Month: September 2020

September 30, 2020

Wrong road

first_img Denise Kitchener, Chief executive, Association of Personal Injury Lawyers Re: Jackson considers raising small claims limit (see [2009] Gazette, 1 October, 3) In 2008 the Ministry of Justice ruled out any suggestion of raising the small claims court limit. There is no convincing rationale as to why this issue should be debated again, as the then lord chancellor made his decision following much discussion and research. APIL remains focused on the needs of inured people. An efficient justice system which serves these people cannot be achieved by trading off one element of the legal system against another. Who will benefit from this approach? In my view, not the injured person, only the insurance industry. last_img

September 30, 2020

ILEX consultation on CPS associate prosecutors

first_imgThe Institute of Legal Executives is running a consultation exercise upon its application to become an approved regulator for Crown Prosecution Service associate prosecutors to undertake advocacy and litigation. So far, so good. The proposal is that unqualified CPS associate prosecutors assume the same powers as solicitor and barrister Crown prosecutors to conduct cases outside court; and also to conduct all trials in the magistrates’ court, except either-way matters where jurisdiction is shared with the Crown court. There is no need to be an existing CPS employee. The academic qualification to become an associate prosecutor is given as: nil required. A professional legal qualification is not necessary either. This proposal raises concerns over the quality of justice and the potential for miscarriage of justice. With HMCS associate note-takers replacing some qualified legal advisers, we are seeing the gradual de-lawyering of the magistrates’ court. The consultation can be found on the ILEX website and closes on 6 April. Tim O’Sullivan, Law Society criminal law committee, Bournemouthlast_img read more

September 30, 2020

Metropolitan Police revises document charges for civil cases

first_img An annex that itemises the revised charges is available on the MPS site. Charges for civil cases – statements and interviews specifically written by or held with a police officer and/or interviews held with police staff for cases to be held in civil court, have increased from £128 to £131; Reconstruction video tapes and DVDs are now £166 per copy; Copies of the collision/accident report book and national collision report forms have increased to £128 for the first 25 pages; and The cost of providing copy documents, photographs and searches has increased. The Metropolitan Police Service has issued revised charges for providing copies of documentation in civil proceedings. The following most significant changes came into effect on 1 April:last_img

September 30, 2020

Field of dreams

first_img Rogue Male (Coronet) is the true wartime memoir of Geoffrey Gordon-Creed DSO, MC, tank commander in the western desert, special operations executive saboteur behind German lines in Greece, and intelligence agent in the Middle East and liberated Europe. When he wasn’t blowing up bridges or cutting enemy throats, ‘Mister Major Geoff’ was occupied with the opposite sex, with apparently remarkable success. It will come as no surprise that Gordon-Creed, who died in 2002, got to know James Bond’s creator Ian Fleming in the 1950s. As an ex-soldier himself, Field reveals some empathy with his subject. But he’s also a libel lawyer – and says he has changed certain details in the book: ‘I have no wish to find myself facing a furious 90-year-old Greek matriarch claiming that her family now believe that she was one of Geoff’s many conquests.’ It’s well known that even the dullest and dustiest desk-bound male lawyer has the occasional Walter Mitty fantasy. Here’s a perfect Christmas present for him, from the pen of media lawyer Roger Field. last_img read more

September 29, 2020

Give it another go

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September 29, 2020

Bridge over denial

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September 29, 2020

Rubber chicken: Bournemouth uncut

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September 29, 2020

Set up to fail

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September 29, 2020

Water: the big picture

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September 29, 2020

Job cuts high on the agenda as house building slides

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