Landlords charge ‘pet rent’ to recoup losses after ban on unfair fees – The Guardian

Posted September 4th, 2019 in animals, fees, landlord & tenant, news, rent by sally

‘Landlords are charging “pet rent” running into hundreds of pounds a year in an attempt to recoup losses from a ban on unfair letting fees enforced by the government this summer.’

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The Guardian, 3rd September 2019

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Home Office outsourcing to ‘exploitative’ contractor must be reviewed, say MPs and lawyers – The Independent

‘MPs and lawyers have called for an urgent review into outsourced immigration services after it emerged Home Office profits on UK visas had surged by millions of pounds a week since visa operations were contracted to a private firm accused of exploiting applicants.’

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The Independent, 18th August 2019

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Solicitors right to throw off “shackles” of legal aid for CFA – Litigation Futures

Posted July 25th, 2019 in fees, legal aid, news, solicitors by tracey

‘The High Court has described as “reasonable” a decision by claimant lawyers that they needed the “freedom” of a conditional fee agreement (CFA) and shake off “the shackles” of legal aid to properly conduct a medical negligence claim.’

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Litigation Futures, 24th July 2019

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Report calls for better regulation of criminal defence work – Legal Futures

Posted July 23rd, 2019 in advocacy, criminal justice, fees, news, standards by sally

‘An “effective system” is needed for monitoring the quality of criminal defence lawyers, a report by charity Transform Justice has found.’

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Legal Futures, 23rd July 2019

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Employment tribunals “suffering from lack of resources” – Litigation Futures

Posted July 4th, 2019 in budgets, delay, employment tribunals, fees, news by sally

‘The employment tribunal system is still not coping with the increased demands on it since fees were abolished in 2017, with lawyers reporting that delays have worsened from an already parlous state a year ago.’

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Litigation Futures, 1st July 2019

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Former client refused a fresh look at solicitor’s £340k bill – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 3rd, 2019 in costs, fees, news, solicitors, time limits by sally

‘A costs judge has told a claimant they cannot challenge a solicitor’s bill which was agreed and approved more than four years ago.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 2nd July 2019

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LSB agrees to limit price transparency to public access barristers – Legal Futures

Posted June 25th, 2019 in advertising, barristers, fees, internet, Legal Services Board, news by sally

‘The Legal Services Board (LSB) has approved plans by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) which will require public access barristers, but not other self-employed barristers, to publish fees for routine legal services on their websites.’

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Legal Futures, 25th June 2019

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Regulator considers cap on fees charged by personal injury CMCs – Legal Futures

Posted June 25th, 2019 in claims management, fees, financial regulation, news, personal injuries by sally

‘The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is to explore whether to use its power to cap the fees charged by personal injury claims management companies (CMCs), it has emerged.’

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Legal Futures, 24th June 2019

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Women lawyers face uphill struggle on fees and salaries – Legal Futures

Posted June 19th, 2019 in bias, equality, fees, legal profession, news, remuneration, reports, women by tracey

‘Some clients expect discounts on fees for using a female lawyer while women who push for higher salaries are likely to be labelled “aggressive”, a global survey by the Law Society has found. The report concluded that quotas could help to tackle inequality as there was “no real equality or meritocracy in the legal profession”.’

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Legal Futures, 19th June 2019

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Insurers agree to be bound by ADR in new whiplash system – Legal Futures

‘Defendant insurers have agreed to be bound by the outcome of the alternative dispute resolution (ADR) process being built into the new whiplash system, it has emerged.’

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Legal Futures, 13th June 2019

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Criminal barristers advised to accept pay deal – The Guardian

Posted June 13th, 2019 in barristers, criminal justice, fees, industrial action, news by sally

‘Criminal barristers who threatened to stage a walkout from courts across England and Wales in protest at low fees are being advised to accept a government pay deal.’

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The Guardian, 12th June 2019

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Legal aid: students give ‘desperate’ clients free advice – BBC News

‘A free advice clinic provided by law students has a six-month waiting list because people on low incomes struggle to get a solicitor, its director says.’

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BBC News, 13th June 2019

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Criminal barristers vote for one-day walkout – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted June 11th, 2019 in barristers, criminal justice, fees, industrial action, legal aid, news by tracey

‘Criminal barristers will stage a complete one day walkout on 1 July, the Criminal Bar Association (CBA) has announced. Prosecution and defence barristers will also refuse case returns from 1 July.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 10th June 2019

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Payday lenders being ‘bombarded’ by spurious claims – The Guardian

‘Compensation claims management firms looking for the next big earner after the PPI scandal have been accused of bombarding the much-criticised payday lending sector with complaints that are often spurious and sometimes without the knowledge of borrowers.’

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The Guardian, 10th June 2019

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City regulator bans high overdraft fees to reform ‘dysfunctional’ market – The Guardian

‘The City regulator has accused UK banks of causing “significant harm” to their most vulnerable customers as it pushes ahead with a ban on excessive overdraft fees.’

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The Guardian, 7th June 2019

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Criminal bar opens second front in fees dispute – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted May 31st, 2019 in barristers, criminal justice, fees, legal aid, news by tracey

‘The Criminal Bar Association (CBA) has shifted its focus from low prosecution fees onto “unacceptable flaws” in the Advocates Graduated Fee Scheme (AGFS).’

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Law Society's Gazette, 30th May 2019

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Judge slashes solicitors’ trial costs saying: Leave the work to counsel – Law Society’s Gazette

‘A Court of Appeal judge has made clear that solicitors should not be paid for trial preparation that is capable of being dealt with by counsel.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 28th May 2019

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Tenant Fees Act: landlords should read up on the new law before it comes into force, or risk a £5,000 fine – The Independent

Posted May 28th, 2019 in codes of practice, fees, fines, housing, landlord & tenant, news by tracey

‘Strict new laws will dictate what a landlord can and can’t ask tenants to pay for. Both sides need to know the rules.’

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The Independent, 24th May 2019

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Criminal barristers in England and Wales to vote on walkout over pay – The Guardian

‘Criminals barristers in England and Wales are to vote over a national walkout on 1 July in protest at low fees, which they say can be as low as £46.50 for a day in court.’

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The Guardian, 24th May 2019

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Solicitors call for more full-time employment judges – Litigation Futures

‘Employment tribunals are being forced to rush in part-time judges in order to try to clear the growing backlog of cases waiting to be heard, a specialist law firm has claimed.’

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Litigation Futures, 15th May 2019

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