Litigation/Dispute Resolution


Solicitor judge rejects recusal call based on professional ties

17 December 2021

A solicitor High Court judge has rejected an application to recuse himself in a case against Simmons & Simmons made on the basis of his support for other solicitors and tenuous links to that firm.


High Court makes “first” compulsory ADR order in commercial case

15 December 2021

A High Court master has made the first ever order for compulsory alternative dispute resolution (ADR) in commercial litigation, according to a City litigator.


HMCTS: Public prefers remote hearings but professionals see declining respect

13 December 2021

Public users of the courts generally prefer remote to in-person hearings, but they have led to declining levels of respect, formality and concentration, according to government research.


Fixed costs extension set to happen in less than a year

10 December 2021

The Ministry of Justice wants the extension of fixed recoverable costs across the fast-track and in most money cases worth up to £100,000 to take effect from October 2022, it has emerged.


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.

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