Litigation/Dispute Resolution


DBA client admits allegations against law firm were to get out of paying

27 May 2022

A client who went to the Court of Appeal to challenge the damages-based agreement she signed has admitted she alleged impropriety against her solicitors purely to escape payment.


“Reprehensible” clients ordered to pay ex-solicitors indemnity costs

27 May 2022

The Court of Appeal has awarded indemnity costs against a couple who owe their former solicitors over £3m in outstanding legal fees and were committed to prison last year.


Courts send different messages to lawyers over witness statements

27 May 2022

The strengthened rules on witness statements should not be used as a “weapon with which to fillet” essentially insignificant failures to comply, a High Court judge has said.


First VW emissions group claim settles for £193m plus costs

26 May 2022

The Volkswagen NOx emissions group litigation settled yesterday for £193m – some £2,120 for each of the 91,000 claimants, but more like £3,000 when costs and other fees are added.


Paper-only small claims pilot “likely to do injustice” to litigants

24 May 2022

A pilot scheme that will see small claims cases determined on the paper in six county courts from next month is “likely to do injustice” to litigants, an academic has argued. Dr Kate Leader, senior lecturer at York University, said… Read More


Survey: Public think badly of law firms with Russian clients

20 May 2022

UK law firms are risking their public reputation by working with Russian litigants, the largest group of international users of the Commercial Court in the last year, new research has warned.


Commercial Court judges express frustration at parties’ excesses

16 May 2022

Two Commercial Court judges have expressed annoyance with parties for taking unnecessary points, with one imposing a costs penalty in line with recent guidance.


Barrister given green light to pursue outstanding fees claim

16 May 2022

The High Court has rejected an Italian law firm’s bid to stay a barrister’s claim for outstanding fees because of an action it took against him in its home country.


Identity of person instructing solicitors not covered by privilege

16 May 2022

The High Court has rejected a company’s claim to litigation privilege over the identity of who instructed its lawyers, with the judge setting out a two-part test on what was a novel point.


PI firms face more deduction claims after Checkmylegalfees court win

11 May 2022

Millions of former clients of personal injury firms may have claims to recover deductions following a High Court ruling today, according to specialist claims business Checkmylegalfees.

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