A man who brought a fraudulent personal injury claim, and then tried to blame his solicitor for bringing the action without his knowledge, has been jailed for eight months for contempt of court.
There was a 19% fall in the number of debt judgments against businesses in England and Wales during the first six months of 2016, which the Bar Council says is evidence of the negative impact of rising court fees.
The assignment of conditional fee agreements is under the spotlight yet again after a costs judge ruled that one had been validly made. Master Leonard agreed that the leading authority did not require there to be a relationship of personal trust and confidence between a particular solicitor and client to allow an assignment.
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Perhaps the alarm bells should have been ringing before AU Insurance Services went into administration last quarter. An uninspiring web presence and the virtual invisibility of company and employees on LinkedIn should not necessarily be cause for concern, but these have been challenging times for after-the-event (ATE) insurance providers.