BSB signals tougher approach to transparency rules compliance – Legal Futures

Posted October 20th, 2021 in barristers, consumer protection, fees, internet, news, statistics by sally

‘Approaching one in 10 chambers admit failing to comply with the Bar Standards Board’s (BSB) service and price transparency rules, with the regulator now set to toughen up its approach to enforcement.’

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Legal Futures, 29th October 2021

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CFA costs payable as part of maintenance award, CoA rules – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 18th, 2021 in appeals, costs, debts, fees, news, trusts, wills by tracey

‘The Court of Appeal has ruled that a judge was correct to include some costs in a maintenance-based award, after the claimant had successfully secured part of her father’s estate.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 15th October 2021

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Financial Remedy Update, October 2021 – Family Law Week

‘Stephanie Hawthorn, associate, and Robert Jackson, trainee solicitor, at Mills & Reeve LLP, consider the important news and case law relating to financial remedies and divorce during September 2021.’

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Family Law Week, 8th October 2021

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Gender pay gap at Bar has widened over past 20 years – Legal Futures

‘The income gap between male and female barristers has increased over the last 20 years, new Bar Council figures have shown.’

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Legal Futures, 4th October 2021

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Asylum seeker given £100,000 hospital bill after suffering stroke – The Guardian

Posted September 20th, 2021 in asylum, fees, government departments, hospitals, immigration, medical treatment, news by tracey

‘Simba Mujakachi, a personal trainer, was just 29 years old in June 2019 when he suffered a catastrophic stroke that left him comatose. When he awoke, he was paralysed on his left side and unable to talk or eat. His stroke could have been prevented by relatively inexpensive medication for a blood clotting condition that, as a refused asylum seeker, he was not entitled to on the NHS.’

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The Guardian, 18th September 2021

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NHS trusts wrongly billing vulnerable migrants for maternity care, says charity – The Guardian

‘NHS trusts are wrongly hounding vulnerable migrant women for payment of bills of thousands of pounds for maternity care, according to a report.’

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The Guardian, 17th September 2021

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First Tier Tribunal wrongly struck out landlord penalty appeal after solicitor failed to pay hearing fee, Upper Tribunal rules – Local Government Lawyer

‘A private landlord will have her appeal of a £7,000 penalty for failure to license a house in multiple occupation (HMO) decided by a different judge after it was initially refused by the First Tier Tribunal (FTT) because her solicitor failed to pay the hearing fee on time, the Upper Tribunal has ruled.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 7th September 2021

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MoJ: “Strong justification” for increasing 129 court fees – Legal Futures

Posted September 1st, 2021 in consultations, courts, fees, Ministry of Justice, news by sally

‘There is “strong justification” for increasing 129 court fees by inflation, backdated to 2016, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has said.’

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Legal Futures, 1st September 2021

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High Court uses new guideline rates ahead of formal introduction – Legal Futures

Posted August 24th, 2021 in civil justice, Civil Justice Council, costs, fees, news, solicitors by sally

‘The new guideline hourly rates (GHR) will not formally come into force until 1 October but the High Court yesterday took them into account when dealing with a summary assessment.’

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Legal Futures, 24th August 2021

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Costs judge rejects “regrettable” overcharging allegations – Legal Futures

Posted August 23rd, 2021 in asylum, costs, fees, immigration, law firms, news, professional conduct, solicitors by tracey

‘A judge has rejected claims by the wife of a convicted Kazakh businessman that she was overcharged by a London law firm for her asylum application and described the allegations of misconduct she levelled as “regrettable”.’

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Legal Futures, 23rd August 2021

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Cost of practising as a solicitor set to fall by 6.7% – Legal Futures

‘The cost of practising as a solicitor is to fall by 6.7% in the coming year, although it may have to rise in future once the Law Society sets a new reserves policy.’

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Legal Futures, 20th August 2021

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Civil Justice Council pushes ahead with guideline hourly rates changes – Legal Futures

Posted August 2nd, 2021 in civil justice, consultations, costs, fees, news by sally

‘The Civil Justice Council (CJC) working group charged with reviewing the guideline hourly rates (GHR) has doubled down on its interim recommendations following consultation.’

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Legal Futures, 2nd August 2021

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High Court refuses to let law firm take place of deceased claimant – Legal Futures

Posted July 21st, 2021 in assignment, champerty, costs, damages, fees, law firms, news, third parties by sally

‘A High Court judge has rejected an application by a law firm to substitute itself for a deceased claimant, on the grounds that it would be a form of champerty.’

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Legal Futures, 20th July 2021

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Court blocks firm being substituted into claim of dead client – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 21st, 2021 in assignment, champerty, costs, damages, fees, law firms, news, third parties by sally

‘The High Court has refused an application from a London firm to be substituted for their deceased client in a £1.5m litigation claim.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 20th July 2021

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Court refuses to block potential claim against solicitors over fees – Legal Futures

‘The High Court has refused to issue an order to prevent a high-profile collapsed company’s investors from trying in the future to reclaim the legal fees paid by its boss in defending him from a civil claim.’

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Legal Futures, 6th July 2021

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Disabled woman begins legal action over Hampstead ponds fees – The Guardian

‘A woman who swims regularly in the Hampstead ponds is taking legal action against the City of London Corporation, claiming that the new charging regime discriminates against disabled people.’

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The Guardian, 1st July 2021

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Medical agency admin fee “not recoverable” as part of fixed costs – Litigation Futures

‘Defendant solicitors have welcomed a ruling that medical agency costs are irrecoverable under the fixed-costs regime.’

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Litigation Futures, 17th June 2021

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Alastair Richardson: The Legality of Home Office Fees – UK Constitutional Law Association

“Project for the Registration of Children as British Citizens v Secretary of State for the Home Department (PRCBC) concerned a challenge to the lawfulness of fees charged to children applying to be registered as British citizens. The fees have a serious adverse impact on the ability of many children to apply for registration.”

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 26th May 2021

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Extortionist visa application fees caused “colossal interference” with Windrush victim’s right to family life – EIN Blog

Posted May 18th, 2021 in families, fees, human rights, immigration, news, visas by sally

‘Mrs Lynda Mahabir came to the UK as a baby aged two months in 1969. She lived in the UK until 1977 but was forcibly removed by her father to Trinidad in 1977. The Home Office’s failure to document her lawful immigration status meant that she was unable to return to the UK for 41 years, when she was finally granted leave to remain pursuant to the Windrush scheme in 2018. However, the Home Office demanded £22,909 in application fees from her husband and five children (including two minors) and refused to consider their entry visa applications under the Windrush scheme. But the family did not have the £22,909 to pay the Home Office. Sitting as a Deputy High Court Judge, Mr Tim Smith held that the SSHD committed “a colossal interference” in Mrs Mahabir’s right to family life because she either had to forego the remedies the executive had put in place with the express intention of remedying the injustice suffered by her and others like her, or else she had to break up the family. Notably, she broke up the family, hoping that it was only temporary, but in the process she suffered the “colossal interference” with her right to family life identified by Lord Wilson in R (Quila) v SSHD [2012] 1 AC 621. The court noted that by 2018 heartbreaking accounts of the Windrush scandal were reported in the media. The plight of Windrush victims was well known indeed, and these events marked a racist epoch in British history.’

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EIN Blog, 17th May 2021

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High Court upholds judgment on law firms’ unpaid fees – Legal Futures

Posted May 18th, 2021 in default judgments, fees, law firms, news by sally

‘The High Court has rejected a challenge to a judgment in default obtained by two law firms whose retainers were terminated by a Swiss company, leaving Carpmaels & Raynsford with unpaid fees of €201,000 (£172,000) and Collyer Bristow with £320,000.’

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Legal Futures, 18th May 2021

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