Litigation/Dispute Resolution


Vodafone becomes first client to join Greener Litigation movement

12 August 2022

Vodafone has become the first client to sign up to Greener Litigation, joining law firms, chambers and others in committing to reduce the environmental impact of dispute resolution.


Court of Appeal: No implied duty of good faith in solicitor’s retainer

9 August 2022

There is no implied duty of good faith in a solicitor’s retainer, the Court of Appeal has ruled in rejecting an appeal by a law firm trying to recover £3m in fees from a former client.


Claim against law firm lost by court still thrown out for late service

8 August 2022

The High Court has upheld a decision to throw out a negligence claim against a law firm because it was served too late – even though the court had actually lost the claim.


Judge overrides Essex firm’s objections to move case to Leeds

8 August 2022

The liaison judge for the Administrative Court in the north has rejected an appeal from an Essex law firm that said it was not “convenient” for a case to be transferred from London to Leeds.


Solicitor found in criminal contempt for “act of colossal stupidity”

4 August 2022

A senior City partner who told a client to “burn” a private messaging app after it was served with a search order has been found guilty of criminal contempt of court.


Claim against solicitors was attempt to relitigate private prosecution

3 August 2022

A professional negligence claim against a firm of solicitors in the North-East has been thrown out as an attempt to relitigate an unsuccessful private prosecution.


High Court upholds ruling that $3m CFA is unforceable

2 August 2022

The High Court has upheld a decision that a law firm which charged its client nearly $3m under an unenforceable conditional fee agreement has to repay the money.


Court criticises leading City firm for major e-disclosure failure

1 August 2022

A High Court judge has criticised City law firm Fieldfisher for its failings in overseeing an e-disclosure exercise where 800,000 documents were missed, leading to a trial being adjourned for two years.


Barristers should avoid “supportive” comments after winning cases

1 August 2022

Barristers who win cases on behalf of causes they back should avoid making “supportive” comments or risk undermining their independence, the vice-chair of the Bar Council has warned.


Litigation funding “explosion” driving class actions across Europe

1 August 2022

The “explosive growth” of litigation funding is behind an increase in class actions across Europe over the past two years, a report by the law firm CMS has argued.


Court of Appeal warns of “perverse incentives” from litigation funding

29 July 2022

The Court of Appeal yesterday highlighted the importance of judicial control over costs to ensure that the involvement of third-party litigation funders does not create perverse incentives.


“Trial by internet” – Judges turn to Wikipedia to aid reasoning

28 July 2022

Judges are using Wikipedia to research legal issues and allowing it to influence their reasoning, ground-breaking research has discovered.


MoJ aims to extend compulsory mediation to “all county court users”

27 July 2022

The Ministry of Justice’s “future ambition” is to extend compulsory mediation from small claims to all county court users and so it has begun considering its role in overseeing the mediation sector.


“Unjustifiably antagonised” lord justice should have recused himself

27 July 2022

A lord justice of appeal who became “unjustifiably antagonised” by a defendant’s “persistence” in challenging his decisions should have recused himself, the Court of Appeal has ruled.


MoJ proposes compulsory mediation for claims worth up to £10k

26 July 2022

Mediation will be made compulsory for all small claims worth up to £10,000, potentially settling 20,000 cases that would otherwise end up in court, the Ministry of Justice proposed today.

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Blog


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