10th, 2019 in costs, fees, indemnities, jurisdiction, news by sally

‘The court has jurisdiction to make an order for costs in a foreign currency on summary assessment, a deputy High Court judge has ruled in what he said appeared to be the first case on the point.’

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Litigation Futures, 9th May 2019

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Re-baselining construction projects: drawing a line in the sand – Practical Law: Construction Blog

Posted May 2nd, 2019 in construction industry, contracts, damages, delay, drafting, fees, news by tracey

‘As construction disputes lawyers, we see our fair share of settlement agreements. And not just the traditional full and final settlements, but also one page final account settlements, and “line in the sand” agreements in which the parties seek to renegotiate elements of the contract while it is in progress. These “line in the sand” agreements seem to feature disproportionately in court judgments, and in this blog I will look at the reasons why this might be the case.’

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Practical Law: Construction Blog, 1st May 2019

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Judge disapplies QOCS after claimants’ failure to pay court fee – Litigation Futures

‘A failure to pay a trial fee can result in qualified one-way costs shifting (QOCS) being disapplied on strike-out, a judge has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 29th April 2019

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“No general duty” for barristers to advise on litigation funding – Litigation Futures

Posted April 25th, 2019 in barristers, fees, negligence, news, solicitors, striking out by tracey

‘Barristers are under no duty to advise clients on litigation funding unless specifically instructed to, the High Court has held.’

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Litigation Futures, 25th April 2019

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Fixed fees can apply to claim which settled for £42k, court rules – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The courts have made clear they will be prepared to apply fixed costs to cases which have long since breached the £25,000 limit. Two judgments that have emerged over the past week show examples of judges considering fixed recoverable costs where the personal injury claims had exited the pre-action protocol.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 24th April 2019

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Prosecutors threaten trial walk-outs in CPS pay row – BBC News

‘Criminal barristers in England and Wales are threatening to walk out of trials or refuse new work over a pay row with the Crown Prosecution Service.’

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BBC News, 23rd April 2019

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Barrister’s non-contractual fees “vest in trustee in bankruptcy” – Legal Futures

Posted April 15th, 2019 in bankruptcy, barristers, fees, insolvency, news, trustees in bankruptcy by michael

‘A barrister’s non-contractual fees are property for the purposes of insolvency law and vest in his trustee in bankruptcy, the Court of Appeal has ruled.’

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Legal Futures, 15th April 2019

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Spending on jail staff legal fees 46-times more than for bereaved – The Guardian

Posted April 11th, 2019 in bereavement, fees, inquests, legal aid, legal representation, news, prisons, statistics by sally

‘The Ministry of Justice spent £4.2m representing prison officers at inquests, while paying out only £92,000 in legal aid for bereaved families at hearings that examine deaths in prison, according to newly released figures.’

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The Guardian, 10th April 2019

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CFA success fees abolished in privacy & defamation cases – Panopticon

Posted April 9th, 2019 in costs, defamation, fees, insurance, news, privacy by sally

‘So after many of months of GDPR-related anguish, finally some good news for data controllers: with effect from last Saturday (6th April), conditional fee agreement (CFA) success fees will no longer be recoverable from defendants in privacy or defamation proceedings, at least where the relevant CFA was entered into after 5 April.’

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Panopticon, 8th April 2019

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CA upholds challenge to routine 100% success fee in low-value PI – Litigation Futures

‘Solicitors handling low-value personal injury claims since LASPO should have undertaken risk assessments before setting success fees – rather than just applying 100% across the board – the Court of Appeal has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 3rd April 2019

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Solicitors can recover VAT on full MRO fee, says appeal court – Litigation Futures

‘A solicitor does not have to investigate whether a medical reporting organisation (MRO) is right to charge VAT on the whole of its bill, the Court of Appeal has ruled in a case that it said affected “thousands” of others.’

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Litigation Futures, 3rd April 2019

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Fixed costs impact: “Less income per claim but more cases” – Litigation Futures

Posted April 3rd, 2019 in costs, fees, news, solicitors by sally

‘An extended fixed recoverable costs (FRC) regime may lead to reduced income per case for solicitors but this will be balanced by quicker settlements and the chance to take on more cases, the Ministry of Justice has said.’

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Litigation Futures, 1st April 2019

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Solicitors lose right to fees after ending retainer “peremptorily” – Litigation Futures

Posted March 27th, 2019 in costs, deceit, fees, news, solicitors by sally

‘Solicitors who terminated their retainer “peremptorily” without investigating the circumstances of evidence that might have thrown the case into doubt have lost their claim to £8,000 in fees.’

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Litigation Futures, 26th March 2019

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Solicitor “told client” to pay fees into personal bank account – Legal Futures

‘A solicitor who told a client to pay his firm’s fees into his personal bank account has been struck off by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal.’

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Legal Futures, 15th March 2019

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Bungled Litigation and Costs – 4 New Square

Posted March 12th, 2019 in costs, damages, fees, insurance, negligence, news by sally

‘In principle, costs and funding should be taken into account when determining the value of litigation which has been lost by lawyers’ negligence. The Courts by and large purport to do this,[1] but the reported cases mostly do not do so adequately, and as a result considerably overvalue lost claims. I will attempt in this paper to show why, backed up by some simple calculations. In particular, the possibility of losing any trial makes a very great impact on the value of a claim.’

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4 New Square, 28th February 2019

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Taxi driver loses appeal over conviction for making additional charge of wheelchair user – Local Government Lawyer

‘A taxi driver has lost an appeal over his conviction of an offence under the Equality Act 2010 of making an additional charge for a disabled person in a wheelchair.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 28th February 2019

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk