Bereaved family say they need £50,000 to pay for legal representation at inquest – The Guardian

Posted October 11th, 2018 in bereavement, costs, fees, inquests, legal representation, news by sally

‘The parents of a vulnerable student who took her own life at a university where there has been a series of deaths have spoken of the difficulty of ensuring there is a fair and transparent investigation because they are struggling to match the legal firepower of other parties involved.’

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The Guardian, 11th October 2018

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Doing the same thing all over again – Nearly Legal

‘A county court appeal arising out of a set of proceedings starting with a disrepair claim by a private sector tenant, which raises issues of service and when second proceedings are an abuse of process. Our thanks to Hardwicke Chambers for making the judgment available.’

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Nearly Legal, 7th October 2018

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Watchdog investigates firms over hidden fees – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 9th, 2018 in consumer protection, fees, financial regulation, news by tracey

‘A number of financial services firms that have failed to transparently declare what they charge their customers are being investigated by the industry watchdog, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).’

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Daily Telegraph, 8th October 2018

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ICO enforces the data protection fee – OUT-LAW.com

Posted October 2nd, 2018 in data protection, fees, fines, news by sally

‘Financial services companies, NHS bodies and recruitment companies are among 34 organisations that could be fined for failing to pay the new data protection fee, the UK’s data protection watchdog has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 1st October 2018

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High Court finds oral agreement to pay solicitor’s fees – Legal Futures

Posted September 25th, 2018 in agreements, fees, news, solicitors by sally

‘The High Court has found there was an oral agreement between a solicitor and the son-in-law of a client that the latter would cover his fees, which in the end totalled £330,000.’

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Legal Futures, 25th September 2018

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Firm ordered to deliver new costs bill to Tower Hamlets campaigner – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted September 7th, 2018 in corruption, costs, elections, fees, news, solicitors by tracey

‘A London law firm has been ordered to present a new costs bill to a campaigner who led a legal battle to remove former Tower Hamlets mayor Lutfur Rahman in the latest action brought by an online fees-challenge service.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 6th September 2018

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Client wins JR over fees on offer to his barristers – Legal Futures

Posted August 28th, 2018 in barristers, fees, legal aid, news by sally

‘A man charged with a complex fraud has won a judicial review over the offer made by Legal Aid Agency (LAA) for the fees of his preferred counsel.’

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Legal Futures, 28th August 2018

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Big CMCs to be hit hardest as FCA seeks £17m – Legal Futures

‘The big claims management companies (CMCs) will be hit hardest by fee increases planned by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to fund the £17m cost of their new regulatory regime, it has emerged.’

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Legal Futures, 23rd August 2018

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High Court backs bankrupt barrister in fees battle – Legal Futures

Posted August 16th, 2018 in bankruptcy, barristers, disciplinary procedures, fees, fines, news by sally

‘Any fees not yet paid to a barrister at the time of his bankruptcy do not vest in his trustee in bankruptcy if they arise on a non-contractual basis, the High Court has ruled.’

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Legal Futures, 16th August 2018

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Service not included – Nearly Legal

Posted August 10th, 2018 in fees, housing, licensing, local government, news by sally

‘The issue was the level of fees charged by LB Richmond on Thames for an HMO licence. LB Richmond maintained that the fee level could be set at a level designed to cover not only the costs of processing his application but also to contribute towards the costs of LB Richmond running its HMO licensing scheme more generally, including enforcement. Mr G, the landlord, maintained that the fee could only be set at a level covering the costs of processing the application.’

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Nearly Legal, 9th August 2018

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R (Gaskin) v Richmond upon Thames LBC – Arden Chambers

Posted August 9th, 2018 in fees, housing, landlord & tenant, licensing, news by sally

‘The Administrative Court has held that a person who owns, and lets out rooms in, a House in Multiple Occupation (“HMO”) provides a service for the purposes of EU Directive 2006/123/EC (the “Directive”) and the Provision of Services Regulations 2009, SI 2009/2999 (the “Regulations”), and that the HMO licensing scheme under Part 2, Housing Act 2004 is an “authorisation scheme” for the purposes of the Directive and Regulations. The decision of the CJEU in R (Hemming t/a Simply Pleasure) v Westminster CC [2017] 3 WLR 317, therefore applies to the fees that may be charged on a Part 2 licensing application, so that where a local authority demanded payment on application of an upfront fee which covered not merely the costs of processing the application, but also the costs of administering and enforcing the scheme, the fee was unlawful.’

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Arden Chambers, 31st July 2018

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Senior judge warns experts over conditional fee agreements – Litigation Futures

Posted August 9th, 2018 in disciplinary procedures, expert witnesses, fees, news by tracey

‘The president of the Upper Tribunal’s Lands Chamber has warned expert witnesses that it could refer them to their professional bodies if they break the rules on conditional fees.’

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Litigation Futures, 8th August 2018

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One year on: 80% of tribunal refunds unpaid – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted August 1st, 2018 in delay, employment tribunals, fees, news, repayment by sally

‘Thousands of claimants who paid fees to bring an employment tribunal claim continue to be out of pocket one year on from a damning Supreme Court ruling that rendered fees unlawful.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 30th July 2018

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High Court rejects MRO’s bid for summary judgment over £1.6m “owed” by law firm – Litigation Futures

Posted July 31st, 2018 in contracts, fees, law firms, news, summary judgments by sally

‘The High Court has rejected an application for summary judgment by a medical reporting agency seeking to reclaim almost £1.6m in fees from a law firm.’

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Litigation Futures. 30th July 2018

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Court of Appeal to rule on 100% success fee model for low-value PI claims – Litigation Futures

Posted July 27th, 2018 in fees, news, personal injuries, small claims by sally

‘The Court of Appeal is to rule on the legality of what has become the industry model for handling low-value personal injury claims, with firms charging clients a 100% success fee as standard.’

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Litigation Futures, 26th July 2018

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Criminal solicitors in England and Wales challenge cut to fees – The Guardian

Posted July 18th, 2018 in criminal justice, fees, news, solicitors by tracey

‘Criminal solicitors have had their fees for reading large quantities of crown court evidence cut by up to 37% under changes imposed by the Ministry of Justice, the high court has heard.’

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The Guardian, 17th July 2018

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UK fertility regulator to issue new rules on expensive IVF add-ons – The Guardian

Posted July 9th, 2018 in assisted reproduction, consumer protection, fees, news by sally

‘IVF patients will need to be told when expensive “add-ons” to fertility treatments are not likely to be effective, under new rules due to be issued to clinics later this year.’

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The Guardian, 9th July 2018

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We got it wrong: MoJ admits overcharging for court fees – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 5th, 2018 in courts, fees, Ministry of Justice, news by tracey

‘The Ministry of Justice has admitted overcharging for a string of different court fees – with the lost income from reducing the fees set to cost around £9m a year. The announcement follows the Gazette’s revelation that some personal injury claimants had been overcharged by more than £100 for starting proceedings in the High Court and County Court since 2016.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 4th July 2018

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Solicitors are now “dairy farmers” of PI market as numbers fall – Legal Futures

‘The number of law firms specialising in personal injury (PI) work has fallen by 10% over the past two years, it has been revealed, with one leading practitioner describing solicitors now as the “dairy farmers” of the market due to their declining influence.’

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Legal Futures, 2nd July 2018

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“Poorly drafted” CFA that named wrong defendant still valid, Court of Appeal rules – Litigation Futures

Posted June 20th, 2018 in contracts, drafting, fees, interpretation, news by sally

‘A conditional fee agreement (CFA) that named the wrong defendant was still valid when read in the wider context of the claim, the Court of Appeal has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 20th June 2018

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