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Clinical lawyers call for across-the-board review after figures show NHSLA settling more cases post-issue

The NHS Litigation Authority is increasing the cost of clinical negligence litigation by fighting more cases that it ultimately settles, according to a claimant lawyers’ group that has called for a thorough investigation of the way that claims are handled.

September 28th, 2016

HMCTS reform will mean fewer staff and fewer courts but a better system, says Gross

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The court reform process will lead to staff cuts and fewer court buildings, the former Senior Presiding Judge has said, but it is not a cost-cutting exercise and the end result should be higher-grade staff and an improved court estate. Court of Appeal judge Sir Peter Gross said the “stakes are high”.

September 26th, 2016

Insurance premiums up 13% on back of rising claims and IPT

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Motor premiums are continuing to rise and have reached an average of £788 in the face of rising claims, new research has found. Consumer Intelligence’s figures said premiums were 13.5% higher than a year ago “as the industry continues to battle rising claims and insurance premium tax

September 26th, 2016

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Another twist in the Yellow Brick Road of CFA assignment

Christopher McClure

So, what are the implications of the decision of Master Leonard in Azim v Tradewise Limited [2016] EWHC B20 (Costs). As reported recently on Litigation Futures, this was a routine low-value personal injury claim for damages caused by a minor road traffic accident in 2011. The claimant instructed three firms of solicitors under two pre-LASPO conditional fee agreements – the second of which was assigned from firm 2 to firm 3. Both provided for a 100% success fee.

September 5th, 2016

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