Maclaverty Cooper Atkins v Lord Chancellor

Community legal service funding – Legal Services Commission. The claimant solicitors' firm was a 'panel' solicitor with a contract to provide appropriate legal services in connection with criminal cases. It sought additional payment in respect of 869 hours of time spent reviewing CCTV material. The Legal Services Commission refused and the costs judge affirmed that decision. The claimant appealed. The Queen's Bench Division, in dismissing the appeal, held that, on its proper construction, the Criminal Defence Service (Funding) Order 2007, SI 2007/1174, did not allow for additional payment for a litigator addressing CCTV evidence.

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