Electronic bill of costs to be compulsory by October

Date posted: June 2, 2017

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Solicitors are being warned to prepare themselves for a major upheaval in the handling of litigation costs, as a new electronic bill of costs is set to be compulsory by October.

The new bill will become mandatory for all detailed assessments in the Senior Courts Costs Office, as reportedly decided by The Civil Procedure Rule Committee; the only step left is for the bill to receive ministerial approval.

It is highly likely that costs incurred after October must be in this format, according to Francis Kendall, the ACL vice-chairman. As such, solicitors must make sure they are aware of what will be required of them.

Kendall continued: ‘Done properly, it can offer significant benefits to parties, judges and lawyers alike. It is obviously a concern that the pilot did not deliver any data, and it may be that – as Lord Justice Jackson himself said last year – making it compulsory is the only way to change practice.’

‘But it also means that, initially, everyone will be flying in the dark to some extent, and there are bound to be teething problems. It is vital in particular that sufficient time is put aside for judicial training.’

It was reported last year that the costs bill would most likely be compulsory after October 2017, based on the pilot’s results.

‘Parties will be able to file their bill in electronic format which will assist the court in assessing the bill as any adjustment made by the court, to, say, the rate or hours claimed, will automatically be carried through to all relevant parts of the bill,’ according to a note from the Ministry of Justice.

Extradition

Date posted: July 21, 2016

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Abbey Solicitors’ extradition team are highly experienced in this rapidly developing, complex and technical area of law.

The past several years have been marked by a phenomenal increase in the number of extradition requests to the United Kingdom. This change reflects not only the volume of cases under the European Arrest Warrant system, but a global shift, with requests made by non-EU states which have never before pursued extradition with the UK.

We have been instructed to defend and to act on requests from states as diverse as United Arab Emirates, i.e. Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah, as well as every EU member state. Abbey Solicitors have been at the forefront of challenges where the legal systems of foreign states and the compatibility of extradition with the human rights of requested persons have been put to the test.

As well as challenging a request when it is made we can also assist clients in avoiding the consequences of an unjustified extradition request being made in the first place. In particular, we can make representations to Interpol to remove a Red Notice listing and can advise on the scope of “political” and “private law” based objections to Interpol Notices and Diffusions.

Merry Christmas from Abbey Solicitors

Date posted: December 23, 2015

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The Abbey Solicitors team would like to wish all of our blog readers a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year. We hope everyone has a relaxing time over the break, and we’ll see you in January for more of the latest news stories from around the country.

Further Notable Cases at Abbey Solicitors

Date posted: August 17, 2015

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In an effort to keep you informed of the cases we are handling and the outcomes of each trial, this is the second in a set of blog posts designed to draw attention to some notable recent cases we think might be of interest to you.

Operation Khala – Central Criminal Court
Defendant charged with double gang related murder. Unanimously acquitted after three month trial.

Operation Erasure 2012 – Liverpool Crown Court
Defended a man alleged to have been complicit in multi million pound MTIC fraud by assisting in concealment of extensive documents. Further to a successful half time submission the Defendant was acquitted.

Operation Jardine – Central Criminal Court
Trial alleging the trafficking of young children.

Operation Bullfinch – Oxford Sex Grooming Case – Central Criminal Court
The case involved allegations of sexual grooming of young girls over a period of years by older men. Many of the offences were historic and involved young girls from broken homes or from within the care system. There was a 59 count indictment containing a myriad of sexual offences from rape to trafficking. The case has attracted considerable national and international publicity and is being reported by way of an on-line feed by a number of media organisations.

For more information on this case, you can visit the following websites:
www.channel4.com/news/operation-bullfinch-oxford-grooming-trial-opens
www.oxfordtimes.co.uk/bullfinch/

Operation Span – Rochdale Sex Grooming Case – Liverpool Crown Court
This is now the infamous case of a gang of men who were tried for rape & trafficking of young girls many of them from the Local Authority care system. Nine men were convicted. The case has continued to attract vast amount of comment and media coverage in relation to policies towards sex cases of young vulnerable adults, the multi-agency approach and cultural behaviours.

The media coverage on this matter was extensive, with questions in parliament and numerous ongoing enquiries. For more information on this case, you can visit the following website:
www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-18005271

Operation Burleigh – Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court – Counterfeit goods
Large scale Counterfeit goods. Whereby branded goods in separate containers were imported from China in a very sophisticated manner and thereafter put together in a hidden underground factory. The trial lasted some 7 weeks with formal acquittal of the defendant.

For more information on this case, you can visit the following website:
www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/police-smash-manchester-gangs-10m-1287135

Operation Foxhole – Fraud, Perverting and Money Laundering
This was a long firm fraud of QV stores the original 99 pence stores. Abbey Solicitors represented the main Defendant.

Herbert & Others Mutiny at Aylesbury YOI
Representing one of the main protagonists.

Recent Notable Cases at Abbey Solicitors

Date posted: August 13, 2015

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At Abbey Solicitors, we like to keep you informed of the cases we are handling and the outcomes of each trial, so our next few blog posts will draw attention to some notable recent cases we think might be of interest to you.

Operation Forbear 2012-present – £380m VAT fraud at Liverpool Crown Court
The case involves over 200,000 pages of prosecution evidence and the trial has been fixed with an estimate of three months.

Operations Somerville, Mirato & Redwing (Dale Cregan & others) 2013
Abbey Solicitors were instructed for the only Defendant of Cregan’s nine Co-Defendants who actually discharged a firearm, in this four murder, four attempted murder, and explosives trial that lasted for four months before Holroyde J. at Preston Crown Court. With unprecedented security, this trial was a public spectacle from beginning to end, with media scrutiny from the outset. Numerous novel legal arguments were necessary involving hearsay, bad character, etc. involving victims, witnesses, co-defendants, on the same indictment but on different murder allegations. Much of the evidence was electronically presented with substantial cell-site and CCTV evidence often presented in animation on computer screens before the jury.

For more information on this case, you can visit the following websites:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-21321496
http://mancunianmatters.co.uk/content/20039387-%E2%80%98kill-or-be-killed%E2%80%99-anthony-wilkinson-claimed-victim-had-threatened-him-and-his-fam
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-19456787

Operation Beath (R. v B.) 2012-present
Described by the trial judge at Liverpool CC as the largest multi-commodity drugs conspiracy ever in the UK, Operation Beath involved massive quantities of Cocaine, Cannabis amongst other drugs. Abbey Solicitors client was eventually extradited from Ireland under the European Arrest Warrant regime, and a negotiated plea was satisfactorily entered at Liverpool CC. Tim Forte of Counsel was instructed as Leading Junior by Abbey Solicitors.

For more information on this case, you can visit the following websites:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-21924454
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2299472/Philip-Baron-unmasked-drug-gang-leader-international-scam.html

Operation Zambesi 2011-2013
First on indictment of multi-handed attempted murder, cocaine and cannabis conspiracy with central Queen’s Evidence – Manchester Crown Court. Complex and substantial appeal relating to a number of grounds including witness training – sub nom R. v. Sarwar [2013] EWCA Crim 83. Represented by Abbey Solicitors.

Operation Lantern 2011-2012
19 handed triad-gang violent disorder. Manchester Crown Court, represented by Abbey Solicitors.

Operation Worcester 2012 – Chester Crown Court
‘One of the most extraordinary cases of modern times’. As described in The Sunday Times News Review of the 5th August 2012. ‘Honour Killing’ 2004 murder of Shafelia Ahmed by her parents.
Shafelia was drugged and taken to Pakistan for an arranged marriage where she drank bleach. On her return to the UK she was in intensive care and in September 2003 disappeared. After a nationwide search her partially decomposed body was discovered in Cumbria in February 2004. They were arrested for the murder in September 2010, after the second eldest daughter gave evidence against them. A third daughter had written letters to a friend saying she had witnessed the murder. During the trial the mother blamed the husband for the murder.

For more information on this case, you can visit the following website:
www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2183160/Shafilea-Ahmed-murder-trial

CONFIRMATION OF ABBEY SOLICITORS’ POSITION IN RELATION TO LEGAL AID CASES FROM 1ST JULY 2015

Date posted: July 3, 2015

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CONFIRMATION OF ABBEY SOLICITORS’ POSITION IN RELATION TO LEGAL AID CASES FROM 1ST JULY 2015

Abbey’s Position re: Legal Aid Cases from 01 07 2015