Elsewhere the Court of Appeal has now been asked to rule on the issue of which fixed costs apply in portal ‘drop-out’ cases when they settle before trial. There have been several conflicting first instance decisions and clarity is sought. You can read more here.
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Meanwhile the Government through Justice Minister Lord Faulks has announced that there will be no immediate review of civil legal aid cuts but there will be a “systematic review of the changes made with LASPO but not until 2018.
“All the ministers in the Ministry of Justice are wedded to the rule of law and to access to justice…” said Lord Faulks “…but the question that arises out of social welfare law is whether it is always necessary for everybody who has quite real problems to have a lawyer at £200-odd-an-hour, or whether there are better and more effective ways of giving advice.’
Yes, £200 – odd – an – hour. It’s quite astonishing that the Minister of State for Civil Justice and Legal Policy could overstate publicly funded lawyers’ typical remuneration by a factor of about 300%.
And finally, don’t forget that the Government has also issued new guidelines for exceptional funding which you can read here
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