Litigation/Dispute Resolution


Insolvency cases on the rise after difficult year for litigation funder

27 June 2022

Listed insolvency litigation funder Manolete saw its turnover and profit fall significantly in the last year due to Covid but is now seeing “strong growth in new case enquiries”.


SRA seeks whistleblowing role as part of SLAPPs action

23 June 2022

The Solicitors Regulation Authority is set to make it easier for law firm staff to blow the whistle on their employers, as part of its work on SLAPPs – of which it is investigating more than 20.


Costs lawyers urged to play bigger role in “out of control” market

23 June 2022

The whole profession needs to address “out of control” legal costs, a major new report has concluded, but costs lawyers have a significant role to play in exerting downward pressure on them.


Retainer entitled law firm to £300,000 fee for aborted bond issue

21 June 2022

A small central London law firm has been awarded the £300,000 owed under a retainer which the client had claimed was not payable as the transaction it advised on did not go ahead.


Absolute privilege protects pre-action protocol letters

21 June 2022

Absolute privilege applies to communications within pre-action protocols and protects them from defamation claims, a deputy High Court master has ruled in the first such decision.


Law firms in court dispute over identical web copy

17 June 2022

A Bradford law firm has failed in an application for an order to force a firm in London to reveal who provided it with web copy that was identical to its own.


City law firm “unreasonably” refused offers to mediate negligence claim

17 June 2022

City law firm Charles Russell Speechlys acted unreasonably in refusing to mediate a professional negligence claim that it ultimately lost, the High Court has ruled.


High Court: No case justifies only using grade A fee-earners

16 June 2022

A High Court judge said yesterday that he has never come across a case where some of the work could not be delegated to a more junior fee-earner.


Think tank calls for second round of court modernisation

15 June 2022

The court modernisation programme has become an “efficiency effort” and a second round of more transformational court reform is needed, the Social Market Foundation has warned.


Vos: Online justice will make compulsory mediation debate moot

14 June 2022

The question of whether mediation should be mandatory will become moot in the digital justice system currently being built, the Master of the Rolls said last week.


Law firm fails in summary judgment bid over negligence claim

13 June 2022

A law firm being sued for more than £2m over a failure to advise properly has failed in its bid for summary judgment over several of the allegations made against it.


Judge calls for guidance on rights of unqualified agency advocates

10 June 2022

County court judges would benefit from “more authoritative guidance” from the higher courts on whether unqualified solicitor’s agents have rights of audience, a circuit judge has said.


Online rule committee will be catalyst for digital justice, says Birss

9 June 2022

The work of the new Online Procedure Rules Committee will help connect the whiplash portal and other pre-action regimes to the court system electronically, the deputy head of civil justice has said.


CAT prefers opt-in to opt-out in choosing truck cartel claimant

9 June 2022

The Competition Appeal Tribunal yesterday chose an opt-in collective action over an opt-out to pursue a multi-billion pound claim over a cartel that controlled the cost of trucks over 14 years.


MPs warn of “politicisation” of Supreme Court

9 June 2022

The “high number of instances” in which the Supreme Court has reversed its position on the law has created “the troubling appearance” of the politicisation of the judiciary”, MPs have warned.

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NFTs, the courts and the role of injunctions

In May, news broke that a non-fungible token was the subject of a successful injunction made by the Singapore High Court. The NFT in question is part of the very valuable Bored Ape Yacht Club series.


Matthew Pascall

Low-value commercial cases – an achievable challenge for ATE insurers

There are many good claims brought for damages that are likely to be significantly less than twice the cost of bringing the claim. These cases present a real challenge for insurers.


Lawyers who break AML rules face bigger, more public fines

Last month, two all-party parliamentary groups published a joint economic crime manifesto that sets out a “comprehensive list of pragmatic reforms” designed to tackle the UK’s dirty money crisis.


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