Unprecedented £19 bn class action against Mastercard

MasterCard is facing an unprecedented class action in the UK set to be worth approximately £19 billion. The action is being brought pursuant to the Consumer Credit Act 2015 and is based on fees levied in cross border transactions within the EU. In 2014 MasterCard was found to have contravened EU law by imposing what are known as intercharge fees…

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A Criminal Code?

The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Thomas has called for the criminal law to be codified in a single document see here and also here for the speech. This would be some feat given that Archbold, a criminal practioner's book is about 6 inches thick and this just contains a working number of statutes, procedural rules and common law decisions. If the code…

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Public Interest Lawyers Shut Down

Phil Shiner head of Public Interest Lawyers, pictured above. Further to my last blog on PIL, the firm have now closed following revocation of their Legal Aid Contract.  The news is probably inevitable if the the firm specialised in legally aided cases. Using tax payers money to fund litigation by foreign nationals will always prove politically controversial, especially when the…

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£14,000 award for sex discrimination upheld

Australian anti sexual harassment poster, pictured above. An Employment Appeal Tribunal has upheld an award of £14,000 for injury to feelings, made in favour of trainee solicitor who was subjected to sexual harassment from her boss, Mr Ali. The Respondent argued that the original award was excessive based on the nature and duration of the harassment but the EAT disagreed.…

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British Bill of Rights Scrapped

Magna Carta/Great Charter of 1215 AD - pictured above. According to the Times, Prime Minister Theresa May has vetoed the proposed British Bill of Rights.  May is reportedly unhappy that the new Bill would not extricate the UK from the European Convention on Human Rights and the concomitant jurisdiction of the European Court of Human Rights.  May has previously complained…

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BSB plagued by ‘rogue’ chambers

The Bar Standards Board has revealed that 2 barristers from an unnamed chambers accounted for over 10% of all complaints that it received in 2015/2016 see here.  This is staggering given the number of barristers practising in England and Wales - circa 16,000. According to the Law Society Gazette, one of the barristers involved has been hit with restrictions on…

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RACE AGAINST TIME FOR LAW FIRMS

Following my last past on Enterprise Insurance Company Plc, the SRA have announced that Law Firms insured by EIC have until the 22nd of August 2016 to find alternative cover - see here. Solicitors must have professional indemnity insurance in order to practice law and therefore it will be vital for the 50 Law Firms affected to find replacement cover…

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‘Ambulance Chasing’ Law firm under the spotlight

The Law Firm, Public Interest Lawyers, have had their legal aid contract revoked, see here.  The firm was known for suing the MOD for the alleged conduct of British Servicemen in Iraq. The Legal Aid Agency have revoked the firm's contract, stating that they have made 'inappropriate' claims and breached contractual requirements. Supporters of the firm say that they are being…

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SRA raises concerns over independence

The SRA has raised concerns over the independence of the profession, see here.  The review seems to focus predominantly on the PI sector and the relationship between solicitors and third party cold callers. The findings do not seem to have been widely welcomed as demonstrated by this anonymous comment: "Maybe the SRA should start to focus upon their own performance…

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Black Box Case may spell the end of RTA lottery

The attached here; may spell the end of the RTA lottery us trial advocates are used to, i.e. where neither party's version of events is inherently more plausible than the others and the case is often decided on witness deportment. Please look out for my other blogs - Joe Chiffers - Liverpool Lawyer.

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