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PIBA Guide to Pension Loss Calculations

Posted by · July 26, 2020 9:56 PM

The PIBA Guide to Pension Loss Calculations is now available for sale. PIBA members should not buy one as they will receive a free copy in due course. Please click the picture to the left to purchase a copy.

 

Extended Operating Hours - Urgent Call for Feedback

Posted by · July 08, 2020 5:13 PM

 

Dear PIBA Member

Extended Operating Hours - please see the urgent surveys referred to at the end of this message

At the request of the Senior Presiding Judge a Working Group has been formed to consider the possibility of trying to clear the additional backlog of cases waiting to be heard as a result of COVID-19 related adjournments / lack of capacity. There are specific sub-groups for crime, civil and family.

The civil working group is chaired by HHJ Godsmark QC, and the additional members are HHJ Robert Harrison, DJ Ranj Matharu, plus the Deputy Director of HMCTS, and representatives on behalf of the Law Society, the Fee Paid Judiciary, the Law Society, Litigants (Support through Court), a data analyst provided at the request of HHJ Godsmark QC and an Observer.  Union representation on behalf of the HMCTS staff is also requested.   On behalf of PIBA Sarah Lambert QC is representing the interests of the Bar likely to be affected.  

The Proposal

The, as yet outline, proposal is for evening sittings from 4.30pm until 8pm, limited to 2-3 days per week, in order to clear small claims, and for Saturday listings from 10am until 4pm to clear fast track trials. There may be some swapping between those 2 time slots depending upon the time estimates of individual claims.  This will be in addition to increased regular hours working, but regular listings will not in themselves be sufficient to address the backlog.  The EOH is primarily intended to be in person listings, for cases (particularly small claims) where remote hearings are considered unsuitable. 

HMCTS has stated in terms that the EOH will be entirely voluntary as far as the court staff and judiciary are concerned, and will be staffed by court staff volunteering for overtime (apparently this has been mooted and is acceptable to the staff, who are already volunteering) and by use of volunteering fee paid judiciary.

Junior Work

The nature of the work proposed for EOH, being small claims and trials lasting 1 day or less, is anticipated to be such as to affect junior rather than more senior members of the bar, and the small claims element, which has the greatest backlog and will make up the greater bulk, makes it likely that the most junior practitioners are likely to be those most in demand for EOH listings.

Feedback

The civil WG Chair has asked for preliminary soundings as to whether or not practitioners would be willing and able to assist with EOH of this nature.   Informal soundings have already been taken from a number of chambers, and the SBAs affected are also providing feedback.  

We are conscious that while many will be simply unable or unwilling to accommodate evening and weekend sittings as proposed, the COVID situation has decimated junior work, and income, and there are also many practitioners who may be desirous of the proposal as a short term means to recoup some of their losses.  

In order to allow for the greatest input on behalf of PI Juniors likely to be affected by the listings of rta/PI claims, we would be grateful if Juniors under 10yrs' call in particular could complete the following surveys. They are very short and will take less than 5 mins in total to complete.

General Section : https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/JWBSKDN

Small Claims Section : https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/JRQKBZY

Fast Track Trials Section : https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/JTR52MH

Practicalities section :  https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/JMZQ55P

We have very little tine to provide this information. We need responses to the survey by 3.30pm tomorrow, 9 July 2020.

Kind regards

 

PIBA Administrator

 

Facts and Figures 2020 & Response to the LSB Consultation

Posted by · July 01, 2020 9:22 AM

 

Facts and Figures

Further to our email in April, Thomson Reuters are taking orders for the next edition of Facts and Figures. It will now be published on 30 September.

PIBA Members are entitled to a 20% discount on the full prices. The adjusted prices are set out below.

Title

Net Total

VAT Total

Gross Total

PIBA 20% OFF

TOTAL 

F&F 2020/21 - Print

£66.00

£00.00

£66.00

£52.80

£52.80

F&F 2020/21 - Print & eBook

£89.00

£8.90

£97.90

£71.20

£85.44

F&F 2020/21 - eBook

£66.00

£13.20

£79.20

£52.80

£58.39

If you would like to order, please email david.dooley@thomsonreuters.com.

Please do not pass this on to non-PIBA members.

 

PIBA Response to the LSB consultation on "Ongoing competence: Call for evidence"

As part of PIBA's ongoing role in responding to attempts to increase the regulation on our members, we would like to bring your attention our response to the above consultation, which can be found here.

 

Kind regards

PIBA Administrator

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Update - Proceedings before QB Masters

Posted by · June 09, 2020 8:47 PM

 

The Queen's Bench have issued new guidance in respect of remote and attended hearings with effect from 15 June 2020. The Guidance is in QB Bulletin 8 and can be found on our QB Covid Guidance page, here.

CJC Report into Covid-19

Posted by · June 05, 2020 10:02 AM

 

The Civil Justice Council report on the impact of Covid-19 on civil court users has been released and can be found here.