Rule committee “sympathetic” with PIBA complaints about solicitors using unregistered barristers in court
The government has been asked to look at changing the Civil Procedure Rules to prevent solicitors from employing unregistered barristers as agents to represent clients. The move to clamp down on allowing those without rights of audience to appear at hearings has also won the support of the Association of Costs Lawyers.
Qualified one-way costs shifting applies not only to trials but to appeals, the High Court has ruled. In the first decision on the issue, Mr Justice Edis said claimants’ access to justice would be “significantly reduced” if they were exposed to the risk of costs of an unsuccessful appeal.
Sir Terence Etherton – the current Chancellor of the High Court – was today named as the new Master of the Rolls. He will take over on 3 October 2016 following the retirement of Lord Dyson. Sir Terence, who is 65, was called to the Bar in 1974 and became a QC in 1990. He was appointed a High Court judge in 2001
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At present, part of a client’s ATE insurance premium is still recoverable from the losing party in clinical negligence claims where it relates to the risk associated with the cost of the liability and causation reports necessary during the investigation into the merits of a claim. So what exactly is the Ministry of Justice planning and what impact could its proposed changes to the ATE recovery rules have on solicitors and clinical negligence claimants alike? Back in August 2015 I met with Robert Wright (head of civil litigation and costs) and members of his team at the MoJ to discuss their proposals for premium recovery. At that time there were four options tabled.