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Claimant lawyers cast significant doubt over government’s plan to reform injured baby cases

Newborn baby boy

Claimant lawyers have strongly criticised government plans for a new administrative compensation scheme for birth injury claims, saying that families would “be held hostage” under it. Various respondents to the consultation were especially critical that it did not guarantee access to independent legal advice throughout.

May 30th, 2017

Champerty holds firm in Ireland as Supreme Court rejects third-party funding

Chief Justice Susan Denham

The Irish Supreme Court has ruled that third-party litigation funding is champertous, citing statute dating back to 1634, and so banned Harbour Litigation Funding from backing a major commercial case. Chief Justice Susan Denham said changing the law was a matter for legislation, not the court.

May 30th, 2017

Electronic bill of costs to become compulsory from 1 October

Francis Kendall

The new electronic bill of costs is set to become compulsory from 1 October 2017 despite virtually no take-up in two years of piloting at the Senior Courts Costs Office (SCCO). The Civil Procedure Rule Committee decided that it will initially be used in the SCCO ahead of implementation in other courts.

May 25th, 2017


Fixed recoverable costs: unfair and wrong in principle?

Alex Bagnall

Are fixed recoverable costs inevitable? On 11 November 2016 it was announced that Jackson LJ was to consult on the extension of fixed recoverable costs. That announcement was clear: those involved were to “look at options to extend fixed recoverable costs much more widely”; and to “develop proposals for extending the present fixed recoverable costs regime”. It was said that “the momentum is heavily for reform” and that the purpose of the review was to provide “opportunity for comments and submissions on the form and scope that reform should take”.

April 18th, 2017

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