Bar Council braces for £3m loss as Covid hits profession’s income – Legal Futures

Posted November 11th, 2020 in barristers, consultations, coronavirus, fees, news, statistics by sally

‘The Bar Council is bracing for a £3.2m loss next year with revenue from practising fees – which are tied to barristers’ income – set to tumble because of Covid-19.’

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Legal Futures, 11th November 2020

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Belsner v Cam Legal Services: An important clarification – What information a solicitor should provide to a client concerning likely costs that may be recovered from the opponent – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted November 10th, 2020 in consent, costs, fees, news, personal injuries, small claims, solicitors by sally

‘The High Court has handed down judgment in Belsner v Cam Legal Services which provides important clarification in respect of what information a solicitor should provide to a client in relation to the likely costs that might be recovered from the opponent.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 16th October 2020

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Fans to see agent fees from every transfer under new Fifa laws – The Independent

Posted November 6th, 2020 in conflict of interest, fees, news, sport by tracey

‘Football fans will be able to see exactly how much agents earn from transfer deals when new regulations come into force next year, Fifa has said.’

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The Independent, 6th November 2020

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Court: “No need for City lawyer” in professional executor tussle – Legal Futures

Posted November 4th, 2020 in budgets, costs, executors, fees, news, probate, wills by tracey

‘The High Court has ruled that there was no need for a more expensive City lawyer to be appointed a professional executor in preference to one from the Home Counties in a straightforward probate.’

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Legal Futures, 4th November 2020

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Viagogo may have to sell all or part of StubHub, regulator says – BBC News

Posted October 23rd, 2020 in competition, fees, mergers, news, ombudsmen by sally

‘Ticketing site Viagogo may need to sell all or part of StubHub after an investigation by the UK’s competition watchdog found the merger of the two firms could lead to higher fees.’

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BBC News, 22nd October 2020

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Immigration Health Surcharge To Increase on 27 October 2020 – Richmond Chambers

Posted October 21st, 2020 in chambers articles, fees, health, immigration, medical treatment, news by sally

‘The Immigration (Health Charge) (Amendment) Order 2020 (SI 2020 No. 1086) will come into force as law on 27 October 2020 after being signed by Kevin Foster, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Future Borders and Immigration) on 01 October 2020.’

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Richmond Chambers, 16th October 2020

Source: immigrationbarrister.co.uk

Court orders costs repayment after client did not consent to deduction – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Fee-recovery lawyers say millions of clients could stand to benefit from a court judgment which reduced legal fees deducted from compensation.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 19th October 2020

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Law Society “must show it listens to solicitors” about cost of practising – Legal Futures

‘The Law Society and Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) need to do more to show that they take on board what solicitors have to say about the cost of practising, the Legal Services Board (LSB) has warned.’

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Legal Futures, 12th October 2020

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English universities must consider partial fee refunds, says regulator – The Guardian

Posted September 29th, 2020 in coronavirus, fees, news, repayment, universities by sally

‘Universities in England must consider refunding some tuition fees, their regulator has said as it emerged that lawyers are challenging the legal basis of a two-week lockdown of 1,700 students in Manchester.’

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The Guardian, 28th September 2020

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Shop nationally for cheaper legal fees, LSB tells consumers – Legal Futures

Posted September 7th, 2020 in competition, coronavirus, fees, internet, legal services, news, statistics by sally

‘Research showing significant regional variations in the price of legal advice “for what are fundamentally the same services” should encourage consumers to shop around, the Legal Services Board (LSB) said today.’

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Legal Futures, 7th September 2020

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Competition watchdog takes enforcement action over leaseholds – The Guardian

‘The competition watchdog has launched enforcement action against four of the UK’s leading housing developers – Barratt, Persimmon, Taylor Wimpey and Countryside Properties – after an investigation uncovered evidence that leasehold homeowners and prospective buyers were being misled and charged excessive fees.’

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The Guardian, 4th September 2020

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Costs judge strikes down CFAs worth millions – Litigation Futures

Posted August 27th, 2020 in costs, drafting, fees, news by sally

‘A costs judge has struck down three conditional fee agreements (CFAs) in a big-money commercial case for having the potential to lead to a claim for a success fee exceeding 100%.’

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Litigation Futures, 27th August 2020

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Judge refuses payment out of court for all of defendants’ legal fees – Litigation Futures

Posted August 20th, 2020 in fees, fraud, news, payment into court by sally

‘The High Court has rejected an application for a payment out of court to fund all of the defendants’ legal fees in a “gargantuan” tax fraud case.’

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Litigation Futures, 19th August 2020

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LSB demands greater transparency on practising fees – Legal Futures

‘Legal regulators will have to explain more clearly how they spend their practising certificate fees (PCF) under revised rules proposed by the Legal Services Board (LSB).’

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Legal Futures, 14th August 2020

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Lord Chancellor accepts unlawfulness of new Legal Aid scheme for immigration and asylum appeals – Garden Court Chambers

‘On 8 June 2020 the Civil Legal Aid (Remuneration) (Amendment) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020 (the Amendment Regulations) came into force. The Amendment Regulations established a new fee regime for the remuneration of legal aid providers for appellants whose asylum and immigration appeals are being dealt with under a new Online Procedure which had previously been in pilot phase, but was rolled out widely by the First-tier Tribunal (FtT) in mid-March 2020.’

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Garden Court Chambers, 12th August 2020

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What price solidarity among legal aid lawyers? – Legal Futures

Posted August 13th, 2020 in barristers, fees, judicial review, legal aid, news, remuneration, solicitors, working time by sally

‘Solidarity – or not – between legal aid lawyers is under the spotlight this week, with solicitors from 200 law firms coming together to force a change to immigration fees, but criminal firms falling out over Saturday work.’

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Legal Futures, 13th August 2020

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High Court: Counsel’s fee for ex-protocol cases not fixed – Litigation Futures

Posted August 10th, 2020 in barristers, civil procedure rules, costs, fees, news, personal injuries, valuation by sally

‘Counsel’s fees for valuing claims which fall out of the personal injury protocols are not subject to fixed costs, the High Court has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 10th August 2020

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Partner fired for ‘topping up’ fees overturns tribunal ruling – Legal Futures

‘The Employment Appeal Tribunal has overturned a ruling that a law firm was entitled to fire a partner who was accused of “topping up” legal aid fees with cash from a client’s father.’

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Legal Futures, 7th August 2020

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Revealed: Most barristers failing to comply with transparency rules – Legal Futures

Posted July 30th, 2020 in barristers, consumer protection, fees, legal services, news by sally

‘Little more than a third (37%) of barristers, chambers and firms regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) are fully complying with its rules on price and service transparency, it has emerged.’

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Legal Futures, 30th July 2020

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

New limits on compensation fund to save costs – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Maximum payments to clients of dishonest solicitors are to be slashed from £2m to £500,000 as part of measures to reduce the financial burden on the profession, the Solicitors Regulation Authority has announced.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 28th July 2020

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk