Female lawyers should not be forced to wear heels, says Baroness Hale – The Independent

‘The UK’s most senior judge has condemned law firms that demand female lawyers wear high heels, as she lamented the lack of “progress” on sex discrimination in the legal profession.’

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The Independent, 12th January 2020

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What to do when your solicitor has not paid – Counsel

Posted January 9th, 2020 in barristers, contracts, fees, legal aid, news, solicitors by sally

‘Unpaid fees? Give some thought to your contractual status and when to use the ‘nuclear option’.’

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Counsel, January 2020

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Proposals for changes to Housing Possession Court Duty Scheme “do not address fundamental issues of sustainability”: Law Society – Local Government Lawyer

Posted January 8th, 2020 in consultations, fees, housing, Ministry of Justice, news, repossession by sally

‘A Ministry of Justice consultation on proposed changes to the Housing Possession Court Duty Scheme (HPCDS) fails to address the fundamental issues of sustainability, the Law Society has claimed.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 7th January 2020

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High court says UK’s £1,012 child citizenship fee is unlawful – The Guardian

Posted December 19th, 2019 in children, citizenship, fees, government departments, immigration, news by sally

‘In a landmark judgment the high court has found that the Home Office’s £1,012 child citizenship fee is unlawful. The fee has been described as “shameless profiteering” by Amnesty International.’

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The Guardian, 19th December 2019

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CA upholds third party’s oral agreement to pay solicitor’s fees – Litigation Futures

Posted December 16th, 2019 in appeals, contracts, fees, fraud, judicial review, news, solicitors by tracey

‘A solicitor who had an oral agreement with the son-in-law of a client that he would cover the legal fees did not fall foul of the 1677 Statute of Frauds, the Court of Appeal has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 16th December 2019

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UK water companies ordered to cut bills by £50 by 2025 – The Guardian

Posted December 16th, 2019 in consumer protection, fees, news, water, water companies by tracey

‘Ofwat, the water regulator, has ordered water companies in England and Wales to cut bills for customers by £50 over five years and spend £51bn on improving services and investment in infrastructure.’

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The Guardian, 16th December 2019

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Court of Appeal dismisses appeal by council over bid to include cost of supervising driver conduct in fees for taxi and PHV vehicle licences – Local Government Lawyer

Posted December 11th, 2019 in appeals, fees, judicial review, licensing, local government, news, professional conduct, taxis by tracey

‘The Court of Appeal has dismissed a council’s appeal over whether it acted unlawfully when it resolved to fix the fees for vehicle licences for taxis and private hire vehicles at an amount which included recovery of all or part of the cost of supervising the conduct of drivers licensed to drive such vehicles.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 11th December 2019

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McKenzie Friends giving “biased and misleading” online advice – Legal Futures

‘McKenzie Friends are giving “biased and misleading” advice to vulnerable family litigants, an academic study of online posts has found.’

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Legal Futures, 11th December 2019

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“Disproportionate” to strike out claim for late payment of court fees – Litigation Futures

Posted December 10th, 2019 in fees, news, striking out, time limits by sally

‘Striking out a £120,000 claim for late payment of court fees was disproportionate and the claimant was entitled to relief from sanctions, the High Court has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 10th December 2019

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Supreme Court to review equitable lien ruling – Litigation Futures

Posted December 6th, 2019 in airlines, compensation, delay, equity, fees, news, Supreme Court by sally

‘The Supreme Court is to review a controversial ruling that a law firm handling uncontested flight delay claims was not conducting litigation and so did not have an equitable lien over the compensation.’

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Litigation Futures, 5th December 2019

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High Court: CFA was a contentious business agreement – Litigation Futures

Posted November 26th, 2019 in costs, fees, news, solicitors by tracey

‘A conditional fee agreement (CFA) can be a contentious business agreement (CBA) under the Solicitors Act 1974, the High Court has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 26th November 2019

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Secret Commissions: Wood v Commercial First Business – Case Analysis – Forum Chambers

Posted November 20th, 2019 in agency, disclosure, fees, forgery, limitations, loans, mortgages, news, rescission by sally

‘This note is essential reading for mortgage providers, brokers and any practitioners with a practice or interest in civil fraud as the case constitutes perhaps the most detailed review of the law on secret commissions to date. In particular, it addresses the distinction between full secret commissions and so-called half-secret commissions where there is a partial disclosure. It clarifies the law in the area and solidifies the basis for a broker being held liable where a commission is only partially disclosed.’

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Forum Chambers, 12th November 2019

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Can You Keep A Half Secret? (Wood v Commercial First) – New Square Chambers

Posted November 19th, 2019 in agency, disclosure, fees, forgery, limitations, loans, mortgages, news, rescission by sally

‘The dispute centred around a mortgage broker receiving both a fee from the borrower and a commission from the lender. Mrs Wood obtained two mortgages and a further advance secured over her two farms from Commercial First Business Limited (“CF”), a provider of unregulated secured loans to commercial borrowers. CF only accepted applications via brokers. UK Mortgage and Financial Services Limited (“UKMFS”) acted as broker for Mrs Wood on all three transactions, receiving commissions of £30,600, £57,092.80 and £5,234.22 respectively. CF entered into securitisation agreements assigning the loans to various assignees prior to entering CVL.’

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New Square Chambers, 5th November 2019

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Solicitor tried to take unfair advantage of other lawyer’s error – Legal Futures

‘A solicitor discarded an undertaking he had given and tried to take advantage of a mistake made by the law firm on the other side of a conveyancing transaction, it has emerged.’

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Legal Futures, 15th November 2019

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£500 “not enough” to pay for LiP’s legal advice on settlement – Litigation Futures

Posted November 12th, 2019 in costs, employment tribunals, fees, litigants in person, news, unfair dismissal by sally

‘Employers paying for an employee to speak to a lawyer about settling a dismissal dispute need to stump up significantly more than £500 for proper legal advice, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 12th November 2019

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District judge disallows court fee as disbursement – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 11th, 2019 in costs, fees, law firms, news by sally

‘A county court has disallowed a court fee after finding the claimant had failed to apply for remission. District Judge Jenkinson, sitting at Liverpool County Court, ruled in Stoney v Allianz that the £455 fee was not a disbursement reasonably incurred and was not recoverable.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 11th November 2019

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Aldred v Cham – 4 New Square

Posted November 6th, 2019 in civil procedure rules, costs, fees, news, personal injuries, road traffic by sally

‘In Aldred v Cham [2019] EWCA Civ 1780 the Court of Appeal (Lord Justices McCombe and Coulson and Lady Justice Nicola Davies) considered whether the cost of counsel’s advice relating to the proposed settlement of an RTA claim was a claim for a disbursement which should be allowed in addition to the fixed recoverable costs (“FRC”) provided for under CPR 45.29C and Table 6B because it was “reasonably incurred due to a particular feature of the dispute”. This case has provided welcome clarity in a previously much disputed area.’

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4 New Square, 29th October 2019

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Drone registration made compulsory as UK scheme launches – The Guardian

Posted November 5th, 2019 in aircraft, fees, fines, news by sally

‘Drone users in the UK must now sit an online test and pay a £9 annual fee or face a £1,000 fine after the launch of a mandatory national registration scheme on Tuesday.’

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The Guardian, 5th November 2019

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Moving Inevitably On: A Fixed Future on the Fast Track – No. 5 Chambers

Posted October 31st, 2019 in consultations, costs, fees, news by sally

‘Although to all outward appearances the machinery of government appears to have ground to halt, fixated with only resolving that one conundrum with an outcome which is far from certain, the Ministry of Justice appears not only immune to the partial paralysis, but intends to give certainty in an uncertain world – at least the world of costs. Though delays abound, the inexorable march forward with Sir Rupert Jackson’s 2017 proposals continues.’

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No. 5 Chambers, 8th October 2019

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Counsel’s fee in portal drop-out case included in fixed costs – Litigation Futures

‘Counsel’s fees for an opinion on quantum in a traffic accident involving a child are included in the fixed costs for the case and cannot be claimed separately, the Court of Appeal has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 30th October 2019

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