ESSENTIAL READING: "FEES A CROWD WHEN JUSTICE AND POLITICS COLLIDE": A NLJ & LSLA PUBLICATION
There is a section on this blog devoted to links to posts on procedure and costs. Occasionally, however, a post is so important that I feel compelled to draw attention to it. This definitely applies to the publication “Litigation Trends Fees a Crowd” published by the New Law Journal and The London Solicitors Litigation Association.
In the report James Baxter reviews the issues and difficulties caused by the court fee hike. Highlights include:
- The “collective and growing rage against the government” that this has caused.
- “The Ritz is probably cheaper now than the Central London County Court”.
- “… this could well cost the Exchquer more than is raised by enhanced court court fees”.
- “The new fees hit SMEs hardest”.
- “Lord Justice Jackson… consulted widely and reached sensible conclusions which in some respects have been overruled.”
- “… the law of unintended consequences resulting from poorly thought out policies will prevaIl unless Mr Gove listens to the profession.”
In any event the whole document is essential reading, for lawyers (and politicians!).