Fred Done, co-founder of betting giant Betfred, has moved into lower value litigation funding with the launch of a new service specifically designed to help cover the cost of enhanced court fees.
Health minister Ben Gummer has announced plans to cap the fees charged by lawyers on medical negligence claims worth less than £100,000, saving the NHS up to £80m a year. He accused some lawyers of “unscrupulously” loading “grossly excessive costs” onto the NHS.
Protective costs orders (PCOs) can be made in favour of people accused of terrorism and where reliance is put on ‘closed evidence’, the High Court has ruled. The application was made by Moazzam Begg, a former Guantanamo detainee.
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Both claimants and solicitors have suffered significantly from changes introduced by the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO), according to independent research commissioned by ARAG UK.