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“Quick and dirty” online justice better than no justice, says Neuberger as he laments legal aid policy failure

“Quick and dirty” online dispute resolution (ODR) is better than “no justice or absurdly over-priced justice”, the president of the Supreme Court has said in a wide-ranging speech that included a devastating critique of legal aid policy over the past two decades.

July 5th, 2017 | No Comments »

Overseas model for Briggs’ online court goes live

The online small claims court expected to be the model for England and Wales was launched in Canada last week when the Act moving it from voluntary to mandatory claims came into force. The value threshold for claims will eventually will rise to those up to C$25,000 (£14,610).

July 22nd, 2016 | No Comments »

PI firm blames Autumn Statement as it suspends construction of “iconic” £8m building

Personal injury firm Asons has suspended building work on an “iconic” £8m new office in Bolton and announced a restructuring programme in response to chancellor George Osborne’s Autumn Statement. The firm said it wanted to focus on “shoring up its defences”.

December 18th, 2015 | No Comments »

Calls for government to invest in online dispute resolution as part of digital legal services push

The government should invest in online dispute resolution for small claims – but not until 2016 so lessons can be learnt from pioneering projects in Holland and Canada, a major report has advised. Meanwhile, Professor Richard Susskind has called for ODR to be explored “urgently”.

December 10th, 2014 | 1 Comment »

Exclusive: ‘Save the Legal Industry’ campaign warns Cameron of 100,000 jobs losses

Law firms are rallying around a campaign to warn the government that 100,000 jobs across the legal services industry will be lost over the next year as a result of its “savage” civil justice reforms, Legal Futures can reveal.

March 19th, 2013 | 25 Comments »

Ministry of Justice: no backtracking on April 2013 for RTA and small claims changes

The government has made clear its intention to push ahead with extending the RTA process and also increasing the personal injury small claims limit next April despite publication of the Fenn report yesterday.

July 18th, 2012 | No Comments »