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Defendants “dragging their heels” in hope of discount rate change

Trevor Ward Fletchers

Defendants are dragging their heels in anticipation of the discount rate increasing, a medical negligence specialist has complained. He also warned fellow claimant lawyers that it would be “extremely dangerous” for them to settle at any rate other than the current -0.75%.

January 22nd, 2018

Ministry of Justice pays out nearly £2m in first two months of employment tribunal fee refund scheme

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The government repaid £1.8m to employment tribunal claimants in the first two months of the scheme set up in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling tribunal fees unlawful, it has revealed. Statistics released yesterday showed that, as at 18 December 2017, the Ministry of Justice had received 4,689 applications.

January 19th, 2018

“Not unreasonable” for solicitors to switch from DBA to CFA shortly before trial


Claimants did not act unreasonably in switching funding from a damages-based agreement to a conditional fee agreement shortly before trial, even though the defendants are now facing a much larger bill, a costs judge has ruled.

January 18th, 2018


A year of opportunity

Matthew Pascall Temple Legal

As we move forward into 2018, litigation costs are expected to be in the spotlight and we hope to get further clarity over how the LASPO changes are applied in practice with regard to proportionality. Last year saw a similar message delivered by all sides of the legal sector during the Legal Futures Innovation Conference: the marketplace is evolving with greater rapidity, technology is becoming increasingly relevant, and ambitious new firms are looking to offer added value in order to secure long-term client relationships.

January 16th, 2018

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