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High Court judge recuses himself over risk of “personal embarrassment”

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A High Court judge has recused himself from a case on the grounds that he may be “personally embarrassed” by hearing it – even though neither party asked him to stand down. Mr Justice Holman and one of the parties shared a mutual friend.

October 9th, 2015

MASS chair urges SRA to act against solicitors who take ‘cold-call cases’

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The Solicitors Regulation Authority must take action against law firms which are taking on claims generated by cold calls, the chair of the Motor Accident Solicitors Society said today. Susan Brown also urged medical reporting organisations and others to stop trying to “beat the system” in how they are using the MedCo.

October 8th, 2015

LCJ: Fewer judges and “more registrars or facilitators” is consistent with Magna Carta

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Less use of judges and greater use of “registrars or facilitators” is “entirely consistent” with the Magna Carta, the Lord Chief Justice has argued. Lord Thomas said technology would enable the justice system to “move away from the provision of the much beloved local court”.

October 8th, 2015

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Making the case to regulate third-party funding – badly


The US Chamber of Commerce, scarred by the American litigation culture, has long been spreading the word about the pain that litigation can cause, and has a particular bee in its bonnet about third-party litigation funding (TPLF). So much so, in fact, that it has been busy lobbying in the UK for some years to try and bring what it considers the wild west of the UK’s unregulated TPLF market to heel. In answer to the regular question about why it is ‘interfering’ with UK policy, the chamber argues that many of its members have operations over here too.

September 18th, 2015

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