Litigation/Dispute Resolution

Online rule committee will be catalyst for digital justice, says Birss

9 June 2022

The work of the new Online Procedure Rules Committee will help connect the whiplash portal and other pre-action regimes to the court system electronically, the deputy head of civil justice has said.

CAT prefers opt-in to opt-out in choosing truck cartel claimant

9 June 2022

The Competition Appeal Tribunal yesterday chose an opt-in collective action over an opt-out to pursue a multi-billion pound claim over a cartel that controlled the cost of trucks over 14 years.

MPs warn of “politicisation” of Supreme Court

9 June 2022

The “high number of instances” in which the Supreme Court has reversed its position on the law has created “the troubling appearance” of the politicisation of the judiciary”, MPs have warned.

“Postcode lottery” with civil cases waiting up to 15 months for CCMCs

7 June 2022

Fast-track and multi-track civil cases are taking between five and 15 months to complete their first case and costs management conference, depending on the court, research has found.

Last-minute damages claim portal reprieve for defendants

6 June 2022

The plan by HM Courts & Tribunals to make the new damages claim portal compulsory for defendants from 2 June was pulled at the last minute for unknown reasons.

Appeal judge deprecates litigators who display their “machismo”

6 June 2022

A Court of Appeal judge has deprecated litigators who display their “machismo” but found that a party’s approach to enforce a non-compete covenant went “too far in the opposite direction”.

Senior judges back push to move High Court cases to the regions

31 May 2022

The High Court has transferred another case from London to Leeds at the same time as senior judges emphasised that the location of the lawyers is not a trump card in determining venue.

Appeal judges reject challenge to litigation funder assignment

31 May 2022

Appeal judges have rejected a company director’s challenge against the assignment by an insolvency practitioner of a claim against her parents to a litigation funder.

Leading PI specialist moves into commercial litigation

30 May 2022

The executive chairman of Winn Group – one of the country’s largest personal injury firms – has described how the firm has moved into commercial litigation for cases worth less than £100,000.

Entrepreneur found in contempt over unpaid legal fees fails in appeal

30 May 2022

The Court of Appeal has dismissed a high-profile entrepreneur’s appeal against a suspended jail sentence for contempt over unpaid legal fees, saying it could have been longer.

DBA client admits allegations against law firm were to get out of paying

27 May 2022

A client who went to the Court of Appeal to challenge the damages-based agreement she signed has admitted she alleged impropriety against her solicitors purely to escape payment.

“Reprehensible” clients ordered to pay ex-solicitors indemnity costs

27 May 2022

The Court of Appeal has awarded indemnity costs against a couple who owe their former solicitors over £3m in outstanding legal fees and were committed to prison last year.

Courts send different messages to lawyers over witness statements

27 May 2022

The strengthened rules on witness statements should not be used as a “weapon with which to fillet” essentially insignificant failures to comply, a High Court judge has said.

First VW emissions group claim settles for £193m plus costs

26 May 2022

The Volkswagen NOx emissions group litigation settled yesterday for £193m – some £2,120 for each of the 91,000 claimants, but more like £3,000 when costs and other fees are added.

Paper-only small claims pilot “likely to do injustice” to litigants

24 May 2022

A pilot scheme that will see small claims cases determined on the paper in six county courts from next month is “likely to do injustice” to litigants, an academic has argued. Dr Kate Leader, senior lecturer at York University, said… Read More

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Microsoft 365’s dirty little secret

Microsoft 365 (formerly called Office 365) is one of the most widely used cloud services in the world, controlling around 48% of the market share for major office suites.

A new route to practice rights for chartered legal executives

Following approval from the Legal Services Board in May 2022, CILEx Regulation has launched an alternative route for chartered legal executives to obtain independent practice rights.

NFTs, the courts and the role of injunctions

In May, news broke that a non-fungible token was the subject of a successful injunction made by the Singapore High Court. The NFT in question is part of the very valuable Bored Ape Yacht Club series.


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When talking about legal aid and access to justice, it is hard to look beyond funding. Even the Ministry of Justice has acknowledged the problem, to judge by its agreement to pump an extra £135m into the criminal legal aid… Read More