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Pro bono orders

Online Published Date : 26 May 2010 | Appeared in issue: Volume 29 No. 6 - 01 June 2010

Writing in the New Law Journal of 30 April, George Gordon, the winner of the inaugural Access to Justice Foundation Student Prize, observed that the popularity of pro bono costs orders has, so far, been disappointing. The availability of pro bono..

No-fault compensation?

Online Published Date : 26 May 2010 | Appeared in issue: Volume 29 No. 6 - 01 June 2010

The Master of the Rolls, Lord Neuberger, has been quoted as saying that if the recommendations of Lord Justice Jackson’s review of the costs of civil litigation are not implemented it may be appropriate to reconsider the introduction of..

Regional success

Online Published Date : 26 May 2010 | Appeared in issue: Volume 29 No. 6 - 01 June 2010

The Administrative Court began sitting in Birmingham, Cardiff, Leeds, and Manchester on 21 April 2009 and by 5 March 2010, 9% of judicial review cases (1345) were issued in these regional centres, exceeding the target of 7% based on the claims..

Tribunal Appeals

Online Published Date : 26 May 2010 | Appeared in issue: Volume 29 No. 6 - 01 June 2010

On 18 January the appeals system for dealing with information rights cases radically changed. Judge Nick Wikeley, the Upper Tribunal Administrative Appeals Chamber’s lead judge on information rights, has explained the new arrangements, which..

Insolvency rules amendments

Online Published Date : 26 May 2010 | Appeared in issue: Volume 29 No. 6 - 01 June 2010

The Insolvency (Amendment) Rules 2010 (SI2010/686) introduced the following amendments: 1) Affidavits are replaced by witness statements supported by statements of truth. 2) Ordinary applications and originating applications in Forms 7.1 and 7.2..

New guideline hourly rates

Online Published Date : 26 May 2010 | Appeared in issue: Volume 29 No. 6 - 01 June 2010

The Master of the Rolls has accepted the recommendation of the Advisory Committee on Costs that the guideline hourly rates for Summary Assessment should be increased in line with inflation by 1.7% with effect from 1 April as follows (in..

APIL v Jackson

Online Published Date : 26 May 2010 | Appeared in issue: Volume 29 No. 6 - 01 June 2010

Muiris Lyons, the new president of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) has criticised Lord Justice Jackson’s report on the costs of civil litigation as being ‘simply the view of one judge’ which if implemented would..

New contract with solicitors?

Online Published Date : 26 May 2010 | Appeared in issue: Volume 29 No. 6 - 01 June 2010

Despite over 10 years of negotiations between the Bar Council and the Law Society, barristers are still instructed by solicitors on non-contractual and non-enforceable terms. A barrister’s sanction for non-payment of fees remains a complaint..

Approval of damages

Online Published Date : 26 May 2010 | Appeared in issue: Volume 29 No. 6 - 01 June 2010

In a letter in the APIL PI Focus issue 3, Daryl Robinson of Lloyd Green Solicitors drew attention to a subtle rule change which deprived district judges of the jurisdiction to hear applications to approve settlements or compromises on behalf of a..