Litigation/Dispute Resolution

Litigant unwittingly put fake cases generated by AI before tribunal

7 December 2023

Nine authorities put before a tribunal by a litigant in person challenging a penalty from HMRC were fakes generated by an artificial intelligence system like ChatGPT, a judge has ruled.

Let AI help manage cases, says president of Supreme Court

7 December 2023

Case management backed by artificial intelligence could make the courts more accessible, the president of the Supreme Court has said.

Court refuses to unfreeze struck-off solicitor’s ‘client account’

4 December 2023

A struck-off solicitor still advising clients on legal matters has failed to obtain an injunction to compel a bank to unfreeze his account over questionable payments he received from abroad.

“A new era of positive change” – intervenors welcome ADR ruling

30 November 2023

The Court of Appeal’s ruling yesterday that judges can order parties to engage in ADR heralds “a new era of positive change”, one of the intervenors in the case has declared.

Supreme Court: “Not fair” to challenge expert evidence only in closing

30 November 2023

It was “not fair” for the defendant in a personal injury claim to only challenge the claimant’s expert evidence during its closing submissions, the Supreme Court ruled yesterday.

Court of Appeal: Judges can order parties to engage in ADR

29 November 2023

Courts can order parties to engage in alternative dispute resolution, so long as it does not restrict their ability to proceed to a judicial hearing, the Court of Appeal ruled today.

Law firms “continue to threaten” journalists despite SRA warnings

29 November 2023

Libel law firms continue to mislead journalists and others that their letters cannot be published and the SRA needs to act, high-profile tax lawyer Dan Neidle said yesterday.

“Shamelessness” of SLAPPs has grown but still no disciplinary action

28 November 2023

The number and “shamelessness” of SLAPPs has grown but there has been no disciplinary action against the lawyers responsible for how they are run, a major conference heard yesterday.

Costs lawyers “bullish” about impact of fixed costs extension

28 November 2023

Costs lawyers have had a good year, with a healthy proportion reporting growth in excess of 10% and many bullish about the impact of more fixed costs, according to their representative body.

Tribunal approves first post-PACCAR litigation funding agreement

24 November 2023

The Competition Appeal Tribunal has approved a litigation funding agreement that was amended to take account of the Supreme Court ruling in PACCAR.

Judge penalises claimant for “unrealistic” costs budget

23 November 2023

A judge has penalised a claimant for submitting an “unrealistic” costs budget, saying he hoped it would encourage parties to negotiate them before reaching court.

Arbitration Bill aims to retain pre-eminence of England and Wales

23 November 2023

The Ministry of Justice yesterday published the Arbitration Bill, including a new statutory duty on arbitrators to disclose anything which might give rise to “justifiable doubts” about their impartiality.

High Court criticises firm for private prosecution disclosure failure

21 November 2023

The High Court has criticised a leading private prosecutions law firm for the information it provided to persuade a judge to issue summonses alleging fraud against three people.

Judge acts to enforce deal between squabbling law firm owners

21 November 2023

The High Court has made cross-examination and disclosure orders to enforce a consent order made in the wake of a nine-year dispute between solicitors over the winding down of their law firm.

Guideline hourly rates to rise in January as Vos implements CJC review

17 November 2023

The Master of the Rolls today publicly accepted the recommendations of the Civil Justice Council’s costs review, starting with an increase in the guideline hourly rates in January.

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Some 12 years on from its first published research, the Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners has published a new report: Wills and Trusts – Buyers Beware.

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Legal project management – a mindset lawyers can easily apply

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