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Court of Appeal cracks down on misconduct in detailed assessment in “watershed ruling”

Matthew Hoe

The Court of Appeal has handed down what one of the lawyers involved has described as a “watershed” ruling on the conduct of detailed assessment proceedings, which saw a successful claimant lose half of her profit costs for claiming a higher hourly rate than she was entitled to.

June 22nd, 2018

Chakrabarti fires warning shot over delegation of routine judicial tasks

Shami Chakrabarti

The shadow Attorney General has outlined concerns about legislation that will allow judges to delegate ‘box work’ to court staff. Baroness Chakrabarti said that without proper limits, “this delegation has the potential to change the essential nature of our justice system”.

June 21st, 2018

“Poorly drafted” CFA that named wrong defendant still valid, Court of Appeal rules

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A conditional fee agreement that named the wrong defendant was still valid when read in the wider context of the claim, the Court of Appeal has ruled. It found this was actually supported by the slopping drafting of the agreement.

June 20th, 2018

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Evading enforcement by any means necessary

Peter Wood Withers

After 22 years, Mr and Mrs Akhmedov’s marriage came to an end in 2015. This was a marriage like few others, resulting in two children and building up vast wealth, including a plane, a helicopter and a 115m-long super yacht called Luna. Regrettably, the divorce was bitter. Mr Akhmedov fought hard and dirty to avoid having to share any of the family wealth with his wife. The English High Court found that he hid assets in a Bermuda trust with the intention of evading his legal obligations to his wife and even went so far as to invent stories that they had already divorced in Russia, producing forged documents to the court as ‘evidence’.

June 22nd, 2018

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