£1,200 cost for unfair dismissal claims is challenged in UK’s highest court – The Guardian

‘Steep rises in fees for bringing unfair dismissal claims at employment tribunals – which have led to a 70% fall in the number of cases – are to be challenged at the UK’s highest court.’

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The Guardian, 27th march 2017

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Bar chief warns of ‘loss of confidence’ in fee reform – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted March 9th, 2017 in advocacy, barristers, fees, news by sally

‘The chairman of the Bar Council has weighed into the debate on plans to restructure the Advocates’ Graduated Fee Scheme (AGFS), claiming the body is in danger of losing confidence in the government’s proposals.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 8th March 2017

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Bar backs MoJ fee scheme restructure – with reservations – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted March 3rd, 2017 in advocacy, barristers, consultations, criminal justice, fees, legal aid, news by tracey

‘The Bar Council has said it is broadly in favour of the Ministry of Justice’s plans to restructure the Advocates’ Graduated Fee Scheme (AGFS) in criminal cases but warned that it should be “closely monitored” to ensure advocates do not lose out on fees.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 2nd March 2017

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Civil procedure update: new rules – make sure you know what’s coming! – Zenith PI Blog

Posted February 28th, 2017 in budgets, civil procedure rules, costs, fees, news, sanctions, trials by tracey

‘On 3rd February 2017 the Civil Procedure (Amendment) Rules 2017 were made. The majority of these rules will come into force on 6th April 2017.’

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Zenith PI, 28th February 2017

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MoJ confirms hike in probate fees – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted February 28th, 2017 in consultations, courts, fees, news, probate by tracey

‘The Ministry of Justice has confirmed a massive overhaul in probate charges, which will see some estates charged up to £20,000. From May this year, subject to parliamentary approval, the MoJ is planning to introduce a sliding scale of charges for probate fees to replace the current flat fees.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 27th February 2017

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BBC orders urgent investigation into behaviour of TV licence fee collectors amid allegations of underhand tactics – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 27th, 2017 in BBC, codes of practice, enforcement, fees, licensing, media, news, select committees by tracey

‘The BBC has ordered an urgent investigation into the behaviour of television licence fee collectors amid allegations they are using underhand tactics and aggressive incentive schemes to catch evaders.’

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Daily Telegraph, 27th February 2017

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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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