Highest Barristers Fees Year Ending 31st March 2008

Tuesday 11 March 2008 at 7:53 am | In News | Post Comment

balbir_singh.JPGThe Ministry of Justice has released figures showing the ten highest paid criminal barristers from the criminal defence service, year ending 31 March 2007:

BALBIR SINGH £ 957,000 (pictured)
JOHN C REES Q.C. £956,000
OLIVER BLUNT Q.C. £924,000
GEORGE A CARTER-STEPHENSON Q.C. £763,000
ABBAS LAKHA Q.C. £760,000
TREVOR BURKE Q.C. £711,000
JAMES LEWIS Q.C. £692,000
PETER LODDER Q.C. £678,000
THOMAS W DERBYSHIRE Q.C. £668,000
RICHARD FERGUSON Q.C. £663,000

Cameras in court abandoned, except Supreme Court

Monday 10 March 2008 at 7:30 am | In News | Post Comment

arms.gifThe Guardian reports…
The former lord chancellor, Lord Falconer, was poised to allow not only hearings in the court of appeal but judges’ summings-up to juries and sentencing remarks in crown court criminal trials to be broadcast. Legislation would have been necessary because a statutory ban imposed in 1925 prevents filming in English and Welsh courts.

But the initiative has been killed off by his successor, Jack Straw, and is now “dead,” according to the source. The exception will be the new supreme court, which opens in October 2009 and will not be covered by the ban. Cases heard there could be broadcast – but only if the judge who becomes its first president agrees.

Full article here

The minimum wage

Thursday 6 March 2008 at 6:23 am | In News | Post Comment

cash.jpgThe minimum wage, from 1 October 2008 will be:

  • 16-17 year old rate will rise from £3.40 to £3.53
  • 18-21 year olds will also increase from £4.60 to £4.77
  • adult rate will rise from £5.52 to £5.73

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