Litigation/Dispute Resolution


CA upholds privilege claim to information extracted from solicitor “by deception”

6 July 2021

The Court of Appeal has upheld a decision that correspondence between solicitors a judge found involved “an element of deception” as to its real purpose was covered by litigation privilege.


Judge’s surprise at firm’s failure to ensure “basic compliance” with CPR

29 June 2021

A High Court judge has expressed her surprise at a London law firm’s failure to ensure “basic levels of compliance” with the Civil Procedure Rules by a client and its experts.


In-house lawyers and litigators launch separate green initiatives

29 June 2021

In-house lawyers and litigators have launched separate environmental initiatives to push for, respectively, “real change” in their organisations and smaller carbon footprints.


Judge criticises plan for witnesses to give unsupervised evidence from home

28 June 2021

The High Court has criticised parties that agreed without seeking permission that witnesses in a remote hearing would give evidence from their own homes unsupervised.


Firm self-reports to SRA over court recording breach

25 June 2021

A London law firm has escaped judicial punishment after reporting itself to the SRA after a transcriber it hired recorded remote court proceedings without the judge’s permission.


Digital courts take next step forward with damages claims pilot

18 June 2021

HM Courts & Tribunals Service has launched a pilot scheme that allows lawyers to manage and progress the initial stages of certain civil damages claims online.


Leading firm is latest to target business energy mis-selling claims

4 June 2021

Top Welsh firm Hugh James has become the latest to target the nascent business energy claims market after joining the legal panel for a leading claims company in the sector.


Leading PI firm recruits as it diversifies into business energy claims

19 May 2021

Private equity-backed Winn Solicitors is ramping up its operation to handle mis-sold business energy contracts as it bids to diversify from its core personal injury business.


High Court upholds judgment on law firms’ unpaid fees

18 May 2021

The High Court has rejected a challenge to a judgment in default obtained by two law firms whose retainers were terminated by a Swiss company, which then failed to pay them £500,000 in fees combined.


Immigration and civil litigation hit hardest by Covid-19

5 May 2021

Immigration and civil litigation were the two areas of legal practice hit hardest by the pandemic last year, with private client and family law “insulated” from the impact, new research has found.


Judge rejects recusal application after barristers withdraw

21 April 2021

A judge has rejected a recusal application on the grounds of apparent bias made after two barristers withdrew at the last minute from a hearing and complained about his conduct of the case.


IP lawyers face multi-million pound claim over “secret commissions”

13 April 2021

A representative action has been launched against IP law firm Marks & Clerk alleging that it “grossly overcharged” thousands of SMEs through a “secret commissions scheme” with CPA Global.


Law Commission eyes home-buying reform and digital justice projects

26 March 2021

Rethinking the home-buying process – including bringing an end to caveat emptor – and putting digital justice on a firm footing are among projects being considered by the Law Commission.


Council had no right to oppose solicitor’s attendance at mediation

9 December 2020

The High Court has dismissed a council’s objection to the mother of a child with special educational needs bringing a lawyer with them to a mediation, saying it was none of their business.


“Not all mistakes are misconduct”, says SDT as it clears solicitor

26 October 2020

Not all mistakes made by solicitors are professional misconduct, the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal has ruled in dismissing allegations that an assistant misled the court.

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