Solicitors unite to oppose fee cuts – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted February 24th, 2017 in budgets, criminal justice, fees, legal aid, news, solicitors by sally

‘The criminal defence community cannot absorb any more legal aid fee cuts, the Law Society and practitioner groups have told the government, which this week suggested that it will press ahead with controversial proposals.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 24th February 2017

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Cure for all ills? – Counsel

Posted February 22nd, 2017 in advocacy, barristers, consultations, criminal justice, fees, legal aid, news by sally

‘Fees are still too low, but the Bar has developed a better settlement for criminal practitioners to reward advocacy in a fairer and more transparent way. Now it’s up to the profession to make their voices heard and respond to the consultation, as Daniel Oscroft explains.’

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Counsel, March 2017

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Judy Dawson discusses another case involving incorrect Court fees paid and whether this gifts the Defendant a limitation defence – Park Square Barristers

Posted February 17th, 2017 in damages, fees, limitations, news by sally

‘In January 2016 I discussed the case of Lewis v Ward Hadaway [2015] EWCA 3503 (Ch) and the possible avenues for Defendants to counter a practice which was at least perceived to be increasing of Claimant solicitors issuing Claim Forms for values below the actual value of the claim, in order to delay the payment of higher Court Fees.’

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Park Square Barristers, 13th January 2017

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‘Unfit’ council home payouts and legal fees hit £35m in five years – BBC News

Posted February 14th, 2017 in compensation, fees, housing, landlord & tenant, local government, news by sally

‘Councils in England have paid out more than £35m in compensation and legal fees in the past five years to tenants living in “unfit” council homes.’

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BBC News, 14th February 2017

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‘Conned trying to get my children back’ – BBC News

Posted February 13th, 2017 in custody, family courts, fees, Law Society, McKenzie friends, news by sally

‘Two parents fighting legal battles for custody of their children paid thousands of pounds to a company providing “McKenzie friends” – people with no legal training who assist in court. But they were badly let down.’

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BBC News, 13th February 2017

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Barristers to pay 12% more for right to practise this year – but figures show 2,500 earn £240k+ – Legal Futures

Posted February 10th, 2017 in barristers, fees, news by tracey

‘Some 2,500 barristers will earn more than £240,000 this year, Bar Council figures have shown, and they will have to pay an extra £200 for their practising certificates after the Legal Services Board (LSB) approved a 12% hike in fees across the board.’

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Legal Futures, 10th February 2017

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Automatic strike-out for cases where trial fee unpaid – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted February 10th, 2017 in fees, news, striking out by tracey

‘The Ministry of Justice has set out plans to strike out claims automatically where the case fee has not been paid.’

Law Society’s Gazette, 9th February 2017

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Law Society intervenes in high-stakes appeal over the ‘£400 club’ – Litigation Futures

Posted February 9th, 2017 in appeals, costs, fees, insurance, law firms, Law Society, news, pre-action conduct by sally

‘The Court of Appeal has invited the Law Society to intervene in a highly significant hearing this month in which insurers are trying to recover millions of pounds in RTA claims portal fees from claimant solicitors in the so-called ‘£400 club’.’

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Litigation Futures, 9th February 2017

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Government set to raise threshold for court and tribunal fee remission – Litigation Futures

Posted February 3rd, 2017 in employment tribunals, fees, news by sally

‘The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) yesterday announced plans to increase the threshold for the court and tribunal fee remission scheme to around the level of the national living wage (NLW).’

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Litigation Futures, 1st February 2017

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Iraq lawyer Phil Shiner struck off over misconduct – BBC News

‘A human rights lawyer who brought abuse claims against UK troops after the Iraq War has been struck off for misconduct.’

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BBC News, 2nd February 2017

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Post-portal PAD applications subject to fixed fees, Court of Appeal rules – Litigation Futures

Posted February 2nd, 2017 in appeals, civil procedure rules, fees, news, personal injuries by tracey

‘Applications for pre-action disclosure (PAD) in cases that leave the personal injury portals are still subject to fixed costs, the Court of Appeal has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 1st February 2017

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Government snubs calls for hefty cut in tribunal fees – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted February 1st, 2017 in employment tribunals, fees, news by tracey

‘The government has rebuffed calls for a substantial cut in employment tribunal fees, claiming the regime introduced in 2013 is “working well”.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 31st January 2017

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Phil Shiner’s legal firm ‘made £1.6m with improper fee deal over Iraq troop abuse claims’ – Daily Telegraph

‘A disgraced human rights lawyer accused of hounding British troops earned his firm more than £1.6m from an improper deal carving up fees from pursuing abuse claims against British troops, a tribunal has heard.’

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Daily Telegraph, 31st February 2017

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Digital warning over tribunal reforms – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The government should learn lessons from failed attempts to introduce new technology to improve the way employment tribunals work, the Law Society has warned.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 27th January 2017

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Fixed costs would “encourage overseas competitors”, City lawyers warn Jackson – Litigation Futures

Posted January 27th, 2017 in costs, fees, news, proportionality by sally

‘City lawyers have warned Lord Justice Jackson that imposing fixed costs on commercial litigation would encourage “England’s competitors” at a time of uncertainty caused by Brexit.’

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Litigation Futures, 25th January 2017

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Publishing prices: SRA to start with divorce, wills, conveyancing and simple SME work – Legal Futures

‘The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is planning to require law firms to publish their fees for services such as divorce, wills or conveyancing, it has emerged.’

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Legal Futures, 26th January 2017

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MoJ: employment tribunal fees review ‘imminent’ – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted January 25th, 2017 in employment tribunals, fees, Ministry of Justice, news by tracey

‘The government’s long-awaited review into employment tribunal fees is “imminent”, MPs have been assured. However, the Ministry of Justice’s response to questions in the House of Commons today suggests the controversial fees will not be scrapped.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 24th January 2017

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Paying the Incorrect Court Fee – Some Relief for Claimants – Zenith PI Blog

Posted January 16th, 2017 in courts, fees, limitations, news by sally

‘This is another case in which the court considered a Defendant’s application that a claim was statute barred following the payment of an incorrect court fee on issue. Zenith Chamber’s Gordon Exall acted for the successful Claimant.’

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Zenith PI Blog, 12th January 2017

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Mirza & Ors: The Rules are neither simple nor flexible so don’t leave it too late – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted January 12th, 2017 in appeals, fees, immigration, news, Supreme Court by tracey

‘Mirza and others v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2016] UKSC 63. The background to each of these appeals, although unfortunate, is not in any way extraordinary. Indeed, it is perhaps quite common for those applying for leave to remain to fall foul of procedural requirements or to be caught out by one of the many frequent changes in the legislative scheme governing immigration.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 11th January 2017

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Junior advocates lose out to QCs in new fees regime – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted January 6th, 2017 in advocacy, barristers, fees, news, queen's counsel by tracey

‘The Law Society has criticised the Ministry of Justice’s proposals for reforming advocacy fees, warning that junior barristers and solicitor-advocates will lose out while QCs enjoy a pay hike.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 5th January 2017

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