Applications open for employment tribunal fee refunds as scheme rolls out – Ministry of Justice

Posted November 16th, 2017 in employment tribunals, fees, press releases, repayment by tracey

‘All those eligible for employment tribunal fee refunds can apply from today, following a successful opening phase of the scheme.”

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Ministry of Justice, 15th November 2017

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

Police cannot charge for football match-day policing on public land – UK Police Law Blog

Posted November 14th, 2017 in appeals, commons, fees, news, police by tracey

‘Can the police charge a football club for match day policing on public land immediately outside a stadium, where that land is largely under the control of the club? No, the Court of Appeal re-affirmed in Ipswich Town Football Club v Chief Constable of Suffolk [2017] EWCA Civ 1484.’

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UK Police Law Blog, 13th November 2017

Source: ukpolicelawblog.com

The FA v Cellino – Behind the headlines – Sports Law Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers

‘Almost a year since the case was heard before an FA Regulatory Commission, the final decision in the case of The FA v Massimo Cellino has been published.’

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Sports Law Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers, 6th November 2017

Source: www.sportslawbulletin.org

Tom Hickman: Public Law’s Disgrace: Part 2 – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted October 26th, 2017 in costs, employment tribunals, fees, judicial review, news by sally

‘The issue of access to justice, and specifically the cost of litigation as a bar to accessing justice, is rightly becoming a major constitutional issue in the UK.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 26th October 2017

Source: ukconstitutionallaw.org

High Court demands further cuts in law firm’s £1.6m costs bill – Litigation Futures

Posted October 25th, 2017 in costs, fees, judges, law firms, news, solicitors by michael

‘Slade J said that while an estimate was not the same as a quote, Master Rowley had “exceeded the broad measure of his discretion” in considering a reasonable upper limit on profit costs to be twice as high as the second estimate.’

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Litigation Futures, 25th October 2017

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

Justice in jeopardy: government defies backlash to confirm ‘reckless’ legal aid cuts – Law Society Gazette

‘The government is to press ahead with reform of legal aid fees paid to solicitors in criminal cases – despite 97% of submissions to a consultation vehemently opposing the plans. Representative bodies have this afternoon condemned the decision as ‘reckless’, claiming it places justice in jeopardy.’

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Law Society Gazette, 24th October 2017

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Council wins appeal over residential care payments and revenue streams – Local Government Lawyer

Posted October 24th, 2017 in appeals, care homes, elderly, fees, local government, news by sally

‘The Court of Appeal has allowed a council’s appeal over whether it could lawfully take into account three revenue streams – private fees, top up payments and NHS payments – when making an evaluative judgement of what it would expect to pay for residential care for the elderly.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 23rd October 2017

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Ministry of Justice begins process of refunding £33m in employment tribunal fees – Litigation Futures

Posted October 23rd, 2017 in employment tribunals, fees, Ministry of Justice, news, repayment by sally

‘The government expects to refund £33m to employment tribunal claimants after the Supreme Court ruled tribunal fees unlawful.’

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Litigation Futures, 20th October 2017

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

Government floats referral fee ban and acting for both sides in bid to improve home-buying process – Legal Futures

Posted October 23rd, 2017 in consultations, conveyancing, estate agents, fees, news, sale of land, solicitors by sally

‘A ban on estate agents charging solicitors referral fees along with loosening the restriction on conveyancers acting for both seller and buyer were suggested by the government yesterday as possible reforms to improve the home-buying process.’

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Legal Futures, 23rd October 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

When must a client be saved from himself? It is all a question of money says the Court of Appeal – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted October 20th, 2017 in fees, negligence, news, personal injuries, solicitors by sally

‘Do solicitors’ duties depend on how much they are paid? Are clients entitled to expect the same level of service from solicitors when they are strapped for cash? In Thomas v HJFS, the Court of Appeal has suggested that the standard of professional duties could be lowered when they are provided at a discount.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 17th October 2017

Source: www.hardwicke.co.uk

Employment tribunals missing targets and haemorrhaging judges – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 20th, 2017 in employment tribunals, fees, judiciary, news, repayment by sally

‘Employment tribunals are failing to hit basic targets and judges are departing without being replaced, users have revealed. Minutes of the National User Group Meeting on employment tribunals report that tribunals are falling short of targets for completing and disposing of claims.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 19th October 2017

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Purplebricks ‘surprised’ at new ASA ruling for misleading advert – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 19th, 2017 in advertising, complaints, estate agents, fees, misrepresentation, news by tracey

‘Online estate agent Purplebricks has said it is “surprised” the Advertising Standards Authority upheld a complaint against it for misleading viewers over its fee structure.’

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Daily Telegraph, 18th October 2017

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Revealed: Bar Council pulls plug on pioneering nursery – Legal Futures

Posted October 10th, 2017 in barristers, children, fees, news, women by sally

‘The Bar Council has closed its flagship nursery scheme at Smithfield in the City of London, citing a lack of places and promising to find other, “more effective” ways of supporting barristers with childcare responsibilities.’

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Legal Futures, 10th October 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

BSB proposes targeted approach to CMA disclosure recommendations: focuses on consumers who would benefit most – Bar Standards Board

Posted October 3rd, 2017 in barristers, competition, consultations, consumer protection, fees, news by sally

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published a new consultation outlining its proposed response to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) recommendations for more transparency about legal service providers’ fees, services and rights of redress for consumers.’

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Bar Standards Board, 2nd October 2017

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Top QCs set to escape price publishing regime – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 3rd, 2017 in barristers, competition, fees, news, publishing, queen's counsel by sally

‘QCs instructed in major cases would be exempt from publishing prices under plans set out by the Bar Standards Board today, though the regulator has recommended that the new rules go further than originally proposed by the competition watchdog.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 2nd October 2017

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Fee change: all change? – New Law Journal

‘Alex Hawley reflects on the rise in anti-austerity sentiment & the possible impact of the Unison judgment on civil court fees.’

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New Law Journal, 15th September 2017

Source: www.newlawjournal.co.uk

Revealed: BSB set to expand price transparency obligation beyond public access to referral Bar – Legal Futures

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) will say today that new rules on publishing prices should extend to referral barristers as well as those handling public access work.’

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Legal Futures, 2nd October 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Jackson: Most of the problems behind excessive costs are “sorted” or improving – Litigation Futures

Posted September 25th, 2017 in costs, fees, negligence, news by sally

‘Lord Justice Jackson said yesterday that 10 of the 16 causes of excessive costs in civil litigation he identified eight years ago have been eliminated or are on the way to elimination.’

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Litigation Futures, 22nd September 2017

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

Council wins test appeal case against lettings agency ‘administration fees’ – Local Government Lawyer

Posted September 19th, 2017 in appeals, fees, landlord & tenant, local government, news, tribunals by tracey

‘Camden Council has successfully appealed to the Upper Tribunal against a leading estate agency, Foxtons, using the term “administration fees” in their lettings agency work.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 18th September 2017

Source: localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Law firm faces £68,000 VAT bill after tribunal rules electronic property search fees are not disbursements – Legal Futures

‘A leading north-west law firm has been ordered to pay £68,000 in VAT for electronic local authority property searches it procured from an agency, after a tribunal ruled that they should not have been treated as disbursements.’

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Legal Futures, 18th September 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk