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Group action platform gears up for first case

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A platform that builds group actions using techniques similar to crowdfunding is close to reaching the target for claimant numbers to launch its first case. Venture capital-backed CaseHub uses social media and Facebook to sign up claimants for consumer actions.

June 28th, 2016

Costs lawyers highlight “arbitrary” nature of budgeting

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The extent to which the costs management regime is working very much depends on which judge you are before, according to a survey of members of the Association of Costs Lawyers. They also suggested that efforts to create a new electronic bill of costs could founder against the apathy of solicitors.

June 28th, 2016

Part 36 uplift for beating offer includes contractual interest, High Court rules

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The 10% uplift claimants receive for beating their part 36 offer includes contractual interest on the sum won at trial, the High Court has ruled. Mr Justice Spencer said the wording of the CPR was clear that the interest awarded as part of the sum to which the claimant was contractually entitled was part of the award made by the court.

June 27th, 2016

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My ATE provider is in trouble – Help!

Rory Wilson Amberis

The recent administration of insurance agent AU Insurance Services gave a real-life example of the difficult trading conditions in the post-LASPO era. We have seen law firms cease trading, but until now there have been fewer service providers casualties. Whatever the reason for AU’s failure, it is clear that the effect of the reduction in income post-LASPO is having an impact on a range of services. So what is the impact on a solicitor and their customers when their insurance provider goes in to administration/run off?

June 21st, 2016

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