Solicitors fury at “real-terms cut” in criminal legal aid fees – Legal Futures

Posted December 1st, 2022 in fees, Law Society, legal aid, news, solicitors by sally

‘The Law Society yesterday reacted with fury to the government’s failure to deliver the 15% increase in criminal legal aid fees that its own report said was needed as a bare minimum.’

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Legal Futures, 1st December 2022

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News focus: Legal aid pay rises would stoke inflation – Raab – Law Society’s Gazette

‘With the government set to unveil its full response to the Bellamy legal aid review, lord chancellor Dominic Raab says extra cash for solicitors is unlikely. The prospect of industrial action still looms.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 25thNovember 2022

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More cash for solicitors? Not the right thing to do – Raab – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Lord chancellor Dominic Raab has signalled that he will not be announcing extra cash for solicitors when the government’s response to the Bellamy legal aid review is published next week.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 23rd November 2022

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Covid: Uni students’ legal action over pandemic education – BBC News

Posted November 3rd, 2022 in complaints, coronavirus, education, fees, news, universities by sally

‘Thousands of students are taking legal action against their universities over their education during the pandemic.’

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BBC News, 1st November 2022

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Law Society has ‘duty’ to tell solicitors to shun underpaid work, says president – The Guardian

‘The new president of the Law Society has said the association has a duty to tell solicitors in England and Wales to refuse criminal work if they are not paid properly for it, as they demand a 15% increase in legal aid fees to give them parity with barristers.’

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The Guardian, 23rd October 2022

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City council to refund 11 years of care home top-up fees to family following Ombudsman investigation – Local Government Lawyer

Posted October 21st, 2022 in care homes, compensation, delay, families, fees, local government, news, ombudsmen by tracey

‘An investigation by the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has concluded that a family should never have been charged for 11 years’ worth of care home top-up fees for their mother’s care.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 21st October 2022

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Post Office scandal inquiry to put conduct of lawyers under spotlight – Legal Futures

‘The lead counsel to the Post Office Horizon Inquiry last week made clear that the role of lawyers, “some of them senior”, will be put under scrutiny in the coming months.’

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Legal Futures, 17th October 2022

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Criminal barristers vote to end strike over pay – BBC News

‘Criminal barristers in England and Wales have voted to end their long-running strike action after the government offered a new pay deal.’

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BBC News, 10th October 2022

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Master of rolls questions ‘impenetrable’ client documents – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 6th, 2022 in agreements, fees, legal language, news, personal injuries, solicitors by sally

‘The ability of lay clients to understand the Law Society’s model conditional fee agreement was questioned by three of the most senior judges in England and Wales yesterday in a much-awaited Court of Appeal hearing.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 5th October 2022

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Judges wrong to bail defendants due to barristers’ strike, high court rules – The Guardian

‘Judges were wrong to refuse to extend the period defendants could be kept in jail awaiting trial in cases delayed by the criminal barristers’ strike, the high court has ruled.’

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The Guardian, 28th September 2022

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Judges unlawfully releasing defendants, court hears – BBC News

‘Crown Court judges have been releasing potentially dangerous criminals unlawfully because of delays linked to the criminal barristers’ strike, the High Court has heard.’

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BBC News, 27th September 2022

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CPS brings case against judges bailing defendants – BBC News

‘The director of public prosecutions is bringing a High Court challenge against judges’ refusal to detain defendants for longer ahead of trial amid record-high backlogs and legal strikes.’

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BBC News, 26th September 2022

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Four murder accused to be released on bail amid legal aid strikes – The Guardian

‘Four people accused of murder are to be released on bail after a judge refused to extend the time they could be kept in custody pending trial.’

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The Guardian, 22nd September 2022

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Court denies claimant chance to recover deductions made by PI firm – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted September 15th, 2022 in damages, fees, news, personal injuries, solicitors by tracey

‘A former client who threatened his solicitors with legal action over deductions from his damages has been told he cannot pursue the case.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 14th September 2022

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Barristers accuse ministers of rushing release of pre-recorded video evidence – The Guardian

‘Barristers have accused ministers of ignoring a crisis in the criminal justice system by continuing to roll out pre-recorded video evidence for rape survivors in England and Wales amid a strike by advocates. The policy, allowing complainants of offences including modern slavery to be cross-examined before trial in front of a limited number of people, was extended to five more crown courts on Friday, taking the total to 63. Three-quarters of courts are covered and all will be by the end of the month.’

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The Guardian, 9th September 2022

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Barristers strike: ‘The system is falling apart and victims are let down’ – BBC News

‘As many defence barristers begin an indefinite strike over pay, the BBC spoke to a barrister about her day-to-day work in the “falling apart” criminal justice system and to an alleged victim of sexual abuse caught up in the backlog of cases.’

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BBC News, 5th September 2022

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Barristers start indefinite strike action over pay in England and Wales – BBC News

‘Barristers in England and Wales are starting an indefinite, uninterrupted strike, in an escalation of industrial action over pay which began in April.’

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BBC News, 5th September 2022

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It tears barristers like me apart to strike, but the government has left us no choice Simon Spence – The Guardian

“The walkout in England and Wales is not merely about pay: it is about a criminal justice system that has been left to crumble.”

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The Guardian, 22nd August 2022

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Barristers vote for all-out strike from 5 September – The Independent

‘Criminal defence barristers are to go on an all-out strike from next week, bringing the majority of crown court cases to a grinding halt.’

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The Independent, 22nd August 2022

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Post Office inquiry chair urges higher legal fees for compensation advice – Legal Futures

‘It is “essential” that sub-postmasters claiming on one of the compensation schemes following the Horizon scandal can recover their legal costs, the chair of the Post Office scandal enquiry said yesterday.’

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Legal Futures, 16th August 2022

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