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CPRC: no need yet for new privacy rule on costs in environmental cases

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There is no immediate need for the Civil Procedure Rule Committee to introduce a new privacy rule for certain costs issues in environmental cases as it could conflict with its open justice review, it has decided. It was responding to a High Court ruling that said hearings about costs protection limits should be held in private.

November 22nd, 2017

Scientists and lawyers team up to provide evidence primers for judges

Inaugural Harbour Litigation Funding Annual Lecture - 8 May 2013

The judiciary has worked with the Royal Society to create primers on scientific evidence as a working tool for judges. The first two cover DNA fingerprinting and techniques identifying people from the way they walk from CCTV, so as to assist the judiciary when handling forensic scientific evidence in the courtroom.

November 22nd, 2017

Insurers “to reap rewards” from discount rate and whiplash reforms, says EY

Tony Sault EY

UK motor insurers should see “a strong uplift in profits” next year as a result of the discount rate review and whiplash reforms, Big Four accountancy firm EY has predicted. It forecast that insurance premiums would also fall by up to £21 if the discount rate rises from -2.5% to 0-1%, as suggested by the Ministry of Justice.

November 21st, 2017

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Running for shelter: Fixed costs and legal aid

Christopher McClure

At a time when fixed costs reforms are moving with the same disregard and intent as a North Korean missile (and, it would appear, with the potential to do as much damage to the world of legal costs as we know it), solicitors in small and even, perhaps, medium-sized outfits must ask themselves this question: “Is there a safe place to hide?” Where, to continue the metaphor, is the shelter of refuge? For some, the sad reality is that there simply isn’t one. Those who are unable (or unwilling, as the case may be) to fundamentally consider and reconsider the way their practice operates will no longer be able to practise as profitably – or even profitably per se.

November 21st, 2017

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