Lawyers cash in on NHS negligence cases – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 18th, 2009 in fees, health, negligence, news by sally

“One in five NHS negligence claims now results in lawyers picking up more in compensation than the patient they act for.”

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Daily Telegraph, 18th December 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Is the 2007 court fee remission system working? – Ministry of Justice

Posted December 11th, 2009 in fees, special report by sally

“Research on the 2007 court fee remission system and examination of court users’ views and experiences.”

Full report

Ministry of Justice, 10th Dcember 2009

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Anger over ‘cost-cutting’ plans for serious criminal cases – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted December 10th, 2009 in criminal justice, fees, legal profession, news by sally

“Solicitors and barristers have reacted with anger to last-minute ‘cost-cutting’ proposals on pay for the most serious criminal cases, which they say ‘drive a coach and horses through two years of patient and careful negotiation’.”

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Law Society’s Gazette. 10th December 2009

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Review of fees for the Lands Tribunal – Ministry of Justice

Posted December 2nd, 2009 in consultations, fees, tribunals by sally

“A consultation on increases to fees for the Lands Tribunal (the Lands Chamber of the Upper Tribunal).”

Full consultation

Ministry of Justice, 1st December 2009

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Written evidence on judicial fees and salaries – Ministry of Justice

Posted December 2nd, 2009 in fees, judiciary, press releases, remuneration by sally

“Tables showing judicial salaries and fees, following the government’s decision about the level of pay for legally qualified tribunals judiciary.”

Full press release

Ministry of Justice, 1st December 2009

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

LSB consumer panel to examine referral fees – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 9th, 2009 in consumer protection, fees, Legal Services Board, news by sally

“The Legal Services Board’s new consumer panel will examine referral fees as the very first item on its agenda when it meets for the first time later this month, the Gazette has learned.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 9th November 2009

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Legal bodies run the gauntlet of creating contracts for sets’ fees – The Lawyer

Posted November 3rd, 2009 in barristers, fees, news by sally

“The issue of barristers’ fees is a bit like Fight Club – the first rule is you don’t talk about it. Yet it is an issue that is of increasing importance as litigators ask counsel to share the pain and help clients with limited budgets bring cases to fruition.”

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The Lawyer, 2nd November 2009

Source: www.thelawyer.com

Test case rules that firms must pay sets – The Lawyer

Posted October 21st, 2009 in barristers, fees, news, solicitors by sally

“Barristers are expecting a rise in cases against solicitors who have not paid fees to counsel after ­Lincoln’s Inn set Enterprise Chambers successfully sued West End firm Sibley & Co for fees owed.”

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The Lawyer, 19th October 2009

Source: www.thelawyer.com

Bar urges halt on contingency fees reform – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted September 28th, 2009 in barristers, fees, news by sally

“The Bar Council has urged the government to halt plans to regulate contingency fees, to allow time for greater public debate.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 28th September 2009

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Government plans to curb costs in defamation proceedings – Ministry of Justice

Posted September 25th, 2009 in defamation, fees, news by sally

“Steps to tackle excessive legal fees in defamation proceedings were announced today by Justice Secretary, Jack Straw.”

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Ministry of Justice, 24th September 2009

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Solicitors hand back £1.5m to miners under voluntary scheme – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted September 11th, 2009 in case management, compensation, fees, industrial injuries, miners, news, solicitors by sally

“Solicitors have handed back more than £1.5m to injured former miners under a new voluntary repayment scheme after wrongly deducting fees from miners’ government compensation awards – and this figure could rise further as the project rolls on, the Gazette can reveal.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 10th September 2009

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Barristers’ fees slashed in Government squeeze on legal aid bill – The Times

Posted August 21st, 2009 in barristers, fees, legal aid, news by sally

“Defence barristers face swingeing cuts of up to 25 per cent in their fees under government moves to freeze the £2 billion annual legal aid bill. Payments for some expert witnesses giving their opinions in cases will also fall by up to 20 per cent in an attempt to reduce a £192 million-a-year bill.”

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The Times, 21st August 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Solicitors and barristers in deal on advocacy pay – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 24th, 2009 in barristers, family courts, fees, news, solicitors by sally

“Solicitors and barristers reached an agreement this week that would see both sides of the profession paid the same amount for advocacy work in family cases.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 23rd July 2009

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Seaga v Harper (No 2) – Times Law Reports

Posted July 10th, 2009 in costs, fees, insurance, Jamaica, law reports, Privy Council by sally

Seaga v Harper (No 2)

Privy Council

“After-the-event insurance premiums and success fees under conditional fee agreements entered into with English counsel and solicitors were not recoverable as costs by a successful party in an appeal to the Privy Council from Jamaica whose domestic law did not permit conditional fee agreements or allow for a successful party’s expenditure on after-the-event premiums to be an allowable disbursement.”

The Times, 10th July 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Regulating Damages Based Agreements – consultation – Ministry of Justice

Posted July 6th, 2009 in consumer protection, damages, fees, press releases by sally

“This consultation paper seeks views on the proposals to regulate damages based agreements, a type of no win no fee, which is commonly used in Employment Tribunals in England and Wales.”

Full press release

Ministry of Justice, 1st July 2009

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Seaga v Harper (No 2) – WLR Daily

Posted June 30th, 2009 in costs, fees, insurance, Jamaica, law reports, Privy Council by sally

Seaga v Harper (No 2) [2009] UKPC 26; [2009] WLR (D) 212

“Success fees under conditional fee agreements, and premiums paid on ‘after the event’ (‘ATE’) insurance cover were not recoverable as costs by a successful party in an appeal to the Privy Council from Jamaica whose domestic law did not allow conditional fee agreements or permit expenditure on ATE premiums to be an allowable disbursement.”

WLR Daily, 29th June 2009

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Court fee changes mean taxpayers only shoulder costs for the poorest – Ministry of Justice

Posted June 19th, 2009 in costs, fees, news by sally

“Changes to fees in the civil courts are to be introduced in order to target taxpayers’ money more effectively while helping those in financial difficulty, Justice Minister Bridget Prentice announced today (18 June).”

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Ministry of Justice, 18th June 2009

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Proposals to regulate damages based agreements – Ministry of Justice

Posted May 20th, 2009 in damages, fees, news by sally

“The Ministry of Justice has announced plans to clamp down on ‘no-win no-fee’ lawyers who are exploiting vulnerable clients by taking a large proportion of the damages they are awarded as payment for excessive legal fees.”

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Ministry of Justice, 19th May 2009

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

It is time to scrap lawyers’ success fees? – The Times

Posted April 23rd, 2009 in costs, fees, legal profession, news by sally

“Next week Lord Justice Jackson, the Court of Appeal judge, will outline provisional proposals of his review on the costs of litigation. Among other things he is likely to urge a look at a new way to fund civil cases that could substantially replace no-win, no-fee cases for a large range of civil actions.”

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The Times, 23rd April 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Access to civil justice is failing, says Association of District Judges president – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted April 3rd, 2009 in fees, legal aid, news by sally

“Access to justice in the civil courts is worse than it was a decade ago and is set to decline further, according to the new president of the Association of District Judges.”

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Law Society’s Gazette. 2nd April 2009

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk