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Commercial Court “actively looking” to hear cases outside London

The judge in charge of the Commercial Court has said she is “actively looking” for cases that can be heard outside of London – cases should be tried where they can best be heard for that dispute.

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Government puts back fixed costs extension by six months

The Ministry of Justice has put back by six months to April 2023 the extension of fixed recoverable costs across the fast-track and in most money cases worth up to £100,000.

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Appeal court deprecates “act of deliberate concealment” by party

Civil litigation should be conducted “with cards on the table – face up” and the courts should not “sanction an act of deliberate concealment” by one of the parties, appeal judges have ruled.

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Judge tells regulators to use summary processes against vexatious litigants

Legal regulators need to have summary processes in place to deal with vexatious litigants who use their procedures to continue a “proxy war” against lawyers, a High Court judge has said.

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Solicitor struck off for sexually assaulting friend’s wife

A solicitor has been struck off for sexually assaulting the wife of a “long-term friend” as she slept, after drinking downstairs with her husband who fell asleep.

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SRA budget to rise £5.3m this year as cost of living crisis bites

The Solicitors Regulation Authority is set to increase its budget by £5.3m in the coming year, with staff costs and the Solicitors Qualifying Exam the main drivers.

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Court of Appeal backs decision to make collective action opt-out

The difficulty of people signing up to a collective action and the availability of third-party funding were legitimate factors to take into account in making it opt-out, the Court of Appeal has ruled.

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Solicitor who injected blood into food not guilty due to insanity

A solicitor who injected food with his blood at a series of supermarkets, causing losses of £500,000, has been found not guilty by reason of insanity.

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Jail for solicitor who plundered elderly client’s bank account

A solicitor struck off for “outrageous plundering” of the assets of an elderly client suffering from dementia has now been jailed for six years.

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No retainer between law firm and businessman in £2.5m dispute

There was no express or implied retainer between a law firm and a businessman with a “colourful commercial career” suing it for £2.5m in damages, the High Court has ruled.

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