Litigation/Dispute Resolution

Former partner faces £230,000 director’s loan account claim

11 August 2020

A former equity partner in a two-partner North-East law firm faces a claim to repay his overdrawn director’s loan account of nearly £230,000 as the fall-out from its acrimonious split continues.

Quindell saga rumbles on with claim against PwC

10 August 2020

The company formerly known as Quindell has served a £63m claim against accountancy firm PwC for allegedly using confidential information to reduce the amount Slater & Gordon paid.

Firm “needed court action” to force departing partner to return files

7 August 2020

A law firm had to begin legal action to force a partner who had decided to leave to return the files she took home to work on during lockdown, it has emerged.

Top judge slates firm over trial live-stream breach

7 August 2020

The president of the Queen’s Bench Division has strongly criticised lawyers at US firm McDermott Will & Emery after they allowed a trial to be live-streamed to observers without the court’s permission.

Justice committee launches inquiry into court backlog

30 July 2020

MPs have today launched an inquiry to investigate delays in the court system and what should be done to clear the backlog of cases amid concerns in particular for the criminal courts.

‘Deepfake’ warning over online courts

29 July 2020

Video manipulation software, including ‘deepfake’ technology, poses problems for remote courts in verifying evidence and that litigants or witnesses are who they say they are, a report has warned.

Justice secretary drops plan to replace jury trials

23 July 2020

The Lord Chancellor has dropped a widely criticised plan to replace juries in some trials with a judge and two magistrates, while the head of HMCTS said the pandemic has “proved the case” for court reform.

Portal offers fixed-fee barristers to handle small claims

22 July 2020

A service offering direct access barristers to handle all the stages of a small claim – including whiplash cases from next year – for a fixed fee of £999 has gone live.

Mishcon wins appeal to secure guaranteed fees payment

29 June 2020

Mishcon de Reya has won an appeal over a judge’s refusal to grant the London law firm summary judgment on more than £150,000 of fees payable under a guarantee.

Litigation financier takes groundbreaking law firm stake

25 June 2020

Litigation financier Burford Capital has lived up to its self-description as “the legal profession’s investment bank” by taking a minority stake in a London law firm in return for providing finance.

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