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Posts made in December, 2009

Jackson Report sent to Master of the Rolls

By on Dec 31, 2009 | 0 comments

For those of you with nothing better to do on New Year’s Eve than read the Legal Costs Blog (this post was written in advance and published automatically) spare a thought for the Master of the Rolls who was due to receive an advance copy of Lord Justice Jackson’s final report on his Review of Civil Litigation Costs by today (due to be published on 14 January 2010).  If it’s anything like his Preliminary Report the Master of the Rolls will have some serious reading to...

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Lawyers growing rich on NHS negligence

By on Dec 29, 2009 | 0 comments

The lobbying in advance of Lord Justice Jackson’s final report on his Review of Civil Litigation Costs continued to the last moment with The Times (see link) reporting on excessive legal costs in clinical negligence matters.  No doubt all true, but it didn’t seem to add much to a similar article from The Times headed “Lawyers get more than victims in NHS compensation scandal” (see link) published back in March 2009. ...

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Solicitors' bills and VAT

By on Dec 21, 2009 | 0 comments

Those involved in the world of legal costs will be dreading VAT reverting to 17.5% in 2010 and the difficulties this will cause in relation to bill drafting. On the subject of VAT, another video from Colin Berry, this time about solicitors’ bills and VAT: (If you receive the Legal Costs Blog via email you made need to adjust your security settings to view the video.) I’m no expert on VAT regulations but I suspect the answer may lie in the fact that the bill is headed “Interim Account”. I again hasten to add that the views expressed by Mr Berry are his own and not those of the Legal Costs Blog or anyone associated with...

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Costs Judge Vacancies

By on Dec 16, 2009 | 0 comments

Anyone looking for a new job for next year might want to consider one of two posts being advertised for costs judges in the Senior Courts Costs Office (salary £102,921 plus £4,000 London allowance).  You’ll have to be quick though as the closing date is 7 January 2010.   Click image to enlarge:    ...

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