High Court upholds ruling that $3m CFA is unforceable – Legal Futures

Posted August 2nd, 2022 in agreements, enforcement, fees, law firms, news, repayment by tracey

‘The High Court has upheld a decision that a law firm which charged its client nearly $3m under an unenforceable conditional fee agreement (CFA) has to repay the money.’

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Legal Futures, 2nd August 2022

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UK rape victim left feeling ‘suicidal’ after five-year wait for case to come to trial – The Guardian

‘A rape victim who will have been waiting five years by the time her case comes to court has said navigating the justice process has had a worse impact on her mental health than the crime itself, leaving her feeling “suicidal”.’

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The Guardian, 24th July 2022

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Criminal courts face further disruption as barristers strike for fourth week – The Independent

‘Barristers have walked out for a fourth week as industrial action continues at courts around the country.’

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The Independent, 18th July 2022

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Court blocks bid to issue 3,500 cases on just one claim form – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The High Court has blocked a firm’s latest attempt to issue multiple different claims through the same claim form.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 15th July 2022

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Backdating legal aid fee hike is legal – but it’s a pyrrhic victory – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 14th, 2022 in fees, legal aid, news, retrospectivity by tracey

‘Awarding a 15% fee uplift to existing criminal legal aid cases poses no legal problems, the government has conceded following the threat of litigation.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 13th July 2022

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Defendant DBAs are unlawful, Court of Appeal rules – Legal Futures

Posted July 8th, 2022 in appeals, damages, fees, news, solicitors by sally

‘An agreement that a defendant will pay their solicitors a percentage of any sums they successfully resist having to pay the claimant is unlawful and unenforceable, the Court of Appeal has ruled.’

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Legal Futures, 7th July 2022

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Courts ‘in limbo’ as barristers strike for second week – BBC News

‘Criminal cases in courts across England and Wales face further disruption as barristers enter a second week of strike action. The walkouts began last week in a long-running dispute over pay and conditions.’

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BBC News, 4th July 2022

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Criminal legal aid fee increases a welcome first step, but next stages critical to rebuilding justice system, says Bar Council – The Bar Council

Posted July 1st, 2022 in barristers, budgets, criminal justice, fees, legal aid, news by tracey

‘The Government has announced the next steps in the criminal legal aid review including a Statutory Instrument to be laid in Parliament by 21 July to bring in a fee increase of 15% for the Advocates’ Graduated Fee Scheme (AGFS – i.e. the fees paid to barristers) from 30 September 2022.’

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The Bar Council, 30th June 2022

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Barristers walk out of courts in strike over legal aid funding – BBC News

‘Barristers will walk out of courts across England and Wales on Monday in a dispute over legal aid funding. During the strikes, they will not accept new cases or take on work for colleagues whose cases have overrun.’

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BBC news, 27th June 2022

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Criminal legal aid fees will increase ‘by end of September’ – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The government has revealed that it hopes to lay secondary legislation shortly that would see criminal legal aid fees increase by the end of September.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 17th June 2022

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Financial Remedy Update, June 2022 – Family Law Week

Posted June 17th, 2022 in children, divorce, domestic violence, families, family courts, fees, news by tracey

‘Rose-Marie Drury, Principle Associate at Mills & Reeve LLP considers the most important news and case law relating to financial remedies and divorce during May 2022.’

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Family Law Week, 13th June 2022

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

High Court: No case justifies only using grade A fee-earners – Legal Futures

Posted June 16th, 2022 in costs, fees, news, solicitors by sally

‘A High Court judge said yesterday that he has never come across a case where some of the work could not be delegated to a more junior fee-earner.’

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Legal Futures, 16th June 2022

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Barristers to be balloted on possible walkouts in row over legal aid rates – The Guardian

‘Barristers are to be balloted this weekend on escalating industrial action over legal aid rates as figures reveal the number of crown court cases adjourned because of a shortage of lawyers has increased nearly fivefold over the decade.’

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The Guardian, 11th June 2022

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No future in criminal defence, juniors tell Law Society – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted June 6th, 2022 in criminal justice, fees, Law Society, news, remuneration, solicitors, statistics by tracey

‘Few junior lawyers see criminal defence as a viable long-term career, according to the unsurprising results of a Law Society survey.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 1st June 2022

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Barrister given green light to pursue outstanding fees claim – Legal Futures

Posted May 16th, 2022 in barristers, fees, jurisdiction, law firms, news by tracey

‘The High Court has rejected an Italian law firm’s bid to stay a barrister’s claim for outstanding fees because of an action it took against him in its home country.’

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Legal Futures, 16th May 2022

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Ombudsman investigation sees council agree to repay five years of care fee top-ups after it failed to offer affordable alternative placement first – Local Government Lawyer

‘Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council has agreed to reimburse “a significant amount of money” to a woman after it did not offer her mother an affordable care home placement, before asking her to pay a top-up towards her mother’s fees.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 6th May 2022

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Minister: Reforms “not exactly” what criminal legal aid review said – Legal Futures

Posted April 28th, 2022 in barristers, criminal justice, fees, legal aid, news, solicitors by sally

‘Justice minister James Cartlidge has admitted to MPs that the government’s response to an independent review of criminal legal aid was “not exactly” what its author, Sir Christopher Bellamy, proposed.’

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Legal Futures, 28th April 2022

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Case Comment: Bott & Co Solicitors v Ryanair DAC [2022] UKSC 8 – UKSC Blog

Posted April 5th, 2022 in airlines, compensation, delay, fees, news, solicitors, Supreme Court by sally

‘The case brought by Bott & Co Solicitors (“Bott”) against Ryanair DAC (“Ryanair”) concerns the extent of the solicitor’s equitable lien, a remedy that has been recognised by the courts for over two hundred years.’

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UKSC Blog, 1st April 2022

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Legal aid work “close to being unsustainable”, new campaign warns – Legal Futures

‘A new campaign for increased legal aid funding has been launched after the findings of a unique census showed the market will not be sustainable without more government action.’

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Legal Futures, 31st March 2022

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Barristers to press ahead with legal aid action – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted March 22nd, 2022 in barristers, criminal justice, fees, industrial action, legal aid, news, remuneration by tracey

‘Barristers will not be balloted on whether they are happy to accept the proposed £135m package of criminal legal aid reforms announced last week, the Criminal Bar Association has revealed.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 22nd March 2022

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk