Increase in legal hearings delivers windfall – Financial Times

Posted July 10th, 2007 in banking, fees, news by michael

“The rise in bank charge cases has helped deliver a windfall for the civil courts following the decision to increase fees for litigants last year.”

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Financial Times, 10th July 2007


All you need is the bare minimum – The Times

Posted July 3rd, 2007 in costs, fees, legal profession by sally

“A response to Sir Hugh Laddie’s recently published article, ‘Why does it cost so much to go to court?’ ”

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The Times, 3rd July 2007


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Research shows court fees no hindrance to justice – Ministry of Justice

Posted June 28th, 2007 in fees, press releases by sally

“People going to court are motivated by getting justice and a final decision, government research published today shows.”

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Ministry of Justice press release, 28th June 2007


Top ten barristers receive £4m legal aid – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 22nd, 2007 in barristers, fees, legal aid, news by sally

“Four barristers specialising in children’s cases each received more than £400,000 in civil legal aid fees last year, the Ministry of Justice said yesterday.”

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Daily Telegraph, 22nd Juned 2007


High Level Group to Probe Impact on Bar of Competitive Tendering and ‘One Case One Fee’ For Legal Aid Work – Bar Council

Posted June 20th, 2007 in barristers, fees, legal aid, news by sally

“Plans to introduce price-based competitive tendering and a single fee to cover litigators’ and advocates’ work in legal aid cases are to come under scrutiny from an expert group set up by the Bar Council.”

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Bar Council press release, 19th June 2007


National Taxing Team issues guidance on graduated fees – Bar Council

Posted June 8th, 2007 in fees by sally

“The National Taxing Team has issued updated guidance on the Graduated Fees Scheme.  This guidance is available below, with two associated recent judgments.”

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Bar Council News, 7th June 2007


Lamont v. Burton – Times Law Reports

Posted June 7th, 2007 in fees, law reports, solicitors by sally

Payment-in and success fee

Lamont v. Burton

Court of Appeal

“In a road traffic accident claim, the claimant’s solicitors, operating under a conditional fee agreement providing for a success fee, were entitled to a 100 per cent success fee where the claimant had won at trial but failed to exceed a payment-in which was made earlier but rejected.”

The Times, 7th June 2007


Please note the Times Law Reports are only available free on Times Online for 21 days from the date of publication.

Liberty backs legal battle over BME impact of Carter – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted June 1st, 2007 in fees, law firms, minorities, news by sally

“Human rights group Liberty is the latest high-profile organisation to back a legal challenge to the Carter reforms launched by the Black Solicitors Network (BSN) and Society of Asian Lawyers.” 

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Law Society’s Gazette, 31st May 2007


Bank charge firms under spotlight – BBC News

Posted May 18th, 2007 in banking, fees, news by sally

“Regulators are investigating the tactics of ‘no win, no fee’ firms that specialise in recovering bank penalty charges, the BBC has learned.” 

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BBC News, 18th May 2007


LCS to approach thousands of miners over fees – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted May 4th, 2007 in compensation, fees, industrial injuries, miners, news, solicitors by sally

“The Legal Complaints Service (LCS) is to canvas thousands of former miners directly to determine whether solicitors wrongly deducted fees from their compensation claims.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 3rd May 2007


Government response on fees for court of protection and public guardian published – Government News Network

“Government response to the public’s views on proposed fees for the new Court of Protection and the Office of the Public Guardian was published today.”

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Department for Constitutional Affairs press release, 30th April 2007


OFT proposal to encourage civil disputes ignites fierce debate – Legal Week

Posted April 26th, 2007 in competition, fees, law firms, news by sally

“Controversial proposals to encourage private competition claims by introducing larger success fees have sparked intense debate among the UK’s legal profession.”

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Legal Week, 26th April 2007


DCA profit provokes lawyers’ outrage – The Lawyer

Posted April 23rd, 2007 in courts, fees, news by sally

“The civil courts made £45.5m in profit last year – almost 15 per cent of its net intake from fees – a Department for Constitutional Affairs (DCA) consultation paper has revealed.”

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The Lawyer, 23rd April 2007


Bar Council Publishes Graduated Fee Payment Protocol – Bar Council

Posted April 20th, 2007 in barristers, fees by sally

“The criminal graduated fees scheme will be introduced from 30th April when the Criminal Defence Service (Funding) Order 2007 SI No 1174 comes into force. The Bar Council has now published its Graduated Fee Payment Protocol containing recommended practical ways in which to manage the new arrangements.”

Graduated Fee Payment Protocol (Word document)

Bar Council, 20th April 2007


Lawyers wooed to antitrust litigation – Financial Times

Posted April 19th, 2007 in competition, fees, news by sally

“Lawyers could be allowed to earn bigger success-related fees on private antitrust cases in an effort to encourage them to tackle such litigation, Britain’s competition watchdog has suggested.”

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Financial Times, 18th April 2007