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QC proposes ‘no disclosure’ rule for arbitrations

Peter Rees QC

Arbitrations should begin with a default position of no disclosure of documents, a leading QC has argued. Peter Rees QC said for many disputes, each side had “all the documents it needs” and disclosure was a “time-consuming and expensive luxury”.

July 21st, 2017

Hale to become first woman president of Supreme Court as Singh is first Sikh named to Court of Appeal

Baroness Hale

Baroness Hale of Richmond was named today as the third president of the Supreme Court – and first female head of the country’s highest court – along with three new justices, including only the second woman to join it. In addition, seven new members of the Court of Appeal have been appointed, including the first Sikh ever to join the court.

July 21st, 2017

Jackson urges solicitors to sort out accidental disclosure of privileged material between themselves

Lord Justice Jackson

Litigators should sort out the inadvertent disclosure of privileged documents in a grown-up manner without taking up the time of the court, the Court of Appeal has ruled as it granted an order to delete a privileged email that had been accidentally handed over.

July 20th, 2017


Making ATE pay – litigators need to play their part to keep market vibrant

Christopher Deadman 2

The recent announcement by Elite Insurance to cease writing new business will have surprised many seasoned watchers of the after-the-event (ATE) insurance market. Elite enjoyed a good reputation as a well-run and experienced participant and, although we can only guess as to the role that its ATE division played in this decision, it should provide litigators and funders alike with plenty to think about. There is no doubt that the ATE market is a tough space in which to make a profit. Successive increases in insurance premium tax, LASPO and general red tape cannot have helped, but litigators themselves must shoulder part of the blame when we consider why it is so hard to make ATE pay.

July 19th, 2017

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