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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Conditional Fee Agreements and Contentious Business Agreements – Ropewalk Chambers

Posted January 28th, 2020 in chambers articles, costs, fees, news, solicitors by sally

‘Are all conditional fee agreements also contentious business agreements? And, if so, how might that effect a client’s right to an assessment of the costs charged by her solicitor under the Solicitors Act 1974?’

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Ropewalk Chambers, 23rd January 2020

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Court fee can be claimed from defendants despite exemption – Litigation Futures

Posted January 28th, 2020 in civil procedure rules, costs, fees, news, part 36 offers by tracey

‘There are “strong public policy grounds” for allowing fee-exempt claimants to claim their court fees from defendants rather than the taxpayer, a judge has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 28th January 2020

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NHS faces huge clinical negligence legal fees bill – BBC News

Posted January 21st, 2020 in costs, fees, hospitals, negligence, news by sally

‘The NHS in England faces paying out £4.3bn in legal fees to settle outstanding claims of clinical negligence, the BBC has learned through a Freedom of Information request.’

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BBC News, 21st January 2020

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Divorcee sues top law firm after taking out ‘crippling’ loan to pay for legal fight with husband – Daily Telegraph

‘A businesswoman who wrongly believed she would win a substantial divorce settlement from her wealthy husband is suing a top law firm after taking out a crippling loan to pay their fees.’

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Daily Telegraph, 18th January 2020

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Female lawyers should not be forced to wear heels, says Baroness Hale – The Independent

‘The UK’s most senior judge has condemned law firms that demand female lawyers wear high heels, as she lamented the lack of “progress” on sex discrimination in the legal profession.’

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The Independent, 12th January 2020

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What to do when your solicitor has not paid – Counsel

Posted January 9th, 2020 in barristers, contracts, fees, legal aid, news, solicitors by sally

‘Unpaid fees? Give some thought to your contractual status and when to use the ‘nuclear option’.’

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Counsel, January 2020

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Proposals for changes to Housing Possession Court Duty Scheme “do not address fundamental issues of sustainability”: Law Society – Local Government Lawyer

Posted January 8th, 2020 in consultations, fees, housing, Ministry of Justice, news, repossession by sally

‘A Ministry of Justice consultation on proposed changes to the Housing Possession Court Duty Scheme (HPCDS) fails to address the fundamental issues of sustainability, the Law Society has claimed.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 7th January 2020

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High court says UK’s £1,012 child citizenship fee is unlawful – The Guardian

Posted December 19th, 2019 in children, citizenship, fees, government departments, immigration, news by sally

‘In a landmark judgment the high court has found that the Home Office’s £1,012 child citizenship fee is unlawful. The fee has been described as “shameless profiteering” by Amnesty International.’

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The Guardian, 19th December 2019

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CA upholds third party’s oral agreement to pay solicitor’s fees – Litigation Futures

Posted December 16th, 2019 in appeals, contracts, fees, fraud, judicial review, news, solicitors by tracey

‘A solicitor who had an oral agreement with the son-in-law of a client that he would cover the legal fees did not fall foul of the 1677 Statute of Frauds, the Court of Appeal has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 16th December 2019

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UK water companies ordered to cut bills by £50 by 2025 – The Guardian

Posted December 16th, 2019 in consumer protection, fees, news, water, water companies by tracey

‘Ofwat, the water regulator, has ordered water companies in England and Wales to cut bills for customers by £50 over five years and spend £51bn on improving services and investment in infrastructure.’

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The Guardian, 16th December 2019

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Court of Appeal dismisses appeal by council over bid to include cost of supervising driver conduct in fees for taxi and PHV vehicle licences – Local Government Lawyer

Posted December 11th, 2019 in appeals, fees, judicial review, licensing, local government, news, professional conduct, taxis by tracey

‘The Court of Appeal has dismissed a council’s appeal over whether it acted unlawfully when it resolved to fix the fees for vehicle licences for taxis and private hire vehicles at an amount which included recovery of all or part of the cost of supervising the conduct of drivers licensed to drive such vehicles.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 11th December 2019

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McKenzie Friends giving “biased and misleading” online advice – Legal Futures

‘McKenzie Friends are giving “biased and misleading” advice to vulnerable family litigants, an academic study of online posts has found.’

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Legal Futures, 11th December 2019

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“Disproportionate” to strike out claim for late payment of court fees – Litigation Futures

Posted December 10th, 2019 in fees, news, striking out, time limits by sally

‘Striking out a £120,000 claim for late payment of court fees was disproportionate and the claimant was entitled to relief from sanctions, the High Court has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 10th December 2019

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Supreme Court to review equitable lien ruling – Litigation Futures

Posted December 6th, 2019 in airlines, compensation, delay, equity, fees, news, Supreme Court by sally

‘The Supreme Court is to review a controversial ruling that a law firm handling uncontested flight delay claims was not conducting litigation and so did not have an equitable lien over the compensation.’

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Litigation Futures, 5th December 2019

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High Court: CFA was a contentious business agreement – Litigation Futures

Posted November 26th, 2019 in costs, fees, news, solicitors by tracey

‘A conditional fee agreement (CFA) can be a contentious business agreement (CBA) under the Solicitors Act 1974, the High Court has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 26th November 2019

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Secret Commissions: Wood v Commercial First Business – Case Analysis – Forum Chambers

Posted November 20th, 2019 in agency, disclosure, fees, forgery, limitations, loans, mortgages, news, rescission by sally

‘This note is essential reading for mortgage providers, brokers and any practitioners with a practice or interest in civil fraud as the case constitutes perhaps the most detailed review of the law on secret commissions to date. In particular, it addresses the distinction between full secret commissions and so-called half-secret commissions where there is a partial disclosure. It clarifies the law in the area and solidifies the basis for a broker being held liable where a commission is only partially disclosed.’

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Forum Chambers, 12th November 2019

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