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The firm has been going head to head with Baker & McKenzie and Blackstone Chambers, which are representing the Criminal Bar Association (CBA), which wants to stop the new grading scheme for criminal advocates.
The two sides’ war over costs illustrates the very current issues of public interest funding for litigation cases. After cuts to legal aid, protective cost orders enabling judicial reviews into public bodies could be a hot topic.
It looks like HSF didn’t succeed in proving its point that this is a private matter: the CBA was granted a protective costs order for the case and all its lawyers are taking on its case pro bono.
Now all sides are waiting with bated breath to find out what sort of costs new LSB counsel Field Fisher Waterhouse will estimate. Keep your eyes peeled for the next stage of this battle about and within the law.