Litigation/Dispute Resolution


Flaux: Remote hearings robbing junior lawyers of vital experience

25 January 2022

Judges will be doing more to encourage the involvement of junior barristers and solicitors in remote hearings, the Chancellor of the High Court has said.


Judge bemoans huge costs of 17-inch boundary dispute

21 January 2022

A circuit judge has said it is “beyond my comprehension” how a boundary dispute over 17 inches of land has racked up costs of around £200,000.


Negligence claim brought over negligence claim to proceed

18 January 2022

A claimant suing his solicitors for negligence in how they pursued a claim for negligence against other solicitors has failed in his bid to appeal a decision to refuse summary judgment.


“Warehoused” case against law firm struck out

18 January 2022

The High Court has struck out a professional negligence claim against a London law firm that it decided had been “warehoused”, after the claimant failed to explain why he had not been more active.


High Court allows in-house lawyer to appear in $213m contract battle

17 January 2022

The High Court has taken the unusual step of allowing a Hong Kong media company to be represented in court by its in-house lawyer in a $213m contract dispute after its external solicitors withdrew.


Law firm launches collective action against Facebook on behalf of 44m users

14 January 2022

The latest opt-out collective action is to target Meta – formerly Facebook – on behalf of around 44m Facebook users, litigation law firm Quinn Emmanuel announced today.


New barrister-run litigation firm chooses SRA regulation

13 January 2022

An alternative business structure specialising in commercial litigation and arbitration and led by barristers has opted for regulation by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.


Leading litigation loan provider owes backer £43m, administrators reveal

12 January 2022

Affiniti Finance – which lent money to thousands of law firm clients – went into administration late last year after a breakdown in the relationship with its ultimate backer, which is now owed £43m.


Find another way to resolve dispute, High Court tells parties

10 January 2022

The High Court has told parties to an intellectual property claim to find other ways to resolve their dispute in the light of the first three hearings all concerning costs and not the merits.


S&G refunds £4,000 deduction in latest Checkmylegalfees clash

10 January 2022

The latest battle between Slater & Gordon and Checkmylegalfees.com has seen the law firm refund £4,000 it deducted from a client’s damages where he was signed up to a CFA 97 seconds after receiving it.


Judge slashes QC’s £110k brief fee for case that settled before trial

7 January 2022

A costs judge has slashed the £110,000 brief fee sought by a claimant when his case settled nearly three weeks ahead of trial and before the QC had started preparing for it.


Costs judges “can deal with disputes” over law firm retainers

6 January 2022

There is no need for a dispute over a law firm’s fees to be transferred from the Senior Courts Costs Office to the Chancery Division simply because it involves the validity of a retainer, a costs judge has ruled.


Appeal judges shut door on single-stage flight claims

5 January 2022

The flight delay compensation industry has suffered a blow after appeal judges rejected a claim over a four-stage flight from the US to India that was delayed when leaving Heathrow.


City firm faces retrial of successful fees claim over pleadings failure

21 December 2021

City law firm Charles Russell Speechlys is facing a retrial of a £50,000 claim for fees it thought it had won because it did not properly plead the existence of an implied retainer.


Supreme Court rejects barrister’s contempt of Supreme Court appeal

21 December 2021

The Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal by a barrister against a £5,000 fine for contempt of court after he released a draft version of its ruling on the planned third runway for Heathrow airport.

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