Litigation/Dispute Resolution

MoJ consults again on international mediation convention

7 February 2022

The Ministry of Justice has launched a second consultation on whether the UK should join the Singapore Convention, which deals with commercial mediation agreements.

Compulsory ADR needed for smallest claims, says CJC

1 February 2022

ADR should be compulsory for claims worth less than £500, the Civil Justice Council has said. Claimants who refuse to mediate should have their claims stayed for a period and then struck out.

Written advice could have avoided negligence claim, courts tells firm

31 January 2022

A law firm might have avoided a professional negligence case if its senior partner had provided more advice in writing rather than orally, the High Court has said.

Solicitor/own client disputes “continue to keep costs specialists busy”

31 January 2022

A large number of costs lawyers continue to see their practices boom amid more people challenging the fees they paid to their former solicitors, new research has found.

Insurers invest in new professional negligence ABS

28 January 2022

A niche alternative business structure specialising in defending professional negligence claims has been launched this month, with investment from the insurance industry.

High Court spreads load as it transfers JR from London to Manchester

28 January 2022

The High Court has transferred a claim issued in London to Manchester as it “makes best use of court resources” and means the Royal Courts of Justice are not over-burdened.

Flaux: Remote hearings robbing junior lawyers of vital experience

25 January 2022

Judges will be doing more to encourage the involvement of junior barristers and solicitors in remote hearings, the Chancellor of the High Court has said.

Judge bemoans huge costs of 17-inch boundary dispute

21 January 2022

A circuit judge has said it is “beyond my comprehension” how a boundary dispute over 17 inches of land has racked up costs of around £200,000.

Negligence claim brought over negligence claim to proceed

18 January 2022

A claimant suing his solicitors for negligence in how they pursued a claim for negligence against other solicitors has failed in his bid to appeal a decision to refuse summary judgment.

“Warehoused” case against law firm struck out

18 January 2022

The High Court has struck out a professional negligence claim against a London law firm that it decided had been “warehoused”, after the claimant failed to explain why he had not been more active.

High Court allows in-house lawyer to appear in $213m contract battle

17 January 2022

The High Court has taken the unusual step of allowing a Hong Kong media company to be represented in court by its in-house lawyer in a $213m contract dispute after its external solicitors withdrew.

Law firm launches collective action against Facebook on behalf of 44m users

14 January 2022

The latest opt-out collective action is to target Meta – formerly Facebook – on behalf of around 44m Facebook users, litigation law firm Quinn Emmanuel announced today.

New barrister-run litigation firm chooses SRA regulation

13 January 2022

An alternative business structure specialising in commercial litigation and arbitration and led by barristers has opted for regulation by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

Leading litigation loan provider owes backer £43m, administrators reveal

12 January 2022

Affiniti Finance – which lent money to thousands of law firm clients – went into administration late last year after a breakdown in the relationship with its ultimate backer, which is now owed £43m.

Find another way to resolve dispute, High Court tells parties

10 January 2022

The High Court has told parties to an intellectual property claim to find other ways to resolve their dispute in the light of the first three hearings all concerning costs and not the merits.

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