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No ifs, no buts, no legal aid cuts

On 22nd July 2015

You may or may not be aware of the public demonstration that took place outside Westminster Magistrates Court this morning. It comes following the ongoing decision by the majority of legal aid firms to refuse to take on legal aid work in a courageous reaction to Michael Gove’s despicable proposition to cut fees by a further 8.75%; his first major decision since becoming justice secretary…

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Are Litigation Funders opening up to lower value claims?

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On 21st July 2015

Litigation Funders have generally been involved in providing funding to meet the legal costs to pursue large multi-million pound commercial claims. The Litigation Funder meets the legal costs as the claim progresses, saving the Claimant from having to pay out for these, and in return, if the claim is successful, the Litigation Funder takes a share of the Claimant’s damages…

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The Human Rights Act allows victims of serial rapist John Worboys to succeed in claim for Met failings

Claire Brigham

Posted by Claire Brigham | Associate
On 20th July 2015

The Court of Appeal issued judgment in Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis -v- DSD and NBV and Alio Koraou -v- Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police [2015] EWCA CIV 646 on 30 June 2015. These were joined appeals concerning the duty of the police to investigate credible complaints of serious violent offences, following the high profile decisions of the High Court last year which resulted in victims of the notorious ‘Black Cab Rapist’ John Worboys obtaining compensation for failings in the police investigation…

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Two sides to every story?

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On 15th July 2015

Over the weekend I watched a programme called Met: Policing London. As a trainee within a Criminal Law department programmes involving police, crime or the law are always of interest…

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INHERITANCE TAX – WHAT A RELIEF!

Nicola Waldman

Posted by Nicola Waldman | Partner
On 10th July 2015

As per their manifesto in 2010, the Conservatives have now ‘delivered’ on their long held desire to raise the Inheritance Tax (IHT) threshold to £1m.

The additional exemption will only be available for deaths after 5th April 2017 and at that stage will be limited to an additional £100,000, rising to £175,000 for deaths after 5th April 2020…

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