Society formally urges Clarke to ban referral fees – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 4th, 2011 in double jeopardy, fees, news by sally

“The Law Society has written to justice secretary Kenneth Clarke urging him to act immediately to ban referral fees, after he revealed last week that he is ‘considering’ the issue.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 4th July 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Disability charity mounts court challenge to Jackson reforms – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 1st, 2011 in disabled persons, fees, judicial review, legal aid, news, personal injuries by tracey

“A disability charity has mounted a High Court challenge to oppose government plans to reform ‘no win, no fee’ arrangements.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 30th June 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Airlines risk legal action over credit card ‘sting’ – The Independent

Posted June 29th, 2011 in airlines, consumer credit, fees, news, theatre, unfair commercial practices by sally

“Budget airlines, theatres and football clubs risk legal action if they continue to levy inflated charges for paying by credit and debit cards, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) warned yesterday.”

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The Independent, 29th June 2011

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Lawyers back Jack Straw’s bid to ban referral fees – The Lawyer

Posted June 28th, 2011 in fees, insurance, news, personal injuries by sally

“Personal injury lawyers have applauded former justice secretary Jack Straw’s calls to ban referral fees, saying the practice does not benefit law firms or their clients.”

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The Lawyer, 28th June 2011

Source: www.thelawyer.com

Minister explains ‘no win, no fee’ reforms – Ministry of Justice

Posted June 28th, 2011 in compensation, costs, fees, news by sally

“Justice Minister Jonathan Djanogly has today been explaining reforms to tackle the problem of ‘no win, no fee’ legal schemes and fears of a compensation culture.”

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Ministry of Justice, 28th June 2011

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

One nasty surprise in the legal aid bill escaped the headlines – The Guardian

Posted June 28th, 2011 in bills, fees, legal aid, legal representation, news, personal injuries by sally

“The bill all but removes sweeteners introduced in the 1990s when legal aid was abolished in most personal injury claims.”

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The Guardian, 28th June 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Tuition fees increases to be challenged in court – The Guardian

Posted June 27th, 2011 in fees, judicial review, news, universities by sally

“Two sixth formers have been granted permission to challenge the lawfulness of the government’s decision to let universities triple tuition fees.”

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The Guardian, 24th June 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Legal aid cuts will stop cases like Trafigura, UN official warns – The Guardian

Posted June 16th, 2011 in fees, human rights, legal aid, news, United Nations by sally

“A senior UN official has warned the government that cuts to legal aid and changes to lawyers’ fees will prevent claims, such as those in the Trafigura case, being brought against multinational businesses.”

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The Guardian, 16th June 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Exchange Chambers pioneers litigation funding – The Lawyer

Posted June 13th, 2011 in barristers, fees, news, third parties by tracey

“Northern set Exchange Chambers has become the first barristers’ chambers to move into the litigation funding market through a tie-up with legal insurance broker Maxima – with both clerks and barristers expected to encourage take-up among clients.”

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The Lawyer, 13th June 2011

Source: www.thelawyer.com

Bar Council Stands by Calls to Ban Referral Fees and Urges LSB to Reconsider – The Bar Council

Posted June 2nd, 2011 in barristers, fees, Legal Services Board, news by sally

“The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, has called for the Legal Services Board (LSB) to reconsider the outcome of its consultation on referral fees, which has concluded that there need not be an outright ban.”

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The Bar Council, 1st June 2011

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Loans firms decision due from OFT – BBC News

Posted June 1st, 2011 in complaints, fees, loans, news, unfair commercial practices by sally

“A decision over whether action should be taken against firms making unsolicited loan offers is due from the fair trading regulator later.”

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BBC News, 1st June 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Lawyers wrestle once again with vexed question of referral fees – The Guardian

Posted May 31st, 2011 in advertising, fees, Legal Services Board, news by sally

“Should lawyers be allowed to pay for work referred to them? The debate remains as heated today as it was in 2004 when the Law Society, under pressure from the Office of Fair Trading (OFT), first allowed solicitors to pay so-called referral fees.”

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The Guardian, 31st May 2011

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Regulation of referral fees for legal services – Legal Services Board

Posted May 27th, 2011 in fees, legal profession, legal services, news by sally

“Launch of decision paper marks conclusion of review into the operation of referral fees in the legal services sector.”

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Legal Services Board, 27th May 2011

Source: www.legalservicesboard.org.uk

Cost judges voiced fears over Jackson reforms, report reveals – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted May 26th, 2011 in costs, fees, news by sally

“Three costs judges from the Senior Court Costs Office broke ranks to object to radical reform of civil litigation, it has emerged.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 26th May 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Campaigners against Jackson litigation reforms vow to fight on – The Guardian

Posted May 23rd, 2011 in costs, fees, legal aid, news by sally

“The fight against the proposed Jackson reforms to litigation costs will go on, the former Labour MP leading the Access to Justice Action Group (Ajag) has vowed.”

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The Guardian, 23rd May 2011

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BSB gives go ahead for barristers to sue solicitors over fees – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted May 6th, 2011 in barristers, contracts, fees, news, solicitors by sally

“The Bar Standards Board has given the green light for the introduction of standard contractual terms that will enable barristers to sue solicitors for unpaid fees.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 5th May 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

MoJ could face judicial review challenge over civil cost reforms – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted May 3rd, 2011 in costs, fees, judicial review, Ministry of Justice, news by sally

“Charitable group the Public Law Project (PLP) has threatened to launch a legal challenge to the Ministry of Justice’s civil costs and funding reforms.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 28th April 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Beware of cut-price offers when you come to making your will – The Guardian

Posted April 18th, 2011 in consumer protection, drafting, fees, news, wills by sally

“We are told that writing a will is vital to secure the future of our loved ones. But many who set out with all the best of intentions, find that what should be a simple act is frustrated by ‘glaring errors’, pressure-selling, and over-inflated fees, according to the Law Society.”

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The Guardian, 17th April 2011

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Lawyers claim £645 million family breakdown legal aid bill – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 18th, 2011 in divorce, fees, legal aid, legal profession, news by sally

“Legal aid lawyers are making £645 million from taxpayers over family breakdowns each year – £28 for every household in England and Wales.”

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Daily Telegraph, 17th April 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Volume disputes set for huge upheaval as MoJ backs Jackson on civil litigation reform – Legal Week

Posted April 7th, 2011 in costs, fees, news by sally

“Success fees look set to be ushered in for complex commercial cases, ironically just as the Government unveiled reforms expected to severely restrict their widespread use in volume personal injury claims.”

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Legal Week, 7th April 2011

Source: www.legalweek.com