Litigation/Dispute Resolution

Judge rejects defendant’s request to pay law firm’s £2m costs

3 July 2024

A High Court judge has refused a request from a defendant in the London Capital & Finance fraud case to use the proceeds of sale of his home to pay his solicitors over £2m.

High Court allows McKenzie Friend to exercise rights of audience

27 June 2024

A High Court judge has allowed a McKenzie Friend to exercise rights of audience in supporting a defendant facing an order that could lead to a jail sentence for contempt being activated.

Fee-earner found in contempt over documents taken from law firm

21 June 2024

A fee-earner who has not complied with a court order to return documents taken from his former law firm has been handed a four-month suspended jail sentence for contempt.

Law firm fails to strike out former partner’s unfair prejudice petition

19 June 2024

Well-known London litigation firm Candey has failed in a bid to strike out an unfair prejudice claim brought by a former partner.

SRA “has gone too far” with demands in SLAPPs guidance

10 June 2024

The Solicitors Regulation Authority’s guidance on SLAPPs may go too far in requiring practitioners to ascertain the truth of their client’s case, a senior barrister has suggested.

Train case lawyers will be paid more if fewer people claim damages

5 June 2024

The reasonable costs of a £25m class action settlement are “probably well in excess of £10m” but the lawyers and funder will only receive that if many of those entitled to damages do not claim them.

Leading firm apologises to court for interfering with expert’s statement

24 May 2024

A leading London law firm has apologised to the High Court and opposing party after going too far in asking an expert witness to amend a joint statement.

Litigation funding supports the public interest, major research finds

23 May 2024

Litigation funding supports the public interest and access to justice but will remain niche in aiding consumers, according to major research which identified 44 cases in the last five years.

“We bit off more than we could chew” with court reforms, minister admits

22 May 2024

Justice minister Mike Freer has admitted to MPs that the government “bit off more than we could chew” with its £1.3bn court modernisation programme.

Public happy to see law firms staying out of Russia

22 May 2024

The public continues to support law firms not operating in Russia, according to research that also shows how the Commercial Court has weathered a big drop-off in Russians litigating here.

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