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Parliamentary report on City Link collapse criticises insolvency system

A joint parliamentary report conducted in the wake of the insolvency of parcel delivery firm City Link has criticised current insolvency law for being weighted against workers.

The company, which had been experiencing losses for several years, called in the administrators on 24th December last year. The 2,727 employees and approximately 1,000 contractors found out about the loss of their livelihoods on Christmas day.

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Court of Appeal rejects challenge to criminal legal aid cuts

A coalition of criminal solicitors has lost an attempt to stop cut in legal aid contracts from 1,600 to 527.

A judicial review initiated by the Law Society, Criminal Laws Solicitors’ Association and London Criminal Courts Solicitors’ Association (LCCSA) against the Ministry of Justice was rejected by the Appeal Court. (more…)

Increase in default judgements recorded as more civil cases go undefended

Ministry of Justice figures for 2014 show that judgements were issued in a total of 829,000 cases (not including family law matters).

This represents a 25% increase in judgements passed compared to 2013. In October to December 2014, the number of judgements was 196,000, this also represents an increase of 15% on the same quarter in the previous year.

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Copyright Infringement: A Blurred Line?

Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams have been ordered to pay $7.2 million dollars compensation to Marvin Gaye’s estate after their hit “Blurred Lines” was found to infringe the copyright of Gaye’s 1977 song “Got To Give It Up”.

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Law Society makes a case for those affected by court cost rise

As of April 2015, court fees across the United Kingdom are set to soar by 600 per cent in some cases.

Dismay ensued across the country upon announcement of the rise, expressed by the public and legal profession alike as the reality dawns that many could be denied a chance at justice as a result of such a hike.

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NHS pilots mediation service

The National Health Service Litigation Authority (NHS LA) has announced a pilot mediation scheme to resolve patient disputes.

Initially the scheme will be available for claims involving infant or elderly fatalities and care of the elderly.

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Worry over drop in family law cases since the Government’s change to legal aid

CAFCASS (Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service) figures show a drop in private law cases from July 2013 to July 2014 of 36%.

These cases tend to relate to living and shared time arrangements for children whose parents are separated.

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Could no-win, no-fee agreements be on their way out?

Concerns are mounting over no-win, no-fee agreements after a Legal Ombudsman’s report in late January 2014 highlighted abusive practices by some solicitors.

In 2013 lawyers were ordered to pay nearly £1 million in compensation to clients after agreements went wrong.

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Mass solicitor and barrister walkout against Government legal aid fee cuts

For the first time ever barristers across England and Wales have staged a refusal to work in the criminal courts, to raise the issue of the Government’s plans to cut legal aid fees by up to 30%.

They are being joined by solicitors, in what is also an unprecedented move, as they seek to highlight the two major issues at stake – the cutting of fees for legal aid work, and the belief that this will lead to poorer quality legal representation for those people not able to pay privately.

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Criminal lawyers make a stand against legal aid reforms

Solicitors and barristers up and down the country are coming together and threatening strike action over the Government’s proposed reforms to the legal aid system in England and Wales.

Approximately 80 lawyers in Devon and Cornwall have become the latest legal professionals to make a stand against the proposals that would see criminal lawyers having to compete for a contract in order to be allowed to take on legal aid cases.

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