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6 November 2015 / by / in

The Price of Justice – do the math…

It cost £59 million to renovate the Middlesex Guildhall to house the UK Supreme Court.

It is estimated that the court costs a further £13.5 million a year to run.

In addition £18 million was spent on re-housing cases moved as a result of the conversion.

12 UK Supreme Court justices are paid over £200,000 a year each, however, the court is shut in August and September, breaks for 2 weeks at Easter and 2 weeks at Christmas. The Supreme Court does not sit on Fridays.

On 4 November, the Supreme Court handed down it’s Judgement following a 3 day trial heard before a panel of 7 Supreme Court Justices in July. The case was that of ParkingEye Limited v Beavis (2015) UKSC 67, and the Justices were tasked with deciding whether a £85 private parking ticket was valid.  It has been found that it was…..


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John specialises in commercial and civil fraud litigation. Admitted as a solicitor in 1983, John worked in private practice and in-house for a leading life assurance company before establishing Bivonas with Antony Brown in 1997. John has extensive experience in a wide range of courts and tribunals including the UK Supreme Court, the Court of Appeal and the Divisional Court. He has been involved in a number of important reported cases.