Insights

November 2016

On 28 November 2016 a new Simple Procedure will be introduced in Scotland as part of the ongoing civil courts reform.  The rules will apply to many low value claims up to £5,000 and will replace the existing Small Claims and Summary Cause processes in that respect.

July 2016

In July 2015 the Government undertook a consultation in respect of further proposed Court and Tribunal fee increases. This resulted in the draft Civil Proceedings, First-tier Tribunal, Upper Tribunal and Employment Tribunals Fees (Amendment) Order 2016, which once implemented would lead to some Court fees increasing by a further 10%.

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June 2016

Earlier this year the Government announced a number of measures designed to improve the life chances of struggling families across the UK. These measures included Help-to-Save, a national mentoring campaign and increases in the National Minimum Wage.

With research showing that almost half of UK adults have less than £500 set aside for emergencies; Help-to-Save (HTS) has been the topic of much debate, with many stakeholders broadly in favour of the principles which sit behind it.

April 2016

Many customers drew on the rise in value of their homes by increasing secured borrowing during the property boom. A decade or so later, some customers can no longer afford the higher repayments, prompting claims for losses allegedly caused by reputed sales malpractice. Although the number of claims is relatively modest compared to PPI claims, the amount at stake in a legal claim for mortgage mis-selling frequently runs to six figures.

April 2016

‘Hot on the heels’ of further court fee increases that came into effect on 21 March 2016, April 2016 sees changes taking place across various procedural parts of the court rules (England & Wales). 

Most notably, these changes include amendments to the rules about enforcing judgments by: