Litigation/Dispute Resolution

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.

CJC backs new pre-action protocols and ‘good faith obligation’

17 November 2021

The Civil Justice Council has set out a shopping list of potential changes to pre-action protocols (PAPs), including a summary costs procedure and new PAPs.

Director “had no standing” to challenge assignment to litigation funder

16 November 2021

A company director had no standing to challenge an insolvency practitioner’s assignment of a claim against her parents to a litigation funder, the High Court has ruled.

CA: Lawyers can be cross-examined in wasted costs applications

12 November 2021

Judges have the power to direct cross-examination of a lawyer against whom a wasted costs order is sought, but it should be “very much the exception”, the Court of Appeal said yesterday.

Vos unveils group to help steer civil justice system into the future

11 November 2021

The Master of the Rolls has named legal futurist Professor Richard Susskind as chair of a new high-powered group tasked with drawing a road-map for the civil justice system through the 2020s.

Supreme Court strikes down £3bn Google data protection claim

10 November 2021

The Supreme Court has blocked a £3bn representative action for misuse of private data by Google that did not seek to prove that consumers had actually suffered any damage.

High Court rejects attempt to block claims against lawyers

8 November 2021

The High Court has refused to make an order to prevent future claims on a law firm’s fees that claimants may argue came from stolen funds.

Trust in English solicitor “no reason to ignore” Scottish appeal routes

8 November 2021

The Court of Appeal has refused to hear an appeal from the Upper Tribunal Tribunal in Glasgow which would have allowed the appellant to keep using his English solicitor.

Toning down the theatrics: Barristers “less aggressive” in remote hearings

5 November 2021

A significant number of expert witnesses who have been appeared in court remotely over the past 18 months say barristers have been “less aggressive” in their cross-examination.

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