Litigation/Dispute Resolution


Barrister’s winding-up petition over ‘loan’ for solicitors’ fees struck out

8 December 2021

The High Court has struck out a barrister’s petition to wind up a company he said he loaned £30,000 so it could pay the solicitors he introduced to them.


Claimant liable for abuse of process after misusing online claim system

7 December 2021

A claimant who filed a request for judgment on the Money Claim Online system, knowing the defendant’s alleged admission had not been made, has been found liable for the tort of abuse of process.


Covid not good enough reason for solicitors missing court deadline

6 December 2021

The disruption caused by Covid last year was not a good enough excuse for a law firm missing a deadline to file amended particulars of claim by four months, the High Court has ruled.


Clients committed to jail for contempt over unpaid solicitors’ bills

6 December 2021

Two clients who owe their solicitors £2.3m in outstanding fees, costs and interest have been committed to prison having been found guilty of 14 charges of contempt of court.


Unregulated firm uses AI to offer clients debt repayment guarantee

3 December 2021

An unregulated law firm is offering businesses a “highly automated” debt recovery service that guarantees debts of up to £5,000 that go to court will be repaid, by the firm if not the debtor.


Leading Conservative MP outlines worries about state of county court

2 December 2021

The Conservative chairman of the justice select committee has spoken out about the problems in the county court, saying civil justice is “nowhere near high enough up the agenda”.


Raab eyes “drastic action” to keep family disputes out of court

1 December 2021

Justice secretary Dominic Raab is “in the market for something quite drastic and bold” to reduce the number of private law family cases in the courts, he said yesterday in a wide-ranging discussion.


Judges and lawyers call for curbs on misuse of SLAPPs

30 November 2021

Senior judges and lawyers on a panel chaired by former Supreme Court president Lord Neuberger have called for legal reforms to curb ‘strategic lawsuits against public participation’ (SLAPPs).


Master of the Rolls fires starting gun on civil costs revolution

26 November 2021

The Master of the Rolls yesterday signalled his intention to revolutionise civil costs and has already set the Civil Justice Council working on a wide-ranging review.


US private equity funds “will buy large UK law firms next year”

18 November 2021

A number of large UK commercial law firms will fall into the hands of US private equity investors next year, the founder of Doorway Capital, which owns national firm Simpson Millar, has predicted.


“Abusive” to bring minor data breach claim in High Court

17 November 2021

A master has labelled as “a form of procedural abuse” a bid to bring a data breach claim in the High Court where the “very modest” damages would be dwarfed by costs of £50,000.


CJC backs new pre-action protocols and ‘good faith obligation’

17 November 2021

The Civil Justice Council has set out a shopping list of potential changes to pre-action protocols (PAPs), including a summary costs procedure and new PAPs.


Director “had no standing” to challenge assignment to litigation funder

16 November 2021

A company director had no standing to challenge an insolvency practitioner’s assignment of a claim against her parents to a litigation funder, the High Court has ruled.


CA: Lawyers can be cross-examined in wasted costs applications

12 November 2021

Judges have the power to direct cross-examination of a lawyer against whom a wasted costs order is sought, but it should be “very much the exception”, the Court of Appeal said yesterday.


Vos unveils group to help steer civil justice system into the future

11 November 2021

The Master of the Rolls has named legal futurist Professor Richard Susskind as chair of a new high-powered group tasked with drawing a road-map for the civil justice system through the 2020s.

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