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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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