School fees in times of Covid: Tips for schools and parents – Monckton Chambers

Posted May 29th, 2020 in contracts, coronavirus, education, fees, news, school children by sally

‘The lockdown has posed inordinate challenges for education – with schools and universities adjusting to remote learning on extremely short notice. For private schools and universities, there have been tough choices between furloughing staff, deciding which lessons and courses to continue and justifying the level of fees, when many parents are in financial difficulty themselves. Boarding schools and universities have additional problems as they have a high level of sunk costs in infrastructure for overseas students that, at present, are not allowed to travel.’

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Monckton Chambers, 19th May 2020

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Rule committee urged to review disbursements in fixed-cost cases – Litigation Futures

‘The Supreme Court has called on the Civil Procedure Rules Committee to review the issue of whether disbursements should be payable separately in fixed-cost personal injury cases.’

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Litigation Futures, 21st May 2020

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Court rules bar set too high for NHS surcharge and visa fee waivers – The Guardian

‘A court ruling has given hope to thousands of migrants, including health and care workers, that they will no longer have to pay visa and NHS surcharge fees if they cannot afford them.’

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The Guardian, 21st May 2020

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CFA Uplifts in Inheritance Act Claims: recent developments – St John’s Buildings

Posted May 19th, 2020 in costs, fees, news, probate by sally

‘Conditional fee agreements have been a facet of contentious probate and estates litigation for many years and are, in many cases, the only realistic way for disappointed beneficiaries to fund litigation. This is particularly true of claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.’

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St John's Buildings, May 2020

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Judge explains himself in writing after phone hearing fails – Legal Futures

‘A High Court judge has been forced to issue a detailed judgment in writing because his voice was “breaking up” at the end of a telephone hearing with a litigant in person (LiP) and the law firm suing her for fees.’

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Legal Futures, 13th May 2020

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Bar Council and BSB cut costs as Scots slash fees for solicitors – Legal Futures

Posted April 30th, 2020 in barristers, budgets, coronavirus, fees, news, solicitors by sally

‘The Bar Council and Bar Standards Board have announced a series of measures – including furloughing – to make savings of more than £200,000 to aid the profession during the Covid-19 crisis.’

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Legal Futures, 30th April 2020

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Fee-earners told they can’t claim for photocopying and visiting clients – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted April 21st, 2020 in costs, fees, news, solicitors by sally

‘Two fee-earners are not needed for attending a witness or client – and you cannot charge for solicitors travelling to clients.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 20th April 2020

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MR backs review of guideline hourly rates – Litigation Futures

Posted April 17th, 2020 in civil justice, costs, fees, news, solicitors by sally

‘The Civil Justice Council (CJC) has been tasked with reviewing the guideline hourly rates (GHR), it has emerged, with costs specialists urging it to revert to the old system of setting them locally.’

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Litigation Futures, 17th April 2020

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Court overturns £39k order against solicitor for unpaid medical fees – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted April 15th, 2020 in appeals, damages, expert witnesses, fees, news, solicitors by sally

‘A law firm owner has successfully challenged a court order to pay a personal injury diagnosis provider around £39,000 for unpaid fees.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 14th April 2020

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“Release QC money” to support Bar during Covid-19 – Legal Futures

‘The Public Access Bar Association (PABA) has urged the Bar Council to call in its share of the surplus held by QC Appointments (QCA) to support barristers struggling during the coronavirus pandemic.’

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Legal Futures, 14th April 2020

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Law firm defeats broker’s claim for £100k introducer fee – Legal Futures

Posted April 14th, 2020 in fees, financial dispute resolution, law firms, loans, news by sally

‘A Liverpool law firm has defeated the claim of a finance broker who sought a £100,000 fee for introducing it to a new loan provider.’

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Legal Futures, 14th April 2020

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Day v Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP [2020] EWCA Civ 447: Would your 12 year old understand when to stop?- Hailsham Chambers

Posted April 3rd, 2020 in appeals, chambers articles, fees, illegality, law firms, negligence, news by sally

‘By this notable decision the Court of Appeal has offered a useful illustration of the strict limits to the scope for claims by previously convicted claimants against their former lawyers,
alleging negligence in respect of the defence of the earlier criminal proceedings.’

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Hailsham Chambers, 30th March 2020

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Consumer panel urges more fixed fees and SRA fining powers – Legal Futures

‘More use of fixed fees and an increase in the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s (SRA) fining powers are among recommendations made today by the Legal Services Consumer Panel.’

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Legal Futures, 19th March 2020

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Why Making Profit From Children’s British Citizenship Fees Harms Us All – Each Other

Posted March 19th, 2020 in children, citizenship, fees, news by sally

‘Three months after a landmark court ruling, UK-born children applying for British citizenship must still fork out an unlawfully high fee of £1,012.’

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Each Other, 18th March 2020

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Leasehold property buyers ‘misled by developers’ – BBC News

Posted March 2nd, 2020 in deceit, fees, housing, leases, news by sally

‘An investigation into the leasehold property market has found “worrying evidence” that buyers are being treated unfairly and charged unreasonable fees.’

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BBC News, 28th February 2020

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Funder exposed to costs as CoA says Arkin rule not binding – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted February 27th, 2020 in budgets, champerty, costs, fees, news, third parties by tracey

‘The Court of Appeal has ruled that a litigation funder can be exposed to higher costs than those they committed to backing a claim in a ruling that will send shock-waves through the sector.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 26th February 2020

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Senior judges mull guideline hourly rate review – Litigation Futures

Posted February 21st, 2020 in civil justice, costs, courts, fees, judges, news by sally

‘A group of senior judges at the helm of the civil courts are considering a review of the guideline hourly rates (GHR) “as a matter of urgency”, it has emerged.’

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Litigation Futures, 21st February 2020

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Points of dispute “must be precise and focused” – Litigation Futures

Posted February 21st, 2020 in appeals, costs, fees, law firms, news, solicitors by sally

‘Points of dispute (PoDs) in detailed assessments must help the parties and court “determine precisely what is in dispute and why”, the Court of Appeal has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 20th February 2020

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SDT clears partner in “accidental overcharging” case – Legal Futures

‘A former head of private client accused of overcharging an estate by up to £30,000 when acting as executor has been cleared of misconduct by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT).’

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Legal Futures, 12th February 2020

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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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