Litigation/Dispute Resolution

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.

Google-spoofing by CMCs “not necessarily illegal”

9 May 2024

‘Google-spoofing’ by claims management companies, where they pay for prominent Google adverts to trick consumers, does not necessarily involve “anything illegal”, a High Court judge has said.

No good reason for “misunderstanding” between insurer and law firm

9 May 2024

There was “no good reason” for a “misunderstanding or breakdown in communications” between insurer AXA and its solicitors in a personal injury claim, a High Court judge has said.

County court has “borne brunt” of court reform failure

8 May 2024

The county court has “borne the brunt” of the failure of the court modernisation programme to deliver, a former adviser to the Ministry of Justice has said.

Rising insolvency numbers translate to case records at listed funder

8 May 2024

Business is booming at listed insolvency litigation funder Manolete on the back of the highest level of UK insolvencies for 30 years, with a record 418 live cases on its books.

Innovate UK backs law firm’s AI partnership with university

7 May 2024

The tech subsidiary of defendant law firm HF and Salford University have launched a partnership to build an AI product which aims to transform claims handling.

SRA issues warnings over conduct of volume consumer claims

7 May 2024

Law firms handling bulk financial product mis-selling claims have been warned about their conduct of cases by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

Law firm awarded indemnity costs over struck-out negligence claim

2 May 2024

The High Court has struck out a negligence claim against a London law firm because the claimant failed to attend court or serve any witness evidence.

Saudi claim dismissed after solicitors withdraw over unpaid fees

1 May 2024

The Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal brought by embassy of Saudi Arabia because of non-appearance at the hearing, after its solicitors withdrew due to unpaid fees.

Court allows firm to take £386k in fees from frozen client account

30 April 2024

A law firm can be paid from monies held in its client account despite them being subject to both a freezing order and a third-party debt order, the High Court has ruled.

Ministers hold fire over retrospective effect of litigation funding bill

30 April 2024

The government is still considering concerns expressed about the retrospective effect of the bill to overturn last year’s Supreme Court ruling in PACCAR, a minister said yesterday.

Greener Litigation launches toolkit to drive “cultural change”

30 April 2024

Greener Litigation, an initiative to help reduce the environmental impact of dispute resolution, has launched a toolkit as part of its push for further “cultural change”.

Judges praises use of junior counsel in major film tax scheme case

29 April 2024

A judge has expressed his “delight” that all the leading counsel in a major claim brought by investors in a failed film tax scheme delegated significant portions of the oral advocacy to their juniors.

Watchstone pays out £5.3m in legal fees after failed S&G claim

26 April 2024

Watchstone – the company once known as Quindell – has paid out £5.3m in legal costs in large part due to its failed claim over Slater & Gordon’s acquisition of Quindell’s legal division.

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