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Court of Appeal finds way to apply fixed costs to EL case wrongly run outside portal

Lord Justice Coulson

A claimant who wrongly began and settled their claim for noise-induced hearing loss outside of the EL/PL protocol should be limited to fixed costs under the provisions that penalise poor conduct in costs, the Court of Appeal has ruled, after finding that neither the protocol nor rule 45.24 applied the fixed-costs regime in the circumstances.

April 23rd, 2018

Focus on persuading me, not drowning me in paper, Court of Appeal judge urges advocates

Lord Justice Irwin

A Court of Appeal judge has urged advocates to focus on persuading the judges in front of them and not drowning the court with “excessively long and complex” skeleton arguments, which he described as a “curse”. Sir Stephen Irwin said that this was one of the causes of “complexity and obscurity in the law”.

April 20th, 2018

Solicitors should go after other third-party capture insurers after Haven ruling, says Law Society

Law Society

The Law Society has encouraged solicitors to consider taking action against insurers who settled personal injury cases directly with their clients without paying their fees. It comes following yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling, which upheld the Court of Appeal ruling that Haven Insurance should pay Gavin Edmondson Solicitors what it was due.

April 19th, 2018


The increasing appetite for third-party funding in Europe

Ross Nicholls

Although investors in common law jurisdictions have for sometime recognised litigation as an asset worth investing in, litigation funding remains less prominent in the civil law jurisdictions of mainland Europe. However, the European appetite is beginning to shift in favour of litigation funding, and many large dedicated funds active in common law jurisdictions such as the US, UK and Australia are starting to provide third-party capital to claimants with strong cases.

April 10th, 2018

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