Litigation/Dispute Resolution

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.

Barristers “do not want remote hearings rolled back”

21 May 2024

Barristers do not want to see “progress on remote hearings rolled back” and almost half would like the number to be increased, a report by the Bar Council has found.

Exclusive: Allow courts to fine lawyers who bring SLAPPs, says Browder

20 May 2024

The courts should have the power to issue big fines for law firms that bring SLAPPs, global anti-corruption campaigner Bill Browder has told Legal Futures.

Huge costs award over way claims company pursued £400m case

17 May 2024

A claims management company’s allegations of fraud, whose purpose was to pressure a bank to settle a £400m case that ultimately failed at trial, justified awarding indemnity costs.

Barristers turning away from government legal work over frozen fees

17 May 2024

The failure to increase the rates of pay for barristers handling government work since 1997 has created a “very high level of dissatisfaction and exasperation”.

Peers support widening SRA’s fining and investigative powers

15 May 2024

The Solicitors Regulation Authority needs more powers to prevent misconduct by law firms involved in strategic litigation against public participation (SLAPPs), peers have urged.

High Court: Sanctioned Russians “probably owned” litigation funder

14 May 2024

There is “reasonable cause to suspect” that the funder of the claimant in a $1.3bn action was controlled by sanctioned Russians, the High Court has ruled.

Civil Mediation Council bids to push up standards in profession

14 May 2024

The Civil Mediation Council is creating an independent regulatory body and applying for a Royal charter in a bid to drive up standards in the profession, it has emerged.

Solicitor struck off for making false costs claim to court

13 May 2024

A solicitor who tried to pass off costs incurred by someone else as his own before the Business and Property Court has been struck off.

It’s official: fixed costs for clinical negligence set for October

10 May 2024

The government has finally confirmed that fixed recoverable costs for low-value clinical negligence claims that settle pre-issue will come into force in October 2024.

Single online entry point for legal disputes “should be hosted by HMCTS”

10 May 2024

The Law Society has called on HMCTS to host a single online entry point for legal disputes but dropped the idea of law firm consortia running subscription-based helplines to aid civil justice.

MPs hit out at media lawyers’ lobbying over SLAPPs bill

9 May 2024

MPs yesterday hit out at lobbying against the Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation Bill by the lawyers they accuse of creating the problem it aims to solve.

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